Connected car: From mobile broadband to genuine V2X

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The number of connected cars on the road is growing fast. Some use cases for connected vehicles depend on cellular connectivity, but many do not. Telcos need to focus on use cases where they add value to the ecosystem.


Format: PDF filePages: 71 pagesAuthor: David Pringle, Dean BubleyPublication Date: April 2023

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • The road to automated driving
  • Introduction: V2X market momentum
    • Who is driving the market?
    • Regulatory moves on both sides of the Atlantic
  • V2X connectivity options
    • History and background to automotive connectivity
    • Dedicated and localised V2X networks
    • National and wide-area V2X
    • How much data traffic can be expected?
    • The role of private/non-public mobile networks
    • Spectrum considerations
    • Summary of the connectivity options
  • Automakers’ adoption of connectivity
    • Ford aims to monetise connectivity
    • BMW continues to champion connectivity
    • Audi looks to harness 5G
    • Baidu explores V2X for self-driving
    • How many connected vehicles are there?
    • SK Telecom looks skyward
  • Connected vehicle use cases
    • Batch-based use cases
    • Pulse use cases
    • High-frequency use cases
    • Real-time applications
    • Reducing the need for onboard compute
    • Avoiding collisions
  • Telcos connecting vehicles at scale
    • Vodafone Automotive: 5,000 alerts a day
    • AT&T: Serving more than 60 million vehicles
    • Mobile: Delivering the internet of vehicles
  • Conclusions
  • Index

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Connected vehicle use cases, their value and recommendations for telcos
  • Figure 2: Yunex Traffic claims its new RSU2X can handle 4,000 messages per second
  • Figure 2: 5GAA’s timelines for deployment of C-V2X use cases
  • Figure 3: Estimate of mass market V2X data traffic volumes by late 2020s
  • Figure 4: The EU and the US is making a small amount of dedicated spectrum available
  • Figure 5: The connectivity options and the use cases they could support
  • Figure 6: The automotive industry’s five levels of automation
  • Figure 7: Ford is using connectivity to enable better maintenance and less downtime
  • Figure 7: BMW’s mobile app enables owners to remotely check on their vehicle
  • Figure 9: Baidu’s new RT6 self-driving vehicle is loaded with sensors and cameras
  • Figure 10: The number of connected vehicles is growing steadily
  • Figure 11: SK Telecom’s urban air mobility strategy
  • Figure 12: Connectivity revenues from pay-as-you-drive and fleet management
  • Figure 12: Connectivity revenues from navigation and remote monitoring services
  • Figure 14: The network throughput requirements for remote control of vehicles
  • Figure 14: Tests/pilots of using cellular networks to remotely control vehicles
  • Figure 16: 5G being used to remotely control a car in another country
  • Figure 17: Qualcomm is forecasting a massive automotive market for its chips
  • Figure 18: Automakers seek a balance between computing and connectivity costs
  • Figure 19: How direct mode C-V2X could help vehicles avoid hitting each other
  • Figure 20: Qualcomm advocates cyclists report their location via a cloud-based service
  • Figure 21: Deutsche Telekom wants to connect bikes to cellular networks
  • Figure 22: Automotive is the biggest segment of Vodafone’s IoT business
  • Figure 23: China Mobile showcases its C-V2X projects at MWC Barcelona 2023
  • Figure 24: China Mobile is seeing strong IoT growth


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, automotive, connectivity, LTE, mobile, smart cities, smart city, Telecoms, transport and automotive, Apple, AT&T, Audi, AWS, BMW, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Ford, GM, Google, Qualcomm, StreetWAVE, Telia, Tesla, Toyota, Vodafone, Volkswagen, Yunex Traffic