German carmakers and technology firms form 5G telecoms association

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  • Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016

Striking back: Audi is one of the carmakers collaborating to build technology expertise to take on rivals like Uber and Google. Pictured is the Audi Q2 car at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland.

FRANKFURT: German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler launched an alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars.

The pact is another example of Germany's premium carmakers collaborating to build technology expertise necessary to take on new rivals like Uber and Google which are also working on autonomous driving technology.

The new alliance, branded the 5G Automotive Association, will "develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardisation and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration," the founders said in a statement.

One of the aims of 5G, the technology standards for the next generation of much faster and more reliable mobile telecoms networks, is to enable a wide variety of devices to connect up and operate via the Internet - the "Internet of Things."

Network equipment providers such as Ericsson and Nokia have said the 5G technology currently in development could be available for use as early as next year but mass-market upgrades to mobile networks are not expected until some time around 2020.

A spokesman for the newly formed partnership said there were talks with several network operators to join the association, declining to give any names.

Last year BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen's Audi, joined forces to buy digital map maker HERE for 2.8bil euros (RM11.59bil) from Nokia and this week will introduce a service that allows drivers to see for themselves what road conditions are like miles ahead using live data contributed by other vehicles. —  Reuters

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