German car giant Volkswagen announced that it has partnered up with NVIDIA for its career in the artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle industry yesterday, and today it has announced its plan to roll out vehicles that will have the ability to communicate with each other by 2019. The manufacturer has stated that WLAN (public wireless LAN) technologies will be implemented as standard in its cars by two years time.
pWLAN technology essentially allows cars as well as transport infrastructures, such as traffic lights and signs, within a radius of 500 meters, to distribute and retrieve details and information concerning traffic, hazards and warnings, and even road conditions within a matter of milliseconds.
As it will be newly introduced, features will be confined to only warnings and local information. Considering that there will definitely be updates and development, the technology should nurture itself with additional features and abilities such as real-time traffic light monitoring and more intelligence.
Drivers will not need to worry about further expenses or data costs as the technology will be utilising a localised frequency band dedicated for road safety. Volkswagen had its infamous run-in with the law regarding the emissions scandal a few years ago, so this time they’re looking to ensure everything meets the legal requirements as well as the automotive industry standard. One thing that should be mentioned is that cars equipped with pWLAN can talk to other cars equipped with it, whether they are manufactured by Volkswagen or any other brand.
The United States’ Department of Transportation had spoken about its intention for cars in the US to be able to talk to each other, so that could potentially heat up the competition between manufacturers looking to introduce the technology in their vehicles earlier than 2019.
Source: | Volkswagen |
Via: | Engadget |
Image: | Grand Junction Volkswagen |