The upcoming electric family of vehicles – previewed by the I.D. concepts – will feature an entirely new platform – MEB – developed specifically for pure electrics, but also the best technologies.
For example, according to the latest report, they’ll be getting the absolute best in terms of communications systems, as well, because the production series models will come with 5G mobile connectivity. The technology will bring bigger bandwidth so the automaker has the possibility to also implement vehicle-to-everything communications that could potentially make for a safer driving environment. “All future solutions for individual mobility rely on the ability to handle large amounts of data inside and outside the car,” commented Volkmar Tanneberger, VW’s chief of electronics development.
This could also lend a hint towards available autonomous systems inside the new EV lineup, because VW could also use the 5G communications systems for data sending and receiving for the array of connected devices. For example, the onboard sensors would warn about potential dangers and the 5G connection would gather details about potential hazards on a much bigger scale. And combining both sources would paint a better picture of the surrounding traffic for the cars. Volkswagen is going to partner with chip maker Qualcomm for the partnership – a logical move since Audi, Mercedes and BMW are also working with the tech company to create a 5G connectivity standard.