Self-driving Volvos to use Ericsson’s high bandwidth streaming technology image

Volvo has teamed up with Ericsson to allow drivers of its future autonomous cars to benefit from high bandwidth streaming capabilities while commuting.

When self-driving cars are to become mainstream, healing the drivers will have plenty of time to sit back and relax on their daily commute. And while they are driven by their cars on a highway full of autonomous vehicles, the internet will definitely play a major role in filling up their free time. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Volvo revealed that it is developing intelligent, high bandwidth, streaming capabilities with its technology partner, Ericsson, that will ensure drivers and passengers get the most out of their time travelling in an autonomous Volvo.

Ericsson says that its research shows that almost 70 percent of all mobile data traffic will be video in the coming years. This requires new connectivity, cloud and analytics solutions that are not only capable of serving multiple moving vehicles across a highway, but also have the capacity to provide the high quality, uninterrupted video service today’s consumer is accustomed to.

The future autonomous drive will definitely bring a shift to mobile net demands and both partners believe that this change will see an increased need for consistent and high-bandwidth coverage outside densely populated areas such as city centers and suburbs.

By predicting the route and looking ahead at network conditions, the content streamed into the car can be tailored to the duration of each trip and intelligently buffered to deliver a high quality and uninterrupted viewing experience of drivers’ favourite TV shows.