Self-driven cars have now evolved from the status of being “the technology of the future” to “a reality that can be seen on the road”. Autonomous cars, no longer a futuristic fantasy, are now on their way to becoming a reality only because of the advancements in 5G data networks that are yet to hit the market and are still under experiments. Without the 5G technology this experiment is a fail. 5G is the only technology that can successfully unlock self-driven vehicles. The networks right now prevalent is 4G which is super fast, but it is not fast enough to give cars human like reflexes. 5G networks may be about as much as 10 times more efficient than 4G.

When we talk about autonomous there arise several questions in our mind with regard to safety, efficiency and smoothness. The capability of the cars to communicate with traffic lights when approaching an intersection or stopping when suddenly a pedestrian came in front of the car, how far will these be possible?

With the help of latest technologies like peer-to-peer wireless technology, which is also called C-V2X, it can send a warning to the vehicles about any kind of an obstacle that a camera or radar is unable to catch. This technology connects the vehicles to the surroundings in such a way that a car can drive by itself.

Cars like Audi, GM and Tesla have brought vehicles in the market that are limited ton Level 2 or 3 automation capabilities, also including the option of hands-free automated steering under certain conditions. A truly autonomous vehicle that is of Level 5 and which has the ability to operate without human intervention, while relying completely on artificial intelligence and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology to steer through traffic, are still being tested, developed and refined.

Whenever they strike the market, the driverless cars are expected to revolutionize the vehicle industry, and spur new electronics market growth, while improving the atmosphere by decreasing toxic waste, traffic clogging and energy use.

The automobile industry is facing an off-putting challenge in figuring out how it will manage the unprecedented volumes of data that self-driving cars will produce and consume. There is a new technology that helps streamline moving data from the car to the cloud and back, which can aid overcoming this challenge. This technology is called fifth-generation (5G) wireless, the most recent successor to the 3G and 4G technology used in most of today’s existing wireless voice and data networks. This is the best time for its arrival as it will help ushering in this era of self-driving vehicles.