It is clear that future belongs to autonomous cars. We will be just passengers, sitting in a vehicle, enjoying the changing sceneries on the other side of the window. In some cases these views will be boring and we will want something more. This means that infotainment systems in cars have to change as well. This was recognized by Volvo at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, where the company is revealing its idea about intelligent, high bandwidth, streaming capabilities that will allow passengers of the car enjoy the autonomous car ride better.
Anders Tylman, General Manager Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center at Volvo Car Group, said that Volvo is “actively working on future solutions to deliver the best user experience in fully autonomous mode. Imagine a highway full of autonomous cars with their occupants sitting back watching their favourite TV shows in high definition. This new way of commuting will demand new technology, and a much broader bandwidth to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience”.
Volvo is partnering with Ericsson to utilize its network and cloud expertise. The main goal is to provide passengers of the autonomous car with entertainment in high quality, interruption-free experience. Volvo says that autonomous driving will revolutionize mobile internet network. Service providers will face a significant increase in demand for consistent and high-bandwidth coverage outside densely populated areas.
System is going to predict the route ahead, taking into consideration network conditions. Using this data it will be able to prepare the content for appropriate length and will intelligently buffer the content to achieve a high quality and uninterrupted viewing experience. Volvo calculated that around 70% in the near future will be from video. Having in mind that we are used to uninterrupted and high-quality videos at home, provide such quality on the road is a major task.
System will also learn the most common routes and times of travel and content preferences to be able to provide users with suggestions. Volvo says that this system will completely change the way we look at travelling. It will become an experience rather than just commuting from point A to B. Your route and travelling time will be adjusted to your content preferences. Car will know where network connection is better and will make sure passengers arrive to their destination not missing any part of their favourite TV series.