Soon everything will be smart. We already have smartphones, smartphones, smartwatches, smart TV, etc. Smart-cars, that is vehicles equipped with an antenna and a mobile phone modem, will soon come to that. Ford also wants to be part of a smart world. That is why, by the end of next year, all the cars of the American automotive market leader will be equipped with the equipment needed to connect to LTE networks.
2020 is to be a breakthrough for the world of mobile technologies. This is when the first commercial 5G networks will appear, which will offer completely new applications of applications that use wireless connectivity. Someone might think that Ford is a backward company, because at the same time, when 5G networks will appear in the world, 4G LTE will appear in Mustangs. However, nothing is more wrong. In fact, today operators are experimenting with 5G-style applications that use the LTE network. An example here are two technologies allowing for the construction of the Internet of Things network, i.e. NB-IoT and LTE-M. That’s why Ford cars with LTE modems fit perfectly into the vision of the world with devices all the time connected to the Internet.
Ford and LTE cars are getting ready for C-V2X
C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) is a solution that allows creating an intelligent road infrastructure. Cars will communicate not only with each other, but also with traffic lights and other elements mounted along the road. In addition, mobile Internet installed in every car produced will simplify the process of uploading software updates and maps of built-in navigation. Until now, the car owner had to go to an authorized service site, where the service had to connect the vehicle to the computer and install all the updates. Now it will be possible to introduce an OTA (over-the-air) update system, which is well-known to Tesla owners. In addition, Ford intends to introduce the option of installing an automotive Wi-Fi hotspot, which is useful when traveling. However, the built-in car navigation system will be equipped with a real-time traffic information system that will inform the driver about the resulting difficulties.