Wireless growth expands to cars

The reach of wireless communications and high transmissions frequencies seems to have no end in sight. FM radio was the last new wireless link for the automotive industry, but that’s going to change in the future.
I spent this week at a telematics show that focused on the growing demand for cellular communications that bring Internet access, real time traffic updates and other data to the car. It’s pretty much a lock to become a huge market over the next several years, opening up a burgeoning market for in-vehicle modules and the servers that provide them with information.
At the same time, the government continues its slow drive to set up an infrastructure designed to improve safety. Dedicated short range communications (DSRC) will be an important element of a vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to roadside station network.
The Department of Transportation plans to use high frequency 5.9 GHz links to let cars share data. Providing warnings about black ice and sharing time of travel data could improve safety and reduce communications. Communications to roadside stations would alert drivers of traffic in blind spots, among other alerts, if studies planned for over the next couple years pan out as expected.
There’s little question that autos will greatly increase the scope of wireless communications over the next few years. Cellular providers are constantly crying for more bandwidth as drivers and everyone else wants to see high quality video at any time they want. There’s just no shortage of opportunity for companies that can help companies add wireless to their product portfolio. Nor does there seem to be a slowdown in the demand for boards and systems that handle those wireless signals.

15 Comments

  1. Car Cleaning Guru
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I personally look forward to real time wireless capabilities becoming standard in all newly manufactured cars.

  2. Synthetic Oil
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even get my wireless to work right in the house. Just get a EVO from Sprint and you have wireless wherever you go.

  3. Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Seems like welcome news. This ability will provide helpful information for the drivers. Lets hope that this will not impede road safety.

  4. Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Especially a welcome news for those ‘road warriors’ like us. The increase amount of time we spend in our vehicle where literally it had become our ‘mobile office’. With infrastructures like this, it will make our somehow different life easiler.

  5. Cai the phone guy
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Great post. That’s a good news, Real Time traffic updates to the car is really awesome. I can now avoid traffic everytime I go to work. Just to let you know I bookmarked your content. Thanks a lot.

  6. Cai
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great news. I hope the Department of Transportation will use more higher frequency than 5.9 Ghz links. One question though, is that available to all types of manufactured cars?. Thanks a lot.

  7. Cai the phone guy
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Wow! That’s amazing, I really can’t believe it. This is great for travelers, the GPS system, real time traffic updates and etc. Thanks a lot.

  8. Cai
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Yes it is indeed a welcome news not just to road warriors and travelers but for everyone. I maybe make my vehicle as my second office.

  9. Posted September 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I am not much of a traveler but after knowing this very good news, I am planning of having a road trip with my family.

  10. Roswell Cleaners
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    but would this cause issues to the driver?
    like using the wireless to watch videos and stuff while on the road..it’s worst than talking on the cellhpone and driving

  11. Cai
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks to the Department of Transportation that they still cared to the riders on improving safety and reduced communications.

  12. Posted October 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Wireless communication installed in the cars and motors will surely hit the jackpot in the next years. As we see today, information management is a vital possession of every professional or even students and the like. Communication and information gathering would be a great added value for all cars if embedded in the future car models. Speed, designs and sustainability should not be the pure elements that needs attention and innovation. The technology will never disappoint all its users, because as the time passes, technology will aid them in every step they make in their life. We can’t deny the fact that even while driving we’re thinking so much that stress consumes our mind. By providing access to the web, all that we could ask for could be achieved instantly.

  13. Posted October 13, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Wireless communication should be restricted at some point of time. Today the frequency of the wireless communication system has increased so much that it is in the stage of effecting the human existence. Hope it has some control on wireless communication signals.

  14. Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    On the background that many wireless functions are installed in advanced vehicles, miniaturizing and thinning of electronic systems are strongly demanded.

  15. Posted February 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Wireless technology are really useful to automobile industry. One thing the consumers would consider are gadgets that were already attached to the cars they’re planning purchase.


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