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Market Insight: How Mobile Operators Should Accelerate 5G Impact on Autonomous Vehicle Design

Published: 11 May 2018

ID: G00348602

Analyst(s): Andy Castonguay


5G technology will be a key enabler for user infotainment and non-mission-critical elements of autonomous vehicle design. To gain traction with AV OEMs, 5G CSP technology strategic planners must leverage operational scale and network capabilities to address AV data and safety challenges.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is the Opportunity for 5G Networks in the AV Industry?
  • Current Status of 5G Network and AV Development
    • First Wave of 5G-Enabled AVs and Applications Will Be Concentrated in Leading Automotive Markets
    • Gradual Commercial Introduction of AV Creates Opportunity for 5G
  • Extraordinary AV Data Demands Require 5G CSPs to Tailor Dynamic Data Provisioning Services for OEMs
  • AV Safety Performance Raises Scrutiny and Need for More Robust Systems
    • Schedule for Standards Development, Ratification and Testing Pushes AV Deployment of 5G V2X to 2022 and 2023
    • Shifting Regulatory Mandates, Extensive Testing Requirements and Development Hurdles Delay Potential Impact for 5GNR as a Possible C-V2X Solution
    • The 5G Network's Ultrareliable Low-Latency Communications Capabilities Will Enhance Reliable Remote Control of 5G-Enabled AVs

Background and Context

The Impact

  • Carving Out Opportunity for 5G Operators in AVs
  • The Expected Deluge of Vehicle Data Is the Primary OEM Problem 5G Can Uniquely Address
  • CSPs Need to Heavily Leverage the 5G Network's Opex Efficiencies to Offer Profitable Data Pricing for AV OEMs
  • Bridge Local Government Needs With National Influence for C-V2X


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