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Mobile Edge Computing Key to Fulfil the Promise of Connected Cars

Automotive World – by Maxim Ragotner

Maxim Ragotner explores the role of multi-access edge computing in enhancing connectivity speed and reliability in vehicles

Today, most newer cars have the capability to tune engine performance, adjust chassis control and monitor fluid levels, as well as identify potential hazards and audibly notify the driver to prevent traffic collisions. But what’s more remarkable than a vehicle’s ability to inform a driver is its potential to talk to other vehicles while observing and responding to the world around it.

Experts have long discussed the life-saving potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected technologies, including vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X). V2X is a combination of V2I, V2V, V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian) and V2N (vehicle-to-network), connecting to cellular infrastructure and the cloud and extending those benefits to others on the roadway.

US automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been researching V2V technology in particular for two decades, estimating it could prevent 615,000 crashes every year while drastically reducing the number of fatalities from crashes—about 38,000 every year. But making this vision a reality will only be possible when all cars can communicate with each other. When that happens, the amount of data generated and collected by these connected vehicles will surpass current processing capabilities.

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