Ford and Audi Partner With Qualcomm to Demo 5G Cars That Talk to Stoplights

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Qualcomm is offering a glimpse at how the next generation of wireless service could lay the groundwork for a self-driving future.

Today, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the telecom chipmaker partnered with Ford, Audi and Ducati to outfit a sample route through downtown Las Vegas with 5G network equipment that connects cell-connected cars and motorcycles to real-time traffic information including pedestrian crossings, stoplight changes and speed limits.

While the cars used in the test weren’t autonomous, the demonstration is an example of the type of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication technology experts say will eventually be critical for self-driving vehicles to operate on a mass scale.



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