LGE and Qualcomm to develop autonomous vehicle technologies

By Jonathan Dyble
South Korea’s LG Electronics (LGE) and US-based Qualcomm have announced a new partnership, whereby the two firms will team up to develop technologies...

South Korea’s LG Electronics (LGE) and US-based Qualcomm have announced a new partnership, whereby the two firms will team up to develop technologies that will be crucial to the success of autonomous vehicles.

With both firms having significant experience in the mobile innovation, including extensive knowledge surrounding the development of 5G mobile technology, the collaboration will develop a 5G for vehicle network – vital to the deployment of a fully connected autonomous car platform.

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The aim is for the network to be five times faster than the best available LTE technology, with 10 times lower latency, delivering data at the necessary speeds for real life driving situations.

“LG plans to lead the next-generation vehicle components market by combining our experience in automotive communication technologies with Qualcomm’s advanced connected solutions from LTE to 5G,” said Kim Jin-yong, Executive Vice President of LG’s Vehicle Components Smart Business Unit.

“We are optimistic that the combined research strength of Qualcomm and LG will yield benefits that would not be feasible working independently.”

Additionally, Qualcomm and LGE will develop C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything), a technology that delivers double the operation time at a lower cost.

“Building on our long-standing relationship with LG, this effort to advance C-V2X technology further demonstrates our continued commitment to the development of advanced solutions for safe, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“With the automotive industry on a clear path to 5G, we look forward to working together with LG to meet the demands of today’s drivers and advance the commercialization of C-V2X technology in next-gen vehicles.”

The partnership, effective immediately, will be based in LGE’s Science Park in Seoul, South Korea.

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