Think Super Bowl for cars. This weekend marks the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) show in Las Vegas. While the product focus will be on sustainability, the retail focus will be on a slew of innovations around connected cars and connecting the people who drive them.
Innovation talk will undoubtedly surround the first successful trial of 5G technology for connected cars. The surprise announcement was made Tuesday (Feb. 11) by Nokia and SoftBank. Working with Honda engineers, the trial tested three use cases, which show some of the exact goals for using 5G in autonomous as well as human-driven cars. The first use case was sending location information of surrounding vehicles at intersections with poor visibility, the second was sensing identification and notification for falling objects on the road and the third use case involved recording and sending 4K video and images taken from in-vehicle cameras.