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MWC 2018: 7 Views of Connected & Autonomous Cars

by Scott Ferguson
BARCELONA -- MWC 2018 -- True autonomous cars cruising everyday streets are still years away, but the 2018 Mobile World Congress offered a fairly good glimpse at what that future might look like.

At the show, auto makers, telecom operators, chip makers and technology companies showed off their abilities to bring 5G, Internet of Things and edge computing to connected and autonomous vehicles.

Different combinations of technologies came together to offer competing visions of what these vehicles will do depending on which companies are involved. For instance, BMW and AT&T offered a glimpse of their connected 7 Series sedan, while several booths away, Intel and Toyota offered a completely different vision.

Mercedes rolled out technology it calls "smart vision EQ fortwo," which will bring autonomy and electrical-power technology to the urban landscape in a compact form. For those wanting the full experience, the company also showed off its new A-Class, which offers a touch of artificial intelligence.

And Qualcomm is looking to make itself irresistible to any and all car makers by offering its embedded Snapdragon chipset for a range of different vehicles that will offer WiFi, infotainment, as well as an eventual connection to 5G networks.

The Connected Car hit the showroom floor to experience the best and brightest examples of connected car developments and what these design mean for the future of autonomous driving.


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The connected and autonomous cars of MWC 2018.
The connected and autonomous cars of MWC 2018.

Scott Ferguson is the managing editor for the Connected Car, as well as the editor of Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.


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