Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Realising a good communication link from a moving vehicle is always difficult, even from a train where the route is clearly defined by the tracks. For connected and autonomous vehicles operating over large geographic areas, it is significantly more challenging and it is clear that the communications system must be able to make use of many different networks.
One of the objectives of 5G is to provide seamless connectivity across cellular, satellite and terrestrial services. This acknowledges the fact that it will be necessary to make use of different technologies to realise the desired coverage. For connected and autonomous vehicles, 5G services would be a significant step forward, but access in the mid-term is likely to be focused on conurbations and cellular services only.
As part of a European Space Agency contract, Livewire Digital has developed RazorLink Smart Networking. RazorLink is a Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution that can integrate existing cellular, satellite and terrestrial services in line with the headline 5G objectives.