- 1Gbps Cisco networks are coming to cars next year.
- Cisco has partnered with Hyundai to offer super high-speed networks in 2019 vehicles.
- These networks will have tons of bandwidth, and security, to support all the sensors cars need for autonomous features, Cisco promises.
Chances are, you don’t have a super-fast Gigabit network in your house yet but as of next year, you’ll be able to get one in your car. Computer networking giant Cisco and South Korean automaker Hyndai announced a partnership at CES on Tuesday to supercharge its automobiles with sophisticated internet capabilities.
While 1Gbps will offer a ton of bandwidth for your kids to stream movies during a road trip, that’s not the focus of this network. It’s designed to allow car makers to load their cars with sensors of every description that will help the automotive industry roll full speed ahead into a robot car future.
As cars add ever more autonomous driving features from lane correction and self-parallel parking to full on self-driving, they need sensors to do things like watch for pedestrians, recognize traffic signs, scan surroundings around, behind and inside the car.
Those sensors can also be accessed by apps. For instance, a car maker could create an app that uses in-vehicle sensors to watch the driver (Cisco calls it sentiment analysis) and ensure that she doesn’t fall asleep on a late-night drive, or to adjust the car’s performance to driving conditions.
All of that requires lots of data to be floating around the car and a network big and fat enough to handle that with ease.
Cisco says its expertise with computer networks means its 1Gbps car network will be secure, allowing car makers and developers to build apps while thwarting hackers and bugs from messing with the automobile.
While the two companies didn’t specify specific car models slated to get the 1Gbps networks, they did say it would be available in Hyundai’s premium 2019 vehicles.
Meanwhile, Hyndai is moving steadily towards its own line of fully self driving cars from its self-driving car R&D program launched in 2015.
The South Korean car maker also just announced that it is working with hot startup Aurora (founded by self-driving engineers from Google, Tesla and Uber) to create completely self driving cars. Hyndai is first designing custom cars that wil become robot taxis in not-yet-announced select cities. By 2021, through this partnership, it plans to be offering production vehicles that can drive themselves under strict conditions (technically known as “Level 4” autonomy).