It is not yet clear whether autonomous car communications (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) will use 5G networks or dedicated short range communications (DSRC).
Indeed, it is likely some applications will make more sense for one or other other of the two methods, while yet other connection platforms also are used, as well.
But it is clear that the stakes are quite high for mobile operators, as revenue growth premised on ever-growing subscriptions for mobile data, plus rising recurring payment streams, are close to saturated in some markets.
That means the industry already is searching for the next big driver of incremental revenues.
According to analysts at Deloitte, we already are at the peak of the smartphone era. In fact, 2016 “will likely mark the end of the smartphone growth era, and the start of its consolidation,” Deloitte argues. “A mere nine years after the launch of the first full touchscreen smartphone, adoption is nearing a plateau, at 81 per cent of UK adults, and 91 per cent of 18–44 year olds.”