Okay, that’s not you or me; but some families squeeze every mile out of their car they can.
Not us though!
There’s a certain feeling of freedom dropping the top on our F Type, grabbing the wheel, punching the accelerator, going where we want to go, as fast as we want and be entertained by the large number of idiots who are on the road.
Now that’s entertainment!
But there are some trends that will help accelerate the number of AVs on the roads.
Today’s younger generation likes to go places but apparently don’t want to drive themselves because the number drivers’ licenses is decreasing.
Using bikes and scooters to get around town is more fun than driving, hunting for parking, finding your car and paying the parking service/fines … and, beats walking.
If you’re not coordinated enough for fresh air self-transportation, they’re always Lyft, Uber or the hundreds of other services around the globe.
In addition, a growing portion of our population is getting older and “perhaps” shouldn’t be driving.
When the self-driving cars hit the roads there are a lot of things you’ll be able to do in a more relaxed, enjoyable fashion, rather than fumbling with the phone while you’re sitting in traffic.
According to a Nielsen youth viewpoint on self-driving study, people are already planning ahead:
46 percent would eat
44 percent would talk to friends on the phone
44 percent would watch TV/movies
41 percent would kick back and relax
39 percent would play video games
34 percent would go to social media
28 percent would do homework
27 percent would sleep
27 percent would read
25 percent would watch the road
See, there’s a lot you could do with that free time if you put your mind to it!
But 5G, WiFi6 and autonomous vehicles aren’t going to suddenly appear.
The infrastructure is going to be expensive and won’t happen overnight.
While Motorola’s Martin Cooper made the first mobile phone call in early 1973, it took 11 years for sluggish 1G 2kbps service to be widely available.
Maybe 5G will take a little less time.
Today’s wireless data is delivered through macrocells (cell towers) that provide the foundation for wireless connectivity to serve thousands of mobile users within a radius of up to 40 miles.
To support urban service, small cells (microcells – low-power cellular nodes) with a range of about 500 feet will communicate with microcell towers, other small cells and mobile devices.
Since 5G will be able to travel short, unobstructed distances, wireless service providers will be installing a large number of small cells to provide the necessary infrastructure for tomorrow’s 5G networks with much faster speeds than macrocells, 10Gbps download.
So how soon in your city?
Data travels through wires the majority of the time, with wireless antennas completing the last few miles of delivery near real-time speeds.
Wi-Fi 6 was designed to support WLAN (wireless local area networking) of devices – desktop/laptop computers, hotspots, routers, embedded systems, smartphones, smart TVs, etc.
Delivery for businesses and consumers will require innovative connectivity, cloud and analytic solutions that will not only serve hundreds/thousands of moving vehicles but also the capacity for high-quality, uninterrupted video service.
That won’t be cheap.
IDC forecast that the total infrastructure investments will rise to as much as $26B by 2022 and cumulatively to around $40B.
So, which will arrive first?
Businesses that need to do business now or services that want to sell you a new $1,000 – $2,000 phone?
And of course, after you’ve snagged your new 5G smartphone, you’ll get your never-ending bill for your data service.
It may be time for you to remember what Tony Lip said, “It’s like what your friend the President said, “Ask not… Your country, what you could do for it. Ask what you do for yourself.”
Once you finally get reliable 5G service in your area you’ll probably have to do a lot of experimenting to see what content absolutely requires lightning fast 5G and when you can get by with Wi-Fi 6.
Speed, security, reliability come at a price and sometimes good ‘nough is darn good. At least you’re in the drivers seat.