Volvo maps out vision of cars becoming mobile base stations

25 Apr 2014

LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL ANALYST SUMMIT 2014: Mathanna Abdulhussein from Volvo suggested a future where cars could help provide coverage for next-generation cellular networks, while acknowledging that there is a lot of work to be done before such an idea could be put into practice. The executive, who leads cellular technology development projects for the car maker, said: Cars will not just be a user, they will be a part of the network. Imagine the scenario when you install a base station in the roof of a vehicle: this vehicle can bring some revenue because we will be in a situation the same as a landowner, and instead of acquiring the rights to install base stations everywhere, the car can be a base station, and this is [a] good way to solve the problems of governance and filling holes in the network, because the people in the car are in the same place.€ When asked for further detail, Abdulhussein continued: Moving base stations we see as a solution to many problems, including network coverage. But at the same time, there are a lot of challenges to be solved. Does this solution have to be compatible with LTE and Wi-Fi technologies? Does it have to work in all situations, like traffic jams and things like this? This is not yet discovered, to be honest.€ To this end, he called for the industry to work together on implementation through groups such as the EU's METIS 2020 project. Source:  Mobile World Live