February 2016

Volvo allies with Ericsson to develop streaming services for autonomous vehicles

I personally have been keen on following the recent cutting-edge trends and news regarding the cooperation of high-tech giant firms with auto manufacturers in developing the vehicles of our future. At CES in Las Vegas last month, Volvo announced the development of high-bandwidth streaming technology with their partner, Ericsson, to further improve their upcoming autonomous vehicles.

Their aim is to guarantee the relaxation and well-being of the driver and passengers of a self-driven Volvo, with the Swedish automaker predicting a major increase in mobile Internet demand once the driverless cars become part of our daily routines. Volvo and Ericsson are working together in order to provide a high-quality, interruption-free experience in their vehicles whilst on the move. Ericsson will share their expertise in network and cloud technology in order for Volvo to offer media content that can be tailored to the duration of the trip, and buffered to offer a high-quality and continuous viewing experience.

Furthermore, the new service will be able to learn the most common routes and travel times in order to offer one-click navigation and a tailored media experience to their autonomous daily commute. Studies show that almost 70 percent of all mobile data traffic will be from video in the coming years. In fact, this requires an innovative connectivity, cloud and analytics solution that is not only capable of serving multiple moving vehicles across a highway, but also has the capacity to provide the high-quality, continuous video service that today's customer is familiar with.

I'm trying to imagine for instance, a highway full of autonomous cars with passengers sitting in the back seat watching their favorite TV shows in high definition. This new way of traveling will require new technology, and a much broader bandwidth to ensure a flat and pleasant experience on board the autonomous vehicle.

On the other hand, according to the 10,000 consumers that provided their insight into "Volvo's Future of Driving" survey, it seems that people will still want their autonomous vehicles to come with steering wheels rather than having to fiddle with some sort of joystick or control device.

So what's in our February issue?
We begin with the Detroit Auto Show in North America. Many exciting launches took place there - check them out.

Our cover story has been dedicated to the Italian-German supercar with the rear-wheel drive technology, the Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2. Honestly, I can admit it was more fun to drive it versus its LP610-4 brother.

In our Global Drives section, David flew to Portugal to lay his hands on the new adjacent supercar from McLaren: the 570S. In Dubai, Ershad drove both the all new Audi Q7 and the Hyundai Sonata Turbo. I personally laid my hands on the new turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB  - a transition from naturally aspirated engines like the 458 Italia. I drove the Mercedes GLE400 in Beirut. Khaled drove the Isuzu MU-X in Thailand and in Jeddah the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

During one of our visits to Sweden, and more specifically Gotenburg, we had the chance to cover the Volvo Museum. Great history lies behind the Swedish automaker. Don't forget to visit our social media platforms and our website for the latest hot topics (www.arabwheels.net).

For those of you who celebrate Valentine's Day, keep in mind that too much love might (car) exhaust you, hehe!

- Issam Eid, Editor-in-Chief

Cover Story: Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

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