Rear-seat video content as part of IVI has been around for nearly a decade mainly through discs and video stored on phones and tablets. However, it wasn’t until 4G that live streaming arrived, and vehicles with built-in 4G connectivity and rear-seat entertainment units became more and more prevalent – particularly in the luxury and multipurpose vehicle categories.
The main goal of developing this new IVI is to eliminate the “owner-slave” model of displays and allow for any system to manage and distribute content on any display available in the vehicle. For this, 5G would be a great ally, but the vehicle may not always be within its reach. In Europe, connectivity will remain patchy in the immediate future, and live streaming in areas with no reception will continue to present an issue,
IVI will also act as a catalyst for a wider range of connected car services, such as automatic payment for parking, charging zones, and tolls; location-dependent services like localized advertising; breakdown and recovery; and real-time traffic and route guidance. All of these services will be improved by the greater bandwidth capabilities of 5G.