5G the Game Changing Technology for Vehicle Telematics

20 February 2023
5G the Game Changing Technology for Vehicle Telematics

In the previous article Embracing the Latest Technologies for Next-Generation Connected Vehicles, we discussed the need to embrace the latest technologies for next generation connected vehicles and how they are able to provide a host of benefits to drivers, fleet operators, insurers, and more. One particular segment in that article was "How Does Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Frequency Range 1 Factor into Connected Vehicles?", in this article, we will be further expanding on the potential benefits of 5G technology for vehicle telematics and how it will be a game changer for this particular industry.


What is the 5G Network All About?

It has been more than 40 years since the introduction of the first cellular network in 1979, and a lot has changed since then, with each newer generation changing and improving how we communicate. The latest would be 5G, a fifth-generation cellular network that promises faster speeds and lower latency. Such is its demand, 493 operators in 150 countries and territories have invested in 5G. Of those, 214 operators had launched one or more 5G services and 205 operators in 80 territories had launched 5G mobile services.

How 5G works is that it operates on two frequency ranges, known as Frequency Range (FR) 1 and Frequency Range (FR) 2. FR1 covers frequencies below 7.123 GHz, while FR2 encompasses the mmWave spectrum of 52.6 GHz or higher. However, when 5G is expanded to factor in frequency bands higher than 100 GHz, it will mark a significant advancement from the current networks. As compared to its predecessors, the 5G network's higher peak data transfer speeds, ultra-low latency rates, and massive network capacity makes it a highly reliable, efficient, and secure network that will be of great benefit to the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. When paired with the advancement of technologies in the automotive industry, 5G could well be the game changer in transforming vehicle telematics.


How Will 5G Impact Vehicle Telematics?

Connected vehicles begin from IoT and telematics systems, and the future of the automotive industry lies in 5G and its capabilities. In terms of vehicle telematics, the 5G network will be able to facilitate a much faster and more accurate transfer of data that could ultimately help business owners, fleet managers, insurers, and drivers to ensure better security for vehicles as well as reduce operational costs. Here are some ways 5G is expected to enable vehicle telematics:


1. Low Latency High Speed Data Transfer

5G will enable connected vehicles to transfer and receive data at much faster speeds, with reduced latency times. This would allow for better decision-making capabilities such as the ability to detect hazardous driving or environmental conditions in real-time and alert drivers before any accidents occur.


2. Real Time Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

The low latency of 5G will allow for more accurate ETA calculations. This is because the faster transfer of data will enable a better understanding of live traffic conditions. This would benefit businesses and fleet managers in the management of their vehicles, allowing them to optimise routes and deliveries for maximum efficiency.


3. Smart Cities Can Be Developed

With the implementation of 5G networks, connected vehicles will be able to interact with each other, smart cities, and other connected devices. This will enable vehicles to become more aware of the environment they are in, allowing them to adjust their speed according to traffic conditions, as well as respond faster to changing weather and road conditions.


4. Vehicle Safety is Greatly Enhanced

Due to the speed of the 5G network, safety sensors are able to interact in real-time. Telematics' scope expands to Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication in which connected vehicles can exchange data with a variety of other nearby connected devices, such as traffic lights and roadside infrastructure. This will allow vehicles to evaluate their surroundings quickly and respond accordingly in order to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.


5. Video Telematics

Data is a key component of video telematics, and the 5G network will provide the high bandwidth required to stream high-quality video footage from the connected vehicles in real-time. Advancement in video telematics technology has contributed to the monitoring of driver behaviour, but what it can do beyond that is the ability to help generate stronger map data, facilitate real-time navigation, and strengthen V2X communication.


6. Enhanced Fleet Management

5G will grant fleet managers the ability to monitor data in real-time and make better decisions on the fly. This is because 5G has lower latency times and can transfer data at higher speeds. With access to detailed analytics on their fleets, fleet managers are able to observe the performance of the fleet drivers, track the vehicles in real-time, and develop predictive maintenance schedules.


7. Improved Automated Vehicles

In order to operate correctly and safely, automated vehicles rely heavily on the communication of data. With the introduction of 5G, it will enable much faster transfer of data between automated vehicles and their surroundings. This could help to significantly improve the speed and accuracy at which autonomous vehicles can detect obstacles or traffic conditions in time for the vehicles to react safely.


How does an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) Provider like PCI come into the picture?

In terms of the 5G network and its related vehicle telematics components, efficient and reliable electronics manufacturing capabilities are required in order for the infrastructure to be installed. EMS providers such as PCI have the expertise and the capacity to produce high quality parts that meet industrial standards, as the proper assembly of these electronics components is essential for the successful operation of 5G networks and its role in vehicle telematics.

With the latest technologies such as rapid prototyping and rigid quality assurance processes in order to provide reliable and cost-effective solutions, we are well-positioned to take advantage of the growth in the telematics industry brought about by 5G. Here at PCI, we are able to leverage on our expertise in the design and production of high-quality electronics components to provide the necessary support for 5G networks and vehicle telematics.

In addition, our experience in working with a variety of industries means that we are able to provide insights and advice as well as provide customised solutions for clients from different backgrounds and offer them the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities and how we can help you get the most out of the 5G network in vehicle telematics.



5G is the next generation cellular network that is set to transform a number of industries, including vehicle telematics. With its high speeds and low latency, 5G is a game changer that will enable a variety of new applications, such as enhanced fleet management and improved automated vehicles. In order to make the most out of 5G, reliable electronics manufacturing services are needed to ensure that the electronics components are manufactured correctly and to the right standards. With expertise in this area, PCI can provide the necessary support and advice to get the most out of the 5G network in vehicle telematics.