Terahertz wireless Communications -6G and beyond autonomous vehicles

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

by Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Professor Terahertz Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology

The talk introduces the growing neeed and importance of photonic integrated circuits to support Terahertz wireless communications and sensing for autonomous vehicles.

It has been estimated by people like Dr. Joy Laskar, co-founder and CTO of Maja Systems, that the self-driving car will generate approximately two petabits of data per week – the equivalent of two-million gigabits.

To put this in perspective, even with an advanced 4G connection, it will take 200 days to transfer a week’s-worth of data from a single self-driving car. That explains why we need much faster data processing technology and products.

Next generation chips and large 5G wireless connectivity will turn cars into “data centers on wheels”, thus enabling self-driving cars to make in-situ, complex, real time decisions. For a massive roll-out of autonomous cars that will be driven by artificial intelligence as well as being securely connected to the mobile network, not even 5G speeds will be enough.

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