Qualcomm's VP of Technology Dino Flore in Conversation

Aug 7, 2019

Dino Flore is a Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm, where he is currently in charge of Technology & Products for EMEA. Here he shares his insights on all things mobility, connectivity and new opportunities arising from 5G.

How are you contributing to the future of mobility?

Qualcomm Technologies is a well-established automotive technology player, working with leading OEMs and tier 1 suppliers for decades to provide innovative solutions. Leveraging the company’s expertise in mobile technology, Qualcomm is able to transform the automotive experience with comprehensive, high-performance solutions that automakers desire.

All major automakers use products from Qualcomm’s portfolio of automotive solutions – across telematics, infotainment and areas of connectivity. Our suite of smart technologies and automotive solutions allow car manufacturers to expand their existing accessory packages to include advanced on-board features, such as, navigation, enhanced driver safety features, connectivity and infotainment. These features turn the smart car into an extension of the driver’s connected world. Our scalable, modular solutions – found in all global automotive brands – help carmakers integrate cutting-edge wireless and computer technologies into today’s connected cars. We believe our platforms are more than just chipsets as they also include software, developments kits and support that provide automakers and tier 1 suppliers with the next generation of cockpits.  

We’ve also extended the mobile experience to cars by integrating many of the features and experiences found in smartphones – such as multi-gigabit LTE and 5G connectivity, touch screen display, advanced graphics, streaming media and HD video. 

What infrastructure is needed to maintain connectivity? How can this be achieved? 

The automotive industry is experiencing an unprecedented amount of innovation. The challenge is having a solution that meets drivers’ needs today, while anticipating what’s next. The connected car is quickly moving beyond basic safety, security and infotainment services. It is now serving as foundation for tomorrow’s connected cars experiences and is quickly disrupting the traditional automotive industry by enabling new business models, redefining end customer value and reinventing the industry as a whole.

With our Snapdragon automotive processors and modems, manufacturers of smart cars have access to superior wireless solutions which have been engineered to support today’s technology, while also adapting to future wireless releases. Building on Qualcomm’s leadership in 3G/4G LTE for automotive, carmakers can further integrate additional wireless technologies – including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). We anticipate seeing the 5G platform in vehicles beginning in 2021.

When will 5G launch?

5G is already here. At Qualcomm, we have been working on 5G for many years - inventing, driving standards, proving concepts, and enabling our partners to be successful. Over the past few months, several operators and OEMs have officially launched commercial 5G networks and devices, which means the global rollout of this new generation of wireless is fully underway — one year ahead of schedule. We’ve seen launches from Swisscom who were the first in Europe, and Sunrise in April, followed by EE in the UK in May. In July Vodafone had 5G roaming turned on across 4 EU markets (IT, SP, GE, UK). This is fantastic and Europe will not stop there, more will follow. As with previous generations of mobile networks, it will take time to proliferate the full capacity of the new 5G network. 4G LTE will continue to grow and serve as the anchor to the 5G mobile experience.  

What will 5G let you do?

5G is transformative and will not only enhance today’s mobile broadband services, but will also transform a broad range of industries. It is a critical technology and is set to drive economic progress and competitive advantage across regions and industries – and automotive is no exception. It will take a much larger role than previous generations and will be the connectivity fabric for the future of automotive and the emergence of a supporting smart transportation system.
With 5G, cars will create, send and receive data in a way they never have before. We will rely on 5G in a way we weren’t able to with any previous mobile technology – and it is this reliability that will kick-start exponential innovation across the sector.  With 5G, your car will know where it is in relation to every other thing on the road or around the road – bringing the dream of autonomous driving a step closer to reality.
5G will also have a huge impact on the automotive industry overall, as almost 20 percent of the projected global impact of 5G relates to the broader automotive sector (>$2.4T in economic output by 2035). 5G’s ability to enable faster speeds, reliability and responsiveness will also deliver tangible benefits for car users. These include extreme broadband for new in-car experiences (AI, VR, etc.), real-time HD mapping updates and teleoperation needed for autonomous driving. It could also transform conventional models of car ownership and transportation itself - providing both opportunities and challenges to automakers, technology firms and content providers. 

What are the benefits of 5G for the automotive industry?

In the future your car will connect with everything around it – other cars, road infrastructure and the cloud. Road safety services will allow cars to communicate with each other to reduce or eliminate accidents. It will support more coordinated traffic, providing services that will harmonise traffic speeds and allow cities to harness the benefits of big data analytics. We believe 5G will provide a key platform for innovation across the auto ecosystem and will be fundamental to connecting them to everything. 5G will achieve this with enhancements to throughput, reliability, latency and security, connecting almost any electronic device and creating new opportunities for services and user experiences.

5G will enable new mission critical services with ultra-reliable/available, low latency links for road safety and autonomous driving. C-V2X is an important technology for improved road safety, traffic efficiency and the future of autonomous driving. It complements the capabilities of other ADAS sensors by providing 360-degree non-line-of sight awareness, while providing an evolution path to 5G NR based C-V2X for autonomous driving. C-V2X momentum continues to build with a broad ecosystem support due to its superior performance, cost effectiveness and 5G compatibility. Rel-16 5G NR C-V2X will add high throughput and URLLC capabilities for tomorrow’s autonomous driving use cases, such as intention sharing for advanced path planning. 

What do you see as the most surprising mobility trend?

Artificial Intelligence is transforming the automotive and the entire transportation industry. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making devices, machines and automobiles more intelligent – simplifying and enriching our daily lives. It will transform how to intelligently collect data from vehicles and analyse this data on both the edge and the cloud for remote diagnostics and smart feature updates. Additionally, ‘Intelligent Cockpits’ include driver monitoring and personal assistant applications, as well as ‘Smart Transportation’ features to develop better infrastructure for safety and traffic efficiency. The industry’s transition to autonomous driving is also notable here. 

About Dino Flore

Dino Flore is a Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm, where he is currently in charge of Technology & Products for EMEA.  Dino joined Qualcomm in July 2003 as member of the Engineering Service Group. From 2005 to 2017 Dino was part of Qualcomm Standards group, where he has covered a number of leadership roles in the area of 3GPP standardization. From March 2013 to April 2017, he served as Chairman of 3GPP RAN, the Technical Specification Group in 3GPP with overall responsibility for the radio interface and access network. Form September 2016 to September 2018 Dino was appointed Director General of the newly formed 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), whose goal is to bridge automotive and telecom industry to develop next generation connected mobility solutions.

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