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    5G Connected Car and AT&T Mobility

    This thread is intended to gather information for what is happening now, and what lies ahead, for 5G connected car or vehicle modems.

    Has anyone heard of any auto manufacturers’ road maps for installation of 5G (along with 4G LTE fallback) in new model years, and even any retro-kits for those who may be saddled with 3G vehicle modems?

    I realize that stand-alone hotspots are or will be an option, but my focus is on the vehicle modems themselves.

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    5G Connected Car and AT&T Mobility

    To start, I understand Volvo will be offering a 4G LTE retrofit for selected models with 3G coming out in (latter part of) 2021. This is because of Volvo’s SOS feature.

    There is speculation or hope/dreams that Volvo retro could be 5G. I think it is a pipe-dream. Let us not put cold water on the pipe-dream too soon unless there are equipment issues (e.g., antennas).

    I am curious about all of the American, Asian, European and other brands.
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    Here’s to hoping Tesla adds 5G (both mmWave and sub-7 GHz) sometime soon!

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    Keep an eye on what's going on in Korea. There were rumblings that they are looking to push ahead to 6G by 2026 to accommodate most of the cars on the road being electric cars. Samsung has had a motor division since the 90s, so their tech may be used in cars going forward. With Korea having fast internet everywhere and upgrading their buses and subways to electric models, it will likely be a blueprint of what is to come.

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    5G Connected Car and AT&T Mobility

    Did Toyota switch to ATT for cars 2020 and newer?

    I have a ‘19 RAV4 Hybrid XSE and it uses Verizon for built-in WiFi over LTE. Every month I have to call a special line to reactivate my account with Verizon and it’s such a pain.

    If it was easy to have the built-in SIM module swapped to ATT 5G I’d give it a shot.





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    My interest in 6G is 95% conditional on how similar terahertz frequencies’ propagation characteristics are to millimeter wave’s. 6G is supposed to expand into the terahertz frequencies, but what good would that do if it doesn’t even have, for example, signal reflection characteristics like those of millimeter wave?

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