Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intel confirms HERE stake; Vodafone and Huawai achieve 1.35 Gbit/s in Romania over LTE; Ericsson does VR at CES; heads-up on smart hairbrushes.
Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) have joined forces with the France-based PSA automotive group to test 5G-based connected car technology. Initial testing will use LTE, which will evolve to LTE-V and 5G technology in due course. First defined applications include a system for notifying drivers of the approach of an emergency vehicle, presumably before the flashing lights hove into view. The PSA Group comprises the three automotive brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS. (See Ericsson, Orange, PSA Team on 5G Connected Cars.)
In Romania, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. claim to have broken through the 1.35Gbit/s barrier over an LTE-based connection. The trial used a combination of MIMO, carrier aggregation and 256 QAM technologies. Vodafone hopes the breakthrough will help support its launch of a "Supernet 4G+" service, which the operator says will offer its customers a better mobile experience of HD video.
In other Huawei-related news, the Chinese giant has launched its Honor 6X budget smartphone in Europe, Ars Technica reports. The phone, which was launched in China in late 2016 and generated a fair bit of industry buzz, will retail for £225 (US$276) in the UK.
CES, the Vegas-based consumer electronics bunfight, officially kicks off tomorrow, and among those touting their wares will be Ericsson and Tactai, who are teaming up to demonstrate their new virtual reality interface. Among other things, the interface allows viewers to pause content playback, using hand gestures to touch, grab and interact with elements of the video within the virtual environment. (See Ericsson, Tactai Team on VR at CES 2017.)
Also manning a stand at CES will be Nokia subsidiary Withings, which has won a CES award for the (and no sniggering at the back, please) world's first "smart hairbrush." Apparently, the hairbrush, which has been developed with cosmetics giant L'Oréal, provides "beauty consumers with a data-driven way to better care for their hair," informing them if they've got split ends or whatever and recommending coping strategies.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.