Automakers’ shifting strategies could open doors for 5G providers

General Motors (GM) – one of the world’s biggest automakers – recently said it would move away from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in some of its vehicles in the future.

The move is just the latest indication that some automobile companies are looking to recapture more control over drivers’ experiences. And that trend, according to some analysts, may well create some significant opportunities for 5G network operators in the US and globally.

“Connectivity will define the in-vehicle experience from GM. That means a lot higher degree of data exchange between vehicles and the network – probably evolving toward 4GB to 8GB a month, up from 100s of megabytes in the past,” wrote analyst Roger C. Lanctot, of TechInsights, in response to questions from Light Reading.