Waymo CTO: 5G will be a self-driving car ‘accelerator and enabler’

Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov thinks 5G and next-generation cellular networks will be “an enabler” of the company’s autonomous car fleets, he told reporters this morning during a meeting at Waymo’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

“I think it’ll help in terms of communication [and with] latency and bandwidth,” he said, noting that Waymo’s driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans wirelessly exchange information about hazards and route changes via dual modems. “[Our cars] still have to rely on onboard computation for anything that is safety-critical, but … [5G] will be an accelerator.”