Volvo is showing off its innovative Concept 26 vehicle at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This car joins the ranks of other self-driving vehicles, like those created by Tesla and Google. However, the Concept 26 goes beyond driving itself and is able to continuously stream video entertainment, even during Internet connection interruptions.
In order to do this, Volvo collaborated with telecom provider Ericsson to create streaming services for autonomous cars that avoid interruptions caused by dead spots. Using traffic route predictions, the car is able to select shows that are the same length as the journey, while tailoring bandwidth along the selected route. When patches of network disconnection are experienced, the show will continue to play, as the system will have buffered accordingly before leaving the driveway.
Best of all, this media entertainment will be showcased on a high-definition, built-in screen that rotates conveniently out of the passenger's dashboard, transforming a commuter's car into a personal theater.