A number of global car manufacturers leading the charge towards a future of self-driving cars and connected vehicles have expressed their frustration at the impact of wireless interference.

Global automakers are aggressively pursuing a new vision for their industry - and the general consensus is that the vision of its future lies in the development of self-driving technology and connected cars.

However, attempts to accelerate the process have stalled amidst concerns surrounding electronics, specifically interference caused by other wireless devices.

This is known as electromagnetic interference and these types of signals date back to the early days of radio technology and can have negative effects on how computer chips operate.

A researcher at Florida Polytechnic University who possesses vast knowledge in relation to connected cars said it was a big problem that automakers will have difficulty overcoming.

Rahul Razdan said, “When you think about all the radios reporting out there, then you quickly realize you’ve got some really significant issues.”

In reality, several automakers have had to face electromagnetic interference with regards to multiple types of technologies, such as wireless phone charging or their electronically controlled steering and braking systems. The problem is identifying the source of the interference, as overlapping wireless systems can make things more difficult – especially in city centers where we can expect the first deployments of advanced self-driving vehicles.