HARMAN Solves Design Dilemma for 5G Connected Car
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist – tweeting @carwriteups
With predictions that the connected car could need up to 18 antennae to provide all services, HARMAN has announced it has the solution.
The company’s 5G-ready, multiband antennae combines all 18 antennae into one module. It can be mounted below a vehicle’s body panels, allowing automakers new possibilities for vehicle design.
“Up until now, car makers have employed a “shark fin” antenna in combination with a variety of other antennas distributed around the vehicle. However, with ever more connected services, it’s no longer viable for designers,” said Vishnu Sundaram, of HARMAN Connected Car.
“Working with Samsung and several OEM partners, the HARMAN team has designed a solution that is compact and aesthetically pleasing.”
Alongside the current WiFi, Bluetooth and radio connectivity, HARMAN’s antenna can also accommodate Vehicle to Infrastructure, Electronic Toll Collection and Remote Keyless Entry.
5G connectivity brought by this antenna will allow drivers and passengers to completely change the way they go about their drive, allowing them to stream content at unprecedented speed to truly personalise their experience.
“We’re currently evaluating the antennas with several premium car manufacturers to validate the design for each vehicle, and we expect to see the conformal antennas available for model year 2021 cars,” added Sundaram.
According to BI Intelligence, by 2020 there will be around 220 million connected cars on the roads worldwide, increasing from the 30 million connected vehicles in use today.