Antennas connect cars & enhance driving experience

26th August 2014
Nat Bowers

Laird's LTE/MIMO antennas will be installed on a major domestic automobile manufacturer’s North American vehicles, beginning with model year 2015. Enabling 4G/LTE cellular connection to mobile devices, infotainment and safety options inside the vehicle, the antennas offer drivers and passengers a superior in vehicle experience.

Laird has claimed that this is the first application of LTE/MIMO technology for any domestic North American automaker. Enhancing cellular connectivity and data throughput, the antennas enable faster upload and download speeds. They also provide satellite radio, GNSS and M/FM radio in a single antenna solution.

Advancing the concept of connected cars, the Laird antennas provide internet access to the connected vehicle and allow it to share the internet with devices inside and outside the vehicle. Enabling the driver to access smartphone apps, navigation, music player and car diagnostic systems from one single in-dash system, special features can tap into the internet and provide information to the driver including speed, accident or traffic information.

Steve Brown, Senior Vice President, Telematics/ M2M business, Laird, stated: “Our patented MIMO technology allows Laird’s antennas to outperform competitors when it comes to providing cellular coverage in vehicles. Because of this technology we are able to combine multiple services into a single antenna solution for our customers. This in turn, allows automobile manufacturers to offer many features of a connected vehicle, ultimately enhancing the driving experience.”

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