Embedded connectivity is all the rage in the automotive industry right now. Of course, connected cars are not new. Since the dawn of mass-produced motor cars, vehicle owners have enjoyed the benefits of being connected while on the road through broadcast radio. By 1994, cars were connected to digital databases that delivered real-time traffic and weather services to drivers, speeding their way along the most efficient route. By the beginning of the 21st century, cable-tethered mobile phones and embedded communications modules connected cars to the mobile networks. This enabled the delivery of a robust set of driver and passenger services, ranging from theft protection to streaming music and video.
As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, pervasive connectivity will become the norm—and serves a purpose far beyond the infotainment system. This ubiquitous connectivity will enable a paradigm shift in almost every aspect of personal and commercial transportation, ultimately reaching a point where vehicles drive themselves. The communications systems in the cars of the future will enhance safety, facilitate new power trains and deliver new and compelling driver and passenger experiences and improved operating efficiency. Through shared mobility, even new ownership models will develop.
Universal connectivity, as envisioned in the coming years, requires more antennas. Today, the omnipresent but mildly unattractive ‘shark fin’ antenna that extrudes from the rear roof of many modern cars carries many of today’s connected services. Still, less visible antennas buried in doors, inside bumpers and behind glass and enable passenger hotspots, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring. These hidden antennas crisscross through the car creating an expensive and often unreliable web of cables in the car.
With the proliferation of new antennas and radio services, it is time to simplify automotive antenna technology to control cost, improve reliability and performance. As a side benefit, these new antennas will enhance vehicle aesthetics and aerodynamics.Join us for the “We’re All Ears for No Shark Fins—Conformal Antenna Webinar” where we will be speaking to a panel of experts on a new class of antenna called “Conformal Antennas.” Like your mobile phone, conformal antennas are buried in the electronics, below the body surface and help avoid the unsightly radiator elements and the inefficiency and added cost of cables. They consolidate many antennas into a single device. _1597199281764