Connected cars on the rise

Car makers and connectivity companies are working in partnership to deliver next gen driving

Connectivity within the car has seen strong development in recent years, with manufacturers on all sides attempting to deliver next-gen experiences to consumers.

One body set up to help drive this phenomenon is the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) which hopes to address society’s mobility and road safety needs with applications like connected infotainment features and connected automated driving.

Members of the association already include AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated. To this list, we can now add Airgain, global player in wireless connectivity platforms, bringing to the association a portfolio of connectivity solutions and a wealth of experience in developing antenna applications for government, public safety and enterprise applications.

Airgain says the move underlines its commitment to the research and development of new advanced solutions for the connected car, and the role it intends to play in defining the new connectivity landscape that will revolutionise the transportation world.

In a little more detail, Airgain believes it can play an important role in the connected vehicle market by providing antenna technology in support of advanced wireless connectivity solutions for in-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications.

Dino Flore, general director of the 5GAA, says, “We are very pleased to welcome Airgain to the 5GAA consortium and look forward to the contributions and expertise that they will bring to defining the standard and applications. Wireless system design will play a key role in the definition and implementation of the new generation of connected cars and infrastructure.”

Alberto Bonamico, business development director, Automotive at Airgain, “We are delighted to join the 5GAA to bring all our efforts on 5G technology to the automotive industry. For the potential of 5G to be realised in the automotive industry, collaboration and development of ecosystems are fundamental. This is how we will achieve real progress with the connected and autonomous car. We are looking forward to working with leaders in the automotive industry, and believe our expertise will help accelerate industry innovation in vehicle connectivity.”

The 5GAA was established in September 2016. The association is developing, testing and promoting communications solutions, supporting standardisation and looking to accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The association is working to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as autonomous driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart city and intelligent transportation.



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