MIMO antennae in 2015 models lays ground for connected cars

August 26, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
In what is claimed as the first application of LTE/MIMO technology for North American car makers, Laird has announced that its LTE/MIMO antennas will be installed on a major domestic automobile manufacturer’s North American vehicles, beginning model year 2015.

The Laird antennae enable 4GLTE cellular connection to mobile devices, infotainment and safety options inside the vehicle. This offers drivers and passengers a superior experience with a full range of features they have come to expect in a connected car.

The installation of Laird's antennas is the first application of LTE/MIMO (Long-Term Evolution/Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology for any domestic North American automaker. The antennas provide enhanced cellular connectivity and data throughput, allowing for faster upload and download speeds. Along with superior cellular connection, the Laird antennas also provide satellite radio, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) along with AM/FM radio in a single antenna solution.

The company says that its MIMO technology allows its antennae to outperform competitors ...[and to] combine multiple services into a single antenna solution. The antennae provide internet access to the connected vehicle and allow it to share the internet with devices inside and outside the vehicle.

Laird; www.lairdtech.com