In-car 5G “harder than you think”

An executive at the connected product company Harman has admitted that putting 5G into vehicles is presenting a unique set of challenges.

Yahoo Finance has written how, while 5G’s speed is enabled by the spectrum it uses, that spectrum tends to have shorter range so a reliable connection needs more hardware including numerous antennas. “Yet no one wants to drive around in a car that looks like it has a defense-spec satellite dish bolted to its roof,” it says.

The report quotes Roger Jollis, Harman’s Director of Product Management saying, “We’re looking at more complex antenna structures. Where do you put them? It can be a logistical nightmare.”

He’s looking at how to embed an antenna into a vehicle structure itself, in a similar way to aerials in mobile phones installed in the casing.


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