We hear a lot about connected cars these days and clearly, if we’re going to have them, the cars need fast and reliable access to external data.
Hoping to help that along, Continental this week introduced a high-speed telematics module that offers up to 100 Mbps bandwidth wherever in the world the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network standard is available.
The module addresses cellular technologies including HSPA, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA, in addition to LTE. It supports national frequency variants in the US, Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, and many other countries. Consumer device connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB, and automotive bus standards including MOST, CAN, LIN, Ethernet, USB, and Wi-Fi are supported. A compact (35x 40 mm) printed circuit board holds the full chipset – application IC plus RAM/FLASH.
“With our new LTE-capable telematics module, drivers around the globe can expand their capabilities with cloud services, lifestyle apps, and many more innovative features to make driving more comfortable, more efficient, and safer,” said Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity.
Hiebl adds, “Our new high-speed Telematics module connects drivers to what matters.” The module will support in-vehicle features such as connecting a smartphone to the car; on- and off-board navigation; safety and security services such as automatic collision notification or remote diagnostics; premium assistance on the road; a Wi-Fi hot spot for rear seat entertainment and business productivity, and various apps.
Continental and others believe that being “Always on” is fast becoming a core requirement for new vehicles, since in the relatively near future, connected cars will be a part of the Internet of everything; communicating with other cars, and with the cloud. Continental’s telematics module is should be available for production in early 2016.