The number of vehicle radio services for navigation, infotainment, ADAS, and other features has dramatically increased. To stay relevant to consumers, a modern, connected car may require as many as 18 antennas, and this poses major design challenges. HARMAN’s multi-band conformal antenna is designed to address these challenges by combining multiple antennas in a single module that can be mounted beneath the vehicle’s body panels and covered with a waterproof, non-conductive radome. The result is a sleek look and a perfect match with the vehicle body design. The conformal antenna provides gain, directionality and the ability to accommodate beam forming while delivering performance and the required isolation.
In addition to streamlining radio services, the multiband conformal antenna can be made part of an integrated package with HARMAN’s Telematics Control Unit (TCU) to become a “smart antenna.” This 5G-ready technology will help automakers to keep up with the pace of innovation in the telecommunications sector so that drivers can be remain connected without tethering. It supports a broad range of frequencies and radio standards including V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication.