CES 2024: LG partnership to unveil transparent antenna for vehicles

CES 2024: LG partnership to unveil transparent antenna for vehicles

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

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LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its transparent antenna for automobiles at CES 2024. The transparent film-type antenna, which is applied directly to vehicle glass, was designed in collaboration with renowned French glass manufacturer, Saint-Gobain Sekurit.

A transformative telecommunications technology, the transparent antenna is expected to make waves as in the rapidly evolving mobility sector while further strengthening LG’s position in the automotive market.

The automotive industry, where electric vehicles are now the norm and autonomous and software-defined vehicles are soon to arrive, is set for a connectivity revolution. This transformation demands cutting-edge telecommunications environments capable of real-time data exchange within high-tech personal spaces.

Designed for compatibility with various types of glass and vehicle designs, the transparent antenna will be available as an on-glass or in-glass solution. The broad surface application of the film-type antenna guarantees reliable telecommunications performance and provides scalability to handle increased network traffic. Extremely adaptable, the telematics antenna offers improved connectivity with support for 5G, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Wi-Fi.

The transparent antenna can be seamlessly integrated in car windshields or in glass sunroofs. This means vehicle manufacturers don’t have to make any design concessions when developing new models as it removes the need for the kind of housing typically required to accommodate conventional antennas. The film-type antenna features more than 80 of LG’s patented innovations, including the design capability to make antenna patterns transparent and transparent electrode technology. LG, in partnership with Saint-Gobain Sekurit, enhanced product integrity by developing a method to apply the antenna onto glass. The leading glass maker is equipping electric vehicles worldwide.

“In collaboration with LG, a leader in vehicle components, we are pioneering advancements in vehicle telecommunications,” said Thibaut Heitz, Innovation and R&D Director of Saint-Gobain Sekurit. “Our common objective aim is to provide an enriched and unique in-vehicle environment, bringing the future of mobility to fruition”.

“Created through our close partnership with Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the transparent antenna is a next-generation product that has proven its exceptional communications performance for automotive applications via vehicle tests,” said Eun Seok-hyun, president of LG Vehicle component Solutions Company. “As a global leader in telematics and automotive, LG is committed to advancing its technological capabilities and will continue to introduce new solutions that drive the evolution of the mobility experience.”


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