The Connected Car
A car is not just a car, it’s an extension of our lives. The automotive industry is exploding with wireless technology. Today, cars can connect to our smart devices, enable us to stream music from the Internet, and navigate via satellite.
The Future of Wireless Technologies in Automotive
By 2020, self driving and driverless cars will be a reality. As these revolutions in automotive technology become reality, the number of wireless technologies and devices used in our cars will dramatically increase…making it critical that they work flawlessly, every time. LitePoint® technology verifies and calibrates the most commonly used technologies in wireless automotive and we continue to develop test solutions for new wireless technologies, every day. Wireless technologies in automotive today:
- 802.11p – Countries around the world started to announce plans to make Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) mandatory for new vehicles. 802.11p is the key enabling technology for ITS that allows Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication.
- GPS – Satellite navigation system used for location and map directions from any unobstructed point on Earth.
- Bluetooth & Bluetooth LE – Used for connecting short range wireless devices in the car such as smartphones, gaming systems and controllers.
- 4G/LTE – The high speed data pipe into the car, enabling the delivery of music, video, news, and information to the car’s on-board entertainment system.
- Wi-Fi – Just like the home, cars now have a local network enabling connectivity to our wireless devices while cruising the highway or zipping around town.
- Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) – Allows drivers to pay bridge tolls at high speeds electronically with an RFID transponder enabling automatic payments and reduced resources to man toll stations.