Connected car

Connected Cars Bank on the Right Hardware Components

May 15, 2018
This white paper examines connected cars before discussing some of the hardware components that are needed to make this technology possible.

While the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted many industries, nowhere is it more evident than in the automotive industry. This point can be proven by the rise of connected cars, which provide consumers with enhanced entertainment and safety features. But for connected cars to be a reality, the right hardware components are needed. In the white paper, “The Connected Car Market: Amphenol RF Solutions,” Amphenol RF explains the significance of connected cars before discussing some of the hardware components that enable this technology.

The white paper notes that connected-car technology is increasingly being incorporated into consumer products. In terms of numbers, the global connected-car market penetration is 8.0% in 2018, with that number expected to rise to 19.3% by 2021. A quarter of a billion connected cars are projected to be on the road by 2020.

After that opening, the discussion surrounds the importance of the connected car, with an emphasis on entertainment and safety. One point brought out is that various forms of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are already implemented in many popular cars on the road. Automotive manufacturers also intend to implement additional ADAS technology into consumer vehicles in the near future. Furthermore, the white paper talks about both LiDAR and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies.

Later on, the paper examines the hardware components of connected cars. It notes that while software will play an important role in connected cars of the future, hardware is equally vital to this industry. Examination of the connected-car hardware components then leads to a discussion of the FAKRA standard, which has been adopted as a global standard. FAKRA and other industry standards like USCAR have helped to reduce the costs associated with RF interconnections by optimizing electrical and mechanical performance in telematics applications.

Afterward, the white paper mentions Amphenol RF’s earlier generations of FAKRA connectors (Gen 1.0 to 3.0). In addition, Gen 4.0 will play an integral role in the move to autonomous vehicles, according to the paper. 6.0-GHz FAKRA connectors are discussed as well.

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