Autonomous vehicles are already poised to take over the roadways in applications ranging from consumer to public and commercial transportation. Of course, the technology is still in its infancy with many a kink and bug to be worked out. But overall, it’s a market offering great opportunities for innovation and profit.
One such example of innovation is LG Innotek’s Second Generation V2X Full Module for the connected and autonomous vehicle markets. For those unfamiliar with the abbreviation, V2X stands for ‘vehicle to everything’, meaning an access point or system that wirelessly connects the vehicle to all relevant information. This includes traffic conditions on the road, situational awareness of other vehicles, and pedestrians.
The module integrates three V2X core components: the human computer interaction (HCI) module, which acts as the interface between driver and vehicle; hardware security module (HSM) for controlling communication protocols; and the application processor (AP) for, you guessed it, application function and control.
The range of vehicles this module can be used in is pretty wide, considering the various conditions some are put through. Essentially, not only is the module durable enough for use in hard-driven vehicles, but it is also small enough, measuring 40 mm x 35 mm x 4 mm, to be installed in any part of the vehicle. This could eliminate a lot of guesswork in the design stages. It also eliminates the need for different parts and separate tests.
In terms of durability, the module can withstand a temperature of +105C° and operate normally. Other specs include a sensitivity level of -94 dBm, transmission power of 23 dBm, and communication speeds up to 6 Mb/s. Additionally, LG Innotek can customize module to designers’ needs.