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LG Innotek Develops Industry's First 5G-based Communication Module for Autonomous Vehicles
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LG Innotek Develops Industry's First 5G-based Communication Module for Autonomous Vehicles
  • By Michael Herh
  • October 17, 2019, 10:25
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LG Innotek's 5G communication module for future cars

LG Innotek announced on Oct. 16 that it has developed the industry's first 5G communication module for future cars based on a Qualcomm chip.

The newly developed communication module for vehicles is a device that transmits and receives data between a vehicle and a base station. The module is vital to real-time road information sharing, precise location measurement, car-to-everything (V2X) communications and large-capacity data transfers. That is to say, it can empower cars to drive themselves, industry watchers said.

In particular, it features response time of 0.001 second so it is tens of times faster than current LTE modules. Response time means the time that data take to travel between a vehicle and a base station. For example, an LTE module-based autonomous vehicle running at 100 km/h (response time: 0.05 second) can stop only after moving about 1.4 meters when it detects an obstacle, while an autonomous vehicle with a 5G module moves only 2.8 centimeters under the same conditions.

Also, while the telecommunication module has a total of 480 parts in it, including communication chips, memories, radio frequency circuits, cellular-V2X, is free from 5G modules' chronic heat problem.

LG Innotek aims to commercialize the product in the second half of next year. To this end, the company plans to carry out promotional activities for global automobiles and auto parts suppliers in the United States, Europe, and Korea.