LG Claims World’s First Automotive V2X 5G Module

LG Innotek, part of the electronics giant LG Corporation, has claimed the world’s first automotive based on 5G module possibly paving the way to true V2X.

The module, using Qualcomm chips, employs 5G mobile telecommunication technology to transmit data between a vehicle and a cellular base station and wireless network connection. This module combines a communication chip, memory, and RF (radio frequency) circuit and is generally mounted on the inside a vehicle or in a vehicle communication device on the roof.

It could play a major role in advancing the possibility of V2X capabilities, the sharing of real-time traffic information, precise location measurement and transmission of larger amounts of data. These abilities could secure the key functions that are needed for entirely autonomous driving that requires no involvement of the driver.

The company said using 5G technology for automotive communication modules was not easy because it uses high frequency bands, causing higher loss of signals than LTE (Long Term Evolution, 4G mobile telecommunication technology) as well as high heat generation due to transmission of larger amounts of data.

It claims to have solved the issues

To solve this problem, LG Innotek used its proprietary RF circuit design technology, high precision and density modular technology as well as heat resistant new materials. It claims the module has a low latency (1ms or less), which is one tenth of that of an LTE module. A company spokesman said: “The successful development of 5G communication module for vehicles will speed up the commercialization of entirely autonomous vehicles and connected cars by manufacturers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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