Sierra Wireless’ latest embedded wireless module connects cars to Verizon’s LTE network, underlining growing interest in the 4G technology while also highlighting its current drawbacks.
There is growing demand for the integration of 4G LTE technology into vehicles, according to Sierra. LTE’s higher bandwidth and lower latency helps improve the performance of navigation and location-based services. In addition, passengers can use the superior wireless connection for watching movies or playing games, Sierra said on Thursday.
The AirPrime AR7550 module has been approved for Verizon’s network and small volumes are available to equipment manufacturers for testing and development.
The choice to develop a module customized for Verizon’s network highlights the fragmented nature of LTE spectrum, which forces car makers and consumers to make choices that will affect the whole lifetime of the vehicle.