Continental has successfully completed acquisition of Kathrein Automotive GmbH’s automotive division for an undisclosed price. Katherin Automotive is a Rosenheim-based antenna and satellite technology manufacturer and its acquisition will consolidate Continental’s position in the growing vehicle antenna market. Moving forward, both the companies will be working closely together to drive forward innovations while pioneering development of the Intelligent Antenna Module. Intelligent vehicle antennas are the starting point for future-proof connectivity concepts in the vehicle interior and beyond, stated the company.
A connected vehicle can contain over 22 installed antennas and potential applications range from remote access keys and navigation applications through to telematics solutions. The core functions of the Intelligent Antenna Module include the integration of various V2X technologies, such as the global 5G Hybrid V2X solution, which enables communication via the cellular network as well as rapid, reliable direct data transfer. Continental will now be able to deliver a broad portfolio ranging from rod antennas to the Intelligent Antenna Module, the company noted.
According to Radiant Insights forecast, vehicle transmitter and receiver systems market will grow by around 6.5 percent per year between now and 2022. Continental and Kathrein have already brought two connectivity solutions to market together: the Intelligent Antenna Module and the multifunctional Smart Device Terminal. The Intelligent Antenna Module replaces the single antennas that have been scattered around vehicles by combining the antennas and the accompanying electronics into one hardware module. This not only makes wiring more straightforward and reduces installation space, but also improves signal quality at the same time. Furthermore, the multifunctional Smart Device Terminal allows drivers to seamlessly integrate their digital lifestyles into their vehicles by easily and comprehensively connecting their mobile devices to their vehicles.
Johann Hiebl, head of the Body & Security and Infotainment & Connectivity business units at Continental, said acquiring Kathrein Automotive will allow Continental to deepen the level of cooperation within its cross-divisional R&D teams and drive forward the development of high-performance connectivity solutions for intelligent mobility.