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BMW, Harman Seek to Bring 5G to Cars

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April 23, 2020—BMW and Samsung-owned Harman are working on a solution to bring 5G to vehicles like the iNext, an electric SUV due out in 2021, reported Digital Trends.

A 5G connection requires more hardware because it is enabled by a radio spectrum that tends to have a shorter range, according to the report. 

Harman is looking to a solution that mounts the antennas onto a single structure that can be installed beneath sheet metal. About 14 antennas could be mounted onto the same block. 

5G has the potential to boost cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X), a network based on cellular technology for vehicles to communicate with people, other cars, infrastructure, the internet and anything else.

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