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Rohde & Schwarz Joins Car Connectivity Consortium

Company cites the growing importance of UWB in automotive applications

Rohde & Schwarz, Car Connectivity Consortium
A promotional image shows an R&S radio communication tester.

Rohde & Schwarz announced that it has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium, or CCC.

This isn’t a story about radio broadcasting but it gives some insight into the evolving tech environment in cars.

The CCC seeks to “foster industrywide standards for communications between vehicles and smartphones.” Rohde is joining because of its interest in providing testing products and services to the automotive industry.

“In particular, the company will provide its solutions for the development and production of UWB devices and modules for automotive applications such as keyless vehicle access,” it stated.

The CCC recently launched a specification that enables compatible mobile devices to perform passive keyless access and start the engine via UWB in combination with Bluetooth Low Energy technology.

“UWB is a radio-based communications technology for short-range, high-speed spatial and directional transmission of data,” R&S noted. “It is likely to feature on a wide range of computer devices and IoT peripherals in the future.”

Rohde expects UWB will be used for many automotive applications such as remote access and gesture recognition. “For instance, the car can be parked or its trunk opened autonomously. Furthermore, with the UWB enabled Digital Key connection standardized by the CCC, access credentials to a rental vehicle can be shared or temporary access to in-car parcel delivery services can be granted via a mobile phone.”