AGC Inc. has announced that the anechoic chambers constructed in Gosselies (Belgium) for the development of automotive on-glass antennas were inaugurated on March 15, 2019. With the completion of this R&D facility, AGC has established a tri-polar R&D framework for automotive on-glass antennas in Japan, the United States and Europe for the first* time in the glass industry.
In a future mobility society, cars will be equipped with devices such as cameras, LiDARs and sensors. Cars will need to be both connected to each other and have communicative functionality that delivers V2X, connecting cars to all other things. In these circumstances, automotive glass is playing an increasingly important role as an antenna/gateway for radio wave transmission and reception.
For designing and positioning an automotive on-glass antenna to achieve high-speed communication such as broadcasting services and 5G without spoiling the car design, advanced simulation technologies and highly precise measuring technologies are required from the product designing and development phase.
AGC has been an industry leader in the research, development and production of automotive on-glass antennas for over 40 years. AGC also designs automotive on-glass antennas in its anechoic chambers in Japan and the United States, and provides customers with on-glass antennas. By completing the anechoic chambers in Europe, AGC has established a framework for accelerating the research and development of antennas to meet demand for “connected” cars in the age of IoT and supporting automobile development by its customers on a global scale.
The AGC Group places the field of mobility as a strategic business as part of its management policy, “AGC plus.” The Group will utilize the strengths of its anechoic chambers in the three bases of Japan, the United States and Europe to contribute to the realization of “connected” cars.