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Lear To Supply Advanced Connectivity To Global EV Maker

Lear’s 4G/5G telecommunications unit to power advanced driver-assistance functions.

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Lear Corp., a global automotive technology leader in seating and e-systems, announced it will begin supplying its 4G/5G telecommunications unit in late 2022 to a global electric vehicle automaker to provide advanced connectivity and vehicle positioning solutions that assist driving and parking functions.

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This is a new automotive production application of Lear’s proprietary Global Navigation Satellite System – a high accuracy vehicle positioning technology – integrated into Lear’s 4G/5G telecommunications unit, which connects the vehicle to cloud services and controls diagnostics and communications to and from the vehicle.

Lear’s system offers the automaker better than lane-level vehicle position accuracy, supporting the challenging requirements of advanced driver-assistance systems. “Our global customers are seeking innovative solutions that provide market-leading safety and consumer experiences,” said Carl Esposito, Lear senior vice president and president, E-Systems. “This award validates our unique value proposition of offering a telecommunications unit integrated with precise vehicle positioning solutions.”

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Lear’s high accuracy vehicle positioning solutions offer:

  • Vehicle accuracy up to 10 centimeters (4 inches)
  • Global availability, including China, without reliance on local positioning infrastructure
  • Modular and flexible software-based solution that doesn’t require specialized hardware
  • Data optimized corrections service that uses 20 to 30 times less data than competing solutions – substantially reducing operating expenses for automakers
  • Robust and predictive solution that mitigates loss of connectivity for up to 15 minutes

“This program award is the result of Lear’s unique value proposition – global expertise in connectivity, software, services, and high accuracy vehicle positioning,” Esposito said. “We look forward to collaborating with our customer to deliver Lear’s market leading connectivity technologies.”

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