It’s your car, do you hear me?

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Normal and emergency communication with the world

Under the rear bumper cladding is a pair of LTE antennas. “The one on the right is dedicated to mobile data services and, together with the antenna in the roof spoiler, ensures the best possible data flow. One would not be enough – the antenna receives or transmits at some point, because it cannot manage both at the same time, which is why they are doubled, so that the communication of the car with its environment is as fast, smooth and of high quality as possible, even at higher data volumes. Plus, the LTE antenna on the roof also meets the needs of the emergency call system. This is mandatory in many areas, so even cars with lower equipment levels have GNSS and LTE antennas in the roof spoiler so the car knows its location and can send it to emergency services in a Special SMS,” explains Navrátil.

The LTE antenna under the rear bumper used for mobile online services (here on the ŠKODA KAROQ).

The left antenna in the rear bumper serves as a support for the telephone booth equipment. This is a dashboard module that allows inductive wireless charging of mobile phones. However, it is rather obscured there, so that an outside signal has difficulty reaching it. This antenna therefore essentially brings the mobile signal closer to the phone in the cockpit.

Phone Box enables mobile phone wireless charging and connection to external car antenna

All European ŠKODA models today use the aerial set described here, and you will no longer see a conventional roof-mounted rod aerial. With one exception. “It’s the FABIA. What is otherwise picked up by the fifth door structure, i.e. AM, FM and DAB signal, is processed by a roof rack on this compact car. the FABIA has it on the roof even though it is equipped with navigation. In this case, the antenna bar has a wider base that houses the GNSS module,” adds Svoboda.

The ŠKODA FABIA and its rod antenna

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