Swiss based u-blox announces the acquisition of the automotive-grade Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module products and a team of key engineers from lesswire AG, a subsidiary of the PRETTL group. Founded in 1999, lesswire is a privately owned company that provides robust vehicle-ready short range wireless communication modules to Tier-1 automotive electronics suppliers in Europe and Asia.
The purchase includes off-the-shelf products, equipment and a team of experts in the area of connected car and short range connectivity modules.
“The addition of the automotive modules from lesswire positions u-blox as a strategic supplier of wireless technology to the fast growing market for in-car and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication systems,“ said Herbert Blaser, VP of short range products at u-blox. “Besides actual high demand for in-car connectivity, next generation smart cars will have advanced safety and collision avoidance systems that depend on robust, reliable communications. Building on u‑blox’ leadership in automotive positioning electronics, this acquisition adds a key enabling technology to our portfolio. We welcome our new colleagues in Berlin to build on the synergies between our companies.”
lesswire’s module operations in Berlin to become a u-blox product center for automotive-grade short range radio modules.
In a separate release u-blox has also announced it has provided key global positioning technology to Cohda Wireless’ Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) equipment, collectively called “V2X”
Cohda’s DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications) based V2X system uses accurate satellite positioning with embedded dead reckoning technology provided by u-blox. The system enables, for example, early warning of an imminent collision, oncoming traffic, presence of road workers and unsafe speed based on vehicles in the vicinity. V2X will be a key technology for the next generation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as well as autonomous vehicles.