Continental has acquired Kathrein Automotive for an undisclosed price after antitrust authorities cleared the transaction.

Intelligent vehicle antennas are the starting point for future-proof connectivity concepts in the vehicle interior and beyond, with potential applications ranging from remote access keys and navigation applications through to telematics solutions.

A connected vehicle can contain more than 22 installed antennas. Backed by Kathrein Automotive, Continental can offer a broad portfolio ranging from rod antennas to the Intelligent Antenna Module.

The core functions of the Intelligent Antenna Module include the integration of various V2X technologies, such as the global 5G Hybrid V2X solution, which enables communication via the cellular network as well as direct data transfer. Continental recently won its first customer project for this flexible 5G hybrid platform.

“The more than 1,000 new colleagues we have gained are an invaluable pool of experience and expertise in the field of vehicle connectivity,” said Continental Body & Security and Infotainment & Connectivity, Johann Hiebl.

“We will take immediate steps to work even harder on driving forward the development of high-performance connectivity solutions for intelligent mobility.”

Continental is incorporating all Kathrein Automotive employees and all eight locations in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and the US.