In some application scenarios, the antenna structure itself can be used as a heater to improve the performance of the car in bad weather.
However, the location of the heating element should be properly placed away from the heat-sensitive electronics, and the system with integrated heating can include a helical antenna.
Tesla said in a statement that the design could result in a more accurate antenna while reducing noise, power consumption and manufacturing costs.
At the same time, its GPS system can not only improve the accuracy of positioning and navigation, but also be used in future autonomous driving scenarios.
GNSS antenna units can be used to provide global positioning (GPS) or other signals to vehicle systems for different functions involving accurate location information.
By combining the signals received by the GNSS antenna with data from other sensors such as ultrasonics/cameras, the system is better able to plan a route to take passengers to their destination (such as when remotely summoned).
In addition, GNSS antenna systems can be used for other functions involving precise or general location information, such as retrieving nearby businesses, restaurants, gas stations, and driver assistance such as Autopilot based on current location and advertising.
In the end, ten people signed the Tesla GPS antenna patent: Anand Konanur, Shreya Singh, Richard Breden.
Yasutaka Horiki, Aycan Erentok, George Zucker, Nagarjun Bhat, Rui Moreira, Aydin Nabovati and Rishabh Bhandari.