Elec­tron­ics makes ve­hi­cles greener, safer, connected

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Mod­ern ve­hi­cles have a large num­ber of elec­tronic sys­tems and func­tions. The driv­ing forces be­hind this de­vel­op­ment are the need for more safety, less emis­sions and en­ergy con­sump­tion, more driver in­for­ma­tion and driver as­sis­tance, and more driv­ing fun and com­fort.

Au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics started in the de­vel­oped mar­kets in 1950s and 60s with the in­tro­duc­tion of semi­con­duc­tor tran­sis­tors in car ra­dios and power diodes in al­ter­na­tors. Since the 80’s, the in­te­gra­tion of elec­tronic sys­tems like en­gine man­age­ment or brake con­trol sys­tems came into fo­cus. Now au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics is char­ac­terised by the ve­hi­cle-wide net­work­ing of all elec­tronic sys­tems, with ad­di­tional func­tions.

The next stage could be net­work­ing be­tween the ve­hi­cle and the en­vi­ron­ment. All those trends are en­abled by elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies sup­port­ing in­creas­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion, in­te­gra­tion and net­work­ing of elec­tronic de­vices.

Au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics ex­perts vi­su­alise that the `in­tel­li­gent’ ve­hi­cle of the fu­ture will have 3 main ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments: In­tel­li­gent sen­sors; elec­tronic do­main con­trol units; and mecha­tronic ac­tu­a­tors.

Car­mak­ers, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies, hard­ware and soft­ware providers, and var­i­ous oth­ers with a stake in the fu­ture of ve­hi­cle elec­tron­ics and con­nec­tiv­ity dis­cuss var­i­ous themes, which they con­sider would make the fu­ture ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially cars.

Now the ma­jor­ity of con­sumers want their car act as an ex­ten­sion of their phone for mu­sic, con­tacts, nav­i­ga­tion, and more. Con­sumers are ac­cus­tomed to their phones per­form­ing reg­u­lar soft­ware up­dates on a daily ba­sis with­out their in­ter­ven­tion or a visit to the phone store. They want the same with their cars also. No­body wants the has­sle and ex­pense of go­ing to a dealer to fix an is­sue and ex­pect the car do it­self.

As cars be­come more adapt­able, driv­ers can ex­pect their favourite ra­dio sta­tions, tem­per­a­ture set­tings, des­ti­na­tions, seat set­tings, and more to travel with them via their phone. And that ap­plies to any car, whether it’s one’s own, a friend’s, or even a rental as car­mak­ers adapt to the car shar­ing move­ment.

Sur­veys by the in­dus­try an­a­lysts in­di­cate that 30% of mo­torists want park­ing info in their cars. Now that nav­i­ga­tion, weather, and traf­fic in­for­ma­tion are read­ily avail­able, ur­ban and sub­ur­ban driv­ers are looking for help in park­ing. It is ex­pected to be­come more widely avail­able as the in­fra­struc­ture catches up. There will be even the op­por­tu­nity to pay from the car it­self.

Au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics is ex­pected to con­tinue its growth mo­men­tum. Elec­tron­ics con­tent in cars in In­dia is said to be worth be­tween US$ 500 and $ 1,000. “I would say it is in a growth path. If you take a con­ser­va­tive ap­proach, 25-30% CAGR on au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics is com­pletely doable and if there is any reg­u­la­tory push that is com­ing in we can see even more than 30% of growth,” Amit Jain, Coun­try Head, Vis­teon In­dia, has said.

Noida-based Ac­tia In­dia Pvt Ltd, the man­u­fac­turer and sup­plier of

on-board sys­tems, connected ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, DC to DC con­vert­ers, di­ag­nos­tics and test­ing so­lu­tions to au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, an­tic­i­pates a pro­lif­er­a­tion of elec­tronic con­tent in com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. New reg­u­la­tions on fuel ef­fi­ciency, qual­ity and safety will ne­ces­si­tate in­crease in elec­tron­ics parts in ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, this growth is linked to the abil­ity of the sup­pli­ers to cope with some chal­lenges like: How to han­dle the in­creas­ing com­plex­ity of net­worked au­to­mo­tive sys­tems in the de­vel­op­ment phase; how to keep ve­hi­cles – de­spite their in­creas­ing elec­tron­ics con­tent – af­ford­able for the con­sumer; how to as­sure ex­tended life­time re­li­a­bil­ity and avail­abil­ity of the ve­hi­cles de­spite the un­der­ly­ing, very com­plex elec­tronic sys­tems.

The Cover Story of this is­sue is high­light­ing the con­tri­bu­tions, dis­cov­er­ies, prod­ucts and sys­tems of com­pa­nies that help meet these and more com­plex chal­lenges and make ve­hi­cle more elec­tron­ics-driven.

CES 2017

Con­nec­tiv­ity was ev­ery­where at CES 2017 in Las Ve­gas, USA. From Jan­uary 5 to 8, CES 2017 also fea­tured Su­per Ses­sions and con­fer­ence tracks that fo­cused on tech­nol­ogy trends and pol­icy is­sues. The con­fer­ence on `Self-Driv­ing Cars: New Rules of the Road’, dis­cussed with top ex­ec­u­tives from Black­berry, In­tel and Mo­bil­eye on how a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach be­tween au­tomak­ers, hard­ware and soft­ware devel­op­ers is driv­ing the rapid pace of self-driv­ing in­no­va­tions. The pan­elists agreed that in order to reach the ex­pected goal of hav­ing self-driv­ing cars on the road by 2020, the in­dus­try needs to fully solve the con­ver­gence of IoT and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

AT CES 2017, Vis­teon Cor­po­ra­tion in­tro­duced its next-gen­er­a­tion Phoenix in­fo­tain­ment plat­form. It sig­nals a tech­no­log­i­cal break­through in in­fo­tain­ment, which is quickly be­com­ing the dig­i­tal core of the connected car. Mean­while, an­other au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics com­pany, Mag­neti Marelli, which de­signs and pro­duces ad­vanced sys­tems and com­po­nents, ded­i­cated its dis­play to tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion in the au­to­mo­bile sec­tor, specif­i­cally re­lated to the top­ics of Il­lu­mi­na­tion, elec­tronic Sys­tems and Mo­tor Sports.

Cor­po­rate ini­tia­tives

Tata Elxsi, part of the $100 Bil­lion Tata group and a lead­ing global de­sign and tech­nol­ogy ser­vices provider for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, in part­ner­ship with DiSTI Cor­po­ra­tion Florida, USA, has de­vel­oped an in­te­grated e-cock­pit so­lu­tion with IVI, IC, HUD, and ADAS fea­tures, all in­te­grated on a sin­gle Re­ne­sas R-Car H3 plat­form, with the UX de­vel­oped com­pletely us­ing DiSTI’s GL Stu­dio.

The US-based MSC Soft­ware, a simulation soft­ware prod­uct provider for au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try plans to in­crease its sup­plier base in In­dia to help the tier com­pa­nies and OEMs op­ti­mise their de­signs us­ing vir­tual pro­to­types. The Bos­ton-head­quar­tered Math­Works, a simulation so­lu­tion provider, spe­cialises in math­e­mat­i­cal com­put­ing soft­ware for ap­pli­ca­tions in the new trends in au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, codes al­go­rithms for multi do­main de­sign op­ti­mi­sa­tion of OEMs.

Re­ne­sas Elec­tron­ics Cor­po­ra­tion, a pre­mier sup­plier of ad­vanced semi­con­duc­tor so­lu­tions, has an­nounced its first RH850based, 32-bit, au­to­mo­tive radar mi­cro­con­troller (MCU) se­ries, the RH850/V1R. It will de­liver the high per­for­mance and fea­tures re­quired for en­abling fu­ture ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems (ADAS) and au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. The RH850/V1R-M, the first prod­uct from the RH850/V1R Se­ries, in­cludes a dig­i­tal sig­nal pro­ces­sor (DSP, Note 1) and high speed se­rial in­ter­faces and is specif­i­cally de­signed for mid­dle-to long-range radars.

The Ja­panese OMRON, man­u­fac­turer of au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics, plans to in­tro­duce its flag­ship prod­uct, Im­age sen­sor/ Hu­man Vi­sion Com­po­nent (HVC) in the global mar­ket in a few months and in In­dia by 2020.

Novire Tech­nolo­gies Pvt Ltd is de­vel­op­ing and pro­vid­ing smart IT so­lu­tions,that are ba­si­cally the con­flu­ence of the 4 ma­jor busi­ness trends - Mo­bile Tech­nolo­gies, Cloud Com­put­ing, Big Data and In­ter­net of Things, to the lo­gis­tics and trans­porta­tion in­dus­try. It has been con­sis­tently de­vel­op­ing newer tech­nolo­gies, and has re­cently floated 2 new sep­a­rate units –Au­to­plant, and ITBS - truck load.

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