Elec­tron­ics, soft­ware drive new mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions

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The au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics in­dus­try since a few years has been un­der­go­ing a mas­sive trans­for­ma­tion by pro­duc­ing im­pres­sive new tech­nolo­gies that an­swer the mar­ket needs in term of com­fort, safety and power man­age­ment. Au­tonomous driv­ing and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion are driv­ing this rev­o­lu­tion. In­er­tial and chem­i­cal sen­sor hubs, as well as imag­ing and mag­netic sen­sor hubs, are all part of the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics land­scape.

Fu­eled by strong growth in elec­tric ve­hi­cles and au­tonomous cars, and a dra­matic in­crease in elec­tron­ics con­tent in con­ven­tional au­to­mo­biles and trucks, au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics are cru­cial com­po­nents of en­gine, ig­ni­tion, and trans­mis­sion man­age­ment; en­ter­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion, di­ag­nos­tic tools and safety sys­tems.

Re­cently, the dash­board has re­ceived a ma­jor up­grade. Me­chan­i­cal gauges are go­ing dig­i­tal – the clas­sic speedome­ter, odome­ter and warn­ing sig­nals are mov­ing to TFT (thin-film tran­sis­tor) dis­plays – where the 2D and 3D graph­ics re­quire fast pro­cess­ing and mem­ory to pro­vide real-time feed­back. While TFTs cre­ate an un­de­ni­able “cool” fac­tor, they also en­able safer and smarter driv­ing. Smart TFT dis­plays an­a­lyze and fil­ter ve­hi­cle, en­vi­ron­ment and safety in­for­ma­tion to en­sure only the most rel­e­vant data is dis­played at any given mo­ment.

Elec­tron­ics mainly helps to im­prove safety tech­nol­ogy, which will power com­put­erised sys­tems that help driv­ers out when things get dan­ger­ous or in­con­ve­nient. At the same time elec­tronic sys­tems help in im­prov­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency. With the con­stant flux of gas prices and con­sumer fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, there is al­ways room to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and save fuel.

More ad­vanced driv­e­train / power man­age­ment sys­tems mean bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency, and mov­ing for­ward, this won’t nec­es­sar­ily be at the ex­pense of power. In the in­te­rior side, to have an in­ter­ac­tive and adap­tive cabin ex­pe­ri­ence, think popup dis­plays that link to­gether cli­mate con­trols, driver in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment – and are ac­cessed through touch screens that adapt to driver pref­er­ences and the en­vi­ron­ment.

To make these fea­tures a re­al­ity and el­e­vate in-car tech­nol­ogy to the next level, the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try needs to fo­cus on in­te­grat­ing spe­cial­ized hard­ware and soft­ware tech­nolo­gies. That op­ti­mal com­bi­na­tion will pro­vide even greater speed and re­li­a­bil­ity that will ul­ti­mately be nec­es­sary to power the car of the fu­ture. In the com­ing years, there is huge po­ten­tial for telem­at­ics and UI ad­vances to be driven largely by hard­ware in­no­va­tion and few com­pa­nies are cur­rently work­ing on in­te­grat­ing flash tech­nol­ogy with logic to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence. The au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics space is in the be­gin­ning stages of ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties, and the road ahead is look­ing pretty cool. As the role of elec­tron­ics and soft­ware are gain­ing im­por­tant roles in the new ve­hi­cles, Auto Com­po­nents In­dia is high­light­ing some of the re­cent and fu­tur­is­tic changes be­ing brought about by the key play­ers in the in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Prashant Doreswamy, Head of Con­ti­nen­tal In­dia, “In Lux­ury cars to­day, there are 100s of Elec­tronic Con­trol Units (ECUs) to op­er­ate the ve­hi­cle. Ev­ery part re­quires ex­per­tise in the do­main of elec­tron­ics. These ve­hi­cles are more of one sin­gle com­puter run­ning.” Con­ti­nen­tal de­vel­ops and pro­duces ef­fi­cient sys­tem so­lu­tions for ve­hi­cle pow­er­trains to op­ti­mize fuel con­sump­tion. The prod­uct range from Con­ti­nen­tal in­cludes gaso­line and diesel in­jec­tion sys­tems, en­gine man­age­ment and trans­mis­sion con­trol, in­clud­ing sen­sors and ac­tu­a­tors, ex­haust-gas af­ter treat­ment tech­nolo­gies, fuel sup­ply sys­tems, and com­po­nents and sys­tems for hy­brid and elec­tric drives.

NXP In­dia is of­fer­ing se­cure con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tions for em­bed­ded ap­pli­ca­tions for au­to­mated ve­hi­cles. Not go­ing by the tra­di­tional wires, NXP sup­ports the light-weight­ing of ve­hi­cles by us­ing gate­way man­u­fac­tur­ing and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

We­bNMS, the IoT di­vi­sion of Zoho Corporation, pro­vides en­ter­prise IoT plat­form and so­lu­tions that max­imise the po­ten­tial of con­nected busi­ness in­fra­struc­ture. The com­pany of­fers many ready to de­ploy so­lu­tions that are built over its IoT plat­form.

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