Autonomous Vehicles To Be Key Part Of Future Mobility

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Autonomous Vehicles To Be Key Part Of Future Mobility

Autonomous Vehicles Key Future Mobility Sasken Technologies

The future of mobility has been repeatedly said to feature the main trends of connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving. In a way, the path to autonomous vehicles can also be seen in this same direction of vehicles first becoming connected, then getting electrified, and finally gaining autonomy. The development of such technological trends is taking place at a rapid pace, for which suitable tools are required for timely and accurate advancements.

A company that works on automotive electronics as a whole, with key tools for connectivity, safety and autonomous driving systems is Sasken Technologies. It offers tools that enable companies (OEMs, as well as suppliers) to work on existing electronic systems, as well as new areas around in-vehicle-infotainment, Telematics, vehicle connectivity and autonomous driving. Auto Tech Review spoke with Calvin Nichols, Vice-President and Head, Automotive Business, Sasken Technologies Ltd, to learn of some of these tools.

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Autonomous Driving (AD) and self-driving vehicles are being seen as a very important part of the future of mobility. From a global perspective, a number of vehicles with Level 2 AD systems are already present, with Level 3 now being incorporated, noted Nichols. He said that the challenge will be in the migration from Level 3 to Level 4 AD, especially since self-driving aids and technologies will be at the forefront for the primary cause of road safety.

Modularity of systems within the automotive spectrum, be it safety or infotainment-focussed in nature, also give rise for tools necessary to develop such modules. An example of such modularity is in the dashboard of a car, which displays a large amount of information that includes the performance characteristics, as well as entertainment features. Sasken provides features that enable the convergence of various sensors, networks and control units to populate into a viewable interface. This collated information can be provided to the end-user in a customised format that offers the data specifically demanded in a specific interface. This combined data also becomes the information base that can be put to use for autonomous vehicle features.

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The development of electronic systems and components, more so when compared to other segments of the automotive industry make use of next-generation technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Artificial/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and others. Since the electronics functions in a vehicle are expected to read the user and learn their preferences and choices, it is natural that these components are equipped with such new-age technologies.

Nichols said that Sasken has set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) that works on technologies like AI and ML to support its customers in offering solutions customised for their end-users. There is growth expected around AD in the next 10 years, and the CoE has been set up to support customers with their AD system developments, he added. It also provides its Tier-I and Tier-II customers with the support required by them in developing new functions to showcase to OEMs for new mobility solutions.

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Sasken believes that the major roadmap for the automotive industry will be in the evolution of getting connected and autonomous vehicles from a Level 1 and 2 where they are at today to a Level 5. As part of that roadmap, there will be numerous levels of integration and convergence of systems, which at one point may have been separate, noted Nichols. He said that this point of integration is really where Sasken’s focus is, so as to being instrumental in helping companies migrating into new areas. It will also employ new technologies that its own partners offer, to address the solutions necessary for the development of electronic systems for future mobility requirements.

TEXT: Naveen Arul