Electronics Plays A Persistent Role In Autonomous Vehicles

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Electronics Plays A Persistent Role In Autonomous Vehicles

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The development of electronics within the various systems of a vehicle is seeing a remarkable rise, with a strong focus towards Autonomous Driving

Satish Burli, Vice-President, Technology and Solutions, Sasken Technologies Ltd, talks about this growth with regards to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle autonomy. He also tells us about the transition of Sasken into a company that offers technological solutions for complete product development of electronic systems in vehicles.

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Burli said the technology is already present in terms of ADAS, with features trickling down from top-end models. Assistance features like lane departure warning, collision warning and blind spot detection will be adopted into vehicles fast, with them becoming the norm in future. ADAS will grow in the next 10 years in India, and all cars will be equipped with some form of assistance features. Sasken is of the view that some part of ADAS is also built into infotainment systems.

Meanwhile, Autonomous Driving is a different game altogether, noted Burli. He said it will have to address the requirements of regulation, government policies, need in the market. It will take a long time for automated driving technologies to come to market in India, with deployment heavily depending on government push for them.

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Sasken is also working on visual aids for vehicle safety. In line with this, the company has developed its own engine for a camera-based visualisation system. This engine takes the video feed from two cameras - one facing forward out the vehicle and other facing inwards towards the driver. It enables the solution to combine road and driver monitoring in parallel, for safer driving experience. Burli noted that like the integration of the two cameras, a trend that is being observed in the automotive industry is in the consolidation of ECUs. This is ever-increasing feature, especially with the growing number of sensors being fitted into vehicles for requirements of safety and driving assistance.

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Sasken works on four of the five areas of automotive, when it comes to electronics, at varying levels of development. The five areas are Infotainment, Telematics, ADAS, ECUs and Engine Control. Engine control, which the company does not address at present, refers to complex algorithms specifically meant for braking or changing engine tuning parameters, which OEMs hold ownership of themselves. Sasken sees this as an area that it aspires to grow into in the future.

TEXT: Naveen Arul