On the Road to Better Living
The articles in this issue describe how advances in automotive electronics and related to the transportation industry could help saves lives, improve energy efficiency, and balance power and performance demands.
Avoiding driver injury and death, Alam Mahbubul of Movimento Group tells us in this issue, is an aim of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication. “Vehicle to…” communication, explains Mah – bubul, has the potential not only to save lives, but make our use of energy more efficient, too. He shares with us news of projects already underway or planned around the world that involve cars and other vehicles communicating with the power grid, homes, and more.
What about communications and networking inside the car? Caroline Hayes spoke to Johann Stelzer, senior marketing manager for Automotive Information Systems at Microchip, about this while researching her article “The Rise of Ethernet as FlexRay Changes Lanes.” She presents Stelzer’s thoughts about Ethernet’s future role in automotive and as well surveys the five in-vehicle network standards in use.
A car going 60 mph can’t take long to decide if it is going to hit something. That’s one of the points Sumat Mehra of computer vision pioneer FotoNation emphasized during our recent Q&A, which appears in this issue. Mehra also spoke about automotive’s high performance and low power demands, and the strengths that a hybrid architecture can bring to balancing those demands.
Also in this issue Robert Heise of Global Display Solutions (GDS) writes about the role the need for low power—and for power that doesn’t have to involve laying cables—plays in transportation signage. Your Amazon Kindle may already have introduced you to the technology Heise tells us about in “Transportation’s ePaper Revolution.”
If a transportation project requiring safety certification could be in your future, you will want to read the carefully organized information Barbara Schmitz, MEN Micro, presents in this issue. Their article includes a table comparing two hypothetical transportation related projects, one requiring safety certification, one not, so that you can see the information at a glance.
Ravi Puvvala asks several questions—he offers answers, too—in his article in this issue about autonomous and semi-autonomous driving. Beginning with “What comes first, connected vehicles or smart cities?” Puvvala, who is the CEO of Savari, also shares his insights on the three key events embedded designers who will develop and hone the technologies that will lead us to semi-autono – mous and autonomous driving should expect. I’m optimistic these will work so well that claims of “my car didn’t see the stop sign” will be rare.
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