It Takes Vision To Automate Transport


Automobile and truck manufacturers see automation as the surest means to reduce injury and death on motorways. Automotive sensing technology is set for a radical upgrade as engineers add cameras, radar and LiDAR systems to cars and trucks like never before.

Slide into the driver’s seat of any contemporary automobile or light transport vehicle and it is immediately clear that driving has come a long ways in a short while. Look past the touch screens, infotainment options and back seat DVD players to discover a world of new safety technology. As amazing as today’s digital systems may seem, they are only precursors to auto makers’ ultimate goal: autonomous driving.

Long before automobiles and trucks are ‘driving themselves,’ scores of tech challenges need to be solved, not the least of which involve the myriad high-end sensors (HES) needed to enable ‘sight’ under any conditions. Sensors are needed to navigate without full-time GPS, to avoid roadside obstacles, and to effortlessly complete complicated tasks such as telling the difference between falling rains and falling rocks: easy for humans/impossible using today’s automotive tech.

Three technologies are vital to automating the future of vehicle transport:Radar, LiDAR and digital camera systems.

Radar Perhaps the most familiar of all navigational and driver assistance aids, Radar offers superior long-range performance, but has its drawbacks. Although all Radars share common qualities, automotive radar varies in terms of power, frequency and range. Today’s clunky Radars employ multiple chipsets using silicon and other technologies. Tomorrow’s systems will need to be radically smaller and cost less to be viable, efforts being driven by companies including Infineon, NXP, Renesas and Texas Instruments (TI).

LiDAR Another detection system, but more complex than Radar, it performs a similar function but is better at recognizing objects and establishing distance. LiDAR (light imaging, detection and ranging) utilizes laser energy instead of high frequency RF signals, and is steadily decreasing in functional complexity and cost. LiDAR is affected by weather conditions more than radar, but LiDAR is better at resolving sizes and shapes, helping drivers to determine whether a ‘light shower’ up ahead is falling water or tennis ball-sized rocks from a mountain avalanche.

Cameras Advanced digital vision—already a part of many automotive sensing arrays—provides an edge that neither radar nor LiDAR can match in terms of resolving detail, but obviously suffers during nighttime and in conditions that substantially reduce visibility. While some companies such as Mobileye assert that camera-based systems can fulfil all necessary sensing roles, few automotive manufacturers agree. Industry analysts believe advanced driver assistance systems and fully autonomous automobiles will be served by a combination of Radar, LiDAR and digital camera sensors. Get the Full Story at HES International Tomorrow’s technology is being researched and built today in the many advanced semiconductor, photonic integrated circuit and hybrid device manufacturing centers across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Infineon Adds 200 V Half-bridge Gate Driver IC For Reliable Start-up Operation
NXP Acquires OmniPHY To Accelerate Autonomous Driving And Vehicle Networks
Teledyne E2v’s Emerald 12M And 16M Image Sensors Enter Mass Production
China’s Semiconductor Fab Capacity To Reach 20 Percent Worldwide Share In 2020
Sensirion Announce Strong Revenue Growth In First Half-year 2018
UGent And Imec Launch Fiber Optic Sensing Spin-off Sentea
Nova's Materials Metrology Solution Selected For 5nm Technology Node
Brewer Science Announces RDL-first Fan-out Packaging Material
Thermco Systems Expands Global Operations With Acquisition Of CSD Epitaxy
GLOBALFOUNDRIES Reshapes Technology Portfolio To Focus On Differentiated Offerings
Infineon Expands U.S.-based IoT Security Research And Development Programs
Helium Leak Detector Solutions
SiTime And Bosch Accelerate Innovation In MEMS Timing For 5G And IoT
VTT Is Ranked Fourth In The World's Largest Research Funding Programme
Chroma Offers Semiconductor Test Solutions
KLA-Tencor Expands IC Packaging Portfolio
Himax Technologies Rebukes Motley Fool Article
Healthcare Transformation: A Business Opportunity For BioMEMS
New Material Could Improve Efficiency Of Computer Processing And Memory
Rudolph Technologies Launches Second-gen Inspection And Metrology System
Palomar Technologies Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certificate
Murata Invests In MEMS Sensor Manufacturing
NanoScientific Symposium On Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)
Imec.xpand Raises EUR 117 Million To Invest In Innovative, Early-stage Ideas

Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the Silicon Semiconductor Magazine, the Silicon Semiconductor Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.

Please subscribe me to:


You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in: