Discovering the technologies behind the autonomous vehicle

The concept of autonomous vehicles is driving dynamism and innovation in the components industry. Sensors, power converters, GPS systems, wireless modules, control and communications technologies, and HMI products are all being developed with the autonomous vehicle in mind. In the meantime, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are already producing revenue for the component makers. Here’s a peek at some of the most interesting developments announced in the last few months. Neural network-based driving platforms The first generation of self-driving cars used LIDAR systems to recognize terrain and obstacles. While accurate, LIDAR technology is bulky and expensive, making it hard to integrate into mass produced consumer vehicles where price and design matter. That’s why the newest generation of autonomous vehicles is centered around computer vision. Rather than using expensive, specialized LIDAR…


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