Video explores driverless cars, gesture recognition

Video explores driverless cars, gesture recognition

By eeNews Europe

The partnership has recorded an interview in which Grant and Ron explore the future of autonomous driving and vehicle gesture recognition. AVX is one of many companies and innovators involved in driving innovation to make the dream of driverless and connected cars a reality.

The AVX Innovation Hub video (4:14, see below), along with featured products and technical articles related to driverless cars, is available now on Viewers can take an inside look into the future of driverless and connected vehicles as seen through the eyes of AVX – one of the biggest passive component suppliers in the world, and also a Diamond Sponsor of Mouser’s Driverless Car Series.

In this latest video interview, Grant and Demcko discuss how the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and gesture recognition is dramatically changing the way we interact with vehicles. Eventually, this recognition will apply to autonomous vehicles by way of full driver recognition, where the car will recognise the state of the driver, such as whether they are drowsy or not, and offer support or assistance if they need it.

Other topics covered in the interview with AVX include safety sensors, alternative fuels, and how AVX is helping engineers and developers bring driverless cars to reality through components that offer greater reliability improvements, size reductions and harsh environment performance.

"Even though the term driverless car implies an ‘active role’ and set of components, that’s not necessarily the case," said Grant Imahara. "There will be many instances where passive components will play a key role in autonomous vehicles, and may also help in saving lives. AVX, for example, has created components which, even if they were driven to failure, will still act as passive components thus allowing the module or part to still operate and keep the driver safe. It just goes to show how much technology, both passive, like this one, and active, like gesture recognition and safety alert systems, is needed to produce these intelligent vehicles."

Each interview throughout the Driverless Cars Series concentrates on different areas of autonomous and connected vehicle technology – from the history of driverless cars and the ethics of autonomous vehicles, to what discoveries and innovations are being made in the industry and what challenges are faced in gaining the public’s approval of driverless and connected cars.

The Driverless Car Series, sponsored by ON Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, AVX and Delphi, is the fourth instalment and follow-up to the Robotics, Space Exploration, and Home Automation programs, which were launched earlier this year from Mouser Electronics.

It also includes accompanying articles, blogs, challenges and other related technical content. This program is designed for professional and aspiring engineers. To learn more about Grant Imahara, the Empowering Innovation Together program, visit

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