"Connecting the analog world with the digital": Page 4 of 6

October 21, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
"Connecting the analog world with the digital"
The real world is analog, but more and more information processing takes place in the digital sphere. This holds true in all areas of electronics application, and in particular in automotive electronics. Against this backdrop, it is obvious that the companies controlling the transition from one to the other sphere are of increasing importance. Analog Devices (ADI) is such a company. eeNews Europe spoke with Stefan Steyerl, Director Sales Mobility & Transportation for ADI EMEA.

eeNews Europe: Can you give examples?

Steyerl: The first OEM to bring this technology into series production was Ford. Today we have the A2B technology in many vehicles in Europe as well as worldwide; unfortunately we are not allowed to name them. Many other manufacturers are already planning with A2B as a technology for future model series.

eeNews Europe: Is A2B replacing the MOST bus?

Steyerl: That always depends on the specific application. There is certainly also a trend towards replacing MOST with other systems such as Ethernet. The focus of A2B is the audio sector, i.e. primarily the connection of microphones and loudspeakers.

eeNews Europe: What will we see next in the area of automated driving?

Steyerl: There are many different opinions, which are also subject to change. A year ago, the time horizon for the introduction of automatic vehicles at Level 4 / 5 was still seen within five or six years. From today's point of view and taking into account the statutory approval procedures, I believe that fully automated driving will hardly reach the mass market before 2030. One has to distinguish very much between the different levels of automated driving. The same applies to the different submarkets: we have to distinguish between the market for private users and the fleet operators, whose robot taxis represent very limited use cases. Such autonomous vehicles are likely to exist earlier in certain narrowly defined application segments. OEMs and suppliers can of course use the development to learn from it. Nevertheless, the volume will remain very limited in the near future. What we will see earlier are vehicles according to autonomy levels 2+ and 3. The rules here are relatively unclear. Currently the industry has gone back a bit and talks about “level 2 plus”. This level actually already has the technology for L3, but leaves the responsibility completely with the driver. That's why this should be considered as assisted rather than automated driving.

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