Hot Tech 2015: The year ADAS takes greater control

This article is part of EDN, Embedded.com and EE Times’ Hot Technologies: Looking ahead to 2015 feature, where our editors examine some of the hot trends and technologies in 2014 that promise to shape technology news in 2015 and beyond.

In 2015, our tightly clenched fingers will be further loosened from the steering wheels of our cars as the responsibility for safety moves further from the driver to the capable technology of the car itself. While 2014 saw major advances in the creation of advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), 2015 will find rapid strides being made in standards, regulations, and breakthrough solutions.

Drivers behind the adoption of ADAS continue to be the growing number of road fatalities, the public outcry for safer systems, and legislation coming out of most developed countries. An added impetus behind adoption now, however, is the inclusion of ADAS technology in not just high-end, but also low-cost vehicles.

Additional breakthroughs in sensor-fusion algorithms will join such physical sensors as near and far-field monitoring systems that use radar, LIDAR, ultrasonic, photonic mixer device (PMD), and camera and night-vision devices. These algorithms will increasingly deliver safety based on traffic, weather, time and distance, fuel economy, and emergency conditions—so that automotive systems all respond consistently, safely, and fast.

Wireless connectivity will enable and integrate in-vehicle cameras and human body sensors to heighten the ability to monitor driver conditions via additional interior cameras to measure and analyze drowsiness, body position, facial posture, eye movement, and more.

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