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Autonomous tech to drive notable shift in automotive space

Posted: 13 Dec 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yole Developpement  sensor  ADAS  smartphone  electric vehicle 

According to the latest report from Yole Developpement, technology is slowly replacing the driver in the automotive landscape. The market research company stated that by 2045, more than 70 per cent of all vehicles sold will integrate autonomous functionalities, but it should take almost 150 years to replace the driver in high-end automotive.

Key sensor technologies are mature, but bottlenecks exist elsewhere: indeed such technologies enable key functionalities that are the current battleground of the industry, added Yole.

"Connected car is the first step toward autonomous cars," explained Yole's team in the report. Indeed consumer electronic is step by step invading the automotive market: the IT companies are now providing software platforms to merge smartphones OS and car entertainment platform for example. The next step will be mainly focused on the modulation of the vehicle environment. It includes temperature monitoring, seat position control...to fit with driver's preferences via a smartphone. Yole is so expecting a strong face to face between traditional equipment makers and giants of the consumer industry such as Apple and Google.

Different levels of automation towards fully autonomous car

According to Yole's analysts, some signs are there and confirm the trend: Numerous partnerships, acquisitions and joint ventures in software and self-driving technology; the involvement of Tesla within the electric vehicles industry; and the new role played by the leaders of the consumer electronic area.

Sensor technology roadmap and autonomous functions associated

To be fully autonomous, a car needs numerous sensors including radar sensors (short and long range), ultra-sonic sensors, cameras (visible, NIR, LWIR), LIDAR) and dead reckoning sensors. According to Yole's analysts, the "autonomy pack" that will be found in 2030 costs between $10,000 and $15,000, and will decrease for the next 10 years leading to a strong adoption.

Sensor modules market value for autonomous cars


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