Automotive, the Electronics Industry’s New Driver


Reading time ( words)

The automobile industry is becoming a combination of most of the traditional electronics segments: It’s a consumer product with a computer, communications center, and a few medical monitoring-type tendencies (measuring your alertness, heart rate, etc.), all rolled (no pun intended) into one incredible machine that is influencing our industry as none other.

As automotive electronics quickly becomes the number one market everyone is talking about, we realize that the actual vehicle is only one part of that—think about the massive amount of infrastructure that will need to evolve on highways, in cities and especially the more rural areas, plus the incredible computing power, cameras, etc. Then think about the level of reliability that will be required.

So, as I drive down the street in my small town (without yellow lines or yellow curbs) in the snow at dusk, I am just a little concerned that some automotive companies are looking to 2020 for the first autonomous vehicles to hit the  road  (another  (un)intended  pun).  That’s less  than  two  years!  Can  we  be  ready?  Have  those companies really thought through the requirements, not to mention the necessary reliability of the huge number of parts that must work  seamlessly  and  faultlessly  every  time  without  fail?  The  amount  of  electronics  required  (along  with  the  painted  lines  and  numerous other road guides) is staggering—all to basically duplicate our human brains and bodies. Feel smart and special? Scientists certainly become more amazed by our brains every day.

To read the full version of this article which appeared in the April 2018 issue of PCB007 Magazine, click here.

Share

Print


Suggested Items

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

01/08/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It’s a new year, and time for new resolutions and new beginnings. “New year, new you” certainly is reflected in this past week’s news. We saw several announcements regarding mergers, acquisitions, and organizational changes, plus some government legislation to help kick off the new year. Based on viewing activity, readers were keen to keep up on the changes under way.

IPC Addresses Critical Industry Skills Gaps With Electronics Workforce Training

12/22/2020 | David Hernandez and Carlos Plaza, IPC
Over the past three decades, IPC standards and certification programs have played a critical role in protecting public safety and promoting excellence by ensuring the quality, reliability, and consistency of electronic products. In 2019, IPC worked with its global network of certification centers to certify over 108,000 individuals across 200 countries and 21 languages to seven IPC standards. The ubiquitous adoption of these programs speaks to the strong partnership forged between IPC and the electronics industry.

Survey Results: ‘Are You Currently Hiring?’

11/04/2020 | Michelle Te, I-Connect007
The I-Connect007 research team invited readers to share their thoughts on what's happening with staffing and retention to help prepare for an upcoming issue on this important topic. Here, we delve into the first question, "Are you currently hiring?"



Copyright © 2021 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.