Electrification, automated driving - and a timeless subject

December 22, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The year 2016 once again was a very eventful one for automotive electronics. Here are the articles and headlines our readers found the most interesting, reflecting the topics that moved the industry (in reverse order):

10. Architectures for ISO 26262 systems with multiple ASIL requirements

The exponential increase in the number and complexity of in-vehicle electronics has transformed the automobile. At one time, the car was primarily an assembly of mechanical components; it has now become a system that integrates both mechanical and electronic components, with the electronic components representing a substantial portion of the added value and a disproportionate share of the headaches.

9. Which data do OEMs collect from connected cars?

In modern cars, dozens of computers and hundreds of sensors continuously generate, store and transmit data. Only the car manufacturers know what are those data. Based on the example of three vehicles – Mercedes-Benz B-series, BMW 320d and i3 as well as Renault Zoe - the German motor club ADAC has examined which data are sent to the manufacturer.

8. Electronic control system partitioning in the autonomous vehicle

The advent of advanced assisted drive functions and autonomous vehicles will require a transformation in the architecture of automobile control systems. Today’s car has typically more than 50 electronic control units (ECU) managing most aspects of the vehicle’s performance and behavior.

7. Sensor fusion – more than just the sum of its parts!

Many cars on the road today, and even more new cars in the show rooms, have some form of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) based on sensors like cameras, radar, ultrasound or LIDAR.
 

6. Melexis CEO: Strong alone

With sales of €400 million euros in 2015, Melexis is one of the smaller semiconductor vendors, but a nevertheless a rather successful one. At Electronica, eeNews Europe met Melexis CEO Francoise Chombar for a short interview.