R&D network develops sensor systems for autonomous driving and flying

September 26, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
R&D network develops sensor systems for autonomous driving and flying
A Europe-wide research network aims to drastically reduce the space and energy requirements of sensors. Central element is the FDSOI technology from Globalfoundries.

The mobility offer in conurbations is becoming more and more diverse. People are travelling by bicycle or e-bike, with their own car and in the future also in autonomous vehicles. New opportunities are also opening up for aircraft: In such agglomerations, autonomous air taxis or drones could be used to transport people or time-critical goods and medicines. All these applications require powerful sensors and control systems that are as energy-efficient as possible.

This is where the research and development project OCEAN12 ("Opportunity to Carry European Autonomous driviNg further with FDSOI technology up to 12nm node") steps in, in which 27 partners from the fields of semiconductor technology, electronics, aviation and automotive technology are working together throughout Europe. The aim is to reduce the energy requirements of sensors for future mobility concepts by 90% compared to current systems. In addition, the new technology should make it possible to build particularly small sensor systems because the sensors, including powerful integrated evaluation circuits, can be integrated on a SoC (System on Chip).

Bosch leads the German consortium, which consists of 14 organizations. By the end of 2021, the project partners will jointly develop particularly energy-efficient components that can record and process the environmental data of vehicles and aircraft. These include environmental sensors (cameras, lidar or radar sensors) and microprocessors.

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