Radar Versus LiDAR


Demand is picking up for vision, radar and LiDAR sensors that enable assisted and autonomous driving capabilities in cars, but carmakers are now pushing for some new and demanding requirements from suppliers. The automotive market always has been tough on suppliers. OEMs want smaller, faster and cheaper devices at the same or improved safety levels for both advanced driver-assistance systems... » read more

What Autonomy Level Is Your Car?


Over the past couple of months, you've probably heard semiconductor industry executives dropping numbers about the levels of autonomy for vehicles. And despite Tesla's highly touted autonomous capabilities, current models are just a Level 2. Or maybe it's a Level 3. If these numbered levels were meant to lessen the confusion, it's not clear the plan is working. Until last September, there we... » read more

In-Vehicle Networks Are Safety, Security Dependent


It’s clear that managing, defining and prioritizing data traffic within vehicles is becoming an enormous challenge particularly with the growing number of networks , and underpining it all are safety and security concerns. Rob Knoth, product management director for the DSG group at Cadence observed, “The more you try to integrate traffic onto one bus, the more you are exposing systems th... » read more

Car Becomes A Living Platform


Future generations of vehicles will age like any other electronic or mechanical devices, but they also will need to adapt, grow, and change in unexpected ways over time to avoid being hacked, rendered obsolete, or otherwise compromised. This adds a whole new set of challenges never seen before in automotive development, and OEMs are working feverishly to bring system architectures up to ... » read more

Safety, Security In Autonomous Vehicles


As the buzz, excitement, anticipation and development around autonomous vehicles continues, so do the lessons. Last week, Tesla reported that the NHTSA was opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Tesla Model S — the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Tesla’s Autopilot was activated. The crash... » read more