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innovation. reliability. power. Highly-integrated SCALE-2® ASIC chipset UL-certified IGBT driver cores 100% design flexibility focused on excellence www.IGBT-Driver.com Fig. 2: Driving on motorways is relatively structured. This is where partly automated driving will be available first. want to hold out the prospects of a defined timeline, supplier Continental already published a relatively detailed roadmap. By 2016, the company plans to provide solutions for partially automated driving: partly automated systems could exonerate the driver in relatively simple, structured driving situations such as stop-and-go traffic on a highway. Similarly, Bosch plans to introduce a system it calls “Traffic stall assistant” which, besides keeping the distance to the vehicle in front, also controls lateral steering but the driver needs to monitor the activities closely. Four years later, Continental hopes to go one step further to what it calls “highly automated driving”. At this stage, the machine will assume control, and the driver can apply himself to other activities such as surfing on the Internet or reading a newspaper. In parallel, Bosch has something in the pipeline it calls “Traffic Congestion Pilot”. “This pilot will be able to drive a car automatically on highways, from slip way to exit”, Steiger said. Partially automated or highly automated - both categories have in common that the driver must me able to intervene at any time. From about the year 2025, Continental believes that it will be possible to produce and use fully automated cars - vehicles that do not require any kind of driver alertness at all. Fig. 3: Production of automotive radar sensors at Bosch (courtesy of Christoph Hammerschmidt). www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe June 2013 13


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