Over time, multiple mechanical functions are taken up with hydraulic and electronic replacements. The power steering, anti-lock braking, adjustable suspension, fuel injection, multi-terrain drive trains and automatic transmissions are examples of this evolution. In many cars today, electronics systems exceed 35% of the total vehicle value. The car is a network of interconnected electronic peripherals and sensors - that assist braking, door lock or unlock, car parking, infotainment, HVAC, airbags, telematics, location and maps. This trend continues as users demand more performance, communication, efficiency, reliability, security, safety, comfort, accessibility and infotainment from the vehicle. In Formula One, we have experiments like KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that will store the energy lost in braking, and reuse it for acceleration later. When there is a major collision, the ABS sensor and shock sensor computes the event and actuates the airbag in less than 5ms!
Last year at ISC West 2014 in Las Vegas, Oncam showcased a situational awareness camera solution that not only showcased 360-degree video (through image fusion), but also added intelligence to it by integrating it with a GPS and local listings from Google maps. It allowed for custom PTZ functions on playback and also had video analytics integrated on it.
Today, the Tesla Model S comes with a camera, 360-degrees sonar sensors and tons of intelligence. It stems from the concept of 'situational awareness' enabled by camera and sensor technologies. The Tesla Model S can detect a parking lot and park itself. It notifies the driver when there is a parking slot available, and goes ahead with parking itself. With a calendar sync available, the Model S checks the real-time traffic update and determines how much time it would take for you to make it to the meeting. Based on that, it will turn on the climate control, open the garage door and wait for you in the drive-way.
From a technology perspective, there are four primary technologies that enable this disruptive industry shift - Computing Power, Video and Imaging, Deep Learning and Wireless Connectivity.
eInfochips has just launched their Eragon600 System-on-Module (SoM) and Development Kits for companies to integrate the Eragon600 SoM on their automotive platforms. It comes with advanced communication interfaces and is complemented with development services and support from eInfochips experts. The Eragon600 SoM is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor - a proven platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. that powers intuitive, feature-rich, responsive and engaging interaction experiences every day. Snapdragon comes with an on-board CPU, GPU, DSP and Wireless Connectivity features for an industry-leading mix of performance and power efficiency.
eInfochips has experience in designing products hinged on these key building blocks - Computing Power, Video and Imaging, Deep Learning and Wireless Connectivity. In line with that, eInfochips also offers design and test services for innovative automotive systems.
eInfochips offers engineering services to companies looking to develop complex systems. With 1500 professionals, eInfochips has contributed to 500+ products for global companies across USA, Europe and Asia. eInfochips has just launched their Eragon600 System-on-Module (SoM) and Development Kits for companies to integrate the Snapdragon 600 on their drone platforms. It comes with advanced communication interfaces and with development services and support from eInfochips experts. eInfochips team has already contributed solutions to multiple UAV products for military and civilian applications.
Aarohi Desai is a Product and Practice Marketing Manager at eInfochips. She holds a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and was working with NVIDIA in Silicon Valley before joining eInfochips. Leveraging her technology domain and experience, she is now focusing on enabling embedded solutions based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Platforms at eInfochips.