San jose, 23. May 2007 – in the laboratories of the japanese car supplier, all cars navigate and manobilize cars already, the research manager hideeaki ishihara reported in his keynote lecture of the automotive section of the "microprocessor forum", from 21. To 23. May in san jose, california, took place. Automatic parking and also autopilot functions such as track detection, collision prediction or emergency brake and steering manobs are also feasible, he explained. Only the costs are still an obstacle reason for the introduction in production vehicles.
Assistance systems point the way to the future
on the way to partial autonomous vehicle are still a few hundres. Already today assistance systems in production vehicles take some functions in advance, which will also be found in partial autonomous vehicles. For example, the "advanced pre-crash system" of the lexus LS 460 can help brake and dodge. Radar and infrared sensors recognize obstacles, a control device evaluates this information, warns the driver, or activates the brake assistant and sets the chassis on an evasive manob. Also the lane recognition, for example the AFIL system of citroen, is already standard-mabig today, or the adaptive cruise control, which helps the driver in keeping the right distance to the fore.
Highly complex electronics
the basis for these systems is in any case an intelligent and complex interaction of different sensors, powerful control accessories and the networking of the hardware and software with each other. Compared to the initial displays of the automobile, today’s vehicles are represented by highly complex electronics, and this development continues on the way to (partial) autonomous driving continues.
Thus, ishihara also gave overview of the development of automotive electronics in recent decades. For example, a toyota car of the year 1955 was free of processors or sensors, 100 sensors and 70 ecus (electronic control units = control access) were already installed in a model of the same manufacturer 2004. In order to achieve further progress in safety, environmental friendliness and comfort, further progress in electronics and performance and architecture of the tax accessories are necessary.