The Needs for Advanced Safety Electronics from a Tier 1 Perspective 2006-21-0012
Advances in electronic technology have enabled significant enhancements to automotive safety in the last two decades. In the 1990's, death and injury rates declined significantly thanks to airbag/restraint and anti-lock braking systems. Governments and insurance industries tend to focus/legislate performance for the most severe accident types, since these accidents cause a disproportionate number of deaths1. The industry tends to emphasize performance on the severe events without realizing the potential drawbacks, especially at the other end of the scale in low severity events. This uneven approach can lead to overly sensitive systems that respond inappropriately in low severity events. This paper outlines the need to avoid industry ratings and government requirements that emphasize performance only at one end of the scale.