Driver assistance features have been introduced to the market focusing on basic, independent functional scenarios. The trend is showing that these kinds of products are facing more and more complex scenarios and we are transitioning from single independent functions to a strongly networked system. Some of the drivers for future autonomous vehicles are 360° monitoring by active safety technology and V2X (vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to infrastructure) communication.
In the past vehicles were strictly operated by the driver. Advanced driver assistance products added so called feedback features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.
First steps towards semi-autonomous driving started with the development of active support functions like adaptive cruise control or lane keeping support.
Collision mitigation with various authority levels is the next milestone towards automation followed by other, even more advanced, features.
Over the next several years the industry will see a transition from driver only operations and assisted driving, to partly/highly automated driving, and ultimately up to fully automated driving.
In our presentation, we will highlight the challenges and opportunities we face, and some recommendations on how to proceed to navigate the technical, architectural, legal and commercial barriers in order to maximize the benefits to the driver.