Enabling Electronics to Make Automobiles Safer
ARM and its partners are increasingly focused on driver assistance systems and chassis applications that help a driver detect and avoid obstacles and thus avoid crashes. ADAS removes driving stress with lane keeping and automatic cruise control (ACC), and will evolve to autonomous drive.
Driver assistance systems and chassis applications include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control to help the vehicle maintain safe distance from the car in front
- Automated Parking
- Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS)
- Camera and Sensors and Radar, Lidar that alert drivers to objects in their path (front rear and 360 view)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which intervenes to avert an impending loss of control
- Lane Keeping and Departure Detection warning systems to alert the driver of an unintended departure from the intended lane of travel
- Tire Pressure Monitoring
- Vision systems to improve night-time “sight” with radar and infra-red vision
- Electrical Power Steering
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In the United States a pedestrian is injured by an automobile every 8 minutes, and are 1.5 times more likely than a vehicle’s occupants to be killed in an automobile crash per outing. Improvements in roadway and automobile design have steadily reduced injury and death rates. Auto collisions remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths, with nearly two-thirds of those affected being pedestrians. Much is dicussed about the use of electronics inside automobiles to entertain. However, there is a larger ecosystem focused on enabling electronics to make automobiles safer. This takes the form of “active safety” where technology assists in the prevention of a crash and “passive safety” that help to protect occupants during a crash.