Friday, 23 October 2020 16:42

Avnet Poised to Play Key Role in Next-Generation Automotive Technology

Written by David Edwards, Robotics and Automation News


The automotive industry is undergoing an historic transformation which will fundamentally shift the way vehicles are manufactured as well as change the way we look at and use cars, and possibly all road-going automobiles.

In keeping with the widespread trend, Avnet, one of the world’s leading distributors of electronic components, is taking a leading position in developing the technologies required to make the future a reality.


A number of predictions are being made for the automotive industry, and many of them may have sounded outlandish in the past, but now that the public at large has accepted driverless cars as a realistic concept, anything is possible---even flying cars.


Whilst staying on the ground for this article, the goal of building a new generation of cars is helping to organise resources and ideas around what is becoming an increasingly clear conceptual ecosystem.


What’s also helped is the engineering association SAE’s articulation of the levels of automation that a vehicle might have, from 0 to 5 as follows:


  • Level 0: No autonomy, purely mechanical
  • Level 1: Minimal autonomy, driver assistance systems for some functions
  • Level 2: Partial autonomy, but human driver remains in control in every aspect
  • Level 3: Conditional autonomy, with some functions not requiring direct human control
  • Level 4: High autonomy, advanced driver assistance systems that can perform most functions, but human driver in ultimate control
  • Level 5: Full autonomy, or driverless, with all functions completely controlled by the car or computer itself


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “self-driving vehicles ultimately will integrate onto US roadways by progressing through six levels of driver assistance technology advancements in the coming years.”

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