Friday, 23 October 2020 09:42

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

Written by David Edwards, Robotics and Automation News


Connected: If there are some people left who don’t quite get what the internet of things is, then connected cars may help them to understand. Terms like V2X, meaning vehicle to anything or infrastructure, and V2V, referring to vehicle-to-vehicle communications, will open up new ways of driving and connect up everything into one massive matrix. Such pervasive connectivity may be what will be required to make driverless vehicles work safely in crowded and unpredictable urban environments.


Autonomous: Although ultimately we are talking about driverless cars, as listed above, the many levels of autonomy mean that humans are unlikely to be left out of the loop for many years to come. Many people might not be aware---especially if they don’t own or drive a newer car---that most new vehicles actually pack a huge amount of autonomous functions, from emergency braking to self-parking, and so on. It’s much more than just cruise control anyway.


Shared: Older generations of drivers may find it odd to think of sharing cars with total strangers, but in this world of Uber taxis and rent-a-bikes, younger generations seem to be increasingly accustomed to the idea of not owning cars. It’s a sensible option because they probably won’t have to worry about parking and the relatively high cost of insurance and maintenance. Certainly the automakers are planning for a future where shared mobility services are a significant part of the transportation systems of every advanced, industrialised country.


Electric: The general public, and probably most politicians who are not supported by big oil, have been fed up with fossil fuels coming out of exhaust pipes and polluting the atmosphere, not to mention the geopolitical shenanigans oil and gas reserves cause. So, the move to electric has many advantages and the groundswell of support for the technology has become impossible to ignore for most countries’ leaders.


It’s difficult to comprehend the enormity of the change happening in the automotive industry, even though it’s much-discussed and very well articulated and planned for, as outlined above.


The trend has been called the greatest economic opportunity in history, and has the potential to completely transform not only the automotive industry, but also industrial countries themselves, and the entire global economy.


Buying an electric car isn’t just a quirky, clean-living option anymore---it’s an individual choice that has gargantuan consequences. If it was just a few people here and there making isolated purchases, it wouldn’t matter as much. But it’s not.