How analog is enabling the car of the future

We can only speculate how the car will look like in 2025 and beyond, but at the rate we’re going in advances to automotive technology we will see some major and maybe unexpected changes to the car and the whole driving experience.

Analog technology enables the car of the future

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Car OEMs and suppliers are pushing the limits with each new car to meet the challenging demands of the driver as well as the strict government mandates on fuel efficiency and safety. Safer, greener and more fun are the key market trends driving the evolution of the car. Exciting developments are already going on in all 3 of those areas, including:

  • Wireless charging for our gadgets.
  • Replacing inefficient mechanical systems with efficient on-demand electronic systems.
  • Hybrid cars and advanced engine management with start-stop technology to avoid fuel consumption when idling.
  • Active safety and advanced driver assistance (ADAS) extend your own senses warning you of dangerous situations and paving the way to a self-driving car.
  • Advanced heads-up display technology augmenting reality and providing information to you without having to take your eyes off the street.
  • Fully connected/ interconnected car that communicates with all your smart devices. 
  • In-car infotainment experience with high fidelity audio and high resolution video.

The advancement of electronics has allowed the technology we take for granted in a car today, and will also be a key factor for the car of the future and its capabilities.

Analog ICs are a major contributor to the evolution of the car as they provide information about the car’s environment, relaying data, executing actions and sustaining/supplying the whole electronic system.

To see more on TI’s automotive technologies, check out a video on the car of the future. Or, if you’re interested in reading about the car of the future check out “Powering the car of the future” on Power House or “Future cars – not so far away!” on Analog Wire.