Automated cars, from OEMs such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Volvo are likely to hit the road, on a large scale, in 2025. In addition, non-automotive participants (e.g., Google) are actively involved. Providers of both mechatronics and electronics test systems are vying to be a part of such prototype testing.
million vehicles are anticipated to have automated features by 2025. Most OEMs are focused on offering semi-automated features in their cars by 2017 and highly-automated driving by 2020.
Test system providers involved in the automated car testing market would gain significant expertise in the field, laying the foundation for future partnerships with OEMs, when automated cars reach the market by 2020.
The majority of Tier I automotive suppliers are expected to acquire niche research laboratories or software development companies with test rigs and systems (e.g., algorithm development and sensor development companies) to reduce time-to-market.
The requirement for automotive sensor suites used in advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) will increase significantly because of its usage in autonomous cars, pushing many participants in the sensor industry to explore new, precise, and cost-effective technologies.
Due to its cost-effectiveness, simulation testing would be critical for automated cars with HIL gaining wide acceptance. Future developments are expected to focus on achieving effective and less-expensive testing solutions.
About this report
This deliverable presents an overview of the testing requirements and opportunities that an autonomous car would open for a Test and Measurement (T&M) provider. The deliverable also looks at the various sensor suites that an autonomous car would require and depicts the current sensor suites utilized by premium OEMs involved in the autonomous car development process, along with a brief overview of Hardware-in-Loop (HIL) software testing for autonomous cars.
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