Giant Auto Industry Disruption Ahead

By Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Autonomous vehicles will cause fundamental shifts across a number of established industry segments tied to automotive, opening up big opportunities for chips and tools.

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There is plenty of agreement on that point, and an equal amount of uncertainty. “Self-driving vehicles raise the bar significantly for automotive electronics,” said Joerg Grosse, OneSpin Solutions‘ product manager for functional safety. “Some manufacturers will rise to this challenge. But others may not, leaving room for more innovative new players. Consumers and legislators will demand a level of functional safety and reliability previously required only for military and aerospace applications. For a start, functional verification must be much more thorough. A missed corner-case condition can easily lead to someone being killed. The use of formal-based technologies will expand greatly, since only formal provides mathematical certainty.“

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