What will we be doing in our cars once next-gen ADAS systems permit us to gradually let go of the steering wheel? It’s a question that should be on the minds of automotive companies who want to stand out from their competitors. Because the in-cabin experience will become a main differentiator in a market no longer hooked on horsepower.
The passenger cabin is an ideal environment for high-quality entertainment options which are becoming increasingly interactive. But the space will always be limited. Meanwhile, drivers and passengers also need to operate functions such as air conditioning. And take over control of the car itself if needed.
To combine all these controls in a fluent and efficient manner, we should look beyond dashboards loaded with buttons and sliders. Why not move to more intuitive ways of interaction such as gesture recognition enabled by high-frequency radar and fully accurate position and distance measurement through ultra-wideband (UWB). This last technology also has an essential role to play in passive keyless entry systems, together with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
Gesture control is not the only application for radar inside the car. This technology can also be used for child presence detection or for checking people’s vital signs such as heartbeat and breathing, and alert them when they show signs of drowsiness or distraction. In time, a daily health checkup during your morning commute could become the most natural thing in the world.
In this webinar, imec experts Christian Bachmann and Ilja Ocket present the latest developments in technologies such radar and UWB. And they shed light on their automotive use cases.
Are you active in the automotive industry and interested in its innovation potential? Then you’ll surely pick up some new insights from this webinar – whether or not you’re in a technical, commercial or executive role.
Dr. Christian Bachmann is program director wireless sensing at imec. He oversees imec’s ultra-wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth micro-location programs, which enable next-gen automotive, medical, and IoT applications. Christian joined imec in 2011, after working with Infineon Technologies and the Graz University of Technology. During his career, he has covered a broad spectrum of wireless communication solutions for 802.11ah Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, 802.15.4 (Zigbee), and ultra-wideband impulse radio.
Ilja Ocket has a technical background in electromagnetic design, applied to millimeter-wave radar and microfluidics sensing. Today, he leads the radar and neuromorphic sensing programs at imec, which focus on developing a new generation of radars and multi-modal fused sensors for automotive and robotics.