New Technology Making Vehicle Cabins Safer

Posted by Ian Podkamien on 23 June, 2022

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New mass-production-ready, multifunctional tech can save the auto industry more than $900 million per year in the U.S. and overcome compliance challenges of stricter upcoming in-cabin safety regulations.

In-cabin monitoring is a core focus of automotive safety bodies and regulators. Many recent major changes to Euro NCAP standards concern in-car features, while NHTSA has announced its first occupant protection safety standards for vehicles with automated driving systems, covering everything from seatbelt reminders to advanced airbags.

This shift presents OEMs and suppliers with significant development and commercial challenges. Automakers must achieve compliance with new requirements for a wide range of in-cabin applications, steering clear of the pitfalls of increased complexity and higher costs, and future-proofing their systems to meet the demands of emerging regulations..

Some variations of this leading-edge technology leverage a large antenna array, providing exceptionally high-resolution data to enable detection of people and objects and classification of adults and children with pinpoint accuracy.

A multifunctional 4D imaging radar platform provides a rich, multi-dimensional point cloud image that simultaneously addresses global in-cabin requirements applications for CPD, rear bench SBR and smart airbags, while supporting scalability to future features including Intruder Alerts, Gesture Control and Occupant Position Monitoring. OEMs can reduce sensor count and achieve significant savings while earning the highest possible safety ratings.

As automakers accelerate their efforts to deliver the in-cabin applications that regulators demand, legacy methods are already disappearing in the rear-view mirror.

 

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Topics: Automotive