Making Science Fiction a Reality -- Solving the Challenges of Reliable Automotive Safety Systems
We've all seen those science fiction movies that envision a future where cars are completely automated and drivers give over the controls to the on board computers. Do you ever wonder if someday automotive accidents will be a thing of the past? If sensing technology continues to evolve, who can say what might be possible. At Rogers, we're helping designers of automotive sensing systems ensure the reliability and performance that these technologies require.
Advanced preventative safety systems are already a reality. These systems can monitor and predict potential collision scenarios, warn the driver and can take automatic corrective action to either mitigate the collision, or avoid it completely. Many of these warning features like adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, night vision and blind spot monitoring are already standards or optional features on many cars.
The next phase of active safety systems are designed to intervene in the control of the car to help drivers avoid accidents. These applications include collision avoidance systems that can automatically apply a cars brakes and lane-departure prevention to steer a vehicle back on track.
At Rogers Corporation, we're working closely with automotive designers around the globe to develop solutions for designing these systems to be both reliable and cost effective. Advanced printed circuit board (PCB) technology enables much of these automotive-based sensing systems that facilitate adaptive cruise control, active brake assist and blind spot detection. The proper choice of the high frequency laminates to be used in these PCBs is critical.