Executives from Delphi Corporation told SAE audiences this week that wireless communication devices and wireless sensor networks would emerge as some of the most dominant automotive electronics products in 2015. The forecast, part of a corporate presentation on larger societal trends, also identified integrated human-machine interfaces (HMIs), low-power tracking, and services of various kinds as part of a future product portfolio.
The giant automotive electronics manufacturer tabbed the products in the portfolio by projecting ahead off a set of initial megatrends that are affecting society today. Those trends are: population growth; longer life expectancies; growing influence of generations X and Y; rising heath care costs; increased work hours; world turmoil; business globalization; higher products costs; increased environmental awareness; information explosion; and proliferation of wireless technologies.
“We tried to look at forces and market disruptions in markets and in society in general,” said Andrew Brown, Jr., chief technologist for Delphi. “If you understand the disruptions, you can translate those into product opportunities.”
To translate those disruption into product opportunities, Delphi examined society’s potential responses over the next decade, then showed how those responses would evolve as products. The company said that the resulting products will emerge in five key areas, including:
–Wireless communication devices, such as traffic management systems, vehicle-to-vehicle communication products, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication devices, and vehicle-to-satellite systems.
–HMIs incorporating driver aids for the elderly and “24/7” monitoring systems.
–Wireless sensor networks aimed at home security and biometric applications.
–Low-power tracking, including anti-kidnapping devices and energy-scavenging systems.
–Services aimed at homeland security and 24/7 security monitoring.