Some traffic studies say if drivers reacted half a second earlier, approximately half of all accidents could be avoided. Mobileye N.V. is among the suppliers attempting to provide alerts that let drivers know there's a situation that could lead to an accident. Its vision-based advanced driver assistance systems can be used in lane-departure warning systems, which are sometimes called a virtual rumble strip, that warns drivers when they're drifting from their lane. STMicroelectronics is providing system-on-chip technologies that add processing capabilities to the vision sensor. The EyeQ2 vision technology can also be used for adaptive headlight control, traffic sign recognition, forward-collision warning and collision avoidance through radar/camera fusion, which can drastically reduce the number of accidents.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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