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.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
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