Autonomous driving for commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles
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Better for business: Cutting-edge semiconductors for self-driving vehicles
Commercial vehicles must offer highest-possible availability and lowest-possible operating costs, so operators can maximize their profitability. This statement applies to agricultural and construction machines as well as trucks and busses. Electronic semiconductor-based systems already play a key role in making commercial vehicles and work machines more efficient. The next step: fully self-driving vehicles.
Driverless machines can operate non-stop, 24/7 – whether on a construction site or the freeway. Downtime, a human need and mandated by law, is no longer required. Additionally, autonomous systems eliminate the most common cause of accidents: people. 90% of all accidents are the result of human error. That is where microprocessors, which react around 1,000 times faster than humans, come in.
They enable self-driving vehicles to drive bumper to bumper in a convoy on roads. The benefits include reduced fuel consumption, smooth flowing traffic and lower climate-affecting emissions, such as carbon dioxide.
Used in agriculture, precisely-controlled autonomous tractors can spread fertilizer and plant seeds much more accurately. Autonomous technologies also enable small, lightweight swarm robots to replace heavy machinery that wears on the ground. They prevent overcrowding of farmland and can even individually treat plants with herbicides and pesticides. A practice that’s kind to the environment – and to the farmer’s wallet.
Semiconductors – The brain and sensory organs
Autonomous vehicles must independently navigate an unfamiliar, constantly changing environment. That’s why they are fitted with numerous radar sensors that reliably and securely identify their surroundings – be it with RADAR and LIDAR systems or image and ultrasound sensors. Navigation and telematics systems provide additional accurate data about the vehicle’s current location. Power semiconductors collect and consolidate this data, then use it to compute commands for the drive system and work machines.
Safety and security requirements for semiconductor systems are high. On the one hand, they must be robust enough to withstand harsh environments, such as the temperature and vibration. Simultaneously, they form the basis for the high-level functional safety of the entire machine. On the other, as a intricately connected system they must be protected against criminally-motivated manipulation.
Infineon – Your partner for commercial vehicles
By tapping into Infineon’s proven know-how and comprehensive portfolio of robust, high-quality radar sensors and power semiconductors, you can design and implement successful autonomous concepts for commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles. Find the best-fit components in our interactive system diagram.