Vehicle brain power: New chip aims to reduce human error

The vehicles of the future may have become even smarter. On Monday, Mar. 2 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced their new S32V vision microprocessor. In an article from USA Today, the company describes it as, “the first automotive vision system-on-chip with the requisite reliability, safety and security measures to automate and ‘co-pilot’ a self-aware car.” This basically means that the chip will be able to successfully reduce the human error rate and assist drivers in collision avoidance. The main goal is to reduce the number of auto fatalities.

This is a major step in the automobile industry. Major corporations such as Toyota and Subaru, have already implemented driver assist in their vehicles, but not to this degree. The current driver assist chips have small errors and bugs due to their lack of processing power. This chip will have an upgraded processor and will allow the vehicle to make split-second decisions in a collision situation. In the article, Matt Johnson, Freescale’s vice president and general manager of micro controllers, states, “Roughly 90% of auto fatalities are due to human error, it would be great to help reduce that.” Johnson’s main goal is to eventually have the car in total control in situations.

Just think of the many situations we have all been in. You’re driving through town and you look away for a split second and someone has slammed on their brakes or pulled out in front of you. Hopefully most of us are able to react in time and hit the brakes. Some aren’t so lucky. With this new chip, the vehicle will have time to react in situations when we don’t. The S32V vision microprocessor is still being tested and isn’t expected to be implemented in vehicles until 2020. You can check out the article from USA Today below.



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