Leading Active Vehicle Safety Experts Explain Why IVS is Such a Big Deal to Future of European Automotive Industry

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Leading Experts in sensor and vehicle communication based active safety exclusively tell Telematics Update why Intelligent Vehicle Safety is such a big deal for their company. In the first of three articles with well known industry leaders, Volvo, NAVTEQ, Thatcham, ERTICO, TRG and Strategy Analytics talk about their opinions on sensor based safety systems, vehicle communications (V2X) and the reality of autonomous cars.

IVS is fast becoming a competitive advantage in the European automotive world. As it enters the phase of consumer education and mass market deployment, the impact of the reciprocal relationship developing between consumers and vendors will be a defining factor in sorting the IVS technology successes from the failures.

In the first in a series of three online articles, IVS experts, who are also on the speaker line-up at the European Intelligent Vehicle Safety Summit 2008, discuss why their organisations are taking a vested interest in this rapidly changing industry.

The article offers insight into the drivers behind industry changes, the increasing technological changes of sensors, fusion, vehicle communication, and map-based applications.

The industry experts also talk about what active safety will inevitably lead to - autonomous cars.

"It'll happen in the next ten to fifteen years," says TRG's Egil Juliussen.

This is in stark contrast to NAVTEQ's Bob Denaro, who says it's already here: "When you weren't looking, we already entered the phase of autonomous driving."

General Motors engineer Jim Nickolau would have to agree with Denaro. Nickolau will be speaking at the IVS Summit about the car that won the DARPA Urban Challenge and the technologies that made it possible.

"Today's innovative active safety technologies will be the standard technology of tomorrow in a mass market worth billions by 2015," says Telematics Update's IVS industry analyst, Rayan Jawad. "Those who intend to stay ahead of the competition are investing heavily now to ensure they know exactly which technologies those will be."

The full article is available as a free download from http://www.telematicsupdate.com/ivseurope/reports.shtml along with white papers and presentations on IVS, in the run up to The European Intelligent Vehicle Safety Summit 2008, which takes place on 11-12 March in Frankfurt.

For more information or if you would like to be featured in our articles, contact Rayan Jawad at +44 (0)207 375 7184 or email Rayan at rayan @ telematicsupdate.com

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