By Marc Osajda


The deployment of safety systems in modern automobiles is driven by two factors.


The first is the strict regulation that requires vehicle manufacturers implement electronic safety systems. For example, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems have been mandated in the U.S. through Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and are to be imposed in Europe as well.


The second key driver for safety systems is consumer demand for safer vehicles. The NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) safety rating of a vehicle is regularly included as a factor in the decision-making process when purchasing a vehicle. Airbags and ESPs are essential to any consumer looking to invest in an automobile.


Looking ahead, the next wave of consumer demand is expected to focus on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as cameras and radars for forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection.


According to the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 1 in 3 fatal crashes and 1 in every 5 serious or moderate injury crashes in passenger vehicles could have been prevented if the vehicle had been equipped with crash-avoidance features such as including blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning systems, side view assistance and adaptive headlights.


Wider adoption of electronic systems in cars will push prices down, and lower system prices will further proliferate the new safety systems among all car manufacturers.


safetysystem.jpgActive and passive safety system deployment applications. Watch for more automotive safety information coming out of Freescale Technology Forum this week.