Since the dawn of the automotive age in the late nineteenth century car manufacturers have striven to make the driver experience safer, more comfortable and enjoyable. In pursuing this aim we’ve seen the rise of ever more advanced driver aids, a trend which has accelerated radically in recent decades.
Today we are confronted with a huge growth in what have been called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
As technology has advanced, in-car driver aids have taken on increasingly complex tasks on behalf of drivers such as keeping the vehicle in the correct lane, illuminating the road ahead in the best way possible, warning of traffic jams, automatic initiation of full braking to prevent collisions right through to completely automated parking control.
The timeline below shows how advanced driver assistance systems have evolved in recent decades, from tentative steps in the 1970’s with ABS to much more advanced systems in recent years.
But what does the future hold for advanced driver assistance systems?
Demand for driver aids is being driven primarily by two factors:
• Consumer demand for applications that promote comfort and economy such as assisted parking or detection of motoring blind spots. Manufacturers are responding to consumer demand, and attempting to differentiate from competitors, by developing ever-more advanced systems.
• Governments across the globe are introducing regulations mandating the introduction of certain driver assistance systems, for example both the United States and European Union have ruled that all vehicles should be equipped with autonomous emergency-braking systems and forward-collision warning systems by 2020.
Whichever way you look at it, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are here to stay. It’s clear that the automotive industry is going to develop an increasingly symbiotic relationship with the developers and providers of advanced technology and automation systems.
A changing automotive job market
As manufacturers identify ADAS as a key point of differentiation for their vehicles, we will see an upturn in demand for engineers that possess knowledge and experience in the integration of driver aids into vehicles. Radar, camera systems and parking systems will become commonplace in the near future, meaning that if you have the right skillset, the automotive job market will blossom with opportunities.
And here at Fircroft we have just such an opportunity available now. At the forefront of premium automotive recruitment Fircroft has been tasked with identifying experts in advanced driver assistance systems for an opportunity with a prestigious manufacturer of powerful, handcrafted luxury cars.
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