Dan Sadot, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Israel; Yuqing Jiao, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands; Yi Cai, ZTE Optics Lab, USA
A revolution in the automotive industry is upon us, the self-driving cars. The autonomous car systems require ever-increasing bandwidth for delivering information from the various high resolution sensors to the processing units and have to be extremely reliable. The currently and near future developed automotive sensors include high-resolution cameras, Lidars, SWIRs, and radars, each generating Multi-Gigabit/sec of payload data that should be delivered to the main processing unit with very low latency and BER.
These autonomous vehicles impose paradigm shift in the car communication systems, essentially turning it to a small “data center on wheels”. Consequently, new technologies should be developed and/or adopted for this application, including plastic optical fibers (POF), VCSELs, photonic integrated circuits (PICs), or upgraded “traditional copper”. Furthermore, new network architectures should be adopted, including rings, stars, multiple point-to-point, resilient networks, and others.
The autonomous driving also demands for unprecedented coordination among the traffic. This requires efficient inter-vehicle and road-side communications, where microwave photonics and optical wireless communication become important candidate technologies.
This panel will discuss the evolving needs, the technology candidates, and the main associated debates in this automotive revolution era.
Kasia Balakier; AIRBUS Satellite and Defense, UK
Daniel Adler; Valens, Israel
Ton Koonen; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands