electronica 2014: connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

Paul Boughton

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. 

This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these and other topics at electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany, from 11–14th November. 

Experts will also discuss the industry's latest challenges and developments at the automotive Forum and the electronica automotive conference.

Automotive electronics is one of the most important segments in the market for electronic components. Automobiles already have on-board computers as well as infotainment and assistance systems with a constantly growing range of functions. 

Electromobility, or the increased networking of automobiles and the development of autonomous driving, could mean additional potential for the industry. The economic development agency Germany Trade and Invest expects that global market volume for automotive electronics last year will be worth some 190 billion US dollars. 

According to a forecast by the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI), market volume is expected to increase to more than 430 billion euros by the year 2025.

"The future of driving is electrified, automated and networked," is also what Klaus Meder, Chairman of the Automotive Electronics Division at Robert Bosch, says. 

Electronics plays a key role in that development. That is why the value of hardware and software in the automobile will continue to increase in the years to come. Expanded Euro NCAP guidelines, which are used to assess vehicle safety, are driving the spread of assistance systems such as advanced emergency braking systems. Customers and manufacturers alike are putting their money on more and more networked functions in the automobile. 

However, energy efficiency is also an important topic: "New drive solutions will make it possible to further reduce CO2 emissions and conserve resources," explains Meder. 

The fair not only allows visitors to see the latest technologies. The automotive Forum and the lectures and panel discussions also the perfect opportunity to gather information about the latest developments and trends. During the four days of the 2014 fair, the topics of power electronics and automotive software will be the focus of special attention