Automotive engineers required to pioneer new car safety technology

As automotive companies strive to develop and implement the latest safety technologies, automotive researchers Thatcham Research, and safety tester Euro NCAP, have spotted a common theme between some of the safest vehicles on our roads; the use of Autonomous Emergency Breaking (AEB) systems; a piece of technology which can reduce collisions by up to 38%. 

AEB systems use a variety of technologies such as LiDAR, RADAR and cameras to detect potential collision threats on the road and trigger the vehicle to automatically break to avoid them. Thatcham Research says the technology could save 1,100 lives and prevent over 120,000 casualties over the next ten years in the UK alone, describing it as “the most significant development in car safety since the seatbelt.” 

Currently most AEB systems use forward facing detection systems and many only work in slower, city driving situations. As a result of the huge reduction in collisions, companies are now looking to develop their systems to be used on a variety of different roads and situations.
Richard Cookson, Automotive Technology Recruitment specialist, comments on the technological trends in the automotive industry:

“Advanced Driver-Assisted Systems (ADAS), such as AEB, are starting to become commonplace, with most major manufacturers now offering some form of ADAS as standard or optional on most new models. Many are looking to develop their current AEB systems to work while reversing and to detect cyclists and pedestrians. Autonomous Emergency Steering is also being developed to enable a car to steer away from a potential collision. Engineers with experience with ADAS are going to be paramount to the development and implementation of these systems.”

Engineers on the front line of developing new technologies

As well as AEB, Lane Keep Assists (LKA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Indication Systems (BLIS) are just some of the ADAS that are already being utilised. Richard explains that these new technologies are just a stepping stone to fully automated, driverless vehicles:

“The current ADAS technologies are considered level two and level three on the stage to fully autonomous vehicles. There is still a way to go to reach level five, or ‘full automation’. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) estimates 25,000 new jobs could be created in the automotive sector to develop and build connected and autonomous vehicles, and engineers have the opportunity to be on the front line for this exciting technological revolution in the automotive industry.” 

In order to advance with this evolving technology, employers in the industry are turning to those with engineering and IT skills; Richard continues:

“There’s huge demand in the current market for engineers with experience in developing ADAS including ADAS systems engineers, computer vision engineers, embedded software engineers and sensor integration engineers. As well as those with direct experience of building and implementing the systems, there’s also a demand for AI and automation researchers to help develop the technology of the future.” 

 “Under pressure to compete in the technology stakes, employers are fighting to recruit those with experience in developing application software or with automation and AI skills. We’re seeing people with these skills transferring from the communications, rail and aerospace sectors into automotive to help develop these potentially life-saving systems.” 


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