Here is how AI will make your car very smart

Did you know that the installation rates for artificial intelligence programs will go from 9% in 2017 to 109% in 2025?

The artificial intelligence (AI) systems that are currently used in entertainment devices in cars, and advance driver assistance systems (ADAS) will rise from about 7.8 million to 122 million by 2025. This was predicted in a new report by IHS Technology. IHS Technology is the world's leading source for research, analysis, and strategic guidance in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.

IHS recently published the Automotive Electronics Roadmap report. In the report they conclude that it is expected that the AI installation will rise multiple times in less than a decade. There will be many AI systems included in cars to do some of the very basic things. In fact the cars will have unbelievable safety features that will reduce accidents significantly.


According to Luca De Ambroggi, IHS Technology’s chief analyst for automotive, "An artificial-intelligence system continuously learns from experience and by its ability to discern and recognize its surroundings," he adds, "It learns, as human beings do, from real sounds, images and other sensory inputs. The system recognizes the car's environment and evaluates the contextual implications for the moving car."

In the coming five years or so, the AI systems will be divided into two categories mainly;

  • The first category is what scientists are calling the Infotainment. It includes various interesting features such as speech recognition, gestures, eye tracking, fingerprint scanners and language assistant systems.
  • The second category is ADAS (advance driver assistance systems), we mentioned it briefly at the beginning of the article. This category of AI deals with advance stuff like radars, advance GPS, vision systems, driver condition evaluation, controlling sensors and engine control units (ECU).

Now we move onto the interesting part…

Ambroggi believes that there is a great deal of vacuum. Since infotainment and ADAS are getting more and more complex, there is a need of advance software and hardware installations that will aid the entire process. The AI needs reinforcement in both hardware and software departments so it can function more and more like a human brain.

But we are on the right track. The IHS report says that ADAS programs are self-learning and ever-improving. It has notable advantages over traditional algorithms. The report predicts that ADAS is the key to having fully auto-driven vehicles.

Here is an extract from the report,

"For example, deep learning allows detection and recognition of multiple objects, improves perception, reduces power consumption, supports object classification, enables recognition and prediction of actions, and will reduce development time of ADAS systems,"

A couple of years ago, a renowned market research organization reported that by 2020 there will be 250 million cars connected to a complex Wi-Fi system that will allow them to communicate with each other and various roadway systems.

The predictions made by Gartner say that right now there is a lot of information being fed into IVI units and telematics systems of cars. This already building a foundation for a very solid info-base. The learning process, the self-evolving algorithms have already been initiated.

Last year the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, Dr. Gill Pratt had some interesting inputs with regards to AI systems. Whilst speaking at New England Motor Press Association Conference at MIT, Pratt said that in coming years many driving features will be controlled by “guardian angels”, referring to ADAS.

He downplayed the idea of having fully autonomous vehicle that don’t need the driver. He believes that driving and cars are a passion that humankind is not ready to give up yet. He said that more research is being done to help drivers rather than making them obsolete.

"If you love to drive, the idea of a chauffeur is not fun," Pratt says. "Driver skills are ignored with a chauffeur; with guardian angel technology, you're augmenting human driving skills."

Pratt went onto explain the focus on his research and other pioneers of the industry. He explained that someday the car system will warn you many times, right before you begin driving it, about a dangerous habit you have that may interfere with your driving capabilities.