Hamburg, Germany – As development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) progresses at a rapid pace, the amount of data has to increase to keep up.
Electronic assistants are essential for modern vehicles in particular: the number of electronic components and systems is steadily increasing, as the communication between the individual components and systems grows more complex.
As a result of the three megatrends of automated driving, energy efficiency and vehicle digitization, the number of assistance systems, comfort packages and electronic systems in the drivetrain and exhaust gas system is climbing steadily, which has also impelled an increase in the number of sensors and control units.
All these vehicle components need to be able to communicate seamlessly with each other to ensure efficient vehicle function. These electronic parts already generate enormous amounts of data, all of which have to be correctly processed.
Dominik Overmann, Head of the Electronics product team at MEYLE, provides exciting insights from the Hamburg-based manufacturer’s development team.
The market for electronic parts is growing. In what ways can that be felt at MEYLE? And what does your answer to the growing demand look like?
Overmann: Electronic parts have long ensured functional safety for vehicles. The trend of electronic systems making drive systems more efficient isn’t new either but continues steadily in the name of sustainable mobility. The number of assistance and safety systems has also been growing at a rapid pace for some years now. From 2022, 30 additional assistance systems will be required by law in all new vehicles registered in the EU, which will further increase the number of electronic components in vehicles.
That’s why we at MEYLE have been systematically and continuously expanding our electronics portfolio for several years. We’ve managed to launch around 1,600 new electronic parts in recent years and will accelerate our efforts, with plans to nearly double our portfolio this year. Generally speaking, development, customer enquiries and market developments tend to merge together at MEYLE, allowing us to offer wholesalers, workshops and drivers an adequate product portfolio that fit our premium quality standards.
In addition to an extensive product portfolio, the ability to identify the right parts is also important for workshops. How exactly does this apply to electronic parts?
Overmann: First of all, electronic components need to fit physically like all other spare parts. In concrete terms: You need to have the right connector and cable length. To ensure seamless function, the sensor signals, resistors, voltage and current consumption also need to correspond to the specifications in question. Installing the wrong parts may lead to malfunctions that could possibly damage the vehicle, resulting in longer and repeat visits to the workshop.
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