Automotive Technology Roadmap

Automotive Product Sector - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap

iNEMI, Date of Publication: Apr 8, 2015

Automotive Technology Roadmap

The Automotive Product 2015 iNEMI Roadmap is the most comprehensive roadmap published to date by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). The complete roadmap report is available here.  The 2015 Roadmap was developed by 20 Technology Working Groups (TWGs) in response to inputs regarding technology needs from representatives of OEMs in six Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 650 individuals from over 350 corporations, consortia, government agencies and universities, located in 18 countries.

The roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of technology, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.

Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:

  • Help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D
     and technology deployment

  • Influence the focus of university-based research

  • Provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies

The major trends driving the demand for increased electronics penetration in automobiles include:

  • Stricter fuel economy and emissions mandates
  • Legislated requirements for advanced safety systems, such as advanced airbags and on-board tire pressure monitoring
  • Consumer demand for greater vehicle efficiencies driven by escalating global crude oil prices
  • Consumer demand for greater safety, comfort, and convenience features
  • Consumer demand for luxury features
  • Growth of hybrid and electric vehicles

Electronic modules addressing these issues as well as other automotive electronics systems can be segmented into six major categories:

  • Powertrain Electronics, such as engine controllers, transmission controllers, voltage regulators, and any other systems that control the engine or driveline of the vehicle
  • Entertainment Electronics, ranging from standard AM/FM radios to on-board video entertainment systems, satellite radio receivers
  • Safety and Convenience Systems, such as airbag sensors, climate controls, security and access controls, anti-lock braking systems
  • Vehicle and Body Controls that manage specific vehicle functions, such as suspension, traction, power steering
  • In-Cabin Information Systems, such as instrument clusters, trip computers, telematic products
  • Non-Embedded Sensors, such as speed sensors, temperature sensors, fluid level sensors, and many others

The main factor that distinguishes the Automotive Product Sector Emulator from the other iNEMI Product Emulators is the environment in which the product must perform. The products must perform reliably in automobiles, light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty trucks. Many of the attributes, such as cost, density, and components, overlap into the other emulators.  Increasing density is important for these applications because of cost, size, and weight reductions. The assembly and manufacturing / test equipment requirements are also critical because of the reliability requirements. Automotive applications are extremely cost sensitive and therefore require cost targets similar to those of the Consumer Product Emulators. The challenge for the Automotive Product Sector Emulator is to adapt other emulators’ technologies to meet the high temperature, environmental, and reliability requirements cost effectively.

The complete report provides a full coverage of emerging and disruptive technologies across the electronics industry: Order 2015 iNEMI Roadmap today.



Date of Publication:
Apr 8, 2015
File Format:
PDF via E-mail