Automotive electronics

The use of electronics in vehicles has steadily grown since the 1970s, and is now estimated to represent up-to fifty percent of the cost of many vehicles – and the role of electronics in the automotive world is only set to continue its rapid growth. 

Electronics are responsible for significant improvements in vehicle safety, particularly the introduction of electronic braking, traction control and stability systems. Additionally, driver aids, such as cruise control and steering assist, are gradually increasing in autonomy toward the goal of level 5 autonomous driving, and vehicles are becoming progressively more connected, with V2X systems optimising safety, traffic efficiency and overall efficiency.  

Whilst electronics have always played a part in vehicle propulsion, starting with the humble spark plug, the actual motive torque is increasingly being provided electrically. This is in-line with the deadlines that many countries have set for all vehicles to include electrification in the form of hybrid or electric-only power. As other green power sources, such as hydrogen power, gain acceptance, these are also likely to include sophisticated electronic controls.  

Furthermore, electronics play a fundamental role in vehicle enjoyment and entertainment, from enhanced suspension controls to improved occupant comfort and increasingly sophisticated navigation, communication and entertainment systems. 

HGF’s large electronics team has extensive experience of working closely with clients in the automotive sector, unlocking IP potential for large multinational organisations, SMEs and universities.

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