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26 June 1997 Advanced systems for automotive applications digital camera systems: the big picture
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The electronic content of the automobile is growing every year. American business analysts estimate that the electrical/electronic content of the average vehicle will be $2000Nehicle by the year 2000. This represents an electrical component industry of $68 Billion/year (using 1995 total world vehicle sales figure). As the demand for increased functionality grows, the complexity of vehicle design increases. At the same time, the need to reduce vehicle costs and the need to maintain high standards ofquality and reliability are forever present. Automobile manufactures have the need to minimise the time taken between the decision to build a particular model and the arrival ofthe first production vehicle (or Job #1). Jaguar's XK8 took 30 months from Project Approval to Job #1. The XK8 included many systems which had been deployed by Jaguar for the first time. Such as the all new V8 powerplant, drive by wire, serial communications and active ride control. Maintaining high levels of quality and reliability within short cycle times requires effective partnerships between Automobile Manufactures and System, or Sub-System, Suppliers. Future vehicle designs will be more dependent on these relationships than ever before with new requirements being generated by pending legislation and by new functionality which will be offered in the next few years.
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Paul Mulvanny and Dung Tu "Advanced systems for automotive applications digital camera systems: the big picture", Proc. SPIE 3088, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1997, (26 June 1997);

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