Optical sensors for the automotive industry need to be robust, high performing and low cost. This paper focuses on the
impact of automotive requirements on optical sensor design and packaging.
Main strategies to lower optical sensor entry barriers in the automotive market include: Perform sensor calibration and tuning by the sensor manufacturer, sensor test modes on chip to guarantee functional integrity at operation, and package technology is key.
As a conclusion, optical sensor applications are growing in automotive. Optical sensor robustness matured to the level of
safety critical applications like Electrical Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Drive-by-Wire by optical linear arrays
based systems and Automated Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Change Assist and Driver Classification/Smart Airbag
Deployment by camera imagers based systems.