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Automotive Switches to Play an Instrumental Role in Passenger Safety and their Comfort

SwaminiThe future of transportation clearly lies with autonomous vehicles and there is no denying that. Autonomous technology has already made its place in cockpits and offered functionality and comfort to pilots. Soon, other vehicles would go driverless and thus, designers have to come up with new ways to improve customer experience and automotive switches play a major part in offering comfort.

Launch of new switches for upcoming automotive

For years drivers have been using switches to interact with the vehicles and familiar with push-buttons. Now, several companies have launched pushbuttons switches for automotive lock systems. The Pushbutton Switch series PB-Sx offers superior performance in both electric and mechanical systems and is designed for vehicle access in a harsh environment. Several companies have adopted the use of pushbuttons switches and LEDs in the door handle.

On the other hand, Broadcom Inc., the global technology leader in semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions recently launched a new Ethernet Switch family that complies with IEEE standards. Its automotive AEC-Q100 multigigabit Ethernet PHY transceiver family is now the industry’s first automotive L2/L3 switch that comes with MACsec support. Moreover, it interfaces supporting data rates of 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, which are designed specially to address the increasing demand for in-vehicle data security.

Apart from this, the innovation in designing electric switches has opened new opportunities in improving passenger safety. With the launch of the latest automotive USB 2.0 mux-demux switches with over-voltage signals, manufacturers can offer additional protection to their vehicles. The novel switch enables manufacturers to tolerate shorts between D± and Vbus on both Type-C and USB connectors. This switch protects the system from damage due to wear and tear in the connector or cable.

Audi shows commitment to physical switches over touchscreens

While more and more companies have keen to offer touchscreen in their vehicles and offer customers smartphone-like interfaces, some major automotive companies are sticking to buttons and switches. For instance, Audi has committed to retaining physical controls in its upcoming electric and autonomous cars. As touchscreens can be difficult to operate while driving, the company aims to retain automotive switches. Although the latest models of Toyota and Honda show significant use of touchscreen and complete replacement of switches with touch-sensitive buttons, Audi has launched new models with physical dials for climate controls. According to safety experts, a driver has to spend more time tapping a screen than locating switches and buttons by feels. As per Audi, there are advantages of technologies that are used in the past and touch-less interaction brings more joy while driving.

Future of cars and role of automotive switches

The shift toward touch buttons is not something new. The companies including Canatu, Finland’s finest tech company has been leading the touch button market with the development of 3D formable and stretchable films and touch sensors. The company has now partnered with automotive companies to bring new technological innovations that improve the aesthetics of futuristic cars.

3D touch switches for in-vehicle applications are the newest innovation that the majority of automotive companies are craving. Some automotive companies have been rethinking the entire interior of autonomous vehicles and assume that drivers would take a relaxed posture while traveling which would make the dashboard out of reach. Thus, companies have proposed to make door handles a new place of touch controls. Integrating touch switches onto door handles is expected to bring an intuitive user experience and making the design more aesthetic.

Apart from this, automotive companies have focused on sound responses and acoustic responses in their branding. These facilities depend greatly on automotive switch design and their configuration via special platforms that ensure reliability and reduce response time.

According to Allied Market Research, the global automotive switches market is expected to reach $43.26 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2020 to 2027. The rise in demand for automotive switches in commercial vehicles, surge in demand for automatic switches, and innovations in electronic systems in vehicles have boosted the growth of the market. However, the Covid-19 outbreak hampered the market growth, due to strict social distancing norms and strict lockdowns across many countries to curb the spread of infection. Such nationwide lockdown forced automotive manufacturing facilities to close down their business and operate at minimum efficiency. However, as the world is recovering from the pandemic, the demand for automotive has increased once again, which in turn, will positively affect the automotive switches market.

Innovations in automotive switches

The automotive interface design has been a challenging aspect. To enhance user experience while reducing response time is a critical aspect and thus, electromechanical switches have been an integral part of the vehicles. With the introduction of new technologies, modern vehicles include customized automotive switches that optimize comfort, infotainment, safety, and much more.

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About the Author

Swamini Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and control engineering from Pune University and works as a content writer at Allied Market Research. She is deeply fascinated by the impact of technology on human life and loves to talk about science and mythology. When she is not glued to the computer, she loves to read, travel and daydream about her areas of interest. [email protected]


Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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