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10 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2018 Feature by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team When we began planning the automotive issue, we reached out to one of our automo- tive experts, Dan Feinberg. A fixture at the Consumer Electronics Show, Dan has been covering autonomous, hybrid and electric vehicles for years, along with the rapid growth of high-tech electronic gadgetry in traditional vehicles. In this freewheeling experts discus - sion, Dan spoke with Barry Matties, Patty Goldman, and Happy Holden about the future of auto electronics and what it all means to the PCB industry. Patty Goldman: Dan, you covered the Consumer Electronics Show for us, and you found quite a bit of automotive stuff on display. Tell us what you learned about automotive electronics at CES. Dan Feinberg: Basically, the advances in artifi- cial intelligence and the advances in compu- tational and quantum computing are enabling total autonomous driving at a much faster rate than was anticipated even five years ago. The main thing that I am learning about automo- tive electronics concerns autonomous driving and the effects of disruption. Think about it: You have a couple cars coming at each other and there's going to be an accident; the human beings involved must decide. Am I going to hit the car? Am I going to hit the tree? Am I going to go over the cliff? Am I just going to do a gut reaction? You never know how a human being is going to react. The autonomous driving arti- ficial intelligence is going to have to decide, "I'm going to have an accident. Which one will kill the fewest people?" It's going to have to decide who is going to get killed and who isn't. Goldman: That sounds scary, having a vehicle make decisions like that. Feinberg: It's kind of scary. It may be the best decision; it probably will be. I would expect that if the whole country were autonomous driving, the accident rates and the fatalities and so forth would go down significantly. But it's still scary because it really is the first step toward AI taking over control of things that human being typically control. Experts Discussion: Dan Feinberg on Automotive Electronics

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