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76 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2018 As electronics play an increasingly important role in automotive manufacturing, tremendous change and great progress have been made worldwide. We are at the crossroads of incred- ible technological advancements, and it's been exhilarating to watch. I am eager to see what happens next. Did you know that your car is likely the most technologically advanced device you own? It seems weird to refer to a car as a device, but modern automobiles have more chips and cir- cuit boards than your average home internet appliance. Printed circuit boards play a vital role in the performance and reliability of many critical systems. Most of today's cars have between 30 and 80 separate electronic controllers. We are seeing changes in many different areas of technology related to automotive electronics and I'd like to cover three in more detail: artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and additive manufacturing. Artificial intelligence, computers and com- puter software capable of intelligent behavior, is moving ahead at a rapid pace. Today, we have driverless cars that can navigate traffic on their own. According to Gartner Reports, autonomous vehicles will comprise 25% of the market by 2030. It is suggested that AI will improve the auto manufacturing sector in several ways, among them: less equipment failure, more productive employees through robot-human collaboration, and fewer quality problems. Automotive Electronics: Past / Present / Future One World, One Industry by John Mitchell, IPC−Association Connecting Electronics Industries

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