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Sensata’s Dan Goncalves: Sensors Are Enabling Mobility of the Future

Date: August 5, 2019
Dan Goncalves, North American Automotive Marketing Director, Sensata Technologies, will address “Sensors Are Enabling Mobility of the Future” at the upcoming 2019 AASA Mobility Innovation Conference. In this AASA exclusive, he discusses what is beyond TPMS, oxygen and mass flow sensors and what parts will have embedded sensors next.
Why is there development of new automotive sensors and new locations for them?

As the automotive industry continues to drive toward increasing safety and reducing emissions, new sensing solutions are needed to drive improvements. The new applications that are being introduced to the market to address these two key areas require sensing solutions to make them a reality. Sensors are used as part of closed loop control algorithms to not only acts as inputs to the application but also validate that the new applications are in fact enabling improvements to safety and emissions. The use of sensors will continue to be critical as the industry pushes to drive a step change in emissions and safety within the automotive landscape.       
What are new vehicle areas Sensata is exploring for sensor applications. What new conditions will sensors be measuring and converting to data in the future?

Sensata continues to bring innovative sensing solutions to market related to mission critical applications that result in reduced emissions, improved safety, and improved fuel efficiency. With the movement of the auto industry towards autonomy, electrification, connectivity and shared mobility, new sensing opportunities evolve. As we engage in future technologies and applications of the automotive industry, we see a strong desire for sensors that provide enhanced application insights. Not only are we providing outputs related to the sensed parameter in question, but also providing additional insights into the application by monitoring the behavior of the system at the sensor level. Doing so allows us to provide insights into the health of the systems/sub-system. One example of the benefits is the ability to help predict future events prior to them occurring through predictive or preventative maintenance. By providing additional insights into the system at the sensor level we unlock additional value in the data.  With connectivity we can then use this data to further unlock value for the industry.  
Will the collection of data from various vehicle parts/areas stay ahead of the ability of aftermarket companies to analyze and take advantage of the data?

Data continues to be a key focus of all players in the automotive space and its creation continues to expand at a high rate. As the market is still in its early days relative to generating value from data, there is an opportunity for all players, including aftermarket, to participate and unlock value for their organization. Data ownership and use cases successful at value generation continue to evolve as organizations look to secure their place in the value chain. What is clear is that value exists and organizations that are able to deliver innovative solutions to the market will be able to carve out their place in the value chain.
The 2019 AASA Mobility Innovation Conference is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 2, the day following the annual AASA Technology Conference, in Boca Raton, Fla. The event will bring traditional parts suppliers and automotive technology startups together as they learn about and discuss evolving trends in aftermarket mobility and connected technologies.
More information, including registration, agenda details and hotel accommodations can be found on the Conference website.
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