*This Editor’s Note will appear in the November/December Edition of WDD.
Things in life are constantly moving and changing, and this is particularly true for WDD. Moving into 2019, Wireless Design & Development will be joining forces with ECN to provide you with in-depth coverage of the wireless world that you have come to expect. WDD will appear (four times per year) as a special section that is fully integrated with our newly redesigned ECN.
This shift also has taken place on our websites. Earlier this year, WDD merged its website with ECN, further uniting these brands and our efforts to deliver the latest news on wireless industry trends and technology. Topics like 5G, RF/microwave, and WiFi will still be front and center. Since wireless technology is becoming more and more prevalent within electronic devices with the rise of the Internet of Things, this initiative will bring together the strengths of both brands to offer insights on technological developments.
Automotive technology also is constantly evolving, with OEMs continually adding new safety, wireless, and infotainment features to market. What started out as simple Bluetooth connectivity is now moving toward advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and eventually to fully autonomous vehicles. This issue’s cover story, “How ADAS Is Paving the Way for Autonomous Driving,” by Hannes Estl, on p. 4, examines the origins of ADAS and the way it is affecting the race to Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles.
Our tech features, beginning on p. 8, also center on autonomous vehicle technology with “FIR Cameras Pave Road for Safe Autonomous Driving,” by Yakov Shaharabani, which explores the possibility of using far infrared cameras combined with other sensors to make self-driving cars a more financially viable option. Additionally, this issue includes a look into wireless internet service providers expanding their coverage to rural areas with “WISPs Gear Up to Meet Demands of Densification,” by Justin Pollock on p. 10.
With all of these changes, 2019 looks like it will be quite an exciting year for WDD and for wireless technology in general. Ultimately, we feel like these moves will offer us the opportunity to better serve you with more information about wireless technology and how developments in this industry will affect other industries, including electronics, power, aerospace, transportation, embedded systems, and more. We can’t wait to continue to take this ride with you!