Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Automotive applications

TI semiconductor, sensor and software technologies enhance driver safety and comfort, while reducing the environmental impact of automobiles.


According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wireless vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications powered by safety technology could potentially reduce 79 percent of all vehicle accidents. Many of these advancements are being supported with our semiconductors.

For years, our products have helped protect drivers by enabling anti-lock brake systems to operate more safely and effectively. Today, advanced driver assistance systems help passengers not only escape injury during an accident, but can also actually prevent the accident in the first place.

For example, our technologies can help warn drivers of lane departures, detect drowsiness, adapt cruise control to automatically adjust speed to avoid collisions, provide forward-looking radar, identify blind spots, ensure airbag control, and provide autonomous emergency braking.


We are responding to a growing demand from automobile customers for greater security. Car access systems containing TI technology allow drivers to remotely unlock or lock their vehicle as well as set off the security alarm. Newer access systems allow drivers to remotely start the vehicle or roll down windows, which can establish a comfortable temperature before departure.