New solutions for sanitizing autonomous vehicles

To tackle these issues, Gentex is creating technology paths based around the company’s core capabilities. Their development “tool box” includes smoke-detection solutions that use optical electronics to look for particulates; Gentex-designed-and-built cameras; light sensors; nanomaterials capable of sensing health threats to driver and/or passengers that could be residing in a vehicle and, increasingly, artificial intelligence…

When an AV drops off one rider and picks up another, how do you identify who was smoking in it? Such issues might cause the vehicle to be pulled out of service. “Some of our sensing systems are being developed around understanding that environment – air quality, surface cleanliness, and even content left behind by passengers,” Boehm said.