Audi to Offer AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan for Audi Connect in 2015 A3, S3, Q3 Models

September 12, 2014  by  

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Audi of America and AT&T will provide owners of 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models equipped with Audi connect® the option of adding their connected cars to an AT&T Mobile Share Value(SM) data plan, starting Oct. 1.

With a Mobile Share Value Plan, customers can purchase a monthly allotment of data to share among their connected devices, including the all-new Audi premium compact and crossover models equipped with Audi connect. The access charge is $10 a month to add a vehicle to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is the same price that AT&T charges to add a tablet to an existing plan.

Renesas RL78 Platform Solution Drives Easy Path from Idea to Solution for Automotive Control Systems

September 11, 2014  by  

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RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs Reduce System Power Consumption and PCB Footprint

SimuQuest and IAR Systems Development Kits and Software Tools Enhance Development Efficiency for Quicker Time to Market

Renesas Electronics America announced the availability of 16-bit RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 microcontrollers (MCUs) plus new RL78 Renesas Development Kits (RDKs) and software development tools provided through Renesas’ partner relationship with SimuQuest and IAR Systems. The RL78/F13 and RL78/F14 MCUs, combined with the SimuQuest RDK, QuantiPhi™ Renesas Edition (QuantiPhi™ RE) and IAR Embedded Workbench, create an environment that allows the “easiest path from idea to solution” – contributing to enhanced development efficiency, reduced system costs, lower system power consumption and improved functional safety features for automotive control systems.

Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade PIN Photodiodes Deliver High Reverse Light Current to 9.5 µA

September 11, 2014  by  

Offered in 1206 Surface-Mount Packages, AEC-Q101-Qualified Devices Feature Sensitive Areas of 0.85 mm²

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) is broadening its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of two new automotive-grade high-speed silicon PIN photodiodes in clear- and black-epoxy 1206 surface-mount packages measuring 4 mm by 2 mm by 1.05 mm.

Offering a sensitive area of 0.85 mm², the Vishay Semiconductors VEMD6010X01 and VEMD6110X01 provide a high reverse light current of 9.5 µA — three times that of previously released devices — and a very low dark current of 1 nA for automotive and industrial applications.

U.S. DoT Awards UBI Contract to Agnik and Harman

September 10, 2014  by  

Service to Integrate Game Theory, Mechanism Design, and Social Incentives

Agnik, a data analytics company for connected cars, has received a US Department of Transportation Contract for developing advanced mathematical game-theoretic framework-based products in the area of social incentives and mechanism design for usage-based insurance.

The project will be performed in collaboration with Harman International and will be supported by several leading insurance carriers.

Growing interest in blending social experience with Connected Car applications is creating new opportunities for insurance carriers. However, gamification without a proper mathematical approach may have adverse effects.

Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo Acquiring Compuware

September 10, 2014  by  

Compuware has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

“We began with the IPO of Covisint, initiated a robust dividend, divested non-core operations, and aggressively reduced corporate expenses,” said Compuware CEO Bob Paul,. Compuware is now best suited to focus on its core mainframe and APM businesses as a private-equity backed company, where we can continue to serve our customers in a competitive environment with greater flexibility to take a long-term approach.”

Cadillac to Introduce Advanced ‘Intelligent and Connected’ Vehicle Technologies on Select 2017 Models

September 10, 2014  by  


General Motors’ V2V technology has the potential to mitigate many traffic collisions by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel, between vehicles that are approaching each other. It will provide useful warnings to drivers, like “Hard Braking Ahead.” (Photo by Rob Widdis for Cadillac)

Super Cruise and V2V slated for production in about two years

Cadillac will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

Delphi Claims First-to-Market with Wireless Vehicle Communications Technology to Support V2V and V2I

September 9, 2014  by  

delphi V2X_infographicDelphi will supply a major global automaker with connectivity technology that will allow cars to talk with one another and provide drivers critical traffic information.

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) announced that it will be first-to-market with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that significantly advances driver alerts.

Delphi’s wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) functionality.

Radio signals transmit traffic data from car to car to alert drivers of potential road hazards; even those beyond the driver’s line of sight or out of the vehicle’s sensor range.

IBM Helps São Paulo Unify Traffic Data and Services for Nearly 4,000 Miles of Highways

September 9, 2014  by  

IBM Helps Brazil Unify Traffic Data for 4k Miles of Highways
IBM and The Agência de Transporte do Estado de São Paulo (ARTESP), the regulatory agency that oversees public transportation for the State of São Paulo, Brazil, announced the opening of the Information Control Center designed to help ensure the quality of service provided by local operators of the state’s highways.

The center will unify traffic data, incident management and service delivery through the use of advanced analytics to help ensure safer and more efficient travel for a population of 20 million across 271 cities.

Hyundai Assurance Car Care In-Vehicle App Now Available For Download On All-New 2015 Sonata

September 6, 2014  by  

Hyundai Motor America Assurance Car Care Home ScreenIncludes Hyundai’s First On-Screen Owner’s Manual

The Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app is now available for download into the multimedia system of 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation.

Sonata owners can use the in-vehicle app as another convenient option for accessing car care services and vehicle information.

The Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app has similar features to the Hyundai Assurance Car Care mobile app but takes advantage of Sonata’s eight-inch multimedia touchscreen.

Customers can use the in-vehicle Care app as a convenient option for scheduling an oil change at their favorite dealership, access Hyundai’s first on-screen interactive owner’s manual, providing a convenient and simpler way for owners to become familiar with the full capabilities of their vehicle.

Cohda Wireless Unveils Gen 5 ‘Talking Car’ Device

September 6, 2014  by  

cohdaCohda Wireless launched the MK5, its fifth-generation ‘talking vehicle’ product. The MK5 provides advance warning of potential dangers to vehicle safety by wirelessly gathering data from similarly equipped vehicles and infrastructure.

The MK5 addresses both Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) implementations, collectively referred to as V2X. Offering best in class performance, the MK5 is suitable for use in trials, automotive production, aftermarket products and roadside infrastructure. V2X technology is expected in production vehicles from 2016.

Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray said the MK5 was available as an onboard, roadside or radio module. “The MK5 is Cohda’s smallest product to date, measuring just 90mm x 130mm for the onboard unit and 30mm x 40mm for the radio module,” he said.

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