August 27, 2015 by John Day
Continental has developed a new integrated sensor module, Multi Function Camera with Lidar (MFL), by integrating a camera and an infrared Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging Sensor) into a single compact unit.
The module is now being supplied to Toyota Motor Corporation for their new active safety package, “Toyota Safety Sense C” for compact cars. MFL is part of Continental’s portfolio of surrounding sensors including forward view and surround view cameras as well as radar and Lidar sensors.
A new study from the University of Iowa found that a majority of drivers expressed uncertainty about how many potentially life-saving vehicle safety technologies work.
The survey also showed that 40 percent of drivers report that their vehicles have acted or behaved in unexpected ways.
The safety technologies included in the study were:
• Back-up Camera
• Blind Spot Monitor
• Forward Collision Warning
• Anti-lock Braking Systems
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Adaptive Cruise Control
• Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
• Lane Departure Warning
• Traction Control
Speeds Analysis Across Larger Teams and More Complex Systems
LDRA announced version 9.5 of its LDRA tool suite. The updates automate manual processes and provide simple, easy-to-use visibility into the relationships between software artifacts at all stages of the software development life cycle from requirements through verification.
The new version is said to deliver faster, more effective, time-saving analysis and verification for companies developing critical systems.
August 20, 2015 by John Day
STMicroelectronics has introduced what it said is the industry’s first AEC-Q100-qualified 2Mbit EEPROM device, extending the possibilities for parameter storage and management in complex automotive modules.
New advanced applications such as hybrid, electric, or high-power truck engines require extensive use of various parameters, including the information on air volume, fuel injection, exhaust, or battery charge, to maximize power-conversion efficiency for greener driving.
Similarly, automotive-safety applications, such as event recording for airbag or body and braking controllers, increasingly rely on storing and processing large amounts of parametric inputs that include object detection, 3-axis motion, wheel speed, and steering angle.
August 19, 2015 by John Day
The new Renault Espace recently introduced in Europe has distinctive LED tail lamps with a two-part design developed by HELLA.
The fifth generation French crossover was first shown as Renault’s “Initiale Paris” concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The new model features HELLA tail lamps that are split into two sections to generate a unique appearance, especially when turn signals are activated.
An auxiliary lens that combines clear and brushed coatings is located in front of each LED light guide to create what Renault refers to as an “ice cube” design similar to the appearance of light passing through an ice cube.
Maxim Collaborates with NVIDIA® on DRIVE™ CX and PX Platforms for Infotainment and Piloted Driving Solutions
August 12, 2015 by John Day
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. collaborated with NVIDIA to enable the analog blocks on automotive infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for NVIDIA’s DRIVE CX (cockpit) and PX (piloted driving) platforms.
According to Maxim, growing demand for technology in mobile applications has changed how consumers interact with each other and the world around them. This heightened expectation for advanced user experience is influencing how automakers architect their infotainment systems to stay competitive with technology trends.
August 11, 2015 by John Day
Microchip Technology Inc. announced that AUDI AG is networking the Audi virtual cockpit system in its new high-class Q7 SUV Models using MOST(®) technology, following a similar deployment in its TT Coupe Models.
Specifically, Audi is utilizing Microchip’s OS81110 and OS81118 MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs), which provide 150 Mbps performance and support all MOST network data types.
The OS81118 also includes a High Speed USB 2.0 interface (PHY/HSIC), to seamlessly connect with the virtual cockpit’s System-on-Chip processor.
August 6, 2015 by John Day
High-Bandwidth Technology Needed to Accelerate Development of Autonomous Driving and Secure Connected Vehicles
Network Backbone for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) announced its new product portfolio for automotive Ethernet. The portfolio builds on BroadR-Reach™, an automotive standard defined by the OPEN Alliance industry group, with the aim to make consumer-level Ethernet capable of meeting the automotive industry’s stringent requirements.
NXP, a founding member of OPEN Alliance, claims to be the first to offer a truly automotive portfolio consisting of two product families – Ethernet transceivers (TJA1100) and Ethernet switches (SJA1105).
High Output Current with Superior Loop Stability and Desirable Transient Response
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new high output current synchronous buck regulator IC that integrates low RDSon high-side and low-side N-channel MOSFETs. Allegro’s A8654 incorporates PWM current mode control to provide simple compensation, excellent loop stability and fast transient response. The A8654 utilizes external compensation to accommodate a wide range of power components to achieve both excellent loop stability and desirable transient response. This new buck regulator IC is targeted at the automotive, industrial and instrumentation markets with typical end applications to include infotainment and GPS systems, automobile audio and camera systems, home audio, and industrial systems.
Condensation in automotive head lights can be detrimental to consumer acceptance of a product and in certain instances lead to recalls and warranty issues. This presentation describes a numerical method for transient simulation of liquid film formation process on the surface of an element in a head light as part of a CFD thermal analysis.
Automotive LED headlight reliability and optical performance requires careful thermal design especially due to LED operating temperature & radiometric performance. As part of this condensation simulation topic, adequate radiative heat transfer modeling is described on using a “band” Monte-Carlo radiation model. This enables proper simulation of the focusing influences of semi-transparent materials (glass, plastic), reflective and refractive surfaces in a complex headlight design.