Intel Commits to Mitigating Automotive Cybersecurity Risks

October 3, 2015  by  

To help mitigate cybersecurity risks associated with connected automobiles while encouraging technological progression and innovation, Intel Corporation announced the establishment of the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB).

The ASRB researchers will perform ongoing security tests and audits intended to codify practices and design recommendations for advanced cybersecurity solutions and products. Intel also published the first version of its automotive cybersecurity best practices white paper, which the company will continue to update based on ASRB findings.

TomTom Launches RoadDNA and HAD Map

September 21, 2015  by  

TomTom-self-driving-software-2015-09-14-01TomTom (TOM2) announces the launch of TomTom RoadDNA, a product for vehicle localisation that will help make automated driving a reality. Designed with vehicle data storage and processing limitations in mind, RoadDNA delivers location information that can be integrated into the on-board system of a vehicle.

“We know that the future of automated driving hinges on the ability of a vehicle to continuously know exactly where it is located on the road,” Harold Goddijn, TomTom CEO, said. “TomTom RoadDNA is the only technology of its kind* that delivers highly accurate vehicle localisation content in an efficient and cost effective way.”

Renesas R-Car T2 SoC for Ethernet AVB Vehicle Camera Networks Aids Video Delivery to Multiple Systems

September 18, 2015  by  

20150909-r-car-t2Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of the R-Car T2 system-on-a-chip (SoC), an SoC for Ethernet AVB-enabled vehicle camera networks that joins R-Car Family devices for infotainment, instrument cluster and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) applications.

The R-Car T2 enables the delivery of high-resolution camera video through multiple systems while maintaining real-time performance with low latency levels. These capabilities provide the “surround view” monitoring and obstacle detection applications that contribute to safe driving experiences.

Freescale and Continental Integrate Radar Solutions

September 1, 2015  by  

ADAS-APPLICATIONS-BDFreescale Semiconductor and Continental announced plans to integrate Freescale’s next 77 GHz radar technology into Continental’s next generation short- and mid-range automotive radar modules.

This effort represents the next step in the evolution of Continental’s comprehensive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) radar solutions, helping automakers meet safety mandates and extend ADAS safety benefits to more vehicles.

Defined and developed from the ground up to address the ISO 26262 standard, Freescale’s next radar chipset integrates a complete radar system, providing coverage around the vehicle for applications such as emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane keeping assistance and pedestrian detection.

MEMS Performs Under Pressure

September 1, 2015  by  

By Dubravka Bilic, Steven Elwell, Andrew McNeil
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are electronic systems that monitor air pressure inside pneumatic tires. TPMS senses and then transmits tire-pressure information via wireless communication. TPMS provides several benefits. It increases safety by reporting under-inflated tires that could compromise vehicle handling or cause the tire to fail unexpectedly. Consequently, TPMS is now part of the mandatory equipment for passenger cars in most developed countries. In this article we will describe challenges designing, testing, and verifying TPMS systems designed to measure the higher pressure found in truck tires…

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Silicon Labs Launches Isolated Current Sense Amplifier

September 1, 2015  by  


image002Silicon Labs introduced an isolated current sense amplifier delivering robust isolation, including high bandwidth and low signal delay.

Silicon Labs’ Si8920 isolated amplifier provides a current shunt measurement solution for power control systems operating in harsh environments such as electric/hybrid-electric vehicle (EV/HEV) systems.

Measuring current on high-voltage rails (up to 1200 V) with a galvanically isolated amplifier provides information to the low-voltage controller. The Si8920 isolated amplifier provides a differential, low-voltage input scaled for connection to current shunt resistors, enabling the controller to make precise measurements of current on high-voltage rails while maintaining electrical isolation.

Microchip MOST150 Coaxial Transceiver Aids Automotive Infotainment Networks Based on Coaxial Cables

September 1, 2015  by  

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Fully Compliant MOST® Infotainment Network Architecture Features a Robust Physical Layer and Proven Electromagnetic Compatibility Behavior

Microchip Technology Inc. announced what it said is the industry’s first MOST150 coaxial transceiver.

Extending the usage of coaxial cabling to powerful automotive infotainment networks based on the latest MOST150 standard, the new OS82150 integrates a coaxial cable driver and coaxial cable receiver into a 4×4 mm QFN package.

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Melexis Extends Advanced Current Sensor Portfolio

August 31, 2015  by  

P17935MG_v4Melexis added another device to its MLX91208 series of programmable Hall-effect current sensors, with the introduction of an elevated current version.

Optimized for the fields that characterize hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) applications, the MLX91208CAV can cope with up to 1000A of primary current. This device complements the existing MLX91208 products that cover low and high field functions.

Because of the proprietary integrated magnetic concentrator (IMC) technology employed, the sensors in the AEC-Q100-qualified MLX91208 series measure current without the need for inclusion of the external ferromagnetic cores that are required for conventional Hall-effect current sensors.

Continental Supports “Toyota Safety Sense” With Multi-Function Camera and Lidar

August 27, 2015  by  

Toyota vehicle under automatic emergency braking demonstration, using Continental-developed Multi-Function Camera and Lidar.

Toyota vehicle under automatic emergency braking demonstration, using Continental-developed Multi-Function Camera and Lidar.

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.

University of Iowa Study Reveals Consumers Do Not Understand Vehicle Safety Features

August 21, 2015  by  

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Drivers Report Unexpected Vehicle Behaviors in Research by the University of Iowa

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

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