New MapleSim Release Makes Design Exploration and Validation Easier

October 23, 2014  by  

MapleSim7CoreImageMaplesoft announced a new release of its system-level modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim™.

The new release, MapleSim 7, makes it substantially easier to explore and validate designs, create and manage libraries of custom components, and use MapleSim models within the engineering toolchain.

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Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to Debut on 2015 Mondeo in Europe

October 23, 2014  by  

Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection TechnologyFord is rolling out a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions.

New TI SoC, TDA3x, Supports Front, Rear and Surround View ADAS Applications for Entry- to Mid-Level Cars

October 23, 2014  by  

TI 10-23-14At the SAE Convergence conference in Detroit, Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the newest member of its automotive system-on-chip (SoC) family, the TDA3x.

It’s intended to help automakers develop ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) applications that meet or exceed NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) requirements, reduce collisions, and enable a more autonomous driving experience in entry- to mid-level vehicles.

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Freescale SABRE Infotainment Development System Enables Ethernet AVB; Internet of Things

October 21, 2014  by  

Freescale 10-21-14 32774-COR-SABREAI-dashboard-v3-fnl-LRAutomotive hardware/software solution streamlines development of infotainment systems incorporating Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) for the connected car of the future

At the SAE Convergence Conference & Exhibition, Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs.

The new hardware and software will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies and other alternatives.

The comprehensive new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment.

Designing 2015 Toyota Avalon Electrical Systems

October 20, 2014  by  

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Charan Lota, Earnee Gilling and Nick Sitarski led electrical system design teams for the 2015 Toyota Avalon

Electrical Systems (ES) engineers at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, Michigan, spent months engaged in customer research in the course of designing the 2015 Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan that launched this week.

The research included clinics, focus groups, surveys, and visits to dealers.

“A tremendous effort goes into designing a car that meets design goals,” says Avalon chief engineer Randy Stephens. “The (Avalon) powertrain was the same as that in the previous generation, and we had a really competitive powertrain, so what we wanted to do was change everything around it to have this vehicle match our vision.

Kiekert Develops LED Latch for Visible Safety

October 13, 2014  by  

Autoschloss-Hersteller KiekertAutomotive locking systems developer Kiekert AG introduced a LED latch that integrates the door warning lamp directly into the latch versus placing the lamp in the side door paneling.

Compared with conventional solutions, the warning light built into the door latch is visible to road users through the entire opening radius.

The LED latch’s intelligent system architecture saves on packaging space and assembly time and the weight of the side door is reduced. The energy-saving LED lamp also makes an added contribution to improved economy and sustainability.

Application options for the LED latch include a choice of color and brightness, flashing LEDs, child locks and emergency locking.

Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Used on AKKA Link&Go Autonomous Connected Vehicle

October 10, 2014  by  

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AKKA Technologies and Dassault Systèmes have partnered to promote innovation in the self-driving connected vehicle market.

AKKA’s engineers will draw upon the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop the next generation of its autonomous Link&Go concept car, using Dassault Systèmes applications to ideate, design, simulate and validate on a single collaborative platform hosted on the Cloud.

The partnership is expected to help speed the development of the next Link&Go concept, the technological advancements of which will focus on how mobility consumers can benefit from customized and customizable services.

Microchip Partners with LDRA for Functional Safety

October 6, 2014  by  

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LDRA is partnering with Microchip Technology Inc., enabling customers to meet functional-safety requirements.

Microchip, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, recommends LDRA tools for applications that must comply with functional-safety standards, including ISO 26262 for road vehicles, IEC 61508 for industrial safety systems, and EN 50128 for rail transportation systems.

Partnership Provides Support for PIC® MCUs and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs)

The partnership offers seamless integration of the LDRA tool suite with Microchip’s MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment and MPLAB XC compilers. The LDRA tools focus on compliance while leveraging the MPLAB tools for comprehensive support of Microchip’s line of more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers and DSCs.

Spansion Expands Traveo™ Family for Automotive with HMI Technologies and Embedded 3D Graphics

October 2, 2014  by  

Spansion Inc. introduced the latest member of its Spansion® Traveo™ microcontroller family aimed at rich human machine interfaces (HMI) in automotive dashboards.

For the first time, Spansion is integrating its HyperBus™ interface with its ARM® Cortex®-R5-based embedded Traveo MCU, enabling seamless connections with HyperBus memories, including Spansion HyperFlash™ memory, to provide customers design simplification and faster performance in automotive systems.

The latest Traveo family is said to deliver state-of-the-art 2D and 3D graphics optimized to bring sophisticated, automotive-specific graphics functions into the car without increased power and BOM requirements.

Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance in Audi TT Virtual Cockpit

October 2, 2014  by  

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Virtual Cockpit enables intuitive user interactions with intelligent voice and natural language understanding technologies

Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance unveiled at the Paris Motor Show the integration of voice and natural language understanding (NLU) technology as part of the Virtual Cockpit in the new Audi TT Roadster. As a result, drivers are able to engage in a more natural, conversational dialogue with Audi’s infotainment and navigation capabilities, the same way they would talk to their friend. With intuitive voice commands, drivers and passengers can control system menu, phone, tuner, media and navigation features through everyday speech, without having to stick to defined commands.

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