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.