Baron Offers Contextual Weather Info for Connected Cars

January 28, 2015  by  

car_gps_fog1Baron Services, Inc., the Huntsville, Alabama company that provides storm tracker service to TV stations and up-to-date information on weather and road conditions to drivers via SiriusXM, is currently marketing a Driver Safety Program to automakers and tier one suppliers.

Chris Carr, Baron’s director of business development, said the program’s objective is to make immediate, contextual information on weather and road conditions available to drivers as part of a comprehensive safety package configured by each automaker.

Baron provides the weather information to automakers via an API (application programming interface).

Infor Announces an EDI Cloud Solution to Improve Automotive Industry Manufacturing Efficiency

January 27, 2015  by  

INFOR 01-27-17 5877188Infor announced Infor Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Managed Service to offer automakers and suppliers a powerful yet economic solution to improve the efficiency of their manufacturing operations.

More than 73,000 manufacturers, including the top 20 automotive suppliers, use Infor technology.

Combining Infor ION® Middleware and Rocket Software’s EDI
Infor’s new cloud-based EDI offering combines Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware solution, and Rocket Software’s (formerly Trubiquity) EDI.

It’s said to provide a fast, easy and secure way to manage data and satisfy global automotive EDI requirements, and it can aid in reducing the cost, time and effort typically needed to keep pace with the ever-changing manufacturing industry.

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center

January 23, 2015  by  

Research and Innovation Center Palo AltoDriving Innovation in Connectivity, Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Ford has opened Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO.

“This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem – anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. We are working to make these new technologies accessible to everyone, not just luxury customers.”

NXP Releases Ultra-Compact Smart Car Access Solution

January 22, 2015  by  

Chip opens new use cases for the secure connected car;  enables car access solutions embedded in smartphones, smartwatches and new designs for car keys

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced what it said is the world’s first true one-chip solution for smart car access, combining Passive Keyless Entry (PKE), RF transmitter for remote control and immobiliser in a HVQVN32 package – the NCF29A1.

The ultra-compact device allows new key designs and form factors like PKE chips in smartphones, smartwatches or smartphone cases, supporting complementary car access via mobile devices.

ARM Cortex-R5 Safety Document Set Demonstrates Compliance with Functional Safety Standards

January 22, 2015  by  

Cortex-R5 safety package

Helping to Drive Adoption in Safety-Critical Automotive Applications

ARM has delivered a comprehensive safety document set for the ARM® Cortex®-R5 processor to drive its adoption in safety-critical applications.

The Cortex-R5 safety documentation is available now for licensing and adds to ARM’s support for applications where ARM-based SoCs (systems on chips) are increasingly used.

The company said that delivery of the safety document set “is a vital step toward the cost-effective deployment of more technically advanced systems” across multiple sectors including automotive, health and industrial, the largest of which is automotive.

Broadcom NFC Chip Simplifies Mobile Device Connectivity

January 5, 2015  by  

broadcom 52567_PR_IMG_BCM89095_NFC_Automotive_finalDrivers can pair a mobile device by simply tapping it against the dashboard, rather than navigating menus on two separate screens

At CES International 2015 Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) expanded its connected car device offerings with a new automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, BCM89095.

The highly-integrated chip with tap-to-connect technology is designed to simplify the set-up process for mobile device connectivity within the vehicle and to enable a range of comfort and convenience applications including keyless entry and vehicle settings.