General Motors’ first intelligent connected car, due for production in the next two years, will include safety applications software from Cohda Wireless. The Cohda software will be integrated into connectivity technology developed by Delphi Automotive.
At the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress held recently in Detroit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be GM’s first car containing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology.
Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.
The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.
Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.
Melexis Technologies announced a new version of its MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC that enables easier implementation and saves valuable space. The device offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation.
Strengthening its ‘No PCB’ design concept, Melexis’ MLX92242has a built-in capacitor – so that the device can be implemented directly into the design without inclusion of supplementary board level components that would increase the overall dimensions and necessitate additional soldering. It achieves this while still delivering identical performance and functionality to the original MLX92242, as well as keeping the standard industry TO-92/UA package form factor, enabling drop-in replacement solutions.
Featuring high levels of audio digital signal processor (DSP) functionality with a minimum power consumption requirement, the products target voice-centric applications found in the latest generation of tablets, wearables, webcam accessories and in-vehicle entertainment.
The new CODECs incorporate an integrated 24-bit DSP with an advanced voice engine package that provides an improvement of over 35dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) through the use of multi-channel beamforming, noise suppression, and acoustic echo cancellation features. The result is a significant enhancement in speech performance with greatly improved sound quality for VoIP and voice recognition applications, which is particularly important for end users in a noisy environment.
Ford and Telogis Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Telematics to Ford Commercial Customers in Europe
Ford Motor Company and Telogis are launching Ford Telematics powered by Telogis, providing actionable information from Ford commercial vehicles that helps customers reduce fuel costs up to 20%, reduce their environmental impact, and increase driver safety.
Since 2011, Telogis has been the exclusive technology provider to power Ford Crew Chief telematics in North America. The European expansion of the Telogis-Ford partnership leverages the success of Crew Chief and will meet the demand from current and new Ford customers for visibility into day-to-day operations including vehicle/driver location, vehicle and driver performance and exclusive Ford vehicle diagnostics.
TTTech Teams with Cisco’s openBerlin Innovation Center to Accelerate Deterministic Ethernet Adoption
TTTech is partnering with Cisco at Cisco’s Internet of Everything Innovation Center, openBerlin, to accelerate the adoption of Deterministic Ethernet for advanced solutions for Industry 4.0 / the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing and transportation industries.
At the openBerlin Innovation Center TTTech and Cisco intend to develop and showcase Industry 4.0 solutions made possible by Deterministic Ethernet, the cross-industry communication technology based on upcoming IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking standards.
TTTech customers are already deploying Deterministic Ethernet based on TTTech’s TTEthernet® communication protocol for innovative networked control solutions in a broad range of upcoming applications including space vehicles (NASA), piloted cars (Audi) and wind turbines (Vestas).
In a “Retro Report” published in the New York Times on September 14, Clyde Haberman correctly reminds us that designing automation for automobiles needs to carefully consider lessons learned (often the hard way) when applying other technology to automobiles. But in designing software for such automation, we need also consider lessons learned (again, often the hard way) in other domains.
Magna International announced the establishment of two new facilities in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India. The new plants reflect business awards for vehicle programs built off global-platforms and also help position Magna for further growth in India as vehicle production expands.
At one of the new Sanand facilities, Magna will make complete seat systems for a leading automaker. The 215,000-square-foot plant will employ approximately 200 people and is expected to begin volume production in 2015.
BorgWarner Provides Friction Technology for Volkswagen’s Hybrid Dual-Clutch Transmission in VW Golf, Audi A3 e-tron
BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) supplies its high-performance wet friction technology for Volkswagen’s new hybrid DQ 400e dual-clutch transmission, launching in the 2014 Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 e-tron.
The new transmission for hybrid vehicles with transversely mounted engines employs three clutches (a dual-clutch module plus a disconnecting clutch) to smoothly connect and disconnect the electric engine from the drivetrain. For all three clutches, BorgWarner’s leading wet friction technology significantly improves shift performance and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) while improving fuel economy.
Subaru of America introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.