Vector Informatik Verifies Solutions with Ixia

September 3, 2015  by  

ixia-logoIxia, a provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, and Vector Informatik are collaborating to address the challenging tasks of securing, validating and optimizing automotive Ethernet communications in the emerging connected car market.

As vehicles use more information and communications technology, automotive manufacturers and suppliers require expertise and solutions to ensure application performance and security resilience in the interoperation of key functions and features, including infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The market for ADAS is growing rapidly, according to ABI Research analysts. In a report dated January 26, 2015, the firm states that the market is expected to grow from $11.1 billion last year to $91.9 billion by 2020, and is projected to move past $200 billion by 2024.

Device- and Platform-Agnostic Telematics Solution Provides Control Over Data Access And Improves Customer Service

September 3, 2015  by  

5bd904_cd0abf5ee4934c8d8e1b29e6ed998b74.png_srz_p_164_55_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzmsg global solutions, a Swiss-based provider of integrated software and services to the insurance, reinsurance, and financial services industries, announced that its Telematics Analyzer product, a software solution that enables efficient and secure data collection, analysis and scoring of telematics-based driving data, can now integrate with any back-end system, including the SAP FS-PM policy management system and msg.PIA, msg global’s insurance package for smaller insurance organizations.

These integration points confirm that the insurer can independently control the strategic development and launch of its UBI products, including related policy, contract, and coverage information that facilitates customized policyholder interactions.

Navigant report analyzes market for autonomous driving

September 2, 2015  by  

NavigantResearchLogo_RGB-1A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging market for different levels of fully and semi-autonomous driving, with global market forecasts by region for vehicle volume and revenue, through 2035.

As manufacturers produce the first combinations of advanced driver assistance features, some cars will soon have the ability to cruise freeways and navigate traffic with minimal driver input.

While autonomous vehicle technology continues to evolve, so does its potential to institute significant changes in safety and personal mobility, particularly in large cities.

Frost & Sullivan Sees Virtual Cockpits Closer to Reality

September 2, 2015  by  

frost sullivan logoHybrid Instrument Clusters Are Set to be the Standard Beyond 2020

The research firm Frost & Sullivan sees modernization efforts sweeping through the instrument cluster (IC) space as automakers in North America and Europe strive to provide consumers with a unique driving experience.

Analog gauges in cars will become obsolete by 2021, giving way to hybrid and fully digital ICs with flexible designs that facilitate personalization. Next-generation ICs will feature customizable dials and advanced liquid-crystal-display (LCD) quantum dot displays containing detailed, relevant information.

Autoliv Acquires M/A-COM Automotive Solutions Business

September 2, 2015  by  

macom logo 20140429_034836_macomAutoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the automotive business of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSI) (MACOM).

The “Automotive Solutions” business that Autoliv intends to acquire is a carve-out of the automotive business of MACOM, which supplies high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products. The MACOM unit supplies integrated, embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) modules to the automotive industry.

Other technologies and intellectual property included in the transaction are various Radio Frequency (RF) and antenna products (hardware and software) and Electronic Horizon, an advanced driver assistance system connecting navigation and GPS data to improve safety, fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

DTS to Acquire HD Radio Developer iBiquity Digital

September 2, 2015  by  

ibiquityDTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting for approximately $172 million.

DTS expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

iBiquity is the exclusive developer and licensor of HD Radio technology, the sole FCC-approved method for upgrading AM/FM broadcasting from analog to digital. HD Radio technology provides improved audio quality, expanded content choices and new digital data services such as album cover art and real-time traffic updates.

Agero and The Floow Partner to Enhance Agero’s Driver360 Mobile UBI Platform

September 1, 2015  by  


TheFloow logoAgero, Inc. has partnered with The Floow Limited to enhance Agero’s Driver360™ usage-based insurance (UBI) telematics platform with The Floow’s driver scoring and analytics capabilities.

“With increasing demand for UBI services from our clients, we strongly believe that mobile solutions will be critical for mass market deployments,” said Agero CEO Dave Ferrick. “The Floow is a leading global player in mobile-based UBI data analytics and services with an impressive record of deployments based on their leading data science and actuarial capabilities. Our collaboration allows us to bring our clients a best-in-class holistic solution that provides a seamless end-to-end experience from driver coaching, to roadside services, to emergency services and accident management.”

STMicroelectronics Says HAL Firmware Simplifies Embedded System Development

September 1, 2015  by  

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STMicroelectronics said the latest set of Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) firmware included in the design ecosystem of its STM32 ARM® Cortex®-M core 32-bit microcontrollers has been developed in compliance with the MISRA C guidelines and the ISO/TS16949 standard for automotive quality system management.

As a result, the company said, embedded-system developers can be confident in deploying ST’s low-level drivers and abstract APIs (Application Program Interfaces) in the release version of their own firmware, allowing them to focus on their own application code rather than spending time debugging or revalidating everything down to the low-level drivers.

Saft America Receives $6.13 Million USABC Award for Li-ion Stop-Start Battery Technology Development

August 31, 2015  by  

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Saft America Inc. announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.

The 30-month contract will focus on the development and delivery of lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications consistent with USABC goals based on Saft’s lithium-ion battery technologies along with battery management electronics.

The contract follows research previously conducted with USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development and an earlier contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicle applications.

u-blox Introduces a 150 Mbps 4G LTE and WCDMA Module

August 31, 2015  by  

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TOBY-L201 Features Multi-carrier Support

u-blox announced TOBY-L201, which the company said is the world’s first 4G LTE Cat 4 module with 3G WCDMA fall-back. The cellular voice and data modem, certified for both AT&T and Verizon networks, offers future-proof, high speed, always-on connectivity.

TOBY-L201 switches automatically or via AT command to AT&T’s or Verizon’s network without the need to load new firmware. Depending on which carrier’s SIM card is inserted, TOBY-L201 recognizes the carrier and starts on that carrier’s network.

If devices are equipped with two SIM cards or a configurable SIM chip, TOBY-L201 can be switched between operators on-the-fly via a simple AT command.

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