November 24, 2015 by Jill Beckman
ZF TRW developed an airbag that is designed to help vehicle manufacturers improve side impact protection. The center airbag is integrated into the inner side of the seat back and deploys to help protect the head, shoulder and torso areas of occupants in the front seat.
The center airbag helps to protect occupants in ‘far-side’ and ‘near-side’ crashes by deploying a bag cushion between the driver and front seat passenger. In the event of a far-side impact, where an oncoming vehicle or object strikes the opposite side of the vehicle to the driver with sufficient force, the center airbag helps keep the driver in place. It can minimize side displacement of the driver and reduce the risk of interaction of the driver with the front seat passenger or surrounding structural vehicle interior parts.
November 24, 2015 by John Day
dSPACE introduced a more powerful processing unit for its SCALEXIO hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system to address the need for more real-time computation capability for highly complex and high-fidelity simulation models.
The computing power of the Intel® Xeon® E3 3.5 GHz processor will enable complex simulation scenarios for testing electronic control units (ECUs) in systems such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication, modern engine control units, and systems of systems engineering.
Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC) announced the RClamp0524PQ, a 4-line integrated Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) array targeted at protecting automotive data lines against electrical transient threats.
Today’s cars come equipped with a variety of infotainment, navigation and camera assist systems that require high-speed interfaces to transport data. Inadequate ESD protection for these interfaces can lead to substantial replacement or repair costs.
TT Electronics launched a new range of surface mount (SMT) power inductors for high frequency and high temperature applications. HA65A series inductors are designed to meet the growing automotive market’s need for certified, high power inductors specifically for buck, boost or buck-boost power converter topologies for optimum voltage regulation at fast switching frequencies.
Optimized for consistent high efficiency and ‘low parasitic’ performance using low-loss ferrite core material and a helical coil configuration, the HA65A series inductors are designed for high density switching power applications such as DC-DC converters, low pass ripple current filters and EMI filters. The inductors embrace a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +155°C, and so are well equipped to operate safely and reliably in the most punishing of automotive applications.
November 21, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Volvo Cars and Microsoft revealed how Microsoft HoloLens, an untethered holographic computer, might be used to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a car, as well as how cars might be bought and sold.
Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the utilisation of data generated from connected cars to create new services.
The HoloLens demonstration was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond and showed how mixed reality might be used by customers to configure cars in three dimensions.
November 16, 2015 by Jill Beckman
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) now arrives in select dealerships with a product that boasts a 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER).
- 24 coefficient of drag
- Battery system capacity at 9.8 kWh,
- EPA estimated 40 mpg combined in charge sustaining mode (Hybrid operation)
- Level-Two 240V charges in less than 3 hours
- Total driving range up to 600 miles
Ford First Automaker to Test Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity, University of Michigan’s Simulated Urban Environment
November 13, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center.
“Testing Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet at Mcity provides another challenging, yet safe, urban environment to repeatedly check and hone these new technologies,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, said. “This is an important step in making millions of people’s lives better and improving their mobility.”
- New portfolio of available driver assistance systems includes adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist
- SUV boasts technologies and connectivity features including Audi virtual cockpit, Q7 specific app for Android and Apple integration as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
The second generation of the seven-passenger SUV also adds benchmark connectivity, infotainment systems and driver assistance technologies.
The Bang & Olufsen system delivers a musical experience through 23 speakers including two retractable acoustic lenses all powered by a 23-channel amplifier with an output of 1,920 watts. A Bose 3D Sound System is also available, which includes 19 speakers, a 15-channel amplifier and 558 watts to deliver acoustic accuracy and impact.
GKN Driveline has developed a new family of lightweight constant velocity joint (CV joint) systems that enable rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight. Higher performance drivelines with less rotating mass are a key element in auto industry CO(2) reduction strategies.
“GKN innovations make vehicles better to drive and more efficient,” Karl Berger, GKN Driveline Senior Director of Constant Velocity Joints, said. “For premium rear-wheel drive programs seeking CO(2) emissions reductions, this system represents a step forward in weight, efficiency, performance and refinement for premium rear-wheel drive cars.”
Vishay Intertechnology Automotive-Grade Low-Profile, High-Current Inductor Features Operation to +180 °C
November 10, 2015 by John Day
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP® low-profile, high-current inductor in the 3232 case size. According to the company, the Vishay Dale IHLP-3232DZ-8A is the first product of its kind to feature high continuous operating temperatures to +180 °C.
Offering a low 4.0 mm profile, the Vishay Dale IHLP-3232DZ-8A provides a wide range of inductance values from 0.22 µH to 33 µH.