April 11, 2014 by John Day
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that LEONI is expanding its use of Capital® software throughout the world. LEONI now has significant Capital software deployments in Europe, America and Pacific Rim.
This growth is driven in part by increasing adoption of the modular approach to wire harness configuration management, also known as customer-specific or zero give-away harnessing.
April 8, 2014 by John Day
QNX Software Systems Limited announced that the QNX® Neutrino® operating system (OS) is powering mission-critical systems in a new autonomous vehicle project developed by the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab) of the University of Parma.
The new vehicle, named DEEVA, will be unveiled at an event later this summer to showcase advancements in autonomous vehicles. The QNX operating system is deployed in the systems that perform path and trajectory planning, provide real-time fusion of laser data and visual data, and implement the human machine interface (HMI).
April 7, 2014 by John Day
Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150.
The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop features a new design said to deliver power and performance in a stronger, smarter package.
Standard Auto Start-Stop technology boosts fuel efficiency and is specially tuned for truck customers. Auto Start-Stop turns the engine off automatically when the vehicle is at a stop – except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode. The engine quickly restarts once the driver releases the brake.
April 3, 2014 by John Day
PSA Peugeot Citroën announced plans to use IBM Big Data and Analytics and IBM MobileFirst solutions to launch a new era of connected vehicles that deliver customized services.
The two companies will work together to integrate massive amounts of data from cars, phones, traffic signals, lights and other sources and analyze it in real-time to deliver on the promise of the connected vehicle.
“This innovation and collaboration with IBM is expected to offer new and essential services for both drivers and passengers,” said Brigitte Courtehoux, Director of Cars and Connected Services Business Unit for PSA Peugeot Citroën.
April 1, 2014 by John Day
Global powertrain supplier BorgWarner finalized its acquisition of Gustav Wahler GmbH & Co. KG. A producer of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves and tubes and engine thermostats for on- and off-road applications, Wahler’s customers include leading automotive manufacturers from around the world.
“The addition of Wahler complements our current EGR valve, cooler and tube technologies while expanding BorgWarner’s product portfolio to include thermostats,” said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner.
March 28, 2014 by John Day
Preh developed two battery management electronic control units (ECUs) for the fully electric BMW i3 – the BMU (battery management unit) and the CSSU (cell supervising sensor unit). The units are produced at the auto supplier’s headquarters in Bad Neustadt, Germany.
Preh also supplies control systems for the i3’s interior: the iDrive Touch Controller and the Driving Experience Control.
March 27, 2014 by John Day
Advanced Driver Information Technology GmbH, ATS Advanced Telematic Systems GmbH, GlobalLogic, and OBIGO are joining the Linux Foundation.
The companies are also joining the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Steering Committee, composed of automotive, communication, semiconductor, electronics, and academic contributors working to create a Linux-based platform to meet the security and performance requirements of the automotive industry.
The Linux Foundation said its AGL initiative continues to grow rapidly as the auto industry realizes that Linux — highly customizable and extremely powerful — provides newfound control and innovation opportunities that are not possible with a proprietary operating system.
Continental is launching production of short range radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems at its plant in Seguin, Texas.
“Expanding our manufacturing capacity takes us a step closer to our American customers. In the market for the market is a keystone of our strategy,” said Christian Schumacher head of the North American Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division.
BorgWarner will expand its Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to support programs in North America and supplement its global network of technical centers. The nearly 46,000-square-foot addition will include space for program managers, sales and engineering professionals. The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2015 and support up to 200 regular full-time jobs at the BorgWarner facility.
March 24, 2014 by John Day
By Rick Flores, AUTOSAR Spokesperson, Global Lead of Model-based Electrical System and Software Engineering, General Motors, USA
AUTOSAR is a partnership between automotive manufacturers and their suppliers as well as tool and semiconductor vendors.
The AUTOSAR Development Partnership, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, has been developing an open, standardized software architecture for automotive electronic control units (ECUs) and an accompanying Methodology defining common exchange formats and description templates to enable a seamless configuration process.