Visteon and OpenSynergy Form Strategic Alliance for Infotainment

February 26, 2014  by  


Visteon Corporation and OpenSynergy, a specialist in embedded automotive systems, announced a strategic alliance to advance the integration of consumer electronics in automotive infotainment applications.

Visteon Electronics and OpenSynergy are joining forces to deliver standards-based infotainment solutions that bridge the gap between open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) applications and the “closed” automotive domain.

The partners’ first collaboration incorporates OpenSynergy’s COQOS operating system in Visteon’s OpenAir™ I1.2 infotainment platform, introducing virtualization technology in Visteon’s latest range of infotainment products. Virtualization technology creates a virtual environment in which even complex operating systems can run within partitions on the same processor.

Halla Visteon Supports Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

February 26, 2014  by  


Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (HVCC) is supplying technologies to support the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle manufactured by Hyundai Motor Group. HVCC is a 70-percent owned subsidiary of Visteon Corporation.

Introduced in Europe in 2013, the ix35, also known as the Tucson, is slated for a limited U.S. distribution this spring.

Products supplied by HVCC on the Tucson compact crossover SUV include a centrifugal air compressor, coolant heater, high-voltage cooling module and positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater, and an HVAC system with an electric compressor.

LDRA Integrates Tool Suite with Xilinx Zynq-7000 Family

February 25, 2014  by  


Engineers can use the structural coverage report to evaluate code. Pictured is the driver code (IIC) in the Xilinx Zynq ZC702 evaluation board boot loader.

LDRA and Xilinx, Inc. worked together to integrate the LDRA tool suite with the Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC (system-on-chip) and the Xilinx Zynq-7000 AP SoC Development Kit.

Xilinx is leveraging LDRA structural coverage and standards compliance tools to enhance Zynq-7000 boot loader code and device driver code for key markets that require certification, compliance, and functional safety. LDRA tools are enabling Xilinx to provide additional value for developers of safety- and security-critical applications.

Qualcomm, Red Bend and QuickPlay Join AT&T Drive Studio

February 25, 2014  by  


AT&T announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Red Bend Software, and QuickPlay Media™ have signed on to work with the connected car industry at the AT&T Drive Studio in Atlanta.

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated,intends to showcase its newly announced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Solutions for infotainment and telematics at the AT&T Drive Studio. It plans to integrate these solutions with AT&T’s Drive portfolio, including AT&T’s global SIM, bifurcated billing, voice recognition, and 4G LTE network.

AT&T selected Red Bend Software, a market leader in Automotive Software Management, to be a solution provider to remotely manage automotive software in the AT&T Drive Studio.

dSPACE and AbSint Partner to Expand Production Code Generation Capabilities

February 24, 2014  by  


AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH (Absint) is now a cooperation partner for dSPACE GmbH and a member of the TargetLink Partner Program.

The two companies are working together to couple AbsInt analysis tools − aiT, StackAnalyzer and Astrée − with the production code generator dSPACE TargetLink.

Timing errors, stack overflows and run-time errors due to erroneous model specifications can now be analyzed directly from within the TargetLink model and detected reliably in early development phases. Analyses can be configured largely to be automatic to provide more precise results.

UIEvolution, Red Bend Partner for Over-the-Air IVI Updates

February 24, 2014  by  



UIEvolution, Inc. announced a partnership with Red Bend Software on a proof of concept project to develop a Linux-based Driver Evolution Platform enabling In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) Systems to be updated over-the-air (OTA) using a smartphone.

The IVI system has become central to the connected car. The IVI manages and plays audio content, delivers rear-seat entertainment, communicates incoming and outgoing SMS text messages, makes phone calls and accesses smartphone-enabled content such as traffic conditions, sports scores and weather forecasts.

AppCarousel Joins the GENIVI Alliance

February 21, 2014  by  


AppCarousel, which offers automakers a custom app store platform and content ecosystem, has joined the GENIVI Alliance.

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association dedicated to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform.

“We are honored to be a part of the GENIVI Alliance,” said Terry Hughes, Managing Director, AppCarousel. “As more drivers look for apps to get the most out of their in-vehicle experience, we are able to serve as the conduit from app developer to the IVI platform to bring the best, most relevant services to the customer, in a tightly integrated way. We are committed to GENIVI’s success, and look forward to being a part of what the future of IVI brings for consumers around the world.”

ABI Research Predicts Growth in Streaming Music-Enabled Infotainment

February 19, 2014  by  


ABI Research forecasts that the global shipments of streaming music-enabled automotive infotainment systems will exceed 66 million by the end of 2019 which represents around 93% of all connected car infotainment shipments.

In recent years, streaming music services have shown that there is a market for personalized radio and on-demand subscription based services, listening via PCs and laptops and particularly via smartphones. Now these companies are turning their attention to the car and are seeking ways to offer their services to motorists, moving into territory the traditional radio stations have held sacred for decades.

Subaru Legacy® Integrates Pandora® Internet Radio

February 14, 2014  by  

Subaru of America, Inc. announced that the all-new 2015 Legacy sedan will come equipped as standard with Pandora smartphone integration as part of the standard Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment connectivity feature. Pandora enables the user to create personal radio stations, such as by genre or artist.

New Infotainment Systems in 2015 Legacy

The 2015 Subaru Legacy debuts new infotainment systems that offer on-demand features while providing easy operation through new large touch control screens, as well as steering wheel control switches or voice operation.

Subaru embedded the Pandora user interface firmware directly onto the infotainment head unit in the Legacy’s new infotainment systems.

IHS Predicts Sharp Rise in Global EV Production

February 13, 2014  by  


Driven by tighter emission standards in Europe, worldwide production of electric vehicles (EVs) will soar by 67 percent this year, according to IHS Automotive, driven by Polk.

Total production of EVs—both pure electric models and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)— is projected to rise to more than 403,000 this year, up from slightly more than 242,000 in 2013. Growth will accelerate sharply from the 44 percent increase in 2013, based on data from the new IHS Automotive Hybrid-EV Portal.

The huge increase in the EV market this year contrasts with the 3.6 percent rise in global manufacturing of all motor vehicles expected in 2014.

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