HELLA Developing Wireless EV Charging Systems

April 22, 2014  by  

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HELLA is working with Paul Vahle GmbH to develop wireless charging systems that could spark renewed consumer interest in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

Commonly used to recharge small consumer products such as smartphones and electric toothbrushes, inductive or wireless charging for cars will make it easier for drivers to charge car batteries and extend a vehicle’s driving range.

Renesas Maintains Dominance in Automotive Semiconductor Market

April 18, 2014  by  

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Renesas remained the leader in the automotive semiconductor race in 2013, with the company’s dominance in microcomponents and logic integrated circuits (IC) helping it to hold a half-billion-dollar gap over the second-place competitor.

Japan-based Renesas posted automotive semiconductor revenue of $2.9 billion last year, giving the company a market share of 11 percent, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). This compares to $2.4 billion in revenue and 9 percent share for the No. 2 contender, Infineon of Germany, allowing Renesas to maintain the leading position it held in 2012.

AT&T to Connect Future Volvo Models in U.S. and Canada

April 16, 2014  by  

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AT&T and Volvo Cars have entered into a new multi-year agreement to enable future Volvo vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with high speed wireless connectivity.

AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo’s US 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service.  Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer.

Toyota Technical Center Promotes Fifth American Chief Engineer

April 15, 2014  by  

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Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A. (TEMA) announced the promotion of the fifth American Chief Engineer (CE), Monte Kaehr, CE of the Toyota Camry.

“As chief engineer, my job is to guide and empower my team of engineers to create a better car,” said Kaehr.  “We have a strong team of engineers that are always considering how to make the vehicle better.  Harnessing these creative ideas and forming them into the new Camry was extremely rewarding.

Toshiba Selects Wind River Simulation Technology for Image Recognition SoCs

April 14, 2014  by  

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Wind River® announced that Toshiba is using Wind River Simics® to develop automotive application software on image recognition system-on-chip (SoC) platforms.

Providing full system simulation and breakthrough development techniques, the added Simics capabilities can help Toshiba’s automotive customers increase their productivity by helping to make their software development processes faster and more efficient.

Marc Rosenmayr and Steve Lietaert Named to Top Positions at HELLA

April 11, 2014  by  

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Dr. Marc Rosenmayr has been appointed CEO for HELLA Electronics in North and South America and Steve Lietaert has been named president of the HELLA Corporate Center USA, Inc.

Rosenmayr previously was vice president of program management for the electronics group in the Americas, while Lietaert had been vice president of sales and marketing at HELLA’s corporate center in Plymouth.

LEONI Expands Use of Mentor Graphics Capital Software Worldwide

April 11, 2014  by  

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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. 

QNX Software Powers Mission-Critical Systems in Autonomous Car Project

April 8, 2014  by  


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).

Ford Invests $500M in Ohio Engine Plant

April 7, 2014  by  


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.

PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM Plan Connected Services

April 3, 2014  by  


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.

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