October 1, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Autoliv, Inc. announced it has joined the Drive Me project, which is an autonomous driving project joining industry, government and academia towards securing future mobility solutions. As part of the project, 100 self-driving cars will be released on public roads in Gothenburg, Sweden under everyday driving conditions.
The company is joining the current partners, Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg and Chalmers University in this collaboration, which is endorsed by the Swedish Government.
Autoliv sees the Drive Me project as an effort to create partnerships with impact on systemic, technical and organizational solutions for traffic with autonomous driving.
September 29, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Automotive cockpit electronics supplier Visteon has teamed up with Mediamobile, European broadcast traffic information service provider and editor of V-Traffic mobility solutions, to offer a solution that enables cars equipped with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios to receive traffic updates through both digital radio and Internet services, simultaneously.
The DAB radio, provided by Visteon, picks up Mediamobile’s V-Traffic data broadcasts in a standardized DAB-TPEG format and transfers the content via a Bluetooth® connection to the driver’s smartphone or tablet for decoding. The traffic information is displayed on the smartphone screen, via an application that switches seamlessly between DAB and the Internet.
September 29, 2015 by John Day
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has licensed new 32-bit ARMv8-R processor technology that it plans to deploy in 32-bit microcontrollers targeting real-time safety-related Smart Driving applications and in industrial applications.
First implementations of the ARMv8-R processor will be used in advanced multi-core, high-performance processors for safety-related automotive devices targeting PowerTrain, Safety and Gateway applications.
Automotive microcontrollers employing the new ARMv8-R architecture will deliver best-in-class real-time performance and functional safety features combined with unique innovations for sensing, computation, and actuation applications.
The advanced real-time architecture offers virtualization and separation to improve software reliability, reduce development costs, and enable consolidation of multiple applications onto a single smart processing platform.
September 28, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Suppliers will need to develop new hardware and software capabilities if they want to participate in the emergent autonomous car market, according to a new report from just-auto set to be published next month.
The report’s author, Professor Peter Wells, Director at the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, argues that new entrants such as Google and Apple will pose a credible threat to established automakers. He also expects that the key issue not be technology but rather how autonomous cars will be integrated into society.
September 25, 2015 by John Day
BorgWarner supplies Eco-Launch™ stop/start accumulator technology and multi-segment wet friction plates for the new 8-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission (8L45) from General Motors.
To enable the transmission’s stop/start functionality, BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch hydraulic accumulator and solenoid valve are said to provide rapid, quiet and smooth engagements during engine restarts.
BorgWarner’s friction plate technology reduces drag and enhances shift feel. Improving fuel economy up to 5 percent compared with similar 6-speed automatic transmissions, the 8L45 transmission will debut on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and will also drive the 2016 Cadillac CTS and ATS.
September 24, 2015 by John Day
dSPACE and RWTH Aachen University have developed a new simulation environment for electrical energy storage systems that supports a broad range of physical battery characteristics.
Under the name “Toolbox Speichersysteme” (Energy Storage Toolbox), a new simulation model developed at the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) of RWTH Aachen was combined with a graphical user interface by dSPACE. The resulting solution makes it possible to realistically and conveniently simulate the electrical and thermal behavior of various battery technologies, supercapacitors and other electrical energy storage systems, according to their design and cooling systems.
September 19, 2015 by Jill Beckman
“At Toyota, we are always working to give our customers the best driving experience possible, and this new agreement with SiriusXM assures we can do just that with the best connected vehicle services across a broader range of Toyota-brand vehicles than ever before for many years to come,” Sandy Lobenstein, Toyota VP of Connected Vehicle Technology and Planning, said. “Our customers expect a world-class offering of connected services. And as those services in safety, security and remote convenience continue to evolve, we will work with SiriusXM to offer a superior driving experience to our customers.”
September 18, 2015 by Jill Beckman
KEMET Corporation, supplier of electronic components, introduced Engineering Center online education resource, focused on providing practical answers to questions involving passive components in electronic applications.
Engineering Center features blog posts, a calendar of free technical seminars, component tools and a knowledge library authored by KEMET’s field application experts.
“KEMET has long recognized the need for concise educational content for real-world passive circuit designs,” Per Loof, KEMET Chief Executive Officer, said. “Our technical team designed Engineering Center to enhance our position as the easy-to-design-in company, increasing our value as a trusted supplier and partner.”
September 16, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Autoliv, Inc. announced its entrance into a definitive agreement to establish a Joint Venture (JV) with Nissin Kogyo. It will be characterized by integrated active and passive safety systems operating together.
The companies intend to form a new JV in the product areas of “Brake Control and Brake Apply Systems.” The intent is that Autoliv will own 51 percent of the joint venture and have management control, all in line with consolidation purposes and in accordance with US GAAP accounting principles.
September 16, 2015 by John Day
Elektrobit (EB) announced that it is working with Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and NVIDIA to make it easier for the automakers and their suppliers to create advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that integrate the highest levels of safety. Together, the companies say they are delivering a first-of-its-kind solution that represents a powerful development platform for automated driving.