Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire media connectivity module supplier, Unwired Technology LLC, expanding its data and media connectivity capabilities.
The acquisition of Unwired follows the recently announced agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading supplier of proprietary on-glass connectors. The two acquisitions significantly enhance Delphi’s product offerings in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business, giving it more ways to meet its customers’ needs.
Dr. Peter Waeltermann has been named president of dSPACE Inc., the dSPACE company in North America. He replaces Kevin Kott who earlier this year announced his plans to retire after serving as president of dSPACE Inc. since November 2001.
“Peter Waeltermann was an obvious choice for this position,” said dSPACE CEO Dr. Herbert Hanselmann. “He knows technology as well as management and has a wide range of interests. Most importantly, he already has worked closely with our American customers for the last ten years, helping them bring their projects to success. He is also looking forward to becoming a part of the community, settling down in Michigan with his family of four.”
September 30, 2014 by John Day
“The inauguration of the IndependenceTownship plant is a significant milestone for Magneti Marelli,” said Magneti Marelli Holding USA President and CEO Stephane Vedie. “With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company’s business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding footprint to serve our customers here and around the world.”
September 29, 2014 by John Day
General Motors’ first intelligent connected car, due for production in the next two years, will include safety applications software from Cohda Wireless. The Cohda software will be integrated into connectivity technology developed by Delphi Automotive.
At the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress held recently in Detroit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be GM’s first car containing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology.
Ford and Telogis Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Telematics to Ford Commercial Customers in Europe
Ford Motor Company and Telogis are launching Ford Telematics powered by Telogis, providing actionable information from Ford commercial vehicles that helps customers reduce fuel costs up to 20%, reduce their environmental impact, and increase driver safety.
Since 2011, Telogis has been the exclusive technology provider to power Ford Crew Chief telematics in North America. The European expansion of the Telogis-Ford partnership leverages the success of Crew Chief and will meet the demand from current and new Ford customers for visibility into day-to-day operations including vehicle/driver location, vehicle and driver performance and exclusive Ford vehicle diagnostics.
TTTech Teams with Cisco’s openBerlin Innovation Center to Accelerate Deterministic Ethernet Adoption
TTTech is partnering with Cisco at Cisco’s Internet of Everything Innovation Center, openBerlin, to accelerate the adoption of Deterministic Ethernet for advanced solutions for Industry 4.0 / the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing and transportation industries.
At the openBerlin Innovation Center TTTech and Cisco intend to develop and showcase Industry 4.0 solutions made possible by Deterministic Ethernet, the cross-industry communication technology based on upcoming IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking standards.
TTTech customers are already deploying Deterministic Ethernet based on TTTech’s TTEthernet® communication protocol for innovative networked control solutions in a broad range of upcoming applications including space vehicles (NASA), piloted cars (Audi) and wind turbines (Vestas).
In a “Retro Report” published in the New York Times on September 14, Clyde Haberman correctly reminds us that designing automation for automobiles needs to carefully consider lessons learned (often the hard way) when applying other technology to automobiles. But in designing software for such automation, we need also consider lessons learned (again, often the hard way) in other domains.
Magna International announced the establishment of two new facilities in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India. The new plants reflect business awards for vehicle programs built off global-platforms and also help position Magna for further growth in India as vehicle production expands.
At one of the new Sanand facilities, Magna will make complete seat systems for a leading automaker. The 215,000-square-foot plant will employ approximately 200 people and is expected to begin volume production in 2015.
Smartphone Connectivity Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Automotive Processor Chip Suppliers
September 24, 2014 by John Day
The use of smartphones in motor vehicles—already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon—is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
Infotainment Chip Revenue
The most promising prospect for automotive processors in the years ahead will be in the telematics portal head unit, which can connect with a smartphone for mobile broadband connectivity. Revenue for automotive infotainment processor chips for telematics portal head units will grow to $508 million in 2018, up from slightly less than $128 million in 2013. And while this particular application accounted for only 8 percent of total global automotive infotainment processor market revenue in 2013, its share will surge to 30 percent in 2018.
September 22, 2014 by John Day
Proprietary on-glass connectors technology enhances Delphi’s connector portfolio
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp. (“Antaya”), a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company’s portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business.
Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the automotive glass industry in North America, with a growing customer base in China and Europe. Antaya also supplies lead-free connectors, another area of growth, as global automakers seek more lead-free content in their vehicles.