Mitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV

March 13, 2015  by  

mitsubishi conceptMitsubishi’s Concept GC-PHEV (“Grand Cruiser”), a full-size crossover, recently made its North American debut.

It features a supercharged V-6 engine paired with a high-output electric motor/high-capacity lithium-ion battery, an 8-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain is said to offer high performance (335 bhp/250 kW) with exceptional fuel economy thanks to Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.

Safety and convenience technologies include Mitsubishi’s augmented reality technology AR Windshield and touchscreen-based Tactical Table connected car information system.

3D Printed Cars

March 13, 2015  by  

IDTechEx chairman Dr Peter Harrop

Dr. Peter Harrop

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as “structural electronics” – one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions. The dumb material is no longer needed.

Fast forward to 2015 and the world’s first car with the load-bearing structure and body being integrally 3D printed is the Strati. It has been developed by US start up Local Motors. In 2014, the company undertook a challenge to build a 3D car live on the internet. In late 2015, the first street legal versions are expected to be delivered to customers.

TÜV SÜD America Expands Automotive Lab and Staff

March 12, 2015  by  

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TÜV SÜD America, a global testing, inspection, and certification services organization is relocating its automotive and environmental test facility, expanding service capabilities and staff. The new office is located at 1755 Atlantic Blvd Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

The new facility is twice as large, 30,000 sq/ft, allowing for new test equipment and greater efficiency. The staff is being expanded to man additional test stations and cover expanded shift work.

Ten additional thermal chambers were added, which include a combination of thermal shock, drive-in and reach-in configurations. Six new corrosion/erosion radiator stands were custom built as well as a proprietary 4-poster test rig for automobiles, which can be utilized for short term projects by automobile manufacturers and component manufacturers to correct buzz, squeak and rattle issues.

Valeo and Mobileye to Collaborate on Active Safety and Automated Driving

March 11, 2015  by  

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Valeo (PAR: VLOF.PA) will design and industrialize a range of front-facing camera solutions and sensor fusion products using EyeQ® microprocessors and computer vision algorithms from Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY).

Products will include monocular cameras for active safety applications to satisfy regulatory requirements for collision avoidance, fusion with non-scanning LED, fusion with radar and trifocal camera configurations for high-end functions.

Valeo LogoThe product offering will be designed for scalability and is expected to run on a single Mobileye EyeQx® system-on-chip. During the term of the agreement, the front-facing camera technology offered by Valeo will be based solely on Mobileye’s EyeQ® family of microprocessors and computer vision algorithms.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Toyota, Ford and GM

March 10, 2015  by  

Dallas-based trial attorney Marc R. Stanley has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Toyota, Ford and General Motors for “failing to address a defect that allows cars to be hacked and control wrested away from the driver.”

Stanley charged that car manufacturers “long have known about the risks posed by this hazard.” Citing a “60 Minutes” segment in which a hacker using a laptop “could disable the brakes, preventing a driver from stopping or slowing down.” He added that the three automakers named in the suit “have deliberately hidden the dangers associated with car computer systems, misleading consumers.”

GENIVI Members Renault and Nissan Combine to Deliver a Common IVI System

March 10, 2015  by  

genivi logoThe GENIVI Alliance announced that members Renault and Nissan will launch a new joint program to deliver a common IVI system based on software developed within the Alliance membership.

The new software will supply all low-to-mid and high-class Renault and Nissan vehicles globally and will be supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH.

“Our Renault-Nissan team believes GENIVI will become the new standard automotive operating system that will be used in in-vehicle infotainment systems,” said Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global Vice President, EE & Systems Engineering. “A GENIVI solution will allow both an increase in quality level and a decrease in the cost of these systems due to reuse of many software modules.”

Protecting Cars Against Hackers

March 9, 2015  by  

battelle-logo2015 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge: July 12-17

The good news, according to cyber security specialist Battelle, is that vehicle owners, for the most part, are not in imminent danger from hackers. The bad news is that the threat of vehicle hacking is real, and growing.

sae-logoIn a step toward combatting the threat, Battelle and the SAE are planning a five-day training event – the 2015 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge – July 12-17 at Delphi corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan.

MirrorLink Vehicle List Continues to Grow

March 9, 2015  by  

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new ŠKODA Superb, the Toyota Aygo, and several PSA Peugeot vehicles will all be MirrorLink-enabled.

MirrorLink is an OS- and OEM-agnostic standard for bringing smartphone content to vehicle dashboards with icons that make apps easy to use. “By clearing the way for the mobile content drivers desire most, MirrorLink helps automakers significantly enhance the value of their brand,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC.


MagnaChip Is Supplying a Liquid Crystal Module Maker with Automotive-Qualified Display Driver ICs

March 6, 2015  by  

magnachip logoMagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, is supplying a major Japanese liquid crystal module (LCM) maker with display panel driver ICs for use in automotive applications.

MagnaChip develops optimized display panel driver ICs in an effort to stay ahead of the ever advancing automotive display technologies for Center Spec Display (CSD) and Center Information Display (CID) as As a result of its technology leadership and product competitiveness, MagnaChip was chosen by the Japanese LCM maker to supply its newly developed display panel driver ICs for CID and instrument cluster applications.

NXP and Freescale Announce $40 Billion Merger

March 5, 2015  by  

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) have agreed that NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. NXP Chief Executive Officer Richard Clemmer will be President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.

The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing.

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