Ford Says Fusion Energi, With EPA-Estimated 610-Mile Range, Can Go Further Than Any Plug-In Hybrid

May 26, 2016  by  

Ford now offers a plug-in hybrid that can go further than any other. The new 2017 Fusion Energi can travel 610 miles on a full tank of gas and battery charge – according to EPA estimates posted to – the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America. (Photo: Business Wire)

Technavio Says Evolution of Remote Diagnostics to Prognostics Will Drive the Market Through 2020

May 26, 2016  by  

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The global automotive remote diagnostics market is expected grow at a CAGR of 14% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global automotive remote diagnostics market for 2016-2020. The market is further categorized into two product segments, passenger cars and commercial vehicles with passenger cars dominating the market with over 74% penetration.

“The current demographic scenario across the globe consists of a high component of technology-savvy population that is keen to adopt technology in every aspect of life. Such demographics represent an added advantage for the market as their buying criteria depends heavily on technological features, digital capabilities, and low maintenance, in addition to value for money,” says Siddharth Jaiswal, a lead automotive electronics research expert from Technavio.

Synopsys Expands Software Integrity Strategy for Safer and More Secure Automotive Software

May 25, 2016  by  

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Synopsys’ Coverity® and Test Advisor™ software integrity solutions receive ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 certification for use in development of safety-critical automotive software

Synopsys collaborating with automotive industry leaders to improve security testing requirements for software development and supply chain management

Synopsys’ Mike Ahmadi helps form SAE Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force, actively contributes to developing community-driven cybersecurity standards

STMicroelectronics and Autotalks Fuse Satellite Navigation with Vehicle-to-Vehicle and -Infrastructure Communication

May 20, 2016  by  

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Combining GNSS[1] with V2X[2] ranging creates “V2X-Enhanced GNSS”
to ensure security, accuracy, and reliability of positioning information in difficult urban environments

Lane-level accuracy in urban canyons, tunnels, and parking structures will enable the development of new applications, such as autonomous on-street and in-garage parking and available-spot identification

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Israel-based Autotalks, a V2X-chipset market pioneer and leader in the first wave of V2X deployments, have announced their fusion of GNSS technology and V2X ranging. The new “V2X-Enhanced GNSS” ensures authenticated and secure vehicle localization for extreme accuracy and reliability of positioning information, especially in urban canyons, tunnels, and parking structures, where accurate absolute and relative positioning—to other vehicles and infrastructure—is critical in progress toward semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles.

Mobileye and STMicroelectronics to Develop EyeQ®5 System-on-Chip, Targeting Sensor Fusion Central Computer for Autonomous Vehicles

May 20, 2016  by  

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5th-generation System-on-Chip, scheduled to sample in H1 2018, builds on long-standing cooperation between Mobileye and ST and market success of EyeQ technology, available now or in the near future on vehicles from
25 car manufacturers

Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) are co-developing the next (5th) generation of Mobileye’s SoC, the EyeQ®5, to act as the central computer performing sensor fusion for Fully Autonomous Driving (FAD) vehicles starting in 2020.

Autonomous Vehicles Disrupt Tier 1 Supplier Roles

May 20, 2016  by  

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ABI Research finds Tier 1 suppliers are losing their roles as system innovators and developers in the nascent autonomous vehicle market. This is occurring as more OEMs engage directly with software developers and hardware and semiconductor vendors.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that no single Tier 1 supplier can deliver a complete autonomous driving system,” says James Hodgson, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “As a result, OEMs are increasingly engaging directly with component vendors, and becoming more aligned with product roadmaps from across the value chain. But Tier 1s will not disappear completely and still hold an important role in functional safety, one which requires a more overarching and holistic view than any component vendor can hold.”

Safe Fleet Acquires Rear View Safety

May 18, 2016  by  

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rear view safetySafe Fleet has acquired Rear View Safety (RVS).

Based in Brooklyn NY, Rear View Safety provides back up camera systems and video-based road safety solutions. Rear View Safety has been instrumental in driving the rapid adoption of video systems in commercial fleets including government fleets, recreational vehicles, truck, trailer, commercial van, construction, emergency, bus and shuttle, agriculture and industrial vehicles.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A and 602A Processors Support New Google Android Platform

May 18, 2016  by  

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Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is working with Google on an initiative bringing the power of Android OS embedded directly into the car.

The initiative aims to help car makers create powerful infotainment systems using Android as a common platform, making it easier to add connected services and applications while delivering a safer and more intuitive driving experience. The goal is to accelerate innovation in the car with an approach that offers openness, customization, and scale.

Ford Invests in Pivotal to Accelerate Cloud-Based Software Development

May 13, 2016  by  


Ford 5-13-16 1462389620511Ford invests $182.2 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, to further strengthen its core software abilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly

The investment is part of Ford’s expansion to be both an auto and a mobility company

Already partners, Ford and Pivotal now will expand the use of advanced software development methodologies, analytics tools and a cloud platform throughout Ford’s Product Development and IT teams, including new software labs to support Ford Smart Mobility

Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn will join the board of directors at Pivotal

BeBop Seat Sensor System Improves Airbag Safety

May 12, 2016  by  

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BeBop’s Fabric Seat Sensors Enable Intelligent Car Occupant Classification System (OCS); Continuously Measures Occupant in Seat: Leaning Forward or Back, Left or Right, Crossing Legs, Size & Weight, Detecting Child’s Booster Seat, and More

BeBop Sensors, announced the new BeBop Sensors Automotive Occupant Classification System (OCS) featuring embedded car seat sensors with intelligent car occupant sensing technology for safer airbag deployment.

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