Baron Offers Contextual Weather Info for Connected Cars

January 28, 2015  by  

car_gps_fog1Baron Services, Inc., the Huntsville, Alabama company that provides storm tracker service to TV stations and up-to-date information on weather and road conditions to drivers via SiriusXM, is currently marketing a Driver Safety Program to automakers and tier one suppliers.

Chris Carr, Baron’s director of business development, said the program’s objective is to make immediate, contextual information on weather and road conditions available to drivers as part of a comprehensive safety package configured by each automaker.

Baron provides the weather information to automakers via an API (application programming interface).

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center

January 23, 2015  by  

Research and Innovation Center Palo AltoDriving Innovation in Connectivity, Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Ford has opened Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO.

“This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem – anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. We are working to make these new technologies accessible to everyone, not just luxury customers.”

HARMAN Acquires Two Automotive Software Companies – Red Bend and Symphony Teleca

January 22, 2015  by  

harmanGaining Over-The-Air Updating Technology Plus Cloud, Mobile, and Analytics Software Capabilities for Connected Cars and Other Markets

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), has acquired Israeli-based Red Bend Software in a $170 million transaction including approximately $99 million in stock and $71 million in cash.

HARMAN has also acquired Symphony Teleca, a privately-held software services company based in Mountain View, California, for a base purchase price of $780 million.

red bend logoRed Bend provides software management technology for connected devices, and over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware upgrading services. With more than two billion Red Bend-enabled devices delivered globally, Red Bend is the leading provider of advanced over-the-air (OTA) solutions, serving top handset manufacturers and mobile carriers.

Frost & Sullivan Sees Active Safety Features Driving Electric Power Steering in North American Vehicles

January 22, 2015  by  

Three in four cars will incorporate the technology by 2021 with rack EPS seeing maximum demand

frost sullivan logoDespite a slow start, electric power steering (EPS) is making waves in the North American automotive market, according to the research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shifting from electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and hydraulic power steering (HPS) systems to EPS in a bid to meet consumer demand for enhanced fuel economy, safety and comfort.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Insight into the Electric Power Steering Market in North America finds the market earned revenue of $2.55 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.44 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 percent.

ARM Cortex-R5 Safety Document Set Demonstrates Compliance with Functional Safety Standards

January 22, 2015  by  

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Helping to Drive Adoption in Safety-Critical Automotive Applications

ARM has delivered a comprehensive safety document set for the ARM® Cortex®-R5 processor to drive its adoption in safety-critical applications.

The Cortex-R5 safety documentation is available now for licensing and adds to ARM’s support for applications where ARM-based SoCs (systems on chips) are increasingly used.

The company said that delivery of the safety document set “is a vital step toward the cost-effective deployment of more technically advanced systems” across multiple sectors including automotive, health and industrial, the largest of which is automotive.

Abalta Names John Jasper President and COO

January 21, 2015  by  

abalta logo1Abalta Technologies announced that John Jasper has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. Michael O’Shea, who founded the company, remains as chief executive officer.

“Abalta Technologies connected car business is growing rapidly and has gained recognition as a leading platform. In order to capitalize on this growth it was clear to me that we needed to add to our leadership team.” said O’Shea. “John Jasper has substantial experience leading high growth technology businesses and I look forward to bringing this experience to bear at Abalta.”

Hyundai Orders Leoni Front Body Cable Harnesses

January 21, 2015  by  

leoni logoLeoni said it has received its first wiring systems order from Hyundai Motor Company.

The Korean car manufacturer, currently the No. 4 producer of automotive vehicles worldwide, awarded a double-digit million Euro sales volume over a period of 6 years.

Leoni obtained the project to equip a compact car model from December 2016 with a front body cable harness. The European wiring systems producer convinced with a concept which contains the cable harness production in a logistically close environment to the customer plant in the Czech Republic.

NXP Expands Its Investment in Cohda Wireless

January 16, 2015  by  

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Combined Technology Fares Well in Audi Tests

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced a follow-on investment in automotive safety software specialist Cohda Wireless. NXP, together with Cisco, acquired a stake in Cohda In January, 2013.

By expanding its investment, NXP said it is reinforcing its commitment to the rapid global adoption of V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) technology, which allows cars to communicate with one another and to the surrounding intelligent traffic infrastructure by wirelessly exchanging real-time warning messages and traffic information.

Improved Safety

Continental, Bosch and Others Helped Google Build Its Self-Driving Car

January 15, 2015  by  

google Vehicle prototypeGoogle Names Eight Partners in Self-Driving Car Project

At the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, said Google worked with Roush, RCO, ZF Lenksysteme, Continental, Bosch, Frimo, LG Electronics, Prefix and others to build first fully autonomous vehicle prototypes.

“Since we revealed our plans last May to build fully self-driving vehicles for testing and learning, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car,” said Urmson. “For example, the typical ‘car’ parts like steering and braking, as well as the ‘self-driving’ parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.

The GENIVI Alliance Will Offer an Android Auto™ Interface

January 12, 2015  by  

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Automotive Software Developers Will Have an Open Interface to Google’s Latest Android Auto Technology.

The GENIVI® Alliance plans to deliver an open interface to Android Auto to further enable automakers with open solutions for their infotainment products.

GENIVI will fund the development and will release the code for the interface with an open source license, hosted at http://projects.genivi.org. Deployment of Android Auto will require a licensing arrangement with Google.

“Our global members are very interested in interfaces like this one, which enables them to quickly integrate the latest solutions into their IVI systems,” said Steve Crumb, executive director GENIVI Alliance. “We look forward to working closely with the Android Auto team on this project.”

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