April 24, 2015 by John Day
More than 4,000 vehicle owners intent on purchasing a new vehicle within the next 36 months were surveyed, representing four key automotive markets – the U.S., China, Germany and the United Kingdom. While results varied by region, key findings shed light on consumer preferences that manufacturers and apps developers can use to best address market needs as they develop new products for the global marketplace.
In February last year I asked the question “Will My Car be Safe to Drive?” where I worried that the safety-critical software aboard new cars (there is lots and lots of it) might not be reliable. Well I am still concerned about that, but now I have a new worry. Never mind bugs, what about hackers trying to sabotage this complex software aboard?
The system will entertain rear passengers with advanced media sharing, distribution and synchronization playback on each display, connectivity, HD video, and a range of connected apps:
• Android Apps from Parrot Cloud such as Internet browser, mails, weather, news, etc.
• Video Call: video chat and instant messaging for Rear Seat Entertainment.
• Wide range of Games is provided to the passengers
• Internet music and video streaming, radio and TV apps aggregating stations from all over the world
• Internet connectivity on each RSE Display is enabled by connecting a phone (Wi-Fi® tethering) or using an in-vehicle Wi-Fi® hotspot
Arynga, Inc. and Wind River are working to pre-integrate Arynga’s CarSync Over The Air (OTA) functionality with Wind River automotive software, providing additional out-of-the box SOTA/FOTA functionality to its portfolio.
April 18, 2015 by John Day
It’s really not that huge an imposition to have to adjust the driver’s seat whenever it’s time to switch different sized drivers, but it’s nice not to have to, and in the 2015 Lexus ES 350, with 10-way power seats, the seat slides forward or back automatically so it’s easier in and easier out.
And it’s not just the seat that adjusts, but also the steering wheel and side mirrors. A thoughtful design. Plus, the side mirrors are heated.
April 16, 2015 by John Day
BorgWarner provides its variable cam timing (VCT) and engine timing systems for the new I4 engine family from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
Based on a configurable and flexible architecture to improve manufacturing efficiency and calibration strategies, the engines deliver high performance, reduced emissions and improved fuel economy.
For reliable variable cam timing, BorgWarner’s compact torsional assist (TA) phaser technology actuates rapidly resulting in improved performance, while its latest chain and tensioner technologies deliver lower friction and improve wear resistance.
BMW Implements Microchip’s MOST® Technology in BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Model’s Infotainment System
April 15, 2015 by John Day
Broadens Deployment From Premium Vehicles to Volume Car Models
Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the BMW Group is continuing to broaden the proliferation of MOST® technology in its vehicle infotainment networks, using Microchip’s Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs).
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s latest volume car model to implement MOST technology, following the company’s wide deployment among its premium models, which began in 2001.
April 7, 2015 by John Day
The OPEN Alliance (One-Pair EtherNet) Special Interest Group (SIG), a non-profit industry alliance established to drive wide scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity, announced broad availability of its automotive Ethernet specifications.
One Twisted Pair Ethernet, also known as Open Alliance BroadR-Reach (OABR), delivers high-performance bandwidth of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) per port while dramatically reducing connectivity costs and cabling weight.
A growing number of automotive OEMs have deployed OABR technology to serve as a single-network platform, with the inherent security features, scalability and flexibility to be used in a broad segment of in-vehicle applications. The formation of the IEEE 802.3 task force to advance One Twisted Pair 100 Mbps Ethernet is expected to further drive wide scale adoption of the technology.
April 6, 2015 by John Day
Nissan’s 2015 Murano Crossover and its 2016 Maxima include an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) that can sound an audible chime and display an amber coffee cup symbol in the center of the instrument panel both warning a drowsy or inattentive driver to “take a break.”
The DAA includes logic to help address false detection, road curvatures, lane changes, braking and even poor road conditions. The system automatically resets when the engine is turned off. It can also be turned off by the driver if desired.
April 2, 2015 by John Day
Drivers use Autonet Mobile’s integrated telematics solution to control their connected cars remotely through an app on their smartphone. They can lock and unlock a vehicle remotely, manage teenage driving through parental controls, check car health reports to keep it in top shape, use in-car Wi-Fi and more.
The benefits that Autonet Mobile offers to car makers are over-the-air updates and vehicle diagnostics. Autonet Mobile currently provides connected car services to Chrysler Fiat Automobiles, General Motors, Maserati, Subaru and other major auto brands.