Infotainment, Navigation, Safety and More in the 2015 Lexus ES 350

April 18, 2015  by  

2013_Lexus_ES_350_13__44641_2524_lowIt’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.

BorgWarner Supplies Variable Cam Timing and Engine Timing Technologies for JLR I4 Engines

April 16, 2015  by  

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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  

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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.

Automotive OPEN Alliance Technical Committees Release Specifications and Tools

April 7, 2015  by  

open alliance logoThe 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.

Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert Helps Detect Erratic Driving Caused by Drowsiness and Inattention

April 6, 2015  by  

nissan 4-6-15 Take_a_BreakNissan’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.

AT&T to Power Autonet Mobile Connected Car Services

April 2, 2015  by  

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at&t logoAT&T 4G LTE wireless connectivity will power the connected car services Autonet Mobile provides to car makers.

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.

HARMAN to Acquire Bang & Olufsen’s Automotive Audio Business

March 31, 2015  by  

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Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) has agreed to acquire Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available in a wide range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models.

Terms of the agreement include a purchase price of €145,000,000 as well as license payments for an exclusive license to the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY brands within the automotive industry. HARMAN will assume all Bang & Olufsen Automotive customer programs, and all Bang & Olufsen Automotive development and production resources will be transferred to HARMAN.

11 “Musts” for an Automotive Integration Revolution

March 27, 2015  by  

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By Andy Gryc

Conference Director, Connected Car Expo

Co-founder, CX3 Marketing

Tier one companies like Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Harman, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Visteon have deep expertise in building numerous complex modules for the car companies, they all have the know-how for building reliable, safe systems, and all are willing to be a “secret ingredient” instead of a nameplate brand.

Tomorrow’s car, regardless of who’s building it, will have even more working software in it than today’s cars do. The integration problems that car makers face today will only be compounded in the future with the explosion of smartphone connectivity, apps, wearables, fog computing, big data analytics, ADAS and autonomous technology.

TTTech Raises €50 Million to Scale its Network Solutions for Industrial IoT and Autonomous Driving

March 27, 2015  by  

tttech logoTTTech announced a 50 million euro investment round involving two new strategic partners, General Electric (GE Ventures) and Infineon Technologies AG. The funding is backed by the strong commitment of existing shareholders, led by AUDI AG.

TTTech intends to use the proceeds to accelerate growth with its safety certified solutions in its core markets as well as to enable new value propositions and global support for its customers in the Industrial Internet of Things and autonomous driving car markets.

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.

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