XMOS Ltd., the fabless semiconductor company developing intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has completed a $26.2M investment round, adding Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany, Huawei Technologies, and Xilinx Inc. as strategic investors. XMOS will use the new funding to develop multicore technology for embedded applications by expanding customer support and accelerating new product development.
“This funding from major industry players alongside leading technology investors represents a resounding validation for our multicore technology and highlights the growing strength and importance of our business,” said Nigel Toon, CEO at XMOS. “Each of these important new partners will bring major strategic value alongside their significant financial investment in the business. This will help us in our mission to build XMOS into a major fabless semiconductor company.”
At the EV Roadmap 7 Conference in Portland, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Drive Oregon, Intel, Portland General Electric (PGE), the State of Oregon, and other regional businesses announced their participation in DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge – a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers providing access to electric vehicle charging stations for employees.
With 76 stations across 11 campuses in the U.S., Intel Corporation is one of the five largest providers of workplace charging in the Energy Department initiative. Marty Sedler, Intel’s Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure, said, “As a leading technology company, Intel is pleased to help our employees make sustainable transportation choices, and we hope our example will inspire others.”
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) announced that General Motors CEO Mary Barra will kick off the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on Sunday, September 7, in Detroit, Michigan.
Her opening keynote speech will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles.
In what will be the largest transportation technology event of 2014, the ITS World Congress will attract more than 10,000 international business, government, and research leaders to the home of America’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan, from September 7 – 11, 2014, to showcase the latest transportation innovations and share ideas and strategies for advancing the development and deployment of intelligent transportation solutions to solve the world’s transportation challenges.
July 23, 2014 by John Day
Neonode Inc., a developer of optical touch technology, is collaborating with Magneti Marelli to develop automotive Human Machine Interfaces for next-generation in-car infotainment and telematics systems with particular focus on intuitive ease-of-use, high performance, and safety. Neonode says its optical touch and proximity sensing solutions facilitate performance and reliability, amidst extreme automotive electronics environments.
July 22, 2014 by John Day
Agero, Inc. plans to expand its roadside assistance work force by 30 percent this year across its four regional sites in Clarksville, Tennessee; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; Sebring, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.
With the help of more than 30,000 roadside assistance providers Agero protects more than 75 million drivers a year in North America during in-vehicle and post-emergency safety and security situations.
Agero CEO Dave Ferrick says the hiring initiative is in response to growing customer demand and to support new capabilities in Agero’s “high-touch” roadside assistance services.
July 21, 2014 by John Day
Researchers from China and the Netherlands have developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED road lights. They created a model that can predict the level of discomfort experienced by drivers under various lighting conditions.
The team reported its findings, which could guide streetlight placement and design, in The Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.
Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain. While our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful.
Telefónica launched its second Connected Car Industry report, exploring the attitudes of drivers towards car connectivity.
The term Connected Car has been a buzzword within the automotive industry for several years, but the big question is – are consumers ready? Research conducted by Telefónica suggests that they are. According to the Telefónica study, there is sufficient global demand for connected car services, with more than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.
Telematics Update’s Telematics Munich conference is scheduled for November 10-11 at the Hotel Dolce, Munich, Germany. Organizers say the conference will focus on how the car is plugging into the connected world so that the ecosystem can develop auto mobility strategies towards 2020.
The Car Plugs into the Connected World: Auto Mobility Strategies for 2020
As hype gathers around the Internet of Things, automakers and service providers alike are developing data management systems capable of dealing with the huge influx of data that comes with having everything connected.
Ernst & Young estimates that 104 million or so new cars are expected to have some form of connectivity by 2025. That’s good news for the large percentage (46%, according to Gartner) of today’s consumers who want their cars connected so they can safely access inside their car the applications they enjoy on their smartphone.
That desire for smartphone-like connectivity in cars extends to automatic or on-demand updates of in-car apps as those updates become available. Receiving accurate and up-to-date information on the drivability of their car – maintenance scheduling, recalls, etc. – is an extra benefit that consumers will, chances are, learn to rely upon.
Bosch-Led European Research Project OpEneR Presents Findings on How to Improve EV Efficiency and Safety
The European research project OpEneR presented collaboratively developed driving strategies and driver assistance systems that will significantly improve the efficiency and safety of both electric and hybrid vehicles in the future.
This greater efficiency will help unlock the market for fully electric and hybrid vehicles: by increasing driving range without enlarging the battery. Engineers and researchers have worked to improve the electrical powertrain, the regenerative braking system, the navigation system, and the surround sensors, as well as on functions that connect these elements with each other.