Challenges for Connected Cars

February 28, 2015  by  

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Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

The complexity of connected vehicle technology is growing fast – but automated integration, validation and testing technology is not keeping pace

By Stephan Tarnutzer, Chief Executive Officer, DGE Inc. an FEV company

Car buyers tend to pay less attention to engines or transmissions as long as the technology works. But, inside the car, the role that the driver’s perception plays is quite different.

Different Electric Vehicles Pioneer Best Technology First

February 28, 2015  by  

IDTechEx chairman Dr Peter Harrop

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By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

To benchmark new technology for electric vehicles it is vital to look at all of the off-road, on-road, water and airborne e-vehicles analysed in the IDTechEx report, “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025″ (

For example, electric cars will have at least six types of energy harvesting variously converting ultra violet, infrared, visible light, vibration, vertical, lateral and forward movement into electricity but also heat differences.

All-New VW Touran Has MirrorLink

February 26, 2015  by  

Smartphone Connectivity Technology Makes it Easier to Bring Apps to the Dash

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the all-new Volkswagen Touran is MirrorLink® enabled. MirrorLink brings smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. The Touran will be available in Europe in Q2 2015.

2016-Volkswagen-Touran-R-Line-PLACEMENT-626x382Volkswagen also announced that MirrorLink is now available in the Sharan. Other MirrorLink-enabled Volkswagen models include the Passat, Beetle and Polo.

Valeo and peiker to Cooperate on Automotive Geolocation and Mobile Connectivity Solutions

February 24, 2015  by  

Valeo logoValeo announced the signing of a technological cooperation agreement with peiker, a leading supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions. The agreement will enable Valeo to broaden its range of automotive geolocation and mobile connectivity solutions.

Valeo’s global presence and know-how in on-board electronics, allied with peiker’s technological expertise, will allow both partners to offer automakers new telematic systems adapted to the needs of this high-growth market.

peiker logoThe partners’ shared objective is to benefit mutually from their respective capabilities, particularly in R&D, to create innovative products compatible with forthcoming LTE Advanced mobile (4G+) broadband services and beyond.

Driving the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

February 20, 2015  by  

IMG_0001Time does indeed march on. One of the first things I noticed when I slipped behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited was the lack of a CD player. Not surprisingly, they are on the way out; however, the car does have USB and AUX ports, and should be able to accommodate a portable player if all that’s accessible via Bluetooth isn’t enough.

In fact, pairing a phone with the Chrysler’s UConnect multimedia system was reasonably fast and easy, as was playing music from the phone. Other infotainment choices immediately available were AM/FM radio, and SiriusXM. The car comes with a one-year SiriusXM subscription.

Audi R8 Will Offer Optional Laser Headlights

February 16, 2015  by  

audi r8-laser-high-beam-headlightsLaser high-beam offers high light intensity and excellent range

Audi said its new R8 will use LED headlights that can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option. Laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range of LED high‑beam headlights.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes. This module bundles the four intense blue‑light laser beams. A phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature. Standard equipment in the new R8 includes an LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.

Volkswagen to Invest $10M in EV Charging Infrastructure

February 10, 2015  by  

Calls for Federal Financing Support

Volkswagen plans to commit $10 million to support an electric vehicle infrastructure. Jörg Sommer, vice president, product marketing and strategy, Volkswagen of America, announced the investment plan during the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf.

2015_e-golf_4193Sommer said Volkswagen believes continued legislative support is needed to reach the next level of electric vehicle adoption.

“Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers,” said Sommer. “In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see Federal financing support for establishing fast charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors.

TI’s SafeTI™ Software Development Process Certified to Meet ISO 26262 ASIL D Functional Safety Standard

February 10, 2015  by  


SafeTI Compliance Support Packages for Hercules™ MCU software components provide support for functional safety development and certification

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) announced that its SafeTI™ functional safety software development process is now certified as suitable for development of ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 compliant software components.

TI’s process was assessed by TÜV NORD, an internationally recognized and accredited independent assessor of compliance to quality and safety standards. In addition, new SafeTI Compliance Support Packages (CSPs), developed according to TI’s certified software development process, are now available for Hercules™ microcontroller (MCU) software components. TI developed these CSPs to make it easier for customers using Hercules software to achieve end system functional safety certification.

Senator Markey Spotlights Security and Privacy Concerns

February 9, 2015  by  


Senator Edward J. Markey (D. Mass.)

Wireless Technologies Leave Vehicles Exposed to Hackers; Automakers Collect Information on Driver Locations and Habits

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward J. Markey says new standards are needed to plug security and privacy gaps in cars and trucks.

His office released a report, “Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” with responses from 16 automakers to questions Sen. Markey posed last year regarding vehicles’ vulnerability to hackers and how driver information is collected and protected. The report is available here.

Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and Expanded Options for 2016

February 6, 2015  by  

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The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX three-row, seven-passenger luxury SUV, with new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain, and an expanded model range, launched February 4 with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,865.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with a new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities.

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