OEM rear-seat entertainment shipments have only reached an estimated 2.9 million in 2014. Furthermore, aftermarket devices have not fared too well either; shipments in 2014 are estimated to be 3.5 million globally. However, there is hope that this stagnant market will prosper once more in the form of bring your own device (BYOD) i.e. tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and other portable media players. Consumers have moved on from DVD and Blu-ray players and therefore so too must rear-seat entertainment.
The MOST® Cooperation – standardization organization for the leading automotive multimedia network technology Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – has opened the Call for Papers for the 2015 International Conference on MOST Technology.
Professionals from the automotive electronics industry and academia are invited to present their latest insights and future visions at the seventh MOST Forum on April 21, 2015 in Stuttgart/Esslingen (Germany).
Concurrent with the MOST Cooperation’s All Members Meeting, this one-day conference and exhibition will present the latest current and future technologies and application highlights based on MOST Technology. The broad international audience will be composed of researchers, designers, engineers, system developers, as well as purchasers, journalists and managers of the industries involved.
Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Casco Automotive Group (CASCO), a division of Cap-Con Automotive Technologies Ltd. (Cap-Con) for approximately $450 million.
Cap-Con is owned by a private investment fund managed by The Jordan Company II, L.P. and Cap-Con management. The sale is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close prior to year end.
Casco, headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a supplier of highly engineered data connectivity, power, charging and sensor products to the worldwide automotive market, with annual sales of approximately $220 million. Casco has facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs approximately 1,300 people worldwide.
August 28, 2014 by John Day
In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.
The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event,” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.
Continental announced an investment of approximately $150 million in its Newport News manufacturing facility over a multi-year period. By adding new production lines, Continental is bringing approximately 500 new jobs to the state, nearly doubling the facility’s current workforce.
The investment demonstrates Continental’s commitment to economic development in the region and serves as an important milestone in Continental’s growth strategy worldwide.
The announcement was made at a news conference today at the Newport News manufacturing facility. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Dr. McKinley L. Price, Mayor, City of Newport News, were joined by Jeff Klei, President, Continental North America, Kregg Wiggins, Senior Vice President, Powertrain, Continental North America and David Kilgore, Plant Manager, Newport News, in announcing the substantial investment.
“We see across the market a huge fragmentation in mobile phone integration solutions,” said Brian Droessler, Continental Vice President, Software and Connected Solutions.
“Google has come out with their smartphone link, Apple announced CarPlay, MirrorLink is out there and still kicking, Tweddle has a solution, Airbiquity, Abalta – there’s a whole host of them, and Continental works with all of them. We’re not exclusively tied to any of them because there’s not going to be one particular method that’s going to win out.”
The online event is hosted by IBM and facilitated by SAE International. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cevirt/.
Elektrobit’s methodology combines elements of Agile, Scrum, and Lean. “We’ve seen a huge rise in the complexity of automotive electronics software. The complexity can lead to projects being late, or over budget, or deficient in quality,” says Christian Mies, managing assistant, infotainment solutions.
August 25, 2014 by John Day
Murata Electronics North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata, for $12.50 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of $471 million ($465 million excluding Murata’s existing holding).
August 22, 2014 by John Day
The market for such vehicles is nearly five times greater than the market for e-bikes with pedals according to the report, “Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025”
IDTechEx says the big stories this year are car-like MicroEVs, the first category to be aimed primarily at emerging nations, and electric motorcycles, including e-maxi scooters and three wheel motorcycles.