September 29, 2014 by John Day
General Motors’ first intelligent connected car, due for production in the next two years, will include safety applications software from Cohda Wireless. The Cohda software will be integrated into connectivity technology developed by Delphi Automotive.
At the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress held recently in Detroit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be GM’s first car containing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology.
Ford and Telogis Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Telematics to Ford Commercial Customers in Europe
Ford Motor Company and Telogis are launching Ford Telematics powered by Telogis, providing actionable information from Ford commercial vehicles that helps customers reduce fuel costs up to 20%, reduce their environmental impact, and increase driver safety.
Since 2011, Telogis has been the exclusive technology provider to power Ford Crew Chief telematics in North America. The European expansion of the Telogis-Ford partnership leverages the success of Crew Chief and will meet the demand from current and new Ford customers for visibility into day-to-day operations including vehicle/driver location, vehicle and driver performance and exclusive Ford vehicle diagnostics.
TTTech Teams with Cisco’s openBerlin Innovation Center to Accelerate Deterministic Ethernet Adoption
TTTech is partnering with Cisco at Cisco’s Internet of Everything Innovation Center, openBerlin, to accelerate the adoption of Deterministic Ethernet for advanced solutions for Industry 4.0 / the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing and transportation industries.
At the openBerlin Innovation Center TTTech and Cisco intend to develop and showcase Industry 4.0 solutions made possible by Deterministic Ethernet, the cross-industry communication technology based on upcoming IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking standards.
TTTech customers are already deploying Deterministic Ethernet based on TTTech’s TTEthernet® communication protocol for innovative networked control solutions in a broad range of upcoming applications including space vehicles (NASA), piloted cars (Audi) and wind turbines (Vestas).
In a “Retro Report” published in the New York Times on September 14, Clyde Haberman correctly reminds us that designing automation for automobiles needs to carefully consider lessons learned (often the hard way) when applying other technology to automobiles. But in designing software for such automation, we need also consider lessons learned (again, often the hard way) in other domains.
Magna International announced the establishment of two new facilities in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India. The new plants reflect business awards for vehicle programs built off global-platforms and also help position Magna for further growth in India as vehicle production expands.
At one of the new Sanand facilities, Magna will make complete seat systems for a leading automaker. The 215,000-square-foot plant will employ approximately 200 people and is expected to begin volume production in 2015.
Smartphone Connectivity Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Automotive Processor Chip Suppliers
September 24, 2014 by John Day
The use of smartphones in motor vehicles—already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon—is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
Infotainment Chip Revenue
The most promising prospect for automotive processors in the years ahead will be in the telematics portal head unit, which can connect with a smartphone for mobile broadband connectivity. Revenue for automotive infotainment processor chips for telematics portal head units will grow to $508 million in 2018, up from slightly less than $128 million in 2013. And while this particular application accounted for only 8 percent of total global automotive infotainment processor market revenue in 2013, its share will surge to 30 percent in 2018.
September 22, 2014 by John Day
Proprietary on-glass connectors technology enhances Delphi’s connector portfolio
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp. (“Antaya”), a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company’s portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business.
Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the automotive glass industry in North America, with a growing customer base in China and Europe. Antaya also supplies lead-free connectors, another area of growth, as global automakers seek more lead-free content in their vehicles.
Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the appointment of Glenn Perry to the role of vice president of the company’s Embedded Systems Division.
The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Systems Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics.
“We believe there is great potential for us to grow in the embedded market,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO, Mentor Graphics. “To that end we have been making strategic investments, and placing this expanded division under a vice president reflects the increased opportunities we are seeing.”
Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has incorporated a US subsidiary, appointing Taylor Hansen as vice president responsible for the company’s North American operations.
Based in Detroit, Hansen’s responsibilities include business development and client program management, as well as directing prototype build leading ultimately to volume production.
“We have seen growing interest in our switched reluctance motor-generator technology with increasing inquiries from North American automakers and their powertrain suppliers,” says Nick Pascoe chief executive Controlled Power Technologies.
Affordable Powertrain Electrification at 48V
September 17, 2014 by John Day
Bosch plans to increase its stake in ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (ZFLS) to 100 percent. ZFLS, based in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany has been a 50:50 joint venture between Bosch and ZF.
Employing more than 13,000 associates in eight countries, ZFLS develops, produces, and sells steering systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles worldwide. In 2013, it registered sales of approximately €4.1 billion.
With a total of 20 locations, the company is active in the world’s most important automotive markets. Alongside locations in Europe, the U.S., and China, ZFLS also produces in India, Brazil, and Malaysia. The transaction is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The purchase price will not be disclosed.