Safety Concerns Boost Use of Electric Power Steering in European Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles
November 24, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Owing to a severe shortage of drivers, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and medium commercial vehicle (MCV) manufacturers across Europe are working towards improving safety functionalities. Steering electrification serves as a spring board for the provision of a whole array of safety and driver assistance functionalities such as lane keeping assist, lane centering assist and active cruise control.
According to an analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Insight of Electrically Actuated Power Steering for Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles in Europe, finds that the steering electrification market for LCVs and MCVs is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 13.5 percent from 2014 to 2021. The installed base is likely to surpass one million as early as 2018.
November 20, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Entries were judged for innovation on the ARM architecture with features that help advance user productivity or product functionality. The ARM Innovation Challenge rewards ARM-based products developed between Oct. 1, 2014 and Oct. 1, 2015 by ARM TechCon exhibitors across all applications and worldwide regions.
The only company to receive multiple awards for this year’s Challenge, Freescale, has developed multicore processors, low-power wireless microcontrollers and applications processors.
ETSI places MirrorLink® on path for adoption as an ETSI standard for connected car technology
The Car Connectivity Consortium, creators of MirrorLink®, announced a co-operation agreement with ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) in which ETSI will formally explore adopting MirrorLink as an ETSI Technical Specification (TS).
“MirrorLink’s capacity to increase safety on today’s roads by safely connecting smartphone apps and vehicles makes it a compelling candidate for ETSI’s portfolio of standards,” said Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General. “MirrorLink is also in line with ETSI’s mission to remain on the forefront of future technologies and to improve life for the next generation of world citizens.”
ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) (“ON Semiconductor”) and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (Nasdaq: FCS) (“Fairchild”) have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for $20.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion.
The firms said the acquisition creates a leader in the power semiconductor market with combined revenue of approximately $5 billion, diversified across multiple markets with a strategic focus on automotive, industrial and smartphone end markets.
GENIVI Alliance to Demonstrate Remote Vehicle Interaction Open Source SoftwareTechnology at Connected Car Expo
November 16, 2015 by Jill Beckman
The GENIVI Alliance is showcasing its latest Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) open source software technology at the Connected Car Expo (CCE) held in conjunction with the LA Auto Show from Nov. 16 to 18.
Work on this connected car technology has been under development for over 18 months through the open community-based development model.
Sponsored by Intel, the Alliance will showcase at CCE a Jaguar F-Type convertible fitted with a RVI connected car demo that includes remote data logging, secure software over-the-air (SOTA) updating and smartphone app control of certain in-car features such as climate control.
TU-Automotive is hosting a free webinar at 11am EST on Wednesday, December 9 focused on how over the air (OTA) updates are creating infotainment revenue streams, securing vehicle software and switching on the autonomous car.
The speakers are:
• Benjamin Hoffman, CEO & President, Movimento
• Gareth Williams, Director of Advanced Development, Audio Video & Communications, Mitsubishi Electric
According to TU-Automotive conference Director Justin Parker, Many people assume that OTA updates only keep connected cars up-to-date; however, the technology is doing much more than that.
The organizations will share initial research findings at the Connected Car Expo during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Faurecia and Stanford have identified several important challenges the industry must address to mitigate consumer apprehension to new driving modes:
Renesas Electronics and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) Partner to Address China’s Energy Vehicle Market
November 11, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Utilizing Nevs’ Phoenix architecture technology for electric vehicles and Renesas’ technologies for new energy vehicles, the companies plan to develop system solutions that target China’s energy vehicle market.
In accordance with this newly established partnership, Renesas and Nevs will officially launch the research and development (R&D) of electric vehicles and at the same time will embark on a joint project to develop business strategies for a new energy vehicle market in China.
November 10, 2015 by Jill Beckman
LDRA announced that Express Logic selected LDRA as a preferred partner for automotive and rail certification because of LDRA’s certification experience and the ability of its tools to achieve the additional verification requirements of ISO 26262 and EN 50128.
The LDRA tool suite offers compliance capabilities such as:
- Fully integrated static code analysis, dynamic coverage analysis, unit/integration testing
- Object-code verification
- Data coupling and control coupling analysis
- 100 percent MC/DC coverage to ensure all possible outcomes and conditions are fully tested
- Verification automation with model-based development solutions
- Complete life-cycle traceability with links back to the standards objectives
Frost & Sullivan Sees Advanced Driver Monitoring Systems Using Inward-Looking Camera-Based Technology
November 10, 2015 by John Day
The loss of driver attention due to fatigue or drowsiness is a common cause of road accidents worldwide and there is a clear need for driver monitoring systems (DMSs) globally, according to Frost & Sullivan.
DMSs can analyze driver behavior or detect patterns tending towards micro-sleep to issue appropriate warnings and help revive the driver’s focus.
Several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have adopted behavior-based DMS that employ frontal cameras, steering angle sensors and sensors on the steering wheel; however, the current generation of behavior-based sensors used in passenger vehicles is capable of harboring only two to three functions at most. Many vehicle OEMs are therefore moving from behavior-based DMSs toward advanced inward-looking camera-based systems.