HARMAN to Acquire Automotive Software and Services Developer S1nn

December 18, 2014  by  

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HARMAN International Industries (NYSE:HAR) has signed an agreement to acquire S1nn GmbH & Co. KG, a developer of infotainment systems, connectivity and car audio solutions.

This transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2004 and based in Stuttgart, Germany, S1nn provides a range of technology and system integration solutions and software application services to top tier automotive companies, such as Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Tesla Motors.

Johnson Controls’ Lithium-Ion Batteries Power Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 Hybrid Range Rover

December 18, 2014  by  

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Johnson Controls is supplying its advanced Lithium-ion batteries for the 2014 Hybrid Range Rover.

Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.

Hybrid batteries are a part of the company’s full-spectrum of energy storage solutions for vehicles to help automakers meet increasing regulations for fuel efficiency and emission reductions across their fleets.

“As the first company in the world to produce Lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles, we are excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover,” said Lisa Bahash, vice president and general manager of the Original Equipment Group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

UIEvolution Hires Interactive Design Expert Ira Snyder as VP of Automotive Product Development

December 17, 2014  by  

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Software as a Service (SaaS) provider UIEvolution, Inc. announced the appointment of Ira Snyder as Vice President of Automotive Product Development.

Snyder joins UIEvolution after 25 years at Microsoft, where he helped drive products such as Windows, Mobile Windows and Automotive.

“UIEvolution’s growth in the connected car and infotainment space has been tremendous the past few years. Our international team has made remarkable strides in providing next generation in-vehicle solutions to our customers,” said UIEvolution CEO and president Chris Ruff. “Ira adds significant strength to UIEvolution’s already deep and talented executive team. His accomplishments and experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to globally expand.”

Tech Mahindra Aftermarket Suite Combines Telematics and Sensor-Based Predictive Maintenance

December 17, 2014  by  

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Tech Mahindra Ltd. announced Automotive Suite Solution, a managed service for automakers and dealers that combines telematics and sensor-based predictive maintenance.

The firm described the solution as a dedicated portal for use by dealers that includes all vehicle activities, warnings, faults, and service history. It gives owners real-time information on the health of their vehicle and provides for predictive maintenance and proactive service appointments.

Garmin Chooses Red Bend Software for Over-the-Air Map and Software Updates

December 17, 2014  by  

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Red Bend Software announced that Garmin has selected Red Bend’s over-the-air (OTA) Software Updating Service to automatically deliver OTA updates of new user interface elements, maps and points of interest to Garmin’s K2 infotainment platform.

K2 combines digital displays, voice control, infrared buttons and smartphone integration to safely provide drivers access to everything from navigation to vehicle diagnostics, communications, music and radio to real-time Internet information. Inspired by Garmin’s avionics and marine technology, K2 turns the car dashboard into a digital cockpit that provides drivers a safe and intuitive way to stay connected and access all the functions they need while on the road.

Industry Leaders Discuss Deterministic Ethernet: Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT

December 16, 2014  by  

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Left to right: Jorge Magalhaes, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vestas Wind Systems, Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President and CTO of Rockwell Automation, Maciej Kranz, Vice President at Cisco Corporate Technology Group, Kirsten Matheus, Ethernet Project Manager at BMW, Mathias Halliger, Chief Architect at Audi, and Georg Kopetz, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech.

TTTech Hosts IoT Panel with Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas

TTTech hosted a cross-industry discussion panel at the Internet of Things
(IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event brought together thought leaders from Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas to discuss “Deterministic Ethernet – Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT”.

Jaguar Land Rover Eyes Transparent Pillars and a “Follow Me” Ghost Car

December 15, 2014  by  

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Jaguar Land Rover is researching technologies that will offer drivers a 3600 view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof.

A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the A, B and C-pillars.
Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would be visible all around the car – and by combining the transparent pillars with an advanced, high quality Heads-Up display, the movement of other road users could be highlighted to the driver with an on-screen halo moving across the car’s virtual windscreen.

Infineon and UMC Expand Their Manufacturing Agreement to Include SPT9 Products in 300mm Wafers

December 15, 2014  by  

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Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303), a global semiconductor foundry, today announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications.

Prior to this expanded partnership, the foundry had been producing Infineon’s logic chips for more than 15 years. Based on the recently signed agreement, both companies will jointly transfer Infineon’s automotive-qualified Smart Power Technology (SPT9) to UMC and extend its production to 300mm wafers. Production start of SPT9 products at UMC’s 300mm Fab in Taiwan is planned for early 2018.

IHS Automotive Analysis: Ford SYNC 3 – A Recipe for Simple Infotainment

December 12, 2014  by  

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After the roughly 18 month user-centric development process, which took engineers all over the country (and soon internationally) collecting upwards of 22,000 pieces of direct customer feedback, Ford is ready to show the world what will replace its often criticized SYNC with MyFord Touch platform.

Ford “SYNC 3” will debut on model year 2016 vehicles in 2015 and be fully deployed in North America by the end of calendar year 2016.

LG Innotek Launches CSRC9300™ Based Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® Module for In-Vehicle Connectivity and Audio

December 11, 2014  by  

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CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) announced that LG Innotek has adopted the CSRC9300™ – a solution for advanced infotainment and connectivity features in vehicles.

The auto-grade chip, which combines high-speed Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® v4.1 with complementary audio capabilities, will be used by LG Innotek for its latest automotive connectivity module, the RBHA-C215A.

The combination of these technologies will unlock exciting use cases such as keyless entry, harness reduction via Bluetooth Smart, Mirrorlink and Miracast capabilities for sharing video screens, high fidelity hands-free calls with wideband speech and CD like audio performance when listening to music over Bluetooth with aptX®.

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