September 2, 2015 by Jill Beckman
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the emerging market for different levels of fully and semi-autonomous driving, with global market forecasts by region for vehicle volume and revenue, through 2035.
As manufacturers produce the first combinations of advanced driver assistance features, some cars will soon have the ability to cruise freeways and navigate traffic with minimal driver input.
While autonomous vehicle technology continues to evolve, so does its potential to institute significant changes in safety and personal mobility, particularly in large cities.
The research firm Frost & Sullivan sees modernization efforts sweeping through the instrument cluster (IC) space as automakers in North America and Europe strive to provide consumers with a unique driving experience.
Analog gauges in cars will become obsolete by 2021, giving way to hybrid and fully digital ICs with flexible designs that facilitate personalization. Next-generation ICs will feature customizable dials and advanced liquid-crystal-display (LCD) quantum dot displays containing detailed, relevant information.
The “Automotive Solutions” business that Autoliv intends to acquire is a carve-out of the automotive business of MACOM, which supplies high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products. The MACOM unit supplies integrated, embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) modules to the automotive industry.
Other technologies and intellectual property included in the transaction are various Radio Frequency (RF) and antenna products (hardware and software) and Electronic Horizon, an advanced driver assistance system connecting navigation and GPS data to improve safety, fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting for approximately $172 million.
DTS expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.
iBiquity is the exclusive developer and licensor of HD Radio technology, the sole FCC-approved method for upgrading AM/FM broadcasting from analog to digital. HD Radio technology provides improved audio quality, expanded content choices and new digital data services such as album cover art and real-time traffic updates.
September 1, 2015 by John Day
“With increasing demand for UBI services from our clients, we strongly believe that mobile solutions will be critical for mass market deployments,” said Agero CEO Dave Ferrick. “The Floow is a leading global player in mobile-based UBI data analytics and services with an impressive record of deployments based on their leading data science and actuarial capabilities. Our collaboration allows us to bring our clients a best-in-class holistic solution that provides a seamless end-to-end experience from driver coaching, to roadside services, to emergency services and accident management.”
Saft America Receives $6.13 Million USABC Award for Li-ion Stop-Start Battery Technology Development
August 31, 2015 by John Day
Saft America Inc. announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.
The 30-month contract will focus on the development and delivery of lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications consistent with USABC goals based on Saft’s lithium-ion battery technologies along with battery management electronics.
The contract follows research previously conducted with USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development and an earlier contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicle applications.
August 28, 2015 by John Day
ams AG (SIX:AMS) has acquired the CMOS Sensor Business from NXP Semiconductors. The acquisition expands ams’ environmental sensor portfolio with advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors that measure several environmental variables such as relative humidity, pressure and temperature in one sensor device.
“Environmental sensors can replicate and enhance human responses by monitoring and measuring smell, pressure and temperature. By capturing this information electronically, data-driven decisions can be made automatically and efficiently,” said Thomas Riener, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at ams.
August 27, 2015 by John Day
ZF TRW has won two business awards with North American and European vehicle manufacturers for its second generation Safety Domain ECU (SDE 2). The central controller will launch in Europe and the US starting in 2018.
Wind River® has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for its worldwide Automotive Solutions & Professional Services. CMMI is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.
Wind River completed a CMMI SCAMPI ‘A’ appraisal and achieved a CMMI Capability Level 3 in 18 process areas, resulting in a CMMI Maturity Level 3. This appraisal builds on Wind River’s past CMMI Level 3 achievements; the first of which was attained in 2006. This rating is valued by the automotive industry as well as aerospace, defense, and other segments where design, development and certification processes are of paramount importance.
The recent IEEE 802 Plenary Session saw notable progress across a variety of Ethernet and Ethernet-related projects, according to the Ethernet Alliance.
John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell, commended the progress made by the IEEE 802.3® Ethernet Working Group during its Plenary meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
“Ethernet is in a very dynamic period; there’s an exceptional level of energy and excitement driving this technology forward into a diversifying range of rates, applications, and market spaces,” he said. A variety of standards advanced to balloting during the Plenary Session and new study groups were formed.