Two Sony Smartphones Are MirrorLink-Enabled.

November 21, 2014  by  

mirrorlink logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) confirmed that Sony’s Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact are MirrorLink®-enabled.

“MirrorLink’s presence in Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact demonstrates just how prolific the MirrorLink global ecosystem has become,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC. “Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact’s focus on versatility and high performance make them a perfect showcase for MirrorLink’s ability to bring the power of the information age to drivers in a way that increases safety and enjoyment on today’s roads.”

Infiniti Lists Electronic System “Firsts”

November 21, 2014  by  

To mark 25 years in business, Infiniti summarized its accomplishments in automotive electronic systems:

Rear and Around View
Infiniti’s RearView Monitor, or backup camera, debuted on the 2002 Q45. The automaker first offered a 360-degree Around View® Monitor on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and then enhanced the feature with Moving Object Detection.

Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention
Infiniti offered Lane Departure Warning on the 2005 Infiniti FX and Lane Departure Prevention on the 2008 Infiniti M. Prevention helps the driver bring the vehicle back into the proper lane. Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) was introduced on the 2011 M.

JVC KENWOOD, Linaro and OpenSynergy Join Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Project

November 21, 2014  by  

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Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car, announced that JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Linaro and OpenSynergy are joining The Linux Foundation and AGL to collaborate on the creation of an open automotive reference platform to accelerate rapid innovation and delivery of the connected car experience.

FAW Group Joins the MOST Cooperation

November 20, 2014  by  

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The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.

faw logo index“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”

BMW ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

November 19, 2014  by  

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BMW announced that the music streaming service Spotify can now be brought into the car. Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:


  • Access music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
  • Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) as well as ad-free and offline listening

VOXXHirschmann Partners With Sling Media to Bring the Home Television Experience Into the Vehicle

November 17, 2014  by  

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VOXXHirschmann has formed a strategic partnership with Sling Media, Inc. that will allow VOXXHirschmann to integrate a customized vehicle specific version of the Slingplayer app into its OEM designed rear-seat entertainment and vehicle connectivity line of products.

The integration will give Slingbox owners the ability to watch live or recorded programming from their home cable or satellite TV subscription directly in the vehicle. Under the terms of the agreement, VOXXHirschmann will become the exclusive automotive supplier of the Slingbox/Slingplayer solution operating in any vehicle entertainment subsystem worldwide.

Freescale Plans OpenCL-Based Development Environment for ADAS

November 11, 2014  by  


freescale 11-11-14 ADAS 2Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announced it will soon introduce an OpenCL (Open Computing Language)-based automotive development environment engineered to open the market for car OEMs and tier-one suppliers alike to bring advanced driver assist and other ADAS technologies to a wider range of vehicles, faster.

The company also called on tier-one ADAS system providers and their suppliers to renew their commitment to automotive safety via the design and deployment of highly secure embedded semiconductors built from the ground up to meet and exceed automotive-grade quality requirements.

Maxwell Technologies to Develop High-Performance Hybrid Ultracapacitor/Lithium-ion Battery for Stop-Start Autos

November 7, 2014  by  

maxwell logoDepartment of Energy Funded Program Supports Energy Storage Technology Innovation

Maxwell Technologies (Nasdaq: MXWL) has been awarded a $2.68 million cost-shared technology development contract by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) to develop a high-performance hybrid ultracapacitor/lithium-ion battery for stop-start idle-elimination microhybrid autos.

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles.

Freescale Offers Software and Development Kit to Support MEMS Industry Group’s Sensor Fusion Initiative

November 7, 2014  by  

freescale logoFreescale Semiconductor announced premium support for the MEMS Industry Group’s open-source sensor fusion collaboration, Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC).

In addition to contributing its sensor fusion software, Freescale is making available its sensor fusion development kit and additional development technology based on its Freedom development platforms for Freescale Sensors and Kinetis MCUs with Bluetooth.

The development kit includes optional software development support from Freescale, and works with AIC’s open-source sensor fusion software to help developers more quickly and easily deploy sensors into applications for the secure Internet of Tomorrow.

Tuxera Aids IVI in Renesas R-Car SoC Series

November 5, 2014  by  

Tuxera Inc., developer of interoperable file system and streaming solutions, announced an ongoing cooperation with Renesas Electronics Corporation to address the growing demand for advanced in-vehicle infoTuxera infomotive_inter-e1415108857537-300x283tainment systems (IVI).

As part of the active collaboration, Tuxera has also joined Renesas R-Car consortium that advances Renesas R-Car SoC series.

Renesas’ product lineup makes it possible to implement a broad range of features such as 3D graphic capabilities along with audio, video and image recognition and processing.

“Tuxera’s reliable file systems for external connectivity and internal storage ensure the highest read and write performance and flash-memory life-time,” commented Masayasu Yoshida, Department Manager of Automotive Information Strategy Department, Automotive Information System Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.

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