Texas Instruments Passes ADAS SoC Shipment Milestone

July 30, 2014  by  

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15+ Million Devices in 100+ Car Models from 25+ Automakers

Texas Instruments (TI) announced that it has shipped more than 15 million advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) System-on-Chip (SoC) devices to at least 15 tier one suppliers. It estimated that ADAS systems incorporating the SoCs have been deployed in more than 100 car models by more than 25 automakers around the world.

Frost & Sullivan recognized TI with the 2014 Product Leadership Award for ADAS Industry Semiconductor Solutions and gave TI’s TDA2x best-in-class ranking for management vision alignment, process design and technological sophistication, indicating a comprehensive superior solution.

Desay SV Automotive Selects Tuxera FAT and exFAT to Power In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

July 30, 2014  by  

tuxera Tuxera announced that Desay SV Automotive, selected Tuxera FAT and exFAT to power its high-end infotainment system on a Linux platform. Next generation solutions are shipping in Desay’s 2014 and 2015 models.

China’s automotive market shows the fastest growth in the world with a high demand for connected cars with built-in infotainment systems. When it comes to buying a car, digital channels play an increasingly important role. The customers expect more, seeking better interfaces, added services, seamless connectivity and ease of use.

Telematics West Coast Conference Oct. 30-31 in San Diego

July 29, 2014  by  

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Telematics Update will bring together over 250 industry leaders from across the connected car industry, including Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Harman, at the Telematics West Coast 2014 Conference & Exhibition (October 30-31, San Diego) to debate the next era of in-car connected content & services.

With the prediction that there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2020 (Cisco), connectivity is the word of the moment. Within the automotive sector, the industry focus has moved from simply delivering apps and content into the vehicle towards creating a contextual, personal driving experience that seamlessly fits into this wider connected lifestyle.

XMOS Adds Bosch, Huawei and Xilinx as Strategic Investors

July 25, 2014  by  


XMOS Ltd., the fabless semiconductor company developing intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has completed a $26.2M investment round, adding Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany, Huawei Technologies, and Xilinx Inc. as strategic investors. XMOS will use the new funding to develop multicore technology for embedded applications by expanding customer support and accelerating new product development.

“This funding from major industry players alongside leading technology investors represents a resounding validation for our multicore technology and highlights the growing strength and importance of our business,” said Nigel Toon, CEO at XMOS. “Each of these important new partners will bring major strategic value alongside their significant financial investment in the business. This will help us in our mission to build XMOS into a major fabless semiconductor company.”

Oregon Employers Help Electric Car Commuters Charge Up

July 25, 2014  by  

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At the EV Roadmap 7 Conference in Portland, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Drive Oregon, Intel, Portland General Electric (PGE), the State of Oregon, and other regional businesses announced their participation in DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge – a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers providing access to electric vehicle charging stations for employees.

With 76 stations across 11 campuses in the U.S., Intel Corporation is one of the five largest providers of workplace charging in the Energy Department initiative. Marty Sedler, Intel’s Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure, said, “As a leading technology company, Intel is pleased to help our employees make sustainable transportation choices, and we hope our example will inspire others.”

GM CEO Barra to Headline ITS World Congress

July 25, 2014  by  


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The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) announced that General Motors CEO Mary Barra will kick off the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on Sunday, September 7, in Detroit, Michigan.

Her opening keynote speech will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles.

In what will be the largest transportation technology event of 2014, the ITS World Congress will attract more than 10,000 international business, government, and research leaders to the home of America’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan, from September 7 – 11, 2014, to showcase the latest transportation innovations and share ideas and strategies for advancing the development and deployment of intelligent transportation solutions to solve the world’s transportation challenges.

Neonode and Magneti Marelli Are Collaborating on HMI

July 23, 2014  by  

neonodeNeonode Inc., a developer of optical touch technology, is collaborating with Magneti Marelli to develop automotive Human Machine Interfaces for next-generation in-car infotainment and telematics systems with particular focus on intuitive ease-of-use, high performance, and safety. Neonode says its optical touch and proximity sensing solutions facilitate performance and reliability, amidst extreme automotive electronics environments.


Agero, Inc. Ramps Up for Roadside Assistance

July 22, 2014  by  

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Agero, Inc. plans to expand its roadside assistance work force by 30 percent this year across its four regional sites in Clarksville, Tennessee; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; Sebring, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.

With the help of more than 30,000 roadside assistance providers Agero protects more than 75 million drivers a year in North America during in-vehicle and post-emergency safety and security situations.

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Agero CEO Dave Ferrick says the hiring initiative is in response to growing customer demand and to support new capabilities in Agero’s “high-touch” roadside assistance services.

Measuring Streetlight Glare to Improve Driver Safety

July 21, 2014  by  

optical society 7-18-14 OpEx-LED_streetlights-imageResearchers from China and the Netherlands have developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED road lights. They created a model that can predict the level of discomfort experienced by drivers under various lighting conditions.

The team reported its findings, which could guide streetlight placement and design, in The Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain. While our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful.

Telefónica Connected Car Industry Report Explores Consumers Attitudes Toward Connectivity

July 18, 2014  by  


Telefónica launched its second Connected Car Industry report, exploring the attitudes of drivers towards car connectivity.

The term Connected Car has been a buzzword within the automotive industry for several years, but the big question is – are consumers ready? Research conducted by Telefónica suggests that they are. According to the Telefónica study, there is sufficient global demand for connected car services, with more than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.

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