J.D. Power Reports: Voice Recognition Is the Number One Problem With New Vehicles

August 28, 2014  by  

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Automakers Face Deepening Challenges with Technology as Customer Angst Builds

In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

GENIVI to Host a Connected Car Track During Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas Sept. 8-11

August 27, 2014  by  

genivi logoThe GENIVI® Alliance will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2014.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event,” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

Continental Invests $150M to Build Turbochargers in Virginia

August 27, 2014  by  

continental logoContinental announced an investment of approximately $150 million in its Newport News manufacturing facility over a multi-year period. By adding new production lines, Continental is bringing approximately 500 new jobs to the state, nearly doubling the facility’s current workforce.

The investment demonstrates Continental’s commitment to economic development in the region and serves as an important milestone in Continental’s growth strategy worldwide.

The announcement was made at a news conference today at the Newport News manufacturing facility. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Dr. McKinley L. Price, Mayor, City of Newport News, were joined by Jeff Klei, President, Continental North America, Kregg Wiggins, Senior Vice President, Powertrain, Continental North America and David Kilgore, Plant Manager, Newport News, in announcing the substantial investment.

From Continental’s Perspective – the Why and How of Smartphone Integration In Cars

August 26, 2014  by  

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“We see across the market a huge fragmentation in mobile phone integration solutions,” said Brian Droessler, Continental Vice President, Software and Connected Solutions.

“Google has come out with their smartphone link, Apple announced CarPlay, MirrorLink is out there and still kicking, Tweddle has a solution, Airbiquity, Abalta – there’s a whole host of them, and Continental works with all of them. We’re not exclusively tied to any of them because there’s not going to be one particular method that’s going to win out.”

Elektrobit Offers a New Methodology for Developing Embedded Automotive Software

August 26, 2014  by  

EBElektrobit plans to preview a new automotive software development methodology on Thursday, September 4, during the 2014 Continuous Engineering Virtual Symposium.

The online event is hosted by IBM and facilitated by SAE International. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cevirt/.

Elektrobit’s methodology combines elements of Agile, Scrum, and Lean. “We’ve seen a huge rise in the complexity of automotive electronics software. The complexity can lead to projects being late, or over budget, or deficient in quality,” says Christian Mies, managing assistant, infotainment solutions.

Murata to Acquire Peregrine Semiconductor

August 25, 2014  by  

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Acquisition enhances Murata’s position as a world’s leading provider of RF system solutions

Murata Electronics North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata, for $12.50 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of $471 million ($465 million excluding Murata’s existing holding).

IDTechEx Forecasts $12B Electric Motorcycle Market

August 22, 2014  by  

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IDTechEx predicts a market value of more than $12 billion in 2025 for electric motorcycles, including e-scooters and maxi scooters.

The market for such vehicles is nearly five times greater than the market for e-bikes with pedals according to the report, “Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025

IDTechEx says the big stories this year are car-like MicroEVs, the first category to be aimed primarily at emerging nations, and electric motorcycles, including e-maxi scooters and three wheel motorcycles.

Volvo and Autoliv Are Among Firms Developing Safety Systems at Sweden’s AstaZero Test Track

August 22, 2014  by  

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According to the Volvo Group the 200,000 square meter AstaZero proving ground, opened recently in Borås, Sweden, is the world’s first full-scale test track for active automotive safety.

AstaZero was funded in cooperation with Volvo and Volvo Cars, and also by Autoliv, Scania, and Transport Agency, Region Västra Götaland, Vinnova, the Growth Board and Test Site Sweden.

AstaZero is short for Active Safety Test Area Zero, where “zero” is the Swedish government’s stated vision of zero traffic fatalities.

Infineon Acquiring International Rectifier for $3B

August 20, 2014  by  

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Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.

The acquisition combines two semiconductor companies with leadership positions in power management technology. By the integration of International Rectifier, Infineon complements its offerings and will be able to provide customers with an even broader range of innovative products and services. Infineon will also benefit significantly from greater economies of scale as well as a larger regional footprint.

ITS America Statement on U.S. DOT Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on V2V Communication Technology

August 20, 2014  by  

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Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) President and CEO Scott Belcher made the following statement in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) release of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and supporting comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

“We applaud the U.S. Department of Transportation for taking this significant step to dramatically reduce the number of lives lost in traffic and pedestrian crashes. Today’s report and advanced rulemaking announcement reinforces the real-world safety benefits reported by our members in the automotive and tech communities, that vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology represents the next giant leap in automotive and pedestrian safety.

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