Frost & Sullivan Sees Advanced Driver Monitoring Systems Using Inward-Looking Camera-Based Technology
The loss of driver attention due to fatigue or drowsiness is a common cause of road accidents worldwide and there is a clear need for driver monitoring systems (DMSs) globally, according to Frost & Sullivan.
DMSs can analyze driver behavior or detect patterns tending towards micro-sleep to issue appropriate warnings and help revive the driver’s focus.
Several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have adopted behavior-based DMS that employ frontal cameras, steering angle sensors and sensors on the steering wheel; however, the current generation of behavior-based sensors used in passenger vehicles is capable of harboring only two to three functions at most. Many vehicle OEMs are therefore moving from behavior-based DMSs toward advanced inward-looking camera-based systems.
MOST® Linux Driver for Microchip MOST Network Interface Controllers Has Been Added to Linux Mainline Kernel 4.3
Designers Can Tap Quickly and Easily Into the Growing Adoption of Linux-Based Devices Using the MOST Specification for High-Bandwidth Automotive Infotainment Applications
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) announced that the MOST® Linux Driver supporting Microchip’s MOST network interface controllers has been incorporated into the staging section of the Linux Mainline Kernel 4.3 operating system.
The increasing demand for reliable and simple solutions to support audio, video and data communications in cars is driving the trend toward using Linux and open-source software in combination with MOST technology, which Microchip said is the de-facto standard for high-bandwidth automotive multimedia networking.
November 6, 2015 by John Day
Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV) announced that its in-vehicle cloud-based search capabilities have been integrated with the Nuance Dragon Drive connected car platform, allowing automakers to deliver in-car search capabilities optimized and designed for the driving experience.
Telenav, which provides onboard and cloud-based end-to-end navigation services for automotive, will offer its broader cloud search technology through the Dragon Drive Connect content platform. Nuance has powered embedded and cloud-based voice and content solutions in more than 130 million vehicles globally.
November 5, 2015 by John Day
While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well as standalone systems for consumers, these systems do not provide all the infotainment sources consumers want, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics.
Though declining, usage of and interest in traditional radio is still primary. Apps such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn could eventually fill this void, but consumer awareness and usage of these apps is not yet widespread. Using large amounts of monthly data allowances to stream local radio is also unlikely to sit well with consumers.
November 4, 2015 by Jill Beckman
Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport model has entered the Audi lineup for 2016. The variant of the Audi A8 flagship sedan boasts an enhanced 4.0T twin turbo V8 engine achieving 450 hp, an increase of 15 hp from the previous 4.0T model. The Sport model also includes a muscular front fascia with larger air intakes.
Innovative Audi driver assistance functions include Audi side assist with pre-sense rear, which can aid the driver when changing lanes and helps monitor traffic following the vehicle, and Audi head-up display with navigation information. Also available is Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go.
November 4, 2015 by John Day
HARMAN (NYSE: HAR) made an open source software contribution to the Open AVB project to help drive the adoption of Ethernet AVB/TSN (Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking) in automotive and other markets.
The contributed technology includes major enhancements to the AVTP (Audio Video Transport Protocol) data pipeline and aims to modernize and prepare the connected car with flexible, scalable and secure in-vehicle networking technology while addressing an increased need for highly reliable communication in the vehicle.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) has developed technology to detect absent-mindedness and other cognitive distractions in drivers when their vehicles are traveling straight, using a type of machine-learning algorithm known as deep learning. The company believes this is a first in the automotive industry.
Although systems exist to detect drivers who are visually distracted due to drowsiness or inattentiveness, the detection of cognitive distractions has been difficult because symptoms sometimes appear in a driver’s behavior or biological patterns, rather than in their face or eye movements.
Real-time traffic will be included in Volvo vehicles in 42 countries, representing INRIX’s first global partnership with an automaker
INRIX will provide Volvo drivers with real-time and predictive traffic flow information for routes, travel times, and alerts to accidents and incidents.
The technology will be integrated globally first into the Volvo Cluster 90 vehicles equipped with Sensus Connect.
“The addition of INRIX Traffic to Sensus Connect is the next step in providing drivers with useful services for their everyday life in the car,” said Fredrik Marthinsson, Manager Connected Navigation and Services at Volvo Cars.
“The barrier to entry in the automotive market is finally lowering, with strong demand for faster innovation and new sensors capabilities,” said Jérémie Bouchaud, Director & Senior Principal Analyst, MEMS & Sensors for IHS.
“To attain a higher level of performance and mounting flexibility and improved in-cabin convenience and automation, there is a shift in supply chain toward consumer electronics companies leveraging large volume scale and faster time to market,” Bouchaud said.
The app offers a range of “Mercedes connect me” services including remote status and maintenance management as well as the information about traffic delays and ETA, powered by TomTom’s routing technology.
The Mercedes me app is available to download free of charge from iTunes and the Google Play store. The online routing is only available for consumers that have a car with “Mercedes connect me services” and “Live Traffic Information.”