Atmel Achieves Automotive SPICE Level 3 Certification

January 27, 2016  by  

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Atmel(® )Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced that Atmel’s maXTouch® firmware development facility in Whiteley, U.K., has achieved the Automotive SPICE® Level 3 certification–a certification that addresses rigid requirements for the software development process for tier 1 and tier 2 partners in the automotive industry.

SPICE, also known as Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, is a process assessment model with a set of technical standards documents for the computer software development process and related business management functions. It is one of the joint International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, and it was developed by the ISO and IEC joint subcommittee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7.

Luxoft and QNX Demo Augmented Reality Solution

January 22, 2016  by  

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Luxoft Holding, Inc. said its CVNAR™ computer vision and augmented reality software framework was used in a demonstration of ADAS and automated driving capabilities presented by QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry subsidiary, at the International CES 2016 show.

Installed in the QNX® reference vehicle, a modified Jeep Wrangler, the CVNAR™ framework ran algorithms to highlight turn-by-turn navigation arrows, street names, pedestrian crossings, destinations, points-of-interest and forward collision alerts.

BorgWarner Produces New Auxiliary Thermal Coolant Pump For Chinese Compact SUV

January 18, 2016  by  

borg 1-18-16 323008Coolant Pump Technology Supports Powertrains from Internal Combustion to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

BorgWarner supplies the electric auxiliary thermal coolant pump (ATCP) for a turbocharged compact SUV built by a major Chinese automaker. Featuring a brushless, no-leak, low-noise design with integrated microcontroller, BorgWarner’s ATCP provides a continuous flow of coolant through auxiliary circuits even when the engine is shut down, helping auxiliary components maintain optimal operating temperature and contributing to longer component life, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. In this application, a 100-watt ATCP assists in turbocharger and indirect charge air cooling.

New Ford Lab Integrates Wearables and Vehicles; Ford Looks at Linking Health Data to Driver-Assist Technology

January 14, 2016  by  

ford 1-14-16• As more consumers embrace wearable devices such as smart watches, glasses and fitness trackers, Ford is opening the Automotive Wearables Experience lab at its Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan

• Potential smart watch applications include linking health data to active vehicle driver-assist features to enable these technologies to be more aware of the driver behind the wheel – particularly when that person is stressed or sleepy; new app challenge seeks innovative ways to measure in-vehicle health metrics

• Wearable innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics

Kymeta and Intelsat Bring Terabyte Connectivity to Cars

January 13, 2016  by  

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Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat S.A. say they will combine Intelsat’s leadership in space-based communication with Kymeta’s antenna technology to bring high-speed connectivity to cars on a global basis. The companies said this will enable the creation of new services on every continent, support software over-the-air applications, advance the potential for autonomous driving and pave the way for the future of the connected car.

 The firms said they proved last month that that a “dish” ground antenna was unnecessary for on-the-move satellite connectivity. They recently completed an 8,000 mile demonstration across the United States using the Kymeta satellite-enabled test car. Over the course of the journey, the mTenna™ technology, embedded into the roof of the automobile, automatically acquired and tracked Intelsat Ku-band satellite signals while on the move.
The future of automotive connectivity is being revolutionized by high throughput satellite connectivity, combined with advancements in software-enabled, metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna technology. Together, the technologies allow for connected car solutions that address critical requirements including reliable and consistent service availability, economic multicast distribution, and global ubiquity of service levels with an unmatched security environment.
In order to enable software over the air, unlock the new services for streamed content that consumers expect and support advancements in autonomous driving, the industry needs the efficient, consistent connectivity options and a global, scalable solution that only satellite can provide. “Satellite connectivity can best address the capacity, coverage and security concerns of conventional solutions to car connectivity.
Better yet, these assets are available now. We don’t have to wait 10 years for a next generation cellular network to be invented and deployed,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Chief Executive Officer of Kymeta. “This will be crucial because five years from now, every car that comes off a production line should be connected. In fact, we should stop calling it the ‘connected car’, and just call it ‘the car’ because this is the future of automotive.”
 “The automotive sector is a global business, where scalability and quality are essential to success,” said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. “We are enhancing the world’s largest satellite-broadband infrastructure with our next generation fleet, Intelsat EpicNG, allowing us to deliver highly efficient broadband services in the air, sea, and with Kymeta, to the automotive sector. With our global connectivity, automotive manufacturers and car owners alike will benefit from consistent, highly reliable and secure connectivity, literally anywhere in the world. Intelsat is confident that the future of connected car means satellite-enabled.”
 Kymeta’s satellite antennas remove the need for mechanical components by using software to electronically track and steer towards satellites. This ensures that connectivity is maintained regardless of location, and gives manufacturers the ability to use a simple push-notification for software upgrades to guarantee futureproof technology. Working together, Kymeta and Intelsat will ensure that mobility customers are able to receive fast, reliable and cost-effective connectivity regardless of location.

Toyota Displays a Mirai-Based Research Vehicle with Satellite Communications Function

January 13, 2016  by  

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Accelerates Connected Technology Development through Collaboration with Kymeta

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Toyota displayed a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle equipped with satellite communications technology from Kymeta, a U.S.-based company said to be the world leader in flat-panel antenna technology.

Toyota is working to enhance its connected technologies, including a plan to install a Data Communication Module into a broader range of its vehicles. The company is also considering using satellite communications in the future, including high capacity satellites that offer much higher data transfer rates than conventional satellite technologies.

Visteon Plans to Acquire AllGo Systems

January 13, 2016  by  

allgo logovisteon-corporation-logo-4657530c9a024786AllGo Embedded Systems Pvt. Ltd, a supplier of embedded multimedia and connectivity solutions to global automotive OEMs and Tier1 customers, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its automotive business and become a 100% owned subsidiary of Visteon Corporation, a global automotive cockpit electronics supplier. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Closing is subject to satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including Indian regulatory approval, and is expected in the first quarter of 2016. AllGoVision, the Video Analytics business unit of AllGo Systems, is not included in the transaction and will be spun off to operate as an independent company.

Ricardo Explains Technology Needed for Self-Driving Cars

January 12, 2016  by  


The autonomous vehicle is moving rapidly from science fiction to reality, and in a white paper published by Ricardo, “Key enablers for the Fully Autonomous Vehicle,” the company highlights the technologies and processes that are needed to develop commercially feasible self-driving cars that meet consumer expectations while also achieving compliance with likely future transport regulations.

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According to Ricardo, today’s consumers already benefit from a number of active safety technologies such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. These innovations are recognized as stepping stones to fully autonomous driving, but the paper published today by Ricardo explains how the realization of fully autonomous vehicles will require further evolution in software, sensors, integration and efficient system testing.

Ford Fusion Includes Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Versions

January 11, 2016  by  

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Ford said its Fusion offers the model’s most technologically advanced lineup, including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport

Wind River and Ricardo Work Together on Autonomous Driving Solutions

January 11, 2016  by  

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Ricardo_plc_Logo.svgWind River® is teaming with Ricardo to deliver solutions for autonomous driving.

“The rise of autonomous driving will continue to create new complexities that will demand not only more advanced software and physical vehicle systems but also intelligent connectivity within and outside of the car,” said Marques McCammon, general manager of connected vehicles at Wind River. “The combined expertise between Wind River and Ricardo can deliver trusted, safe, and secure technologies that will steer customers on the right path and successfully prepare for the future of autonomous driving.”

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