Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced further plans in its holistic approach to e-mobility at the Management Briefing Seminar, hosted by the Center for Automotive Research.
Starting with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model, Volkswagen will invest in carbon reduction projects in California and Texas to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select states.
Clarion Corporation of America and Subaru of America announced the debut of the Subaru STARLINK infotainment system, utilizing Clarion’s Smart Access platform, in all 2015 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback models.
Co-developed by Clarion and Subaru, STARLINK allows users to connect to the cloud via the Smart Access platform. Designed to support both Apple iPhone iOS and Android smartphones, Subaru STARLINK users can utilize the vehicle’s standard Bluetooth, or USB interface to connect their devices to the vehicle’s head unit display and then access select apps and services safely and effortlessly.
Parks Associates Predicts 78% of Connected Car Owners Will Demand Connected Features in Their Next Vehicle
A report from Parks Associates, “Connected Cars: Revenue Opportunities,” reveals that connected car features are rapidly gaining consumer acceptance. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate that these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase.
“Over 80% of U.S. broadband households with a mobile phone service have a smartphone, which is a gateway device for connected cars,” said Jennifer Kent, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Smartphones have raised expectations of what connected devices can do, and Google and Apple are among the companies trying to build on those expectations in the connected car space.”
Alfamation announced at NIWeek 2014 that HARMAN International Industries, Inc. will use Alfamation Supernova Test Application Framework Software as a standard for infotainment and audio manufacturing test systems.
HARMAN engineers can create and manage diverse test cases using Alfamation SuperNova Test Application Framework, a fully integrated test environment built on National Instruments TestStand test management software engine.
“Manufacturing test plays a key role in ensuring that all HARMAN infotainment systems can rapidly adapt to product evolutions and meet the high standards our customers have come to expect,” said said Ehab Beshay, sr. manager AME test engineering, at HARMAN International Industries, Inc. “Alfamation has provided PXI-based functional test equipment for us globally and has displayed domain knowledge, innovation, and quality of service.”
Continental plans to invest $2.7 million to expand its speed sensor manufacturing site in Silao, Guanajuato Mexico The plant expansion will include 1,500 square meters of production area and 500 square meters of warehouse and office space. The investment will add up to 200 new jobs to the plant, which currently employs 1,600 people.
The plant will increase its production of wheel, engine, and transmission speed sensors, leveraging Continental’s ability to develop components that strengthen and support driving safety.
Continental Acquires Exhaust-Gas Treatment Specialist Emitec and Will Offer Complete Aftertreatment Systems
Continental has acquired 100% ownership of the exhaust technologies specialist Emitec, which had been a 50/50 joint venture with Continental and Continental’s partner GKN. Emitec will become part of Continental’s Powertrain Division.
Continental already has a comprehensive product portfolio in the field of exhaust-gas aftertreatment and works closely with Emitec. Its purchase of the remaining shares of Emitec – which develops and produces metallic catalyst substrates, particle filters, and dosing modules for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) – means that the automotive supplier will now offer complete exhaust-gas aftertreatment systems.
Stringent Emissions Standards
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.
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.
July 29, 2014 by John Day
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.
July 25, 2014 by John Day
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.”