August 22, 2014 by John Day
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 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
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.
NNG, Budapest-based developer of iGO Navigation software, acquired nfuzion, an American HMI prototyping company. The acquisition will allow NNG to broaden its presence in automotive on-board systems, including infotainment and HMI (human-machine interface).
nfuzion capabilities range from industrial and UI design to mechanical and electrical engineering. They bring 14 years of in-car entertainment knowledge to NNG, having worked with numerous international car brands, and give NNG a new range of tools, products, and consulting to utilize on future projects. NNG and nfuzion had previously worked together and expressed mutual interest in combining their efforts.
Continental is putting together an international team of innovators from the IT and automotive industries who will focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
The new business unit, called “Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC”, will be headquartered in Silicon Valley and headed by Seval Oz, an expert in vehicle networking and automation. In her previous role she worked on Google’s self-driving car project.
“This step is an excellent example of our strategy to make the car an integral part of the ‘Internet of Everything’. Our key objectives include eliminating road accidents, minimizing energy consumption, maximizing comfort and usability of vehicles, and enabling them to exchange information with each other in real-time,” said Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Continental CEO.
Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE: ST) announced that its wholly owned indirect subsidiary Sensata Technologies B.V. has reached agreement to acquire the Schrader group of companies from Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC for a total enterprise value of $1.0 billion. Schrader is the global leader in tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS).
The transaction provides TPMS and additional low pressure sensing capabilities that address large and fast growing sensing markets. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Elektrobit (EB) plans to build a new automotive software development facility in Oulu, Finland. The new site will have up to 40 software engineers by the end of 2014 focusing on the development of embedded automotive software.
EB’s automotive business group has grown steadily over the past few years and currently employs more than 1,100 people in Germany, France, Austria, Romania, the USA, China and Japan. Expanding its operations in Oulu, Finland will offer the company an opportunity to further grow its software engineering capacity for current and future needs. The site will be located in Teknologiakylä Oulu, where EB’s wireless business group operates.
August 14, 2014 by John Day
The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles such as the company’s Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Hybrid Energi. A kiosk will also be on site offering general information to visitors about solar power and specific details about the Ford carport.
SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company’s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.
The benefits of SPA are twofold:
First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.
The new Audi TT takes a leap forward with controls that have been directly integrated into the air vents, with climate controls inserted into each of the five round air vents in the TT cockpit.
Depending on the configuration, either a black panel design or conventionally painted and lasered surface is used. Not only are the controls created at Preh, but also the corresponding control electronics and software. The optimal climate comfort system has been designed under extreme heat and cold trials, as well as in wind tunnel tests.