Freescale Offers Software and Development Kit to Support MEMS Industry Group’s Sensor Fusion Initiative

November 7, 2014  by  

freescale logoFreescale Semiconductor announced premium support for the MEMS Industry Group’s open-source sensor fusion collaboration, Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC).

In addition to contributing its sensor fusion software, Freescale is making available its sensor fusion development kit and additional development technology based on its Freedom development platforms for Freescale Sensors and Kinetis MCUs with Bluetooth.

The development kit includes optional software development support from Freescale, and works with AIC’s open-source sensor fusion software to help developers more quickly and easily deploy sensors into applications for the secure Internet of Tomorrow.

Tuxera Aids IVI in Renesas R-Car SoC Series

November 5, 2014  by  

Tuxera Inc., developer of interoperable file system and streaming solutions, announced an ongoing cooperation with Renesas Electronics Corporation to address the growing demand for advanced in-vehicle infoTuxera infomotive_inter-e1415108857537-300x283tainment systems (IVI).

As part of the active collaboration, Tuxera has also joined Renesas R-Car consortium that advances Renesas R-Car SoC series.

Renesas’ product lineup makes it possible to implement a broad range of features such as 3D graphic capabilities along with audio, video and image recognition and processing.

“Tuxera’s reliable file systems for external connectivity and internal storage ensure the highest read and write performance and flash-memory life-time,” commented Masayasu Yoshida, Department Manager of Automotive Information Strategy Department, Automotive Information System Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.

Continental Names Bernd Mahr to Head Its Hybrid Electric Vehicle Business Unit

November 4, 2014  by  


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Dr. Bernd Mahr

Continental announced Dr. Bernd Mahr as Executive Vice President of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Business Unit, based in Nuremberg, Germany, effective November 1, 2014.

The HEV Business Unit, which is part of the Powertrain Division, develops and produces power electronics and electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles. Until now, the unit has been run temporarily by José Avila, who heads the Powertrain Division and is a Member of Continental’s Executive Board.

STMicroelectronics and Autotalks Agree to Cooperate on V2X; 2nd Generation Chipset Planned for 2017

November 3, 2014  by  

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STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Israel-based Autotalks, a V2X-chipset market pioneer in the first wave of V2X deployments, are cooperating to deliver a mass market-optimized, second-generation V2X chipset for widespread deployment by 2017.

Autotalks brings extensive semiconductor, system, and software experience in V2X and associated know-how in security, mobility, communication, RF, signal processing, and positioning. ST offers chip-design expertise in areas such as communications and navigation, with advanced manufacturing capabilities, in addition to extensive strategic partnerships and longevity with all of the automotive tiers to enable broader market evaluation and accelerate adoption of the next-generation chipset.

Eaton Names Gerard DeVito Vehicle Group VP, Technology

October 31, 2014  by  

eaton logoPower management company Eaton has named Gerard DeVito, vice president, Technology, Vehicle Group, effective November 1, 2014. DeVito will be based in Galesburg, Mich., and will report to Ken Davis, president, Eaton Vehicle Group and functionally to Jeff Lowinger, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Industrial Sector.

In this role, DeVito will be responsible for leading and directing all engineering activities for the Vehicle Group to ensure that financial, growth, productivity and technology objectives are met.

Velvac Acquires Qualnetics, Forms Road-iQ for Commercial Telematics

October 31, 2014  by  


Velvac, Inc., which manufactures vision systems and components for the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the operations and major assets of Qualnetics Corporation, a pioneer in connected vehicle technologies.

The new company will operate under the name of Road-iQ, LLC, and will remain based in Bellingham, Wash., led by Qualnetics Corporation co-founder Mark Moeller.

Road-iQ provides software and hardware systems for commercial and recreational vehicle fleet management, communications, and safety. Its flagship product, the Road-iQ VideoData Server, developed in partnership with Velvac, networks various data sources in the vehicle, including multiple on-board video cameras, and then communicates that information in real time to a tablet computer, providing recording and playback for training, security, and liability protection, as well as wireless communication to telematics service providers and fleet managers.

Visteon Cockpit Concept Lets Drivers Operate Some Vehicle Controls through Eye Movement and Head Direction

October 30, 2014  by  

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HMeye cockpit concept uses eye gaze, head direction and image attribute tracking to make vehicle control selections

Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) unveiled an automotive cockpit concept demonstrating how drivers can select certain controls through eye movement and head direction.

Hidden eye-tracking cameras capture this data to deliver an advanced human-machine interaction (HMI).

This concept has received interest from auto manufacturers and has also impressed vehicle owners. Prior to the final build of the concept, Visteon presented an early version to consumers at a research clinic, where 81 percent of respondents felt that the system was easy to operate and 78 percent found it enjoyable to use.

Bosch Invention – ESP – Standard in the EU

October 29, 2014  by  

Saving thousands of lives

Beginning November 1 2014, the ESP electronic stability program (ESP) will be a standard In the European Union. All newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles one year later.

Other countries have also begun to recognize that ESP is extremely important for road safety. Since September 2011, ESP has been mandated for all vehicles in the United States and Canada with a gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 metric tons. Australia and Israel have also made ESP mandatory. Similar regulations will take effect in Japan, Korea, Russia, and Turkey in the years ahead.

TRW’s Newest Electrically Powered Steering Column Drive Launches on Platforms in Europe and in China

October 27, 2014  by  

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TRW’s third generation electrically powered steering column drive (EPS CD) technology recently launched on major vehicle platforms in Europe – the VW Polo, Up and e-Up, Audi S1, Skoda Rapide, Space Back, Fabia Citigo, and FIAT 500L – and in China – the GAC FIAT Viaggio. Annual volumes will be over one million for these platforms.

TRW’s EPS CD Gen 3 is based on a modular and scalable architecture that allows for greater freedom of packaging and design for a broad range of applications and helps to lower life cycle costs.

Maxwell Technologies Partners With Corning to Advance Ultracapacitor Technologies

October 24, 2014  by  

maxwell logoMaxwell Technologies announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated to address challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.

Maxwell’s expertise in ultracapacitor cell design, manufacturing processes and capacitive energy storage product designs combined with Corning’s expertise in high-performance materials, analytical capabilities and technology innovations should enable the two parties to ultimately achieve superior product value for customers and end users.

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