ASTRI Uses OmniVision Devices In Its Heads-Up Display

January 8, 2015  by  

omnivision logoastri logoOmniVision OVP7200 and OVP921 Enable Compact Design and Deliver 720p HD Video to ASTRI’s Heads-Up Display

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced that its high definition (HD) OVP7200 and OVP921 liquid-crystal on silicon (LCOS) chipset will be used in an advanced heads-up display (HUD) developed by the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI).

The new HUD is specifically designed for use in next-generation automobiles.

“Heads-up displays are already popular among premier automobile manufacturers,” said ASTRI Senior Manager Kenny Chan. “As the technology becomes more accessible, we expect to begin to see these displays being deployed in mainstream automotive designs.

PG&E and BMW Partner to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles

January 8, 2015  by  

pg&e logobmw logoBMW and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid.

If successful, the pilot program could pave the way for significant utility payments that could stimulate further customer purchases of electric vehicles.

BMW will help PG&E manage power demand on its grid in two ways. First, the automaker will create a large energy storage unit at the BMW Group Technology Office in Mountain View, California, using lithium-ion batteries that were once installed in MINI E demonstration vehicles. Like other storage systems, these “second life” batteries can absorb cheap surplus electrical energy when demand is low and release it on request when demand soars.

Visteon Provides Firmware Over-The-Air Updates With Verizon LTE Multicast Technology

January 8, 2015  by  

visteon logoverizon logoAt CES, Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) showed a connected vehicle equipped with Verizon’s LTE Multicast technology.

Visteon’s Connected Vehicle Hub communicates with an embedded telematics module designed to receive Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updates using LTE Multicast technology – an automotive industry-first, according to Visteon.

LTE Multicast, based on Enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), is said to enable faster, more efficient delivery of content to connected vehicles.

Renovo Coupe Cockpit Concept Is Powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 Mobile Super Chip

January 7, 2015  by  

renovo cockpitRenovo Motors 500 horsepower Coupe includes a cockpit concept designed in collaboration with NVIDIA® and developed using NVIDIA DRIVE Studio software.

The cockpit is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra® X1 mobile super chip, which drives an all-digital instrument cluster and 11.6-inch touchscreen in the center stack. The Renovo Coupe is the first vehicle to feature the Tegra X1 technology.

“Renovo’s engineering collaboration with NVIDIA reflects its commitment to integrate the world’s most advanced automotive technology in the Coupe,” said Christopher Heiser, Chief Executive Officer for Renovo Motors.

Symphony Teleca Accelerates Android Auto™ Deployments

January 5, 2015  by  

symphony teleca logoAt International CES 2015, Symphony Teleca announced that it will provide a solution to accelerate deployment of optimized Android Auto in the vehicle.

Symphony Teleca will provide its pre-Integrated Android Auto solution for multiple Automotive In-Vehicle-Infotainment platforms covering Android, Microsoft Windows and various flavors of the Linux operating system. The solution supports leading System-on-Chips (SoCs) including TI’s “Jacinto 6” family of automotive processors.

The solution accelerator is said to feature a deep platform integration to support clean audio/video focus handling between various sources, and smooth transition between native and projected mode HMI. According to the company, it will help SoC Suppliers, Tier1s and OEMs to bring optimized Android Auto implementations to market faster. Symphony Teleca can provide testing services to run the Projection Compatibility Test Suite to accelerate production certification from Google.

Arynga and Partners Demo Software Over-The-Air (SOTA)

January 5, 2015  by  

arynga logoWorking with an unnamed automaker and members of the Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Project, Arynga developed a Software Over-The-Air (SOTA) system that will be demonstrated at the GENIVI Alliance CES Showcase January 6-9.

The developers created an Open Source Proof of Concept (PoC) that leverages Arynga’s BackOffice and CarSync™ Management System for the creation and distribution of software updates, and an open source version of Arynga’s in-vehicle client for distribution of updates to the vehicle. The result is an end-to-end solution for OTA (over-the-air) management of embedded vehicle systems, including software and firmware updates, package installation, and data analytics.

QNX to Provide LG Electronics with Software Platforms for Next-generation Automotive Systems

January 5, 2015  by  

LG’s Vehicle Components Company building QNX-powered infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems for global automakers.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced that LG Electronics’ (LG) Vehicle Components (VC) Company will use a range of QNX® solutions to build infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for the global automotive market.

LG and QNX Software Systems have worked together on large-volume telematics production programs. For the new systems, QNX will provide LG with the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, the QNX® Neutrino® Operating System (OS), the QNX OS for Automotive Safety, the QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Acoustics for Voice, a signal processing solution for automotive voice communications.

Elektrobit Plans Automotive Software Lab in Silicon Valley

January 5, 2015  by  


Walter Sullivan

Development Center to Spur Collaboration Among EB, Automakers and Tech Companies for Connected and Autonomous Driving Solutions

At International CES 2015 Elektrobit (EB) announced that it is opening a development center in the San Francisco-Bay area to extend the company’s software and systems innovations for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving.

The center will be led by Walter Sullivan, who joins EB from Microsoft, where he was most recently Senior Program Manager, Automotive.

“Silicon Valley has long been an innovation hub. The top technology companies—including many of our partners and customers—are headquartered in or have a strong presence here, and countless technologies and trends are established in the Valley,” said Alexander Kocher, President Automotive Business Segment at EB.

Autotechinsider Offers an In-Depth CES Report

January 2, 2015  by  

Byces logo Dave McNamara and Craig Simonds,

Once again we expect CES to be the largest automotive show of the year. The 2014 show broke records with more than 160,000 attendees and more than two million net square feet of exhibit space – the largest in the event’s 46 year history. A record number of nine automakers offered exhibits at the 2014 CES.

Next week expect 25% of the vast North Hall to be dominated by automotive OEMs and their key suppliers – Audi, Chrysler, Chevy (GM), Hyundai, Toyota and VW to name a few.

Visteon Will Focus on Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Driving Technology at International CES

January 2, 2015  by  

visteon logoVisteon will present a suite of connected vehicles at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas January 6-9, demonstrating several secure over-the-air software upgrades delivered from Visteon’s connected vehicle hub using various wireless communication methods.

Autonomous driving simulators based on Visteon’s proprietary consumer research on human machine interaction (HMI) preferences represent a vision of the evolution of autonomous driving.

Visteon also plans to launch its latest cockpit concept, Semper Novus (Latin for always new), which explores continuous upgrades of in-car electronics to future-proof the driving experience by keeping pace with the evolution of mobile devices. The concept gives automakers the opportunity to keep the vehicle perpetually current and introduce new services so consumers can enjoy an “always fresh” experience.

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