IHS Automotive Identifies Apps and Technology Trends

April 24, 2015  by  


ihs logoA new report, Apps in the Car 2015, includes highlights from a recent consumer study conducted by IHS Automotive.

More than 4,000 vehicle owners intent on purchasing a new vehicle within the next 36 months were surveyed, representing four key automotive markets – the U.S., China, Germany and the United Kingdom. While results varied by region, key findings shed light on consumer preferences that manufacturers and apps developers can use to best address market needs as they develop new products for the global marketplace.

Will My Car be Hacker Proof?

April 21, 2015  by  

adacore-robert_dewarBy Robert B. K. Dewar
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University
President, AdaCore

In February last year I asked the question “Will My Car be Safe to Drive?” where I worried that the safety-critical software aboard new cars (there is lots and lots of it) might not be reliable. Well I am still concerned about that, but now I have a new worry. Never mind bugs, what about hackers trying to sabotage this complex software aboard?

German Car Maker selects Parrot for Rear Seat Entertainment

April 21, 2015  by  

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Parrot said it supplies a premium German car maker with its FC7100 intelligent Display. Mass production will start in Q2.

The system will entertain rear passengers with advanced media sharing, distribution and synchronization playback on each display, connectivity, HD video, and a range of connected apps:

• Android Apps from Parrot Cloud such as Internet browser, mails, weather, news, etc.
• Video Call: video chat and instant messaging for Rear Seat Entertainment.
• Wide range of Games is provided to the passengers
• Internet music and video streaming, radio and TV apps aggregating stations from all over the world
• Internet connectivity on each RSE Display is enabled by connecting a phone (Wi-Fi® tethering) or using an in-vehicle Wi-Fi® hotspot

Arynga Pre-integrating CarSync Over The Air Updating With Wind River Automotive Software

April 21, 2015  by  

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Arynga, Inc. and Wind River are working to pre-integrate Arynga’s CarSync Over The Air (OTA) functionality with Wind River automotive software, providing additional out-of-the box SOTA/FOTA functionality to its portfolio.

BorgWarner Supplies Variable Cam Timing and Engine Timing Technologies for JLR I4 Engines

April 16, 2015  by  

borg warner 4-16-15 198920Reducing Friction; Improving Engine Efficiency

BorgWarner provides its variable cam timing (VCT) and engine timing systems for the new I4 engine family from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Based on a configurable and flexible architecture to improve manufacturing efficiency and calibration strategies, the engines deliver high performance, reduced emissions and improved fuel economy.

For reliable variable cam timing, BorgWarner’s compact torsional assist (TA) phaser technology actuates rapidly resulting in improved performance, while its latest chain and tensioner technologies deliver lower friction and improve wear resistance.

BMW Implements Microchip’s MOST® Technology in BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Model’s Infotainment System

April 15, 2015  by  

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Broadens Deployment From Premium Vehicles to Volume Car Models

Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the BMW Group is continuing to broaden the proliferation of MOST® technology in its vehicle infotainment networks, using Microchip’s Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs).

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s latest volume car model to implement MOST technology, following the company’s wide deployment among its premium models, which began in 2001.

Automotive OPEN Alliance Technical Committees Release Specifications and Tools

April 7, 2015  by  

open alliance logoThe OPEN Alliance (One-Pair EtherNet) Special Interest Group (SIG), a non-profit industry alliance established to drive wide scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity, announced broad availability of its automotive Ethernet specifications.

One Twisted Pair Ethernet, also known as Open Alliance BroadR-Reach (OABR), delivers high-performance bandwidth of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) per port while dramatically reducing connectivity costs and cabling weight.

A growing number of automotive OEMs have deployed OABR technology to serve as a single-network platform, with the inherent security features, scalability and flexibility to be used in a broad segment of in-vehicle applications. The formation of the IEEE 802.3 task force to advance One Twisted Pair 100 Mbps Ethernet is expected to further drive wide scale adoption of the technology.

Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert Helps Detect Erratic Driving Caused by Drowsiness and Inattention

April 6, 2015  by  

nissan 4-6-15 Take_a_BreakNissan’s 2015 Murano Crossover and its 2016 Maxima include an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) that can sound an audible chime and display an amber coffee cup symbol in the center of the instrument panel both warning a drowsy or inattentive driver to “take a break.”

The DAA includes logic to help address false detection, road curvatures, lane changes, braking and even poor road conditions. The system automatically resets when the engine is turned off. It can also be turned off by the driver if desired.

AT&T to Power Autonet Mobile Connected Car Services

April 2, 2015  by  

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at&t logoAT&T 4G LTE wireless connectivity will power the connected car services Autonet Mobile provides to car makers.

Drivers use Autonet Mobile’s integrated telematics solution to control their connected cars remotely through an app on their smartphone. They can lock and unlock a vehicle remotely, manage teenage driving through parental controls, check car health reports to keep it in top shape, use in-car Wi-Fi and more.

The benefits that Autonet Mobile offers to car makers are over-the-air updates and vehicle diagnostics. Autonet Mobile currently provides connected car services to Chrysler Fiat Automobiles, General Motors, Maserati, Subaru and other major auto brands.

HARMAN to Acquire Bang & Olufsen’s Automotive Audio Business

March 31, 2015  by  

Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) has agreed to acquire Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available in a wide range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models.

Terms of the agreement include a purchase price of €145,000,000 as well as license payments for an exclusive license to the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY brands within the automotive industry. HARMAN will assume all Bang & Olufsen Automotive customer programs, and all Bang & Olufsen Automotive development and production resources will be transferred to HARMAN.

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