Volvo Trucks has developed new technology specifically to protect pedestrians and cyclists. The unique technology enables a vehicle to do a 360 degree scan of everything that happens around it. Much like a human mind works, the vehicle can interpret its environment and suggest actions to avoid any incidents. The technology is in the test phase and may become a reality five to ten years from now.
Volvo Trucks’ research shows that limited visibility is one of the main causes of heavy truck accidents with unprotected road users in Europe. Such accidents can now potentially be drastically reduced with Volvo Trucks’ newly developed technology, which is the result of a unique research project called Non-Hit Car and Truck, in cooperation with Volvo Cars.
With the development of a new safety feature that locates collision-free escape routes, Volvo Cars has taken one of the final steps towards realizing its vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
October 3, 2014 by John Day
Agero, best known for its roadside assistance services, recently introduced a smartphone-based telematics system for usage based insurance (UBI). The platform includes two apps: PolicyPal, which tracks driving habits in real-time, and Auto Crash Notification (ACN), which automatically notifies emergency services within moments of an accident occurring.
“Without some way to measure driver performance – speed, location, distance, time-of-day, abrupt braking, fast lane changes, etc. – the good (safe, careful, etc.) drivers effectively subsidize the not so good,” said Jeff Blecher, Agero’s senior VP of strategy.
TomTom (TOM2) and Volkswagen Group Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces for the development of Highly Automated Driving (HAD) systems.
The goal of the research is to jointly develop the digital map that is essential for automated driving. The two partners bundle their competencies by combining TomTom’s expertise in map content and map making with Volkswagen’s know-how about the car as well as automated driving.
“Partnering with Volkswagen Group Research to develop the future of HAD reaffirms TomTom’s position as a key partner in the automotive market,” said Harold Goddijn, CEO TomTom. “TomTom’s mapping expertise provides the precise data and scalable technology platform needed to enable highly automated driving in cars.”
Toyota drivers will have access to TomTom Traffic and Places across the entire range (excepting the Aygo line).
TomTom will work in partnership with Harman to integrate TomTom Traffic into Touch2 with GO, and Touch2 with GO+.
“We are happy to extend our long standing relationship with Toyota,” said Jan-Maarten de Vries, VP Automotive at TomTom. “Having a quality traffic service is increasingly important for today’s drivers. TomTom’s accurate and up-to date information about the road ahead helps Toyota continue to meet the needs of their customers.”
Garmin to Provide In-Dash Navigation for Honda Civic and CR-V Models in Europe, Russia and South America
Garmin International Inc. announced that Honda has selected Garmin as the navigation provider for future Civic and CR-V models in Europe, Russia and South America. Garmin’s navigation will be fully integrated into 2015 Honda Civic and CR-V in-dash infotainment systems.
The Garmin system will be seamlessly integrated into Honda infotainment systems and include many of the company’s signature features. Preloaded maps allow users to navigate even in areas without cell reception, and millions of points of interest make it easy to find places.
Cinemo specializes in high performance automotive grade multimedia playback, streaming, media management and connectivity middleware. Hirschmann provides infotainment systems and transmitter and receiver technology for vehicle.
With Hirschmann’s eHub and Cinemo’s multimedia framework, passengers can experience individual entertainment at the highest picture and sound level. Hirschmann’s eHub enables playback and streaming of videos and music along with mobile reception of Digital TV. The eHub can also act as a WLAN hotspot for CE devices, and contains both USB and SD card slots for connecting end-user mass storage.
Panasonic Europe announced the finalization of its Automotive & Industrial Systems Company formation.
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Company Europe (PAISEU), headed by Dr. Wilhelm Steger as President since the beginning of this year, has been created to centralize the company’s business-to-business strategy within Europe and drive revenue within the automotive and industrial sectors. Steger has the financial goal to double revenues by FY2018 (31 March 2019), the company’s 100th anniversary, based on the results of the last financial year.
• Using GPS simulation to develop intelligent driving and traffic systems
• Testing GPS-based systems in a virtual environment
• dSPACE and Spectracom pair tools to provide GPS simulation solution
dSPACE has been awarded a contract from the U.S. DOT/NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center to supply an in-lab Global Positioning System (GPS) simulation system.
GPS simulation is used in the development and testing of numerous intelligent driving and traffic systems, including:
• Collision avoidance
• Stability control with integrated GPS
• Navigation systems with integrated IMU
• Advanced driver assistance systems
• Car2x features
• Vehicle2x features
October 1, 2014 by John Day
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire media connectivity module supplier, Unwired Technology LLC, expanding its data and media connectivity capabilities.
The acquisition of Unwired follows the recently announced agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading supplier of proprietary on-glass connectors. The two acquisitions significantly enhance Delphi’s product offerings in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business, giving it more ways to meet its customers’ needs.