March 31, 2015 by John Day
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.
By Andy Gryc
Conference Director, Connected Car Expo
Co-founder, CX3 Marketing
Tier one companies like Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Harman, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Visteon have deep expertise in building numerous complex modules for the car companies, they all have the know-how for building reliable, safe systems, and all are willing to be a “secret ingredient” instead of a nameplate brand.
Tomorrow’s car, regardless of who’s building it, will have even more working software in it than today’s cars do. The integration problems that car makers face today will only be compounded in the future with the explosion of smartphone connectivity, apps, wearables, fog computing, big data analytics, ADAS and autonomous technology.
TTTech announced a 50 million euro investment round involving two new strategic partners, General Electric (GE Ventures) and Infineon Technologies AG. The funding is backed by the strong commitment of existing shareholders, led by AUDI AG.
TTTech intends to use the proceeds to accelerate growth with its safety certified solutions in its core markets as well as to enable new value propositions and global support for its customers in the Industrial Internet of Things and autonomous driving car markets.
It features a supercharged V-6 engine paired with a high-output electric motor/high-capacity lithium-ion battery, an 8-speed automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive.
The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain is said to offer high performance (335 bhp/250 kW) with exceptional fuel economy thanks to Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology.
Safety and convenience technologies include Mitsubishi’s augmented reality technology AR Windshield and touchscreen-based Tactical Table connected car information system.
By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as “structural electronics” – one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions. The dumb material is no longer needed.
Fast forward to 2015 and the world’s first car with the load-bearing structure and body being integrally 3D printed is the Strati. It has been developed by US start up Local Motors. In 2014, the company undertook a challenge to build a 3D car live on the internet. In late 2015, the first street legal versions are expected to be delivered to customers.
March 12, 2015 by John Day
TÜV SÜD America, a global testing, inspection, and certification services organization is relocating its automotive and environmental test facility, expanding service capabilities and staff. The new office is located at 1755 Atlantic Blvd Auburn Hills, MI 48326.
The new facility is twice as large, 30,000 sq/ft, allowing for new test equipment and greater efficiency. The staff is being expanded to man additional test stations and cover expanded shift work.
Ten additional thermal chambers were added, which include a combination of thermal shock, drive-in and reach-in configurations. Six new corrosion/erosion radiator stands were custom built as well as a proprietary 4-poster test rig for automobiles, which can be utilized for short term projects by automobile manufacturers and component manufacturers to correct buzz, squeak and rattle issues.
March 11, 2015 by John Day
Valeo (PAR: VLOF.PA) will design and industrialize a range of front-facing camera solutions and sensor fusion products using EyeQ® microprocessors and computer vision algorithms from Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY).
Products will include monocular cameras for active safety applications to satisfy regulatory requirements for collision avoidance, fusion with non-scanning LED, fusion with radar and trifocal camera configurations for high-end functions.
The product offering will be designed for scalability and is expected to run on a single Mobileye EyeQx® system-on-chip. During the term of the agreement, the front-facing camera technology offered by Valeo will be based solely on Mobileye’s EyeQ® family of microprocessors and computer vision algorithms.
Dallas-based trial attorney Marc R. Stanley has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Toyota, Ford and General Motors for “failing to address a defect that allows cars to be hacked and control wrested away from the driver.”
Stanley charged that car manufacturers “long have known about the risks posed by this hazard.” Citing a “60 Minutes” segment in which a hacker using a laptop “could disable the brakes, preventing a driver from stopping or slowing down.” He added that the three automakers named in the suit “have deliberately hidden the dangers associated with car computer systems, misleading consumers.”
The new software will supply all low-to-mid and high-class Renault and Nissan vehicles globally and will be supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH.
“Our Renault-Nissan team believes GENIVI will become the new standard automotive operating system that will be used in in-vehicle infotainment systems,” said Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global Vice President, EE & Systems Engineering. “A GENIVI solution will allow both an increase in quality level and a decrease in the cost of these systems due to reuse of many software modules.”
March 9, 2015 by John Day
The good news, according to cyber security specialist Battelle, is that vehicle owners, for the most part, are not in imminent danger from hackers. The bad news is that the threat of vehicle hacking is real, and growing.
In a step toward combatting the threat, Battelle and the SAE are planning a five-day training event – the 2015 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge – July 12-17 at Delphi corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan.