January 27, 2016 by John Day
Atmel(® )Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced that Atmel’s maXTouch® firmware development facility in Whiteley, U.K., has achieved the Automotive SPICE® Level 3 certification–a certification that addresses rigid requirements for the software development process for tier 1 and tier 2 partners in the automotive industry.
SPICE, also known as Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, is a process assessment model with a set of technical standards documents for the computer software development process and related business management functions. It is one of the joint International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, and it was developed by the ISO and IEC joint subcommittee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7.
January 22, 2016 by John Day
Luxoft Holding, Inc. said its CVNAR™ computer vision and augmented reality software framework was used in a demonstration of ADAS and automated driving capabilities presented by QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry subsidiary, at the International CES 2016 show.
Installed in the QNX® reference vehicle, a modified Jeep Wrangler, the CVNAR™ framework ran algorithms to highlight turn-by-turn navigation arrows, street names, pedestrian crossings, destinations, points-of-interest and forward collision alerts.
January 18, 2016 by John Day
BorgWarner supplies the electric auxiliary thermal coolant pump (ATCP) for a turbocharged compact SUV built by a major Chinese automaker. Featuring a brushless, no-leak, low-noise design with integrated microcontroller, BorgWarner’s ATCP provides a continuous flow of coolant through auxiliary circuits even when the engine is shut down, helping auxiliary components maintain optimal operating temperature and contributing to longer component life, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. In this application, a 100-watt ATCP assists in turbocharger and indirect charge air cooling.
New Ford Lab Integrates Wearables and Vehicles; Ford Looks at Linking Health Data to Driver-Assist Technology
January 14, 2016 by John Day
• As more consumers embrace wearable devices such as smart watches, glasses and fitness trackers, Ford is opening the Automotive Wearables Experience lab at its Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan
• Potential smart watch applications include linking health data to active vehicle driver-assist features to enable these technologies to be more aware of the driver behind the wheel – particularly when that person is stressed or sleepy; new app challenge seeks innovative ways to measure in-vehicle health metrics
• Wearable innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics
Toyota is working to enhance its connected technologies, including a plan to install a Data Communication Module into a broader range of its vehicles. The company is also considering using satellite communications in the future, including high capacity satellites that offer much higher data transfer rates than conventional satellite technologies.
January 12, 2016 by John Day
The autonomous vehicle is moving rapidly from science fiction to reality, and in a white paper published by Ricardo, “Key enablers for the Fully Autonomous Vehicle,” the company highlights the technologies and processes that are needed to develop commercially feasible self-driving cars that meet consumer expectations while also achieving compliance with likely future transport regulations.
To download the white paper visit www.ricardo.com/connected.
According to Ricardo, today’s consumers already benefit from a number of active safety technologies such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. These innovations are recognized as stepping stones to fully autonomous driving, but the paper published today by Ricardo explains how the realization of fully autonomous vehicles will require further evolution in software, sensors, integration and efficient system testing.
“The rise of autonomous driving will continue to create new complexities that will demand not only more advanced software and physical vehicle systems but also intelligent connectivity within and outside of the car,” said Marques McCammon, general manager of connected vehicles at Wind River. “The combined expertise between Wind River and Ricardo can deliver trusted, safe, and secure technologies that will steer customers on the right path and successfully prepare for the future of autonomous driving.”