July 16, 2014 by John Day
Asian-Focused Business Conference September 11-12, 2014
MEMS Industry Group (MIG), in partnership with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) and Shanghai Industrial Technology Research (SITRI), will host MEMS Industry Group® Conference Shanghai, a two-day event exploring the global MEMS and sensors supply chain, with particular focus on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities in Asia.
Emergency Call System with FUJITSU TEN Telematics Control Unit Demoed Simultaneosly in Europe and Russia
FUJITSU TEN LIMITED provided a Telematics Control Unit (TCU) for an emergency call system demonstrated at the ITS European Congress 2014 venue in Helsinki. Demonstrations were conducted simultaneously in Europe and Russia for the first time, reflecting the interchangeability between the European eCall system and the Russian ERA-GLONASS system.
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents, the European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal for a regulation concerning a type-approval requirement for deployment of the eCall system.
Sensors and Software are Most Instrumental Technologies; Legal Liability and Policymakers Identified as Challenges to Mass Adoption of Driverless Cars
IEEE unveiled the findings of a survey that revealed expert opinions about the future of driverless cars, such as speed bumps to mass adoption, essential autonomous technologies, features in the car of the future, and geographic adoption.
More than 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students, society members and government agencies in the field of autonomous vehicles, participated in the survey.
Speed Bumps to Mass Adoption
July 10, 2014 by John Day
Earlier this year, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow.
In fact, quite a storm is brewing in the car industry. With Apple on the scene, ABI Research asks what are the wider implications for the automotive industry and for drivers in the future?
July 9, 2014 by John Day
Voice recognition in connected cars is great, as far as it goes, but there are times when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being.
“We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call center and the technological front-end, be it voice recognition, artificial intelligence, or what have you,” says Jim Flavell, executive vice president of MyAssist, a connected vehicle concierge service owned since January by a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. MyAssist counts Ford and Mercedes-Benz among its automotive clients.
July 8, 2014 by John Day
Expanded Automotive Electronics Design Portfolio Has Potential to Reduce Time to Start of Production (SOP)
Mentor Graphics Corporation has acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), a technology leader in the creation of automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms.
XSe has over ten years of direct experience in the automotive electronics design industry across twenty automotive programs that combine hardware and software expertise. It brings a pioneering approach to accelerate system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP).
MESSRING Systembau GmbH has comprehensively modernized and upgraded Chrysler’s central testing facility in Chelsea, Michigan – the Chelsea Proving Grounds (CPG).
Chrysler ordered the MESSRING MicroTrack system, including a drive system with electric motor, M=LIGHT LED lamps, curb test equipment featuring a special sled, and two new film pits.
Thinner Guide Channel
Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. announced that a subsidiary has agreed to acquire DeltaTech Controls for a total enterprise value of $190 million. DeltaTech Controls is a global leader in customized electronic operator controls based on magnetic position sensing technology for the construction, agriculture and other industries. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter. DeltaTech will be integrated into Sensata’s heavy vehicle and off-road business within our Sensors global business unit.
Luxoft Holding, Inc has acquired Mecel Populus Suite, a complete tool chain for designing, developing, and deploying user interfaces for distributed embedded systems, from Mecel AB.
This addition will further strengthen Luxoft’s competitive offering in automotive human machine interface (HMI), infotainment, and digital cluster design.
The Populus Suite works with a wide variety of displays and applications in the automotive industry. Currently a large number of vehicles manufactured by leading U.S. and Scandinavian OEMs feature HMIs developed using Mecel Populus Suite. The suite has been used to produce the cluster HMIs for more than 7 million produced vehicles.
July 3, 2014 by John Day
The MOST® Cooperation – standardization organization for the leading automotive multimedia network technology Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – will host the 15th MOST Interconnectivity Conference Asia (ICA) on November 13, 2014 in Seoul (South Korea).
Again, the MOST Cooperation is pleased to invite speakers from the automotive electronics industry to contribute to the conference program. Anyone involved with MOST Technology is welcome to present the latest MOST designs, solutions, experiences, research results, and future outlooks.