October 15, 2014 by John Day
Qualcomm has reached agreement with CSR plc regarding the terms of a cash acquisition that would add products, channels, and customers in the important growth categories of Internet of Everything (IoE) and automotive infotainment.
At £9.00 per share, the acquisition is valued at approximately £1.6 billion ($2.5 billion). Subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015.
“The addition of CSR’s technology leadership in Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and audio processing will strengthen Qualcomm’s position in providing critical solutions that drive the rapid growth of the Internet of Everything, including business areas such as portable audio, automotive and wearable devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated.
IEEE Committee Will Focus on Transportation Standards for a Connected, Automated, Intelligent and Electric Future
October 14, 2014 by John Day
With the support of more than 30 IEEE Societies and Councils, the IEEE SCC42 Transportation will lead a global effort to promote transportation standards and facilitate adoption throughout the entire transportation ecosystem.
Using globally recognized IEEE standards and best practices within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the IEEE SCC42 Transportation will bring together related disciplines to help ensure a future for transportation that will be more connected, automated, intelligent, electric and electronic.
October 10, 2014 by John Day
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) has completed the acquisition of Measurement Specialties, which offers sensor technologies including pressure, vibration, force, temperature, humidity, ultrasonics, position and fluid, for a range of applications and industries.
“The acquisition of Measurement Specialties expands TE’s sensor business significantly, and builds on our strength in harsh environment applications,” said TE Connectivity chairman and CEO Tom Lynch.
In September TE Connectivity completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST), which manufactures pressure and position sensing solutions.
Slacker, a leading digital music service, and Stitcher, a mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio, are now available to Airbiquity’s automotive manufacturer, tier 1 supplier, and mobile network operator customers fielding and supporting connected car programs around the world. For more visit http://bit.ly/1vPFfX6
Cost reduction demands constant effort and engineering expertise. James McLeish, a senior members of the Technical Staff at engineering services provider DfR Solutions LLC explained to me recently that primarily for reasons of cost, integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers have been working to migrate from gold bond wires to copper wires.
Copper wire bonding (Cu-WB) ICs have been in production for several years. They were first used in consumer electronics – benign environments with short life spans – and have generally been working well, so now IC makers are trying to migrate the technology to long life, high reliability, harsh environments – like automotive electronics.
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.”