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.
June 30, 2014 by John Day
The EV Roadmap 7 conference, to be held at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon July 24-25 2014, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier electric vehicle gathering and one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States. The event is produced by Portland State University, Portland General Electric, and Drive Oregon.
EV Roadmap brings together Oregon’s early adopters with national and international experts to inform transportation electrification efforts across the United States. This year’s agenda includes sessions from Ford, General Motors, BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mentor Graphics.
June 27, 2014 by John Day
Bosch of Germany was the No. 1 supplier in the world last year of automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors, a market in which shipments continue to expand strongly but where revenue was being squeezed by marked price erosion, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
With revenue of $740 million, Bosch’s total amounted to more than three times the sales of its nearest competitor, Denso of Japan, which remained in second place, as in 2012. Together the Top 10 accounted for $2.18 billion worth of revenue, as shown in the attached figure, equivalent to 88 percent of the industry total of $2.47 billion. In 2012, the top 10 also had an 88 percent share in light of combined revenue of $2.12 billion, out of an industry aggregate of $2.40 billion.
June 26, 2014 by John Day
KSPG has named Dr. Alexander Sagel head of the company’s Hardparts division, which is responsible for Small-Bore Pistons, Large-Bore Pistons, Bearings, and Castings.
The division incorporates the global operations of this automotive supplier within the Rheinmetall Group in the markets for small- and large-bore pistons, as well as plain bearings, continuous castings, engine blocks, cylinder heads, and structural components. The companies belonging to KSPG’s Hardparts division will, in the future, be marketing their products under the Kolbenschmidt brand.
In the Americas, the Hardparts division has manufacturing operations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Celaya, Mexico; and Nova Odessa, Brazil; and technical centers in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Nova Odessa, Brazil.