Lightning Hybrids Receives a U.S. Patent for Its Hydraulic Brake Regeneration System

February 2, 2015  by  

lightning hybrids logoLightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hybrid system.

Lightning Hybrids president and co-founder Tim Reeser said the patent, specifically for a “hydraulic regeneration apparatus,” was awarded Jan. 21, 2015. The regeneration apparatus or hybrid system uses hydraulic pumps and accumulators to capture braking energy and regenerate it for accelerating a vehicle.

Dan Johnson, Lightning Hybrids co-founder and CTO, who co-invented the new patented system with senior controls engineer, Jonathan Reynolds, said the new patent built on previous generations and focused on making the system more efficient.

TT Electronics Helps Audi Turbo-Diesel and Gasoline Engines Keep Cool

January 30, 2015  by  

TTelectronicsControllerIntegrated electronic controller for latest-generation EA288 engines controls intercooler water pump for better fuel economy and lower emissions.

TT Electronics is helping Volkswagen-Audi Group (VAG) boost the fuel economy and reduce the emissions of its latest-generation Audi A3, A4, A6 and similar-sized models.

Engineers at TT Electronics’ Salzburg technical center created an electrically driven 50-Watt water-pump controller (EWPU) that has been employed in a range of applications including the turbo-intercooler circuit of the advanced EA288 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.

HARMAN and Baidu Collaborate for IVI in China

January 29, 2015  by  

harmanbaidu logoHARMAN (NYSE:HAR) has entered into a strategic collaboration with Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.

HARMAN will work with Baidu to launch vehicle networking solutions.

The collaboration, called CarLife, will offer advanced Internet capabilities, entertainment features and location-based services on HARMAN’s in-vehicle infotainment head units designed for the Chinese market, resulting in a richer and more immersive connected car experience.

“We are very excited to combine Baidu’s powerful Internet search capabilities and user experience with HARMAN’s embedded connectivity expertise to present drivers in China with safe, easy and intuitive access to the content they want,” said Sachin Lawande, President, HARMAN Infotainment.

Renesas Electronics Simplifies Automotive Functional Safety and Security With Development Support Program

January 29, 2015  by  

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 Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) said its new initiative, “Safety and Security Support Program for Automotive,” can ease design complexity for sophisticated automotive systems and contribute to a safe and secure driving experience.

Designed to reduce the burden on system manufacturers, the initiative simplifies the implementation of functional safety and security features through an integrated package solution that incorporates ISO26262-certified Renesas automotive semiconductor products, software, analytic tools, work products, instruction, consulting, and more.

HARMAN Acquires Two Automotive Software Companies – Red Bend and Symphony Teleca

January 22, 2015  by  

harmanGaining Over-The-Air Updating Technology Plus Cloud, Mobile, and Analytics Software Capabilities for Connected Cars and Other Markets

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), has acquired Israeli-based Red Bend Software in a $170 million transaction including approximately $99 million in stock and $71 million in cash.

HARMAN has also acquired Symphony Teleca, a privately-held software services company based in Mountain View, California, for a base purchase price of $780 million.

red bend logoRed Bend provides software management technology for connected devices, and over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware upgrading services. With more than two billion Red Bend-enabled devices delivered globally, Red Bend is the leading provider of advanced over-the-air (OTA) solutions, serving top handset manufacturers and mobile carriers.

Frost & Sullivan Sees Active Safety Features Driving Electric Power Steering in North American Vehicles

January 22, 2015  by  

Three in four cars will incorporate the technology by 2021 with rack EPS seeing maximum demand

frost sullivan logoDespite a slow start, electric power steering (EPS) is making waves in the North American automotive market, according to the research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shifting from electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and hydraulic power steering (HPS) systems to EPS in a bid to meet consumer demand for enhanced fuel economy, safety and comfort.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Insight into the Electric Power Steering Market in North America finds the market earned revenue of $2.55 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.44 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 percent.

Abalta Names John Jasper President and COO

January 21, 2015  by  

abalta logo1Abalta Technologies announced that John Jasper has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. Michael O’Shea, who founded the company, remains as chief executive officer.

“Abalta Technologies connected car business is growing rapidly and has gained recognition as a leading platform. In order to capitalize on this growth it was clear to me that we needed to add to our leadership team.” said O’Shea. “John Jasper has substantial experience leading high growth technology businesses and I look forward to bringing this experience to bear at Abalta.”

Hyundai Orders Leoni Front Body Cable Harnesses

January 21, 2015  by  

leoni logoLeoni said it has received its first wiring systems order from Hyundai Motor Company.

The Korean car manufacturer, currently the No. 4 producer of automotive vehicles worldwide, awarded a double-digit million Euro sales volume over a period of 6 years.

Leoni obtained the project to equip a compact car model from December 2016 with a front body cable harness. The European wiring systems producer convinced with a concept which contains the cable harness production in a logistically close environment to the customer plant in the Czech Republic.

NXP Expands Its Investment in Cohda Wireless

January 16, 2015  by  

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Combined Technology Fares Well in Audi Tests

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced a follow-on investment in automotive safety software specialist Cohda Wireless. NXP, together with Cisco, acquired a stake in Cohda In January, 2013.

By expanding its investment, NXP said it is reinforcing its commitment to the rapid global adoption of V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) technology, which allows cars to communicate with one another and to the surrounding intelligent traffic infrastructure by wirelessly exchanging real-time warning messages and traffic information.

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Continental, Bosch and Others Helped Google Build Its Self-Driving Car

January 15, 2015  by  

google Vehicle prototypeGoogle Names Eight Partners in Self-Driving Car Project

At the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, said Google worked with Roush, RCO, ZF Lenksysteme, Continental, Bosch, Frimo, LG Electronics, Prefix and others to build first fully autonomous vehicle prototypes.

“Since we revealed our plans last May to build fully self-driving vehicles for testing and learning, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car,” said Urmson. “For example, the typical ‘car’ parts like steering and braking, as well as the ‘self-driving’ parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.

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