Qualcomm to Acquire CSR

October 15, 2014  by  

qualcommQualcomm 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.

CSR_plc_logo_Sept_2013“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  

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IEEE announced the formation of a new IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee on Transportation (IEEE SCC42 Transportation).

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.

TE Connectivity Completes Acquisition of Sensor Manufacturer Measurement Specialties, Inc.

October 10, 2014  by  

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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.

Airbiquity Adds Slacker Radio and Stitcher to Choreo

October 9, 2014  by  

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Airbiquity added two streaming content providers—Slacker® Radio and Stitcher—to its Choreo™ cloud-based connected car services platform and Driver Experience infotainment delivery offering.

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

Automotive IC Makers Try Copper Wire Bonding

October 9, 2014  by  

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.

dfr solutionsCopper 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: New Technology Can Give Truck Drivers All-around Visibility

October 7, 2014  by  

volvo logoVolvo 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.

360° Technology Key to Volvo Cars’ No Fatal Accidents Goal by 2020

October 7, 2014  by  

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In the Non-hit Car and Truck research project an unparalleled 360° view around the car has been developed. The sensors can perceive any potentially threatening objects and the maneuver generator can then identify collision-free escape routes to help avoid accidents.

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.

Smartphone-Based Telematics for Usage Based Insurance

October 3, 2014  by  

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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 & VW Partner for Highly Automated Driving

October 2, 2014  by  


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 Extends Deal with TomTom

October 2, 2014  by  

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TomTom (TOM2) has agreed to extend its supply of traffic information to Toyota Motor Europe beyond 2016 to 2018.

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.”

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