Blind Spot Warning Systems Rated Top Tech Pick By Mature Drivers

September 20, 2013  by  


Mature drivers rank Blind Spot Warning systems highest from a list of 10 new vehicle features, saying this technology would make them feel most safe when they drive, according to the Top Technologies for Mature Drivers: Consumer Insights survey, released by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.

Blind spot warning systems warn drivers of objects in blind spots, especially while changing lanes and parking, and helps those with limited range of motion.

Mature drivers who have at least one of the 10 technologies report feeling more confident as they drive than those who don’t have any of the technologies. The other nine Technologies are:

Delphi RACam integrated radar and camera system due for Volvo in 2014

September 6, 2013  by  


Driver assistance technologies support new Euro NCAP 5-star safety ratings.

More than one million road deaths occur annually. In Europe alone, about 250,000 people are seriously injured each year and 28,000 were killed last year.

Studies show that 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. This statistic can be greatly minimized through technology available today, like Delphi’s RACam system, a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, which will be introduced on the new Volvo SPA platform at the end of 2014.

The system incorporates radar sensing, vision sensing and data fusion into a single module to enable a range of active safety functions.

TRW Rotary Seat Belt Pretensioner

September 2, 2013  by  


TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has designed a new anchor seat belt pretensioner in a rotary configuration (known as the APR1), especially for challenging packaging situations.  

The APR1 features a lighter weight design and more compact packaging, resulting in an easy integration for vehicle manufacturer interiors.

There is no linkage element necessary and only the normal seat belt webbing will be visible in the vehicle cabin.

It is designed to deliver pretensioning forces of more than 3 kN, which can help to remove some seat belt slack within milliseconds of a crash being detected.

ams sensors target safety-critical applications

December 4, 2012  by  


ams AG, formerly austriamicrosystems, introduced a new family of magnetic rotary position sensors with advanced safety features for automotive applications requiring ISO26262 compliance.

Highly integrated systems-on-chip, all magnetic rotary position sensors from ams incorporate Hall magnetic sensing elements, an analog front end and digital signal processing to produce accurate and precise angle measurements. The new 60 Series sensors – the AS5161 and AS5261 (with a digital PWM output) and the AS5162 and AS5262 (with analog voltage output) – now also feature best-in-class automotive protection features that enable vehicle manufacturers to achieve ISO26262 compliance in safety-critical applications.

Freescale SCP2200 processors target smart cameras

October 24, 2012  by  

Image cognition processors (ICPs) for driver assistance applications feature CogniVue technology

At the Freescale Technology Forum Japan, Freescale Semiconductor introduced a family of image cognition processors (ICPs) for the driver assistance market.

The SCP2200 family features CogniVue’s APEX™ IP technology and is ideal for automotive smart camera applications. The family, along with accompanying libraries, hardware and software development kits, is said to give automakers a comprehensive set of tools to design smart camera applications, helping them to bring their solutions to market more quickly.

Xilinx Zynq-7000 cuts ADAS cost, time-to-market

October 16, 2012  by  

At the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit, Xilinx, Inc. unveiled its automotive ARM®-processor based Zynq™-7000 All Programmable system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform, which targets next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Xilinx said the Zynq-7000 can reduce both cost and time-to-market for driver assistance systems by using programmable system integration to lower bill-of-materials (BOM) and meet sophisticated technical requirements for driver assistance systems – especially image-to-vision and in-vehicle networking requirements.

TI launches safety motor control chipset

October 10, 2012  by  



Twelve new ARM-based MCUs, PMIC, and safety motor driver

Texas Instruments (TI) announced 12 new Hercules™ TMS570 ARM® Cortex™-R4 safety microcontrollers (MCUs), a complementary TPS65831-Q1 multi-rail safety power management integrated circuit (PMIC), and a DRV3201-Q1 safety motor driver.

TI said the TMS570 MCUs, the PMIC and the safety motor driver together form a safety motor control chipset. The TPS65831-Q1 is TI’s first functional safety PMIC and the DRV3201-Q1 is the industry’s first functional safety motor driver.

dSPACE, TASS link driver assistance simulation tools

September 21, 2012  by  

Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) from dSPACE ( can now work together with PreScan, a software program from TASS ( for high-quality sensor and environment simulation. The firms said the tool combination enables developers to optimize the efficiency of intelligent assistance systems at an early stage with precise sensor simulation and flexible, reproducible traffic simulation.

ASM and PreScan are both designed for the development of driver assistance systems. Developers use ASM to simulate the dynamic behavior of vehicles when developing and testing vehicle dynamics electronic control units (ECUs). PreScan provides the simulation of vehicle sensors in complex traffic scenarios involving several vehicles and is used for designing driver assistance controls and sensor concepts. The two tools can now be combined to simulate ce applications such as emergency brake assistance, lane keeping assistance, and pre-crash systems.

Freescale automotive MCU is first to gain third-party ISO 26262 certification

September 6, 2012  by  

32-bit MCU helps automotive electronics systems achieve functional safety compliance

Freescale Semiconductor said its 32-bit Qorivva MPC5643L microcontroller (MCU) is the first automotive MCU to be certified as compliant with the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 26262 standard. The certification by exida, an independent accredited assessor (, makes it easier for functional safety system developers to gain ISO 26262 compliance.

The Qorivva MPC5643L 32-bit MCU, built on Power Architecture® technology, is designed for use in automotive applications that require high levels of automotive safety integrity, including electric power steering, active suspension, antilock braking systems and radar-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). It is suitable for all automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL) up to and including the most stringent level, ASIL D.

TI shrinks SerDes for driver assist cameras

August 15, 2012  by  

FPD-Link III chipset should help push safety systems in mid- and entry-level cars

Texas Instruments (TI) added the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer to its FPD-Link III chipset family. TI said its SerDes chipset provides a seamless video and data interface to megapixel driver assist camera modules, with no software overhead and fewer wires, for less power consumption and lower cost and weight.

The firm said its SerDes enhancements are accelerating the adoption of camera safety systems in mid- and entry-level vehicle segments. Applications include front-view camera for collision avoidance and traffic sign/pedestrian recognition, rear-view camera for backup protection, and surround-view cameras for parking assistance.

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