“Open Source” AUTOSAR

October 10, 2014  by  


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The AUTOSAR development partnership started more than ten years ago with the promise to manage the increasing electrical/electronic complexity in different domains. The objective was to lower the cost of standardized basic software, support safety, maintain ability, and exchangeability while enabling more powerful tool chains to be constructed through standardized interfaces.

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Tailor-made Embedded Software

October 10, 2014  by  


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A number of trends require vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to adopt new approaches to developing embedded software based on highly specialized know-how. RTA Engineering Services addresses these challenges by providing customer-specific, high-quality embedded software development based on ETAS’ many years of experience in successfully delivering production-ready software.

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Association Goes Beyond AUTOSAR

October 10, 2014  by  


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Ten years of AUTOSAR have demonstrated the potential of standards offering applicability across competitive boundaries. However, as long as the standardization continues to be confined to the specification level, the effort required for integration, configuration, and
testing remains unnecessarily high. Initiated by Bosch, the non-profit association COMASSO e.V. has embarked on the road that will lead to the provision of an industry-wide reference for AUTOSAR Basic Software.

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Smart In-Vehicle Cameras Increase Driver and Passenger Safety

October 3, 2014  by  


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One area of ADAS that is seeing a particularly significant increase in interest from OEMs is the use of in-cockpit cameras to monitor the driver and passengers. Today’s in-cockpit ADAS technology can help determine if the driver is distracted or drowsy, and then alert the driver to bring his or her attention back to the driving task at hand. Additionally, by using information about the driver’s head and body position provided by this same system, appropriate deployment of the airbag (intensity, location, etc.) can be implemented in crash situations.

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Implementation of Multiplexing Technology in Automobile Cable Harnessing Infrastructure

September 19, 2014  by  


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The number of electronic control units (ECUs) being incorporated into vehicles has risen at an almost exponential rate over the last few years – as the complexity of the safety, infotainment and comfort systems across the board (from economy models right through to luxury ones) has continued to increase at a rapid pace. This has serious and far-reaching implications for car manufacturers, since the cabling that is needed to connect all this hardware together takes up more space (which is now at a premium) and also adds to the overall weight of the vehicle (which impacts directly on its expected fuel efficiency). By networking or multiplexing it will be possible to overcome the restrictiveness of conventional, increasingly outdated wiring arrangements and create a more effective system for the distributing of crucial data.

Advanced Product Line Engineering Puts the Auto Industry in Overdrive

August 28, 2014  by  


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Today’s vehicles must be responsive to the driver’s slightest of intentions, while providing the highest levels of safety and reliability under the most extreme conditions. Manufacturers have turned to increasingly sophisticated software and electronics, adding yet another layer of complexity as well as the opportunity for expensive and image-bruising defects and recalls. Product line engineering (PLE) is a recognized discipline within systems engineering that is being applied to the automotive world to address precisely these kinds of complexities.

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How to Set-up a Knock-sensor Signal-conditioning System

August 22, 2014  by  


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Engine knock occurs in engine cylinders because of improper ignition timing or faulty components. Modern cars incorporate knock-sensor systems for engines to minimize knocking, which can maximize engine lifetime, increase power, and improve fuel efficiency. This article discusses engine knock basics and how to set up a knock-sensor signal-conditioning system.

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This article is part of TI’s Analog Applications Journal 3Q issue. For additional articles, please visit http://ow.ly/ABRA1.

Functional Safety Considerations for ADAS Designs Using FPGAs

July 24, 2014  by  


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Initially, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning were convenience features. Previously high performance CPUs were considered the best devices for these, but the need for compute performance balanced with lower power consumption is driving engineers to consider FPGA devices.

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Driving Flanders to Electric Powertrain Innovation

June 30, 2014  by  


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Over the past few years, Flanders’ DRIVE has developed into a research center for the Belgian vehicle industry, which supports the sector with a hands-on approach and a permanent and flexible focus on the actual needs of the sector. In the years ahead, Flanders’ DRIVE wants to play a leading part in the transformation of the vehicle industry towards a green and smart mobility industry.

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MCU enhances DC/DC converter output for hybrid/electric vehicle applications

June 27, 2014  by  


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The ECU performs mission-critical tasks, so the DC/DC converter is essential to the safe operation of a vehicle. The converter also must be efficient. A DC/DC converter is only as good as its controller, however. New technology successfully reduces component count using the digital processing capabilities of an MCU.

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