July 28, 2015 by News Editor
We were curious about the current state of connected car technology, and so we posed questions to Scott Frank, VP of marketing at Airbiquity, a major supplier of connected vehicle services. Airbiquity’s cloud-based Choreo connected car service delivery platform serves customers in over 50 countries and 30 languages.
Q: Do automakers in general have the same set of priorities for “the connected car” or do their priorities differ?
A: At this stage of connected car evolution automaker priorities differ because they are in the process of working out the business objectives and strategic approaches for their programs.
March 27, 2015 by John Day
By Andy Gryc
Conference Director, Connected Car Expo
Co-founder, CX3 Marketing
Tier one companies like Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Harman, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Visteon have deep expertise in building numerous complex modules for the car companies, they all have the know-how for building reliable, safe systems, and all are willing to be a “secret ingredient” instead of a nameplate brand.
Tomorrow’s car, regardless of who’s building it, will have even more working software in it than today’s cars do. The integration problems that car makers face today will only be compounded in the future with the explosion of smartphone connectivity, apps, wearables, fog computing, big data analytics, ADAS and autonomous technology.
February 3, 2014 by John Day
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University
President, Ada Core Technologies
It’s no secret that the cars we drive today, and especially those we will drive in the near future, have huge amounts of sophisticated software aboard. By some accounts the number of lines of code in a car can significantly exceed the number of lines of code in a modern commercial jetliner. And as with the jetliner, we are entrusting our safety to the reliability of this software.
February 15, 2011 by John Day
A Vector Software White Paper
Competition in the automotive industry is intense. Successful companies must constantly innovate by introducing new features, many of which contain significant amounts of software. The automobile has been transformed from primarily a mechanical device, into an integrated machine with embedded software in all major systems including: engine control, power train, suspension, braking, and entertainment.
Controlling the costs of automotive embedded systems is extremely important for automotive industry suppliers since there is a much higher volume of software than other safety-critical industries like avionics and railway.
January 24, 2011 by John Day
A murder mystery set in Detroit in 1910 sounded interesting, though I will admit that at first glance I thought the Detroit Electric in the title of D.E. Johnson’s novel (The Detroit Electric Scheme) referred to skullduggery at the local power company versus the real-life Anderson Carriage Company that built electric vehicles back in the day.
Someone has been murdered at the factory, and the finger of suspicion points to Will Anderson, the fictional son of auto pioneer William C. Anderson. With help from his father, a neighbor across the hall, and Edsel Ford, Will discovers high-level bribery, contends with dope-dealing mobsters and labor strife, and aids a close friend in dire need.
Mathworks Case Study: Lear delivers quality body control electronics faster using model-based design
November 8, 2010 by John Day
The challenge – design, verify, and implement high-quality automotive body control electronics
The solution – use model-based design to enable early and continuous verification via simulation and SIL and HIL testing
– Requirements validated early
– Development time cut by 40 percent
– Zero warranty issues reported
Automotive OEMs are pushing suppliers to deliver more functionality in ECU software. To reduce cost, suppliers often integrate many control functions for body electronics—from wipers, lights, windows, and antitheft systems to power distribution—on a single ECU, commonly known as a body control module (BCM) or smart junction box.
October 28, 2010 by John Day
By Phil Davies
Product Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division
Mentor Graphics Corporation
Race car design, like racing itself, is a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. A designer’s misjudgment can have the same disastrous results a driver’s error might cause. A race car must be a tightly-integrated unit, from chassis to brakes and beyond. Given this requirement, it’s no wonder that Formula 1 and other racing teams have turned to CAD tools for help in developing their bodywork , chassis geometries and just about everything else mechanical.
August 31, 2010 by John Day
By Paul Johnston, Senior Application Engineer Consultant
Mentor Graphics Corporation
The ultimate goal of wire harness product engineering is to ensure that harnesses can be manufactured at a competitive and well-understood cost. This is a difficult challenge because project time scales and margins are continually squeezed, while variables such as design content and copper prices can change rapidly. And it is a task whose dynamics exceed the grasp of manual record-keeping methods.
Given the uncertainties, are credible software solutions available to help OEMs and suppliers perform wire harness costing expediently? Does the problem call for in-house tools, or something acquired “off-the-shelf?”
The adoption of fourth-generation design architectures starting this year is shifting the supply and consumption paradigm in the automotive infotainment business, with consumers having a greater influence than ever before on car electronics, according to the automotive market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Fourth-generation design represents the first industry wide platform with no limit to the features and functions that can be added by the consumer after the purchase of a vehicle. It is also the first automotive architecture implemented in vehicles that does not have a pre-defined set of features on the production line. As a result, the role and responsibility of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the consumer has changed dramatically.
Partner Message – Telematics Update
Ellis Lindsay, director of solution incubation at Alcatel-Lucent, about making the connected car a reality.
Interviewed by Rebecca Mantle – Telematics Update
Ellis Lindsay is a director of solution incubation at Alcatel-Lucent with global responsibility for developing strategic solutions across multiple markets. Previous to this role within Alcatel-Lucent, Lindsay was a director of strategy for the America’s region CTO. Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, he was associate director, consumer services development at Bell Canada and a director of strategic alliances for Ubiquity Software. In these roles, he was an early participant in the evolution of SIP solutions within the service provider community.