Audi R8 Will Offer Optional Laser Headlights

February 16, 2015 by  
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Audi said its new R8 will use LED headlights that can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option. Laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range of LED high‑beam headlights.

Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes. This module bundles the four intense blue‑light laser beams. A phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature. Standard equipment in the new R8 includes an LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.

Senator Markey Spotlights Security and Privacy Concerns

February 9, 2015 by  
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Senator Edward J. Markey (D. Mass.)

Wireless Technologies Leave Vehicles Exposed to Hackers; Automakers Collect Information on Driver Locations and Habits

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward J. Markey says new standards are needed to plug security and privacy gaps in cars and trucks.

His office released a report, “Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” with responses from 16 automakers to questions Sen. Markey posed last year regarding vehicles’ vulnerability to hackers and how driver information is collected and protected. The report is available here.

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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Tegra X1 Chip Powers NVIDIA DRIVE Automotive Computers

January 7, 2015 by  
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DRIVE PX Auto-Pilot and DRIVE CX Cockpit Computers Deliver Computer Vision, Unprecedented Graphics in Cars

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) introduced NVIDIA DRIVE™ automotive computers — equipped with powerful capabilities for computer vision, deep learning and advanced cockpit visualization.

NVIDIA will offer two car computers: NVIDIA DRIVE PX, for developing auto-pilot capabilities, and NVIDIA DRIVE CX, for creating the most advanced digital cockpit systems. These automotive-grade in-vehicle computers are based on the same architecture used in today’s most powerful supercomputers.

QNX to Provide LG Electronics with Software Platforms for Next-generation Automotive Systems

January 5, 2015 by  
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LG’s Vehicle Components Company building QNX-powered infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems for global automakers.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced that LG Electronics’ (LG) Vehicle Components (VC) Company will use a range of QNX® solutions to build infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for the global automotive market.

LG and QNX Software Systems have worked together on large-volume telematics production programs. For the new systems, QNX will provide LG with the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, the QNX® Neutrino® Operating System (OS), the QNX OS for Automotive Safety, the QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Acoustics for Voice, a signal processing solution for automotive voice communications.

Autotechinsider Offers an In-Depth CES Report

January 2, 2015 by  
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Once again we expect CES to be the largest automotive show of the year. The 2014 show broke records with more than 160,000 attendees and more than two million net square feet of exhibit space – the largest in the event’s 46 year history. A record number of nine automakers offered exhibits at the 2014 CES.

Next week expect 25% of the vast North Hall to be dominated by automotive OEMs and their key suppliers – Audi, Chrysler, Chevy (GM), Hyundai, Toyota and VW to name a few.

HARMAN to Acquire Automotive Software and Services Developer S1nn

December 18, 2014 by  
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HARMAN International Industries (NYSE:HAR) has signed an agreement to acquire S1nn GmbH & Co. KG, a developer of infotainment systems, connectivity and car audio solutions.

This transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2004 and based in Stuttgart, Germany, S1nn provides a range of technology and system integration solutions and software application services to top tier automotive companies, such as Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Tesla Motors.

Industry Leaders Discuss Deterministic Ethernet: Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT

December 16, 2014 by  
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Left to right: Jorge Magalhaes, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vestas Wind Systems, Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President and CTO of Rockwell Automation, Maciej Kranz, Vice President at Cisco Corporate Technology Group, Kirsten Matheus, Ethernet Project Manager at BMW, Mathias Halliger, Chief Architect at Audi, and Georg Kopetz, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech.

TTTech Hosts IoT Panel with Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas

TTTech hosted a cross-industry discussion panel at the Internet of Things
(IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event brought together thought leaders from Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas to discuss “Deterministic Ethernet – Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT”.

IHS Automotive Analysis: Ford SYNC 3 – A Recipe for Simple Infotainment

December 12, 2014 by  
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boyadjis_mark_headshotBy Mark Boyadjis, Senior Analyst & Manager, Infotainment & HMI, IHS Automotive

After the roughly 18 month user-centric development process, which took engineers all over the country (and soon internationally) collecting upwards of 22,000 pieces of direct customer feedback, Ford is ready to show the world what will replace its often criticized SYNC with MyFord Touch platform.

Ford “SYNC 3” will debut on model year 2016 vehicles in 2015 and be fully deployed in North America by the end of calendar year 2016.

Q&A With QNX

December 9, 2014 by  
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An interview with Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development for QNX Software Systems:

Q: I tend to think of QNX more in terms of infotainment than of safety, but noticed the availability of the QNX OS for Automotive Safety 1.0. Is safety new, or has QNX been offering safety in addition to telematics/infotainment for some time?

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