Thousands of car accidents occur every year in Sweden due to slippery road conditions. Globally, this number reaches incredibly high levels. To reduce the number of accidents, and to allow for future vehicles to have efficient systems for Advanced Driver Assistance, a car must be able to determine if a road is slippery or not.
NIRA Dynamics has equipped a fleet of 80 vehicles with software for detecting road surface conditions in real-time. This winter, Road Surface Information (RSI) by NIRA continuously monitors the quality and tire grip level of the road surface – without stereo cameras, adaptive suspension or other expensive sensors. With sensor fusion based algorithms, RSI can determine the level of road roughness and road friction.
INRIX, Inc. has completed the acquisition of OpenCar, Inc., a U.S.-based automotive software and services provider. The OpenCar purchase extends the INRIX cloud platform into the dashboard with a broad portfolio of third-party content and applications in a customizable user experience (UX) automakers fully control.
“Today, over half of the connected vehicles in the world use INRIX services. By 2020, more than a quarter billion connected cars will be on the road(1),” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. “With the OpenCar acquisition, INRIX is in the driver’s seat to provide those connected services and expand into the digital dashboard with unique, easy-to-use applications designed especially for next-gen automotive experiences.”
“This is an interesting development – one that we don’t often see in the automotive world,” said Kevin Hamlin, senior analyst, IHS Automotive Technology. “The purchasers, and HERE, remain free to do what they want; however, as the industry progresses toward autonomous driving, there could be an advantage for an automaker when that automaker ‘owns’ important data in the vehicle.”
Audi of America President Scott Keogh announced the company’s commitment to achieve at least 25 percent of U.S. sales from electric vehicles by 2025. The announcements came out of the Audi presentation at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Audi will launch the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid later this year. It will then accelerate toward its goal of 25 percent electric vehicle sales with the production version of the fully electric Audi e-tron quattro concept SUV by 2018, along with other plug-in models to come.
- New portfolio of available driver assistance systems includes adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist
- SUV boasts technologies and connectivity features including Audi virtual cockpit, Q7 specific app for Android and Apple integration as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
The second generation of the seven-passenger SUV also adds benchmark connectivity, infotainment systems and driver assistance technologies.
The Bang & Olufsen system delivers a musical experience through 23 speakers including two retractable acoustic lenses all powered by a 23-channel amplifier with an output of 1,920 watts. A Bose 3D Sound System is also available, which includes 19 speakers, a 15-channel amplifier and 558 watts to deliver acoustic accuracy and impact.
Eaton announced its TVS2 Supercharger, which the company said improves vehicle manufacturers’ ability to deliver an optimal single boosted application. The device can also be paired with other boosting technologies to deliver compound boosting solutions for improved engine performance. The announcement was made at the 20th Supercharging Conference in Dresden, Germany.
“This latest innovation within our boosting portfolio delivers on the key areas that our customers have the most interest in, including efficiency, weight reduction, improved engine performance and the ability to better package supercharger devices within existing and future architectures,” said Brian Contat, product director, Boosting, Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “With the demand for greater engine efficiency and power density, products such as TVS2 are needed to satisfy the requirements of these future powertrains.”
Microchip Technology Inc. announced that AUDI AG is networking the Audi virtual cockpit system in its new high-class Q7 SUV Models using MOST(®) technology, following a similar deployment in its TT Coupe Models.
Specifically, Audi is utilizing Microchip’s OS81110 and OS81118 MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs), which provide 150 Mbps performance and support all MOST network data types.
The OS81118 also includes a High Speed USB 2.0 interface (PHY/HSIC), to seamlessly connect with the virtual cockpit’s System-on-Chip processor.
Earlier this year Elektrobit (EB) announced that it’s opening a development center in the San Francisco-Bay area to extend the company’s software and systems innovations for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving. The center – Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose – is led by Walter Sullivan, who joined EB from Microsoft, where he was Senior Program Manager, Automotive. We asked him how the Lab is progressing so far:
JD: Can you discuss any of the projects you are working on?
I am focused on establishing key strategic partnerships as well as putting the finishing touches on our new office space, Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose.
Cameras installed in various locations around a vehicle exterior, in combination with cost-effective, powerful and energy-efficient processors, deliver numerous convenience and protection benefits.
By Brian Dipert
Embedded Vision Alliance
Strategic Applications Manager, Automotive Business Unit
Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
Director, Global Automotive Practice
Automotive ADAS Marketing and Business Development Manager
Vice President, Marketing
and Dan Isaacs
Director, Embedded Processing Platform Marketing
Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) has agreed to acquire Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available in a wide range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models.
Terms of the agreement include a purchase price of €145,000,000 as well as license payments for an exclusive license to the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY brands within the automotive industry. HARMAN will assume all Bang & Olufsen Automotive customer programs, and all Bang & Olufsen Automotive development and production resources will be transferred to HARMAN.