Audi explained how its MIB-2 (Modular Infotainment Platform) electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the timeline to introduce newer and more powerful processors used for infotainment and driver assistance systems.
MIB-2 debuts in the 2016 A6 and A7 model lines, which made their North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.
“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”
TTTech Teams with Cisco’s openBerlin Innovation Center to Accelerate Deterministic Ethernet Adoption
TTTech is partnering with Cisco at Cisco’s Internet of Everything Innovation Center, openBerlin, to accelerate the adoption of Deterministic Ethernet for advanced solutions for Industry 4.0 / the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing and transportation industries.
At the openBerlin Innovation Center TTTech and Cisco intend to develop and showcase Industry 4.0 solutions made possible by Deterministic Ethernet, the cross-industry communication technology based on upcoming IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking standards.
TTTech customers are already deploying Deterministic Ethernet based on TTTech’s TTEthernet® communication protocol for innovative networked control solutions in a broad range of upcoming applications including space vehicles (NASA), piloted cars (Audi) and wind turbines (Vestas).
BorgWarner Provides Friction Technology for Volkswagen’s Hybrid Dual-Clutch Transmission in VW Golf, Audi A3 e-tron
BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA) supplies its high-performance wet friction technology for Volkswagen’s new hybrid DQ 400e dual-clutch transmission, launching in the 2014 Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 e-tron.
The new transmission for hybrid vehicles with transversely mounted engines employs three clutches (a dual-clutch module plus a disconnecting clutch) to smoothly connect and disconnect the electric engine from the drivetrain. For all three clutches, BorgWarner’s leading wet friction technology significantly improves shift performance and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) while improving fuel economy.
Audi of America and AT&T will provide owners of 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models equipped with Audi connect® the option of adding their connected cars to an AT&T Mobile Share Value(SM) data plan, starting Oct. 1.
With a Mobile Share Value Plan, customers can purchase a monthly allotment of data to share among their connected devices, including the all-new Audi premium compact and crossover models equipped with Audi connect. The access charge is $10 a month to add a vehicle to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is the same price that AT&T charges to add a tablet to an existing plan.
OEM rear-seat entertainment shipments have only reached an estimated 2.9 million in 2014. Furthermore, aftermarket devices have not fared too well either; shipments in 2014 are estimated to be 3.5 million globally. However, there is hope that this stagnant market will prosper once more in the form of bring your own device (BYOD) i.e. tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and other portable media players. Consumers have moved on from DVD and Blu-ray players and therefore so too must rear-seat entertainment.
Researchers at Volkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) are developing intuitive forms of communications between driver, car and the external environment. The researchers are leveraging three elements crucial for connected driving—the car, mobile devices and cloud.
“The end-to-end user experience is the key success factor to providing more connected intelligence services to our customers,” said Chuhee Lee, Deputy Director, Volkswagen Group of America, Electronics Research Laboratory. “This means being in touch with customers in and out of the car using cloud and connected devices, and ultimately designing a vehicle capable of learning, predicting, and adapting to drivers’ needs and wishes.”
Continental’s Control Unit for Audi 7-speed S tronic Dual Clutch Transmission Meets ASIL D Requirements
The control unit developed by Continental for the new generation of the Audi 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission marks a new milestone.
“The challenges we faced in this new control unit included packing far more functionalities into less space while, at the same time, ensuring that the control unit supports the outstanding fuel efficiency of this transmission, the dynamic performance it enables, and its fast shifting,” said Rudolf Stark, Head of the Transmission Business Unit within Continental’s Powertrain Division.
Earlier this year, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow.
In fact, quite a storm is brewing in the car industry. With Apple on the scene, ABI Research asks what are the wider implications for the automotive industry and for drivers in the future?
HELLA has developed what it said is an industry-first headlamp system that automatically adjusts high-beam light patterns for other traffic and pedestrians.
Recently introduced on the Audi A8 in Europe, HELLA’s Matrix LED headlamp system uses camera-based technology to create glare-fee “tunnels” in front of a vehicle. The system allows car owners to continually use their high beams without fear of blinding other drivers.