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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.