Suzuki Adopts a Multifaceted Bosch Infotainment System

November 5, 2015 by  
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User-friendly route guidance based on SD map navigation

The Bosch infotainment system that Suzuki is introducing in several models worldwide creates, according to Bosch, a connected information system that offers a broad range of infotainment and assistance functions aimed at meeting today’s demands for added value.

The system ensures that passengers in Suzuki vehicles can stay in constant contact with the outside world. The 7-inch color touch-screen displays connectivity options including smartphone integration via Mirror Link™ and Apple CarPlay®, advanced map navigation and voice control, a hands-free Bluetooth® system, and music via audio-streaming or “crystal-clear” radio reception with digital radio in Europe.

Broadcom Adds Two New Automotive-Grade Wireless Connectivity Chips

September 15, 2015 by  
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Devices Meet Growing Demand for Seamless In-Vehicle Connectivity

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) announced two new connectivity chips in its automotive portfolio. Broadcom’s automotive-grade wireless chips, featuring the latest in 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart technology, enable car makers and tier one integrators to keep pace with the speed and growth of consumer electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) industry.

The new chips deliver high-speed connectivity within and beyond the vehicle, providing Internet, cloud applications and entertainment content via telematics or hot spot connections.

CSR CSRatlas7™ SoC and tuneX® Products Bring Platform Advantages for Display Audio Infotainment and SDR Tuners

June 6, 2015 by  
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CSR_plc_logo_Sept_2013Platform Approach Combines Hardware and Software to Boost Simplicity, Lower Costs, and Speed Time-to-Market

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) announced the CSRatlas7™ which it said offers automobile manufacturers a highly integrated, cost-effective, pre-packaged Display Audio solution designed to meet challenging complexity and interoperability requirements.

By integrating infotainment, connectivity and location features in a single turnkey system on a chip (SoC) solution for the in-vehicle environment, CSR enables the cost-effective extension of new and competitive features usually associated with high-end vehicles to entry and mid-level cars.

Top Technology Trends Driving the Internet of Vehicles

May 7, 2015 by  
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By Michael Hurston, Broadcom Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales


Within the vast realm of the IoT, the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is one of the fastest growing segments. It promises to transform the vehicle we know today with incredible new features such as seamless connectivity with mobile devices, advanced driver safety features and in-vehicle infotainment. The impact of this seismic shift in automotive design promises to be tremendous, literally changing the way cars are designed and ultimately, how consumers interface with their cars. Let’s take a closer look at the advanced technologies driving the IoV forward.

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Safety, Infotainment and More in Mazda’s 2016 CX-3 Subcompact Crossover

May 2, 2015 by  
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mazda 5-2-15 CX3The 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is the fifth vehicle introduced to the U.S. with KODO—Soul of Motion design and showcasing the full suite of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology.

“CX-3 was designed to deliver all of the fun and technology of our larger models but at a price in the market where it will be a draw for buyers of all backgrounds. It is truly a vehicle that will help set the pace for its newly emerging segment.” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.

Will My Car be Hacker Proof?

April 21, 2015 by  
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adacore-robert_dewarBy Robert B. K. Dewar
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University
President, AdaCore

In February last year I asked the question “Will My Car be Safe to Drive?” where I worried that the safety-critical software aboard new cars (there is lots and lots of it) might not be reliable. Well I am still concerned about that, but now I have a new worry. Never mind bugs, what about hackers trying to sabotage this complex software aboard?

German Car Maker selects Parrot for Rear Seat Entertainment

April 21, 2015 by  
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Parrot said it supplies a premium German car maker with its FC7100 intelligent Display. Mass production will start in Q2.

The system will entertain rear passengers with advanced media sharing, distribution and synchronization playback on each display, connectivity, HD video, and a range of connected apps:

• Android Apps from Parrot Cloud such as Internet browser, mails, weather, news, etc.
• Video Call: video chat and instant messaging for Rear Seat Entertainment.
• Wide range of Games is provided to the passengers
• Internet music and video streaming, radio and TV apps aggregating stations from all over the world
• Internet connectivity on each RSE Display is enabled by connecting a phone (Wi-Fi® tethering) or using an in-vehicle Wi-Fi® hotspot

Infotainment, Navigation, Safety and More in the 2015 Lexus ES 350

April 18, 2015 by  
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2013_Lexus_ES_350_13__44641_2524_lowIt’s really not that huge an imposition to have to adjust the driver’s seat whenever it’s time to switch different sized drivers, but it’s nice not to have to, and in the 2015 Lexus ES 350, with 10-way power seats, the seat slides forward or back automatically so it’s easier in and easier out.

And it’s not just the seat that adjusts, but also the steering wheel and side mirrors. A thoughtful design. Plus, the side mirrors are heated.

11 “Musts” for an Automotive Integration Revolution

March 27, 2015 by  
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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.

Toshiba Bluetooth IC with Integrated DSP Targets Automotive Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Subsystems

February 27, 2015 by  
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Toshiba Bluetooth ICBuilt-In Supporting Circuitry and Inclusion of Full Software Stack and Profiles Saves on System Bill-of-Materials and Helps Lower Time to Market

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new system IC that combines full Bluetooth® operation with audio processing capabilities and supporting circuitry.

The TC35668IXBG offers a highly integrated solution for automotive hands-free and audio streaming subsystems. Suitable for integration by car OEMs and for after-sales automotive market audio systems, the new IC can also form the basis of a subsystem such as a wireless speaker.

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