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
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.
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.
“We are demonstrating how the online world is rapidly evolving to make our vehicles more attractive, safer and more efficient,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Interior division. “(At CES) we are showcasing ready-to-market solutions for the intelligent vehicle to our customers.”
The Dynamic Electronic Horizon (eHorizon)
Together with its collaboration partner IBM and the location cloud company HERE, Continental is turning the digital map into a high-precision and constantly up-to-date sensor that can be used for much more than just navigation.
Automotive Grade CSR1010™ Brings the Car to the Internet of Things
CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) announced availability of the CSR1010™ auto, the world’s first AEC-Q100 Grade 2 Bluetooth® Smart chipset for automotive applications qualified for mass production.
The solution equips automotive manufacturers with the tools they need to add exciting new features to existing infotainment systems and to design innovative future Bluetooth Smart applications for both inside and outside the car.
With important manufacturing benefits like cable reduction and low power consumption, the solution enables a wide variety of additional capabilities to existing closed automotive applications.
u-blox (SIX:UBXN) announced the acquisition of the automotive-grade Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module products and a team of key engineers from lesswire AG, a subsidiary of the PRETTL group.
Founded in 1999, lesswire is a privately owned company that provides robust vehicle-ready short range wireless communication modules to Tier-1 automotive electronics suppliers in Europe and Asia.
The purchase includes off-the-shelf products, equipment and a team of experts in the area of connected car and short range connectivity modules.
The new plant, which covers 17,151 square meters (184,616 square feet), serves as both a design and manufacturing center for Laird. An in-house engineering team utilizes local ingenuity and technical expertise, which is then leveraged by the manufacturing team to produce “smart” antenna solutions and applications.
The team also produces components that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and other emerging mobile technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, all of which will greatly enhance driver safety, the passenger experience and the management of vehicle assets in the future.
Pioneer will license Abalta Technologies’ WEBLINK® for inclusion with Pioneer’s in-vehicle multimedia product line. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
With WEBLINK®, Pioneer car electronics customers can connect their smartphone via USB for easier set up and eliminate the need to purchase additional cables. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
Michael O’Shea, President and CEO of Abalta Technologies, said, “Pioneer is the global leader in the automotive aftermarket industry and their decision to use WEBLINK® strongly validates our technology.”
Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.
The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.
Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.
Subaru of America introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.