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
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.
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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“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.
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?
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
It’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.
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.