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.

Senator Markey Spotlights Security and Privacy Concerns

February 9, 2015 by  
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Senator Edward J. Markey (D. Mass.)

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.

Continental Focuses on Connectivity at CES

January 12, 2015 by  
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Continental_LTE 1-12-15At the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas Continental highlighted how automotive electronics benefit from connecting the vehicle to the cloud.

“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.”

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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.

CSR Chipset Aids Design of Bluetooth Smart Applications

December 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Product News

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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 Acquires lesswire Automotive Short Range Modules

December 2, 2014 by  
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u-blox 12-02Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Modules Target Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

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.

Laird Opens a New Telematics Design and Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

October 17, 2014 by  
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laird logoLaird opened a new telematics manufacturing plant in Shanghai to serve the international automotive market.

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.

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