OEM rear-seat entertainment shipments have only reached an estimated 2.9 million in 2014. Furthermore, aftermarket devices have not fared too well either; shipments in 2014 are estimated to be 3.5 million globally. However, there is hope that this stagnant market will prosper once more in the form of bring your own device (BYOD) i.e. tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and other portable media players. Consumers have moved on from DVD and Blu-ray players and therefore so too must rear-seat entertainment.
The market for such vehicles is nearly five times greater than the market for e-bikes with pedals according to the report, “Electric Motorcycles and Three Wheel Electric Vehicles 2015-2025”
IDTechEx says the big stories this year are car-like MicroEVs, the first category to be aimed primarily at emerging nations, and electric motorcycles, including e-maxi scooters and three wheel motorcycles.
Earlier this year, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow.
In fact, quite a storm is brewing in the car industry. With Apple on the scene, ABI Research asks what are the wider implications for the automotive industry and for drivers in the future?
The EV Roadmap 7 conference, to be held at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon July 24-25 2014, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier electric vehicle gathering and one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States. The event is produced by Portland State University, Portland General Electric, and Drive Oregon.
EV Roadmap brings together Oregon’s early adopters with national and international experts to inform transportation electrification efforts across the United States. This year’s agenda includes sessions from Ford, General Motors, BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mentor Graphics.
Telematics Brazil & LATAM 2014 (24-25 September, Sao Paulo) will analyse how to create profitable telematics propositions in the region. Expert speakers from Fiat, Volvo, BMW, Harman and many more will address a range of topics from security and connected car to insurance telematics.
The 4th edition will uncover how to capitalize on low cost solutions and create solid business models that will accelerate adoption in the Latin America market. Highlights include:
- 30+ expert speakers from across the value chain. Daimler Fleetboard, Volvo, Bosch, Harman, Arval BNP Paribas, Wireless Car and Fiat will be showcasing how to build strong, money –making business in the region
Preh developed two battery management electronic control units (ECUs) for the fully electric BMW i3 – the BMU (battery management unit) and the CSSU (cell supervising sensor unit). The units are produced at the auto supplier’s headquarters in Bad Neustadt, Germany.
Preh also supplies control systems for the i3’s interior: the iDrive Touch Controller and the Driving Experience Control.
According to ABI Research, in-vehicle wearable integration is the latest trend in automotive with announcements following each other in quick succession:
- Harman’s ADAS Google Glass integration,
- Hyundai’s Blue Link Glassware application,
- Mercedes’ Pebble smart watch Digital DriveStyle application,
- BMW’s i3 EV Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch integration,
- Nissan’s Nismo concept smart watch displaying biometric and vehicle diagnostics and performance data, and
- INRIX’s real-time traffic Google Glass demo app.
Logically following in the wake of in-vehicle smartphone integration, wearable form-factors will interface – directly or via phones – with more than 90% of vehicles shipping globally in 2019.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that Volkswagen has approved NXP Mantis™ CAN transceivers for use in Volkswagen vehicles without a common-mode choke, enabling significant system cost savings in applications.
With increasing functions being introduced into the car, the performance of a modern in-vehicle network becomes increasingly critical to the vehicle’s safe and reliable operation. Electromagnetic emission and immunity against electromagnetic interference are among the critical parameters that must be controlled.
Automotive manufacturers define strict specifications that all transceivers must adhere to before being approved for use in the vehicle. Traditionally, a common-mode choke has been required to reach the performance limits in the application, creating an additional cost of approximately 10-15 cents (USD) per module.
NVIDIA said its new Tegra® K1 mobile processor features a quad-core CPU and a 192-core GPU, uses the energy-efficient NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture, and runs automotive applications that had previously not been possible with such low power consumption.
Parallel Computing Platform
The Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to support CUDA®, the parallel computing platform at the heart of modern computer vision. In its automotive-grade form, the chip is hardened to withstand a wider range of temperatures and withstand harsher operating conditions.
Dassault Systèmes announced the signing of an acquisition agreement for an 84% controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG (RTT), which provides 3D visualization software, marketing solutions and computer generated imagery services.
This acquisition of Munich-based RTT will include its software division, known for its DeltaGen, PictureBook, POS Configurator and other solutions, and its marketing consulting services. It will also include subsidiary Bunkspeed, with its line of rendering software. RTT’s customers include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ferrari, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, Nissan, PorscheToyota and Volkswagen.