HARMAN International Industries (NYSE:HAR) has signed an agreement to acquire S1nn GmbH & Co. KG, a developer of infotainment systems, connectivity and car audio solutions.
This transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Founded in 2004 and based in Stuttgart, Germany, S1nn provides a range of technology and system integration solutions and software application services to top tier automotive companies, such as Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Tesla Motors.
TTTech Hosts IoT Panel with Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas
TTTech hosted a cross-industry discussion panel at the Internet of Things
(IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event brought together thought leaders from Audi, BMW, Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Vestas to discuss “Deterministic Ethernet – Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT”.
According to Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and other participants at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems in Düsseldorf, Germany, 48V mild hybrid developments are being driven by ever-tightening European CO2 regulations and, potentially, a new and more aggressive test cycle.
Together with other sponsors, including AVL and Ricardo, CPT discussed the need for an internationally accepted 48V electrical standard. The firms say such a standard is required by the global automotive industry to achieve the economies of scale demanded by original equipment manufacturers.
The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes the FAW Group as first Chinese carmaker member.
“FAW is a forward thinking leading automaker in China,” stated Henry Muyshondt, MOSTCO Administrator. “We are delighted that they have chosen MOST as the backbone for their in-vehicle information and entertainment network. We welcome them to the MOST community, as MOST Technology continues to enable high-function yet cost-effective systems all around the world.”
BMW announced that the music streaming service Spotify can now be brought into the car. Spotify users on iOS – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music experience to BMW and MINI drivers:
- Access music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse
- Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display
- Comfortable and safe to use with the iDrive Controller
- Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320kbps) as well as ad-free and offline listening
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