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.

PG&E and BMW Partner to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles

January 8, 2015 by  
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pg&e logobmw logoBMW and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid.

If successful, the pilot program could pave the way for significant utility payments that could stimulate further customer purchases of electric vehicles.

BMW will help PG&E manage power demand on its grid in two ways. First, the automaker will create a large energy storage unit at the BMW Group Technology Office in Mountain View, California, using lithium-ion batteries that were once installed in MINI E demonstration vehicles. Like other storage systems, these “second life” batteries can absorb cheap surplus electrical energy when demand is low and release it on request when demand soars.

QNX to Provide LG Electronics with Software Platforms for Next-generation Automotive Systems

January 5, 2015 by  
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LG’s Vehicle Components Company building QNX-powered infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems for global automakers.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, announced that LG Electronics’ (LG) Vehicle Components (VC) Company will use a range of QNX® solutions to build infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for the global automotive market.

LG and QNX Software Systems have worked together on large-volume telematics production programs. For the new systems, QNX will provide LG with the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, the QNX® Neutrino® Operating System (OS), the QNX OS for Automotive Safety, the QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Acoustics for Voice, a signal processing solution for automotive voice communications.

100 Mbps Next-Generation BroadR-Reach Chip Extends Ethernet to Low Power Automotive Applications

January 5, 2015 by  
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broadrreach_automotive_pressimage_jan2015Telematics, Shark Fin Antennas, Instrumentation Cluster Applications and More

At International CES 2015 Broadcom Corporation announced its next-generation BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet chip, BCM89811 PHY, optimized for use in low-power automotive applications.

Delivering 100 megabit per second (Mbps) performance over a single, unshielded twisted pair wire, the highly integrated chip combines the functionality of multiple discrete devices in an ultra-small package (6×6 mm).

Ethernet in the Connected Car
While Ethernet has long been used as an IT network technology, its application in the connected car is an undeniably growing trend. The low power features of Broadcom’s new BCM89811 physical layer transceiver (PHY) enable new use cases for automotive Ethernet beyond infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) into telematics, shark fin antennas, instrumentation clusters, head unit and center stack module applications.

HARMAN to Acquire Automotive Software and Services Developer S1nn

December 18, 2014 by  
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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.

Industry Leaders Discuss Deterministic Ethernet: Connecting Autonomous Driving to Industrial IoT

December 16, 2014 by  
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Left to right: Jorge Magalhaes, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vestas Wind Systems, Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President and CTO of Rockwell Automation, Maciej Kranz, Vice President at Cisco Corporate Technology Group, Kirsten Matheus, Ethernet Project Manager at BMW, Mathias Halliger, Chief Architect at Audi, and Georg Kopetz, Member of the Executive Board at TTTech.

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”.

European Auto Industry Embracing 48V Hybrid Technology

November 28, 2014 by  
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palmer 11-28-14According 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.

FAW Group Joins the MOST Cooperation

November 20, 2014 by  
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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 logo index“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 ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

November 19, 2014 by  
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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

Tablets Can Bring New Life to In-car Rear-seat Entertainment

September 2, 2014 by  
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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.

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