Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) has agreed to acquire Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available in a wide range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models.
Terms of the agreement include a purchase price of €145,000,000 as well as license payments for an exclusive license to the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY brands within the automotive industry. HARMAN will assume all Bang & Olufsen Automotive customer programs, and all Bang & Olufsen Automotive development and production resources will be transferred to HARMAN.
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.
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.
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.
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 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