Broadcom Claims “World’s Smallest, Most Power-Efficient” Automotive Ethernet Switch Portfolio

October 27, 2015 by  
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Press Image_BroadR-Reach SwitchNext-Generation BroadR-Reach® Chips with Integrated PHYs Enable Centralized In-Car Networking with Proven Performance, Compliance and Security

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) announced its next-generation BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet switch portfolio with integrated PHYs for automotive central gateway, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems(ADAS), infotainment, head units and time-sensitive applications.

The 28 nm devices are designed to deliver 30 percent power savings, which provides the industry’s lowest power automotive switch solution, according to Broadcom.

The dramatic rise of in-car applications has led to an increase in demand for bandwidth, creating strain on the car’s network. Using Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach Ethernet technology, automotive manufacturers can not only address bandwidth concerns but also ensure compliance with the latest standards and enable a secure network.

Autonomous Vehicles Are Disrupting Auto Manufacturing

October 26, 2015 by  
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By Dan Noal, senior director, automotive solutions, Wind River.

Google is probably the first company you might think of if the conversation around your office coffee machine turned to talk of self-driving vehicles. Whether you are for or against the basic concept of a self-driving car, Google has been keen to point out the primary goal is to dramatically reduce the number of traffic accident deaths and injuries.

In the U.S. 94% of vehicle accidents are caused by human error so removing the human aspect of driving certainly appears a logical step. However, away from planet Earth, one of the most famous self-driving autonomous vehicles is the Curiosity Mars Lander mission that landed on the red planet’s surface in 2012.

TU-Automotive Adds Speakers for Europe Conference

September 7, 2015 by  
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Pierre Masai, Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor Europe and Sebastian Wedeniwski, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Automotive, have joined the list of automotive industry executives who will speak at TU-Automotive Europe, Europe’s largest connected car and mobility conference, 2nd-3rd November 2015 in Stuttgart.

Speakers also scheduled to participate  include:
• Dieter May, SVP for New Digital Data and Business Models, BMW
• Robert Henrich, CEO, Moovel
• Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SVP Advanced Technology for Automotive, Mahindra Mahindra
• Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder, Head of Product Innovation, TomTom Management Board
• Thierry Le Hay, Director, Innovation, Peugeot Citroen Alliance
• Martin Kristensson, Director Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
• Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
• Jürgen Dickmann, Leader for Research & Development – Active Sensors, Daimler
• Francois Guichard, Transport: Vehicle Regulations & Transport Innovations, United Nations

Elektrobit in Silicon Valley – Focused on Strategic Partnerships, and Hiring Engineers

July 1, 2015 by  
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Earlier this year Elektrobit (EB) announced that it’s opening a development center in the San Francisco-Bay area to extend the company’s software and systems innovations for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving. The center – Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose – is led by Walter Sullivan, who joined EB from Microsoft, where he was Senior Program Manager, Automotive. We asked him how the Lab is progressing so far:


JD: Can you discuss any of the projects you are working on?

I am focused on establishing key strategic partnerships as well as putting the finishing touches on our new office space, Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose.

BMW ConnectedDrive Develops Intelligent Parking Search

June 3, 2015 by  
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bmw 6-3-15-2With its partner INRIX, BMW Group is demonstrating a solution it said will be able to shorten the search for vacant on-street parking, particularly in cities.

BMW will present a research prototype of this application at TU-Automotive Detroit (formerly Telematics Detroit), June 3 – 4 2015. The system will be displayed in a BMW i3.

Easier Parking Searches, Reduced Parking-Related Traffic
BMW said its Connected Navigation Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) system is already helping drivers cope more effectively, safely and conveniently by providing accurate early warning of congestion and hold-ups and informing them of alternative routes.

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BMW Implements Microchip’s MOST® Technology in BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Model’s Infotainment System

April 15, 2015 by  
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Broadens Deployment From Premium Vehicles to Volume Car Models

Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the BMW Group is continuing to broaden the proliferation of MOST® technology in its vehicle infotainment networks, using Microchip’s Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs).

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s latest volume car model to implement MOST technology, following the company’s wide deployment among its premium models, which began in 2001.

HARMAN to Acquire Bang & Olufsen’s Automotive Audio Business

March 31, 2015 by  
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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.

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.

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