By Robert Schweiger, Director, Technology Solutions, Automotive, EMEA – Cadence Design Systems
The push towards increased automation and eventually to autonomous vehicles is disrupting how electronics are developed for vehicles. In recent decades, cars have contained a large number of electronic control units (ECUs) built on top of microcontrollers using trailing-edge semiconductor processes such as 130nm or 180nm. These ECUs typically just did one thing, “one box, one function,” and were linked together using comparatively low-performance networks such as CAN or FlexRay. Car companies, OEMs in the jargon, have been the system integrators, taking ECUs from the tier-1s like Bosch, Denso and Delphi, and creating and manufacturing cars.
Tula Technology, Inc. has completed a new investment round led by Delphi Automotive PLC. The investment will be used to advance the continued development and commercialization of the company’s fuel-saving Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) cylinder deactivation system.
“The significance of this new relationship goes beyond the investment itself,” said R. Scott Bailey, president and CEO, Tula Technology. “Delphi’s strong expertise in engine management systems and valvetrain components will help us to further optimize the overall performance of DSF and accelerate the deployment of our unique technology for three, four, six and eight-cylinder engines.”
Audi said the central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future piloted driving systems under development.
It uses “cutting-edge, high-performance” processors and will work its way into the model range step-by-step in the foreseeable future.
Specialists from TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi jointly developed the various hardware and software components. Audi chose Delphi as the future system supplier for the zFAS electronics board.
Audi described its central driver assistance controller as a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and a demonstration of the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving.
By Andy Gryc
Conference Director, Connected Car Expo
Co-founder, CX3 Marketing
Tier one companies like Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, Harman, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, and Visteon have deep expertise in building numerous complex modules for the car companies, they all have the know-how for building reliable, safe systems, and all are willing to be a “secret ingredient” instead of a nameplate brand.
Tomorrow’s car, regardless of who’s building it, will have even more working software in it than today’s cars do. The integration problems that car makers face today will only be compounded in the future with the explosion of smartphone connectivity, apps, wearables, fog computing, big data analytics, ADAS and autonomous technology.
The good news, according to cyber security specialist Battelle, is that vehicle owners, for the most part, are not in imminent danger from hackers. The bad news is that the threat of vehicle hacking is real, and growing.
In a step toward combatting the threat, Battelle and the SAE are planning a five-day training event – the 2015 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge – July 12-17 at Delphi corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
Combined Technology Fares Well in Audi Tests
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced a follow-on investment in automotive safety software specialist Cohda Wireless. NXP, together with Cisco, acquired a stake in Cohda In January, 2013.
By expanding its investment, NXP said it is reinforcing its commitment to the rapid global adoption of V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) technology, which allows cars to communicate with one another and to the surrounding intelligent traffic infrastructure by wirelessly exchanging real-time warning messages and traffic information.
By Paul Gray, CEO, Cohda Wireless
Cars are undoubtedly safer now than they ever have been, as evidenced by the steady decline of road fatalities. However, at the same time the number of injuries is actually increasing – passive safety technologies such as seat belts and airbags have simply made accidents more survivable. It is obvious that what is needed is ways of avoiding the accidents in the first place. Meanwhile traffic congestion, and its resulting environmental impact, continues to be a growing problem in cities around the globe. One simple technology has the potential to address all of these issues.
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Delphi Claims First-to-Market with Wireless Vehicle Communications Technology to Support V2V and V2I
Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) announced that it will be first-to-market with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that significantly advances driver alerts.
Delphi’s wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) functionality.
Radio signals transmit traffic data from car to car to alert drivers of potential road hazards; even those beyond the driver’s line of sight or out of the vehicle’s sensor range.
Bosch of Germany was the No. 1 supplier in the world last year of automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors, a market in which shipments continue to expand strongly but where revenue was being squeezed by marked price erosion, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
With revenue of $740 million, Bosch’s total amounted to more than three times the sales of its nearest competitor, Denso of Japan, which remained in second place, as in 2012. Together the Top 10 accounted for $2.18 billion worth of revenue, as shown in the attached figure, equivalent to 88 percent of the industry total of $2.47 billion. In 2012, the top 10 also had an 88 percent share in light of combined revenue of $2.12 billion, out of an industry aggregate of $2.40 billion.