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.
Symphony Teleca Corporation (STC) and Delphi worked together to develop and demonstrate an HTML5-based human-machine interface (HMI) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system for the Fiat 500 using the center touch screen console and a digital instrument cluster. Intel was also involved in the development effort.
Delphi Automotive PLC has launched a cloud-based automotive connectivity service, Delphi Connect, for Chinese consumers. Successfully introduced in the U.S., Delphi Connect will provide Chinese drivers a car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service.
Delphi Connect is a device that plugs into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) port to connect its owners to vehicle information through a smart phone or a web portal. Applicable to most cars built in China after 2003, Delphi Connect enables Chinese car owners to remotely and instantly use this device to access their vehicle’s health data, trip history and location quickly and easily, set driving boundary limits and track their vehicle’s travels.
Driver assistance technologies support new Euro NCAP 5-star safety ratings.
More than one million road deaths occur annually. In Europe alone, about 250,000 people are seriously injured each year and 28,000 were killed last year.
Studies show that 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. This statistic can be greatly minimized through technology available today, like Delphi’s RACam system, a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, which will be introduced on the new Volvo SPA platform at the end of 2014.
The system incorporates radar sensing, vision sensing and data fusion into a single module to enable a range of active safety functions.
Leak detectors developed by INFICON power many of the new leak detection systems available for automakers and their suppliers.
Many of the leading auto-industry providers of automated leak-detection systems now use INFICON’s recently introduced LDS3000 leak detectors, according to Thomas Parker, the company’s North American automotive sales manager.
Parker notes that automotive system integrators such as Cincinnati Test Systems, Future Technologies Inc. and Vacuum Technology Inc. have introduced new helium and hydrogen INFICON leak detectors on systems used for testing automotive parts including fuel tanks, air-conditioning components and airbags.
The product allows drivers to track, locate, access, secure and monitor their select vehicles over the Verizon Wireless network using their current smartphone, tablet or computer. The product works in most vehicles sold in the United States from 1996 onward.
“Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi allows drivers the chance to experience unique telematics and location-based features without purchasing a new car,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer. “Offered together with Verizon Wireless, this product not only offers convenience and connectivity but also peace of mind. For example, drivers can use a smartphone, laptop or tablet as a key fob for their car when they are locked out – regardless of where they are.”
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced an agreement with Delphi Automotive PLC that extends the companies’ long-term relationship in automotive electronics that encompasses applications including infotainment and networking solutions.
Under this agreement, Delphi has selected NXP’s SAF775x family, the industry’s first single-chip RFCMOS multi-tuner car radio IC and NXP’s AM/FM background tuner. Delphi continues to be at the forefront of using NXP’s software-defined radio for digital reception, such as the SAF36xx family.