Magna International Inc. announced that its Magna Powertrain operating unit is the supplier of the new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system available on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. The 2015 Genesis marks the first Hyundai sedan to offer an AWD system known as HTRAC®.
“The launch of the Genesis HTRAC system is a continuation of a close partnership between Hyundai and Magna Powertrain on advanced all-wheel-drive systems,” said Jake Hirsch, president of Magna Powertrain.
The new Genesis will be built at Hyundai’s Ulsan, Korea, plant, with the AWD system being produced and shipped from Magna Powertrain’s Lannach and Ilz facilities in Austria.
The MOST® Cooperation – standardization organization for the automotive multimedia network technology Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – announced that Hyundai Motor Company will use MOST150 in its all-new Genesis model.
Advanced Driver Information Technology GmbH, ATS Advanced Telematic Systems GmbH, GlobalLogic, and OBIGO are joining the Linux Foundation.
The companies are also joining the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Steering Committee, composed of automotive, communication, semiconductor, electronics, and academic contributors working to create a Linux-based platform to meet the security and performance requirements of the automotive industry.
The Linux Foundation said its AGL initiative continues to grow rapidly as the auto industry realizes that Linux — highly customizable and extremely powerful — provides newfound control and innovation opportunities that are not possible with a proprietary operating system.
Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (HVCC) is supplying technologies to support the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle manufactured by Hyundai Motor Group. HVCC is a 70-percent owned subsidiary of Visteon Corporation.
Introduced in Europe in 2013, the ix35, also known as the Tucson, is slated for a limited U.S. distribution this spring.
Products supplied by HVCC on the Tucson compact crossover SUV include a centrifugal air compressor, coolant heater, high-voltage cooling module and positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater, and an HVAC system with an electric compressor.
According to ABI Research, in-vehicle wearable integration is the latest trend in automotive with announcements following each other in quick succession:
- Harman’s ADAS Google Glass integration,
- Hyundai’s Blue Link Glassware application,
- Mercedes’ Pebble smart watch Digital DriveStyle application,
- BMW’s i3 EV Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch integration,
- Nissan’s Nismo concept smart watch displaying biometric and vehicle diagnostics and performance data, and
- INRIX’s real-time traffic Google Glass demo app.
Logically following in the wake of in-vehicle smartphone integration, wearable form-factors will interface – directly or via phones – with more than 90% of vehicles shipping globally in 2019.
SoundHound enables two distinct sound inputs to be recognized through a single search button. Both recorded music and a hummed query can be identified. Beginning this spring, Hyundai and Kia drivers will be able to identify songs and access SoundHound features through their vehicle’s head unit. The feature will initially be available in Hyundai and Kia vehicles in North America, South Korea and China. Hyundai vehicle models integrated with SoundHound will include the all-new 2015 Genesis.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions has signed an agreement with Hyundai Motor America to provide a range of connected services, including safety, security, diagnostics and infotainment to Hyundai vehicles starting in 2014.
“We selected Verizon to provide the wireless network service for ‘Next-generation Blue Link’ because both customer opinion and various data sources indicate that Verizon provides the best solution to our customers for both coverage and quality,” said Woo-Young Kwak, executive vice president, Vehicle IT Service Division/Vehicle IT Development Center, Hyundai Motor Group.
Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform makes features like remote start and service information accessible through new devices like Google Glass.
Wearable devices will help owners save time and add a new level of convenience by allowing remote interaction with the vehicle without the need to pull out their smartphone. Hyundai plans to launch a Blue Link Glassware application next year with the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan.
Following the acquisition, SiriusXM will provide connected vehicle services to automotive manufacturers including Acura, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota – more manufacturers, it said, than any other telematics provider. SiriusXM offers audio entertainment and data services available in more than 50 million vehicles.
“The transaction accelerates SiriusXM’s development in architecture supporting connected vehicle services, as well as the ability to provide services over both satellite and cellular networks,” said SiriusXM chief executive officer Jim Meyer.
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.