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.
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 Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app is now available for download into the multimedia system of 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation.
Sonata owners can use the in-vehicle app as another convenient option for accessing car care services and vehicle information.
The Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app has similar features to the Hyundai Assurance Car Care mobile app but takes advantage of Sonata’s eight-inch multimedia touchscreen.
Customers can use the in-vehicle Care app as a convenient option for scheduling an oil change at their favorite dealership, access Hyundai’s first on-screen interactive owner’s manual, providing a convenient and simpler way for owners to become familiar with the full capabilities of their vehicle.
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.