New Linux Foundation Members Collaborate on Connected Car Technology

March 27, 2014 by  
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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 Supports Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

February 26, 2014 by  
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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.

ABI Predicts Fast Growth for In-vehicle Wearables

February 7, 2014 by  
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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.

Hyundai Embeds SoundHound App

January 27, 2014 by  
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SoundHound Inc. announced a partnership with the Hyundai Motor Group to embed the SoundHound music and sound recognition application directly into select Hyundai & Kia vehicles.

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.

Hyundai Selects Verizon for Its Next-Generation Connected Cars

January 21, 2014 by  
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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 Explores Wearable Technology

January 3, 2014 by  
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Hyundai’s next generation of products, starting with the all-new 2015 Genesis, will allow owners to connect with their vehicle using wearable devices.

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.

SiriusXM acquiring Agero Connected Vehicle Services division

August 19, 2013 by  
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SiriusXM Radio Inc. will acquire Agero, Inc.’s connected vehicle services division for $530 million in cash, leaving Agero to focus on its roadside assistance business.

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.

INFICON leak detection systems

August 13, 2013 by  
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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.

Ethernet benefits for connected cars

July 30, 2013 by  
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The need to integrate multiple consumer electronic devices into the car is prompting automakers to shift toward higher connectivity options able to power prioritized and personalized services.

Frost & Sullivan suggests that Ethernet could serve as the backbone to the electronic architecture connecting domains and sub networks that require higher bandwidth and also cater to consumers’ need for connectivity.

300 million ports by 2020

The research firm estimates that the total number of Ethernet ports globally will reach 300 million by 2020. The number of nodes or ports is expected to range from more than 100 in luxury cars, 50–60 in mass market segment cars, and less than 10 nodes in entry level cars by 2020.

Connected IVI Global Summit in London September 25-26

July 8, 2013 by  
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The connected car presents automakers with significant opportunities for generating new revenue streams, gaining a better understanding of customer behaviour via data analytics, and enriching the overall in-vehicle and ownership experience.

Key strategic alliances must be formed in order to create optimal revenue-sharing models, attractive platforms for developers and reduced costs through standardisation.

The 3rd edition of the Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit 2013, to be held in London September 25-26, is an interactive, OEM-led forum intended to connect carmakers with industry stakeholders to address commercially viable business models, standardization, and infotainment system innovation.

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