Eaton announced its TVS2 Supercharger, which the company said improves vehicle manufacturers’ ability to deliver an optimal single boosted application. The device can also be paired with other boosting technologies to deliver compound boosting solutions for improved engine performance. The announcement was made at the 20th Supercharging Conference in Dresden, Germany.
“This latest innovation within our boosting portfolio delivers on the key areas that our customers have the most interest in, including efficiency, weight reduction, improved engine performance and the ability to better package supercharger devices within existing and future architectures,” said Brian Contat, product director, Boosting, Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “With the demand for greater engine efficiency and power density, products such as TVS2 are needed to satisfy the requirements of these future powertrains.”
As part of its contribution to the Ultra-Lightweight Transmission and driveline research project (ULTRAN), Ricardo engineers have designed a rear drive unit 25 percent lighter than current production. The unit is to be displayed publicly for the first time at LCV 2015.
The ULTRAN research project aims to accelerate cost-effective lightweight drivetrain technologies in order to reduce the powertrain weight of future vehicles, and hence improve vehicle performance and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The project is led by Jaguar Land Rover in a consortium including Ricardo, Tata Steel, Lubrizol, GRM Consulting Ltd, American Axle Manufacturing and the Universities of Southampton, Newcastle and Warwick – and is supported by InnovateUK.
Pierre Masai, Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor Europe and Sebastian Wedeniwski, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Automotive, have joined the list of automotive industry executives who will speak at TU-Automotive Europe, Europe’s largest connected car and mobility conference, 2nd-3rd November 2015 in Stuttgart.
Speakers also scheduled to participate include:
• Dieter May, SVP for New Digital Data and Business Models, BMW
• Robert Henrich, CEO, Moovel
• Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SVP Advanced Technology for Automotive, Mahindra Mahindra
• Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder, Head of Product Innovation, TomTom Management Board
• Thierry Le Hay, Director, Innovation, Peugeot Citroen Alliance
• Martin Kristensson, Director Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
• Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
• Jürgen Dickmann, Leader for Research & Development – Active Sensors, Daimler
• Francois Guichard, Transport: Vehicle Regulations & Transport Innovations, United Nations
BorgWarner provides its variable cam timing (VCT) and engine timing systems for the new I4 engine family from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
Based on a configurable and flexible architecture to improve manufacturing efficiency and calibration strategies, the engines deliver high performance, reduced emissions and improved fuel economy.
For reliable variable cam timing, BorgWarner’s compact torsional assist (TA) phaser technology actuates rapidly resulting in improved performance, while its latest chain and tensioner technologies deliver lower friction and improve wear resistance.
Wireless Technologies Leave Vehicles Exposed to Hackers; Automakers Collect Information on Driver Locations and Habits
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward J. Markey says new standards are needed to plug security and privacy gaps in cars and trucks.
His office released a report, “Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” with responses from 16 automakers to questions Sen. Markey posed last year regarding vehicles’ vulnerability to hackers and how driver information is collected and protected. The report is available here.
HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), has acquired Israeli-based Red Bend Software in a $170 million transaction including approximately $99 million in stock and $71 million in cash.
HARMAN has also acquired Symphony Teleca, a privately-held software services company based in Mountain View, California, for a base purchase price of $780 million.
Red Bend provides software management technology for connected devices, and over-the-air (OTA) software and firmware upgrading services. With more than two billion Red Bend-enabled devices delivered globally, Red Bend is the leading provider of advanced over-the-air (OTA) solutions, serving top handset manufacturers and mobile carriers.
At International CES 2015 Broadcom Corporation announced its next-generation BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet chip, BCM89811 PHY, optimized for use in low-power automotive applications.
Delivering 100 megabit per second (Mbps) performance over a single, unshielded twisted pair wire, the highly integrated chip combines the functionality of multiple discrete devices in an ultra-small package (6×6 mm).
Ethernet in the Connected Car
While Ethernet has long been used as an IT network technology, its application in the connected car is an undeniably growing trend. The low power features of Broadcom’s new BCM89811 physical layer transceiver (PHY) enable new use cases for automotive Ethernet beyond infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) into telematics, shark fin antennas, instrumentation clusters, head unit and center stack module applications.
A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the A, B and C-pillars.
Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would be visible all around the car – and by combining the transparent pillars with an advanced, high quality Heads-Up display, the movement of other road users could be highlighted to the driver with an on-screen halo moving across the car’s virtual windscreen.
The online event is hosted by IBM and facilitated by SAE International. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cevirt/.
Elektrobit’s methodology combines elements of Agile, Scrum, and Lean. “We’ve seen a huge rise in the complexity of automotive electronics software. The complexity can lead to projects being late, or over budget, or deficient in quality,” says Christian Mies, managing assistant, infotainment solutions.
Telematics Update will bring together over 250 industry leaders from across the connected car industry, including Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Harman, at the Telematics West Coast 2014 Conference & Exhibition (October 30-31, San Diego) to debate the next era of in-car connected content & services.
With the prediction that there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2020 (Cisco), connectivity is the word of the moment. Within the automotive sector, the industry focus has moved from simply delivering apps and content into the vehicle towards creating a contextual, personal driving experience that seamlessly fits into this wider connected lifestyle.