The new Renault Espace recently introduced in Europe has distinctive LED tail lamps with a two-part design developed by HELLA.
The fifth generation French crossover was first shown as Renault’s “Initiale Paris” concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The new model features HELLA tail lamps that are split into two sections to generate a unique appearance, especially when turn signals are activated.
An auxiliary lens that combines clear and brushed coatings is located in front of each LED light guide to create what Renault refers to as an “ice cube” design similar to the appearance of light passing through an ice cube.
In order to successfully enter the growing electric vehicle market, Renault wanted to create a new motor design. In the earlier phases, they turned to Maple and started quickly with first-order approximations of the rotor. One particular issue of growing complexity that was solved with Maple was that of the slot wedge, which holds the rotor wire in place to ensure reliability over both maximum loads and long-term operation
The new software will supply all low-to-mid and high-class Renault and Nissan vehicles globally and will be supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH.
“Our Renault-Nissan team believes GENIVI will become the new standard automotive operating system that will be used in in-vehicle infotainment systems,” said Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global Vice President, EE & Systems Engineering. “A GENIVI solution will allow both an increase in quality level and a decrease in the cost of these systems due to reuse of many software modules.”
Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.
The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.
Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.
Telematics Update’s Telematics Munich conference is scheduled for November 10-11 at the Hotel Dolce, Munich, Germany. Organizers say the conference will focus on how the car is plugging into the connected world so that the ecosystem can develop auto mobility strategies towards 2020.
The Car Plugs into the Connected World: Auto Mobility Strategies for 2020
As hype gathers around the Internet of Things, automakers and service providers alike are developing data management systems capable of dealing with the huge influx of data that comes with having everything connected.
Orange rolled out 4G at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is for both teams to test new uses made possible by very-high-speed mobile technology in real-life situations, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.
An initial test is underway on the NEXT TWO prototype based on Renault ZOE and to be presented on the Renault stand at the LeWeb’13 Paris conference.
Global V2V Penetration into new vehicles will increase from just over 10% in 2018 to 70% in 2027, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) with the EU, US, and Japan as key regions adopting V2V in the mid-term.
“V2X market and regulatory dynamics vary greatly from region to region,” says VP and practice director Dominique Bonte.
Shipments to exceed 62 million by 2018 as feature set explodes
ABI Research predicts that shipments of connected automotive infotainment systems will grow from 9 million in 2013 to more than 62 million in 2018 with connected navigation, multimedia streaming, social media, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots becoming key features.
ABI Research VP and practice director Dominique Bonte comments, “Open platforms continue their march forward. While both the GENIVI consortium (open source common automotive infotainment reference platform) and the Car Connectivity Consortium (MirrorLink screen replication technology) somewhat struggle to find momentum, the car industry is now turning its attention to HTML5 and Android with both Renault (R-Link) and Volvo (Sensus Connected Touch platform based on Parrot’s Asteroid Smart) embracing (heavily) modified versions of the Android operating system.”
American Business Conferences’ Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit California will be held February 12-13 2013 in San Francisco.
The Summit will assess strategic approaches and best practices for enabling seamless connectivity and enriched in-vehicle infotainment experiences though integration of devices, apps and features.
Day One will examine OEM built-in, brought-in, or beamed-in connectivity strategies, discuss the development of supporting connectivity infrastructure, and evaluate billing strategies from a telecommunications perspective. Afternoon sessions will include benchmarking app integration, location-based apps, augmented reality, and audio entertainment for specific in-vehicle use cases.
Speakers will include Candido Peterlini, VP of marketing innovation and director of product concept, infotainment, at Fiat Group; Marc Pajon, VP of engineering, advanced projects, life on board, safety, and dynamic performance, at Renault; Alan Bennett, chief engineer, electrical, at Aston Martin; Henry Bzeih, chief technology strategist at Kia Connected Car; Partha Goswami, technology manager, connected vehicle & infotainment, General Motors; Matt Jones, senior technical specialist, infotainment, at Jaguar Land Rover; Philippe Colliot, senior engineer, navigation & telematics, PSA Peugeot Citroën, and Per Lindberg, senior business analyst, connected car, Volvo.