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.
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that it has passed the 50 member mark and now represents 70 percent of both automotive and smartphone markets worldwide. Car Connectivity Consortium Chairman and President Mika Rytkonen said the CCC’s 50 percent growth in membership in the past four months – 20 additional members – represents a sharp increase in momentum for the MirrorLink™ standard. The 14-month-old Consortium currently has 58 members, among the newest of which are BMW, Fiat, Ford, KDDI, Renault, JVC Kenwood, Fujitsu, HARMAN, and Pioneer.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. has been granted ISO/TS 16949 certification, the highest international quality standard for the automotive industry. The certification covers RFMD’s manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina.
ISO/TS 16949 certification incorporates ISO technical specifications that are more stringent than ISO 9001 quality management system requirements. The goal of the ISO/TS 16949 standard is to enhance existing quality management systems, which, when combined with customer-specific requirements, support continual improvement through defect prevention and a reduction in variation and waste in the supply chain. The ISO/TS 16949 standard combines North American and European automotive requirements and serves the global automotive market.
TomTom and its joint venture partner AutoNavi Holdings Limited announced a seven-year agreement with Qoros Auto, a China-based automotive company, for real-time HD Traffic.
TomTom also announced that it will supply the navigation in the upcoming R-Link, Renault’s connected multimedia system.
TomTom’s HD Traffic combines information from multiple GPS probe data sources. Its Traffic fusion engine is said to produce precise delay times and indicate the exact location of congestion on the road network. HD Traffic uses industry standards TMC and OpenLR, TomTom’s open source dynamic location referencing technology.
The increasing complexity of cars has taught automakers the value of cooperating with competitors on technology that customers won’t see and don’t care about but would be prohibitively expensive for a single automaker to develop in-house.
Automakers and suppliers formed the GENIVI Alliance, for example, to create an open source (Linux-based) development platform for in-vehicle infotainment, facilitating competition at the human-machine interface (HMI) level. More than 120 companies are now involved in the effort, and the Alliance’s semiannual meeting in San Jose, California last month was its largest such event to date.
NXP Semiconductors has expanded its second-generation UJA107x family of CAN/LIN System Basis Chips (SBCs) for in-vehicle networks, adding four new UJA107xA models that offer enhanced electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance to meet the stringent requirements of automakers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.
The latest generation of SBCs from NXP includes:
- UJA1078A HS-CAN and dual LIN SBC
- UJA1075A HS-CAN and LIN SBC
- UJA1076A HS-CAN SBC
- UJA1079A LIN SBC