Commercial Vehicle Telematics Webinar, May 7

Frost & Sullivan presented the key trends that will shape the global CV telematics market in a webinar on  May 7, 4pm BST.

To register and participate in this free webinar contact Chiara Carella chiara.carella@frost.com.

TI offers New Chips for ADAS & Bluetooh Connectivity for Smartphones & Cars

Automotive2_rev-mediumTexas Instruments recently announced AEC-Q100-qualified gate drivers and SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2541-Q1.

SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2541-Q1, a highly-integrated wireless microcontroller (MCU) that delivers low power, low cost, and simplified automotive connectivity to emerging smartphone-controlled and wire-replacement applications. 

Audi A7 Self Driving Autonmous Cars Don’t Have Ugly Can on Top LiDAR on Grille

audiconnecctAt CES Audi announced that it has developed its own, much smaller LIDAR that is mounted on the Audi grille, eliminating the ugly “can” at the top look. The company showed just how intelligent and beautiful self-driving cars can be.

In a demonstration Audi used an app to “call” the car from a parking spot to the front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas.

TeleNav Extends Ford Deal to 2017 Updates Scout iPhone App

searchaheadTelenav reported that it has expanded its supplier agreement with Ford until 2017 and updated its Scout for iPhone app.

Most GPS navigation apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps don’t let you search while you’re already navigating.  Telenav’s update of its Scout for iPhone app helps people find restaurants, coffee shops, or gas stations that are right along their route – and lets them easily add these as pit stops with the fewest taps on the iPhone.

New Connected Car V2I Tech Calls Cells When a Car is Going Wrong Way

emergecncycallboxMany of us have seen the problems that arise when someone drives the wrong direction in the lane. Often it is someone who goes down a one way street, the wrong way. Or it could be on a curved highway. In the case of Germany, there are 1,800 wrong-way drivers reported on the autobahn network, annually.  This kind of mistake leads to serious accident with one in six deaths in these kinds of collisions.

Positive Connected Car/Vehicle Feelings, Optimistic & Desired, Study Says

connectedvehichelThe University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) found that people surveyed feel positive about connected vehicles, have optimistic expectations of the benefits, have some concerns, and generally desire connected-vehicle technology when it becomes available.

This newly published paper titled “A Survey of Public Opinion About Connected Vehicles in the U.S., The U.K., And Australia” is full with interesting facts and figures such as:

Nissan Protects Cars from Dirt and Water (Ultra-Ever Dry ) Self-Cleaning Car

NissanselfcleanercloseNissan in Europe is testing new paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt called a self-cleaning car. It could mean that drivers will say chuck-it to their buckets and sponges.

A European Nissan Note with super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint effectiveness is being by engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in many conditions.

Intel Study Shows Americans Want Driverless Connected Car Culture

intelstudyThe “Intel Freeway to the Future” conducted by Penn Schoen Berland found that about half of Americans desire a driverless society and want cities to create infrastructures to improve quality of life for them and their community using non-personal data.

New Ways Audi Future Cars Connect with Autonmous Driverless, Self Parking & Cities Award

audiconnecctThe Audi Urban Future Award 2014 finalists include four teams in four cities developing four projects to connect cars and cities for more efficient transportation, automatic parking and autonomous robotic driverless Audi-piloted Audi cars.

The Audi Urban Future Award connects architects and urban planners, natural scientists and humanists, data specialists and product designers, who will work together to reinvent the future of urban mobility.

NY Auto Show Connected Cars Drive Driverless Testing, Automous, Self-Driving Volvo, Mercedes & Nissan

CBS Channel 10 news in Tampa Bay/Sarasota Florida, shows some very interesting information about driverless cars from the New York International Auto Show.

Volvo’s driverless car is being testing in Sweden, the video shows sensors in the grill work. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles appears in the video.

Mercedes is testing driverless cars in Germany. Nissan is testing driverless cars in Japan. GPS, cameras and sensors give cars a view of the road. The US Department of Transportation wants V2V technology in the future along with V2I.

Several automakers expect to sell the technology by 2020.

Volvo has safety technology in its cars. More than one million Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking have been sold. To date, more than 155,000 of these Volvos have been sold in the U.S. market.

With its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz in August 2013 claims to be the world’s first automobile manufacturer to demonstrate that autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic is possible video follows.