E-Chips & Connected Car News Tips: Visteon, Inspur, Aupeo, TU-Detroit, Faurecia, Nissan, Green Hills & Toyota


Embedded chips and connected car news this week includes Visteon, Inspur, Aupeo, TU-Detroit, Zeibart, Faurecia, Nissan, Green Hills, Dura, Continental, Toyota, Cruise Automation, Magellan and Openbay.

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Visteon Expand in Bulgaria

Visteon Corporation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cockpit electronics and technology for the connected car, is expanding its software operations in Bulgaria.

Following significant growth in demand for its software services, Visteon is relocating its 700 employees in the Bulgaria capital of Sofia to a new 89,000-square foot state-of-the-art office space, with plans to further expand the facility to accommodate up to 150 additional employees.

Inspur Spurs Baidu Self-Driving Car

Chinese IT manufacturer Inspur announced recently that its NF5568M4 server has been selected by internet giant Baidu to provide hardware support for the deep learning platform of Baidu’s driverless car. Deep learning is one of the core areas of driverless technology.

In December 2015, Baidu’s driverless car passed the road test starting from the Baidu Tower in Zhongguancun High-tech Park in Beijing, driving onto the G7 Beijing-Xinjiang Expressway, through the Fifth Ring Road and reaching Olympic Forest Park, and back.

Aupeo Better Car Economy with Economist

Aupeo GmbH (Aupeo) announced a new content collaboration with The Economist. This content collaboration will allow global consumers to stay informed on world affairs, finance, science, technology, media and social issues by listening to The Economist’s diverse content offerings on both the OneConnectSM by Panasonic audio platform and Personal Radio by AUPEO! service.

With this cooperation, Aupeo will also build a new on-demand finance channel to be available to drivers listening in the car. At the single touch of a button or by voice command, the latest and most applicable audio clip from The Economist will be played, thus eliminating the need for the driver to hop to another “app” or pick up a cell phone.

Innodisk @ TU-Detroit

Innodisk, the world’s leading provider of industrial-grade flash memory, embedded peripherals, and DRAM, will be showing E-Mark certified products for vehicle technology at TU-Automotive 2016 in Novi, Michigan this coming June 7-9, 2016. At the Suburban Collection Showcase, Innodisk is “Absolutely On Board” in booth C162 with SSD’s, Compact Flash and customized DDR series products made for exceptional reliability. Innodisk will also show their powerhouse portfolio of products that supports the automotive industry.

Ziebar Nano Perfromance Film

Ziebart International Corporation, the global leader in automotive detailing, films and protection services, is proud to introduce its proprietary Nano Ceramic Performance Film (NCP) to customers nationwide

Designed with your car’s electronic accessories in mind, Ziebart NCP film will not interfere with cell phones, radios, radar detectors, or global positioning systems, unlike many metalized window films.

Advance Bioifuel Advances

Scientific experts agree that America’s Advanced Biofuel, biodiesel, holds significant promise in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Last year, biodiesel use in the U.S. cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 million tons, or the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of 3.8 million cars.

A new consensus report from the Coordinating Research Council now adds to the growing evidence in support of biodiesel as a low-carbon fuel.  Key conclusions from this report show that carbon emissions from biofuels are declining relative to petroleum, and confidence in these results are growing with additional study.

Faurecia Joins DMDII

Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, today announced it has joined the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), based in Chicago. DMDII is a public-private research and development organization of UI LABS. It is a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub that will encourage factories across the nation to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies for improved efficiency and cost-competitiveness.

Faurecia joins DMDII as an Industry Tier 2 member, alongside other world-leading manufacturers such as Boeing, Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, Deere and Company, Illinois Tool Works and Microsoft.

Nissan Joint Research

This week marked the opening of the Tsinghua University (Department of Automotive Engineering) – Nissan Joint Research Center for Intelligent Mobility (the Joint Research Center), a collaboration between Nissan and Tsinghua University in Beijing to work on research and development of electric vehicle and autonomous drive technologies for the Chinese market.

Green Hills ADAS for DURA

Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in high assurance operating systems, today announced DURA Automotive Systems’ selection of the Green Hills Platform for ADAS, featuring the safe and secure INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS), to power DURA’s Highly Automated Driving control system. The control system integrates vision, vehicle and range-based sensor data while safely and securely instructing crucial systems for brakes, steering and powertrain. Utilizing the INTEGRITY secure and safe separation architecture on the 64-bit NXP S32V200 family of automotive processors, the Highly Automated Driving control system is perfectly suited for automakers building open, highly secure and scalable platforms with the latest in Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features.

Continental Supports Toyota ADAS

The Toyota Motor Corporation presented Continental, the international automotive supplier, with its Annual Technology & Development Award in recognition of its development contribution towards Toyota’s active safety package “Toyota Safety Sense C”. This active safety package combines innovative safety technologies Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Auto High Beams (AHB) to help assist the driver. By working together, the systems help address three key areas of accident protection: preventing or mitigating frontal collisions, keeping drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.

Guillory Was Part of Cruise Automation

Jeremy Guillory announced today that Cruise Automation, Inc., its CEO Kyle Vogt, and he have settled their dispute over Mr. Guillory’s claim of an equity ownership interest in Cruise on mutually agreeable terms. As part of the settlement, the parties have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits in San Francisco Superior Court, and have resolved all other disputes between them. In addition, Cruise and Vogt acknowledge that Jeremy Guillory was an initial co-founder of Cruise.

Magellan Offroad

Magellan will be showcased its off-road vehicle navigation solution, the eXplorist TRX7, for the 4×4 vehicle consumer market at Overland Expo West 2016 in Flagstaff, AZ from May 20 – 22.  Designed specifically for the off-roading enthusiast, this OHV navigation solution delivers detailed 3D maps, over 44,000 vehicle trails and community generated tracks, improved driver safety and a superior user experience, all at an exceptional value right out of the box.

Openbay Opens for Allstate

Allstate has teamed up with Openbay, an online marketplace for non-collision auto-repair and maintenance services, to help consumers with a faster and more efficient way to service their vehicles. The service is now available via Allstate.com, the Allstate Mobile app’s ‘My Rides’ section, and the Drivewise app. Consumers have access to a national network of service centers, including dealerships participating in the Allstate Dealer Agency program, to schedule anything from an engine overhaul, to a new set of tires, to an oil change.

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