E-Chips & Connected Car News Tips: Quanergy, NVIDIA, HARMAN, LG, VW, Mix, Littlefuse, Ford, Lamborghini, Continental, Infenion & Detroit Connect Analytics

embeddedchipstipstiny Embedded chips and connected car news tips this week come from Quanergy, NVIDIA, HARMAN, LG, VW, Mix, Littlefuse, Ford, Lamborghini, Continental, Infenion and Detroit Connect Analytics.

Qauanergy Buys OTUS

Quanergy, announced the acquisition of OTUS People Tracker software from Raytheon BBN Technologies. The software complements Quanergy’s existing software portfolio and, when used with Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors, creates an integrated hardware and software solution for advanced people detection and tracking applications within the security and autonomous driving markets.

OTUS uses sophisticated human perception algorithms to identify and track people for safety and security in crowded environments at ranges exceeding 100 meters when used with Quanergy LiDAR sensors.

Baidu Self-Driving in CA Cloud Mapping with NVIDIA, Audio from HARMAN

Baidu, announced that Baidu USA, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has been issued an autonomous vehicle testing permit by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

In early 2016 Baidu announced the formation of its autonomous driving unit in the United States (ADU-US), led by Jing Wang, Baidu Senior VP and General Manager.

At the Baidu World Conference in Beijing, Baidu CEO Robin Li together with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced a partnership to use artificial intelligence in the creation of a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for local Chinese and global car makers.

The partnership combines Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology with NVIDIA’s self-driving computing platform to develop solutions for HD maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking.

HARMAN, and Baidu announced  a global partnership at the annual Baidu World conference. Through this partnership, HARMAN will deliver high-quality audio solutions to innovative speech-enabled smart speakers, integrated with Baidu’s advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

In January 2015, HARMAN Connected Car and Baidu entered into a strategic collaboration to launch CarLife, a vehicle networking solution that offers advanced Internet capabilities.

Skyworks Powers LG’s OCUs for VW

Skyworks Solutions,  announced that several of its semiconductor solutions are powering LG Electronics’ latest Online Connectivity Units (OCU) being leveraged across Volkswagen automobiles to enhance connectivity and convenience. The OCUs offer drivers seamless access to features such as smart home and location-based services from their vehicles. LG is leveraging eight Skyworks products, including advanced analog control ICs and integrated front-end modules.

According to PwC’s Strategy& 2015 study, Volkswagen ranked first for connected car innovation for both safety and infotainment.

MiX Telematics Investor Relations at CTIA Super Mobility

MiX Telematics Limited a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, announced that an Analyst and Investor Day will be held in conjunction with the CTIA Super Mobility 2016 Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Analyst and Investor Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time and will be available live via webcast. An archive of the presentation will be available on the “Investors” page of the Company’s website (www.mixtelematics.com).

Littlefuse Buys Some ON Semiconductors

Littelfuse, Inc. (announced it has completed its acquisition of a select product portfolio from ON Semiconductor Corporation. The product portfolio includes transient voltage suppression (TVS) diodes, switching thyristors and insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) for automotive ignition applications. The product portfolio has annualized sales of approximately $55 million. The purchase price was $104 million.

After being a success in the United States, CloudCar announced the release of their proprietary application justDrive for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the United Kingdom. The connected car application is exclusive to JLR vehicles and part of the company’s InControl suite of applications.

New Self-Charging Shock Proof Key Fob from Ford

Ford has a new super-tough key fob. To ensure it is completely waterproof, it is permanently sealed shut, with the two halves of the plastic housing joined by friction welding. The inside of the key is carefully designed to resist typical workplace impacts, and a rechargeable battery cell is charged whenever the key is placed in the ignition, to ensure it never runs out of charge.

It is resistant to dust, chemicals, keys/coins in pockets and extreme temperatures. It is available for the Ford Tranist in Europe.u

New Lamborghini Digital Media

Automobili Lamborghini is renewing its digital image with the new Lamborghini.com website, featuring content and graphics that have been completely reworked. A new layout in bright colors forms the backdrop for a homepage that scrolls vertically like a magazine and presents the Lamborghini marque using multimedia language of videos and images with strong visual impact.

The new content, which is available in six languages and is designed to enhance your virtual experience in the world of Lamborghini, now includes the Car Configurator – a feature that allows customers and enthusiasts to customize their Huracán or Aventador in every detail with a few clicks.

Happy 50th Continental

Continental is celebrating 20 years connecting cars.

The first developments in future connectivity were introduced in to the market in the 1940s. At this time, Motorola integrated the car telephone into the vehicle, providing the basis for 1G mobile technology. About 50 years later, vehicle telematics was introduced. In 1996, the Motorola Automotive Group, now Continental, produced the first modern telematics system known as OnStar. From 2005 on, this technology was deemed to be standard vehicle equipment. For the first time, electronic components were integrated in the vehicle´s human-machine interface and a back-end was developed, which sent vehicle-related data to external servers and enabled remote data access.

In 2007, Continental introduced data-only telematics. This concept, now known as “Machine-to-Machine telematics”, is used as the basis for the vast majority of today´s telematics modules, which are now delivered worldwide. The next milestone followed in 2012, when Continental brought the fifth generation of full-featured telematics platforms to the market supporting the LTE standard for the first time. Today, the latest generation of telematics platforms supports a transmission rate of 150 to 600 Mbits/s (Megabits per second).

New Infineon Partners

With ESCRYPT Embedded Security and GlobalSign, the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN) welcomes new partners. Both companies offer dedicated security solutions for Industry 4.0 applications based on OPTIGA Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) from Infineon Technologies AG. The ISPN is a network of leading security players who offer hardware-based security to IoT device manufacturers and service providers.

As part of the ISPN, ESCRYPT provides a cryptographic Key Management Solution adapted for embedded systems.

Detroit Connect Analytics

Detroit  announced the introduction of Detroit Connect Analytics, which will be available through the new connectivity platform launching with the introduction of the new Freightliner Cascadia. Analytics, which is part of the Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, provides customers with important insights about their vehicles to help them make critical business decisions.

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