Embedded chips and connected car news tips this week are about Google, Uber, Renesas, Cohda Wireless, Autotalks, CarPlay, Skype, NI, IBM, Faurecia, Blue Dot, Mouser, A&T, Mentor Graphics, SiteZeus, GENIVI Alliance, Solstin.org, and VULOG.
Google Self-Drives 2 Million Miles
Google announced that its self-driving cars have driven over two million miles. In post the head of Google’s self-driving unit, Dimitri Dolgov wrote that Google’s cars have dealt with horseback rider in the middle of the road, to a man wielding a chainsaw in the street to a couple riding unicycles side-by-side. He states Google’s cars can confidently handle unusual situations like seeing a car (or three!) driving the wrong way down a road.
Uber’s Self-Driving Dents
Meanwhile, back in Pittsburgh, Uber’s self-driving Ford Fusions have been running into a few problems, including being seen going down a one-way street in the wrong directions. There are also reports of Uber self-driving cars stuck in the road being helps by other Ubers. An Uber vehicle was side swiped, while Uber claims it doesn’t know it the car was in autonomous mode during the collision.
Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the global availability of its expansive lineup of V2X solutions that will help accelerate the arrival of autonomous driving. The solutions include two system-on-chips (SoCs) that will ease the development process for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication systems. One of the solutions includes the R-Car W1R 760 megahertz (MHz) band wireless SoC for the Japanese market, and the new R-Car W2H SoC that features a high-performance security engine that is indispensable for V2X systems designed for the Japanese, U.S., and European markets. The other solution consists of the W2H SoC combined with the R-Car W2R 5.9 GHz band wireless communication SoC developed for U.S. and European markets.
By combining these new SoCs, system developers can now easily develop systems that support the corresponding V2X standard for the Japanese, U.S., and European markets. Renesas also delivers development starter kits that will enable system developers to immediately start application software development, leading to significant reductions in the development period for V2X systems.
Renesas & Cohda Wireless
Renesas Electronics Corporation also announced collaboration with Cohda Wireless.. By bringing together Renesas’ V2X R-Car system-on-chips (SoCs) and Cohda Wireless’ V2X and CAV software solutions, the companies deliver a V2X reference solution that supports European and North American communications standards for V2X system development.
Cohda Wireless will demonstrate the jointly-developed V2X reference solution consisting of Renesas’ R-Car W2R and R-Car W2H SoCs combined as a starter kit and Cohda Wireless’ software at the ITS World Congress 2016 taking place October 10 -14 in Melbourne/Australia.
Autotalks & Cohda Wireless
Skype Update for iOS 10 & CarPlay
Microsoft updated Skype 6.25 for iPhone and iPad. This update takes the best new features of iOS 10 with Siri contact intergration and CarPlay. Skype takes advantage of CallKit within iOS 10, incoming Skype calls will now show up just like regular calls.
NI ADAS Testing
NI , the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced today a technology demonstration of a new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Test Solution at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2016. The ADAS Test Solution is designed for short- and long-range radar in the 76–81 GHz range, and is based on NI’s mmWave front end technology and the recently released PXIe-5840 second-generation vector signal transceiver (VST).
MEMA Joins Auto-ISAC
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the leading international trade association representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, is now a strategic partner of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC). The Auto-ISAC is a non-profit trade association that facilitates the trusted sharing of cybersecurity information and leads the development of vehicle cybersecurity best practices for the automotive industry.
Schaffler Partners with IBM
The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has chosen IBM as its strategic partner for its digital transformation. IBM will act as the technology provider, consultant and development partner for a digital ecosystem to support Schaeffler in the integration of its mechatronic components, systems and machines into the rapidly expanding world of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), as well as implementing market ready new business models based on digital services. As a first milestone the two companies have built a digital platform for all of Schaeffler’s added-value digital services from October this year.
Faurecia Opens Factory in Columbus, Indiana
Faurecia, a leading automotive supplier opened a $64 million state-of-the-art, data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana. Columbus South, a 400,000 square-foot facility, will employ 450 people and produce a new, high-tech emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry.
Blue Dot’s Cyan Pickup & Delivery on Geotab
Blue Dot, a global enterprise mobile software, products and services company, announced the availability of Cyan Pickup & Delivery on the Geotab Marketplace, a go-to source for top organizations requiring GPS fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions. Cyan Pickup & Delivery will provide customers with a feature-rich mobile application designed to streamline operations by automating common driver tasks to ensure accurate, on-time and error-free pickups, deliveries and returns.
Mouser Shows Local Motors 3D Printsr
Mouser Electronics Inc., the global authorized semiconductor distributor together with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara debuted a video showing the working build of a transformative vehicle cockpit for a 3D-printed autonomous vehicle. It is the latest series from Mouser’s highly popular Empowering Innovation Together educational program.
AT&T Wireless for Daimler Trucks.
AT&T will provide cellular service to Daimler Trucks in order to allow for Internet of Things connectivity features. Daimler is collaborating with Microsoft for a cloud-based back office environment for Detroit Connect services. The new new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center hardware makes new Freightliner Cascadia the most connected US-Truck ever..
Continental Buys Hoosier Racing Tire
The Continental Corporation continues to expand its leading technology expertise with targeted acquisitions as announced. The international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer and industrial partner has acquired the tire specialist Hoosier Racing Tire (Lakeville, Indiana, USA), as well as a majority stake in Zonar Systems Inc. (Seattle, Washington, USA), a company specializing in fleet management solutions. It was agreed in both cases that the purchase price would not be disclosed.
Mentor Graphics Corporation, Northwest Logic and Krivi Semiconductor announced the availability of a complete DDR4 SDRAM IP design and verification solution that enables ASIC and FPGA design teams to quickly design and verify DDR4 memory subsystems in the Mentor Graphics IP Partnership Program. Together, Mentor Graphics, Northwest Logic, and Krivi Semiconductor enable customers to reduce time-to-market by a factor of 2X by integrating complementary design and verification IP into a single flow. Northwest Logic provides silicon-proven, high-performance, easy-to-use memory controller design IP for use in both ASICs and FPGAs along with a comprehensive set of add-on cores, while Krivi Semiconductor offers state-of-the-art DDR PHY with DFI compatibility and minimum integration overhead. Mentor Graphics supplies a comprehensive, configurable, ready-to-go verification IP tool suite for memory controllers and interfaces.
INRIX Partners with SiteZeus
SiteZeus, the leader in location intelligence technology for emerging and established brands, brokers and developers, today announced a location data collaboration with INRIX, the global leader in transportation analytics and connected car services, to bring roadway traffic information to retail site selection and real estate.
INRIX incorporates information from its massive crowd-sourced network of more than 300 million connected vehicles and devices to deliver real-time and predictive traffic and parking data to agencies, companies and governments around the world. By making data-driven decisions via the Olympus Data Exchange, companies can gain a more holistic understanding of potential customers by utilizing the proprietary data stack exactly how they please. Every data partner added to the Olympus Data Exchange enhances the flexibility, diversity and power of the technology and its artificial intelligence.
GENIVI Alliance Works with TechStars Mobility
The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit alliance focused on developing an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connectivity software platform for the transportation industry, announced it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Techstars Mobility of Detroit to strengthen the relationship between startup companies focusing on the future of mobility and connected car solutions and the automotive industry.
Companies in good standing in the Techstars Mobility program, focusing on next-generation mobility and transportation solutions, will have an opportunity to join the GENIVI Startup Associate Member (SAM) Program at no cost for the first year. This membership will provide the startup companies with access to the GENIVI member community and broader visibility to the IVI and connected vehicle ecosystem, while providing GENIVI members with an opportunity to work with entrepreneurial companies who are bringing new, innovative ideas to the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry.
MapAnything for Sales
MapAnything, Inc., a mapping, geo-analytics and location intelligence solution provider for users of Salesforce, announced it has launched MapAnything Live on the Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to connect with their customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. This add-on to MapAnything enables Internet of Things (IoT) workflows inside Salesforce.
Built on the Salesforce App Cloud, MapAnything Live will be available on the AppExchange this month.
MapAnything Live is for companies with field teams, especially those with fleets of vehicles. It provides business process automation using real-time vehicle telematics or tracking app data in combination with Salesforce records and business rules.
Fastest EV Charger
Solstin.org announces deployment plan for the fastest EV Charger. . Solstin.org focuses on the combination of power storage with innovative, 200kW-power distribution.
The FASTEST EV CHARGING happens when self-driving vehicles lock-onto an 200kW, inductive centerline. Solstin’s vehicle coil is merely 4×9 inches.
VULOG Leads Free-Floating
With the official launch of several large-scale projects in 2016, VULOG has become the leading provider of free-floating technology. Projects include EVO in Vancouver, Green Mobility in Copenhagen and Communauto in Montreal, among others. In total, more than 3,000 shared cars are connected by the VULOG platform worldwide. 2016 officially marked VULOG’s tenth million trip taken using VULOG’s technology.
Competing against services operated by Daimler (Car2Go) and BMW (DriveNow), VULOG has created an independent and turnkey solution. This allows any actor in the mobility sphere to position themselves strategically in the market, whether that be automobile manufacturers, car rental companies, transportation operators, tech companies, etc.
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