Connected Car News: TravelSafety, Gentherm, Silicon Labs, Maven, YayYo, Microsoft, Intel, Foresight & DENSO

In connected car news this week were TravelSafety, Gentherm, Silicon Labs, Maven, YayYo, Foresight Microsoft, Intel and DENSO.

TravelSafety App Alerts Drivers & US Rep

A new smartphone application, being developed by Applied Information, Inc., that connects cars, people, traffic signals and first responders is an example of how technology can be used to reduce roadway deaths and injuries, and  U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) observed that technology first-hand. The TravelSafely app connects motorists with the mobile world around them and provides drivers with real-time alerts to prevent collisions, red light running, interfering with emergency vehicles and speeding in school zones. The app also helps pedestrians and bicyclists avoid accidents by providing alerts to danger from approaching vehicles.

The app automatically senses whether you are in a car, walking or riding a bike and provides alerts accordingly. As part of a connected city deployment, the app connects with traffic signals providing light change countdowns and red light running alerts. The app also alerts drivers to the direction of approaching emergency vehicles.

Gentherm Makes Ultra Cool Seats for Mercedes-Benz

Gentherm , the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, announced today that it has been selected for a next generation Mercedes-Benz car line in the upper or luxury segment. This award represents Gentherm’s first advanced seat comfort system program with a major premium luxury German brand. First shipments are scheduled to begin in early 2020. The automotive grade, air moving devices and resistive wire technologies are in both front and rear seat positions.

Scalable/Felxi Radio for Automotive

Silicon Labs  introduced a scalable, flexible and cost-effective car radio solution for the global automotive infotainment market. Silicon Labs’ new portfolio of Global Eagle and Dual Eagle AM/FM receivers and digital radio tuners and Digital Falcon coprocessors enables automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to address all market segments, cost and performance levels, and digital radio standards while meeting rigorous automotive quality standards. OEM and aftermarket radio designs based on Silicon Labs’ new portfolio can scale from low-cost, single-tuner AM/FM radios to high-performance systems with multiple tuners and antennas, enabling car radio suppliers to leverage their R&D across multiple product lines, all with a common software API.

The Global Eagle (Si4795x) and Dual Eagle (Si4796x and Si4797x) families of analog AM/FM receivers and digital radio tuners set a new standard for scalability and automotive broadcast reception. The Eagle families extend the field-proven performance of Silicon Labs’ tuners and receivers, which are deployed by leading automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide. Si479xx devices leverage Silicon Labs’ patented low-IF digital architecture, delivering superior RF performance and interference rejection. In addition, the Si479xx family’s comprehensive

Extra Easy Security from Maryland DMV

he Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and MorphoTrust USA announced today a partnership to include IdentoGO centers at six MDOT MVA locations in Maryland. The services offered by IdentoGO include: TSA PreCheck enrollment, which allows U.S. citizens to enjoy expedited security screenings within U.S. airports, and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), which is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels.

IESF Moves to New Venue

Mentor, a Siemens business, announced today the IESF (Integrated Electrical Systems Forum) 2017 agenda and a move to a new venue: The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Ride Sharing Driving Can Get GM Vehicles in LA from Maven App

Starting, Thursday, August 10, freelance drivers in Los Angeles have access to Maven Gig vehicles to support all their hustles. Vehicle reservations are available through the Maven app.

By fall 2017, Maven Gig will launch in Boston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and Detroit will soon join the mix.

Foresight Has Forestight to Exhibit at CES 2019

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., a leading developer of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems  announced today that the company will exhibit at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, January 9-12, 2018.

Foresight will present its unique all-weather-conditions advanced driver assistance demo system at CES Tech East, where the latest innovations in vehicle technology will be unveiled. Exhibiting companies include Toyota, Honda, Ford Motor, and more.

The system is comprised of four multispectral cameras (infra-red and visible light) and is designed to allow seamless operation, sensor fusion and obstacle detection under all weather and lightning conditions such as complete darkness, rain, fog, glare, haze and other harsh environmental conditions.

Currently, the company is unaware of any other commercially available systems with these capabilities.

Ride Sevice YayYo Rents Out Its Cars

YayYo, Inc. announced it has received its first group of cars using the fleet financing YayYo previously announced for its fleet of vehicles.

YayYo will place the vehicles on its platform and any excess vehicles will be rented to drivers of other ridesharing companies. Renting excess vehicles allows YayYo to start generating revenues. Our lower cost of vehicle through our purchase program and the volume of cars we are buying make it a profit center for YayYo.

YayYo is now currently generating revenue from its fleet. This is an important milestone for the company.

New Microsoft & Intel Blockchain CoCo Puffs for Developers

Today, Microsoft announced a new framework that enables businesses to adopt blockchain technology for increased enterprise privacy and security, and named Intel as a key hardware and software development partner. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft, Intel and other blockchain technology leaders will build a new enterprise-targeted blockchain framework – called the Coco Framework – that integrates Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver improved transaction speed, scale and data confidentiality to enterprises. This first-of-its-kind innovation accelerates the enterprise readiness of blockchain technology, allowing developers to create flexible and more secure enterprise blockchain applications that can be easily managed by businesses.

DENSO Radar in 2018 Camry Detects Things in Blindspots

DENSO Corporation today announced that it has developed a 24-GHz submillimeter-wave rear and side radar sensor to help enhance vehicle safety systems. The sensor is used in the 2018 Toyota Camry released this past July.

It’s strategically built into the rear bumper of the vehicle to detect other vehicles likely to enter the driver’s blind spot to the rear and side, as well as vehicles approaching from the rear on the left and right when reversing. The sensor is part of a larger system that helps drivers identify and navigate around other vehicles when changing lanes or reversing out of a parking space, and controls the autonomous emergency braking function to avoid imminent collisions.

To enable accurate detection whether moving forward or reversing, a phase shifter switches the sensing direction and range of the submillimeter-wave radar sensor. Radio wave transmission and receiving, and phase shifter functions also run through separate integrated circuits (ICs) to reduce the size of the sensor.

DENSO Forms NSITEXE for Semi-Conductor Self-Driving SoCs

DENSO Corporation  announced that it will establish a new company, NSITEXE, Inc., to design and develop semiconductor IP cores, which are key semiconductor components enabling automated driving.

Advanced electronic controls are key for in-vehicle environment and safety technologies, such as ADAS and automated driving in next-generation vehicles. When automated driving becomes the norm, high-performance, low-power semiconductors will be required to monitor the situation around the vehicle by processing large amounts of data from sensors and external communications at high speed. This data will help make decisions for automated driving functions.

The new company will develop a next-generation processor which can quickly and efficiently analyze large amounts of data from sensors and external communication to determine the optimal vehicle operation. The semiconductor IP cores optimized for in-vehicle applications will be licensed to in-vehicle microcomputer and SoC manufacturers.


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