Connected Car News Tips: Toyota, LG Innotek, WABCO, Nexteer, Autoliv, Torc Robotics Partners,NXP,DeviceBits, Innoviz, car2go, EY, Wipro, Excelfore & TE Connectivity

In connected car news th is week were Toyota, LG Innotek, WABCO, Nexteer, Autoliv, Torc Robotics Partners,NXP,DeviceBits, Innoviz, car2go, EY, Wipro, Excel fore and TE Connectivity.

New V2X Full Module from LG Innotek

LG Innotek announced it developed the world’s first ‘Second Generation V2X Full Module’ geared for the connected cars and autonomous vehicles.

In addition to having the wireless communication ability sufficient for commercialization, this device can be equipped into any part of a vehicle thanks to its excellent durability and minimized size, enhanced from the 1st generation models.

The module by LG Innotek the three varieties of V2X core components, namely the HCI module and Hardware Security Module (HSM) for controlling the communication protocol and the Application Processor (AP) into one product.

Automotive manufactures can now be relieved from the trouble of having to separately install different parts and undergo separate tests, and improve the communication ability of their connected cars as well as their safety and product reliability using the V2X module.

The Module can operate at a high temperature of 105C° and operate normallyand  has a size that is one third of a credit card.

WABCO & Nexteer Partner

WABCO and Nexteer will collaborate to develop and supply active steering systems for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles using Nexteer MagnaSteer™ Actuation Technology, a breakthrough product in advanced steering assistance. WABCO and Nexteer will integrate MagnaSteer’s proven technology with Sheppard’s suite of power steering gears, which has set the industry standard for heavy-duty commercial and specialty vehicles.

Torc Robotics Partners with NXP

In an effort to accelerate commercialization of its self-driving car technology, Torc Robotics has partnered with NXP Semiconductors to integrate next-generation radar into its self-driving vehicle fleet. NXP is the world’s largest chip supplier to the automotive industry.

Torc’s self-driving system for consumer cars, which was unveiled earlier this year, already incorporates NXP TEF810x and MPC577xK radar chips. The tiny, unobtrusive sensors incorporated into the car’s radar boost its perception capabilities by enhancing 360-degree vision and providing real-time information about objects around the car.

Torc’s self-driving cars use multiple radar sensors in the front and back. They are part of a multi-sensor system that includes cameras and LiDAR, which enable Torc’s perception software to detect objects in complex driving environments.

NXP Infotainment NFC & V2X for Changan

NXP Semiconductorsannounced that it has entered into a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (“Agreement”) with Changan Automobile. Headquartered in Chongqing, China, Changan Automobile is one of China’s largest car manufacturers and the first Chinese company to achieve long-distance self-driving. The long-term partnership is a multiphase engagement. The first phase is focused on excellence in infotainment, products, solutions and the development of industry standards for future vehicle semiconductors. In the second phase of the partnership, Changan will apply NXP’s Vehicle-to-x (V2X) communication, Near Field Communication (NFC) identification, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and joint R&D to further transform automobiles into mobile information hubs.

Changan has built its highly popular infotainment system around NXP’s family of i.MX application processors. According to the agreement, Changan will now upgrade its systems to NXP’s next-generation i.MX 8 processors and will also apply the Dirana family of car radio tuners and DSPs (SAF775x), audio amplifiers, power management ICs and CAN transceivers.

These integrations will take Changan’s “InCall” smart infotainment system to the next level, ensuring its market leading position in a competitive market environment.

DeviceBits Wins

DeviceBits, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) software company that offers predictive, self-learning platforms that help companies adopt self-service customer support materials, announced it has been accepted as one of the four later-stage start-ups into the UpRamps Fiterator®program. Fiterator is a graduate program for later-stage startups who already have a product, and are now looking for market opportunities in the global cable/broadband industry.

Magna Partners with Innoviz LiDAR

Magna has recently made a strategic investment to expand its existing collaboration with Innoviz Technologies Ltd., a pioneer in solid-state LiDAR technology. Magna started collaborating with Innoviz in December 2016.

Magna has been steadily expanding its overall suite of sensor technologies and features that enable Level 3/4/5 autonomous driving capabilities.

Innoviz’s solid-state LiDAR can provide high-definition, 3D, real-time images of the vehicle’s surroundings regardless of changing light and weather conditions. It can be easily integrated into any vehicle at significantly reduced cost compared to commercially available LiDAR technologies with comparable performance.

Soybean-Oil-Based Goodyear Tires

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is harvesting some unique “seeds” of innovation as it introduces a new tire technology with support from the United Soybean Board (USB).

The first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tire performance in dry, wet and winter conditions. A Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a tread compound, or formulation, using soybean oil, which is naturally derived, cost-effective, carbon-neutral and renewable.

By employing soybean oil in tires, Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface.

Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily in the silica-reinforced compounds used in manufacturing certain tires. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

ANSYS Partners with IIT Bombay

ANSYS and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) will fund research projects that fuel groundbreaking innovations across industries. With IIT Bombay, a worldwide leader in engineering education, ANSYS will accelerate research and development to improve the safety, performance and security of autonomous vehicles, next-generation products and smart devices.

With ANSYS support, IIT Bombay students will be equipped with research tools to revolutionize applications across sectors – from advanced driver assistance systems to green energy to digital security. By using ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation™ software, university researchers will explore power estimation strategies in chip design to identify defective chips in the electronic components of vehicles. They will also study the strength and durability of parts created using the additive manufacturing process.


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car2go Coupon Code for Free Ferry Rides

car2go announced  that its membership in Seattle has surpassed the 100,000 member milestone. This milestone comes just five years after its launch on December 19, 2012, and demonstrates the growth and popularity of one-way carshare via car2go in Seattle.

To celebrate this milestone, car2go will reimburse members who take ferry rides with a Mercedes-Benz car2go throughout Labor Day weekend, up to $50. New members can also register for free at using promotional code SEA100K and receive $10 in drive credit.

Blockchain Mobility Platform Tesearact From EY

EY announced the launch of Tesseract, an integrated mobility platform underpinned by blockchain technology. The platform facilitates fractional vehicle ownership, shared use and seamless multimodal transport and it will help lay the groundwork for how autonomous vehicle fleets can be owned in the future and provide access to a variety of on-demand mobility options.

EY’s Tesseract solves core mobility issues such as how to share vehicle ownership with widespread shared-use and how a multitude of mobility options can be integrated. As participants on a single platform, multiple stakeholders such as OEMs, mobility and transport companies, and cities and infrastructure providers, among others, will have the opportunity to create new value and revenue streams. Along with shared ownership, consumer demands for expanded mobility services are met, giving them access to the right type of vehicle for their ideal journey, on demand.

RV-SCM Safety Compatibility Mat Tests for (FMVSS) 111 Requirements

Rear View Safety, an industry leader in the sales and distribution of vehicle safety solutions, including backup camera systems, backup sensor systems, driver fatigue systems, mobile DVR’s, and dash cameras, has always been ahead of the times. The Brooklyn-based company, which turns 10 this year, is proud to introduce the RVS-SCM Safety Compatibility Mat. The RVS-SCM is used to test compliance with the new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 111 law.

The new requirement regulates a necessary view behind a vehicle. In vehicles with limited rear vision, installation of a backup camera which provides the necessary rear view will be mandatory. The rule impacts vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross, with phase-in effective by May 2017 and full compliance required by May 2018.

Wipro & Excelfore Next Gen Smart Autonomous Vehicles

Wipro Limited and Excelfore announced a global partnership to offer secure connectivity solutions for next generation smart and autonomous vehicles. This partnership combines Excelfore’s Smart Mobility Networks solutions with Wipro’s global systems integration and managed services expertise to enable connected car solutions for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 equipment makers.

As part of this engagement, the two companies will enable scalable Ethernet AVB/TSN (Audio-Video Bridging/Time-Sensitive Networking) and Secure Full Vehicle FOTA/SOTA (Firmware/Software Over-The-Air) Update solutions for automotive manufacturers and smart mobility companies.

Toyota Joins OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project is proud to welcome Toyota Motor Corporation as a Platinum Member. Toyota is the first Japanese company and the first automotive maker to take a leadership role in our industry standard for open source compliance in the supply chain.

The OpenChain Project identifies key recommended processes for effective open source management. The project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent.

The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification.

Autoliv Supplies Radar for Global Automaker

Autoliv, Inc. hsas been selected by a Global automaker to supply industry leading 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving.

Autoliv’s high-resolution radars, located on the four corners of the vehicle, allow for increased detection points, leading to improved ability to understand free space, better object separation in multiple target environments, and more precise detections in Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Autoliv’s 77GHz radar systems see oncoming vehicles and autonomously manage lane changes during highway driving. The front and rear radars provide different functions for the vehicle; the front corner radars support object and free space detections, while the rear corner radars contribute to object detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

Siemens Acquires TASS

Siemens will acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software, plus engineering and test services aimed primarily at the automotive industry, and focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and tyre modeling. Based in Helmond, Netherlands, TASS International has developed a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of systems-driven product development offerings for the global automotive industry.

TE Connectivity Buys Hirschman Car Communication

TE Connectivity Ltd., a world leader in connectivity tion of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, providing Siemens with the world’s most complete systems-driven product development offering for autonomouand sensors, announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Hirschmann Car Communication (HCC).

Hirschmann Car Communication is one of the world’s leading specialists in antenna technologies, primarily for automobile communications and connectivity. HCC is based in Germany and operates in Europe, North America and China.