Connected Car News: Tesla, Bollinger, Yanfeng, ExxonMobile, SCR, MAHLE, Daimler, Porsche LexisNexis & Bosch.

In connected car news this week are Tesla, Rohde & Schwarz, Bollinger Motors, Yanfeng, Excelfore, PCC, ExxonMobile, SCR, MAHLE, Daimler, Acoustic Garage, Porsche, LexisNexis and Bosch.

Tesla Investigation

It ain’t fully self-driving for noshing—–The NTSB invested the Tesla S that hit an fire truck in SoCal. The driver said he was drinking coffee and eating a bagel at the time of the collision. The board found that that the driver of the Model S  operated in Autopilot continuously for 13 minutes and 48 seconds before the collision, and had his hands on the wheel for just 51 seconds of that time, despite alerts.

Rohde & Schwarz Demo C-V2X

Rohde & Schwarz in collaboration with Vector, Savari and Quectel successfully presented an application layer test solution for 3GPP C-V2X Release 14, specifically aimed at the growing Chinese market. This integrated test platform was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai 2019 and is a complete solution for simulation development and testing of all V2X-based applications.nication.

Bollinger Truck Reveal

Bollinger it will unveil production prototypes of its B2 electric pickup truck and B1 electric utility truck September 26—the first all electric pickup truck.

AudioEye leading provider of digital accessibility solutions for individuals with disabilities who deserve barrier-free access to the web, is thrilled to announce it has accelerated adoption of the AudioEye solution on Hyundai, Subaru of America and Fiat Chrysler automotive dealer websites, joining a growing list of automotive dealerships and manufacturers already committed to digital accessibility.

Yanfeng R&D

Yanfeng, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Shanghai, China, announced today  it will integrate its Research & Development (R&D) activities in the areas of interiors, seating, electronics, safety, and exteriors into the global Yanfeng Technology unit (YFT) to accelerate the realization of its Smart Cabin vision for future automotive interiors.  Based on extensive market research and futuring activities, Smart Cabin features functional surfaces, health and wellness features, and connectivity seamlessly integrated in all interior systems including seating, as well as exterior parts and passive safety systems.

eSync for Excelfore

The eSync Alliance reports that member company Excelfore has announced the deployment of the eSync platform for new cars being produced by FAW, one of China’s largest automotive manufacturers, in the most extensive in-vehicle over-the-air (OTA) capability seen to date in the automotive industry.

The eSync platform provides a secure, bidirectional OTA data pipeline from the server in the cloud to multiple devices in the FAW vehicles.


A milestone in the success of Preh Car Connect (PCC): The automotive supplier from Dresden has led the way with the third generation of the Modular Infotainment Kit (MIB3). The MIB3 will be installed as the centerpiece of networked mobility in the new VW Passat. Volkswagen recently launched the production of the new Passat with groundbreaking infotainment and connectivity functions. PCC contributed to the advanced infotainment solution through its key developments in cloud-based navigation, voice recognition, and mobile connectivity.

During navigation, selected sights such as the Semper Opera House or the Brandenburg Gate are displayed in an attractive 3D graphic. These sights are embedded in subtly drawn 3D city models to create a realistic cityscape with optimal clarity.

PCC has also made a particularly big advance in terms of speech recognition. Based on developments by a well-known US provider.

Connecting smartphones to the vehicle has also been significantly optimized. Connections, for example with Car Play, are no longer by cable, but of course now work “wirelessly”.

The development of the MIB3 took about three and a half years. PCC won a VW concept competition between ten participants in April 2015. PCC began developing the MIB3 in January 2016.

ExxonMobile & Mosaic to Remove CO2

ExxonMobil and Mosaic Materials said  that they have entered into an agreement to explore the advancement of breakthrough technology that can remove carbon dioxide from emissions sources.

Mosaic Materials has progressed research on a unique process that uses porous solids, known as metal-organic frameworks, to separate carbon dioxide from air or flue gas. The agreement with ExxonMobil will enable further discussion between the two companies to evaluate opportunities for industrial uses of the technology at scale.

SCR Adblue

Since 2018, only SCR exhaust gas treatment systems have been used in Volkswagen models with diesel engines. SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology significantly reduces nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas. Volkswagen has now developed the next evolutionary stage of the SCR system – so-called “twin dosing”. Adblue is injected selectively upstream of two SCR catalytic converters which are arranged in series. The system is used in the new Passat 2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW (150 PS), which already meets the technical requirements of the future Euro 6d emission standard as a result.

Current RDE (real driving emissions) measurements confirm Volkswagen’s type approval: in the new 2.0 TDI Evo with twin dosing, NOX levels are reduced by around 80 percent compared to the previous generation of the respective models.

Volkswagen will now gradually introduce the new technology to all models with 2.0 TDI Evo engines. Following the 2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW (150 PS) currently fitted in the Passat, the new Golf – soon to see its world premiere – will likewise feature twin dosing in all TDI variants./

MAHLE Jet Ignition

The performance of the electric powertrain used in MMHP reduces the requirements for the combustion engine, enabling the development of a cost-optimized “Dedicated Hybrid Engine (DHE).’’ The engine concept was designed exclusively for hybrid applications and benefits from the latest innovations made with the passive MAHLE Jet Ignition (MJI®) system. The passive MJI® system consists of a small prechamber, which houses a conventional spark plug fitted within the engine’s combustion chamber. It generates hot radical jets, which create a very short combustion event within the engine’s cylinder, thus enabling a high compression ratio and a high exhaust gas recirculation rate, leading to reduced fuel consumption. The use of port fuel injection (PFI), a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) without variable valve timing control, and simple two-valve per cylinder technology serve to minimize the costs.

Daimler Carsharing Now SHARE NOW

Daimler was the first manufacturer to put a fleet of 200 smart vehicles on the road for location-independent carsharing in 2009. Ten years later, the sharing economy has grown into a booming industry – with carsharing as one of the most popular business models. The brand celebrated the anniversary together with SHARE NOW in Paris with a panel discussion on the topic.

smart can rightfully call itself a pioneer of the sharing economy. In 2009, Daimler established the first fleet for free-floating carsharing in Ulm with 200 smart vehicles. One year before, car2go – today SHARE NOW – had started operations as the first location-independent carsharing system worldwide. Today, SHARE NOW has more than four million customers around the world, more than three million of them in Europe alone. The service provides some 20,000 vehicles, including 3200 electric cars. Customers take advantage of the offer in 31 cities in 14 countries for more than 100,000 drives a day, with more than 12,000 of them on all-electric power.

Toyoda Gosei Invests in TRYETING AI

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has invested in TRYETING Inc. (Nagoya, Japan) for the rapid development of materials using artificial intelligence (AI).

TRYETING is a startup out of Nagoya University and provides an AI platform that integrates various types of software. One of the strengths of the company is materials informatics, a field that applies the techniques of informatics, such as AI and big data, to materials. This approach can significantly speed the development of new materials.

Acoustic Garage

With “Acoustic Garage”, Autoneum launches an online configurator for the acoustic management of vehicles as the first automotive supplier worldwide ever. The portal offers a comprehensive information and product experience on all aspects of noise protection in cars. In addition, users can customize various acoustic components according to their individual requirements. In this way, Autoneum supports vehicle manufacturers in ensuring optimal acoustics in future models. Acoustic Garage is now available for free at

Autoneum not only sets benchmarks in automotive noise and heat protection with its innovative components and technologies, but now also with its online application Acoustic Garage. The new and especially user-friendly configurator allows interested parties – whether customers, science representatives or end consumers – to design a customized noise protection package at the touch of a button.

FIAT Puts Brakes on 500/500e in U.S.

FIAT will stop making the Fiat 500 and 500e in North America with present inventory of the 2019 Fiat 500 and 500e selling into 2020. In North America, FIAT will continue to sell the Fiat 500X all-wheel-drive compact crossover, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster and the five-passenger Fiat 500L utility vehicle.

Porsche Intros Taycan

Porsche is entering a new era with the new Taycan and the brand’s first all-electric sports car is setting standards in interior design.

Classic design features have been reinterpreted and brought into the digital age.

The cockpit signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and a completely new construction. It is clearly driver-focused.

The innovative instrument cluster consists of a curved 16.8-inch screen with the rounded look that’s typical of Porsche.

Drivers can choose between four display modes for the instrument cluster:

  • Classic mode
  • Map mode
  • Full Map mode
  •  Pure mode

The steering wheel has a light appearance, with two models to choose from.

All vehicle configurations for the Taycan, such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), can easily be set up on the central screen via direct access. The driver can quickly access all apps via a clearly structured and customisable home screen. Apps include navigation, telephone, media, comfort and Porsche Connect. With optimised voice control, drivers can access the required function even faster. For the first time, front passengers in the Taycan have the option of their own touch display, allowing them to easily alter settings without distracting the driver.

Jungo for Renesas

Jungo, a leader in in-cabin sensing software, announced that their driver monitoring and cabin sensing software “CoDriver” is now optimized and available for Renesas Electronics Corporation’s automotive R-Car System- on-Chip (SoC) platform, enabling OEMs and Tier 1s to rapidly bring to market accurate and cost effective in-cabin sensing.

Compliant with Euro NCAP and upcoming regulations, the CoDriver for R-Car enables OEMs to rapidly and affordably introduce NCAP compliant in-cabin sensing.

LexisNexis ADAS Classifications

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, the leading data, analytics and technology provider for the insurance industry, has created the first purpose-driven Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety classification system for auto insurance pricing and claims analysis. The new classification system helps insurers break down barriers through access to relevant data and insights from automakers’ ADAS features. It will be leveraged in the soon-to-be released LexisNexis® Vehicle Build, a solution that identifies and categorizes specific ADAS equipped features at the VIN-level, enabling insurers to establish the differences in risk profile associated with these features.

Bosch & CATL Partner for Batteries

Bosch and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have concluded a long-term strategic cooperation agreement. The partners are going to jointly specify high-performance battery cells. CATL will then design, develop, and manufacture these cells in accordance with Bosch requirements. The cells are to be used in the 48-volt battery developed by Bosch. This battery is the core element of 48-volt hybrid powertrain systems, whose efficiency is making them globally ever more important. In joining this alliance, the supplier of technology and services is also securing its long-term sourcing for battery cells.

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