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18 Feb, 2014

John Day   Subaru of America recently announced that Harman’s Aha Radio will be a standard feature in all Subaru models and trims, starting with the 2015 Legacy. Smartphone-savvy vehicle owners can use Aha to access more than 100,000 channels of Web-based content.   That led me to wonder about Pandora, but not for long. Within days, Subaru announced that Pandora smartphone integration will be part of the … Read More

Porsche, Pandora, smartphone integration, Acura, Chrysler, 2015 Legacy, Subaru of America, Honda, Web-based content, Infotainment, Ford, Harman's Aha Radio

30 Nov, 2012

John Day   In August Chrysler Group and Sprint announced a strategic partnership to integrate wireless technology into Chrysler’s Uconnect Access in-vehicle communication system, so Sprint and Chrysler’s announcement this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show – the launch of Sprint Velocity – should have been somewhat anticlimactic. But this week’s announcement transcended the Uconnect deal and positioned Sprint … Read More

SRT Viper, Sprint Velocity, UConnect Access, Aeris Communications, Airbiquity, 2013 Ram 1500, WirelessCar, Next Generation Telematics Patter (NGTP), Sprint, Chrysler, in-vehicle communication system

8 Aug, 2012

John Day In June Verizon announced its plan to acquire Hughes Telematics and this week Sprint and Chrysler announced their strategic partnership for in-vehicle communication. Sprint and Chrysler said they are evolving Chrysler’s Uconnect with new features and services designed to help keep drivers focused on the primary driving task – and Sprint, heretofore a wireless services provider, is now also a systems … Read More

Verizon, Hughes Telematics, in-vehicle communication, Chrysler, SRT Viper, UConnect Access, Ram 1500 pickup, Sprint

12 Jun, 2012

John Day   The big news at Telematics Update Detroit, if it were being held this week, might have been Apple’s aside that nine automakers plan to implement Siri in their vehicles within a year. Instead, since the conference was last week, the big news was Verizon’s acquisition of Hughes Telematics. Little has been said publicly about Apple’s Siri and “eyes free” telematics but we should hear more relatively … Read More

Toyota, TeleNav, Apple, Networkfleet, Audi, OnStar FMV, Siri, Telematics Update Detroit, Airbiquity, Land Rover, eyes free telematics, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, General Motors, Mercedes, Mobileye, Chrysler, Hughes Telematics, Honda, Jaguar, Tunein Radio, UIEvolution, Verizon

25 Apr, 2012

John Day Registration is now open at www.mentor.com/events/iesf/detroit for the 12th IESF Conference for Automotive EE Design – June 14th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dearborn, MI. Click to sign up if you haven’t already. I missed the last one and don’t want to miss this one – especially since this year I am on the program, speaking about automotive electronics reliability (shameless plug: http://books.sae.org/book-t-126) … Read More

LEONI Wiring Systems, Johnson Controls, system analysis, the GENIVI Alliance, Automotive EE Design, Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Hansen Report, automotive electronics reliability, IBM Rational, the Linux Foundation, wire harness engineering, 'FlexRay, electronic thermal design and measurement, Chrysler, Freescale Semiconductor, Bishop & Associates, GENIVI, Delphi Automotive Systems, Continental Automotive, E/E systems design, SAE International, LIN, power and signal design, NXP Semiconductors, Open Kernel Labs, Mentor Graphics, modeling and simulation, Linux, Mecel

26 Jul, 2011

John Day   Ford announced in England that in-car CD players are going the way of cassette tapes. The company noted that each Focus in the UK is equipped with an auxiliary input socket for connecting MP3 devices, and Bluetooth for wireless connection. Ford said it’s increasing the availability of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio to UK customers, and will launch Ford SYNC next year. So customers won’t … Read More

MP3 devices, Ford Sync, reel-to-reel tape players, Bluetooth, cassette tapes, 8-track players, Ford, Ford Focus, Chrysler, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)

26 Nov, 2010

John Day The market research firm iSuppli recently predicted that factory-installed Wi-Fi will grow from about 174,000 this year to 7.2 million in 2017. That got me thinking about in-vehicle Internet access. iSuppli said automakers increasingly view wireless connectivity as a key competitive differentiator, and I am sure they do, but there is little consensus on how to provide that connectivity and little evidence … Read More

Harman Automotive, General Motors, in-vehicle Internet access, Audi a8, USB mobile broadband modem, Autonet Mobile, Wi-Fi, WLAN, Amazon, Chrysler, iSuppli, eBay, Marvell Technology, Ford, Bluetooth, Subaru

9 Nov, 2010

John Day The folks at USCAR drew my attention to cyber-physical systems (CPS), a discipline of keen interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to a growing number of universities, as well as to Ford, GM, Chrysler, and other automakers. USCAR thinks of CPS as a network of highly sophisticated electromechanical subsystems autonomously controlling hybrid drive, automated parking assist, crash avoidance, … Read More

Ford, GM, cyber-physical systems, Chrysler, National Science Foundation, USCAR

27 Oct, 2010

John Day Cars today have more electronic content than ever, which means more circuits, more wiring, and more weight. At the same time, automotive semiconductor and networking technologies pack more performance into smaller space. How does that net out? I posed the question to Paul Geyer, who has design responsibility for connectors, schematics and wiring tools in Chrysler’s Power and Signal Distribution group … Read More

GM, SAE/USCAR 21, Ford, USCAR, Chrysler, SAE/USCAR-2, United States Council for Automotive Research

14 Oct, 2010

John Day The New York Times published a positive story about Detroit this week (Oct. 12). It referenced the fact that U.S. brands edged imports in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, 108 to 109 PP100 (problems per-100 vehicles within 90 days of purchase). Ford cracked the IQS top five for the first time, and Lincoln had 23 fewer problems per 100 vehicles than it did last year. Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac all … Read More

New York Times, J.D. Power and Associates, Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GM, GMC, Ford, Ford Sync

14 May, 2010

Paul Johnston Since I began working in the realm of software systems for electrical interconnect design I have seen increased user choice in on-and off-road vehicles. I have read the technical papers and marvelled at the memorable phrase “combinatorial explosion” used to refer to the options a buyer of a high-end new passenger car is able to order. Choice is good right? If you are fortunate enough to be able to … Read More

John Antilla, IESF, Virtual Architect, Capital Desktop Architect, Capital Integrator, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Wiring Harness, Complexity Management, Electrical Interconnect Design, Chrysler, CHS, CHS Capital Costing

12 Feb, 2010

John Day One telling sign of the automotive electrical and electronics industry slowdown last year was a steep drop in marketing efforts by component, software and system suppliers. Companies that sponsored major events for customers and press or were otherwise highly visible two years ago had relatively little to say in 2009. That didn’t mean the companies were idle, of course; only that corporate belts needed … Read More

The Hansen Report on Automotive Eelctronics, Silicon Valley, Wrightspeed, Hyatt Dearborn, Ian Wright, Chrysler, Mentor Graphics, Paul Hansen, Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF), John Antilla

10 Feb, 2010

John Day Remember a year or so ago when GM and Chrysler were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and debate raged – as it still does – over federal involvement in the filings? Would either have survived without the government’s help, or would they have been liquidated? And if one or both had ceased to exist, where would the automotive industry (not to mention the U.S. economy) be now? How many suppliers would … Read More

GM, Honda, Airbag Recall, Toyota, Chrysler

29 Dec, 2009

John Day Since the auto industry entered crisis mode a year or so ago, I’ve often thought about the horrid and simplistic perception of the industry in the public mind – “stupid” and “greedy” people who only make “gas guzzlers” – in contrast with the very different perception I’ve gained from reporting on automotive electrical and electronic technology. The auto industry employs some very smart people who are … Read More

Chrysler, GM, "Crash Course", United Auto Workers, Wall Street Journal, Greek Tragedy, Paul Ingrassia

16 Sep, 2009

John Day I was leafing through a national magazine recently and noticed a two-page ad for the Ford Taurus. I stopped to read the copy, and was pleased to see radar-based active safety features among the vehicle’s options – right up there with SYNC hands-free communications, a 12-speaker audio system, and several other enticements. I subsequently learned that Ford offers active safety - adaptive cruise control … Read More

Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKT, Sony, Chrysler, Chrysler Town & Country, Blind Spot Monitoring, SYNC, Lincoln MKS, Taurus, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford

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