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6 Jun, 2014

John Day The 51st DAC (Design Automation Conference) ended this week and it was excellent, in my opinion, partly due to a strong automotive track and what I believe to have been a first-ever Automotive Village. I suspect that those who visited the Village will be able to look back in years to come, when the Village is much larger, and “remember when.” Thanks to Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Dassault, Wrightspeed, … Read More

Wrightspeed, design automation conference, Ford, Dassault, synopsys, The MathWorks, Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics

7 May, 2014

John Day Have you registered yet for the 51st Design Automation Conference (June 1-5 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco)? If not, here’s a link: https://dac.com//content/registration-rates And if you are going, don’t miss the Automotive Pavilion. Mentor Graphics has clearly put some effort into a program there that it’s calling “Connected Engineering™ for the Automotive Industry.” Mentor offers products … Read More

Ford, Mentor Graphics, Design Automatipn Conference, Moscone Center

25 Apr, 2014

John Day There’s a lot happening at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 1-5 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and much of it, I’m delighted to say, focuses on automotive technology. At 10:30 and again at 1:30 on Monday, June 2, Anthony Cooprider from Ford and Samarjit Chakraborty from the Technical University of Munich will present a tutorial, “Automotive Embedded Systems – A Quick Introduction … Read More

IBM, Green Hills Software, Infineon, Cadence Design Systems, synopsys, Dassault Systèmes, Technical University of Munich, University of California Riverside, ANSYS, Vista Ventures, MathWorks, Ford, Mentor Graphics, General Motors, Microsoft, design automation conference, Moscone Center, ETAS Group

4 Mar, 2014

John Day   Good news from Apple this week for those with Lightning-enabled iPhones (iPhone 5s, 5c and 5) who are planning to buy a new car later this year. The company says its CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment alternative “gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.” Automakers expected to offer CarPlay include … Read More

Suzuki, Subaru, Nissan, BMW Group, Ferrari, Nvidia, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siri, Apple CarPlay, General Motors, Kia, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, MirrorLink, Mitsubishi, Frost & Sullivan, iPhone, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Volvo

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

24 Sep, 2013

John Day One of the highlights of IESF for me each year is Paul Hansen’s update on the automotive electronics industry. Hansen, publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics (www.hansenreport.com), focused this year on three topics: competition, active safety, and distracted driving. Automotive electronics competition is already fierce and getting worse, according to Hansen. “The automotive electronics … Read More

Internet of Cars, NXP, Cisco, vehicle-to-infrastructure, Cohda Wireless, vehicle-to-vehicle, Verizon, Agero, OnStar, Harman, Sirius XM Radio, Hughes Telematics, SYNC, Ford, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, General Motors

20 Sep, 2013

John Day While doing research for a book on automotive electronics reliability I had the privilege of interviewing a couple of industry pioneers who told me about the first microprocessors in cars and how difficult it was back then to convince car company executives of the value of electronics technology. (If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll share more of that.) I was repeatedly reminded … Read More

Ford, IESF Detroit, Edison 2, The Hansen Report on Automotive Eelctronics, Triad Semiconductor, Mercedes, Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize

20 Jun, 2013

John Day   Ford Motor Company helped test an early warning car-to-car communication feature that alerts following drivers to vehicles braking ahead even if they are around a corner or behind other traffic. In emergency braking situations the electronic brake light system transmits a wireless signal to illuminate a dashboard light in cars following behind. The brake light system is one of 20 potential future … Read More

Ford Motor Company, Ford, Ford S-MAX, Volkswagen, Audi, obstacle warning system, Deutsche Telekom, Opel, electronic brake light system, Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield (simTD), traffic sign assistant, Daimler

22 May, 2013

John Day   Telematics Update has published its Automotive HMI Report 2013, containing an analysis of human-machine interface (HMI) features by vehicle segment and an overview of “best in market” HMI designs, including those from automakers such as BMW, Audi, Ford, and General Motors. The report includes insights from more than 40 HMI experts from firms such as Continental, DENSO, Fiat, Garmin, GM, Harman, … Read More

University of Warwick, Telematics Update, Automotive HMI Report, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Nokia, Tata, Telecommunication Systems Inc., Audi, GM, DENSO, Harman, Fiat, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), Jaguar Land Rover, Garmin, Ford, General Motors, Visteon, Volvo

25 Mar, 2013

John Day   In September 2011, Colorado-based app developers Danny Newman, Joe Mease and Austin Gayer decided to enter the Ford SYNC App Developer Challenge held during the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco. They won the contest with Roximity, a smartphone app that provides real-time deals and specials on meal, clothing and several other categories relevant to a user’s location. Winning made … Read More

developer, Ford, app, SYNC AppLink, Roximity, Smartphone

24 Jan, 2013

John Day   Ford offers AppLink, an application programming interface (API) that developers can use to make their smartphone apps compatible with Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. Earlier this month General Motors revealed its plan for working with developers to bring smartphone apps to GM vehicles. The company announced a flexible application framework that includes APIs and a software development kit (SDK) … Read More

Slacker, OnStar, system development kit (SDK), AppLink, Ford, application programming interface (API), The Weather Channel., HTML5 JavaScript, iheartradio, TuneIn, General Motors, GM

17 Jan, 2013

John Day Automakers are looking for ways to integrate smartphone apps safely and securely into vehicle head units. Ford’s strategy for doing so is to offer its own application programming interface (API), AppLink, and it seems to be working for them. App developers interested in partnering with Ford can (re)write their apps to work with AppLink, and if Ford wants the apps we have a match. But if every automaker … Read More

Livio Connect, Ford, GENIVI-compliant, AppLink, KPIT Cummins, Livio, HTML5

24 Dec, 2012

John Day   State-of-the-art sensing, computing and communications systems are quickly changing consumer expectations in people’s everyday lives, and are also driving innovation in the automotive industry at an incredible pace, according to Ford vice president and chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas. Mascarenas leads the team that has been researching and developing new technologies for Ford vehicles, … Read More

Ford, Fusion sedan, Automotive Electronics, Wi-Fi, Paul Mascarenas, vehicle-to-vehicle communications

10 Sep, 2012

John Day Connected cars are here, and you don’t have to trade in your current ride to avail yourself of the technology. Let’s say, for example, that you’re in the market for a radar and laser detector, because no one wants a speeding ticket and it’s easy to go faster than you really intended. At least one manufacturer, ESCORT (escortinc.com), offers a service that transmits “encounters” to the cloud via Bluetooth … Read More

Ford, Hughes Telematics, ESCORT, radar and laser drector, live-agent concierge service, MyAssist

19 Jun, 2012

John Day That question about the difficulties involved in integrating development tools from different suppliers was asked rhetorically during a presentation at IESF Detroit by Paul Hansen, editor and publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics (hansenreport.com). “Why the lack of integrated tool solutions?” Hansen asked Mentor Graphics VP Serge Leef. It’s because there are no standards, Serge … Read More

IESF, Hyundai, ISO 26262, SAIC, Daimler, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mentor Graphics, Ford, Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration, General Motors, Paul Hansen, Eclipse Foundation, PSA, Fiat

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