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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

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

15 Aug, 2013

John Day   It’s amazing, or not, to think that there have been 12 Integrated Electrical Solutions Forums (IESFs) in Detroit, and now comes the 13th next month at a new location – the Ford Conference Center in Dearborn, Michigan – on Thursday, September 19. To register, visit http://www.mentor.com/iesf. Event sponsors include IBM and SAE International. Mentor has added a new track – electric and hybrid … Read More

GENIVI, General Motors, IBM, Automotive X-Prize, SAE International, The Hansen Report, Aston Martin, IESF, Edison2, Mentor Graphics, Ford Motor Company, Progressive Insurance, Drayson Racing Technologies, Proterra, ECAD

30 Jul, 2013

John Day     With all of the electronic features currently in or planned for cars, it’s clear that automakers need more bandwidth. Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Divya Krishnamurthy suggests that Ethernet could serve as the backbone to the electronic architecture needed to connect domains and sub networks. 300 million Ethernet ports The research firm estimates that the total number … Read More

Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Broadcom, Infotainment, Freescale, Jaguar Land Rover, Frost & Sullivan, Ethernet, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Fiat

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

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

8 Oct, 2012

John Day   How different will cars and the driving experience be in, say, 2020 from what they are today? Take electric vehicles, for example. It’s likely that they will be much more common in another eight years or so, especially if battery makers are successful at eliminating two current barriers to widespread consumer adoption of electric vehicles – cost, and specific energy. Battery makers have a handle … Read More

A123, Envia Systems, 24M Technologies, lithium air batteries, University of North Dakota, General Motors

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

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

20 Jul, 2011

John Day General Motors (GM) was an early adopter of rapid prototyping (RP) technology for parts and subassemblies as well as for electrical/electronic applications. In the latter realm, for example, it developed a two-mode hybrid powertrain control system in less than the expected development time – four years from initial design to vehicle production. Larry Nitz, executive director of hybrid and electric powertrains, … Read More

selective laser sintering (SLS), rapid prototyping technology, stereo lithography apparatus (SLA), Chevrolet Volt, Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) concept, 3D Systems Corp., hybrid powertrain control system, Materialise Inc., General Motors, GM

28 Apr, 2011

John Day

If you haven’t already signed up for IESF (Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum) Automotive, here is the link:  http://www.mentor.com/events/iesf/detroit/  IESF is scheduled for June 2 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn (MI). If you’ve attended IESF in past years you know its value for both quality technical presentations and networking. I am looking forward to hearing John McElroy (Autoline)

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IESF, IBM, General Motors, Mentor Graphics, The Hansen Report, Autoline

26 Apr, 2011

John Day

Who do you like in the EcoCAR 2, the three-year collegiate automotive engineering competition that began during the SAE World Congress in Detroit earlier this month? The 16 teams that qualified for the competition are Cal State, Colorado State, Embry-Riddle, Mississippi State, NC State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rose-Hulman, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Tennessee,

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EcoCAR 2, Clean Cities, Virginia Tech, Vector CANtech, Robert Bosch LLC, CD-Adapco, University of Waterloo, Siemens PLM, Freescale, Ohio State, Penn State, California Air Resources Board, Rose-Hulman, Embry-Riddle, Snap-On Tools, EcoCAR 1, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Colorado State, Saturn Vue, dSPACE, Tennessee, General Motors, Purdue, U.S. Department of Energy, University of Victoria, AVL Powertrain Engineering, Chevrolet Malibu, Washington, MathWorks, Mississippi State, Cal State, Natural Resources Canada, Wayne State, NC State, A123Systems

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

29 Oct, 2010

John Day I was glad to read Consumer Reports’ encouraging words about General Motors. CR said GM has improved considerably in the research firm’s latest new car predicted-reliability ratings, and 83 percent of Chevrolets now have average or better scores. That’s up from 50 percent last year. Overall, 69 percent of GM models had average or better reliability. The results give Sheila Sarver reason to smile, albeit … Read More

Consumer Reports, General Motors, CAE tools, virtual assessment, virtual engineering workflow

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