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21 Jul, 2014

John Day Voice recognition in connected cars is great as far as it goes, but there are times (at least in my experience) when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being. “We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call … Read More

15 Jul, 2014

John Day The EV (Electric Vehicle) Roadmap 7 conference is coming up next Thursday and Friday (July 24-25) at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. If you’re in the area, or can get there, visit http://evroadmapconference.com/ to register. Mentor Graphics is an enthusiastic supporter of the conference, so use the promotional code MENTOR0214 and get $50 off the regular registration price. EV Roadmap 7 is … Read More

8 Jul, 2014

John Day This week Mentor Graphics acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), described as a technology leader in creating automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms. Its forte is accelerating system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP). The faster the better. “By combining Mentor’s Android, hypervisor, security, … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Car Won’t Start? Now What?

Posted by John Day

John Day Don’t you hate it when your car won’t start and you need to call for help? Even worse is when your car breaks down at whatever hour, somewhere along the way to your destination. What happens between the time you call for service and the time your car is fixed is likely to influence your degree of satisfaction with the car you bought and the dealer who repaired it. How well were you treated by the call … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Components on Command

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen For the first time in history, NASA will launch a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) under the 3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration, which is laying the ground work for developing an on-demand machine shop for current and future deep-space missions. NASA partnered with Made In Space, maker of the first space-bound 3D printer, via Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

On-demand part printing

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) community is excited about the prospect of producing critical components with the aid of three-dimensional (3D) printers. Additive manufacturing is the name ascribed to the trend, one which has been employed in a variety of industry verticals and is now being adopted by mil/aero organizations. The technology and materials have matured, and are turning heads in the … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA officials partnered with industry to launch the 3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment and Technology Demonstration, with the goal of validating the additive manufacturing capabilities in zero-gravity. NASA scientists and Made In Space engineers at NASA Ames Research Park in California considered the International Space Station (ISS) to be the optimal place to initiate the journey of in-space manufacturing. The … Read More

27 Jun, 2014

Prints in space

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen “Imagine an astronaut needing to make a life-or-death repair on the International Space Station. Rather than hoping that the necessary parts and tools are on the station already, what if the parts could be 3D printed when they needed them?” postulates Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer of Made In Space, located at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, Calif. All space missions today are completely … Read More

25 Jun, 2014

Keeping the Kids Entertained

Posted by John Day

John Day The entertainment bar is higher these days than it used to be in the pre-smartphone era. That’s true in general, of course, but I’m thinking specifically at the moment about kids on long car trips. Each may want his/her own entertainment, and with some new technology introduced this week by Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., they’ll be able to have it in the relatively near future. Mitsubishi … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John Day Is your car connected? And if so, how, and to what extent? We have relatively simple Bluetooth smartphone connections on the one hand and comprehensive embedded systems on the other. Connected car technology is evolving quickly, and keeping up with it is non-trivial. So I was interested to learn recently that tier one supplier Continental agreed to license Airbiquity’s Choreo connected car service platform … Read More

13 Jun, 2014

What’s New at Intel?

Posted by John Day

John Day We hadn’t heard a lot from Intel lately, but that changed this week. Seems it never rains but it pours. The company not only introduced Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions, which it described as a family of hardware and software products, but also announced automotive technology-related research projects, investments, and collaborations with several other automotive systems developers. Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions … Read More

XSe, Wind River, QNX, cloud connectivity, sensors, Symphony Teleca, Tobii Technology, autonomous driving, Green Hills Software, Intel In-Vehicle Solutions, Hyundai Genesis, IVI systems, CloudMade, McAfee, Mobica, driver information system, intel, Infiniti Q50, Intel Capital Connected Car Fund, ZMP

6 Jun, 2014

Looking Forward to the 52nd DAC

Posted by John Day

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

30 May, 2014

Digital design and development

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Learjets have been garnering attention for decades, and Bombardier Aerospace’s new Learjet 85 business jet is no different in that regard. It is novel in a number of ways, however, including the engineering workflow in which it was designed and developed. Bombardier Aerospace engineers employed a complete digital development process for the Learjet 85 aircraft’s electrical distribution system. In fact, … Read More

Engineer, Electrical Wiring Interconnection System, EWIS, Technology, Military, Bombardier, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Capital FormboardXC, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, Geek, Hardware, Learjet 85, Capital HarnessXC, Mentor, Capital Logic

30 May, 2014

All the aviation buzzwords

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Last month, the aviation community was buzzing about the Learjet 85 business jet from Bombardier Aerospace, as it made its first flight. Aviation enthusiasts, including this mil/aero geek, are still talking about Bombardier engineers’ novel approach to the aircraft’s design and development. On 9 April 2014 at 8:19 am CST, the Learjet 85 flight test vehicle one (FTV1) took off from Wichita-Mid Continent … Read More

Mil-Aero, Mentor.com, Milaero, Captain Ed Grabman, Geek, Aerospace, Mentor, Technology, Mentor Graphics, Learjet, Learjet 85

29 May, 2014

John Day Volvo wants to study the potential for electric roads able to charge city buses. Working with the Swedish Transport Administration and the City of Gothenburg it will propose building a 300- to 500-meter road section equipped with inductive wireless charge technology and developing vehicles that will automatically charge their batteries when passing the section. The potential benefit is quieter and … Read More

Extreme Tech blog, solar panels, City of Gothenburg, Volvo, Ziff Davis Media, Solar Roadways, Swedish Transport Administration

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