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24 Oct, 2014

John Day Ford said this week that it’s rolling out a driver-assist system that, at least in some cases, may be able to keep cars from running into pedestrians, or if they do, lessen the likelihood of death or serious injury. That’s huge, in my opinion, but there’s more. The system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, can also help drivers avoid all-too-common rear-end collisions. Ford will launch … Read More

21 Oct, 2014

John Day Electrical Systems (ES) engineers at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, Michigan, spent months engaged in customer research in the course of designing the 2015 Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan that launched this week. The research included clinics, focus groups, surveys, and visits to dealers. “A tremendous effort goes into designing a car that meets design goals,” says Avalon chief engineer … Read More

13 Oct, 2014

John Day At the Paris Motor Show recently Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance announced that they’ve integrated voice with natural language understanding (NLU) as part of the virtual cockpit in Audi’s TT Roadster. The virtual cockpit places infotainment as well as traditional dashboard information on a large screen directly in front of the driver. The point of integrating voice and NLU is to allow the driver to … Read More

7 Oct, 2014

John Day Aftermarket in-dash infotainment system supplier Pioneer Electronics is moving rather aggressively to meet consumer demands for infotainment and smartphone connectivity. After all, it costs far less to upgrade a car’s in-dash system than it does to buy a new vehicle. Last summer Pioneer launched an iPhone app called AppRadioLIVE to work with the company’s AppRadio in-dash receivers. It’s intended to … Read More

30 Sep, 2014

Made in Space

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen NASA scientists finalized testing of the most complex rocket engine parts ever produced with 3D printers. Aerospace organizations are increasingly investigating the potential of additive manufacturing, using 3D printers to save time and money over traditional manufacturing processes. The testing involved using the rocket engine parts to produce 20,000 pounds of thrust. A NASA spokesperson describes … Read More

30 Sep, 2014

Space Trucker

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen SpaceX this month logged its fifth successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and had a hand in yet another historic first: delivering the first 3D printer in space. SpaceX launched its fifth journey to the ISS and fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab early this week, on Sunday, 21 September 2014 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

John Day Shortly after I began to write about automotive electronics, a decade or so ago, I attended the SAE Convergence conference. I had been to many electronics industry events in the course of my career but this was my first in-depth exposure to chips, circuits and software for cars. The industry has changed dramatically between then and now and I’m looking forward to seeing the latest in Detroit (Cobo Center) … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

Testing, Testing, ISS

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have again logged an historic achievement. They have harnessed additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce complex rocket engine parts faster and at a lower cost than with traditional manufacturing. NASA engineers worked with two different providers: Solid Concepts in Valencia, California, and Directed Manufacturing in Austin, … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

Additive Manufacturing at NASA

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engine powered NASA’s Space Shuttle and will power the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS is a heavy-lift, exploration-class rocket currently under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and Mars. NASA engineers recently produced the most complex rocket engine parts in the agency’s history using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Three-dimensional printers … Read More

27 Sep, 2014

J VanDomelen Late last month, engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, completed testing the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the space agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or three-dimensional (3D) printing. The highly complex part NASA engineers designed is a rocket engine injector, which is responsible for sending propellant into the engine, and … Read More

24 Sep, 2014

John Day IESF (Mentor Graphics’ Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum) is scheduled for October 23 at the Marriott Hotel in Munich. Great city. Great event. Visit http://www.mentor.com/events/iesf/ to view an agenda, or to register. IESF begins with three keynotes, then breaks into four tracks: Electrical System Design & Harnessing; AUTOSAR, Network Design and Integration; ADAS (advanced driver assistance … Read More

20 Sep, 2014

Aren’t They All Alike?

Posted by John Day

John Day The past few weeks have been busy ones for Renesas Electronics, a major supplier of chips for automotive and other applications. The company introduced the R-Car V2H, its third-generation R-Car system-on-a-chip (SoC) and the first in the series optimized for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS); 40 nm RH850/C1x microcontrollers (MCUs) for hybrid and electric vehicle motor control applications, … Read More

12 Sep, 2014

Whew!

Posted by John Day

John Day The Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Congress in Detroit last week was quite an event, from Mary Barra’s keynote on Sunday evening, during which she announced GM’s entry into vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, to Bill Ford’s Monday morning look at the future of transportation, to the myriad demos on Belle Isle, and the array of exhibits and panel sessions … Read More

7 Sep, 2014

John Day When Agero, best known for its roadside assistance services, introduced a smartphone-based telematics system for usage based insurance (UBI), I wondered about the benefit(s). Agero said its system offered advantages over OBDII hardware solutions for assessing behind-the-wheel behavior, but those advantages weren’t immediately obvious, so I asked Jeff Blecher, Agero’s senior VP of strategy, about them. He … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

Generation Gap

Posted by John Day

John Day This probably shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s an observation supported by research: younger people are a lot more interested in automotive connectivity than older people are, and they are even more interested in mobile connectivity – smartphones and the like. Lochbridge, formerly the Professional Services Division of Compuware, surveyed consumers ranging in age from 18 to 65 to assess their opinions … Read More

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