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Vehicle System Design Blog

23 Aug, 2012

John Day   This week the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) launched Safety Pilot Model Development, which they said is the largest real-life test to date of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication. The year-long study, in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, involves 2,880 cars, trucks and buses. The … Read More

Savari Networks, Safety Pilot Model Development, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Cohda Wireless, connected vehicle, Arada Systems, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I), SAE 2735, Dedicated Short Range Communications, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), IEEE 1609, Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments

25 Jun, 2012

Did you know this?

Posted by John Day

John Day In his presentation at IESF Detroit, Paul Hansen, editor and publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, quoted a Bosch forecast that of 103 million vehicles to be produced in 2020, 100 million will have a combustion engine. At the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio last week, Ray Cornyn, VP and General Manager of Freescale’s automotive microcontrollers group, said that … Read More

infotainment systems, Freescale Technology Forum, The Hansen Report on Automotive Eelctronics, Vybrid, Mentor Graphics, Qorivva microcontroller

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

26 Sep, 2011

IESF 2011 Moves to Frankfurt

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen If you plan to be in Frankfurt, Germany on November 17, mark your calendars for Mentor Graphics’ Automotive and Commercial Vehicles Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF). You’ll enjoy 26 industry sessions planned specifically for E/E design engineers, engineering managers, and executives in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. This IESF event will be particularly interesting if your … Read More

IESF

29 Sep, 2010

John Day Cars today contain a wide array of electrical and electronic (E/E) features that control or affect starting, stopping, steering, shifting, and almost every other aspect of the driving or riding experience. Take Hyundai’s 2011 Equus for example. It includes a 608-watt, 17-speaker Lexicon audio system; electronically controlled air suspension with continuous damping control; vehicle stability management … Read More

Hyundai Equus, parking assistance, HID headlamps, Rear-View Camera

27 Sep, 2010

John Day Two images come to mind when I think of driver coaching. One is the green leaves that appear on the dashboards of Ford Fusion (and Mercury Milan) hybrids when drivers do the right thing consistently. The other is Bugs Bunny in the passenger seat wearing a sweatshirt and holding a whistle. Visteon may have been thinking leaves more than wabbit when it included “driver coaching” among the attributes … Read More

Estech, Bugs Bunny, Visteon, Mercury Milan, Paris Motor Show

11 Mar, 2010

Credit where credit is due

Posted by John Day

John Day Do you ever watch the credits at the end of a movie? When you see all those names and titles for jobs that might not mean much to those outside the business, it’s evidence that filmmaking is a complex undertaking and a highly collaborative effort. Kind of like cars. Those thoughts came to mind when Volvo announced its new S60. The list of electrical and electronic features in the vehicle seemed to … Read More

S60, Rollover Protection, Sensor Fusion, Delphi, Driver Alert Control, Blind Spot Information, Volvo, Mobileye, Pedestrian Detection, Full Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning

22 Feb, 2010

John Day I’ve seen a lot of really cool automotive electrical and electronics technology that hasn’t yet reached the market, not because the technology won’t work but because automakers have not yet articulated a sufficient business case. What’s the problem? I asked Ralf Hug specifically about the business case for telematics, where he has a lot of experience on both the OEM and supplier side. He asks himself … Read More

Microsoft Windows, Ralf Hug, Ford Sync, Telematics

1 Feb, 2010

Anticipating AUTOSAR

Posted by John Day

John Day I don’t hear a lot about AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture) technology in production vehicles, but I’m inclined to think that will change sooner than later. It’s not just the number of major players in the consortium, but also the compelling need for less complexity in application development, lower development costs, and faster time-to-market. Standard (AUTOSAR-compliant) software and hardware … Read More

Simon Fürst, LIN 2.1, AUTOSAR Development Partnership, Automotive Open System Architecture, Electronic Control Units, FlexRay 3.0, AUTOSAR-Compliant, ECUs

28 Jan, 2010

John Day You probably know that Renesas Technology and NEC Electronics are merging, reportedly to become the third-largest semiconductor company. It’s not clear how the respective product lines will come together, but Renesas and NEC both have a strong presence in the auto industry, so the deal is significant and it follows a dismal year. Business prospects today are definitely better than they were a year … Read More

Powertrain Control, Portable Device Connectivity, Renesas Technology, Automotive Semiconductors, Consumer Electronics Show, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, SH74552, Obstacle Detection, Paul Fox, SH74562, Dashboard Displays, NEC Electronics

 
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