Volvo Cars’ 90 Series cars receive powertrain, safety and connectivity updates including Android Auto

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Volvo Cars is updating its 90 series cars with new powertrain, safety and connectivity updates. This is primarily a safety-related feature, designed to make our interface the easiest to use on the market. Connected vehicles Driver Assistance Systems Engines Fuel Efficiency Safety

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Geely launches Lynk & Co; a new electrified and connected global car brand

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China-based automaker Geely has launched Lynk & Co —a new global car brand designed and engineered in Sweden; every model will feature an electrified powertrain. Full mobile connectivity will also be standard, working in partnership with Ericsson.

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Test deployment of new on-demand hub & shuttle mobility system at U Michigan; connected & automated vehicles & big data

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The on-demand vehicles would have human drivers at first, but the designers hope they would eventually be replaced with autonomous vehicles, lowering costs further, says RITMO lead research Pascal Van Hentenryck, the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at U-M.

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Toshiba introduces new automotive Ethernet-AVB bridge; working with Qualcomm on advanced connected car systems

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TAEC also announced it is working with Qualcomm Technologies to bring to the automotive market advanced connected car platforms powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A and Snapdragon 602A processors, and telematics solutions powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. Connection to the host is achieved via PCI Express (PCIe), HSIC or Time Division Multiplex (TDM)/I2S for audio traffic. AT CES 2016, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

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Toyota details design of fuel cell system in Mirai; work on electrode catalysts

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To enable this technology sharing in the Mirai, Toyota had to make a design advance from Toyota’s earlier Toyota FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicle, launched on a limited lease basis in 2008 ( earlier post ) with the introduction of an FC Boost Converter.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff to design infrastructure for connected vehicle Safety Pilot project; up to 3,000 vehicles with V2X communications

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Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected to design and supervise deployment of technology infrastructure for a US Department of Transportation (US DOT) pilot program to study the potential of operating connected vehicles on the streets and highways of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Called the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment project, the $15-million research effort is being undertaken by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute ( UMTRI ) and its.

Yadea launches Z3 electric scooter with connectivity app

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Connected to BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), which allows multi-directional data transmission, the embedded intelligent system can share real-time location and relevant data through the mobile application.

More details on BMW’s i3; electric and connected

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Also playing their part are the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive and 360° ELECTRIC designed specifically for the BMW i3. The design principle behind the electric motor in the BMW i3 helps it to run extremely effectively across a wide load band.

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IEEE publishes three updated standards to support connected vehicle development

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced IEEE’s publication of three updated standards to support connected vehicle deployment. Describes multi-channel wireless radio operations, WAVE mode, medium access control, and physical layers, including parameters for priority access, channel switching and routing, management services, and primitives designed for multi-channel operations.

Nissan announces new strategy for customer ownership experience; leveraging connected car, big data, and personalization

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The company anticipates that, as a result, connected car services and greater choice in accessories and personalization will increasingly drive growth in its aftersales business, anticipated to contribute 25% of aftersales revenue by 2022.

Audi acquires stake in Cubic Telecom for connected vehicle work

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Together, Audi and Cubic Telecom intend to develop connectivity solutions for the automobiles of the Audi brand. Dublin, Ireland‑based Cubic Telecom is a leading cloud based M2M platform provider, focused on enabling seamless global connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things and enterprise customers. The company’s applications and technologies are embedded into the device at the manufacturing stage, enabling always on connectivity anywhere in the world.

TI reference design adds Wi-Fi capability to electric vehicle charging stations

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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the first reference design that adds Wi-Fi connectivity to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The new reference design uses TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi wireless microcontroller (MCU) technology that allows design engineers to create stations that intelligently charge at non-peak times or detect and communicate when a charging station is available. Wi-Fi connectivity support from any smartphone, tablet, computer or smartTV.

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Mitsubishi eX concept crossover highlights design and electric vehicle technology directions

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MMC intends the eX to showcase next-generation electric vehicle technologies, as well as a new take on the Dynamic Shield front design concept. Both exterior and interior indicate the direction MMC Design is taking.

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Ford studying space-based robot telematics with St. Petersburg Polytechnic to improve connected vehicle communication

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The goal of Ford’s relationship with the university is to analyze space-based robotic communications systems, with potential for developing vehicle mesh networks to aid in connected vehicle communications applications. Connected vehicles V2X Ford has begun a three-year.

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BMW Motorrad unveils its VISION NEXT 100 concept; electric and connected, augmented reality visor

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The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 embodies the BMW Group’s vision of biking in a connected world—an analogue experience in a digital age. —Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad. The front is minimalist in design and enhanced with high-quality details.

New Silexica SLX Automotive design tools feature Infineon TriCore models

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Silexica , a provider of multicore software design automation addressing complex, multicore platforms, released of its new SLX Automotive Development package, which provides programming support for multicore automotive software. With its high-performing hexa-core architecture and its advanced features for connectivity, security and embedded safety, our TriCore-based microcontroller family AURIX is key to the fully automated and purely electric car.

Audi introduces connected mobility concept in Beijing; electric longboard integrated with intelligent nav system

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At Auto China 2016 in Beijing, Audi is presenting the Audi connected mobility concept, a concept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’s urban compact SUV. The board’s premium design includes superior materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. China Connected vehicles Urban mobility

Ford expands Smart Mobility projects with connected e-bike study

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan ( earlier post ) with a new experiment to study how connected electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers.

Taoglas launches low-profile, compact multi-antenna reference design for the next generation of connected car

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Taoglas, a leading provider of automotive, IoT and GNSS antenna products, introduced Axiom, a reference design for a low-profile, compact multiple-antenna solution for the next generation of Connected Cars. The reference design will help automobile manufacturers overcome one of the biggest challenges of the Connected Car: where and how to place the multitude of antennas needed for maximum performance. Connected vehicles

U-Michigan, China enter two new automated and connected vehicle partnerships

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The University of Michigan is entering two separate agreements with Chinese institutions targeting automated and connected vehicles. First, a $27-million research agreement with Shenzhen-based investment firm Frontt Capital Management will advance autonomous, connected vehicles and robotic technologies. It also provides support for U-M researchers to advise Frontt on design of a unique autonomous vehicle test facility in Shenzhen. Autonomous driving China Connected vehicles

U Michigan opens Mcity test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies

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The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the first large controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.

DOT to award up to $60M for advanced transportation and congestion management projects; V2X, ITS and mobility services

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Systems that provide real time, predicted, and individualized information about travel choices, based on data from sensors (traffic, weather), mobile sources (personal portable devices, connected vehicles), and other information systems (public transportation, shared-use mobility, traffic incident management, construction, parking, congestion pricing/tolls or other costs) to allow travelers and shippers to make informed decisions regarding destinations, when to travel, routes, or modes.

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GE Energy launches fully networked Wattstation and Wattstation Connect software; pay by smartphone

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GE’s WattStation Connect for mobile device users. GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business unveiled the new WattStation and WattStation Connect software at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit, Mich. Click to enlarge.

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Visteon to launch ECU-consolidating cockpit domain controller with European automaker in 2018

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Visteon displayed the SmartCore connected domain controller at CES 2016. This allows the same basic code elements to be used for all levels of vehicle design, with additional blocks of code inserted for luxury vehicles. Connected vehicles Controls and controllers HMI Vehicle Systems

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Panasonic acquires German software company OpenSynergy; virtualization for integrated cockpit solutions

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OpenSynergy specializes in embedded automotive software for cockpit solutions; it products enable the convergence of instrument clusters, head units, advanced driver assistance systems, and car connectivity systems. That also means that we have designed it expressly for safety and security.

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Audi presenting piloted driving and Car-to-X technologies from Digital Motorway Test Bed; LTE-V for V2X

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The “Car2Infrastructure” communication project connects the car with variable message road signs that are online. These signs alert drivers by mobile connection to speed limits, traffic jams or lane closures, for example. Using LTE-V (LTE-Vehicle) communications, the data transfer modules in the cars are also directly connected to each other. It can address multiple application types ranging from connected vehicle safety applications (e.g.

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Marvell introduces 1st 1000BASE-T1 automotive Ethernet PHY transceiver; Gigabit Ethernet for connected cars

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The 88Q2112 supports the industry’s highest in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth and is designed to meet the rigorous EMI requirements of an automotive system. The automotive industry is just now beginning to design in 100 Megabit Ethernet. As cars are being designed and manufactured with more sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), automotive manufacturers and engineers are looking for solutions to meet the growing in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth demands.

DENSO & Toshiba partner on Deep Neural Network-IP for image recognition systems for ADAS & automated driving

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Visual features design. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Controls and controllers Driver Assistance Systems Sensors Vehicle Systems

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Westport to begin delivering HPDI 2.0 early production-design-intent components to OEMs in Q1 2016

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announced that early production-design-intent components in the Westport High Pressure Direct Injection (Westport HPDI) second-generation (HPDI 2.0) The latest generation of HPDI injectors, developed under a Joint Development Agreement with Delphi ( earlier post ), feature a new direct-connected architecture and incorporate technologies from both companies and higher performance, lower cost and much easier packaging on the engine than prior HPDI injection system.

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre partner to develop remote and autonomous ships

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Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have formed a strategic partnership to design, to test and to validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships. VTT will also use field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design.

Torq Transloading to build $100M pipeline-connected crude-by-rail terminal in Saskatchewan; up to 168,000 bpd

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TORQ is negotiating multiple pipeline connections to accommodate delivery of both light and heavy crudes to the Kerrobert Rail Terminal. The Kerrobert Rail Terminal is also being designed to handle truck-delivered volumes. The Kerrobert Rail Terminal has also been designed to accept inbound, rail back-hauled condensate and is expected to commence operations in Q3 2014. Torq Transloading Inc.

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches new Vito in China; unveiling electric van of future this week

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In an event to be held this Wednesday at its “Van Innovation Campus” in Stuttgart, Mercedes-Benz Vans will unveil its vision of the van of the future: connected and electrically powered. (In China Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Accenture to design connected smart ships

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Accenture are collaborating to design a ‘connected smart ship’ that will enable ship owners to better manage their fleets and achieve potential operational savings through the application of digital technologies.

Goodyear shows two concept tires targeting autonomous and shared vehicles; smart tires

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The new concepts—an evolution of the the spherical-shaped Eagle 360 Urban ( earlier post ) and the IntelliGrip Urban smart tire—apply emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity.

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Toyota displays Mirai-based research vehicle with satellite communications function; Kymeta flat-panel antennae

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Toyota is working to enhance its connected technologies, including a plan to install a Data Communication Module into a broader range of its vehicles. Connected vehicles Fuel Cells Hydrogen

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New app/widget combo taps into OBD port to connect iPhone to car’s onboard systems

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Startup company Automatic has launched an iPhone app and companion widget called the Automatic Link that, by plugging into the OnBoard Diagnostics (OBD) port, connects the iPhone to the car’s onboard systems. Automatic Link connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth.

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Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC announce $17M autonomous vehicle research program; 5 projects selected

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As part of its strategic partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, EPSRC issued a joint call for research proposals that focussed on developing fully autonomous cars: “ Towards Autonomy - Smart and Connected Control ”. Human Interaction: Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAV).

DOT releases ITS 5-year strategic plan with focus on connected vehicles and automation

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The ITS Strategic Plan’s framework is built around two key ITS Program priorities: realizing connected vehicle implementation and advancing automation. The first builds on the substantial progress made in recent years around design, testing, and planning for deployment of connected vehicles across the nation. Program categories include: Connected Vehicles (CV): The USDOT will focus much of its CV program activities on adoption and eventual deployment of CV systems.

NXP, Cohda Wireless RoadLINK achieves top performance in Audi field trial for intelligent, securely connected vehicles

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The results demonstrate the benefit of combining NXP’s RoadLINK solutions with the circuit layout and design of the passive antenna emitters by Delphi. In 2012, NXP and Audi signed a strategic innovation partnership agreement designed to accelerate the speed of automotive innovation and time to market—including V2V communications. Connected vehicles Microprocessors and controls V2X

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ABB wins $1B order for offshore wind power connection

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ABB has won an order worth around $1 billion from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to supply a power link connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the German mainland grid. ABB will design, engineer, supply and install the offshore platform, the offshore and onshore converter stations and the land and sea cable systems.