Renesas Electronics delivers highly automated driving solution kit to accelerate development of autonomous vehicles

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a highly automated driving (HAD) solution kit that delivers high computing performance targeted at automotive functional safety to reduce development time of electronic control units (ECUs). The HAD solution kit is based on two Renesas R-Car H3 Starter Kit Premier and the automotive control RH850/P1H-C microcontroller (MCU), and is compliant with both ISO 26262 ASIL-B functionality safety standard and ISO 26262 ASIL-D standard.

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IFP Energies nouvelles launches DriveQuant start-up in the connected mobility sector

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DriveQuant will also provide a mobile application that can be used as a white-label service and an SDK (Software development kit – iOS or Android) to facilitate the integration of driving analysis services in its customer solutions. The market for services associated with connected vehicles is expanding rapidly. It is likely to generate some US$350 billion dollars by 2020 according to the “The Connected Mobility Global Forecast 2016” study conducted by Ptolemus Consulting Group.

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Ford opens new Silicon Valley research center; focus on connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, big data

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Ford has opened its new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s work in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

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Samsung introduces Samsung Connect Auto connected car solution

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Ltd has introduced a connected car solution, Samsung Connect Auto. Samsung Connect Auto plugs directly into the OBD II port underneath the steering wheel. It uses real-time alerts to help users improve their driving behavior, including increased fuel efficiency, while offering a Wi-Fi connection to keep passengers online. Samsung Connect Auto will initially be available in the second quarter in the US. Samsung Electronics Co.,

Ford expands Smart Mobility pilot program to deliver improved access to healthcare in The Gambia; motorcycles with sensors

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The project uses Ford’s OpenXC ( earlier post ) sensor kits fitted to the motorcycles to gather information. Sensor kit that has been extended to motorcycles for the Data Driven Healthcare experiment. Africa Big Data Connected vehicles Mobility Sensors

Ford takes OpenXC research platform global, engaging local developers for market-specific connected vehicle apps in India

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Ford is now shipping beta test kits of its open-source connectivity research platform, OpenXC ( earlier post ), to developers and universities around the world. Connected vehiclesOpenXC architecture. Click to enlarge.

Volkswagen unveils I.D. EV concept; 1st MEB-based vehicle, to launch in 2020; up to 373 miles

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will be the first Volkswagen built off the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). MEB—Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten (“Modular Electric Drive kit”)—was conceived to support the development of a family of pure electric vehicles within brands and across the Group.

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KIT presenting modular battery concept for electric bus

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Source: KIT. At the upcoming IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present a modular battery concept for the efficient operation of an electric bus; an electric city bus demonstrator will illustrate the concept. Source: KIT.

Renesas Electronics delivers 2nd-gen ADAS view solution kit for surround view, electronic mirrors and driver monitoring for autonomous driving

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Renesas Electronics Corporation has introduced a new all-in-one Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) view solution kit. Expanding the success of the first-generation ADAS surround view kit that was launched in October 2015, Renesas’ second-generation ADAS view solution kit with up to eight cameras realizes next-generation electronic mirrors, driver monitoring and surround view systems at the same time.

Qualcomm introducing Drive Data platform for sensor fusion

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These capabilities will be key for many connected car applications, from shared mobility and fleet management to 3D high-definition mapping and automated driving. Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies is offering a deep-learning software development kit (SDK).

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Ford announces Smart Mobility plan; 25 initial projects

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At CES, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced “Ford Smart Mobility”—a plan to use innovation to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. In his CES talk, Fields said that rapidly advancing connectivity; software and sensor technology; and big data were the enablers behind the Smart Mobility projects—eight in North America, nine in Europe and Africa, seven in Asia and one in South America.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class INTELLIGENT DRIVE drives autonomously over 100km interurban and urban route with near-production technology

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The required algorithms were developed by the Mercedes-Benz research team in collaboration with the Institute for Measuring and Control Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Safety V2X Vehicle Systems

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Hauling Lead and Confusing Connections

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I pre-laid out these batteries on the floor to guestimate what the connections between the terminals were. I've got an e-mail into ElectroAuto for some connection diagrams, but haven't received the files yet. Tonight was an evening of heavy lifting.

Ford and Intel demonstrate in-car personalization with perceptual computing; Project Mobii

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Ford and Intel are researching new opportunities for the connected car, including giving drivers the ability to remotely peer into their car using a smartphone, or a vehicle that could identify its owner using facial recognition software.

Altairnano Launches Application Kit to Increase Adoption of Its Lithium-Titanate Battery Technology

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released an Application Kit designed to give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to apply its advanced lithium-titanate battery systems in a test environment simulating real-world operating conditions. The Application Kit includes Altairnano's 24 volt, 50 Ah battery module, a connection and control unit (CCU) including a battery management system, and a NetBook computer configured to control and monitor the system performance. Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 820A SoC infotainment and connectivity processors for automotive; expanding automotive investment

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introduced its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon automotive processors, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive family, offering a scalable next-generation infotainment, graphics and multimedia platform with machine intelligence and a version with integrated LTE-Advanced connectivity. A Zeroth-powered development kit for automotive solutions will be available for the Snapdragon 820A. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Controls and controllers Driver Assistance Systems

Volkswagen investing €3.5B in German plants for e-mobility and digitalization; MEB production, pilot plant for batteries and modules

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labor), the Board of Management announced that the Volkswagen brand’s German plants will develop and produce electric vehicles and components based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The MEB is the foundation for an entirely new generation of long-range battery-electric vehicles that will be connected, autonomous, open and priced for the volume market as required by Volkswagen’s positioning.

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HERE introduces comprehensive connected driving offering

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HERE, a Nokia business, introduced a connected driving offering including HERE Auto, HERE Auto Cloud, and HERE Auto Companion. The HERE Connected Driving offering will be demonstrated at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. HERE Auto is an embedded in-car navigation experience that delivers the right map at the right moment with and without a data connection.

VW BUDD-e EV concept makes US auto show debut; 233-mile range based on EPA cycle; next-gen connectivity and HMI

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Both of these areas form a united visual and textual environment, as the navigation graphics and the arrangement of media content such as the display of Points of Interest (POI), playlists, apps (App-Connect) and online services (Car-Net) are freely configurable.

VW unveils fully autonomous, electric Microbus I.D. Buzz concept at Detroit; all-wheel drive, 270-mile range

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Buzz is built off the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). BUZZ is a next-generation vehicle based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), offering comfort and plenty of space. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

Creative Greenius is EV Driven

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And we intend to stimulate and grow new connections - a whole lot of them. Open Source Civic EV Kit. I am very excited to announce my participation in the launch of. We are an on-line community of people who are passionate about Electric Vehicles and we’re not shy about it.

Airbiquity showcasing connected vehicle solutions at Mobile World Congress; new developer program

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Airbiquity is participating in the GSMA Connected House at Mobile World Congress 2012 as a partner of Vodafone. The GSMA Connected House showcases key industry milestones, the vision for the future, and numerous cutting edge connected solutions over two floors. Airbiquity will demonstrate its Mobile Integration capabilities, a solution for integrating mobile phones, applications and cloud-based services into the driving experience.

Leviton releases first UL-listed 40 Amp, cord-connected charging station for plug-in vehicles

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It features a cord-connected installation when used with a Pre-Wire Installation Kit or can be converted to a hard-wired installation if required. The Evr-Green 400 is compatible with the Evr-Green EVK05 Pre-Wire Installation Kit used with Leviton’s Evr-Green 300 and Evr-Green 320. Leviton introduced the Evr-Green 400 Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station , its latest entry to its Evr-Green line of residential, commercial and public electric vehicle charging systems.

Wireless charging company WiTricity scaling up EV charging capability as well as itself

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The WiTricity power source, left, is connected to AC power. WiT-3300 Development Kit.

ST Engineering launches several initiatives on autonomous vehicles in Singapore

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The Consortium will focus on two core areas based on respective domain expertise: to identify protocols and standards for the adoption of AVs in real-world scenarios; and to develop niche AV technologies such as automotive cyber security, advanced autonomy and platform-agnostic AV kits through a build-test-deploy spiral approach.

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Savari announces the availability of V2X SDK for safety, mobility and environmental Connected Vehicle applications

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Savari, a provider of V2X solutions for connected vehicles, announced the availability of its next-generation SDK (software development kit), which can be used to implement a range of V2X (vehicle-to-X) solutions. Savari is a chosen supplier for various US Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) procurements and testing including the Connected Vehicle Technology Research Project.

Porsche introducing new Panamera 4 E-hybrid PHEV at Paris Show

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Porsche sees this new type of “E-Performance”—more power, more driving fun, lower fuel consumption—as the performance kit of the future. hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection.

Mercedes-Benz to set up EV production in US, battery plant; $1B investment in Alabama

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In addition to the electric initiative, the logistics activities in the US will be expanded with a new Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American hub, exporting car-kits to global assembly plants and spare parts from the US and North America to worldwide markets. Mercedes-Benz will set up electric vehicle production in the United States. The company plans to produce EQ-branded SUV models at MBUSI (Mercedes-Benz US International), its Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility.

Redpine Signals introduces multi-protocol wireless V2X solution with ultra-low power and low cost

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Redpine Signals has introduced a multi-protocol wireless solution with ultra-low power and a low cost designed to drive the emergence of the connected car. The WaveCombo solution also includes a software development kit (SDK) that includes two hardware boards for end to end testing with OBU and RSU reference designs.

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Southern California Edison to buy 261 MW of energy storage projects; largest grid-connected storage purchase in US

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Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the selected suppliers and projects for 261 MW of energy storage resources, representing the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase yet in the US, and more than five times greater than the utility’s minimum energy storage procurement authorization of 50 MW, per California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruling.

Ford, GM rolling out third-party developer programs for in-vehicle apps

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The Ford Developer Program for open mobile apps provides a software development kit (SDK), technical support from Ford engineers and a developer community to enable utilizing the SYNC connectivity system and AppLink application programming interface (API). The connectivity system was architected to work with the mobile devices that drivers use every day, while providing an upgrade path that can bring new capabilities into the vehicle.

VW to unveil new electric ID concept model in Detroit

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concept shown this year ( earlier post ), this new concept is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and so it shows the potential and bandwidth of the MEB. Volkswagen will present a new I.D.

Renesas and Cohda collaborating on V2V and V2I communications; V2X reference solution available in 2017

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Cohda Wireless will demonstrate the jointly-developed V2X reference solution consisting of Renesas’ R-Car W2R and R-Car W2H SoCs combined as a starter kit and Cohda Wireless’ software at the ITS World Congress 2016 taking place 10-14 October in Melbourne, Australia. The Renesas V2X starter kit for the V2X reference solution comprises the R-Car W2R, a 5.9 Connected vehicles V2X

Renesas Electronics introduces V2V and V2I communications solutions

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Renesas also delivers development starter kits that will enable system developers to immediately start application software development, leading to significant reductions in the development period for V2X systems. To ease these burdens, Renesas delivers V2X kit solutions that combine either the R-Car W1R or R-Car W2R with the R-Car W2H. These kit solutions make it possible to construct optimal systems for each region at low cost. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles V2X

Ford launches app developer challenge to improve consumer understanding of personal fuel efficiency

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Participants will have access to Ford’s OpenXC connectivity research platform as a sandbox to create and test their ideas for the Personalized Fuel Efficiency Apps Challenge. By connecting through technology already built into our cars, we have the capability to share information that will empower drivers to better understand, learn from and improve their personal fuel efficiency.

Porsche launches new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid with new gen hybrid module; more e-range, better performance

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Porsche sees this new type of “E-Performance” as the performance kit of the future. hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection. kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-A connection instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger on the Panamera, the battery fully charges in just 3.6

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U-M offers open-access automated cars to advance driverless research

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New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers rapidly to test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground. These open connected and automated research vehicles (CAVs) are equipped with sensors including radar, LiDAR and cameras, among other features. An open development platform for connected vehicle communications will be added later. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles V2X

Automotive Grade Linux releases latest version of open infotainment platform

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AGL is also releasing a software development kit (SDK) that enables rapid application development on the AGL platform. is suited for deploying navigation, communications, safety, security and connectivity. Although initially focused on infotainment, AGL plans to support instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics/connected car, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), functional safety and autonomous driving in the future.

NVIDIA and TomTom developing cloud-to-car mapping system for self-driving cars; DRIVE PX 2

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The NVIDIA DriveWorks software development kit now integrates support for TomTom’s HD mapping environment. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Mapping V2XNVIDIA and TomTom, the Dutch mapping and navigation group, are partnering to develop artificial intelligence to create a cloud-to-car mapping system for self-driving cars.

Volkswagen partners with D-Wave on quantum computing; CeBIT premiere of research project for traffic flow optimization

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In the first half of 2017, IBM plans to release a full SDK (Software Development Kit) on the IBM Quantum Experience for users to build simple quantum applications and software programs. A key metric will be the power of a quantum computer expressed by the “Quantum Volume”, which includes the number of qubits, quality of quantum operations, qubit connectivity and parallelism. Connected vehicles Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Quantum computing Vehicle Manufacturers