Car Electronics 2012

The Year of The EV article tells that We can dub 2011 the year of the EV (electric vehicles) and gives a timeline what happened 2011. The end result is that today there are enough Volts on the road (along with competitors like Nissan’s Leaf, various hybrids, and an electric Ford Focus) that it might be safe to suggest that the electric car is here to stay.

There has been many different car charging connectors in use on electronic vehicles. Electric Car Charging Standards Split article tells that many car manufacturers have agreed on a single EV charging port connector standard that has been in development by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for several years. European car companies have been divided on standards for both AC and DC charging. The new single connector will support fast DC charging as well as be backward compatible with the J1772 AC charger that is standard on many plug-in electric vehicles today. I think that use of that standard will rise in 2012, and common charging standard will speed up the EV deployment.


Automotive electronics: What’s hot in 2012 article tells that in automotive electronics, 2012 looks to be a year of consolidation as technologies introduced previously become more widespread across model lines. In particular, voice recognition, with different features and interfaces, is seen as a way of distinguishing one brand from another, while electrified power trains in the form of hybrids and pure electric drives will be available in more models. In keep costs down driven auto industry the more mature the technology that goes into a car, the less risk of failure and costly warranty claims.

Cars and smartphones start to communicate using MirrorLink technology to allow new features. MirrorLink™ has been developed with the objective to provide a technology, offering seamless (extremely simple from the consumer perspective) connectivity between a smart phone and the in-vehicle infotainment system. It uses IP technologies in order to be independent of the physical transport mechanism and supports many car connectivity solutions (Bluetooth, WLAN, USB etc.). Whereas MirrorLink™ does allow any legacy application on the mobile device to show-up on the car display, it specifically enables easy development of mobile device based automotive applications.

Ethernet for Vehicles is gaining momentum in in the car. Ethernet for Vehicles Advances article tells that Ethernet technology in the car (a concept that was once unthinkable for the automotive industry) has been gaining momentum lately. Special interest group, known as the OPEN (One-Pair-Ether-Net) SIG, is aimed at driving broad-scale adoption of Ethernet in vehicles, largely to serve the expected boom of camera-based applications in cars. Many vehicles now have backup cameras, and many others are going to add cameras for such applications as lanekeeping, adaptive cruise control, and collision avoidance.

There is going to be an increasing number of Driver Information applications that involve displaying complex images and graphics. Xilinx Paves the Way for a New Generation of Automotive Driver Assistance and Infotainment Systems at CES 2012. World’s first Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (EAVB) network implementation optimized for carrying high-speed data traffic within the automobile was shown at CES 2012. The IEEE 802.1 EAVB standard is already gaining the attention of a number of leading automotive manufacturers even though the specifications are still being finalized. OMG! Amazing home displays and automotive Ethernet AVB stuff from Xilinx article gives some more details what is expected in near future.


New electronics features are making challenges for developers. Automotive Electronics: Do We Really Need All This Stuff? article tells that everyone in the auto industry knows that the number of electronic control units (ECUs) in vehicles is nearing the point of unmanageability. Low-end vehicles now incorporate between 35 and 40 ECUs, while luxury cars may have 80 or more. “We’re right up against the limit right now. We need to find unique ways to integrate features and functions, and give our customers what they want without overloading our controllers.” The number of automotive features and functions keeps rising.

Would Cellphone Ban Secure Car Safety? article tells that the proliferation of in-car entertainment technologies (internet routers, smartphone links, MP3 connections, capacitive touch screens, etc.) are great for selling cars. Auto executives understand what consumers want: Many people don’t want a car with no extra features. Those new extra features have also sparked a serious debate about driver distraction dangers. “According to NHTSA [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration], more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents.” “You’re dealing with human nature here. People want what they want. And sometimes they want more than they should have.”


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:
    IFW Recycling Corporation contends used tires driving a solution to pollution

    IFW Recycling Corporation sees a clear opportunity in the polluted skies over China’s industrial cities.

    Wikipedia states that every year, over 260 million used tires end up in landfills across the world. .
    over 75 percent of used tires end up in landfills every year.

    Tires are difficult to dispose of because they don’t easily break down to become anything useful.
    The material recovered from disposed tires, called “crumb,” is generally only used as a low-cost mixing material. It is rarely used in large volumes.
    There has been progress in converting the refuse and using old tires as raw ingredients for new construction materials.

    However, the best solution may be to burn the tires and extract the residue from them.

    “The use of tire-derived fuels is a viable alternative to the use of fossil fuels.”

    “Tires deliver 25 percent more energy than coal, with an emission profile of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that is about the same, making them acceptable as an industrial fuel.”

    IFW Recycling Corporation does more than just burn the tires for fuel. The DSP2™ process breaks down the tires and creates usable diesel fuel as a byproduct of the recycling.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:
    BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It’s a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it
    Vroom-vroom, sort of

    I almost felt sorry for the BMW press team last November at the i3 press launch. The questions hacks kept returning to were: “When is the i8 going on sale?” and “When can we drive it?”. Fair play to the BMW staffers, who didn’t stop telling us how groundbreaking and generally fantastic the i3 was. As indeed it is.

    Yes, The Register has spent a day charging around Scotland in the BMW i8 and if you have £95,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can trot down to one of the UK’s 43 BMW i outlets and get yourself on the waiting list.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:
    How We Gave Sight to the Mercedes Robotic Car
    Radar is the key to Mercedes Benz’s autonomous car

    Look at this S-Class from the outside and you will notice nothing out of the ordinary. Get inside, though, and the first secret appears: Behind the windshield hangs a pair of cameras two hands’ breadth apart. Like your eyes, they provide depth perception. On either side of the windshield there are more cameras that work independently and across a very wide swath of territory. Their job is to recognize traffic signs. Add to that eight state-of-the-art radar sensors, invisible from the outside, which provide close to 360-degree coverage around the vehicle, sensing objects from a few centimeters to as much as 200 meters away.

    Most present-day automotive radars represent cars, pedestrians, and other moving targets as points on a plane, each with an arrow indicating the target’s speed and direction of motion. That’s not enough information to make Bertha see, though. We had to get the car’s radars to provide all the information a human driver would want.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Baidu is secretly developing unmanned self-driving bicycles for China: report

    Google’s driverless cars might be the talk of the town in the west, but Chinese search giant Baidu just flabbergasted Asia with its recently revealed development of unmanned autonomous bicycles. Self-driving cars are much further from reality in the developing world, where traffic flow is based more on collective negotiation rather than rules. But automated bikes are much more well-suited to most of Asia, where bicycle ownership outstrips car ownership.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Baidu joins driverless car buzz
    2014-07-24 16:45

    (ECNS) – China’s Internet giant Baidu is quietly rolling out its first driverless car, according to

    Baidu Inc., which owns China’s biggest search engine, is developing cars that can drive themselves, and may conduct road tests by the end of the year.

    The cars will also use radar, laser, camera and GPS, which many car makers use on their driverless cars to detect surrounding objects.

    Technology companies such as Google and carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Toyota are accelerating their race to produce fully or partly automatic vehicles. In China, higher education institutions and companies are conducting research, and Baidu is likely to be the first to put the idea into practice.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Driverless Cars: future becoming the present

    After Oxford research brought the UK a step closer to driverless cars, Tanja Collavo analyses the feasibility of self-driven transport

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats
    It’s amazing what swapping batteries can do

    Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive

    The company’s more recent efforts, the first generation models like the Panamera S and Cayenne S Hybrid, were rather lame affairs. Puny electrical motors and nickel-metal hydride batteries combined to get absolutely nobody excited.

    These days, things are looking very different as we now have the stunning, if biblically expensive, Porsche 918 Spyder and a plug-in hybrid Panamera, which are altogether more interesting. Evidently, Porsche is serious about this whole electric car malarkey.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:
    The World’s Most Hackable Cars—threats/advanced-threats/the-worlds-most-hackable-cars/d/d-id/1297753?

    If you drive a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, a 2014 Infiniti Q50, or a 2015 Escalade, your car not only has state-of-the-art network-connected functions and automated features, but it’s also the most likely to get hacked.

    That’s what renowned researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek concluded in their newest study of vulnerabilities in modern automobiles, which they will present Wednesday at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas. The researchers focused on the potential for remote attacks, where a nefarious hacker could access the car’s network from afar — breaking into its wireless-enabled radio, for instance, and issuing commands to the car’s steering or other automated driving feature.

    The researchers studied in-depth the automated and networked functionality in modern vehicle models, analyzing how an attacker could potentially access a car’s Bluetooth, telematics, or on-board phone app, for example, and using that access to then control the car’s physical features, such as automated parking, steering, and braking. Some attacks would require the attacker to be within a few meters of the targeted car, but telematics-borne attacks could occur from much farther away, the researchers say.

    Different vehicles had different network configurations: Some had Bluetooth on a separate network than the steering and acceleration systems.

    They ranked the Audi A8 as the least hackable overall because its network-accessible potential attack surfaces are separated from the car’s physical components such as steering, notes Miller. “Each feature of the car is separated on a different network and connected by a gateway,” he says. “The wirelessly connected computers are on a separate network than the steering, which makes us believe that this car is harder to hack to gain control over” its features.

    By contrast, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee runs the “cyber physical” features and remote access functions on the same network, Valasek notes. “We can’t say for sure we can hack the Jeep and not the Audi, but… the radio can always talk to the brakes,” and in the Jeep Cherokee, those two are on the same network, he says.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Students Build an Electric Car With Better Range Than a Tesla

    Tesla has a new competitor, and it’s not from BMW or General Motors. It’s from Australian university students, whose electric Sunswift eVe set a new world record for fastest average speed—more than 60mph—over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single battery charge, on July 23. That’s a big deal: Range is the biggest issue holding back the widespread adoption of EVs, and this record shows the car can drive hundreds of miles at a reasonable highway speed. It stomped on the old record, a mere 45 mph, and drove farther than even the Tesla Model S, the current king of EVs, can go on a full charge.

    The eVe is a lovely-looking car whose battery pack can be charged from a regular wall outlet, or using the array of solar panels on its hood and roof.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Wi-Fi moves forward with connected vehicle certification program

    Wi-Fi Alliance announced that the United States Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the next stage of the consortium’s connected vehicle certification program.

    Wi-Fi contends that the initiative promises to advance the United States towards wide-scale implementation of both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure capabilities aimed at improving traffic safety and efficiency. The consortium contends that the success of its connected vehicle certification program “will hinge on delivering interoperable products and solutions that governments, industry, and consumers can depend on.”

    According to Wi-Fi Alliance, the standards for connected vehicles cover a range of protocol layers and functionality. IEEE 802.11 and 1609 reside at the lowest levels

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:
    A Cloud-Connected Car Is a Hackable Car, Worries Microsoft

    Nowadays steel plants and other super-sensitive industrial machinery are (or should be) walled off from the Internet.

    But tomorrow’s autonomous cars will be far more vulnerable because they will be networked, says Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk, the general manager of cybersecurity at Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service.

    “Some of the functionality of connected cars can be accessed remotely—velocity adjustment for example,” she said. “If police are chasing a criminal, you’d want the police to be able to slow the suspect’s car down. However, if a malicious entity gets hold of the car, the damage is limitless.”

    Tomorrow’s autonomous cars will need to access networks to augment their onboard sensors. But even today’s semi- or non-autonomous cars are getting connected. Already governments are speaking of mandating a capability for “car2car” talk

    “car2I” capability would let vehicles query infrastructure

    Car companies, including GM, Chrysler and Audi, are already beginning to use wireless connections to update software.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Rutgers Researchers Show that How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You are Going
    Computer experts find speed data collected by some insurance companies could compromise a customer’s privacy

    n our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their premiums.

    What these drivers may not know is that they could be revealing where they are driving, a privacy boundary that many would not consent to cross.

    A team of Rutgers University computer engineers has shown that even without a GPS device or other location-sensing technology, a driver could reveal where he or she traveled with no more information than a starting location and a steady stream of data that shows how fast the person was driving.

    Insurance companies and customers both have incentive to monitor driving speeds

    “The companies claim this doesn’t compromise privacy, because all they are collecting is your speed, not your location,” said Lindqvist, who is also a member of the university’s Wireless Information Network Laboratory, or WINLAB. “But we’ve shown that speed data and a starting point are all we need to roughly identify where you have driven.”

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Elastic Pathing: Your Speed is Enough to Track You
  16. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Electric cars are definitely the future. However, their charging a hassle. Cable handling is difficult in the winter and rain. In the future, electric cars are charged wirelessly, however, such as electric toothbrushes or smartphones.

    he Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed a long-term induction of the base opens up a wireless charging for electric cars. In the electric energy is transferred wirelessly to download from the car battery through an electromagnetic field.

    The new system will transfer the power of three kilowatts of power efficiency of 95 per cent (about 15 centimeters long distance wireless). Now, researchers still want to make the coils more efficient and cut the charging station manufacturing costs lower.


  17. Tomi Engdahl says:
    The electric car is the future. The charging stations are changing rapidly.

    Electric Car “tank” has a battery, so we are talking about energy storage device, which takes time to load. Micronic MCS Computer Systeme GmbH and RWE are working together to develop electric vehicle charging station, which is an ultra-fast charging (22 times faster than normal outlet). RWE eStation Combi charing station uses congatec conga-QA6/E680-1G computer module for controlling


  18. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Article on technology inside RWE new eStation Combi charging station (in Finnish):
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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Generally, the Army developed the use of technology, such as GPS, cheaper, smaller, and into the consumer devices. So you can also see to happen to infrared camera.

    Detecting the thermal radiation technology is already in use in many bigger devices. For example, Audi and Mercedes-Benz on the cameras to facilitate pedestrian detection and improved visibility in foggy weather. Firefighters, in turn, use a device to smoke diving.


  20. Tomi Engdahl says:
    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Gains New Valet Mode

    In addition to recording track performance, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder features new valet mode giving owners additional security to their vehicle thanks to the ability to record video and audio while away from their car.

    “Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager, in a release. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

    With the new valet mode, owners can lock the storage bin behind the infotainment screen and glove box, as well as disable the radio and infotainment system. Additionally, the new feature can use the Performance Data Recorder’s high-definition camera to record video, the dedicated microphone to record in-car audio, and the GPS-based telemetry recorder to monitor speed, engine RPM, gear position, and g-force.

    Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills,”

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development
    Vroom vroom! Virtualised Volvos and Volkswagens are coming your way

    The Xen Project has launched an “Embedded and Automotive Initiative” to take its virtualisation project under the hood.

    The idea seems to be that virtualisation will make life easier for those packing computing power into cars. Today, developers and auto-makers alike bemoan the fact that cars often require different systems for different jobs. Car-makers also crave simplicity, because when they design a new model its innards need to last for years because new designs take ages and cost squillions.

    Xen’s efforts aim to ease these situations by delivering a regime in which a single system-on-a-chip could run several operating systems. Each OS would take care of a different task: an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Google’s driverless car: What a test ‘drive’ is like
    ‘I wouldn’t [have] known that the car was completely piloting itself’

    The car stopped at stop signs. It glided around curves. It didn’t lurch or jolt. The most remarkable thing about the drive was that it was utterly unremarkable.

    This isn’t damning with faint praise. It’s actually high praise for the car in question: Google Inc.’s driverless car.

    Most automotive test drives (of which I’ve done dozens while covering the car industry for nearly 30 years) are altogether different.

    “Thousands and thousands of people are killed in car accidents every year,” said Dmitri Dolgov, the project’s boyish Russian-born lead software engineer, who now is a U.S. citizen, describing his sense of mission. “This could change that.”

    Google publicly disclosed its driverless car program in 2010

    So if there’s a business plan for the driverless car, Google isn’t disclosing it.

    There’s a front-mounted radar sensor for collision avoidance. And more conspicuously, a revolving cylinder perched above the car’s roof that’s loaded with lasers, cameras, sensors and other detection and guidance gear. The cylinder is affixed with ugly metal struts, signaling that stylistic grace, like the business plan, has yet to emerge.

    Google’s isn’t the only driverless car in development. One of the others is just a few miles away at Stanford University (where Dolgov did post-doctoral study.) Getting the cars to recognize unusual objects and to react properly in abnormal situations remain significant research challenges, says professor J. Christian Gerdes, faculty director of Stanford’s REVS Institute for Automotive Research.

    Beyond that, there are “ethical issues,” as he terms them. “Should a car try to protect its occupants at the expense of hitting pedestrians?” Gerdes asks. “And will we accept it when machines make mistakes, even if they make far fewer mistakes than humans? We can significantly reduce risk, but I don’t think we can drive it to zero.”

    That issue, in turn, raises the question of who is liable when a driverless car is involved in a collision — the car’s occupants, the auto maker or the software company. Legal issues might be almost as vexing as technical ones, some experts believe.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Electrical powered automotive performance does not remain after combustion engines, such as Tesla already showed an example. Now Silicon Valley kind of Renovo shows that the electric car can be a real sports car.

    The company is bringing to the market next year Renovo Coupe model, which lithium-ion battery power accelerates from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour in 3.4 seconds. Car bottom of the Shelby Daytona CSX9000 model and it weighs 1474 pounds. Electric Car of the case is, therefore, a lightweight model. The car’s top speed is 193 kilometers per hour.


  25. Tomi Engdahl says:
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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Autonomous Vehicles: Ready for Road Challenges Yet?

    I was at CES in Las Vegas this year and managed to get a ride on Induct’s driverless vehicle Navia on a closed track, traveling at 12.5 mph. That’s pretty safe. I’m not sure I’m ready to relinquish my control as a driver in my car yet to software, high tech LIDAR, and cameras.

    Commercial aircraft has been flying with auto-pilot and autonomous approach and landing software for a while, but they don’t have to deal with pedestrians darting out in the roadway, the driver in the next lane who spilled his coffee and is swerving into you, or the person in the car behind you texting who does not see the traffic slowing down (texting, looking in the mirror, on the phone, etc.) and is quickly approaching your rear bumper about to be “bumped.” I love the way Nuvation’s CEO, Mike Worry, looks at the issue and would make it illegal for humans to drive cars. I have to agree.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:
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    Nuvation CEO examines the Autonomous Vehicle concept

    Worry ticks off some positive reasons to create autonomous vehicles:

    93% of traffic accidents are due to human error
    108k deaths per month worldwide
    1.2M preventable deaths per year
    Vehicles are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 4 to 34
    2.3M US drivers and passengers treated in US emeregency rooms in 2009
    Traffic crashes cost Americans $299.5B annually

    Even more reasons to develop the autonomous vehicle:

    Increase capacity of existing roads

    Even in heavy traffic – only 8-12% of road surface is cars
    Self driving cars could increase road density by 5x
    Four lane highway costs $8-$12M per mile
    Cars would park themselves – or simply drive away and return when requested
    In congested urban areas, 40% of gas is expended looking for parking
    Some US cities, more than one third of land area is parking lot

    By that capacity increase, traffic goes away
    Parking problems go away

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
    Sadly Navdy kit doesn’t include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic

    Car-display manufacturer Navdy has refuted claims that its new device is dangerous, saying there are plenty of precedents for the technology.

    Navdy connects a mobile phone to a small projector and provides a “pilot’s eye” heads-up display, using a transparent screen. This avoids the issues of multiple images which you get if you try to project onto a laminated windscreen.

    Inside the Navdy is a dual core, ARM 9-based processor, compass and flash memory. It connects by cable to the car’s systems using OBD-II, which gives data and power and a phone by Bluetooth. If the OBD-II port is out of reach it can use an OBD-II Bluetooth dongle. The whole thing is powered by the 12v power adaptor in the car.

    Navdy believes that its system is very much safer than using a phone, because when you use a touch screen your eyes follow your fingers.

    “Smartphones were never designed to be used while driving,”

    Simpson would not be drawn on the projection technology employed but says that it projects a transparent image directly within your field of view that appears to float six feet in front of your screen.

    Navdy works with navigation apps such as Google Maps for turn-by-turn directions, and music apps such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Music and Google Play Music. The device can read aloud or display notifications from text messages or social media apps, subject to parental control settings.

    Initially the HUD will work with iOS and Android (4.3+), but Simpson told us that he’s seen a lot of interest in Windows Phone

    Navdy is still in the prototype stage. It’s slated for a Q1 2015 release

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Look, no hands! Test driving a Google car

    (Reuters) – The car stopped at stop signs. It glided around curves. It didn’t lurch or jolt. The most remarkable thing about the drive was that it was utterly unremarkable.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:
    How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

    Argonne National Lab is leading the charge on next-generation battery research.

    new lithium ion chemistries will drive down the cost of electric cars over the next few years

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Google’s driverless cars are programmed to break the speed limit
    Firm claims it’s safer

    GOOGLE’S AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES are somewhat boy racers, according to their developers.

    Dmitri Dolgov, lead engineer of Google’s driverless car project, has confirmed that the vehicles are programmed to overshoot the speed limit by up to 10 miles per hour in certain circumstances.

    Although the driverless car stays within the speed limit “mostly”, it has been programmed to judge whether staying under the speed limit might be more dangerous than slightly exceeding it.

    Dolgov’s decision follows research that shows that sticking to the speed limit when surrounded by drivers exceeding it can be dangerous and that keeping up with the traffic flow is the safest course of action.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:
    A Google Car Without a Steering Wheel? Not So Fast, California Says

    Google GOOGL -0.50% caused a stir earlier this year when it unveiled a self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals for braking or accelerating.

    But Google’s goal of an autonomous car is bumping up against new testing rules from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

    The rules, which take effect on Sept. 16, require a driver to be able to take “immediate physical control” of a vehicle on public roads if needed. That means the car must have a steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals, according to Bernard Soriano, the top official developing the rules for the state.

    Google could test its fully autonomous prototype on private roads, or try to test the vehicle on public roads outside California.

    But the company said it plans to comply with the California rule by building a small, temporary steering wheel and pedal system that drivers can use during testing.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Tesla Model S OS v6.0 to begin rolling out to customers with Calendar app, Traffic/navigation improvements, power savings and iPhone starting

    There are some impressive new updates as part of Tesla’s long-anticipated OS 6.0 update

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam’s Plan
    Snapshot of NHTSA report

    Now that Google has autonomous cars up and running in California, and more new cars are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s unveiling this week of its plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.

    But, with the announcement, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the proposed V2V technology “the next great advance in saving lives.”

    Despite the existence of a number of “vehicle-resident” crash avoidance technologies already embedded in newer cars, the Transportation Department contends that V2V communications offer “an additional step in helping to warn drivers about impending danger.”

    According to the report, V2V-equipped vehicles “perceive some threats sooner than sensors, cameras, or radar can, and warn their drivers accordingly.” V2V technology can also “be fused with those vehicle-resident technologies to provide even greater benefits than either approach alone.”

    Formal V2V rules won’t be released until 2016 at the earliest

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo
    Squint and you can see the future

    Ford has announced its first car with LED headlights. It’s a Mondeo, which means that while other high-end cars have had LED lights for a while now, this is the first reasonably priced car which uses the technology.

    Ford claims its LED headlights provide light equal to Xenon bulbs’ performance and last for the lifetime of the vehicle.

    Because LEDs are very much smaller than traditional bulbs, they can affect the whole design of the front end of a car. Ford is trumpeting the freedom it gives them in design

    LEDs are so small they offer designers much more flexibility than traditional bulbs when sculpting a car’s headlights, which can help to break up the corners of a vehicle and make it more streamlined. “Slim headlamps can make a vehicle’s exterior appear more determined and aggressive,” said Paul Wraith, Ford design manager. “They help give the appropriate sense of presence and purpose.”

    “The LED technology gives better possibilities to distinguish more in shape, colour and amount of light, which can be well recognised by other drivers and pedestrians.”

    High Power LEDs produce heat on a very small area, so dealing with the heat density is the challenge, so Ford has fitted fans to its new headlights. There is a temperature monitoring system within the headlight units which decides whether the fan needs to be switched on.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:
    EEVblog #444 – Car Lane Guidance Camera Teardown
  37. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Honda Admits Software Problem, Recalls 175,000 Hybrids

    For the first time, an automobile company has conceded that a software glitch in electronic control units could cause cars to accelerate suddenly, forcing drivers to scramble to take emergency measures to prevent an accident. Honda Motor Co., citing software problems, announced Thursday that it is recalling 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan.

    Honda revealed that some hybrid versions of its Fit and Vezel subcompacts could suddenly accelerate without warning.

    Not coincidentally, Toyota Motor Corp. is busy settling several hundred lawsuits contending that its vehicles inadvertently accelerated. The carmaker has never acknowledged the software issue. Instead, it blamed dozens of injuries and deaths on loose floor mats, sticky accelerator pedals, and driver error.

  38. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Audi in 48 volta

    Audi has introduced two new prototypes, with the A6 and RS5 models, the new versions are partly equipped with a 48-volt electrical system. Higher voltage gives additional energy, which allows the introduction of new technologies

    The new 48-volt concept cars have electric compressor. It directly improves the car’s acceleration, for example, because the action does not depend on engine load.

    48-volt electrical system is Audi’s, the ideal body to different dynamic systems electrification.

    A separate 48-volt system is powered by its own lithium-ion battery when the engine is not running. Electrical systems are connected by a bi-directional DC / DC converter.

    Audi also says that 12 volts has come to an end. The cars are now so many electronic systems that the 12-volt system is no longer sufficient especially at low-temperatures.

    Audi is not the only manufacturer of moving to a 48-volt electrical system. BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have also similar projects.


  39. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Hands-On: GM brings LTE to the majority of its lineup with OnStar 4G LTE
    Ars rides the information superhighway from the regular highway.

    The world’s fastest mobile hotspots? General Motors is bringing mobile connectivity to most of its 2015 car lineup with a service called “OnStar 4G LTE.” As the name would imply, GM is integrating an LTE modem into its vehicles as a standard feature, giving owners a mobile data connection wherever they are. GM invited us down to SoHo’s Classic Car Club to demo the feature on a 2015 Cadillac ATS.

    Why would you want to get LTE through your car instead of through a portable hotspot or your smartphone? The simple answer is that a hotspot in a car can get much better reception. On the roof of the ATS is a “shark fin” antenna, similar to what has been used in the past for satellite radio. The antenna picks up LTE, carries it to the car infotainment system, and beams it via Wi-Fi to up to seven devices in your car.

    The roof-mounted antenna benefits from being not just higher up than a smartphone, but it’s outside of the potential signal killer that is a car. The antenna can also be better at picking up a signal than a smartphone.

    Besides beaming Internet to all your devices, integrated mobile data also means the car’s infotainment system can access the Internet without having to be connected to your smartphone.

    GM says that the LTE integration is just the start of its move to modernize the car interior, and the company says it is exploring things like an app store.

    The downside to this integration is that yes, your car will be another device with a monthly data bill. The good news is that, initially at least, you only have to pay for the mobile hotspot service—all the key fob and car information services are free for five years.

  40. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities

    If you need a ride, pull out your phone and load up the Lyft app. Or try Uber. Really, it doesn’t matter which you pick.

    Though the two ride-sharing giants have carried on like the bitterest of enemies recently, their services have become pretty much indistinguishable. In many places, they both offer ubiquitous, cheap and mostly high-quality service.

    They’ve become commodities.


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