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.

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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.

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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.”

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Road ice warning from the cloud
    http://www.microwave-eetimes.com/en/road-ice-warning-from-the-cloud.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=222904836

    In geographies with a pronounced wither season, sheet ice can turn roads into a skating rink without drivers noticing it immediately. Swedish carmaker Volvo now tests a system that warns drivers of slippery patches. Unlike car2x, Volvo’s system taps the cloud to spread the information.

    In a joint field trial with the Swedish Transport Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Volvo collects road friction data from 50 vehicles and shares them with others in a cloud-based system. Road conditions are measured inherently by the vehicles’ Electronic Stability Control (ESP): As soon as a car hits a slippery area of the road, the ESP is activated to stabilise the car. This action is collected as the signal for hazardous road condition and passed on to the cloud through a mobile phone network.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Development kit for coaxial MOST150
    http://www.edn-europe.com/en/development-kit-for-coaxial-most150.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=10003700&vID=1594&from_mail=1#.UzJtqIVM0ik

    The MOST150 coax (cPHY) tool chain provides everything needed to develop automotive systems or devices using coaxial cables. OptoLyzer MOCCA compact tools support all major automotive bus systems, including CAN, LIN, FlexRay and MOST technology

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Audi Self-Driving Car Rides Nvidia
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321631&

    Audi’s self-driving car drove a few feet on to the stage of the McEnery Convention Center here, powered in part by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. The short trip marked Nvidia’s shift in mobile focus to automotive, though the Audi car itself will also use three other processors when it is complete.

    Audi hopes its finished self-driving car hits the road for user testing sometime well before 2020. When it does, it will run on four processors, said Andreas Reich, who heads the pre-development electrical design of the vehicle.

    The demo shown at Nvidia’s event used both a Tegra K1 and an unnamed ARM-based processor.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Continental Cranks Up Radar Sensor Production
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321639&

    Automotive supplier Continental has announced it will ramp up its production of short-range radar sensors in the US. These sensors are a crucial element in advanced driver assistance systems. With the move, Continental intensifies the competition against market leader Bosch.

    Short-range radar sensors are used for blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert (RTCA) applications within Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Navigation module supports multiple systems
    http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/en/navigation-module-supports-multiple-systems.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=222920568

    ALPS ELECTRIC EUROPE has developed the UMSZ2 Series Multi GNSS Module for Automotive Use, providing support for multiple satellite positioning systems with a single module.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:
    You killed me at hello: 26% of car wrecks involve phones
    Talking on the phone — not texting — is the biggest problem
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-car-and-train-drivers-keep-talking-on-phones-2013-07-31?mod=flipboardbizfeed

    Despite all the warnings about the dangers of talking or texting while driving, a new study suggests that the situation is getting progressively worse.

    Cellphone use is now estimated to be involved in 26% of all motor vehicle crashes — up from 25% last year, according to “Injury Facts,” the annual survey from the National Safety Council released Tuesday. But it’s not texting or checking status updates — widely regarded as the scourge of road accidents — that’s the biggest problem. Around 5% of cellphone-related crashes involve texting, while the other 21% involve drivers talking on hand-held or hands-free cellphones, the survey found.

    “Intuitively, texting has more elements of distraction because you’re looking away from the road, but people are more comfortable talking on the phone and probably do it more often,”

    Drivers using cellphones fail to see up to 50% of the information in their environment

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:
    PSA, IBM jointly develop customized driver services
    http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/en/psa-ibm-jointly-develop-customized-driver-services.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=222920602

    French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen announced to offer connected services for the drivers of its vehicles – services that search and analyse huge amounts of data generated by connected vehicles and other sources. To identify useful information in the Exabytes of data, the company taps IBMs expertise in Big Data and Analytics.

    Both companies jointly develop techniques and solutions to acquire, integrate, store and analyse the data streams from connected vehicles but also from smartphones in these cars, traffic control system and other traffic data sources. The goal is devising individual information services to drivers which can be accessed through a variety of channels like Internet or smartphone.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use
    National Safety Council: 26 Percent Tied To Use, But Only 5 Percent To Texting
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/27/survey-more-than-1-in-4-car-crashes-involve-cellphone-use/

    Texting and driving is dangerous but a new survey finds talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel may be even worse.

    “People just get too involved in the conversation. Either pull over or wait,”

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Nvidia takes on Raspberry Pi with the Jetson TK1 mini supercomputer
    Will power Audi’s self-driving cars
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2336440/nvidia-takes-on-raspberry-pi-with-the-jetson-tk1-mini-supercomputer

    NVIDIA HAS UNVEILED what it claims is “the world’s first mobile supercomputer”, a development kit powered by a Tegra K1 chip.

    Dubbed the Jetson TK1, the kit is built for embedded systems to aid the development of computers attempting to simulate human recognition of physical objects, such as robots and self-driving cars.

    With a total performance of 326 GFLOPS
    costing $192 in the US

    “The Jetson TK1 also comes with this new SDK called Vision Works. Stacked onto CUDA, it comes with a whole bunch of primitives whether it’s recognising corners or detecting edges, or it could be classifying objects. Parameters are loaded into this Vision Works primitives system and all of a sudden it recognises objects,” Huang said.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Nvidia has just unveiled Jetson TK1 development kit powered by their 32-bit Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15 processor with a 192-core Kepler GPU. This board targets computer-vision applications for robotics, medical, avionics, and automotive industries that can leverage the compute capabilities of the Kepler GPU.

    Read more: http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/03/26/192-nvidia-jetson-tk1-development-board-with-tegra-k1-quad-core-cortex-a15-soc/#ixzz2xHTCO941

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Frankenstein, The Open Source Engine Control Unit
    http://hackaday.com/2014/03/29/frankenstein-the-open-source-engine-control-unit/

    The Engine Control Unit is a vital part of every car made in the last 40 years or so, but unlike just about every other electronic device, open source solutions just don’t exist. [Andrey] is trying to change that with rusEfi, a project that hopes to bring together hardware, software, and engines in one easy to use package. He’s even designed Frankenstein, a full ECU ‘shield’ for the STM32F4 Discovery dev board.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:
    An Engineer’s Eureka Moment With a G.M. Flaw
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/business/a-florida-engineer-unlocked-the-mystery-of-gms-ignition-flaw.html?_r=0

    Then he bought a replacement for $30 from a local G.M. dealership, and the mystery quickly unraveled. For the first time, someone outside G.M., even by the company’s own account, had figured out a problem that it had known about for a decade, and is now linked to 13 deaths.

    The discovery was at once subtle and significant: Even though the new switch had the same identification number — 10392423 — Mr. Hood found big differences.

    So began the discovery that would set in motion G.M.’s worldwide recall of 2.6 million Cobalts and other cars, and one of the gravest safety crises in the company’s history.

    Mr. Hood came to realize that G.M., and the supplier that made the part, Delphi, had quietly changed the switch sometime in 2006 or early 2007, making it less likely that an unsuspecting driver could bump the ignition key and cause the car to cut off engine power and deactivate its air bags.

    “It was obvious they changed the switch, and we showed G.M. that,” said Lance Cooper, the Georgia lawyer who represented the Melton family.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars: Video
    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091113_ford-uses-oculusvr-tech-to-get-behind-the-wheel-of-virtual-cars-video

    Facebook’s purchase of OculusVR may be making headlines, but Ford has liked its virtual-reality technology for some time. In its Virtual Reality Immersion Lab, the Dearborn automaker uses Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate the exterior and interior designs of cars that don’t exist in the physical world, at least, not yet.

    Virtual reality speeds up the design process, Ford says.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Toyota Underestimated ‘Deadly’ Risks
    EE Live! keynoter calls for stronger oversight
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321734&

    A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota Motors in one of a series of runaway acceleration accidents said Tuesday that the best assurance for preventing similar “deadly” outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.

    Despite assurances by companies like Toyota that their software undergoes rigorous testing, said Barr, the rush to get cars on the road means that “You, the users, have been testing the software.”

    Although insisting on tighter NHTSA regulation, Barr did not absolve carmakers, whose current passion has been described as turning every new car model into a giant, apps-loaded smartphone.

    Barr said that Toyota, and by implication other auto companies eager to load their products with electronic controls, lack a “mature design process, done right, documented, and peer reviewed.”

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/02/2213229/will-cameras-replace-sideview-mirrors-on-cars-in-2018

    “Just the other day we read about how the Department of Transportation will require all manufacturers to include rearview cameras on all new cars produced after May 1, 2018. But there’s something else auto manufacturers are pushing for, the ability to replace sideview mirrors with cameras in 2018. Tesla in particular is pushing for this to happen”

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:
    NHTSA Requires New Cars To Have Backup Cameras, Automakers Push For Cameras To Replace Side Mirrors
    By Viknesh Vijayenthiran Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091190_nhtsa-requires-new-cars-to-have-backup-cameras-automakers-push-for-cameras-to-replace-side-mirrors

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday proposed a rule requiring rear visibility camera technology in all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, meaning all cars, SUVs and minivans as well as most small trucks and busses. The rule is expected to be finalized within the next two months, after which automakers have until May 1, 2018 to have the technology implemented.

    The camera must expand the field of view to enable the driver of a motor vehicle to detect areas behind the vehicle (the field of view must have a 10-foot by 20-foot zone), which will help to reduce death and injury resulting from accidents taking place during reversing.

    The cost of the technology is estimated to be between $132 and $142 per vehicle, although it should be cheaper for vehicles that already have a display screen mounted in the dash.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Tesla’s Model S can be located, unlocked, and burglarized with a simple hack
    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/179556-teslas-model-s-can-be-located-unlocked-and-burglarized-with-a-simple-hack

    While Tesla’s Model S might be physically the safest car on the road, once it’s parked up by the curb, it’s not very secure at all. That’s according to a security researcher, who says the Model S is very vulnerable to some rudimentary hacking techniques, allowing a would-be thief to remotely locate your car, unlock its doors, and then steal all your stuff. Fortunately, the researcher hasn’t yet found a way of starting a Model S without the key fob, but given how security always eventually falls to hackers, it’s just a matter of time.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Tesla cars can now ‘do an ET’ without hurting anyone’s bottom line
    ‘I can tell, you know how I can tell? ‘Cos we’re connected’
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/03/telefonica_jasper_and_tesla_drive_off_into_sunset/

    Electric car firm Tesla’s products are almost as talkative as the company’s CEO. They constantly ET* to allow the company to check that the battery is in tip-top condition, the car isn’t being driven badly or that the owner isn’t thinking negative thoughts about Tesla.

    The company can collect a huge amount of data, although CEO Elon Musk says: “Tesla data logging is only turned on with explicit written permission from customers, but after Top Gear BS, we always keep it on for media.”

    The battery thing is very important
    $40,000 it costs to replace a Tesla Roadster’s cells

    Telefonica has proudly announced that it’s the M2M (machine to machine) partner for Tesla’s Model S electro-car:

    The M2M alliance is run by M2M specialists Jasper Wireless, and is a collaboration between KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom.

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Tesla in ‘Ethernet port carries data’ SCANDAL
    Musk sticks ‘hands off’ signs on console data
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/06/tesla_in_ethernet_port_carries_data_scandal/

    A Tesla enthusiast has sparked a thousand variations on headlines saying “Tesla hacked” by working out that in-car network traffic is visible on a port designed for service access to the network.

    The thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum begins in March, and reveals various traffic types that are visible on the network segment that connects the centre console (192.168.0.100), the navigation screen (192.168.0.101) and a gateway device (192.168.0.102).

    The system is revealed to be running a version of Ubuntu and an oldish version of the mini-httpd Web server.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Driving with ARMv8-R Architecture from Mobile to Automobile
    http://www.eeweb.com/company-blog/arm/driving-with-armv8-r-architecture-from-mobile-to-automobile/

    Progress in Electronics

    Electronics have become very important to modern automobiles and the features they support are now a key factor in customers’ purchase decisions. In fact, much of the legislation concerning vehicle emissions and safety could not be delivered in any practical way without the help of modern electronics. However, electronics have also become a significant contributor to vehicle cost and development time.

    In the modern vehicle, all of these systems are interconnected using a dedicated and robust communications network designed specifically for automotive such as CAN (Car Area Network), LIN, FlexRay or TTP (Time-Triggered Protocol). These busses have saved the industry millions and contributed hugely to modern vehicle quality and reliability because they replace kilometres of electrical wiring harnesses.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard
    http://www.slashgear.com/windows-in-the-car-to-put-cortana-in-the-dashboard-06323949/

    Apple has CarPlay, Google has the Android Open Automotive Alliance, and now Microsoft has Windows in the Car, its own take on piping smartphone content from your Windows Phone directly to the dashboard. Quietly demonstrated at Build 2014 this past week, in concept form at least, Windows in the Car pares back the standard Windows Phone interface to suit center console touchscreens and safer use while on the move thanks to features like Cortana.

    Right now this is all still in the realms of demo-tech, and Microsoft isn’t saying when Windows in the Car might make it out of the labs and into your dashboard. The company is no stranger to infotainment, however; Ford’s SYNC system is based on Windows Embedded Automotive, for instance, an offshoot of Windows CE intended for cars.

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/5/5585148/microsoft-windows-in-the-car-concept

    Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own “Metro” user interface for its Windows in the car future. At the company’s Build developer conference this week, Microsoft’s Steve Teixeira revealed what that future will look like. It’s actually a lot like Apple’s idea of CarPlay, a method to project what’s on your phone screen directly onto a car’s infotainment system display.

    Microsoft has created a concept that it’s currently testing in real cars, and the idea allows Windows devices to mirror what’s shown on screen into a touch- and car-friendly interface. The current prototype uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Mazda is updating car software to fix problems with real, living bugs
    http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/06/mazda-6-recall-spiders/?ncid=rss_truncated

    Just like Toyota, Mazda’s also recalling cars due to a nasty bug — the difference is, Mazda’s problem involves real, live multi-legged creatures. Apparently, the company’s recalling roughly 42,000 Mazda 6 sedans in the US, because of a certain yellow sac spider with a penchant for the smell of gasoline.

    Mazda will update your car’s software to prevent pressure from building up inside the fuel tank, just in case one of the gas-loving spiders crawl in.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Power USB VBUS in Autos with the LT8697
    http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/en/power-usb-vbus-in-autos-with-the-lt8697.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=222920731&vID=209

    USB sockets appear in an increasing number of car models as portable devices become more ubiquitous.

    Depending on the USB version and the portable device, the VBUS sources up to 2.1 A. In a car, this high VBUS current presents a challenge.

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/14/04/07/1833259/tesla-a-carmaker-or-grid-storage-company

    Now there’s a new question buzzing around: Is Tesla Motors actually a carmaker, or is it really just a grid-storage company? So maybe Tesla’s gigafactory will not only make batteries for its own electric cars, but it could also sell battery packs to electric utilities and others

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Toyota Blurs Games And Reality With GT 86 (Scion FR-S) Telemetry Tool
    By Antony Ingram Antony Ingram
    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091304_toyota-blurs-games-and-reality-with-gt-86-scion-fr-s-telemetry-tool

    Racing video games are getting more realistic all the time, but they’ll never be a substitute for actually getting out there and getting on track yourself. In recent years, Nissan and Sony have blurred the lines between real racing and driving in the virtual world with the GT Academy series–turning out a few pro-racers along the way–but now Toyota is offering an alternative to its customers in certain markets. Called the Sport Drive Logger and available on the Japanese-spec Toyota GT 86 (sold as the Scion FR-S in the U.S.), it maps your real-world lines around your local circuit using the car’s data systems and GPS positioning, and stores it all on a USB stick.

    By recording metrics such as satellite positioning, pedal depression, steering angle, gear selection, engine revs and vehicle speed, Sports Drive Logger can then replicate this data in the Gran Turismo 6 game on PlayStation 3.

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Land Rover’s Transparent Hood Is Technology From The Future: Video
    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091345_land-rovers-transparent-hood-is-technology-from-the-future-video

    Using a web of camera images and projectors, the Transparent Hood system projects the area just in front of and underneath the nose of the Land Rover concept car onto a head-up display along the lower portion of the windshield. The effect is breathtaking, offering the ability to see obstacles and terrain that would otherwise be hidden, and to allow precise placement of the vehicle’s front wheels—both key improvements to the off-roading experience.

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:
    All new cars required to have rearview cameras by 2018
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/31/5567012/new-regulation-requires-all-cars-to-have-rear-view-cameras-by-2018

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new regulations today requiring all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds to be equipped with rear visibility cameras by May 2018. The new rule is designed to protect pedestrians from vehicles backing up into them

    a view that can hopefully reduce the 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year caused by backing up.

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:
    U.S. to require rear cameras in all vehicles by 2018

    The regulation was initially supposed to be final by September 2014 and cost the auto industry $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion annually. Under the new rules, the annual costs in 2018 will be between $546 million and $924 million, while the benefits will be between $265 million to $595 million. NHTSA predicts 59 to 73 percent of all vehicles purchased in 2018 would have had the cameras anyway.

    Children younger than 5 account for 31 percent of the 210 people killed annually in backover deaths, while people older than 70 account for 26 percent. Another 15,000 people are injured annually in backovers.

    Still, the costs per life saved are expensive: $15.9 million to $26.3 million.

    Automakers will need to produce 10 percent of vehicles built after May 2016 with cameras, 40 percent after May 2017 and all after May 2018.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140331/AUTO01/303310087#ixzz2yQbuXNVx

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:
    We need phones that help us stop killing each other while distracted
    Modern smartphones should do more to reduce phone-while-driving accidents and deaths
    http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/414278/we-need-phones-help-us-stop-killing-each-other-while-distracted
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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Freescale MCU Streamlines Car Dash Dev
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321900&

    Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out the triple-core ARM-based MAC57D5xx microcontroller family, built to bring sharper graphics and higher-end automotive instrument clusters to mid-level and economy cars. The product was born from direct collaboration between a European car company and Freescale’s Automotive MCU group.

    On a single chip, the MAC57D5xx has three ARM cores, a 2D graphics accelerator, SRAM, and other perks, such as Freescale’s stall detection for any mechanical instruments with stepper motors. The idea is to have all the components on the chip to streamline development of the instrument cluster design.

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  32. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Millions of cars broken again – a modern phenomenon?

    Now, Toyota serviced by almost seven million cars in the front seat and the steering cables mortgages because. GM has, in turn, struggling for more than ten years ago, the detected ignition switch failure.

    BMW told me to call on Friday, nearly half a million cars in for service because of the potential fault may damage the engine and prevent it from starting.

    Almost all brands have invited their cars to be repaired.

    Is the quality of cars, therefore, deteriorated, or an information about any errors manufacturers increasingly sensitive and bear more responsibility for product defect?

    Aalto University’s automotive engineering Professor Matti Juhala settles for the latter position. He points out that the world is now manufactured with more than 80 million cars per year, or the volumes have grown significantly.

    - Recall is not a sign that the quality would be reduced, but the quality of care of more efficiently. For example, in the United States in the background has tightened legislation, says the Economic Juhala Sanomat.

    - Recall also go up to the public more likely

    Source: Taloussanomat
    http://www.taloussanomat.fi/autot/2014/04/15/miljoonat-autot-taas-rikki-nykyajan-ilmio/20145110/304

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  33. Tomi Engdahl says:
    How Apple’s CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry
    http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/15/2219232/how-apples-carplay-could-shore-up-the-car-stereo-industry

    “Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple’s CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters”

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  34. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Alpine Planning to Release Aftermarket CarPlay Console This Fall
    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/13/alpine-carplay-console/

    Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple’s CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. Alpine’s offering, which will likely be the first aftermarket device to support CarPlay, is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700.

    While CarPlay will be found in a number of announced and upcoming vehicles from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, and Honda, the integration of the system into older vehicles has been a topic of much discussion in recent months.

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  35. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
    http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321933&

    Land Rover gave the automotive press a sneak peek at the futuristic concept version of its Discovery luxury SUV on Monday to show off features such as remote control driving, a laser-measured parking assist system, and a “see-through” hood.

    The hood is as fully opaque as the lid on any other vehicle, but one feature of the Discovery Vision Concept is designed to give the driver an unimpeded view of the road. Cameras installed in the front bumper send live video images to a heads-up display on the inside windshield.

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  36. Tomi Engdahl says:
    New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer
    http://gigaom.com/2014/04/16/new-volvos-will-get-att-connectivity-starting-this-summer/

    Volvo has struck a deal with AT&T to embed wireless connectivity into its model year 2015 vehicles. AT&T will provide the internet link for Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment system and its telematics services.

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  37. Tomi Engdahl says:
    New Zealanders car drivers are to the point of getting a new tool for staying awake.
    The matter is Fleetsafe NZ and Seeing Machines by the firms who want to reduce road deaths caused by fatigue.

    Companies are developing your car’s dashboard system that monitors the driver’s head position and follow the movements of the eye. If it sees that the driver is falling to sleep, the system warns the driver and sends an alarm to the shipping company.

    Fleetsafe NZ Seeing Machines and the goal is to use technology to New Zealand transport companies

    Source: http://www.tietoviikko.fi/kaikki_uutiset/auto+halyttaa+jos+kuljettaja+vasahtaa+rattiin/a981925

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  38. tomi says:
    I use WordPress.
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