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.


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