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Vehicle-in-the-Loop speeds automotive design cycles March 13, 2015 Vehicle-in-the-Loop speeds automotive design cycles Confronted with increasing complexity and safety requirements for tomorrow’s vehicles, car designers increasingly use virtual test approaches to assure the correct functions of their systems. Complementing the known tool array of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) and Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), technology company ... Read more Continental, D'Ieteren launch JV for virtual car keys March 12, 2015 Continental, D'Ieteren launch JV for virtual car keys The growing popularity of car sharing services has created the need for innovative forms of car access right management. To meet this demand an create secure virtual car keys, automotive supplier Continental has launched a joint venture with Belgian automotive services provider D'Ieteren. The JV's bears ... Read more Research E/E architecture goes open source March 10, 2015 Research E/E architecture goes open source In today’s cars, up to 80 electronic control systems are dealing with tasks such as antilock braking, adaptive cruise control or simply opening and closing power windows. The number of such ECUs continues to climb, bringing the complexity of the vehicles to the limit. To counter this trend, researchers ... Read more NXP to focus on all CMOS radar March 10, 2015 NXP to focus on all CMOS radar In announcing the planned acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductor CEO Rick Clemmer last week explained how he expects the new entity — NXP and Freescale combined — to lead the growing automotive electronics market. Read more Harman: How the Connected Car shapes future infotainment systems March 05, 2015 Harman: How the Connected Car shapes future infotainment systems With the Connected Car becoming reality, the infotainment landscape in the vehicles will undergo massive changes. At the recent Euroforum industry meeting on automotive electronics in Munich, Harman sketched they way from today's relatively simple infotainment systems to the connectivity hubs of the ... Read more Stress tracker tames drivers March 04, 2015 Stress tracker tames drivers Based on scientific literature, pulse rate alone doesn't give an accurate reading of a person’s stress level (you could just be jogging), but combining it with other indicators such as skin conductance makes it possible to distinguish between good physical stress and bad emotional stress. Read more Femtocell improves in-car mobile connectivity March 03, 2015 Femtocell improves in-car mobile connectivity In a joint effort, carmaker BMW, communications equipment vendor Peiker Acoustic and consulting company Nash Technology have developed an in-car femtocell that connects multiple mobile terminals inside the car to the outside world. Read more Study: Autonomous driving changes cities and auto industry March 03, 2015 Study: Autonomous driving changes cities and auto industry The driverless car will have a disruptive effect on the automotive industry as we know it. A study from management consulting company McKinsey predicts that this achievement will create many new business opportunities for the automotive industry and will significantly affect many other industry branches ... Read more Opinion: What the NXP/Freescale takeover means for automotive electronics March 03, 2015 Opinion: What the NXP/Freescale takeover means for automotive electronics Will the planned acquisition of Freescale through NXP change the automotive semiconductor landscape? Obviously yes, since both companies are already massively involved in this market, and united they will certainly gain significance. But at whose expense? Read more NXP, Freescale plan mega merger March 02, 2015 NXP, Freescale plan mega merger In one of the biggest consolidations in the semiconductor industry to date, NXP and Freescale have announced plans for a merger. Read more
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