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BMW joins forces with Baidu for automated driving September 30, 2014 BMW joins forces with Baidu for automated driving Having driven thousands of kilometres in self-driving mode on European motorways, carmaker BMW is embarking a joint research project aiming at introducing automated driving in the world's largest market for passenger cars, China. Read more Research platform refines EV battery production processes September 29, 2014 Research platform refines EV battery production processes The research centre ZSW has put into operation a new lab capable of perfecting lithium-ion traction batteries and associated production technology. The purpose of the lab, located in Ulm (Germany), is creating the blueprint for batteries and battery manufacturing equipment at an industrial scale for ... Read more Smartphone integration shifts automotive processor demand September 26, 2014 Smartphone integration shifts automotive processor demand As the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment industry has market researcher HIS identified the use of smartphones in cars. The reason: Since smartphones are as ubiquitous as they are in today's vehicles, consequences for the design of head units and telematics portals in the vehicles are ... Read more Infineon's secret weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V car battery September 26, 2014 Infineon's secret weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V car battery Talk to any automotive chip companies these days. Be it Infineon Technologies, Freescale, STMicroelectronics or NXP Semiconductors. They all share one common goal: Go get Renesas and grab major design-wins from leading Japanese carmakers, such as Toyota Motors. Read more Safety package protects small electric vehicles September 26, 2014 Safety package protects small electric vehicles Efficient subcompact vehicles with electric propulsion are regarded as a valid option in making electromobility more popular. However, vehicles of the "Quad class" (official term: L7E) currently only offer an insufficient safety level. Researchers from the Visio.M consortium now have demonstrated that ... Read more Tire sensor for industrial trucks solves a burning problem September 25, 2014 Tire sensor for industrial trucks solves a burning problem Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are state of the art in tires for cars and trucks. But how about tires for industrial material handling vehicles? A research project of the Hannover university is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of such tires. ... Read more LTE successfully tested in V2X scenario September 24, 2014 LTE successfully tested in V2X scenario 4G mobile radio technology, also known as LTE, meets the tough real-time requirements to be deployed in Vehicle-to-X communications applications. This broadens the spectrum of available wireless technologies suited for V2X - and could be an enabler for innovative applications. Read more Autosar reference integration already contains future features September 24, 2014 Autosar reference integration already contains future features For a reference integration of BMW's “BAC4 Release 2” Autosar Core, software vendor Vector Informatik provides its Autosar basic software implementation 'Microsar' to BMW. It already contains the new functions to be released in Autosar release 4.2.1, due in autumn 2014. The focus is on internal vehicle ... Read more Centralised architecture: Apps as driver assistant systems September 23, 2014 Centralised architecture: Apps as driver assistant systems An innovative approach from Siemens provides for a centralised, powerful computing resource in vehicles, replacing dozens of ECUs and control units distributed over the car. The benefit: Essential functions such as driver assistance systems could be implemented as an app and installed flexibly. Plus, ... Read more Structural electronics - the next big thing in smart cars? September 18, 2014 Structural electronics - the next big thing in smart cars? Electronic circuits embedded in vehicles, aircraft and more have the potential to be a $60 billion market by 2025, says technology market research company IDTechEx. And when they say embedded, they mean really embedded: In the structure of a vehicle's body or an airplane's wing. Read more
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