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Bosch CEO predicts cheaper batteries, networked traffic March 20, 2015 Bosch CEO predicts cheaper batteries, networked traffic Within the decade ahead, the price level for traction batteries will decline by 75 percent, predicted Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at the technology congress of the German Automotive Industry Association (VDA). At the same time, electronic systems will contribute to significantly improve the energy efficiency ... Read more Nvidia computer as processing hub for self-driving cars March 20, 2015 Nvidia computer as processing hub for self-driving cars The capability of processing awesome amounts of data, combined with deep learning instead of fixed algorithms will be characterize the computers that eventually control robot cars. Even next-generation driver assistance systems will use multiple data sources and apply sensor fusion algorithms to find ... Read more Opel develops headlight control through eye-tracking March 18, 2015 Opel develops headlight control through eye-tracking Controlling your headlamp with a move of your eyes: What sounds like Sci-Fi could be reality soon. Carmaker Opel is developing a technology that controls direction and brightness of the vehicle's headlights by tracking the driver's eyes. Read more BMW connects car, home with smartphone app March 17, 2015 BMW connects car, home with smartphone app Turning on the heating in the home from the car while en route is one of the functions the Qivicon smart home platform offers to its users. At Cebit, BMW shows the prototype of this smart home platform installed in the i3 e-car. The exhibit is a result of the joint development activity of BMW and Deutsche ... Read more Simulation enables better ergonomics in trucks March 17, 2015 Simulation enables better ergonomics in trucks Being the place where the driver works, lives and sleeps, the design of a truck's cab deserves particular attention from designers. Virtual tools help designers to achieve best ergonomics for this specific place. At the Cebit IT trade fair, Daimler Trucks showcases simulations of typical activities of ... Read more 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 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 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
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