Software-Defined Car, IoT and Virtual Car Keys: The top ten stories in 2014

December 11, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
No doubt, 2014 once again was a very exciting year for developers in the widening field of automotive electronics. Widening because software and applications development are increasingly taking place in the automotive value chain, and more and more aspects have to be taken into consideration: Real-time behaviour of multicore systems, for instance. Or security, or sensor fusion etc. And here are the articles that generated the highest interest among our readers.

Once again, some of the most-read articles were published in earlier years and for this reason are mentioned here outside the competition. You'll find them at the end or the list. But now let's start. The winner is...

1. Audi TT - a step towards the software-defined car

With the latest version of its TT sports car, Audi sets standards for future vehicle electronics designs. Though the propulsion is not generated by an electrical, not even hybrid electrical system but by a conventional internal combustion engine, the TT sketches out some of the paths future designers will go on their way towards the software-defined car.

2. "IoT and the car is like a gift for Freescale"

In automotive semiconductor rankings, Freescale continues to fall back from its former pole position. EE Times Europe asked Steve Wainwright, General Manager, Freescale EMEA, and Juergen Weyer, Vice President Automotive EMEA, about the chipmaker's recipe to regain market share and their perspective on Internet of Things and the automobile.

3. Bosch, Conti dominate automotive electronics market

Two 500 pound gorillas dominate the market for automotive electronics. On the bottom of the pile, a remarkable scramble of more or less known companies (at least from the European perspective): This describes the situation in the market for automotive electronics hardware.

4. Powering image sensors in automotive camera applications

Steve Brown and Mathew Jacob considers how to power image sensors in automotive camera applications.

5. What EV charging technologies to watch for in 2014

In this the second part of the series we consider the key trends in power management that will drive the market forward in 2014. This time we focus on electronic vehicles (EV) market.

6. Continental sees new challenges for automotive HMIs

In the design of future-proof HMI concepts, automotive supplier Continental aspires to a holistic, integrated approach. "Car drivers should be able to intuitively comprehend what they need to know. It is about