Samsung acquires permission to test autonomous vehicles in the US

Electronics giant Samsung has acquired a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, according to a report by Reuters

The company is spending $8 billion acquiring Harman, which makes in-car entertainment technology and other car components.

Harman is what is called a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive trade, which means that they are one of a relatively small group of companies which supply parts or systems directly to car manufacturers.  Continue reading Samsung acquires permission to test autonomous vehicles in the US

Magna unveils Max4 autonomous driving platform

Magna, one of the world’s largest suppliers of car components and technology, has launched an autonomous driving platform. 

Max4 can be integrated into any vehicle without compromise to vehicle design and styling, says the company, adding that the platform can enable up to Level 4 autonomous driving in both urban and highway environments.

The company’s key focus is on scalability and volume production readiness.  Continue reading Magna unveils Max4 autonomous driving platform

Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Torc Robotics is partnering with NXP Semiconductors to integrate next-generation radar into its self-driving vehicle fleet.

NXP is one of the world’s largest chip suppliers to the automotive industry, for advanced driver assistance systems.

Torc CEO Michael Fleming says: “For over a decade, Torc has been working with partners across multiple industries to make the world a safer place through the commercialization of our autonomous technology.

“Combining our end-to-end software stack with NXP’s innovative radar hardware is another step towards reaching that goal.”  Continue reading Torc Robotics links up with NXP on self-driving car technology

Wabco to buy Sheppard as it looks to expand advanced driver assistance offering

Wabco is looking to expand its advanced driver assistance systems by acquiring Sheppard, a supplier of commercial vehicle technologies, including vehicle steering capabilities.

The purchase price is $145 million. Sheppard had sales of $130 million in 2016.

A tier-one supplier in North America, Sheppard offers a suite of power-steering gears for heavy-duty commercial and specialty vehicles.  Continue reading Wabco to buy Sheppard as it looks to expand advanced driver assistance offering

Denso creates new company for advanced driver assistance systems

Denso, the main supplier of electronics to Toyota, is establishing a new company to make components for autonomous driving. 

The new company has been named NSITEXE, and it will develop electronics for advanced driver assistance systems as well as next-generation autonomous vehicles.

More specifically, NSITEXE will design and develop semiconductor intellectual property cores, and systems on chips, or SoCs, which will then be licensed to manufacturers.  Continue reading Denso creates new company for advanced driver assistance systems

Redesigned Nissan X-Trail features Hitachi advanced driver assistance system

Hitachi Automotive Systems is providing its Advanced Driver Assistance System Electronic Control Unit (ADAS ECU) in Nissan’s redesigned X-Trail vehicle. 

ADAS ECUs are one of the core products of ADAS, and feature various integrated ADAS features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning systems, all within a single controller.

Hitachi Automotive Systems has established a mass production track record for ADAS ECUs since its first installation in the 2009 Nissan Fuga.  Continue reading Redesigned Nissan X-Trail features Hitachi advanced driver assistance system

Delphi partners with Innoviz Technologies on ‘high-performance’ lidar solutions for autonomous vehicles

Delphi Automotive has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, a developer of lidar technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles.

Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is a laser-based mapping system which is expected to play a big part in future vehicles. Currently, lidar is used in such technologies as speed guns and spacecraft.

Innoviz’s proprietary lidar sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi’s systems to provide automakers with what the companies say will be “a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies”.  Continue reading Delphi partners with Innoviz Technologies on ‘high-performance’ lidar solutions for autonomous vehicles

Opinion: How the ‘digital cockpit’ will improve user experience, both now and in autonomous vehicles

By Arvin Baalu, vice president of the integrated digital cockpit platform group at Harman International

As the automotive industry continues on the road to autonomous vehicles, user experience will be a decisive purchase factor.

Harman believes that key to achieving positive user experiences will be an integrated digital cockpit that ensures the “driver” does not feel redundant as the car begins to take control. ‎ Continue reading Opinion: How the ‘digital cockpit’ will improve user experience, both now and in autonomous vehicles

Apple patents sensor to enable cars to communicate with each other

Apple has updated one of its patents which outlines the design of a sensor which would enable cars to communicate with each other, according to a report on CNBC

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is developing autonomous systems, but did not say whether it would build a car of its own.

The new sensor could be integrated into Apple’s in-car information and entertainment console, CarPlay, which is already in some new cars on the market.  Continue reading Apple patents sensor to enable cars to communicate with each other

There will be 35 million autonomous trucks on the road by 2020, says Frost

Business consultancy Frost & Sullivan expects 35 million connected and autonomous trucks will be on the roads by 2020.

Connected trucks will be integral to future logistics and freight operations as smart trucks will be a necessity in smart cities, says Frost.

And in what may be a controversial prediction Frost says: “By 2020, 35 million trucks are expected to be connected with digital freight solutions and autonomous technologies, transforming the trucking industry into a smarter, efficient and more productive sector.”  Continue reading There will be 35 million autonomous trucks on the road by 2020, says Frost

SoftKinetic to showcase DepthSense gesture control solution at Frankfurt motor show

SoftKinetic is to showcase its DepthSense gesture control and in-cabin monitoring solutions at the Frankfurt International Motor Show event, scheduled for mid-September. 

SoftKinetic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, says its DepthSense system “paves the way to autonomous driving”.

The provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition technologies says manufacturers need to embrace innovation and compete at the level of hi-tech companies.  Continue reading SoftKinetic to showcase DepthSense gesture control solution at Frankfurt motor show

Mazda to make all its vehicles autonomous by 2025

Mazda has stated its intention to make all of its vehicles autonomous by 2025 as part of a broader plan to transform the entire company by 2030.

The company says it will “begin testing of autonomous driving technologies currently being developed in line with Mazda’s human-centered Mazda Co-Pilot Concept in 2020, aiming to make the system standard on all models by 2025”.

Mazda says it wants to build cars that “provide safety peace of mind”, and that provide “unrestricted mobility to people everywhere”.  Continue reading Mazda to make all its vehicles autonomous by 2025

Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple may portend the future direction of car technology.

Qualcomm says Apple manufacturers are not paying the correct amount of money for the chipmaker’s intellectual property the iPhone maker is licensing – basically they’re not paying anything.

The lower, or absent, payments probably account for Qualcomm’s patent licensing business falling 42 per cent this year, according to CNBC.  Continue reading Qualcomm and Apple’s legal battle may indicate the future of cars, as Foxconn looks to build driverless tech factory

Intel to build fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles

Determined not to miss out like it did on the smartphone revolution, Intel is developing 100 of its own autonomous cars. 

Intel is still the largest chipmaker in the world in many sectors but in mobile computing technology, other companies have taken the lead.

But there’s not many things as mobile as a road-going vehicle, and newer versions of them need more chips than ever.  Continue reading Intel to build fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles

Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive

Continental, a company which provides a range of automotive solutions such as tyres and advanced driver assistance systems, has been showing off its new autonomous minibus. 

The company calls the vehicle Cube, short for Continental Urban Mobility Experience, and describes it as a “robo-taxi”.

This particular trial of the driverless minibus took place in Frankfurt, Germany.  Continue reading Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive