Tesla switches from NVIDIA to Intel for its infotainment systems

It’s doubtful that NVIDIA will be crying in its Corn Flakes, even if the loss is significant.

Read the full article at: www.engadget.com

This is a nice WIN for Intel infotainment (aka Software defined cockpit) with a boutique automaker. Don’t confuse this with the previous Intel/Mobileye LOSS at Tesla (it would appear nvidia still has the autonomy ECU with Tesla). It must be very confusing these days at Tesla purchasing to negotiate with Intel since they now own the former divorced supplier.

Renesas and Cogent collaborate to make 3D Surround View Parking Assist System

It delivers robust functional safety and high performance at lowpower consumption required for use in smart camera applications, surround view systems, and lidars, including NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) features.

Read the full article at: safecarnews.com

Scalability is the big differentiator here in camera based automated driving systems. Parking assist becomes an automated parking system which becomes a fully autonomous car using the same technology, otherwise the constant reinvention will prevent innovation.

IAA 2017: NXP launches world’s first scalable, Single-Chip secure V2X platform

The DSRC/802.11p version of V2X delivers minimum latency for real-time communication and an operating range that exceeds 1 mile even in areas where cellular network connections are not available

Read the full article at: safecarnews.com

Assuming the Qualcomm acquisition of NXP completes, there will likely be some challenges merging the product roadmaps for these two companies V2X offerings, one based on DSRC the other tied to 5G.

A U.S. House committee approves a bipartisan bill to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars – TelematicsWire

The bill is passed would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years

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Hopefully the 100,000 autonomous cars not requiring safety certification to standards will be clearly marked so you can keep your distance.

GM creates world’s first mass-producible self driving car – TelematicsWire

It’s assembled in a high-volume assembly plant capable of producing 100,000’s of vehicles per year.

Read the full article at: telematicswire.net

…and yes they hand built 130 of them so far, complete with a totally unrealistic liquid cooled server bank that takes five workers to install and fills the trunk space entirely (https://youtu.be/ep23MCHaLLk?t=34). I think there is more work to be done still.


Torc Robotics, NXP partner to advance self-driving car technology

“We still strongly believe in the multi-modal approach that helped our team cross the finish line 10 years ago in the historic DARPA Urban Challenge,” Fleming said. “It uses the strength of each sensor across the broad range of challenging driving environments. Radar excels in situations where cameras would not, such as rain, fog, or night driving.”

Read the full article at: safecarnews.com

It’s interesting to see how much the DARPA Urban Challenge has influenced current thinking of autonomous. 10 years ago rack and pinion gears were strapped to steering wheels to drive the cars. Have we really advanced enough to go into production?

Renesas automotive chips adopted by Nissan for its new LEAF’s automated-parking

“As part of our efforts to promote the spread of the driving assistant technologies, Nissan has been the pioneer in the industry in around view monitor implementation thanks to Renesas’ image processors,” said Takashi Yoshizawa, Vice President and Alliance Global Director of EE and Systems Engineering Division, at Nissan Motor Corporation

Read the full article at: safecarnews.com

Somewhat in contrast with industry hype, carmakers make realistic investments in collaboration with technology suppliers to ensure safety is held paramount regarding driver assistance. Full autonomy will take time and many innovations will add up to solve this challenge in a practical way.

Renesas Electronics High-Performance Automotive Chips Adopted by Nissan for its New LEAF Automated-Parking System

The IMP takes the high-resolution images from the latest automotive CMOS digital cameras and performs high-speed, low-power signal processing. The RH850 MCU accepts the chassis control commands from the R-Car SoC and transmits these commands to the various electronic control units (ECUs) used.

Read the full article at: www.renesas.com

There’s not a lot of difference between a fully automated parking system and a fully autonomous car when it comes to the technology involved. A combination of logic and control will be needed. Supplier trust is the most important ingredient the automakers can leverage to maintain trust with their customers.