All posts by Joel Hoffmann

Rumor Has It Hyundai Could Buy Fiat-Chrysler

A merged Hyundai-FCA would make it the largest auto manufacturer in the world, with the companies combined having sold a total of 11.5 million vehicles last year. In comparison, Volkswagen was the largest manufacturer in 2016 with 10.3 million sales, followed by Toyota with 10.2 million and GM with 10 million.

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When Hyundai entered the US market decades ago, there was a lot of skepticism and the product quality was low, but today they carry a powerful market influence. FCA would probably benefit since their brand is not so strong these days.


The design view of an automated parking system

Nissan LEAF’s leap to automated parking is a testament to the fact that lower-priced cars can now offer automated car features. That’s partly due to the availability of chip and software solutions that car OEMs and Tier 1 companies can quickly customize to create surround view-based auto-parking systems.

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Computer machine vision systems for cars are suddenly evolved due to the advanced research around autonomy. The automotive industry is spending billions to develop fully self-driving cars, but the real product being sold will be much smaller chunks of the safety advantages.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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…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 ( 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.”

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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?