Intel’s Mobileye deal marks an inflection point in automotive electronics

It will be interesting to watch how Intel executes this crucial bet on automotive electronics

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In this case, it is more like Mobileye acquired Intel (automotive BU) which may offer a chance for success. Otherwise, Intel’s history of destroying 8 or of 10 of those acquired will likely result. Intel cannot succeed as a Tier1 supplier to automakers, but maybe Mobileye can.


Velodyne LiDAR Announces New “Velarray” LiDAR Sensor

“The Velarray enables not only fully autonomous vehicles, but also ADAS systems such as adaptive cruise control, while at the same time providing a miniature form factor and mass production target prices,” said Mike Jellen

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Now let’s not forget design, software development, systems integration, validation and testing are just a few more steps before you get a fully autonomous vehicle. Also add a few other sensors and partners for silicon and manufacturing.

BlackBerry Awarded U.S. $814,868,350.00 in Arbitration Against Qualcomm

John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are pleased the arbitration panel ruled in our favor and look forward to collaborating with Qualcomm in security for ASICs and solutions for the automotive industry.”

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It’s pretty amazing how a supplier like Qualcomm could have ever captured nearly $1B from Blackberry when their phones barely dented the market on shipments. Imagine how much cash flows from serious phone makers like Samsung who also buy QCOMM parts in massive volume. Does the automotive business prepare for this next?

On a clear day you can see … the future of automated cars

What companies will bring new vehicles using electronics and software to make them safer? I would bet on suppliers with decades of experience, not newcomers, since the auto industry cannot produce failures that people die or get hurt in.

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I will be at SAE WCX’17 giving demos of the Renesas Skyline car, text me at (248) 345-7947 to get a glimpse of the future.


Insights From the 2017 State of Driving Survey – Raven – Medium

today’s consumers aren’t quite yet bought into the idea of self-driving cars. On one side of the spectrum, 17.6 percent are terrified by self-driving cars, while, on the other side, only 4.6 percent say they will be purchasing one as soon as they can

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These numbers seem pretty unimpressive in both cases, but might grow with some good experiences of advanced driving systems saving lives, without as much hyperbole. 

ARM launches new technology, will foster development of driverless cars | Telematics Wire

DynamIQ brings greater levels of responsiveness for ADAS solution and increased safety capabilities which will enable partners to build ASIL-D compliant systems for safe operation under failure conditions.

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All systems will fail at some point, the key is to enable them to fail safely. A fine grained solution is more likely to be able to support a managed failure, which is critical in a car.

BMW to deliver self-driving car by 2021 | Telematics Wire


German carmaker BMW is on track to deliver a self-driving car by 2021, the company’s senior vice president for Autonomous Driving, Elmar Frickenstein, said recently.

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He actually said “We are on the way… to deliver in 2021” and did not say when a driver would still be needed in the ultimate driving machine and on what roads you could remove the steering. 

Frickenstein later clarified that the vehicle they will release that year will only have Level 3 automation.

Auto Windscreens leads the way forward in ADAS recalibration as manufacturers back its aftermarket solution

Auto Windscreens is the only glass repair and replacement company using the vehicle manufacturers to recalibrate its customer’s windscreens, working with over 4000 dealerships to ensure that it has access to all of the vehicle manufacturer’s latest technology.

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This is another example of the complexity of supporting future vehicles if access to advanced technical information is not widely distributed to aftermarket repair shops, ADAS systems that are compromised could result in new accidents, who will be liable? The original OEM?

Data exchange is the key to unlocking connected car advancement

Standards-based vehicle software such as RVI, deployed across multiple vehicle brands, will make this new connectivity a reality and will strengthen the foundation for future autonomous vehicle deployments in cities.

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The challenge is to motivate carmakers to alter their business processes around collaboration, then competition versus the other way around. Many proposals are out there once they decide there is a greater gain in working together.

Driving The Connected Car onto the Open Road