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    Visteon’s HMeye cockpit concept uses eye gaze, head direction and image attribute tracking to make vehicle control selections

    By Jack Matthew Klein | October 30, 2014

    Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 3.40.03 PMVisteon Corporation this week unveiled an automotive cockpit concept demonstrating how drivers can select certain controls through eye movement and head direction. Hidden eye-tracking cameras capture this data to deliver an advanced human-machine interaction (HMI).

    The objective of the HMeye cockpit concept is to develop an HMI control solution that enabled drivers to keep their hands on the wheel, potentially mitigating distraction.

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      Second generation Renesas R-Car E2 delivers higher integration and increased performance to entry-level systems

      By Jack Matthew Klein | October 30, 2014

      Renesas Electronics Corporation is enhancing the driving experience with a new solution for the integrated car cockpit. The newest member of Renesas Electronics’ R-Car Series for automotive, the R-Car E2 automotive system on chip (SoC) and its accompanying R-Car E2 software development board, targets infotainment and display audio for entry-level integrated cockpit systems that support smartphone interoperability.

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        Daimler, Hyundai implement MOST150 in flagship models

        By Jack Matthew Klein | October 30, 2014

        Using Microchip’s Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs), Daimler AG has become the latest automotive company to adopt the MOST150 standard. According to Dr. Jan Bauer, Daimler chose MOST150 for its flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan’s next-generation infotainment system, upgrading from a legacy MOST25 system, to gain performance improvements (such as 150 Mbit/s), while utilizing MOST150’s new features, including isochronous video streaming and the new MOST Ethernet Protocol (MEP), which is a dedicated channel that was added to the transport mechanisms already supported by MOST technology.

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          The driverless car fantasy: Think tank’s misguided proposal

          Predicting that fully autonomous —driverless – vehicles would be technologically viable within the next 20 years, a prominent libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute, is calling for an immediate cessation of funding for rail transit. In fact, it is even calling for suspending all planning for mass transit in general.

          In Policy Implications for Autonomous Vehicles, a report released last month, Cato analyst Randal O’Toole claims “Highly autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves in most situations should be available for sale in less than a decade.

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            Toshiba infotainment companion chip supports cameras, high-resolution multimedia connectivity

            By Jack Matthew Klein | October 24, 2014

            Toshiba's TC358791XBG  companion chip supports the latest automotive Gigabit Ethernet AVB standard

            Toshiba‘s TC358791XBG companion chip supports the latest automotive Gigabit Ethernet AVB standard

            The Toshiba America Electronic Components TC358791XBG automotive companion chip was created, the company says, to drive high-resolution multimedia (audio, video) and camera connectivity for next-generation infotainment applications in the connected car.

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              How ARM stole the Internet of Things from under Intel’s nose

              ARM architectures already command a 60% share in today’s embedded systems

              ARM Holdings, which locked Intel out of the market for smartphone processors, has made its most determined push at replicating that dominance in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

              Earlier this month ARM announced that it intends to launch a new, low power operating system – available free of charge — to manage web-connected devices that use microcontrollers based on the company’s 32-bit Cortex-M architecture. 

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                Zubie/Telefonica lets you turn a ‘90s era vehicle into a connected car

                By Jack Matthew Klein | October 10, 2014

                As the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager tune attests, “Everything old is new again.” The U.S. connected car company Zubie has partnered with Europe’s wireless giant Telefonica to bring connected car opportunities to the retrofit market. Branded in Germany as the O2 Car Connection, the system uses Zubie‘s technology to offer O2 subscribers an aftermarket connected car solution.