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    Korea plans K-City, world’s largest test bed for self-driving cars

    South Korea is now going all out in autonomous vehicle development

    May 24, 2017

    South Korea is famous for high-tech cities, starting with the ancient capital Seoul, a high tech magnet for global innovation, and more recently, the $35-billion-dollar Songdo City project, built from the ground up on reclaimed land near the Yellow Sea, billed as a model for smart cities around the globe.

    A major automobile maker –and user– South Korea is now going all out in its efforts to embrace self-driving cars, planning a new urban center, K-City, that will feature bus lanes, freeways and autonomous parking zones, and everything a self-driving car might encounter.

    Smart, safe, comfortable

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      Instrument clusters meet infotainment to make all-digital cockpit a reality

      The car cockpit is poised to integrate with the larger computing ecosystem

      By Majeed Ahmad | May 23, 2017

      Image courtesy of Blackberry

      “No other technology segment is influencing the future of mobility more rapidly than cockpit electronics,” says Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon, a Tier 1 supplier exclusively focused on automotive cockpit and instrument clusters technology.

      An all-digital cockpit is becoming a primary interface with a single system-on-chip (SoC) catering to both instrument cluster and infotainment systems while providing a unified driving experience across multiple displays in the car’s cabin.

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        Empowering the green revolution with wide-bandgap semiconductors

        Wide-bandgap semiconductors outperform traditional Silicon

        By Alix Paultre | May 23, 2017

        The electronic design industry is in the midst of a near-perfect storm of disruptive sea change, one sending ripples and waves large and small through our entire economy. Inter-related yet distinct, these challenges come from recent technological advances being commercialized and entering the marketplace. New topologies, methodologies, and materials have created opportunities, markets, and application spaces.

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          Futuremobile: Who will prevail in the battle over the “eyes?”

          The key? Automotive supply chain contacts and channels

          By Patrick Mannion | May 21, 2017

          The “rotating coffee cans” atop Google’s autonomous vehicles were once symbolic of the future of driving. They are now quickly becoming quaint artifacts of a bygone era as low-cost LiDAR technologies emerge and more integrated approaches to object sensing start to take priority.

          The highly contentious patent-infringement lawsuit between Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle group, and Uber, emphasizes what’s at stake, while at the same time distracting from the rapid pace of LiDAR technology development from startups and established companies alike.

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            An ascendant Infineon is poised to dominate the powertrain

            Offering silicon, SiC, gallium nitride (GaN) and innovative packaging

            May 19, 2017

            Caption: Rienhard Ploss is all smiles – with good reason. Image credit: Handelsblatt

            “Anticipated growth in sales of hybrid and electric vehicles in the next few years will spur power semiconductor sales to climb by CAGR 9.6 percent from 2015 to 2022 across all vehicles, taking Powertrain’s market share up to 54 percent of the total market, according to the report. 

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              Can Sebastian Thrun create legions of engineers qualified to design autonomous vehicles?

              May 17, 2017

              Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree.

              Sebastian Thrun led the development of the Google self-driving car. Now he wants to teach you how to be a self-driving car engineer — in nine months.

              Thrun, whose day job is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, also founded Udacity, the online tech educator (Thrun calls it the “new University of Silicon Valley”) famous for the concept of the “nanodegree,” a 6 – 12 month program, designed to teach programming skills needed for entry-level positions in industry.

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                Does Infineon’s MEMS lidar portend a quantum leap for ADAS?

                Lidar is becoming affordable for high-volume car OEMs

                By Majeed Ahmad | May 16, 2017

                The light detection and ranging sensor, or lidar, acting in concert with camera and radar, is emerging as the key constituent of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that enable semi- or fully-automated cars. Unlike radars, which lack resolution, and vision cameras, which can’t see at night and in bad weather, lidars use pulsed lasers to track the environment around cars with greater precision.

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                  Farming (r)evolution

                  Agricultural robots bring precision to farms of the future

                  May 12, 2017

                  Bosch Deepfield Robotics Bonirob agricultural robot

                  The Bonirob agribot uses video- and laser-based positioning as well as satellite navigation to find its way around the fields and with cameras and computer-based image analysis, it recognizes and classifies plants (Bosch Deepfield Robotics)

                  The technology for driverless agricultural machinery and 24‑hour autonomous operations such as seeding, planting and tillage is at hand, and spreading fast.