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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.

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              IBM seeks unique role in autonomous vehicles: Boosting consumer confidence

              It's been inventing, patenting and innovating new technologies for decades

              May 10, 2017

              Automakers and their technology suppliers may be jostling for pole position in the race to bring self-driving cars to market, but their customers are wary. That is the conclusion of a major study by the premier arbiter of customer satisfaction and product quality. “In most cases, as technology concepts get closer to becoming reality, consumer curiosity and acceptance increase,” said Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and HMI research at J.D.

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                Cypress claims inside track in automotive body electronics

                Connectivity is its key differentiator

                By Majeed Ahmad | May 10, 2017

                “We will win where we focus,” says Cypress Semiconductor president and CEO Hassane El-Khoury. And, one of the areas his company has been focusing on is body electronics in automobiles. Cypress sees an inflection point in body electronics amid the rising tide of in-vehicle networking.

                While ADAS and autonomous car technologies are stealing all the headlines, body electronics has been enjoying a strong consumer demand for new vehicle designs across the board.

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                  HERE and the autonomous car’s mapping labyrinth

                  Jointly owned by Audi, BMW, and Daimler

                  By Majeed Ahmad | May 3, 2017

                   

                  The near-real-time updates offered by HERE’s cloud service make vehicles better aware of the roadside conditions.

                  While Intel’s acquisition of ADAS specialist Mobileye in March 2017 won a lot of media limelight, another technology deal signed by the world’s biggest chipmaker largely went unnoticed. A couple of months ago, in January 2017, Intel had announced it was buying 15 percent stake in digital mapping outfit HERE.