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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.

          Smart, safe, comfortable

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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.

            The Connected Automobile

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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.

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                Renesas is back and building a comprehensive ADAS ecosystem around its automotive SoCs

                Working with 195 technology partners from carmakers to embedded design houses

                By Majeed Ahmad | May 3, 2017

                Renesas, once the top automotive chip supplier, toppled from its perch after the killer Japanese earthquake in 2011 severely crippled production; in Semicast Research’s 2016 ranking it’s been relegated to third place after NXP and Infineon, both of whom have buttressed their positions through acquisitions.

                But Renesas is still the largest supplier of automotive processors.

                Electrification

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                  EV inverter solutions claim efficiency, time-to-market gains

                  Includes microcontroller, IGBT, fast recovery diode and power management

                  By Majeed Ahmad | May 2, 2017

                  Renesas 100kW class inverter solution for HEV/EV

                  Rising CO2 emissions are impelling carmakers and regulators toward a broader adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Consider Norway: Thanks to generous government subsidies and incentives designed to encourage the adoption of e-cars, 51 percent of new cars sold in the country are either electric or hybrid.