Ficosa bags five contracts for battery management systems for Chinese market

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With these significant achievements in China, the company consolidates its technological expansion and further strengthens its position in this market
These orders, from two Tier-1 automobile manufacturers, are valued at over €200 million and will be used for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles
These solutions will be developed at the Viladecavalls Technology Centre and produced at the Taicang Technical Centre

Ficosa, a top-tier global provider devoted to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of high-technology vision, safety, connectivity and efficiency systems for the automotive sector, has closed five important contracts for battery management systems (BMS) for the Chinese market. These orders, placed by two tier-one automobile manufacturers, are valued at over €200 million and will be used for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

In the words of Jaume Prat, Ficosa’s Electromobility Systems Business Unit Director: “These contracts are an important milestone for Ficosa, expanding our portfolio of products in China and consolidating the company’s technological expansion in the field of electromobility. In addition to reaffirming our leadership in battery management systems, these orders reinforce our expertise as systems integrators, as we will deliver the whole system, including the electronic control unit (ECU) and the high-voltage protection devices (HVPD).”

Ficosa’s battery management systems give users the required safety and allow them to monitor the battery charge level at all times, as well as its health. The software, hardware and mechanics for these orders are being developed at the Viladecavalls Technology Centre (Barcelona, Spain), while production, which will begin in 2019, will take place at the Taicang Technical Centre (China).

Prat highlights: “The Viladecavalls Technology Centre has consolidated its place as the company’s global hub for electromobility systems, connectivity systems and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).  Likewise, with these projects we are further strengthening the company’s solid position in China, a key market for Ficosa, where, in addition to Taicang, we are present in Chonging and Shenyang with the main aim of being close to clients and giving them the best possible service.”

Leaders in electromobility

With these orders, Ficosa is reaffirming its leadership in electromobility, a sector in which it develops software and hardware solutions for hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles. These products stand out for their quality, reliability, innovative technology and compliance with the strictest standards. Specifically, the company produces battery management systems (BMS), electrical boxes to protect and distribute power from the battery (BDU / eBOX) and battery charging devices (OBC) in the field of electromobility.

Source: Ficosa

Daimler and HERE to bring HD Live Map to future Mercedes-Benz models

HERE HD Live Map constantly publishes changes to the map through an innovative content validation process, where multiple vehicle sensors act as a “closed loop” to detect any deviations from the published data.

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Amsterdam/Stuttgart – Daimler and HERE Technologies have teamed up to make HERE HD Live Map an integral part of Daimler’s autonomous driving technology. With these efforts both companies are laying the ground work for upcoming generations of highly automated and autonomous Mercedes-Benz vehicles* to come to market with the benefits of HD Live Map on board. For Daimler, this is a logical step as the current E- and S-class models are already using maps from HERE.

Highly precise digital maps are a key component for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The machine-readable, cloud-based HD Live Map allows an automated vehicle to effectively ‘see around corners’ and consists of multiple layers of information essential for it to know where exactly it is, what lies ahead and what it should do in various scenarios.

Maps from cars for cars: self-healing maps require large amounts of vehicle sensor data

HERE has created HD Live Map to be “self-healing”. This means it can reflect dynamic changes in the road environment and update itself accordingly in near real-time. This enables vehicles to proactively adjust to changing road conditions – for example, switching lanes and adjusting speed ahead of time in the case of an upcoming lane closure.

Vehicle sensor data is the most crucial element for an HD map to self-heal because of its quality, and the sheer volume of vehicles on the road that can detect and validate change. HERE is already receiving rich vehicle sensor data from multiple automakers, including Daimler, to produce near real-time map updates. With passenger safety top of mind, HERE HD Live Map constantly publishes changes to the map through an innovative content validation process, where multiple vehicle sensors act as a “closed loop” to detect any deviations from the published data.

“The map of the future is one that’s self-healing – constantly updating to mirror what is happening across the road network” said Ralf Herrtwich, SVP Automotive at HERE Technologies. “Together with Daimler, we are mastering this powerful mapping technology and are truly excited to make it available for the next generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, emphasized: “Maps with centimeter precision updating itself in near real-time, is one key element for autonomous driving. With the new HD Live Map and the rich, continuously growing information it provides we are taking a big step on the way towards autonomous driving.”

*Vehicles with level 3-5 automation, as defined by SAE International.

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Siemens to acquire TASS International, adding automated driving solutions to portfolio

  • Global provider of simulation software, and engineering and test services to further strengthen Siemens’ PLM Software automotive offering

  • Solutions aimed primarily at autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems, and tyre modeling

  • Combined offering provides unique fully integrated solution to front load the verification and validation of automated driving systems

Siemens will acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software, plus engineering and test services aimed primarily at the automotive industry, and focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and tyre modeling. Based in Helmond, Netherlands, TASS International has developed a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of ‘systems driven product development’ offerings for the global automotive industry.

“The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete Digital Enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realize their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalization” said Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Factory division. “TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

With active safety and advanced driver assistance systems features increasingly becoming the norm in the automotive industry, the compelling trends of connected and autonomous driving vehicles set new requirements for virtual and physical validation and verification of automotive vehicles.

“The Siemens PLM Software portfolio offers a significant opportunity for TASS International and its customers to accelerate the development of safety-critical applications in the field of automated and connected driving. Our engineering and test services will reach a larger audience through the extensive Siemens global footprint,” said Jan van den Oetelaar, CEO of TASS International. “The integration of TASS International into the Siemens organization is expected to create a stable long-term environment and allow access to a vast knowledge base. This can help to build an integrated toolchain for verification and validation of complex automotive functions that should benefit both the automotive industry as well as government organizations worldwide.”

TASS International is focused on automated driving solutions and integrated (active, passive) safety, primarily for the automotive industry. With its PreScan software, car manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies can simulate complex traffic scenarios and virtually validate automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems. With its leading Madymo software for occupant safety modeling, TASS International can simulate the impact of a car crash on the human body. TASS International’s Delft-Tyre software provides highly accurate tyre models for vehicle dynamics and ride and handling simulations.

TASS International’s simulation software will be combined with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio of advanced simulation offerings, and its electronic design automation (EDA) solutions from the recently acquired Mentor Graphics organization. The combination will provide a unique fully integrated solution to frontload the verification and validation of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, providing Siemens with the world’s most complete systems-driven product development offering for autonomous vehicles.

Siemens will acquire 100 percent of the share capital of TASS International and integrate the business into its PLM Software business unit, which is part of its Digital Factory Division. TASS International has approximately 200 employees and has an annual turnover of €27m.  Closing is expected in early September 2017.  Both parties mutually agreed not to disclose the financial conditions of the acquisition.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.

Via: TASS International

Foresight completes a succesful System Demonstration with Uniti Sweden

NESS ZIONA, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., a leading developer of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (NASDAQ and TASE: FRSX), announced today that the company has successfully completed a system demonstration performed with Uniti Sweden. The system’s capabilities were demonstrated in Sweden, under a controlled environment and in open road driving.

The parties intend to negotiate a definitive agreement for commercial cooperation whereby Foresight’s multispectral all-weather conditions system will be developed and integrated into Uniti’s electric vehicles as an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), as well as the leading sensor system for the future autonomous capabilities of Uniti’s electric cars.

Foresight CEO, Mr. Haim Siboni, said, “We are very excited about the opportunity to team up with Uniti Sweden and provide Foresight’s unique multispectral-all-weather conditions vision-based ADAS system for Uniti’s premium electric vehicles. Both Uniti and Foresight share the same DNA of innovative companies with a strong passion to revolutionize safety and the driving experience for manned and autonomous vehicles. I am confident that this cooperation will be a game changer in the automotive industry.”

Uniti CEO, Lewis Horne, stated, “What Foresight can achieve in all weather and lighting conditions is impressive. Their technology mimics the vision system of humans, while greatly exceeding human vision capabilities and limitations. They are sure to be an important player in the future of autonomous electric cars.”

About Uniti

Uniti Sweden, founded in 2016, is developing a mass market electric city car that brings a new approach to safety and sustainability. The vehicle features autonomous capabilities and boasts an intuitive user experience which includes an electronic steering system, and a full-screen heads-up display. The highly scalable, lightweight construction, ushers in a new era for premium vehicle manufacturing.

About Foresight

Foresight (NASDAQ and TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015, is a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing and artificial intelligence. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, develops advanced systems for accident prevention, which are designed to provide real-time information about the vehicle’s surroundings while in motion. The systems are designed to alert drivers to threats that might cause accidents, resulting from traffic violations, driver fatigue or lack of concentration, etc., and to enable highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts. The company estimates that its systems will revolutionize ADAS by providing an automotive grade, cost-effective platform, and advanced technology.

Source: BusinessWire

DENSO and Toshiba to Collaborate on IoT-based Manufacturing, Advanced Driver Assistance, Automated Driving, and Others

KARIYA, TOKYO (Japan) – DENSO Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that the two companies have begun talks to enhance collaborations in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT)-based manufacturing, advanced driver assistance, automated driving, and others.

The collaborations aim to combine DENSO’s high level of technology and manufacturing capability accumulated through its experience in the automotive market and Toshiba’s image recognition, IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and software development technologies, in order to increase the competitiveness to make it through the paradigm shift that is taking place in the automotive industry.

In the fields of advanced driver assistance and automated driving, DENSO and Toshiba have jointly developed AI technologies used in image recognition systems. Moreover, the two companies have worked together in a wide range of areas including the development of automotive lithium-ion battery packs and software for ECUs used in automotive components.

DENSO and Toshiba will collaborate more closely in fields where they can share their visions and speed up the development of technology.

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Velodyne LiDAR Opens Megafactory in San Jose for production of 3D LiDAR Sensors

 

MORGAN HILL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the recognized global leader in Light, Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, today announced the opening of a Megafactory that will significantly ramp up production of the latest 3D LiDAR sensors to meet high global demand.

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Located in San Jose, CA, the enormous facility not only has enough space for high-volume manufacturing, but also for the precise distance and ranging alignment process for LiDAR sensors as they come off the assembly line. The Megafactory is already producing Velodyne’s HDL-64 LiDAR sensor, with production ramping up across Velodyne’s entire product portfolio and more than one million LiDAR sensors expected to be built in the facility in 2018. That high-volume manufacturing will feed the global demand for Velodyne’s solid-state hybrid LiDAR, the primary and critical instrument needed for autonomous car systems around the world.

“This Megafactory provides Velodyne LiDAR the space it requires to manufacture its cutting edge, long-range sensors in a single location, as well as the ability to scale to meet growing global customer demand for LiDAR while pursuing an aggressive growth strategy,” said Mark Shandley, vice president of operations, Velodyne LiDAR. “In addition, the location in Santa Clara County is ideal, as it allows us to produce LiDAR sensors in the US with a skilled workforce alongside precision robotic manufacturing processes so we can continue to grow and deliver world-class products.”

In addition to the San Jose Megafactory, Velodyne LiDAR has also opened a new research and development facility in Alameda, CA. Known as Velodyne Labs, this location focuses on building advanced LiDAR, ASICs chip technology, and new solutions to complete and compliment the company’s existing LiDAR lineup. The Megafactory and R&D facility join existing corporate and production facilities in Morgan Hill, as well as new or expanding sales offices in Northern California, the Midwest, East Coast, Europe, and Asia. Taken together, Velodyne LiDAR has positioned itself in 2017 to increase its leadership position in the development and production of LiDAR sensors that provide 3D vision for industrial applications, UAVs, and a rapidly expanding autonomous vehicle industry. In fact, Velodyne LiDAR is actively hiring in all locations for talent in a multitude of opportunities.

About Velodyne LiDAR

Founded in 1983 by David S. Hall, Velodyne Acoustics Inc. first disrupted the premium audio market through Hall’s patented invention of virtually distortion-less, servo-driven subwoofers. Hall subsequently leveraged his knowledge of robotics and 3D visualization systems to invent ground breaking sensor technology for self-driving cars and 3D mapping, introducing the HDL-64 Solid-State Hybrid LiDAR sensor in 2005. Since then, Velodyne LiDAR has emerged as the leading supplier of solid-state hybrid LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial applications including advanced automotive safety systems, autonomous driving, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping and security. The compact, lightweight HDL-32E sensor is available for applications including UAVs, while the VLP-16 LiDAR Puck is a 16-channel LiDAR sensor that is both substantially smaller and dramatically less expensive than previous generation sensors. To read more about the technology, including white papers, visit http://www.velodynelidar.com.

Contacts

for Velodyne LiDAR
Andrew Hussey, 408-966-5078
andrew.hussey@porternovelli.com
or
Velodyne LiDAR
Laurel Nissen, 408-465-2871
lnissen@velodyne.com

Via Business Wire

HERE Auto & Pelagicore at CES 2017, Las Vegas

Pelagicore is back at the HERE booth for CES 2017. Last year’s demonstration evolved into a fully-fledged automotive software solution, complete with operating system, application framework, and new HERE Auto features pre-integrated on NVIDIA DRIVE CX2 hardware. 

While last year’s demonstration was very much a starting point for car manufacturers to work with, this year we showcase a complete digital cockpit solution from silicon to pixel. This is important for everyone who is interested in user experience differentiation, time to market and productivity. We already run a couple of customer projects where this software stack is in use.

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This year we are using the latest cutting-edge automotive hardware from NVIDIA, the DRIVE CX2 digital cockpit computer. It runs PELUX, our state of the art GENIVI/Linux software platform providing architecture and process blueprints for next generation infotainment systems. On top of PELUX, we use Qt Automotive Suite, the comprehensive application development kit featuring our Neptune reference UX, blending rich and fluid 2D with photorealistic 3D content. Finally, we pre-integrated the HERE Auto SDK, a full featured navigation solution for the connected car, that allows seamless customization of the in-car navigation experience.

Having these major building blocks of a modern software stack readily available is one of the big benefits. Together PELUX, Qt Automotive Suite and HERE Auto enable car manufacturers to bring their design ideas to the road faster, and keep the UX fresh and up-to-date throughout the lifetime of the car and across markets – ultimately connecting the consumers to the car brands.

Using the latest HERE Auto SDK, we’ve included new experiences such as dynamic routing, periscope view and a more integrated cluster to head-unit experience. This demonstration puts in real world scenarios such as that first time journey in a new city where you need additional instructions or your everyday route that you never set because you know the way.

You can get in your car and start driving, the vehicle recognises times and routes you’ve done before.

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The use of a single computer to power the digital cockpit is a trend that the entire industry is working towards, moving away from the traditional solution of having various ECUs to power multiple screens and functions. And if you look towards the future, the trend will continue, with more ADAS features also integrated into that one computer.

We need to be sure that car manufacturers are not locked into one hardware architecture and that choice is available when they are selecting their suppliers, be it Intel, NVIDIA, or other silicon vendors. That is why our underlying technologies, PELUX and the Qt Automotive Suite, are cross-platform, so ensure that automakers are given this freedom. What Pelagicore brings to the table in addition to this, is hardware enablement and optimization for each specific processor, shaping tomorrow’s infotainment systems from silicon to pixel.

Another change since last year’s CES is the fact that Pelagicore is now a part of automotive software power house Luxoft, and the opportunities for Pelagicore to create bigger and more ambitious projects have become a lot greater. We used to be known as the industry experts, as thought-leaders for HMI (Human Machine Interface), while being a relatively small company. Now, as part of Luxoft, we add global reach and we can deal with many more large-scale production projects.

To see Pelagicore’s demonstration, visit HERE at CES 2017 Central Plaza, booth #CP-2.

Reblogged from HERE 360