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A WON-WON situation: Hyundai-Kia plans to commercialize autonomous vehicles in next five years


Published: March 31, 2016 | Seoul Hyundai Motor and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors are aiming to commercialize self-driving cars within five years. In order to do so, they will invest over 2 trillion WON (US$1.68 billion), and make every effort to develop various autonomous driving technologies, including the autonomous …

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eTrans launches V2X software development platform for connected vehicles


Published: March 31, 2016 | Fairfax, VA eTrans Systems, a VA-based developer of software solutions for connected and automated vehicles, has launched a software platform VSDP that provides all the necessary tools for the rapid development, testing and maintenance of cutting-edge V-to-Everything and Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) solutions. It features …

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IIHS published headlight ratings; Toyota Prius V is best, BMW 3s are worst


Published: March 31, 2016 | Arlington, VA Government standards for headlights, based on laboratory tests, allow huge variation in the amount of illumination that headlights provide in actual on-road driving. With about half of traffic deaths occurring either in the dark or in dawn or dusk conditions, improved headlights have …

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Ficosa launches intelligent rear-view mirror ADAS with Panasonic


Published: March 31, 2016 | Barcelona Ficosa, the Spanish Tier-1 supplier of vision systems anticipates the market with the presentation of an intelligent rearview mirror (IRMS). This system, which has an integrated display in the structure of the interior rearview mirror, works as a mirror or as a monitor that …

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Nissan, Savari and UC Berkeley make V2X testbed in Sunnyvale


Published: March 30, 2016 | Santa Clara, CA Nissan, Savari Inc,  and UC Berkeley’s Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) collaborated on a real-world V2X testbed spanning 4.63 square miles with three public intersections in Sunnyvale,CA. PATH deployed Savari StreetWAVE™ road-side-units (RSUs) and coordinated with the City of Sunnyvale and Nissan …

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Mitsubishi Electric re-purposing missile guidance systems for self-driving cars


Published: March 30, 2016 | Mitsubishi Electric is aiming to use components such as millimeter-wave radars, sonars, sensors and cameras – some of which were developed to guide missiles, to make self-driving cars better. The company supplies  air-to-air missiles to Japan’s armed forces, is looking to adapt the technologies it originally …

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VoiceBox launches embedded speech recognition for connected cars


Published: March 30, 2016 | St. Bellevue, WA VoiceBox Technologies launches new Embedded Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) product for automotive applications. Integrated with the company’s award-winning NLU (natural language understanding) technology, VoiceBox’s Embedded ASR now offers auto makers a single solution for powering the next generation of in-car voice systems. …

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Honda and Hitachi develop tamper-proof alcohol detector system


Published: March 30, 2016 | Tokyo Hitachi and Honda Motor‘s subsidiary Honda R&D have developed a prototype of a portable alcohol detector that is tamper-resistant as it can distinguish human breath from alternative gases and that can be integrated into smart key. This device is capable of distinctively detecting the …

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Suzuki selects Harman to provide infotainment system for Ignis models


Published: March 30, 2016 | Tokyo Harman won a new contract from Suzuki to power its end-to-end connected car system for Ignis models. This new award marks the first infotainment system for the Japanese market to be embedded with Apple CarPlay from a Japanese automaker. The system adopted for the …

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European truck makers to compete in Netherlands autonomous “platooning” challenge

Published: March 29, 2016 | Rotterdam The “landing” of the European Truck Platooning Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday April 6th, 2016 at APM Terminals, Maasvlakte II in the Port of Rotterdam. Automated trucks representing six brands (DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo) will drive in platoons, on public roads, …

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