In Connected Car News are Volkswagen, VNC Automotive, Gosei, Hitachi Astemo and Parkopedia.
VW integrates software with TraceTronic with neocx
Volkswagen is strengthening its competence in the integration of automotive software. Powerful automotive functions can currently only be implemented by networking many individual software and hardware components. The integration of these components and the testing of the resulting assembly is a central development task for Volkswagen. As part of its ACCELERATE strategy, Volkswagen is striving to expand automotive software integration and the digital customer experience as core competencies. For this reason, the company has set up a joint venture with TraceTronic, one of the world’s leading providers of solutions for testing and integrating automotive software. Each partner holds 50 percent of the joint venture called neocx, which will create a factory for Continuous Integration / Continuous Testing (CI / CT).
This is a platform that combines powerful tools for automated testing and the integration of automotive software and networked services. Volkswagen intends to use this to accelerate the development of digital functions such as over-the-air updates that ID. Vehicles every three months. The updates are to be integrated and tested with solutions from neocx beforehand. The new joint venture thus makes an important contribution to the development process.
VNC selected for Renesas’ R-Car program
VNC Automotive, a Connected Car and Telematics innovator, has been selected as a member of the R-Car Consortium Proactive Partner Program by Renesas.
The appointment builds on VNC Automotive’s existing relationship with the consortium and recognizes their achievements in software integration and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI).
The R-Car Consortium offers members, system integrators and developers a collaborative environment to share their expertise and accelerate their implementation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and next-generation Connected Car solutions.
VNC Automotive joins 70 other proactive partners and enjoys priority access to Renesas’ advanced system-on-chip (SoC) designs, end-to-end development support and joint marketing activities.
Gosei’s new safer driver airbag
Gosei Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 7282) has developed a driver’s side airbag with a new structure that can protect the occupant more safely. This airbag is used in the new Honda Civic, which was launched in North America in June 2021.
Installed in the center of the steering wheel, the airbags on the driver’s side dissolve in the event of a frontal collision to reduce the impact on the driver’s head and chest. To protect the occupant more safely in angled head-on collisions, the new airbag uses an innovative donut-shaped structure to support and hold the head to reduce rotation. This will help meet the requirements of new vehicle assessment programs * in North America and elsewhere, which are expected to become more stringent in the years to come
Toyoda Gosei will continue to develop and offer airbags that correspond to the increasingly different postures of the vehicle occupants in autonomous driving and thus contribute to a safer vehicle interior.
Hitachi Astemo wants to contribute to EV technology
Hitachi Astemo was created on January 1, 2021, from the merger of Hitachi Automotive Systems with three former Honda subsidiaries: Nissin Kogyo, Keihin and Showa. Hitachi Ltd. owns 66.6 percent of the shares in the new auto supplier, Honda holds 33.4 percent.
The company has the size, technical depth and software capabilities to make significant contributions in rapidly changing areas of mobility technology such as safety, electrification, comfort and sustainability.
Hitachi Astemo’s key goals include:
- CO2-neutral production lines by the fiscal year 2030;
- Global market leadership in electric motors and inverters with annual production targets of five million units each and
- Creation of economic value with the aim of approx $ 18 billion Sales and 15 percent EBITDA in fiscal year 2025.
“Building on the strength of our founding companies, Hitachi Astemo is committed to a sustainable future and an improved quality of life,” says CEO Brice cook. “Our combined expertise, efficiency and economies of scale will enable us to deliver significant economic, environmental and societal benefits – an advantage that is enhanced by leveraging technology and data from our Hitachi partners.”
Koch points out that Astemo stands for Advanced Sustainable Technologies for Mobility, a name fully aligned with the company’s plans to define the future of mobility through technologies and solutions in powertrain, chassis systems and advanced driver assistance.
The company employs 90,000 people at almost 140 locations in 27 countries around the world, enabling it to be close to its OEM customers around the world.
In America (The United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil) Hitachi Astemo has 38 locations with a regional headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The group is led by Paul Carroll, Senior Vice President of Hitachi Astemo and President and CEO of Hitachi Astemo Americas.
“We are developing advanced mobility solutions that will shape the cars and motorcycles of the future,” predicts Carroll. “Today, Hitachi Astemo engineering teams are committed to innovating that accelerates the development of next-generation technologies.”
According to Koch, Hitachi Astemo’s chassis division currently accounts for around 41 percent of global sales, while the Powertrain & Safety Systems division accounts for 50 percent. The company is also a major supplier to the motorcycle industry, which accounts for about eight percent of its business.
Today Hitachi Astemo is number one in the global sales of hydraulic suspensions and EV components such as electric motors and inverters. It is a leader in foundation brakes sales and its motorcycle group is an industry leader in sales of brake calipers, throttle bodies and suspensions.
The main Hitachi Astemo development programs currently underway include:
- Industry leading performance and high efficiency inverters;
- Highly efficient, super compact electric drives;
- Next generation integrated chassis control systems;
- Integrated AD / ADAS controllers using sensor and artificial intelligence technologies, and
- Electrification of motorcycles and anti-fall systems for “posture control”.
Parkopedia provides VW’s Car-Net parking spaces
Parkopedia, the world’s leading parking service provider, has announced a new contract with Volkswagen of America (VWoA) to provide parking reservation services for Volkswagen drivers via the Car-Net service and the associated smartphone app in the USA. The service is now live for drivers and covers both old and new Volkswagen vehicles that support Car-Net services. This is an extension of Parkopedia’s premium parking services for the car manufacturer, which includes detailed parking information on available parking spaces already provided via Car-Net.
The system will be available via the latest generation of the Car-Net app via a new reservation option that uses Parkopedia’s market-leading payment platform. The platform enables drivers to register their payment details once in a single secure account and then effortlessly pay for parking transactions digitally within activated locations. Reserve and Pay is another example of how Parkopedia is working with automakers to support innovation in the automotive industry and provide drivers with a better user experience.
There are additional benefits for drivers of model year 2021 vehicles equipped with the latest MIB3 infotainment system, such as Atlas and Arteon models. These vehicles will offer further benefits of the new service by providing improved navigation directly to available places via the vehicle navigation system that works in conjunction with the Car-Net system. These additional functions now complement the existing parking coverage that Parkopedia already offers to millions of Volkswagen drivers in the USA.