Category: Cars

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carzapp, new cheaper Internet based car sharing system

Posted by Charbax – March 10, 2012

carzapp provides a new cheaper mobile Internet connected locking system, so you can open your car using any smartphone if they give you the authorization for it, you can then add your car to the car sharing network and earn up to $2000 per month (if you have a cool car that many people want to use). They take care of 100% of the insurance for when your car is used by a user. You can choose the price per hour, price per day, you can pick and choose which people or which kind of people can use it (how verified each user is, I guess). Some regions can add up to thousands of electric cars on that car sharing network. The price can be as low as $4 per hour, you can park it based on where the owner wants to park it, or it can also happen that you can just park it wherever you want.

Freescale shows i.MX6 for auto/aero-infotainment with long term support

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2012

Freescale is showing the next generation i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 based in-car infotainment system. Freescale promises to provide 15 years of support for the chip, meaning that car manufacturers can feel confident using the i.MX6 in cars and airplanes, as it takes multiple years to make those, Freescale promises to still manufacture the same processor 15 years from now. They optimize features for cars such as using sensors and cameras for better car safety. Freescale is a global leader in producing processors used in cars.

Renault’s role in web technology, encouraging Android app ecosystem for the car and more

Posted by Charbax – December 8, 2011

Matthieu Tenenbaum talks about some of the things they Renault is doing to encourage more technological integration in the car.

Test driving the Renault Twizy Electric Car

Posted by Charbax – December 7, 2011

This is an awesome compact electric car, safer than a motorbike, smaller than a car, it's being sold at around 7000 euros (first deliveries to happen before March 2012), it's smooth and fast to drive around with, range is enough for most city driving use.

Android for cars using COQOS by OpenSynergy

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2011

They have Android running on the Freescale i.MX53, but it's running virtualized using a separation micro-kernel they call COQOS offering the real-time features that are required in a car running the industry-standard AUTOSAR software also at the same time, thus this solution is fully secure. You can find more information at http://www.opensynergy.com/en/Products/COQOS

Michelin Active Wheel, electric traction, suspension, breaking

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2011

This new type of wheel includes two motors controlled by Freescale procecssors, one to accelerate the car and to have regenerative breaking, and the second is the manage the suspension and the control of the chassis. This could be transformational for cars, no more engine could be needed under the hood, no more traditional suspension system, and no more gearbox or transmission as all the essential components have been integrated into the wheel itself. The Active Wheel System could outperform Ferrari and Porsche in a straight line when it comes to braking. While a typical high performance supercar takes about six seconds to come to a complete halt from 100km/h, the Michelin concept does it in a mere 2.8 seconds at up to 1G. Find more information: motorauthority.com and gizmag.com

Freescale’s High Resolution 77Ghz Radar System

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2011

This is the 77Ghz chipset demonstrating Freescale's for Automotive Radar Millimeter-Wave Technology, this is a demo of a radar for cars to see through the dark, through rain, through any weather. Find more information at http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=AUTRMWT

Freescale Xtrinsic radar chipsets are the most advanced SiGe technology on the market, consisting of a transmitter and a multi-channel receiver with an integrated phase-locked loop (PLL). Freescale's 77 GHz technology allows a device to switch between long- and short-range functionality simply by issuing a serial peripheral interface (SPI) command. This enables the same radar module to be used for multiple safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control, headway alert, collision warning and mitigation. Long-range radar, used for adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings, has long and narrow coverage directly in front and back of the car. Short-range radar, ideal for blind spot detection, pre-crash and stop-and-go applications, monitors the car's immediate surroundings with a wide spatial view that covers shorter distances.

Qorivva MPC5645S-based in-car interactive dashboard demonstrations from Freescale and Visteon

Posted by Charbax – June 21, 2011

Drives two displays in parallel with gauges. Very low memory footprint thanks to fragmented frame buffer.

Renault launches electric cars for real

Posted by Charbax – May 27, 2011

Yup, all new cars can now be electric, and we can setup the renewable energy to power them and the battery switch stations and charge stations at all parking spots as fast as those new cars can get onto the market.

China does Electric Cars using Better Place battery swapping

Posted by Charbax – May 3, 2011

All new cars to be sold in China are to be electric, running on 100% clean renewable energy. All that is needed is political will. China seems to have that political will. They figured they've got enough pollution in their rapidly growing cities, they figured they'd like to be energy independent, they figured they need to make all their cars electric now.

Switchable electric batteries are the only solution for the full scale implementation of electric cars for the mass market today. Project http://betterplace.com is implementing a worldwide standard for battery swapping, charging connectors and re-charge infrastructure.

Better Place, China Southern Grid Sign Strategic Agreement Centered on Battery Switch Model

April 27, 2011

Guangzhou Municipal Government Signs Agreement to Aid New Partnership

TEL AVIV (April 27, 2011) – At a signing ceremony today in Israel with officials from Guangzhou, Better Place announced a strategic agreement with China Southern Power Grid Co. (CSG), the world’s eighth largest utility according to the Fortune Global 500. The agreement, which focuses on joint electric car and infrastructure projects in CSG’s service areas, will further advance electric cars with switchable batteries in China. The agreement calls for the companies to open a battery switch station and joint education center in Guangzhou before the end of the year, while working to formalize a joint-venture partnership.

Source: http://betterplace.com

This is relevant on ARMdevices.net because electric cars can have more ARM Processors in them than any other types of cars. An average electric car may have 47 ARM processors in it. Also, those need better wirelessly internet connected interactive in-car navigation systems (probably Android based) than any other car. As those need to make it easy for the driver to find re-charge stations, to find and order a battery swap, to monitor and manage battery capacity and more.