Automotive

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Active Driver Restraint

I blogged last year on Active Driver Assistance and noted my concerns about the potential for adaptive cruise control to make an incorrect decision and increase the risk of an accident rather than reduce it. So I was interested to hear a BBC news report earlier this week about a device which automatically stops acceleration when a vehicle exceeds the…

Active Driver Assistance

I recently received a brochure for the new Audi A4 which has its UK launch on 23rd February, so I guess Audi must think it's time for me to trade in my A3, which had its 120,000 mile (190,000 km) service last week. Flicking through the brochure, I noticed a number of new technologies being introduced on the new A4…

Drive by Ethernet?

I read last week that BMW has been researching the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) over standard Ethernet (Cisco) to network automotive controllers ('BMW brings Internet protocol under the hood', EETimes). The motivation for the research is that at present, a number of different networking technologies (including CAN, LIN, MOST and FlexRay) are used in automotive applications, and these…

Military Aerospace & Electronics Show

Yesterday, I attended the UK's Military Aerospace & Electronics technical conference and exhibition, which was held at the Heritage Motor Centre. The technical conference was split into three technical tracks, which were broadly related to avionics, land systems and technologies; and as is sometimes the case at these conferences I found that I wanted to attend some presentations which were…

Autonomous military robots

In an earlier blog, 'A robot in every home', I commented on some of the issues related to the development of robotics software, in particular in relation to open standards and safety-criticality. This was in the context of domestic and industrial robots. Now it seems that the issue which is causing debate in the scientific community is prospect of deployment…

Can Automotive learn from Avionics Safety?

In my previous post on software safety standards, in response to some questions raised by Alex Wilson, I commented on what I believe are signs of convergence between avionics software standards. However, I didn't address Alex's question on whether there is any potential for convergence between avionics and automotive software standards. Electronic systems have been present in automotive systems for…

Safety Standards Convergence?

In a recent post on software certification, Alex Wilson asked why there are so many software safety certification standards? The current situation is of course due to historical reasons, and this has resulted in some interesting anomalies. However, I think there is some reason for cautious optimism, as there appears to be more increasingly widespread acceptance of standards in recent…