Automotive

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Drive by Ethernet?

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Military Aerospace & Electronics Show

By Paul Parkinson 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…

VxWorks is helping make the world greener

By Warren Kurisu One of my favorite sponsorship activities is the Challenge X competition, brought to us by our partner National Instruments (NI). Seventeen teams were challenged to re-engineer a GM Equinox, a crossover sport utility vehicle to minimize energy consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining or exceeding the vehicle's utility and performance. Year 1 focused on modeling, simulation,…

Autonomous military robots

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Can Automotive learn from Avionics Safety?

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Safety Standards Convergence?

By Paul Parkinson 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…

DSDP: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Doug Gaff Following up on today’s announcement of milestones in three of the DSDP projects—eRCP 1.0, MTJ 0.7, and TM 1.0—I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on DSDP…how it started, where it is today, and where it’s heading. First, let me start with a timeline of project events. March 2005. Unofficially, the DSDP project got its start…

Microsoft versus Linux in Automotive Industry

By John Bruggeman Thanks to everyone for the feedback on my last blog “Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point.” I’m really interested in this topic and all of the response I got inspired me to dive in a little deeper. Over the past several months, I’ve talked to a lot of people in the automotive industry. I asked them…

Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point

By John Bruggeman Linux has always been suspect when it comes to automotive applications. The general belief was that safety-critical automotive applications required a deterministic, real-time operating system.  Linux just didn’t cut it for telematics or under-the-hood applications.  OEMs relied on proprietary OS companies for their solutions. Now some of that belief is grounded in fact. Consequently, Linux adoption in…

What shall I do with my iPod in the car?

By Peter Kleiner Recently I was at a congress in Germany about advances in electronics of the car (the congress was in German and there is no English web page yet - see http://www.elektronik-tagung.de/mic/elekTagung2006/deutsch/ ). There was a really interesting session about consumer devices and their emerging into the car. A standard mobile device that can be found in cars…