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(April 29, 2003) - Do consumers want hands-free communication, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions in the car? According to a recent survey, three out of five consumers are on board.* Responding to industry needs, Microsoft Corp. has released its fifth-version software platform for automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Windows Automotive 4.2. Based on Microsoft Windows CE .NET 4.2, Windows Automotive enables automakers to build devices that allow drivers and passengers to take their mobile lifestyle on the road. Consumers want to be connected, even in the car. The survey revealed that 85 percent of U.S. cell phone owners use their cell phone and 50 percent of PDA owners use their PDAs while in the car.* Windows Automotive is Microsoft's first automotive-specific platform to natively support voice- and data-enabled Bluetooth and the Microsoft .NET... (more)

Linux Networx Supercomputers to Streamline AISIN 's Automotive Transmission Design Efforts

Linux Networx has announced that AISIN AW Co., one of the leading providers of automotive transmissions, is using a Linux Networx Supersystem to enhance product design efforts. The new system is tuned for use with ANSYS CFX and accelerates AISIN's ability to develop new transmissions by allowing them to more easily and efficiently analyze complex fluid flows. The Linux Networx Supersystem enables AISIN to minimize the reliance on testing actual prototypes by giving them the power to more easily and efficiently simulate designs. This results in faster time-to-market, reduced cost-to-market and the development of safer and higher quality transmissions for customers including Toyota, Audi, Volkswagen and Volvo. "Linux Networx Supersystems deliver industry-leading price performance making the choice easy for us," said Takeshi Yamaguchi, senior specialist, simulation dev... (more)

Linux - Concurrent Pushes into Automotive

Before we’re all reduced to shank’s mare, Concurrent is wading into the automotive industry, observing that with the amount of electronics in cars constantly on the uptick, it’s a good place for an embedded Linux-based networking system. So it’s announced FlexRay communication support for its SIMulation Workbench, which provides a complete framework to develop and execute real-time hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulations. Concurrent says FlexRay offers the networking performance needed by new enhanced automotive applications such as brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire. Automotive engineers will have a complete set of software tools that reduces test and integration time for new advanced automotive designs. FlexRay is an advanced automotive network standard for deterministic, fault-tolerant, high-speed data communication specified by th... (more)

Meta System and Wavecom to Jointly Develop Solutions for Automotive Telematics

Meta System Spa and Wavecom have announced that they are collaborating to develop two joint automotive telematics solutions. The companies are both suppliers to the automotive market: Meta System, a MetaSystem Group company specializes in research, development and production of electronics applied to advanced safety systems for motor vehicle market, while Wavecom dominates the market for wireless communication solutions for the automotive industry. The first joint solution is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) platform for automotive telematics, with particular focus on the following functionalities: eCall (emergency call), stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics and fleet management. A variant of the platform will integrate HSDPA/HSUPA technologies with the Wavecom Q26 Extreme product. The platform will permit high-speed connectivity and targets high-end t... (more)

GM's IT Restructuring Does Not Convince Me

Information Week has published an interview with GM’s CIO discussing the impact of the bankruptcy on the two-billion-IT operations of this huge corporation. After reading this article, I’m pretty sure that GM’s IT is doomed. The chances are slim that they will turn themselves into leaner and agile organization as it should be in 21st century. The article reveals “In 2006, GM awarded about $7B (!) in IT contracts to EDS, Capgemini, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, and earmarked another $7 billion or so for additional contracts in following years. Szygenda has a history of demanding that outsourcers change their operational practices to fit GM’s needs. One example is their creation of global teams to work on GM accounts”. Now let me explain how I read this interesting paragraph. These leeches , a.k.a. global consulting firms were charging $200p/h for mediocre consultant... (more)

Catalunya GP -250cc Race

A wonderful race of Alvaro Bautista who, being motivated, wins on his home circuit in Montmelo and sends his fans into ecstasy. Alvaro attacks and runs faster than everybody, under a striking sun. The 37 degrees of temperature on the track, however, are not so hot as the title pursuit is! Besides being happy for the second triumph in this season, our rider is satisfied for having gained points against his more direct antagonists, from Hiroshi Aoyama to Marco Simoncelli, who fell on the third lap while chasing him. But the better moment for the Spanish rider was when he crossed the line alone, acclaimed by his supporters. Now Alvaro Bautista, a true leader, ranks 47 points in front of the Italian Simoncelli. ... (more)

Microsoft and Nissan Establish Strategic Relationship

Microsoft Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. on Monday announced a strategic relationship to collaborate and create a next-generation dealer management system based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Using the powerful foundation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the automotive industry expertise of Nissan, the two companies will blend dealer and customer relationship management and social collaboration tools into a solution that will help Nissan develop a stronger relationship with its customers, drive dealer sales and increase market share on a global scale. The solution will then utilize the Windows Azure platform, taking advantage of the economies of scale and flexibility offered by Microsoft's public cloud offerings. "Customer loyalty and retention are essential to the success of any business. Microsoft Dynamics CRM helps businesses better understand and build deeper relatio... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·         Deal negotiation skills requirement·         Massive market fragmentation. The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecom... (more)

Governments Waltzing on OSS, Trusting Your Search Engine for Privacy, GPL Houses and Apache Cars

…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like OpenOffice, Linux and Drupal are becoming commonplace. To further this trend, many governments are beginning to open source their own code as illustrated by the 10,000 active government users on GitHub. You could argue that since it is our taxes, then the code should be open.  Read more abo... (more)

Micro Stamping Deploys IFS Business Software to Support Production of Medical Device, Automotive Products

CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS announced today that Micro Stamping Corp. has implemented IFS Applications(TM) business software at its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Somerset, New Jersey. The company is using IFS' supply chain management, financial, and sales and marketing applications to support high-volume contract manufacturing of high-precision metal stampings and secondary assemblies. Micro Stamping's products include medical implant devices and automotive component parts and assemblies. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030320/IFSLOGO) "IFS Applications is a state-of-the-art system that will help us to improve organizational efficiency and maintain competitiveness while achieving our growth and profitability targets," said Frank Semcer, Sr., president of Micro Stamping Corp. "As an integrated solution, IFS will improve efficiency by ... (more)

Automotive Specialty Concepts Announces Sales Agreement With All American Propane

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/08/05 -- Automotive Specialty Concepts (OTC: AMVS) announced a sales agreement with All American Propane, located in Yakima, Washington. Paul Stringer, AMVS President, said, "AMVS 'breaks through the clutter' of advertising in a different way. We create ads in places where there are no ads, such as wheel covers and light switch plates. "For example, we have been asked to customize our wheel sets for All American Propane's fleet of trucks. On our web site we have pictures, which show prototype wheels they are using now on one of their fleet trucks: Front wheels, http://gaskinsco.com/AllAmericanPropane.jpg Rear wheels, http://gaskinsco.com/AllAmericanPropane2.jpg Wheels, http://gaskinsco.com/AllAmericanPropane3.jpg "It's a new advertising vehicle for All American Propane's truck fleet and customers, nearing 4,000. The switch plates ... (more)