As Nissan’s fourth generation electronic mirror, this development was adopted for KICKS, new compact SUV released to the Japanese market on June 30, 2020 and to the Thai market after July 2020.
The use of a 2-megapixel camera and a high-resolution display coupled with our unique image processing technology ensures superior image definition and nighttime visibility. A frameless mirror with superior design has also been adopted. The intelligent rear-view mirror is a system to cover a wide range of a vehicle’s rear-view using its specially-designed camera and to display it in the position of a rear-view mirror.
Adopting a 2-megapixel camera as opposed to the 1.3 megapixels of the conventional model helps in achieving high definition images which reduces the driver’s burden. Resolution of the display has been increased to 163 ppi as opposed to the 100 ppi of the conventional model.
The new mirror enhances visibility at night by controlling LED flicker from vehicles behind. Using technology unique to Panasonic made it possible to increase dynamic range to 120 dB (conventional model: 100 dB) for enhanced visibility at night and to control flicker from LED lamps at the same time. Adoption of F2.0 lens further enhances visibility at nighttime (conventional model: F2.8).
The rear-view mirror adopts a frameless design which results in no peripheral rim helping achieve the usage of the whole mirror surface.
Leveraging the most-advanced AV technology which is available only from Panasonic for cameras, displays, and other devices and other technologies accumulated through past automotive business, Panasonic will continue to provide drivers with a safe and secure driving environment.
The new process speeds up the development of car parts made from carbon fibre reinforced plastics, or CFRP. Lightweight yet extremely strong, the material can be used to make cars that are safer and more fuel efficient. It can also lower a car’s center of gravity when applied to upper body parts, making it more agile and exciting to drive.
Nissan aims to use the new process to mass-produce CFRP parts and introduce them in more cars for customers. The innovation can cut the lead time to develop such components by as much as half, and cycle time for moulding by about 80%, compared with conventional methods.
While the benefits of carbon fibre have long been known, it’s expensive compared with other materials such as steel. Along with the difficulty in shaping CFRP parts, this has hampered the mass production of automotive components made from the material.
Nissan found a new approach to the existing production method known as compression resin transfer moulding. The existing method involves forming carbon fibre into the right shape and setting it in a die with a slight gap between the upper die and the carbon fibres. Resin is then injected into the fibre and left to harden.
Nissan’s engineers developed techniques to accurately simulate the permeability of the resin in carbon fibre, while visualizing resin flow behavior in a die using an in-die temperature sensor and a transparent die. The result of the successful simulation was a high-quality component with shorter development time.
The Honda Personal Assistant—powered by Houndify—gives drivers an in-car conversational interface allowing them to control their environment, while accessing navigation, entertainment, and information hands-free. The personal assistant supports five major European languages.
Houndify voice AI includes patented Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies to deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses. The platform’s ability to understand context, such as the user’s location or previous queries, eliminates the need to repeat information and allows more natural conversations.
Through the power of Houndify’s voice AI, drivers and passengers can ask Honda Personal Assistant even the most complex questions, such as: “OK Honda, show me restaurants within five kilometres, except French and Japanese ones, that have Wi-Fi, have at least three stars, and are open past 10 pm”. Houndify’s ability to remember context allows for useful follow-up questions, such as “Does it have parking?” The natural language interface can proactively prompt for the next step, like directions to the destination. Deep navigation integration allows drivers to further the experience by asking questions such as, “Are there any convenience stores along the way?”
“Honda e is the first fully electric vehicle to feature Houndify’s voice AI platform, and Jazz is one of Honda’s most popular cars in Europe,” said Keyvan Mohajer, CEO and Co-Founder of SoundHound Inc. “We are proud of our partnership with Honda Motor Company and look forward to the growing use of the Honda Personal Assistant in Europe.”
SoundHound Inc. and Honda Motor Company first announced their partnership in October 2018 and premiered their collaboration at the 2019 Tokyo Motor show, where they demonstrated the Honda Personal Assistant to positive reviews. The voice-enabled Honda Personal Assistant is available on Honda e and select Honda Jazz models in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English languages.
Designed to address the growing complexities associated with developing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), including safety compliance, the integrated software and SoC platform aims to address the growing needs of the automotive ecosystem for scalable and upgradable solutions, which require highly advanced and power-efficient compute, connectivity and cloud service capabilities across all vehicle tiers. This platform will integrate Veoneer’s fifth generation perception software and driving policy software with the current and future Snapdragon Ride portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies intends to make this integrated SoC and software stack platform available to global automakers and Tier-1 suppliers.
Veoneer will serve as a Tier-1 system integrator for the new solution, while continuing its current strategies, which include developing, selling and launching its full line of ADAS and Collaborative Driving products and systems. The open and programmable platform that both companies intend to develop will be designed to create alternatives for automakers and Tier-1s for more customisation opportunities while also charting a course for next-generation automotive architecture evolution. The companies expect the integrated platform to be available through automotive Tier-1 suppliers or directly to OEMs for 2024 vehicle production.
Veoneer’s software stacks are automotive grade solutions designed to meet the requirements of automakers, regulators and rating agencies globally. It has received top performance ratings and enabled automakers to achieve 5-star safety ratings for European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) in 2018 and 2020. The companies plan to launch a state-of-the art automotive grade, functional safety compliant and optimized platform which will include a full range of optimised NCAP features and up to hands-free driving on highways and slow-moving traffic. The platform will be continuously upgradeable through over the air updates. The next generation software stack will be developed in a dedicated organisation within Veoneer.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies announced its latest addition to the company’s growing portfolio of automotive products with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride platform. Snapdragon Ride is designed based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon family of automotive system-on-chip (SoC) and accelerator products, which are built on scalable and modular heterogenous high-performance multi-core CPUs for planning and decision making, energy efficient AI and computer vision (CV) engines, industry-leading GPU for high-end visualisation, image signal processors for camera sensors, and dedicated safety and security subsystems.
The integrated platform with Veoneer’s software stack will be built on the scalable Snapdragon Ride roadmap, offering industry leading scalability from L1 ADAS to L4 Autonomous Driving SoC and Accelerator products that leverage Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in heterogeneous compute, leading process technology, low power and higher performance automotive semiconductors.
The parties have signed a non-binding letter of intent and expect to finalise a definitive agreement during second half of 2020.
The new architecture, designed specifically to accommodate new hybrid powertrains, has been entirely engineered, developed and produced in-house in the UK at McLaren’s £50m state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region.
The new flexible vehicle architecture utilises innovative, world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, reduce overall vehicle weight, while also further improving safety attributes.
It will underpin the next generation of McLaren hybrid models as the supercar company enters its second decade of series vehicle production.
The first new McLaren hybrid supercar to be based on the all-new architecture will launch in 2021.
“The new ground-breaking vehicle architecture is every bit as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis we introduced with the company’s first car, the 12C, when we first embarked on making production vehicles a decade ago.
“This new, ultra-lightweight carbon fibre chassis boasts greater structural integrity and higher levels of quality than ever before with our new MCTC facility quickly becoming recognised as a global centre of excellence in composite materials science and manufacturing.
“Our advanced expertise in light weight composites processes and manufacturing combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technology and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems means we are ideally placed to deliver to customers levels of electrified high-performance motoring that until now have simply been unattainable.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
Mr Flewitt said the new architecture would enable McLaren to transition to 100 per cent electrified supercars.
“For us, light-weighting and electrification go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” he said.