Using an Assistant-enabled smart speaker, Smart Display or Android or iOS phone, Hyundai owners soon can do things like start their car from the kitchen, set their car’s temperature from the comfort of their couch, or make sure their car doors are locked while in the grocery store more efficiently. Previously, executing one of these actions required multiple steps, prompting a dialogue between the owner and their Assistant. Available in the coming months, this new integration will allow vehicle owners to control and get the status of their vehicle with just one or two voice commands.
After linking their vehicle with the Google Assistant, all a Hyundai owner has to say is, “Hey Google, start my car,” “Hey Google, how much gas does my car have?” or “Hey Google, are my car doors locked?” instead of “Hey Google, tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe,” “Hey Google, ask Blue Link how much gas I have in my tank,” or “Hey Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car.” With this new streamlined experience, the “Ask Blue Link” portion of the voice commands have been removed.
Hyundai owners can now incorporate these Blue Link remote commands into a Google Assistant morning routine to get a head start on their commute. For example, an owner can easily add vehicle actions to a ready-made “Good morning” routine to trigger their Assistant to brief them on the weather, share a traffic update, and tell them how much charge their Kona Electric has, just by saying “Hey Google, good morning.” Or they can set up a custom routine for the command “Hey Google, bedtime,” to have their Assistant check to see if their garage door is closed, lock their front door and car, and turn off lights in their home.
“Anytime we can make features better and easier to use for our customers we are going to do it,” said Manish Mehrotra, Director, Digital Business Planning and Connected Operations, Hyundai Motor America. “From being able to double check that their car doors are locked as they walk into a movie theater, or remote start their Sonata on a cold winter day using their Google Assistant device, we’re excited to bring even more helpfulness to our customers.”
Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into Hyundai cars with technologies including Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link services can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror and center stack, the web or via the Blue Link owners’ smartphone app.
"The global automotive image sensor market is poised to experience accelerated growth due to the increased demand for driver state monitoring," said Thilo Rausch, Product Marketing Manager at OmniVision. "At the same time, automotive designers are looking for cost-effective ways to address consumer demand for applications like video conferencing in the mainstream car segment. By providing a dual-mode sensor that fuses human and machine vision capabilities, we are enabling designers to address both trends with a single camera.”
The ability to capture both RGB and IR images with one global shutter (GS) sensor reduces the number of cameras and total system cost. The OV2312 enables those dual-mode cameras with motion-artifact-free images at high resolutions of 1600x1300 at 60fps and 1280x720 at 90fps. Additionally, because this is the smallest 2MP GS sensor in its class—offered in a 7.2 x 6.1mm automotive chip-scale package—cameras can be placed out of sight from drivers and passengers.
For operation without visible light, the OV2312 features the 3.0-micron OmniPixel 3-GS architecture, which provides an industry-leading near-infrared quantum efficiency of 14% at the 940nm wavelength, along with excellent modulation transfer function (MTF). Not only does this sensor capture images with the high quality required for driver eye and gaze tracking when running in single mode at 60fps, it also reduces system power consumption and cost by using fewer IR LEDs. The sensor itself only consumes an industry-leading 190mW in typical conditions. This greatly reduces the heat generated, which further ensures optimal sensor performance for interior cameras that operate continuously in confined spaces.
To further ensure top DSM performance while minimizing power consumption, the OV2312 can be synchronised with the on/off pulses of the system's IR light source. Additionally, its array size of 1600x1300 pixels is designed to fit the driver head box in a way that ensures reliable monitoring regardless of driver height, seat position or vehicle cockpit design.
OV2312 samples are available now, and it is AEC-Q100 Grade 2 certified for automotive applications.
A top-ten supplier to Toyota, and the largest metal stamping supplier to Toyota, Toyotetsu is a recognised leader in the North American Japanese automotive supply chain, delivering high quality body, chassis, and functional parts. Toyotetsu is also a key supplier to automakers Subaru, Nissan, and Mazda.
"Toyotetsu's move to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud is a strategic programme to establish the technology foundation for our company's strategic growth," said Donnie Slagle, Vice President of Toyotetsu America, Inc. "Plex uniquely provides a single system of record for everything from enterprise quality to operational efficiency, along with better insight into every aspect of manufacturing. Plex offers a vital set of capabilities for meeting our long-term business goals. We want to push the limits of what it means to be a truly connected manufacturer, realising our vision to be the leader in smart manufacturing."
Toyotetsu selected Plex global premier partner Plante Moran to lead the implementation project. Plante Moran has been a leading alliance partner with Plex for more than 13 years and has successfully completed hundreds of plant implementations for tens of thousands of users around the world including several dozen Japanese automotive suppliers in various supply chains such as Toyota.
Doug Hockenbrocht, Global IT Consulting Partner, Plante Moran, said, "By connecting shop floor production, administrative functions and its supply base, Plex will provide the real-time visibility Toyotetsu needs to support its continued growth."
Toyotetsu selected Plex Systems based on its cloud multi-tenant model and demonstrated track record as the system of record for automotive industry. The supplier has deployed the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in its Kentucky plant and corporate headquarters, and will go live in 2020 in six additional facilities in the US, Canada and Mexico as the system of record for the company's North American operations, connecting systems, materials, equipment, processes, suppliers, products, and customers.
The company has integrated its PLCs (programmable logic controls) in over 250 work centers in its first plant and plans PLC integration in 100% of its machines across North America to eliminate manual processes to increase reporting efficiency and real-time information flow, transforming their business to adopt a truly connected enterprise in the era of Industry 4.0.
Toyotetsu plans to integrate its Kanban methodology with Plex's Kanban capabilities to increase visibility on the plant floor and in the office. It will use Plex Manufacturing Cloud capabilities developed specifically for companies within the Toyota supply chain, including the Toyota Shipping Confirmation System, sequencing, just-in-time (JIT) capabilities and other RAN requirements specific to Toyota, with future plans to integrate RFID tracking.
The GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent for Battery Packs enables design freedom by addressing problems inherent in Lithium-ion battery components and packs. The company is presenting the new technology at The Battery Show Europe in Stuttgart, Germany.
Automotive battery components are often housed in battery packs requiring significant space, volume, and weight. In 2016, pack materials accounted for nearly 24% of the overall costs of a lithium-ion battery as shared at last year's Battery Show Europe. The new GORE Automotive Vent will enable the next generation of battery packs to be reduced in volume, weight, and cost.
The GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent for Battery Packs integrates three of the most important protection functions into one product. First, this new vent has a flexible membrane that supports a very low opening pressure and has an over-pressure bypass function that remains reversible. This ensures prompt relief of pressure differentials in normal and severe operating conditions, which can deform lightweight housings and cause even rugged seals to fail, providing a second benefit of managing over-pressures that are associated with thermal runaway of a single cell or module. Finally, the new GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent for Battery Packs upholds Gore's reputation as a leader in reliability and durability by facilitating pressure equalisation and delivering critical protection against the intrusion of water, dirt, and dust.
Other protective solutions are partially designed to burst once they have reached the specified over-pressure. The result of this one-time pressure relief event is an open hole in the battery pack, which could allow moisture or other debris to enter, and potentially lead to electrical issues that could result in battery failure and thermal propagation. By combining innovative technology with a waterproof design, this new GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent technology enables the design of lighter, leaner battery packs without sacrificing protection against harsh environmental conditions.
"We continue to hear that designing the optimal pack with the right weight and cost profile is an ongoing challenge for battery pack designers," said Dr. Peter Hils, Product Manager at W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH. "The GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent is an exciting development for battery pack designers, who will now be able to design more reliable battery packs with thinner, lighter, and potentially lower cost materials – positively impacting the future of mobility for a world that will be hopefully cleaner, safer, and smarter."
OpenLab aims to increase and consolidate the partners’ expertise in energy conversion, propulsion system efficiency and electrified powertrain optimisation. This ambitious research policy makes it possible to identify disruptive innovations, train talented individuals and sign international scientific partnerships.
Over the eight years that it has existed, OpenLab Energetics has overseen a shared scientific programme totalling €4 million ($4.48 million), 10 PhD students, 5 hires by Groupe PSA, 80 scientific articles and patents and 5 funded projects (ANR, Labex Caprysses).
The Expl’O Energetics platform, inaugurated on 6 May 2019, is dedicated to the experimental study of sustainable mobility solutions and the energies of tomorrow. Located at OpenLab Energetics with a budget of €2 million ($2.24 million) over four years, this tool brings together high-performance testing methods, pools leading expertise and builds synergy between the industrial and academic worlds.
Speaking at the inauguration, Ary Bruand, President of the University of Orléans, said: “The energy sector, and particularly environmental questions such as how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the University of Orléans’ major research focuses. Our research strategy is underpinned by a commitment to connecting the most fundamental questions with the most applied ones, as well as developing industrial partnerships. The long‑term partnership with Groupe PSA through OpenLab Energetics will now be considerably stronger, thanks to the shared platform we are inaugurating today.”
At the same event, Eric Lalliard, Groupe PSA’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “Groupe PSA’s strategy has long been founded on close contact between the academic and industrial worlds. Extending our scientific partnership through this experimental platform must allow us to identify the best responses to the challenge of climate change we are facing, through a comprehensive lifecycle assessment of powertrains and the associated energy sectors.”
The OpenLab Energetics renewal strengthens Groupe PSA’s worldwide OpenLab network, which comprises twelve centres in France (one dedicated to artificial intelligence), four in China, one in Brazil and one in Morocco. As research facilities, OpenLabs pool teams and experimental resources from Groupe PSA and partner laboratories to prepare for the future.
Other partnerships, for example with École Centrale de Nantes in 2018, round out the network by helping to improve the applied solutions under development.
Thanks to Co-Creation, a feature developed by Gravity Sketch in collaboration with Ford, designers across the globe can create, collaborate and evaluate vehicle designs with one another in real time without leaving their physical workspace.
Ford is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch – a 3D virtual reality tool that enables designers to create more human-centric vehicle design. Designers trade in their sketchpads for a headset and controllers to become immersed in virtual reality, imitating gestural interactions through motion tracking that replicates sketching with pen and paper. Designers can draw, rotate, expand and compress a 3D sketch. The Co-Creation feature allows multiple designers to engage in content creation, while making these real-time adjustments.
Consumer purchasing trends differ in each global region, meaning an attractive design in one region may not be as appealing in another. Co-Creation gives designers from different regions the opportunity to come together in one space and review a 3D sketch to make important decisions earlier in the design process.
”The Co-Creation feature adds more voices to the conversation in a virtual environment, which results in more efficient design work that may help accelerate a vehicle program’s development,” said Ford Design Manager Michael Smith.
Gravity Sketch allows designers to speed the process from weeks to hours, skipping the 2D stage and working with a 3D model from the beginning. Through Co-Creation, a designer can transfer to another designer’s point of view within virtual reality to see from his or her perspective. This is especially helpful when training other designers in Gravity Sketch.
Across five global Ford design studios, dozens of interior and exterior designers are now experimenting with Gravity Sketch for workflow feasibility and its capability for real-time co-creation and collaboration. Shifting to a model that designs and evaluates in virtual reality could revolutionise the entire process by drastically reducing development time and allowing for more 3D representations in the evaluation stage.
“Our collaboration with Ford designers has enabled us to get immersed in their creative process and discover ways to help fine-tune this application to better suit their needs so they can build the best possible vehicles for their customers,” said Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Gravity Sketch CEO & Co-founder.