• Canadian Automotive Industry Under the Influence of Covid-19

    Canadian Automotive Industry Under the Influence of Covid-19

    Since 2010, Canada's annual automotive production has been maintained at more than 2 million units, accounting for about 17.0% of the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). In the following five years (from 2011 to 2016), NAFTA's overall automotive production increased year by year, while Canada's share gradually declined. Only 1.92 million units will be produced in 2019, accounting for only 11.4% of NAFTA, which shows the Canadian vehicle production has been transferred to the United States and Mexico.  Start in the second quarter of 2020, the outbreak of Covid-19 affects the automotive industry. Auto production capacity is estimated to decrease by 20%. The output of Canada is estimated to be about 1.53 million units, and that of NAFTA is estimated to be 13.5 million units. Canada's automotive industry is facing transformation. In addition to reducing vehicle production lines and human resources, traditional car manufacturers also use the advantages of artificial intelligence and networking related units in the Great Lakes Region for research intensive research, and set up R & D centers.   Moreover, the top three suppliers of Tier 1 in Canada in 2019 are Megna, Linamar and Martinrea, which used to supply North American car factories. In recent years, they have actively expanded other regions, including Europe and Asia, to reduce their dependence on the North American market.
  • Honda to Stop Selling Gasoline-Only-Powered Cars in Europe by 2022

    Honda to Stop Selling Gasoline-Only-Powered Cars in Europe by 2022

    By adding new electrified vehicles to their model lineups or investing more in electrified powertrains, automakers are having to make large changes as more countries introduce stricter emissions regulations. For example, Britain recently announced a ban on the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles beginning in 2030, causing some automakers to scramble. As a response, Japan's Honda Motor Co., as Autocar reports, will stop selling vehicles that only run on gasoline or diesel within the next few years. Only Electrified Vehicles By 2022 As the outlet reports, Honda is looking to phase out pure internal combustion engines from its European lineup before the end of 2022. Ian Howells, the automaker's senior vice president, confirmed the news. "It [Honda's line-up] will be a combination of full electric and hybrid," said Howells. "Obviously, if the legislation starts to move as we approach 2035, or transitions away from hybrid as well, then we'll move our technology away from that." Take a look at Honda's current electrified lineup and the automaker looks like it's on the back foot. The brand only has one electric vehicle with the e and doesn't have any full electric offerings in the U.S. In fact, Honda's been one of the few automakers to really fall behind the competition when it comes to electrified vehicles. Toyota, Hyundai, Volkswagen, General Motors, Kia, and Ford all have plans that involve a variety of electrified vehicles. That isn't the case with Honda, which still seems to be waiting to see if electrification is the way forward. Since Honda can't wait much longer, the automaker will reportedly take a few pathways to reduce its carbon footprint in the UK. Instead of just looking into electric vehicles, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids, Honda believes there are other uses for different tech. "There's a role to play for e-fuels, for biomass, for hydrogen, to some degree for conventional fuels, and also batteries," said Howells. ——
  • CES 2021 Innovation Awards Winner - FIC Design Engineer

    CES 2021 Innovation Awards Winner - FIC Design Engineer

    It's excited to announce FIC has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for AR HUD. In terms of innovative design, engineering characteristics and application features of augmented reality head-up display with AR HUD in Vehicle Intelligence and Traffic category, the project has been highly recognized by the judges. FIC AR HUD uses LBS (Laser Beam Scanning) technology projection and uses Laser as its light source. The light source high contrast makes the image visible under natural light. In addition to the common navigation functions in HUD, the addition of ADAS, Driver Monitoring System, Driver Behavior System, etc., FIC is constantly adding service mode in AR HUD to enhance driving experience. Moreover, the AR HUD solutions provided by FIC can be applied not only in automobiles, but also in commercial vehicles. With more than 40 years of R & D and design, engineering and manufacturing experience. FIC engineering computing technology ranks the leading position in the world. In recent years, it has developed automotive electronic product design and won numerous awards in AR HUD, digital cluster, ADAS system design and development. Thanks for the support and encouragement of our partners, FIC will continue to improve our team’s capabilities and provide more quality services. Due to the impact of Covid-19, CES will be Online-Digital exhibition from January 11 to 14, 2021. The products of innovation award winners will be released at the same time. The winning technologies of FIC will be presented together. Welcome to participate in this grand event. Innovation Awards page: #CES2021 #CESREADY #FIC #AR #augmentedreality
  • Apple developing LiDAR mapping tech & touch sensitive contextual dashboard for Apple Car

    Apple developing LiDAR mapping tech & touch sensitive contextual dashboard for Apple Car

    Apple is continuing its development of technology that could end up in a potential Apple Car, including LiDAR barrier detection systems and touch-sensitive dashboards. The company's "Project Titan" initiative has long been a poorly kept secret, and is thought to be involved in designing systems and services for self-driving vehicles. Though concrete details are still scarce, it's clear that Apple is still developing vehicular technologies. LiDAR barrier detection systems and touch-sensitive dashboards. The company's "Project Titan" initiative has long been a poorly kept secret, and is thought to be involved in designing systems and services for self-driving vehicles. Though concrete details are still scarce, it's clear that Apple is still developing vehicular technologies. On Tuesday, for example, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for a barrier detection system that could be critical for autonomous vehicles. The patent, titled "Barrier detection," details a system that can use LIDAR to detect obstacles in a path. "For example, lidar data may be used by an automated vehicle controller to detect objects in the environment of the vehicle and this information can be used for navigation and/or motion planning in a dynamic environment," the patent reads. The system could take that LIDAR data and apply it to a bird's-eye view map of an environment. From there, a machine learning could apply different classes to objects in the map based on their characteristics. "This object classification data can be used as a mask for down-stream object trackers and/or map localizers. Analysis of these birds-eye-view maps may enable improvements in accuracy and efficiency of object recognition and tracking, which may in turn improve performance of automated vehicle control systems," the patent contends. The patent's inventors are listed as Tarin Ziyaee and Tarek El-Gaaly. Of the two, Ziyaee has been previously credited as an inventor of an Apple patent related to depth perception for computer vision. Apple was also granted a patent for a specific type of light guide display technology that could be useful in a vehicular environment. The patent, "Light-based devices with light guide arrays," describes a light-based device that could display images or other light output to a user. Beyond that, it could also gather user input through touch. "A light-based device may be used in an electrical system to provide images and other light-based output to a user. If desired, the light-based device may include a sensor for gathering user input. For example, a capacitive touch sensor that overlaps the surface of a light-based device may be used to gather touch input from a user," the second patent reads. Apple notes that the light guide array for the device could be formed from a bundle of fibers, including plastic or other trasparent ones that are surrounded by a low index cladding material. Interestingly, the patent specifically notes that it's aimed at i...
  • Overview of Canadian Automotive Industry

    Overview of Canadian Automotive Industry

    The automotive industry is a key industry in Canada. In 2019, the export of automotive related products amounted to CAD $78.4 billion (about US $60 billion), accounting for 13.2% of Canada's total export volume. The Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, is close to Detroit in the United States. Because of lower energy and operating costs than the United States, and Canada is rich in mineral resources, it attracted five major foreign automotive manufacturers and component manufacturers to settle in, and local auto parts suppliers also flourished. In addition, British Columbia and Quebec, driven by government policies, have formed new settlements for hydrogen energy and electric vehicles. According to Statistics Canada, in 2010, Canada's automotive industry contributed about $13.4 billion to its GDP. The automotive OEM industry accounted for 46.4% of the total, 48.2% of the auto parts and components, and 5.4% of the body. The contribution of the automotive industry to GDP has increased year by year, reaching $16.6 billion (about US $13 billion) in 2019, of which nearly $8.9 billion of auto parts and components, accounting for 53.5%. However, the proportion of GDP of the vehicle OEM industry is decreasing year by year, from 46.4% in 2010 to 39.2% in 2019. Canada's automotive industry has transformed from vehicle OEM to technology R & D, and in 2017, it promoted the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN). In addition, the Great Lakes Region of Ontario is densely populated with artificial intelligence (AI) and networking related academic research units. General Motors, Ford and other car manufacturers have transformed vehicle bases into R & D centers, and developed self-driving automotive companies such as Uber, Google and Apple to set up Internet of vehicles laboratories, forming a science and technology research and development corridor.
  • U.S. Groups release outline for autonomous vehicle legislation

    U.S. Groups release outline for autonomous vehicle legislation

    Groups advocating for shopper and vehicle security on Monday launched an outline for autonomous vehicle legislation that prioritizes security, fairness, accessibility and sustainability. The numerous coalition consists of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Center for Disability Rights, Transportation for America, Consumer Reports and different stakeholders which can be urging federal lawmakers to make use of the framework as a information to make sure public security. In the outline for AV legislation, the coalition highlights a set of tenets for lawmakers to make use of as a “GPS,” or a method to “guarantee public safety,” in response to the doc. The tenets embrace: Requiring all ranges of automated autos to be “subject to comprehensive and strong federal standards” that handle recognized and foreseeable issues of safety. Making positive security and efficiency knowledge is made accessible to key stakeholders. Guaranteeing accessibility for all, particularly older adults and people with disabilities. Preserving shopper and employee rights. Ensuring native management by enabling the federal authorities to manage the efficiency of those autos however leaving regulation of their operation to the states. Directing the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a complete examine on how AVs will affect transportation programs and the setting. The tenets additionally direct the Transportation Department to make use of its authority to situation motor vehicle security requirements for all ranges of automated autos as a substitute of pursuing a voluntary or hands-off method. Other actions by the Transportation Department and NHTSA, in response to the tenets, ought to embrace issuing a federal security normal requiring all autos to be geared up with expertise that captures all obligatory knowledge on the efficiency of AVs on the highway in addition to requiring producers to supply knowledge on the protection and efficiency of check autos and programs, together with safety-critical occasions comparable to crashes. House lawmakers have said they’re set on prioritizing an AV invoice early within the 117th Congress after earlier makes an attempt at passing legislation stalled within the Senate. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a consortium of shopper, medical, public well being and security teams in addition to insurance coverage firms, has lengthy insisted “commonsense safeguards” have to be a part of any AV legislation thought-about by Congress. “Requiring that AVs meet minimum standards and that operations are subject to adequate oversight throughout development and deployment will save lives as well as costs for both the consumer and the manufacturer,” the group mentioned within the outline for AV legislation. “Moreover, on the path to AVs, proven solutions are currently available that can prevent or mitigate the exorbitant death and injury toll now while laying the foundation for AVs in the future.” ——
  • Is Self-driving Car Really Safe

    Is Self-driving Car Really Safe

    In the past five years, autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) have been booming in various countries. In addition to the investment of resources and technology by car manufacturers, the government also cooperates in the development. But is it really safe? According to the American SAE International ‘’Levels of Driving Automation’’ Standard for Self-Driving, the most common Tesla is classified into Level 3, which means that the vehicle can complete most of the driving operations, but the driver still needs to keep his attention and take over at any time in case of emergency. In order to achieve full driving of the vehicle and be able to cope with various road conditions, it can only be achieved at Level 5. There are still many problems to be solved before the autonomous cars go on the road. During the test, the car accidents are frequently spread, and the safety is questioned, that makes the public trust in self-driving reduced. In terms of safety performance, self-driving cars have a complete automation system, which can detect the driving environment through various sensors and the existing ADAS system design, and cooperate with 5G Internet of vehicles (IoV) technology, so that the vehicle can drive completely without control. At present, Taiwan mainly focuses on developing Autonomous bus, driving at bus lanes to reduce the rush with ordinary cars, and test the performance safety at night, so as to make up for the gap of public transport at night and serve as a tourist connection in the future. Although the technology of autonomous car is not mature yet, with the rapid progress of science and technology, enterprises and the government cooperate with each other to promote self driving safety on the road. In the future, the vehicle system and relevant laws and regulations would be more perfect, and the traffic safety would be higher.
  • What the In-Vehicle Infotainment provides?

    What the In-Vehicle Infotainment provides?

    In-Vehicle Infotainment system (IVI system) is not only used as vehicle entertainment media, but also becomes the control center of intelligent automobile active and passive safety functions under the development of automobile intelligence, and provide various wireless and wired transmission schemes to realize the combination of vehicle external network resources. FIC In-Vehicle infotainment system mainly provides navigation system, music and video streaming playback, entertainment system (such as games, TV), and call functions. It is also the human-machine interaction (HMI) center of vehicle electronic system. In recent years, LCD touch screen has been used to replace the previous button type, focusing on the interactive experience of the human-computer interface. Design considerations from the perspective of user experience, to provide rich image effects. In addition to the high stability and durability of the vehicle electronics, the demand for external multimedia entertainment, Internet resource connection and intelligent interactive resources is also gradually increasing. It is supported by a number of communication technologies, including mobile network (LTE-A / LTE / UMTS / GSM), Bluetooth, WLAN, digital / audio broadcasting and voice control. It is more complex in communication technology integration. The interconnection and communication between network and electronic system devices, the compatibility of software and hardware need to be verified for many times, and the designer must have years of experience and technology integration ability. FIC provides customized design capability of user interface and QNX software system integration for automotive suppliers, and creates high-quality infotainment system for automobiles.
  • The Brain of Vehicle - ECU Gateway

    The Brain of Vehicle - ECU Gateway

    The operation of the vehicle needs to be completed through the cooperation of many computer modules. There are many systems operating in the vehicle. Besides the modules in the system operate by themselves, they also need to cooperate with other system modules. ECU (Electronic Control Unit) is the controller of the system and also coordinates the information transmission among the system modules. The ECU, like a computer, plays the core role in every automotive electronic system and controls lots of systems in the car. The internal components are composed of microprocessor (MCU), memory (ROM, RAM), I/O interface (I/O), analog-to-digital converter (A/D), shaping, driving and other large-scale integrated circuits. FIC ECU gateway collects the working signal of the automobile system through the sensor, and then transmits it back to the transmission line. The ECU judges, analyzes and calculates, and sends relevant instructions to the system to perform the corresponding work. In addition, each ECU has the function of message transmission to exchange information in the vehicle network system. In the event of a vehicle system failure, the ECU will record the fault information and send a reminder to the instrument panel, and sends analysis information to the actuator to maintain the vehicle operation. In addition, with the development of the automobile towards intelligence and network-connected, the embedded software will become more and more sophisticated and complex due to the fact that there are nearly hundred of ECUs operating in modern automobiles. OTA (Over-the-Air Technology) updates the software of the system through ECU, which makes the ECU integration function more important.
  • UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030

    UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030

    Boris Johnson due to outline move to bolster electric vehicle market LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce this week a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040, as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in February Johnson brought this forward to 2035. Citing unidentified industry and government figures, the FT said Johnson now intended to move the date forward again to 2030 in a speech on environmental policy he is expected to give this week. The BBC reported a similar plan earlier on Saturday, without giving any sources. A Downing Street spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports or the content of Johnson's upcoming speech. The FT said the new timetable was not expected to apply to some hybrid cars which use a mixture of electric and fossil fuel propulsion and could still be sold until 2035. An end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would mark a huge shift in Britain's automotive market. Industry figures show that petrol and diesel powered cars accounted for 90% of new car sales so far this year, while just 1.4% of sales were for pure electric vehicles, which are typically more expensive. Hybrid vehicles of various types made up the remaining sales. ——
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