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Monday, 25 October, 2010 4:28 PM

New in-car gadgets debut at 2010 SAE Convergence in Detroit

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The National Instruments booth at SAE Convergence in Detroit on Oct. 20, 2010.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

DETROIT -- Call it Detroit's version of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association show) or the CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The 2010 SAE Convergence was held on October 19 and 20 at Detroit's Cobo Center. The biannual event included technical sessions, panel discussions, exhibitors, a career fair, a ride-and-drive and keynote speakers. The SAE Convergence offers a preview of technologies that will be offered in the vehicles of tomorrow.

Most of the new in-car gadgets deal with safety or convenience of driving a vehicle. Other new technologies were involved with the customization of an automobile. The new gadgets that were shown will not be sold directly to the consumer -- rather, these items were displayed for the automakers or the OEMs to purchase and have them available to consumers factory-installed.

This year's keynote speakers included Derrick Kuzak (Group Vice President of Global Product Development at Ford Motor Company), Mark Johnson (Chairman and Co-Founder of Innosight) and Kevin Dallas (General Manager of Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft Corporation).

QNX Software Systems Inc. has revealed a new multimedia head unit and a digital instrument cluster to demonstrate automotive connectivity. Passengers or drivers -- while they are stopped -- can go online, watch YouTube videos or update their Facebook status with the new head unit.

"We've got two systems -- one is a digital re configurable instrument cluster and the other is an infotainment system," said Andrew Poliak, the director of business development at QNX Software Systems Inc. "It is a re configurable cluster that can switch between tachometer and other useful information that would be contextual based. If you put the vehicle in reverse, you would get a back-up camera. If you are going through a specific route guidance or maneuver, it could switch to a map temporarily to show you which way to go."

Poliak added: "It's also connected to the infotainment system so as you get album art for the music you are playing or you may viewing things like weather information or things, it can also communicate that to the driver's vision. The second system is an infotainment system that we've mocked up. It consists of different apps, internet, car-specific apps, games, communication, multimedia, navigation. Many of these things you would not implement into an actual head unit for the driver would have access to because for distraction purposes. We're just demonstrating capability, not the final system."

KPIT Cummins has revealed a new driver drowsiness detection system, a smart windshield wiper solution, a power sun shade and software for infotainment to be used on a head unit or another portable device.

"We have things that help our customers, which are the suppliers as well as the OEMs, to develop software to modeling, etc.," said Anup Sable, senior vice president of automotive and engineering at KPIT Cummins. "There's a camera that detects if the driver is either distracted. If you're moving the head alongside or looking at something else, the camera would detect that and alert the driver. The drowsiness part is if you're driving and closing your eyes, trying to doze off. The system would alert you, tell the driver that you're dozing off."

Sable added: "KPIT ended up taking an electronic control unit and then reducing the cost of it. Basically, redesigned it and implemented the software in it to reduce the cost. In body electronics area, there is going to be a good amount of emphasis in reducing the cost. Both for the wiper model as well as the sunroof model. There is an electronic control unit that is making it operate. KPIT has gone into the whole reverse engineering or reengineering of that component to reduce the cost."

Atmel has revealed a new touch-screen head unit for navigation, climate control and infotainment, a touch pad for computers and a wireless car access/security system key fob.

"Today, you see a technology demo of a center stack application of how a car of the future may look like," said Atmel's Senior Marketing Manager Stephan Thalen. "This comprises of a touch screen and a proximity detection feature in it. Assuming your driving the car, the center stack is blacked out, all of a sudden, you feel not comfortable, like to change the setting of your climate control. You approach the center stack, it detects your approaching hand, lights up the screen. You then can change the settings of the climate control. You can check where I am on the road, go into the navigation systems."

Atmel's Senior Application Engineer Toby Prescott said: "What we've implemented is the main body module, this is the micro controller that controls all of the car access systems. We've built these systems around it to do these different types of subsystems. The first one is the typical car access that you're used to. This is where you have a key fob and you pull it out and press a button to open and close your doors, lock and unlock your vehicle. The next part is the vehicle mobilizer. This protects the starting of the vehicle. Even if the battery in your key fob dies, you can still start the vehicle. The next system is what's called a passive entry system. This is the high-end system where you keep your key fob in your pocket. You don't have to pull it out and press a button. You simply just walk up, get in and start the vehicle."

Ford Motor Co. offered free test drives of many of its vehicles including the Edge, all-new Fiesta, Lincoln MKZ hybrid, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKT and the Lincoln MKS.

The SAE Career Fair featured booths from Aerotek, Chrysler Group LLC, Navistar, Nexteer Automotive, Ricardo Inc. and Talascend, LLC. Those companies were set up in the lobby of Cobo Center on October 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will return to Detroit's Cobo Center for the annual SAE World Congress, which is scheduled for April 12 - 14, 2011.

For more information on the SAE Convergence, visit www.sae.org/events/convergence.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Exhibitors at the 2010 SAE Convergence at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

KPIT exhibit at the 2010 SAE Convergence

 

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New auto racing video game

 

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Two workers from Abatek pose for a picture at the 2010 SAE Convergence.

 

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Pioneer has introduced a new software called PAIS for navigation systems and other mobile devices.

 

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