Bugatti details interior challenges of the Centodieci
Bugatti has outlined the work that has gone into creating the interior of its latest Centodieci model, inspired by the company’s EB 110 Super Sport of the 1990s.
For example, the designers and engineers created the door panels, instrument panels and center tunnel in the style of the 1990s super sports car. “With the elegant, quilted pattern and perforations, we oriented ourselves toward the Centodieci’s historical predecessor, the Bugatti EB 110 in its Super Sport design. In this way, we are bringing the styling of the top model in the EB 110 series into the 21st century and are reinterpreting it with high-quality leather, carbon and aluminum, as well as modern design,” explained Jörg Grumer, head of color and trim at Bugatti Design.
Partnership brings input from the world’s greatest tenor to Fiat New 500 sound system
Harman, via its JBL brand, has announced that the Fiat New 500 ‘La Prima by Bocelli’ will come equipped with a premium sound system engineered and designed by JBL in partnership with internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli. The New 500 La Prima will also become the first city car to be equipped with JBL’s ‘Virtual Venues’ technology.
“When Fiat and JBL come together in the New 500 ‘La Prima by Bocelli’, the result is a fusion of great design, exhilarating sound and impeccable quality. And that is exactly what this car is — a legendary Italian icon of style with a revolutionary sound system mastered by Andrea Bocelli,” said Christian Sobottka, president of Harman Automotive.
McLaren signs long-term deal with B&W for in-car audio
McLaren Automotive and audio brand Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) have announced a long-term multi-year partnership in which the latter will become McLaren’s Official Audio Partner. B&W has been responsible for the development of the high-performance audio systems found in the marque’s supercars and hypercars since 2015.
The partnership is built on firm technical foundations, with B&W working closely with McLaren’s design and engineering teams to create and optimize the audio system found in the company’s supercars.
Since the brands started working together, notable audio integration achievements have included the use of B&W’s trademark yellow Aramid fiber cones, Rohacell subwoofers, diamond dome tweeters, dual opposed subwoofers and, recently, the proprietary Continuum cone.
Automated measurements in the lighting laboratory
In the production of automotive displays, automated lighting measurements are standard. During development, however, a wide variety of measurements must be performed, usually in greater detail than in series production. The interaction of display control, measurement equipment and evaluation of the measured values is often time consuming and error prone. Fully or partially automated measurement, including evaluation and assessment of the measurement results, can significantly simplify the developer’s work here.
Both in the automotive sector and in other industries, it is important for displays to comply with the required technical lighting requirements. For this purpose, there are specifications that stipulate the required brightness, contrast and color values.
Magna gives Toyota Tundra drivers 360° vision on- and off-road
Toyota’s 2022 Tundra will use Tier 1 supplier Magna’s advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), including its next-generation cameras and electronic control units, which enable the vehicle’s 3D and surround-view systems.
The vehicle is fitted with Magna’s complete surround-view system, including five cameras and an electronic control unit to provide a high-resolution view around the vehicle, assisting the driver in various situations. Data from the cameras is fused and the system can render a seamlessly stitched, ‘fly-around’ 3D image of the vehicle and its environment upon startup. This feature gives the driver a holistic view of the surroundings and greater reassurance when maneuvering the vehicle.
STMicroelectronics launches global-shutter image sensors to improve DMS performance
Semiconductor developer STMicroelectronics has released details of its latest global-shutter image sensors for driver monitoring systems (DMSs).
DMSs continually watch a driver’s head movements to recognize signs of drowsiness and distraction, enabling systems in the vehicle to generate warnings that can preserve the safety of occupants. Traffic agencies estimate that about 95% of road-traffic accidents result from human error, many of which could be avoided using systems such as DMSs.
“Drivers may not realize that they are unsafe to drive due to tiredness or distraction. DMS removes uncertainty by detecting the problem automatically, which protects all occupants as well as others traveling on the road,” said Eric Aussedat, EVP and Imaging Sub-Group GM at STMicroelectronics.
Basemark unveils development tools for augmented reality cockpits
Automotive software developer Basemark has launched its Rocksolid AR SDK, a full suite of software development tools and runtime systems for the development of automotive in-cockpit AR applications. The company states that the tools will enable customers to develop and deploy AR solutions easier, faster and more efficiently.
New safety standards and increasing customer demand for driving comfort are propelling automotive makers to develop and deploy new safety and comfort features. Augmented reality holds immense possibilities to improve comfort, safety and the driving experience. For example, AR applications can increase the accuracy and safety of navigation and enhance vehicle safety and ADAS features, such as lane departure warnings.
Mercedes-Benz adopts dedicated automotive app store for MBUX
Faurecia, a Forvia Group company, has signed a long-term partnership with Mercedes-Benz Group to integrate its apps platform, developed in partnership with specialist Aptoide, into the German marque’s MBUX multimedia system.
Dr Ralf Drauz, MD of Faurecia Electronics in Germany, said, “With the Faurecia Aptoide Automotive App Store, we provide the best market-relevant content in the most standardized and efficient way to OEMs. Already today we are the largest automotive app distributor and are supporting the automotive industry by continually growing our ecosystem. We are excited to provide our apps solution to another great German brand.”
From 2023, the company will provide a customized app portfolio refreshed multiple times per year to enhance Mercedes user experience.