The glass-blowers: shaping modern central console designs for driver usability
With the trend for central console designs to be larger, more curved and more freeform, OEMs have begun to pay more attention to Tier 2 providers and their abilities to mold new, sleek surfaces to match car makers’ imaginations. Ultimately, these consoles are positioned in the face of the final customer, and as a result, the materials needed to make these designs are revealing themselves to be increasingly crucial.
Dr Matthias Schiller, chief technology officer and director for product and process development at glass specialist FLABEG Group, says, “With the availability of touchscreens, design trends have moved toward uniform surfaces without visible control elements.
AutoCrypt gains ASPICE certification for in-vehicle software security
Automotive cybersecurity company AutoCrypt has achieved certification for Automotive Software Process Improvement & Capability Determination (ASPICE) Capability Level (CL) 2.
ASPICE is an assessment scale that evaluates an automotive supplier’s software development and management procedures. It is a de facto standard for continuous improvements in the software supply chain, confirming that all components are planned, performed and managed systematically.
AutoCrypt (which is claimed to be one of the first cybersecurity providers to gain this certification) was awarded the ASPICE CL2 certification for its AutoCrypt IVS-TEE software security platform, a trusted execution environment (TEE) built into application processors.
OpenSynergy enables cloud-to-vehicle edge parity through VIRTIO
An automotive virtual platform called COQOS Hypervisor SDK from OpenSynergy now enables the seamless deployment of complex software systems including several virtual machines running different operating systems in the cloud to the automotive edge.
Due to a wide range of devices based on the open standard VIRTIO included on the virtual platform, it is possible to run software developed in the cloud on the automotive edge without modification.
Normally, OEMs and their suppliers have developed software on automotive-specific and difficult-to-source compute hardware in early development stages and then migrated to expensive prototype vehicles as start of production approached.
Nissan unveils physical Max-Out concept car with morphing interior
Ahead of its Nissan Futures event, which will show how the auto maker aims to shape the future of sustainable mobility and innovative design, the company has revealed a physical version of the Max-Out, a concept car that previously had only been a render.
First revealed in virtual form back in November 2021, the Nissan Max-Out is an electric convertible concept that aims to provide users with a new driving experience due to its superlative stability and comfort. According to Nissan, the vehicle benefits from dynamic cornering and steering response with a limited amount of body roll for optimized driver and passenger comfort.
Updated cabin components for latest Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupé
For the 2023 GLE and GLE Coupé models, Mercedes-Benz has installed a wide range of updated standard componentry and expanded its options package to provide an increased level of individuality for customers.
New for these models, Mercedes-Benz has fitted the vehicles with its latest-generation steering wheel. It features touch sensor surfaces on the horizontal spokes, which can be used by the driver to operate both the steering wheel display and also the central display.
Customers can choose from a range of different interior color combinations, with catalana beige/black now added to the options for the GLE SUV and bahia brown/black for both models.
Creating more secure and safer code in modern vehicle design
While the increasing dependency on software in modern vehicle design is a gateway to incredible innovation, it also brings risks, particularly as vehicles become more connected with traffic infrastructure and other systems. Therefore, more rigor is needed around creating secure and high-quality code, because most software vulnerabilities stem from the development stage, which an attacker could exploit at a future time.
For instance, a vulnerability could enable the attacker to control steering, disable brakes or access personal information on other connected devices through the vehicle’s operating systems. Examples of vulnerabilities include memory buffer problems, which can lead to the software being read from or written to locations outside the boundaries of the memory buffer, and code injections, which affect the interpreted environment and most typically impact infotainment and other in-vehicle systems.
Serial production vehicle headliner manufactured using organic waste
As part of its commitment to making mobility more sustainable, Grupo Antolin has unveiled a car headliner made from a substrate that includes a polyurethane foam obtained from mass-balance certified renewable feedstocks such as vegetal and crop residues.
To further protect natural resources and reduce the sector’s dependence on fossil-based materials, Grupo Antolin has chosen to laminate the headliner using a textile made from recycled polyester fibers. The new headliner, which benefits from the same properties as a conventional headliner, has already been manufactured in serial production for a new vehicle model. Grupo Antolin worked with a multitude of suppliers to hone the manufacturing process.
NIRA Dynamics and Zeekr collaborate on next-gen ADAS
A strategic collaboration between NIRA Dynamics and Zeekr has been announced that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of next-generation ADAS solutions.
NIRA Dynamics and Zeekr have since last year been working on the development and marketing of ADAS solutions that will help increase vehicle safety. Their partnership is based on NIRA Dynamics’ wheel detection algorithm and the pair’s strong, mutual ambition to contribute towards a future with no road accidents.
At present, NIRA is developing a new and complete wheel safety product – to provide OEMs and their customers with a complete monitoring tool for additional vehicle safety.