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Sophia Velastegui joins Aptiv as chief product officer


Sophia Velastegui joins Aptiv as chief product officer

Aptiv, a global technology company focusing on creating a sustainable future of mobility, has announced that Sophia Velastegui will be joining the company as its chief product officer. Velastegui will leverage her expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), software architecture and product development for technology leaders such as Microsoft, Google and Apple to expand and commercialize Aptiv’s brain and nervous systems portfolio – accelerating growth opportunities for Aptiv with an industry-first, complex automotive software system that minimizes cost and maximizes flexibility.

“The early moves Aptiv made to align our portfolio to the safe, green, connected megatrends taking place today has put us in a position of strength,” said Aptiv president and chief executive officer Kevin Clark.

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Varjo brings human-eye resolution VR/XR cloud streaming capability to its reality cloud platform


Varjo brings human-eye resolution VR/XR cloud streaming capability to its reality cloud platform

Varjo, a provider of professional-grade VR/XR hardware and software, has announced the addition of cloud streaming to its Varjo Reality Cloud platform, marking progress toward the company’s vision of bringing real-life collaboration into the metaverse. With the new service, select early-access users can deploy virtual- and mixed-reality applications and experiences entirely from the cloud for the first time and stream human-eye resolution VR/XR content directly to Varjo headsets. This unlocks new levels of scalability and productivity as professionals look to expand their use of immersive workflows.

“Being able to achieve the same quality experience through Varjo Reality Cloud with less powerful local PCs is a game-changer for companies looking to scale their use of virtual and mixed reality,” said Urho Konttori, founder and CTO of Varjo.

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High-speed automotive connectivity chipsets head out for evaluation


High-speed automotive connectivity chipsets head out for evaluation

Israel-based Valens Semiconductor, a provider of high-speed connectivity solutions for the automotive and audio-video markets, says it is now shipping engineering samples of its VA7000 chipset family to more than 25 automotive customers and partners, including four automotive OEMs and more than 10 Tier 1 prospective customers, for evaluation and integration into their platforms. The Valens VA7000 chipset family is claimed to be the first to integrate the MIPI A-PHY standard for in-vehicle sensor connectivity.

Since the MIPI Alliance released A-PHY for high-speed in-vehicle video connectivity in September 2020, the standard has gained significant momentum within the industry.

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Aimplas adds materials emission testing capabilities


Aimplas adds materials emission testing capabilities

Spanish plastics developer Aimplas says it is now accredited for emissions testing of materials using the 1m3  chamber method, including for emissions from plastic materials used in vehicle interiors.

The emission of compounds in vehicle interiors has a direct effect on occupants’ health and safety, and the automotive industry strictly controls these emissions through highly restrictive standards. Manufacturers must therefore perform a series of tests to ensure that plastic materials in vehicle interiors meet established emission levels.

The laboratories at Aimplas were apparently the first in Spain to obtain ENAC international accreditation for odor emission tests in the interior of vehicles.

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Volkswagen-Brose joint venture for seat production goes live


Volkswagen-Brose joint venture for seat production goes live

A joint venture between automotive supplier Brose and Volkswagen, called Brose Sitech, began operations as an independent supplier of seat systems on January 1, 2022. Brose and Volkswagen each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture, headquartered in Polkowice, Poland.

Thomas Schmall, group board member for engineering at Volkswagen and member of the supervisory board of Brose Sitech, commented, “We had an intensive period of planning and preparation. I am delighted that Brose Sitech is now launching on the market as an independent full-range supplier of seat systems. The merger continues to be supported by Volkswagen and at the same time opens up many new perspectives.

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BMW brings digital art to vehicle interiors


BMW brings digital art to vehicle interiors

Auto maker BMW says it will become the first manufacturer to bring digital art to its vehicle interiors, working in conjunction with Chinese digital artist Cao Fei.

Dubbed Digital Art Mode, Fei’s work is part of BMW’s My Modes concept, which creates a holistic user experience featuring both a functional and an emotional level, that can be created at the touch of a button or via voice control. This is achieved by the synchronization of parameters such as drive and steering control, mood lighting and sound, as well as the color scheme and graphics on the vehicle display.

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Webinar on Unreal Engine for automotive HMI design


Webinar on Unreal Engine for automotive HMI design

Epic is to hold a webinar introducing the use of its Unreal Engine for HMI design, as well as marking the start of its HMI Design Challenge – an open, community-based competition to design an HMI concept using a template introduced in the webinar. The competition will be judged by design leads from some of the world’s key vehicle manufacturers.

Subjects covered will include:
Using Unreal Engine to create effective HMI designs;
Rendering Target Blueprint scripts, setting up virtual 3D screens in a virtual car interior, and exporting designs in a Sequencer video;
Using the HMI Design Template, what its judges will be looking for in the challenge, and how to enter the competition.

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Latest Mercedes EV features LG infotainment technology


Latest Mercedes EV features LG infotainment technology

LG Electronics has announced that is latest premium in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system will be a central feature in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS EV sedan, which features a Pillar to Pillar (P2P) display built into the MBUX Hyperscreen, that stretches across the entire width of the dashboard.

First introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 2021, the MBUX Hyperscreen consists of three screens including LCD display; ICD (Instrument Cluster Display) and two OLED displays; and CID (Central Information Display) and CDD (Co-Driver Display) under a bonded glass cover to give the appearance of a single, continuous display. LG notes that the use of advanced plastic OLED (P-OLED) display technology enables the infotainment system in the vehicle to deliver clear, sharp images and text and slim bezels with no physical knobs, meaning occupants get an intuitive touch interface with refined haptics for a user experience (UX) with a minimal learning curve.

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