|Autonomous driving is the next technology step; it requires sophisticated driver assistance systems and car-to-car connectivity (Photo: Continental)|
[2015-05-19] Continental, one of the market-leading German automotive suppliers, is going to buy Elektrobit (Finland), an automotive software provider. This will extend the 11 000-staff software team by additional 1900 programmers. In June, at Elektrobit’s general assembly, the acquisition will have to be accepted. Of course, the cartel authorities have to confirm it, too.
German suppliers are preparing for the next technology 'battle'. In the last week, ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany) has finalized the acquisition of TRW Automotive (USA), and Bosch (Germany) has also restructured some divisions. The Tier 1 suppliers are facing technology challenges regarding autonomous driving, the next big step in the road vehicle business. Software and network technologies including CAN FD will play an important role.
[2015-05-21] Kontron (Germany) has announced its Trace HMID104-CK, an EN50155-certified fan-less operational panel PC display. Specifically designed for transportation systems, the touch-screen HMI offers a flexible building block platform.