|• HMI on the Front Burner
Carmakers are challenged to develop a human machine interface that not only helps differentiate their brand from the competition, but also provides a safe interface to a growing number of embedded and portable electronics. The proposed XML standard for specifying HMI requirements has not been widely adopted.
• Power Line Communications Market Remains Modest
Sending data over a vehicle's power lines could someday provide system cost benefits but so far, no high volume applications have emerged. Yamar, Valeo, Yazaki, Delphi Packard and Freightliner weigh in.
• Valeo, The Company Profile
Valeo will continue its strategy of targeted acquisitions, but will likely consider only smaller companies with complementary technologies. New products with high growth potential include starter alternators, dual-clutch assemblies, engine cooling and driver assistance products.
• FlexRay Moving SlowlyToward Volume Production
Top engineers from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen and Nissan brought us up to date on their plans for bringing FlexRay to production vehicles. Japanese carmakers will likely deploy FlexRay at a lower bit rate than the Germans.
• Vehicle Maker and Supplier Ten-Year Grrowth Rates
Suzuki, Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, PSA and Toyota have grown at a higher annual rate than other carmakers over the last decade.