Beecham's Tech-Talk

Beecham's Tech-Talk

By: Matthew Beecham

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.


Sounds right – Q&A with Harman Car Audio VP

18 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

A number of automotive trends were evident at last week’s CES, notably how Artificial Intelligence, smart audio and voice control systems are shaping the in-car user experience. To learn more, we caught up with Bill Wyman, VP - Global Marketing – Car Audio, Harman.


CES - Shifting gears from RPM to EPM with Harman

18 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Harman used the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to showcase its expertise and latest innovations in connected car, audio and connected services technologies. The company says it is expanding the traditional measures of MPGs or RPMs to deliver what consumers today demand, namely Experiences Per Mile (EPM). Connected, personalised and adaptable experiences driven by technology, not horsepower, is the main differentiator of new vehicles, says the supplier. It further believes it is "democratising vehicle experiences" through solutions that enable smarter interactions, improve safety and security, and help automakers seamlessly scale offerings across car segments. To find out how, we met with Rashmi Rao, Senior Director Global Engineering, Advanced Product Development, User Experience, Connected Car, Harman.


CES – Harman’s Ignite cloud platform expands ecosystem

18 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

We heard at CES last week how Harman is expanding its Over-the-Air (OTA) offering to allow OEMs to effectively tackle the ever-growing security complexity of their software supply chain’s components. We also learned how its smart, secure technology is advancing personalised mobility that satisfies individual preferences. Continuing just-auto/QUBE series of interviews, we spoke to Oren Betzaleli, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Connected Services, Harman.


CES – Harman on tomorrow’s 5G connectivity opportunities

18 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

As vehicles and infrastructure become more connected, new revenue-generating possibilities for players across the mobility ecosystem are emerging. Following its acquisition by Samsung in late 2017, Harman is well placed to help enterprises make the most of those opportunities. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we met with Gani Nayak, Senior VP Connected Car, Harman.


CES - Luxoft showcases concept for autonomous and shared mobility

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

At this year’s CES, Luxoft, a global IT service provider, together with LG Electronics, Amazon, HERE and The Qt Company unveiled an autonomous mobility concept. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we spoke to Mikael Söderberg, Senior Technical Director, Automotive at Luxoft to learn more.


CES – Visteon’s vision of how the cockpit will evolve in the autonomous era

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Visteon’s cockpit domain controller, known as SmartCore™ aims to improve every aspect of the cockpit experience, including graphic display resolution and security, and provide a compelling value proposition to OEMs. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES this week, we spoke to Robert R. Vallance, Senior Vice President, Customer Groups, Marketing and Communications, Visteon to learn more about SmartCore™ , how its business is shaping up in China and addressing custmer demand for individualisation.


CES – Continental on tomorrow’s mobility solutions

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Continental is using this year’s CES to demonstrate its solutions and key technologies for future cities around the theme "Mobility at your service. Freedom to Live." To learn more, we spoke to Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems & Technology, Chassis & Safety Division, Continental and Dr. Karsten Michels, Head of Systems & Technology, Interior Division, Continental.


CES – Harman ignites next era of car connectivity

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Just over a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have since leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward. They are again using this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to reveal a variety of novel connected car solutions that support their joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving. We are at CES this week where Harman has taken over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and filled its conference rooms with the very latest connected car and autonomous driving solutions. So let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.


CES - AV sensor supplier expands globally, teams with BMW

9 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Innoviz develops and manufactures solid-state LiDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and perception software that enable the mass-production of autonomous vehicles. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews here at CES, we caught up with Omer Keilaf, CEO and Co-Founder, Innoviz Technologies to learn more about its sensor technologies, business with BMW and InnovizOne for which it won a CES 2019 innovation award.


CES – Visteon CTO on the digital, electrified and autonomous cockpit

9 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Visteon has transitioned from a multi-product, Ford spin-off to a focused electronics supplier with a diverse customer base. Since its divestment of non-core businesses and integration of Johnson Controls’ electronics business, the supplier is now singularly focused on cockpit electronics. Its product portfolio includes audio, information displays, instrument clusters, cockpit domain controllers, head-up display, infotainment and telematics. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES this week, we caught up with Markus Schupfner, chief technology officer, Visteon to learn more about its cockpit technology showcase.


CES - Remote assistance for autonomous vehicles

9 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The growing field of teleoperations enables humans in remote locations to take over the controls of an Autonomous Vehicle (AV) when necessary, such as when lane markings are missing or an unexpected detour. Ottopia, an Israeli technology startup focused on remote assistance for self-driving cars, uses a combination of Artificial Intelligence and old-fashioned human intelligence to work together for remote intervention. The company was founded last year by the former head of the AVs and Robotics branch of the Israeli Defense Forces, Leon Altarac, and the former head of Product Management for Microsoft’s cyber-security unit, Amit Rosenzweig. They believe that this combination of AI and human remote drivers is what it will take to solve the "last mile" towards fully autonomous vehicles. To learn more, we spoke to Amit Rosenzweig, CEO and co-founder of Ottopia.


CES – Velodyne CTO on Lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance

8 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Velodyne develops real-time 3D Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) computing and software platforms. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews this week at CES, we spoke to Anand Gopalan, Chief Technology Officer at Velodyne Lidar bout the company’s innovations.


CES - ZF on ProAI, truck platooning and ‘last mile’ deliveries

8 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

At CES this week, ZF is showcasing its sensor portfolio which can more accurately detect vehicle surroundings – both inside and outside of the vehicle – and thereby help to enhance the safety of conventional and automated vehicles. The resulting architecture – including a new, full-range radar, solid-state LiDAR, cameras and acoustic sensors – are combined with supercomputers from the ZF ProAI product family to create a powerful sensor system. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we caught up with Torsten Gollewski, head of ZF Advanced Development and its Zukunft Ventures investment arm.


CES - Infineon Technologies is on the CASE

7 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) mobility solutions need sensors. Lots of them. Infineon Technologies is a global leader in the field, producing sensors for automotive applications and others. Initiating just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we caught up with Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division at Infineon Technologies.


Huemen creates human-centred, meaningful design for the connected car

4 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

As the quality, quantity and variety of in-cabin features continue to rise, these attributes no longer provide the differentiation they once did. Instead, it is predicted that design and user experience will become key for automakers in setting a brand apart. A new design group, born from an established Tier One provider is intent on making its mark on the industry. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Christian Schluender, VP and General Manager of Global Design at Huemen, to find out more.



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