Automotive

AEC

AEC stands for Automotive Electronics Council

AEC is an industry standard specification developed and originally established by major automotive manufacturers Chrysler, Ford, and GM for the purpose to outline the recommended new products, establishing common part-qualification, quality-system standards in short all major changes in qualification requirements, references and procedures. It defines in details set of stress tests, defines the minimum stress test driven qualification requirements, and references test conditions for the qualification of the integrated circuits. From its inception, the AEC has consisted of two Committees: the Quality Systems Committee and the Component Technical Committee. Today, the committees are composed of representatives from the Sustaining Members and other Technical, Associate, and Guest Members. The AEC Component Technical Committee is the standardization body for establishing standards for reliable, high quality electronic components. Components meeting these specifications are suitable for use in the harsh automotive environment without additional component-level qualification testing.

Learn More

Functional Safety

Why Functional Safety in Automotive Industry is needed?

Complexity of electronically-driven operations, especially safety functions makes prediction of safety performance very critical element of every Automotive application. Electronic systems carry out many functions in modern cars, including driver assistance functions, vehicle dynamics control, and active/passive safety systems. Reduction of risk or systematic and random hardware failures requires focus and attention as the complexity continues to increase.ISO 26262 is a functional safety standard intended to be applied to the development of software for electrical and/or electronic (E/E) systems in vehicles. ISO 26262 is an adaptation of the broader IEC 61508 safety standard, which has been used to derive safety standards for the nuclear power, machinery, railway, and other industries. It is aimed at reducing risks associated with software for safety functions to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes. Finnaly Functional Safety is needed to achieve “absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of E/E systems” hazards: “potential source of harm” -> harm: “physical injury or damage to the health of humans” Automotive Standards: IEC61508V1 published as international standard ~2000 IEC61508V2 published as international standard 2010 ISO26262published as FDIS* in 2011

Learn More

Telematics

Where is gaining advantage of future Telematics in Automotive Industry?

Telematics can be defined as a combination of wireless voice and data communication systems aimed at providing drivers with safety and information including automatic airbag deployment notification, vehicle tracking, personalized information, real-time traffic data, emergency aid, and entertainment from a central service center. Innovative features include Internet access, voice activation, and the ability to control the car audio and climate control. The vehicle telematics business has been changing very rapidly over the past few years, with advances in cell phones, the Internet and GPS receivers and some other sections to follow and understand increased demand for in-car electronics. Consumer telematics systems are gaining momentum due to the growing awareness of the benefits for improved safety, security, maintenance, convenience, infotainment, and cost savings. Government regulation is an important driver in Europe and Brazil. Important is to get ready for the future of transportation with On-Board Units for Telematics. Optimizing traffic flow, increasing safety, preventing accidents, and facilitating the maintenance for vehicle manufacturers as well as the fleet management is only the beginning. Increase your driving performance by measuring and connecting the Telematics OBU to specific vehicle sensors and controllers. Collected data from the vehicles are captured and sent to the back office where they can be analyzed and used for further reporting and as feedback data for further examinations to define telematics ecosystem and value chain providing strategic recommendations.

Learn More