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What’s Wrong with Robotaxis?

What’s Wrong with Robotaxis?
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-08-2022 at 6:00 am

Whats Wrong with Robotaxis

For some reason the obsession with robotaxis persists throughout the world and throughout the transportation industry. The collective conventional wisdom appears to be that getting rid of the human drivers of taxis and letting these vehicles freely operate presumably around the clock will save money and the environment.… Read More


Wireless Carrier Moment of Truth

Wireless Carrier Moment of Truth
by Roger C. Lanctot on 07-28-2022 at 10:00 am

Wireless Carrier Moment of Truth

When Cruise Automation’s cars recently began coming to a stop jamming up San Francisco streets senior wireless and automotive executives worldwide began shifting uneasily in their suites. In spite of demanding that General Motors build them an expensive telematics control unit (TCU) with four-carrier (at the time) connectivity,… Read More


DSPs in Radar Imaging. The Other Compute Platform

DSPs in Radar Imaging. The Other Compute Platform
by Bernard Murphy on 07-20-2022 at 6:00 am

Radar Trends

In the flood of CPU and GPU announcements in pursuit of new technology advances, it is easy to lose track of another kind of platform – DSPs. Digital signal processors, once a niche platform for specialized applications, are now front and center in some of the hottest technologies. Because their strength in signal processing has… Read More


Accellera Update: CDC, Safety and AMS

Accellera Update: CDC, Safety and AMS
by Bernard Murphy on 07-06-2022 at 6:00 am

logo accellera min

I recently had an update from Lu Dai, Chairman of Accellera, also Sr. Director of Engineering at Qualcomm. He’s always a pleasure to talk to, in this instance giving me a capsule summary of status in 3 areas that interested me: CDC, Functional Safety and AMS. I will start with CDC, a new proposed working group in Accellera. To manage… Read More


Scaling Safety Analysis. Reusability for FMEDA

Scaling Safety Analysis. Reusability for FMEDA
by Bernard Murphy on 06-23-2022 at 6:00 am

FMEDA generation

It is common when a new type of analysis is introduced in almost any domain that it works well enough for a while. Until it begins to struggle with growing problem size, prompting refinements to the methodology to allow continued scaling. We see this routinely in analytics for SoC design, so it should not be a big surprise that safety… Read More


LIDAR-based SLAM, What’s New in Autonomous Navigation

LIDAR-based SLAM, What’s New in Autonomous Navigation
by Bernard Murphy on 06-09-2022 at 6:00 am

LIDAR SLAM min

SLAM – simultaneous localization and mapping – is already a well-established technology in robotics. This generally starts with visual SLAM, using object recognition to detect landmarks and obstacles. VSLAM alone uses a 2D view of a 3D environment, challenging accuracy; improvements depend on complementary sensing inputs… Read More


Ecomotion: Engendering Change in Transportation

Ecomotion: Engendering Change in Transportation
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-05-2022 at 6:00 am

Engendering Change in Transportation

Prioritizing gender-related behavior in the analysis of transportation patterns may change planning priorities and accelerate a transition to more sustainable mobility solutions. That is the finding of a report compiled by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Tel Aviv, Israel and shared at the Women in Mobility summit… Read More


Connecting Everything, Everywhere, All at Once

Connecting Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-29-2022 at 6:00 am

Connecting Everything Everywhere All at Once

The automotive industry is rapidly coming to the realization that connecting cars is about so much more than simply adding a modem, an antenna, and a bit of software. Connecting cars and connecting car owners with an attractive connectivity value proposition may be two of the most difficult things the industry has ever attempted.… Read More


Radiodays Europe: Emotional Keynote

Radiodays Europe: Emotional Keynote
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-21-2022 at 6:00 am

Radiodays Europe Emotional Keynote

One doesn’t expect to get emotional at the kickoff keynote for an industry event, but Radiodays Europe 22 flipped the script with live music and a bulletin from Ukrainian broadcasters beamed in from a bunker in Ukraine. The bunker broadcast followed speeches from Swedish and Finnish broadcasting executives including … Read More


Why Traceability Now? Blame Custom SoC Demand

Why Traceability Now? Blame Custom SoC Demand
by Bernard Murphy on 05-18-2022 at 6:00 am

Traceability abstract min

In the SoC world, we can’t believe our good luck. Every product maker now wants bespoke silicon solutions with the most advanced AI, communications, SLAM, etc. Which is fantastic for business, but this level of demand also drags us into a new level of accountability, especially in requirements traceability. Time was that only … Read More