bf top 10 automotive stories 2012
This year likely will emerge as a watershed year for automotive
electronics around the world. That's a big statement to make given
that semiconductors, systems and software technology in this sector moves ahead
relentlessly. But a variety of things occurred during the past 12
months that, taken together, mark the broad realization--among
designers, vendors and consumers--that the era of automotive
electronics is here.
At its core, 2012 was the year of the electric vehicle--the good,
the bad and the flamingly ugly. It was everything from the surge in
new EV and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) that were announced or rolled into
showrooms, to the EV infrastructure to big problems among battery
makers to upstart EV makers' struggles. But it was also about the
electronic systems that are being rapidly deployed with new vehicles
to make them smarter (connected cars) and more independent of humans
What follows are 10 key stories that defined automotive electronics
and the automotive industry.
Intel invests $100 million automotive electronics
One of the earliest indications that 2012 was going to be
interesting for automotive designers was Intel, the giant PC- and
server-focused microprocessor company, setting up a setting up a $100
fund to help accelerate innovation and
the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive
The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will be invested
globally over the next four to five years in hardware, software and
services companies developing technologies to promote in-vehicle
applications and enable the seamless connection between vehicles and
any connected device, including mobile devices and sensors.
"Technology has become an integral component of everyday life, with
consumers demanding uninterrupted access to the Internet and the
constant flow of information, news, entertainment, and social
media," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel
executive vice president.
"Automobiles must be able to provide these same consistent and
engaging computing experiences, but in a safe manner."