Week in Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Aviation job AND Alef Automotive each received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Joby will now begin flight tests of the prototype and the aircraft will move to Edwards Air Force Base in 2024 as part of a contract with the US Air Force. The Alefs model is the first US government certified eVTOL that can also be driven on public roads and parked like a regular car. It can carry one or two people with a road range of 200 miles and a flight range of 110 miles. Welcome to the world of George Jetson.

Fig. 1: Jobys all-electric aircraft. Source: Joby Aviation

California has signed a first deal in the nation with major truck makers advancing the development of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), including a commitment to sell 100 percent clean trucks by 2036.

A major port in Japan has been taken offline by a ransomware attack, preventing the entry of some containers. THE Port of Nagoya plays a key role in automobile exports, as well as the overall economy of the country. Cybercriminal group LockBit is a suspect, but the group has not yet claimed responsibility.

GoogleGoogle’s latest privacy policy, effective July 1, states that the company uses publicly available information to help train Google’s AI models and build products and features such as Google Translate, Bard, and Cloud AI features .

A key strategy for fully autonomous vehicles is the ability to blend inputs from multiple sensors together, which is essential for making safe and secure decisions, but is proving to be much more difficult than initially imagined.

Renesas AND Wolf speed announced a wafer supply agreement with Renesas, including a $2 billion deposit to secure a 10-year supply of bare and epitaxial silicon carbide wafers from Wolfspeed. The deal will provide Renesas with more efficient power semiconductors for automotive and industrial applications.

Automotive sector

Amazonia is launching more than 300 new electrics They revive vans in the German regions of Munich, Berlin and Dusseldorf as part of a €1 billion investment to electrify its European transport network and reduce carbon emissions.

General Motors (GM) has acquired most of the assets of ALGOLION, an Israeli battery software startup. The software uses algorithms to quickly identify tiny changes that could affect battery health, without additional hardware or sensors, while the battery is still working.

Rolls-Royce launched Spectre, a luxury electric vehicle (EV) with two separately excited synchronous motors (SSM). The front electric motor delivers 190 kW/365 Nm, while the rear one delivers 360 kW/710 Nm, equal to 430 kW (584 HP) with 900 Nm of torque. The car has a range of 530 km (329 miles) and can recharge from 10% to 80% in 34 minutes using a 195 kW (DC) fast charger.

Denza, A Mercedes Benz AND BYD joint venture, launched the N7 with a range of 702 km and 230 kW of power. The car is set to compete with Tesla’s Model Y, according to CNBC.

Stellantis launched a new Fiat 600e segment B with lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 54 kWh and a range of over 400 km (about 249 miles) in the WLTP combined cycle and over 600 km in the urban cycle. It has a 100kW fast charging system and the company claims that it takes less than 30 minutes to charge the battery to 80%. The engine has a power of 115 kW.

Fig. 2: Fiat 600e. Source: Stellantis

Stellantis also introduced STLA Medium, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) design platform capable of accommodating different makes of passenger cars, crossovers and SUVs in the C and D segments. It has a range of over 700 km (435 miles) with a performance package while a standard package achieves 500 km (310 miles) WLTP on up to 98 kWh power using 400-volt electrical architecture. The battery can charge from 20% to 80% in 27 minutes.

In EuropeElectric passenger vehicle (EV) sales increased more than 13% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2023, with Germany leading the way, according to Counterpoint. Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were up 32% year over year, but sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) were down 13%. Tesla Model Y topped sales, followed by Volvo XC40, Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.3 and Audi Q4 e-tron.

Infineon AND Check has entered into a strategic partnership that will make it possible to provide its customers with the necessary regulatory updates at any time, guaranteeing road safety in line with current standards and safely integrating autonomous vehicles with intelligent driver assistance systems.

Kentucky it is the first state to require electric vehicle charging companies to include Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) if they want to be part of a federally funded state program to electrify highways, according to Reuters. The state mandate is in addition to federal requirements to include the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector 1.

Nicholas is liquidating Romeo powerwhether it has filed proceedings under the statutory California Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC) regime, according to Reuters. The action comes less than a year after Nikola bought the battery maker.


A growing number of standards and regulations within the automotive ecosystem promise to save development costs by fending off cyber-attacks.

The enumeration of common weakness (CWE extension) released its annual report on the top 25 most dangerous software weaknesses and said that a number of types increased this year, including Use After Free, Missing Authorization, Improper Privilege Management, and Incorrect Authorization.

The United States Department of Commerce implemented the EU-US Data Privacy Framework (EU-US DPF), announced in March 2022, which reflects a shared commitment to facilitating data flows while protecting individual rights and personal data.

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) found that ransomware accounts for 54% of cybersecurity threats in healthcare, yet only 27% of organizations surveyed have a dedicated ransomware defense program in place. Patient data and medical records were the target of 30% of cyberattacks, while 46% of hackers aimed to steal or disclose healthcare organization data.

CISA issued a warning regarding targeted denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and said that more organizations across more industries were being targeted.

pervasive calculation

Resellers are deploying robots to reduce costs and improve efficiency, opening up new opportunities for chipmakers and a host of new challenges.

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, explains how artificial intelligence will transform science and assist with tasks such as climate modeling, identifying antibiotic-resistant pathogens, controlling plasma in nuclear fusion, setting up laboratories at autonomous driving and more.

Infineon AND Teledine e2v has created a reference design for powerful space systems, using the Teledynes QLS1046-Space edge computing module and radiation-resistant NOR flash memory from Infineon. Reducing the number of components in the computer system and enabling AI computing at the edge can reduce latency and overcome communication restrictions.

Global shipments of extended reality (XR) headsets declined 33% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2023, according to Counterpoint. Meta was the top-selling global XR headset brand during Q1 2023 with the Quest 2 being the best-performing VR headset in a long time.

Manufacturer of floating wind turbines SeaTwirl secured a purchase order to develop a smaller model, currently designated the S1.5, designed to withstand North Sea conditions. The company is working with Kontiki twenty to electrify offshore oil and gas resources and other applications.


THE YYYY published a report on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), explaining how drivers’ lack of knowledge of the systems can lead to misuse or distrust of the technologies, especially in borderline cases.

Researchers a Carnegie Mellon University published a technical paper titled Slow Down, Move Over: A Case Study in Formal Verification, Refinement, and Testing of the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety Model for Self-Driving Cars.

Researchers a MIT extension has developed a dataset so that it can train AI and machine learning models to write accurate and semantically rich auto-captions for high-quality graphs.

MIT extension the researchers also developed a technique involving perovskite nanocrystals. High-density nanoLED arrays could be used for on-chip optical processing and communication, quantum light sources, microscopy, and high-resolution displays for augmented and virtual reality applications.

Researchers a Brown University and theArtificial and Natural Intelligence Institute of Toulouse has developed a tool that unlocks the way neural networks see, process and classify images.

A team of international researchers has shown that machine learning on quantum computers requires much simpler data than previously believed.


Find upcoming chip industry events here, including:

  • DAC 2023 – Design Automation Conference, 9 July 13, San Francisco
  • Rambus Design Summit, July 18 and 19, online
  • 2023 Flash Memory Conference & Expo, August 8-10, Santa Clara, CA
  • 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, August 9-11, Anaheim, CA
  • SPIE Optics + Photonics 2023, Aug. 20-24. San Diego, CA
  • DARPA: Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), August 22-24, Seattle, WA

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