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Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Message Board › December 2012 news, including a DOE contest with cash prizes

December 2012 news, including a DOE contest with cash prizes

Alison C.
user 8979363
Group Organizer
Mountain View, CA

1. VENUE CHANGE for next event
2. Upcoming events
3. DoE OBDII-focused "Apps for Vehicles" contest, deadline Jan 15
4. Info from the  Dec 4 "Why Your Car Isn't Electric" presentation
5. Host need for Joe Justice of Team Wikispeed
6. Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit California 2013
7. SVAOS discussion board available here
8. Job opening
9. Call for Volunteers
10. Is there interest in a class on CAN and OBDII?


  • VENUE CHANGE for next event:


    What: "DIY Drones: Open-Source Autonomous Navigation Software"

    Who: Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, recent editor-in-chief of
    "Wired", and author of _The Long Tail"

    Where: Nokia, 200 S. Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale CA 94086

    When: January 16, 2013; talk at (more or less) 7 PM, refreshments at 6:30 PM

    IMPORTANT NOTES due to federal export controls that govern Nokia:

    -- for this venue only, only preregistrants will be allowed to attend the presentation.  Pre-registrants might provide their full real name.

    -- for this venue only, attendees must show photo ID at the door.

    Good news: Nokia's new and modern facility is within walking distance of Caltrain and the Murphy St. eating and drinking establishments.
  • Upcoming events:

    -- "Bringing New Technology To Market: Tesla Motors' Sourcing
    Strategy", February 5 at Mentor Graphics in Fremont­

    -- "GENIVI and Automotive Grade Linux" presented by Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover­

    February 11 at Tata Consultancy Services in Santa Clara

    -- "Toyota Prius Sudden Acceleration Investigation" by Peter Berg of
    NASA Ames Research Center

    March 7 at Hacker Dojo in Mountain View (light-rail accessible)­

  • DoE OBDII-focused "Apps for Vehicles" contest, deadline Jan 15­

    "We think that the existing applications are just beginning to explore the possibilities of open vehicle data, and that OBD diagnostic data and other sources of vehicle data have the potential to power significant improvements in vehicle efficiency and safety. To demonstrate our excitement for the potential of vehicle data for entrepreneurs and automotive enthusiasts, the Vehicle Technologies Program is sponsoring $50,000 IN PRIZES FOR THE BEST BUSINESS PLANS AND PRODUCTS that can improve safety and fuel efficiency through technology innovation. THE DEADLINE FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE COMPETITION IS JANUARY 15, 2013; if you are interested in this competition, please register today for the Apps for Vehicles Challenge. The best plans and products will be selected for phase two of the competition, and the teams will have the opportunity to work with the Energy Department and private sector automotive experts to put their app design into action."
  • Info from the  Dec 4 "Why Your Car Isn't Electric" presentation
    by Prof. David Kirsch of the UMd Business School

    Slides: http://files.meetup.c...­

    (link only good for a few days before file moves to YouTube)
  • Joe Justice of Team Wikispeed is a remarkably inspiring leader in
    of an impressive open-hardware car effort:­

    Joe has promised that he will visit us and give a presentation if someone can provide him with lodging for the night.    Thinking that Joe might not want to sleep on my floor in between my twin heap of bicycle parts and bricked gadgets, I thought I would ask the group if anyone might be willing to put Joe up one night in April or May and transport him to whatever meeting locale we select.
  • Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit California 2013

    Successfully Applying Connected Apps, Features & Experiences To The Automotive Environment­

    February 12-13, 2013 San Francisco

    The agenda already features an impressive list of speakers.    I attended the first "Connected IVI Summit" in London in September and found it very valuable.
  • SVAOS discussion board available here:­

    Please post and read items here.
  • Lead Embedded Software Engineer, Savari Networks (September SVAOS

    About Savari:­

    Essential Education, Work Experience, and Job Skills
    Master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, 5+ years professional experience designing and implementing embedded, real-time software systems using C for embedded processors; Experience with unmanned vehicle systems, software, and/or architectures; Experience developing device drivers for embedded systems; Knowledge and experience in communication protocols implementation (TCP, UDP, serial, CAN); Experience with vehicle based networks (CAN, J1939); Familiarity with IEEE and SAE standards; Experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle–gathering requirements, design, implementation, testing, debugging, and deployment to the end user; Strong interpersonal and communication skills

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    Work with a team of software engineers to add functionality, improve, and upgrade the Vehicular OBU product applications; Write understandable C and C++ code; Write detailed technical specifications for new features; Work with customers (on-site and off-site) to ensure end product meets expectations; Write unit-level tests and assist in specifying and creating integration tests; Position will require travel

    Please send your resume to
  • Call for Volunteers

    Does anyone want to be group photographer, wikimaster, luncheon or happy-hour organizer?   Would anyone who will be attending CES like to prepare a brief reportand post afterward?    How about pushing SVAOS content to Twitter or creating a Google+ group?   How about creating a group calendar external to or an events RSS feed?

    Please feel free to suggest speakers and venues as well.

    Thanks for all your enthusiasm and participation in 2012.   I look forward to an even better 2013.
  • Class on Controller Area Network and OBDII?

    I'm considering preparing a half-day class on Controller Area Network and OBDII protocols, security, demo and how-to.   Possibly I would sell scantools at cost in association with the class, for which there would be a fee.   You can see some of my previous work with open-source approaches to CAN hacking here:­ Please indicate to me if you would consider enrolling in such a class, and if there are enough responses, I will make it happen.

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