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January Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source News and 1/16 Event Reminders

From: Alison C.
Sent on: Friday, January 11, 2013 9:27 PM
  1. Wednesday night's "DIY Drones" event in Sunnyvale

    Registration link:
    Closes Monday 1/14 at noon: no exceptions.   Parking details, etc. at link above.

    -- New location in Sunnyvale for this meeting.  

    -- For this location only, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (AND THAT OF GUESTS) IN ADVANCE.    Please do this in comments on the registration page rather than by emailing me.   If you register only as "Tom", you may not be able to attend the talk.

    --  For this location only, ONLY PRE-REGISTRANTS MAY ATTEND THIS PRESENTATION.  You will be required to present government issued ID and declare nationality. If your country of nationality is on a government list of export restricted countries please contact [address removed] before arriving in order avoid any problems on checking. These steps are needed for Nokia to meet federal government requirements.   Please arrive a bit early to check in.
  2. What: Bringing New Technology To Market: Tesla Motors' Sourcing Strategy by Milo Werner, Tesla Motors

    When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013; talk at 7:00 PM or slightly after, refreshments for pre-registrants starting at about 6:30 PM.

    Where: Mentor Graphics Building B, 46885 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA


    Attendance limit: none.

    No check-in at this facility, so just show up at the last minute for the talk if it suits you and bring as many guests as you like.
  3. What: GENIVI and Automotive Grade Linux presented by Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover

    When: Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:00 PM lecture

    Where: Tata Consultancy Services, 5201 Great America Parkway #522, Santa Clara, CA

    Attendance limit: 45.

    Pre-registration *only*:

    Due to attendance limit, please do not pre-register unless you really will attend.
  4. What: Toyota Prius Sudden Acceleration Investigation by Peter Berg of NASA ARC

    When: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7:00 PM lecture

    Where: new Hacker Dojo, 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA

  5. Connected IVI Summit


    When: Feb 12-13, 2013

    Where: San Mateo Marriott Hotel, 1770 South Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402

    Cost: $1499 before 1/18

    Bottom line: expensive but likely to be extremely valuable.
  6. SAE Event:  “Silicon Valley Reinvents the Automobile” Seminar and Dinner

    What: At this special meeting we will be highlighting technology and human interaction with technology as it relates to the vehicle, specifically looking at what has been and is being developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, including everything from infotainment, autonomous control, batteries, safety equipment, the connected car and more. The program will feature a panel discussion from representatives of the auto industry's Silicon Valley labs, a keynote speaker addressing what this "reinvented automobile" might be like and an audience of automotive journalists and industry professionals. The program will also feature displays and demonstrations from auto companies. Time will be allotted for a vigorous question-and-answer period. More information on speakers will be forthcoming in reminder messages and at

    When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Panel 3:30 pm; social hour and museum tour, 5 pm; Dinner with keynote at 6:15 pm.

    Where: Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle - Danville, California – 94506

    Registration deadline: Friday February 22, 2013
    at to get tickets.
    Also, Please RSVP to [address removed] with number of tickets purchased.

    Admission:   - $35 for SAE Members - $40 for non-member Guests
  7. OpenXC is now available!

    Note: T.J. Giuli of Ford addressed SVAOS about OpenXC back in July:

    The OpenXC vehicle application research platform is now available at

    Ford created the OpenXC platform to spur innovation by extending access to vehicle data for hardware interface and software application research and non-commercial development.

    If you're more interested in commercial availability and application integration with Ford SYNC via the AppLink API, please visit:

    The OpenXC website has expanded since the initial announcement, so there is most likely much more content than when you first signed up. The best place to begin is the "Getting Started" page:

    As of now, the Android library and vehicle interface source code repositories are now available to the general public at GitHub: Both repositories are open source under the BSD license.

    Any developer is free to start work on an application and can use the vehicle emulator to simulate live vehicle data. In order to use OpenXC with a Ford vehicle at this time, we ask you work on proof-of-concept applications only and that you sign an agreement to that effect. Details of the agreement are available here:
  8. Autotech Council "Voice UI: Both Hands on the Wheel" event

    This month, Autotech Council members will be exploring Voice Technologies for the car. Hardware, software and better AI are making natural speech HMIs a dawning reality. There is no doubt that within a decade, the mass market will be interacting with their new vehicles using spoken commands, but which solutions, and exactly when? At this meeting, we'll hear from technology leaders, get demos of several new technologies, and discuss the vision of mature voice HMI from the driver's seat.

    There are 2 demo spots left.

    WHEN: Friday, February 8,[masked]:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    HOST: Volkswagen Research Lab
    ADDRESS: 500 Clipper Dr Belmont, California 94002
    FEE: This meeting is free for Autotech Council members and open to non-members for a $200 fee.
  9. Discussion board with lots of industry news:

    Anyone can post an item.    Feel free to put your resume or a job opening if you like, or send email to the list.
  10. Call for Volunteers

    We will have luncheons, mixers, monthly video recording, Google+ or Facebook group, Twitter feed . . . if someone besides me organizes them.

    Please take photographs at the event and post them on the wiki.    Volunteers to help out with refreshment pick-up and clean-up are always welcome.       Suggestions for future speakers are always welcome.   Thanks to ICS, Mentor Graphics and Tata Consultancy for ongoing support.

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