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Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Message Board › January 2014 newsletter

January 2014 newsletter

Alison C.
user 8979363
Group Organizer
Mountain View, CA
Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source members, here are some brief announcements for January 2014.


0. On Tues 2/21, SVAOS will host Uber at Hacker Dojo, where Kevin Novak will present on "The Future of Livery Transportation & The Connected Car":­

The event will be held at Hacker Dojo, will benefit San Jose State University Formula SAE team, and will be underwritten by the ever-generous ICS, as represented by Peter Mui and Roland Krause.   Registration closes at noon on Monday.    Feel free to attend the talk if you don't register, but please allow those who did first priority on the refreshments.

1. On 2/7, a Friday night, SVAOS member will enjoy an exclusive "Tour of Caltrans Traffic Management Center plus Smart Corridor Presentation":­

Organizers of the event held a phone planning meeting yesterday and I can tell you that the technical content will be quite stimulating.   Due to limited space, there  are only 6 spots left:­

No refreshments are planned for the event, so pick up some food on the way there.   The TMC is within walking distance of BART.     Do  not show up if you are not preregistered, and please cancel if you cannot attend.

2. On 2/25, Rudi Streif of Linux Foundation, who is one of the principals of Automotive Grade Linux, will present "Solving Security and Privacy Challenges of the Connected Car" at Mentor Graphics in Fremont:­

Rudi lives in southern California, so we are lucky to hear a long-time leader when he is passing through town.

3. On Tuesday 3/11, Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics will present on the red-hot topic of "Automotive Virtualization for Security and Resource Management" at Mentor's Fremont facility:­

4. On 1/29, Red Bend Software and Automotive Grade Linux will present a webinar on
"Updating Automotive ECUs over the Air":


Speaker: Yoram Berholtz, Director of Market Adoption at Red Bend Software

With the increasing amount of software inside connected cars, OEMs need a better method for maintaining software in the vehicle’s electronic control units (ECUs). Current methods for reflashing ECUs at the dealership can be time-consuming for the technician, expensive for the OEM, and inconvenient for the car owner. By updating automotive ECUs over the air, OEMs can decrease warranty costs, improving the customer experience and build a direct relationship with car owners without depending on the dealers as a proxy. Yet while there are strong business benefits to over-the-air ECU reprogramming, there are significant technical challenges which must be overcome. These challenges include the slow CAN network, lack of hardware resources in some ECUs, and software version control management. In this webinar, Red Bend Software’s Yoram Berholtz will discuss the benefits to updating automotive ECUs over the air, provide a detailed examination of the technical and management challenges, and present a solution using Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile® Fuse™ for firmware updating of small electronics.

5. 2/19-20, USDOT to Host Second Public Meeting on the Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture in San Francisco

To register for the CVRIA Workshop, please visit

In continuation of Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA) efforts, USDOT will present and seek input on candidate Connected Vehicle (CV) interfaces for standardization at a free public workshop in San Francisco, California on February 19-20, 2014.
The workshop is designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders who will be involved with the development, implementation, or operation of CV technologies and applications.
The results of an initial analysis will be presented and feedback sought during this public workshop. A preliminary draft plan will be provided to registrants before the workshop in order to facilitate technical discussions. Participants are encouraged to sign up early to ensure that they receive the read-ahead materials in a timely fashion.
The workshop will focus on discussion of:
the CV applications captured in the CVRIA;
the interfaces identified and defined in the CVRIA;
a crosswalk between candidate interfaces and standards;
standards gap analysis and emerging standards needs; and
USDOT policy in pursuing standardization
The project is sponsored and led by the USDOT's ITS JPO as part of ITS Architecture and Standards and Systems Engineering and Test Bed Program efforts.

The workshop will be conducted on:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00pm PST and
Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:00 p.m. PST.
It will take place at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, located at 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, California, 94109.

6. Editorial: far and away the best coverage of the recent Open Automotive Alliance announcement:­

******************* ANNOUNCEMENT: TEMPORARY LEADERSHIP CHANGE ***********************

I will be working at a customer's site in Hildesheim, Germany from mid-March to mid-July.   Thus the February 25 event is likely the last one that I will attend for several months.   During my absence, Peter Mui of ICS and Robert Seidl of Transportation Technology Ventures will take over organization.   Thanks to Peter and Robert for stepping up!   Please support them during my absence by suggesting events, offering to host events, offering to underwrite refreshments, or by simply being patient while they work things out.

************************ USUAL PLEA FOR ASSISTANCE *********************

0. Please post announcements of interest to group members at­

I don't care if the announcements are commercial ones as long as they are on-topic.

1. Please post event photos at the website for each event.

2. Feel free to make announcements of job openings, training classes, other groups' events, etc. at the beginning of each meeting.

Best wishes,
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