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Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Message Board › Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source News for August 2014

Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source News for August 2014

Alison C.
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Mountain View, CA
Greetings, members.   My apologies for being so quiet these last months while I was away in Germany working for the automotive industry.   I promise you that the group will come roaring back to life this fall.


0. Our first event:

What: "Software for things that can kill people", a presentation about the design, testing and regulatory environment surrounding safety-critical software, presented by two experts with deep experience.

Who: Elecia and Chris White, hosts of the podcast and independent embedded software engineers

When: Mon Sept 8 with refreshments for *preregistrants* at about 6:30 and talk at about 7 pm

Where: Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, large event room in back of building,­

Sponsor: leading Qt systems integrator ICS,

Benefits: San Jose State University Formula SAE team, 100% beneficiary

Cost: $3 per head

Registration link:­

Parking: very limited.   Consider carpooling or taking light rail (nearly to the doorstep).

See also El's book _Making Embedded Systems_, published by O'Reilly Media.
Link: http://shop.oreilly.c...­

Pocast: "Embedded: The show for people who love gadgets,"­


1. Our second event:

Who: Greg Larson, Chief of the Office of Traffic Operations Research, Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation and System Information

What: "Caltrans' Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Plans"

When: Tue Oct 07, same agenda as above

With: Silicon Valley Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiasts meetup group

Where:  Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley, 1215 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Sponsor: Nissan

Cost: free

Registration link:­ plus more spots to be offered through Greg Dibb's Silicon Valley Autonomous  Vehicle Enthusiasts' meetup group

Greg Larson previously gave a shorter presentation at our February event:­
where he presented these slides:


2. Our third event:

Who: Ravi Puvvala, CEO of Savari Networks, leading provider of 802.11p and DSRC radios

What: update on USDOT plans for "connected car" technology

When: Nov, date TBA

Where: Mentor Graphics, Fremont CA

Background: "U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Decision to Move Forward with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology for Light Vehicles," Feb 3 2014,­

Ravi gave an outstanding presentation at SVAOS' September 2012 meeting.   His slides from that event are available at­
Since that time, there have been extensive road trials of the technology in Michigan and Germany and several pertinent government announcements in both Europe and U.S. (link to announcement above).


Outside event:

SAE 2014 On-Board Diagnostics Symposium­
September 9-11, 2014
Anaheim, California, USA
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove


The Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the USDOT makes available a huge number of valuable resources on its website:­

Sign up for RITA intelligent transportation systems mailing list­

to obtain advance notice about upcoming webinars, in-person training classes, "plugfests" and the like.    There are many recorded sessions and slidesets on the website already.


Some books to check out:

0. _Tesla Model S: best car ever!_ by Frank van Gilluwe and Kim Rogers, members of SVAOS.   This lavishly illustrated, attractively bound, informative and humorous book was written by two of SVAOS members.   If we are lucky, perhaps Frank and Kim will bring copies to sell or at least show off at one of our meetings.  Pick up a copy from­

1. _Ingenious_ by Jason Fagone is a detailed account of the Automotive X-Prize competition and is full of technical insight, yet inspiring and even heart-warming.    Learn how some teams in their garages challenged larger, better funded contest participants and consider the question of where automotive innovation will originate in the future.   Thanks to member Edward Durney for recommending this outstanding book.   Pick up a copy from http://www.randomhous...­


Other meetups you might want to attend:­­­­

Notably, some material about "Defense: Vehicle OBD2 Over-The-Air Attacks w/ Visual Threat" was recently uploaded to­


Wanted: speakers from trucking, insurance, automotive sensor and fleet vehicle industries.

As always, feel free to bring your equipment or software demo, resume, flyer or verbal announcement to our meeting.   Members are invited to display promotional materials, sell items, announce their own events, describe their job openings, etc.

Thanks for your attention,
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