Electromobility, Formula One and the Fatal Consequences of Bad Software Design: The top ten stories of 2013

December 11, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
This year, automated driving once again was one of the topics that drove the discussions among design engineers in the automotive industry. Plus connected car, plus electromobility. And, of course, tools and methodologies to develop all these pretty things: These articles moved EE Times Europe Automotive readers.

To begin with: The most widely read article in 2013 was the same as in 2012. And in 2011. Unbelievable, isn't it? Apparently the editor of this page succeeded in creating something of eternal value. Since such an article can only participate in this top ten listing outside the normal competition, we reveal which one it was at the end of this article. Now see which news excited the readers most:

BMW rolls out its first serial electrical vehicle

Simultaneously in three different cities - London, New York and Shanghai - BMW today launched its first series production battery electric vehicle, the i3. With its lightweight design, relatively long driving range and its extensive selection of driver assistance systems raise the bar for the vendors to follow with electric car announcements this fall.

In Formula One, Freescale is in the pole position

When the Formula One race is on again, it will remain interesting until the last lap which car will pass the target line first and win the race. But one winner is already certain: Chips from Freescale Semiconductor are setting the pace in all Formula One vehicles. The reason: All F1 cars use an identical central computer - powered by a Freescale Qorivva microprocessor.

Bad design and its consequences; US legal ruling on Toyota's “killer firmware”

In the USA, certain Toyota car models have been alleged to have contained a fault that caused them to accelerate or continue to accelerate contrary to the driver's inputs. This has now reached the stage that a US court has ruled against Toyota, as reported here by EDN's Michael Dunn.

How hackers can take control of your car

You might have seen that frightening episode of the CBS series, Person of Interest, in which a fictional social media company's billionaire founder loses control of his car. From the street, the driver appears to be either a total nutcase (well, in this case,