Amazon Alexa coming to all BMW and MINi cars in mid-2018

Amazon Alexa will be available for all BMW and MINI models from mid-2018 and will enable customers to access a variety of services, entertainment features and shopping facilities while on the move. Alexa sill allow BMW Connected users to check vehicle information, consult appointments or scheduled routes and departure times.

Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant, will be available for all BMW and MINI models from mid-2018. Alexa will enable BMW Group customers to access a variety of services, entertainment features and shopping facilities while on the move by simple voice interaction. Tens of thousands of  Alexa skills that can be accessed from Echo devices will now be available for in-car use, too.

BMW Connected skill for Alexa has been available since September 2016. This has allowed BMW Connected users in the US, Germany and the UK to ask Alexa to check vehicle information such as the state of charge or fuel level, or control their car via Remote Services from the comfort of their home. Alexa also makes it possible to consult appointments or scheduled routes and departure times with the help of the BMW Connected mobility agenda. The availability of Alexa in the car now makes it possible to use functions enjoyed at home while out on the road as well. A smartphone is not required to benefit from Alexa in the car, as all BMW models and selected MINI vehicles come equipped with a built-in SIM card.

 

Source: http://www.bmwblog.com/2017/09/27/amazon-alexa-coming-bmw-mini-cars-mid-2018/

Hyundai Motor opens Big Data Center in China to advance leadership in Connected Mobility

Hyundai Motor has opened its first global Big Data Center in China. The new facility will allow Hyundai Motor to expand significantly its R&D capabilities in connected cars, advance its market projections, and enhance business operations in China. Hyundai Motor expects the new China Big Data Center to serve as a stepping stone for enhancing big data capabilities further.

Hyundai Motor has opened its first global Big Data Center in Guizhou Province, China, to gather and analyze massive volumes of data collected from the company’s connected cars. The new facility will allow Hyundai Motor to expand significantly its R&D capabilities in connected cars, advance its market projections, and enhance business operations in China.

The Big Data Center in China lays a foundation for building a China-focused Car Cloud, as Hyundai Motor plans to leverage expertise in connected car technologies gathered through years of experience in Hyundai Car Cloud operation in Korea, which was established in 2013.

Hyundai Motor also has high expectations for its self-developed Connected Car Operating System (ccOS) and Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP). Tapping in to such proprietary technologies, the company plans to spur the establishment of connected car services tailored for Chinese customers.

Hyundai Motor’s ccOS optimizes the high-speed transmission and reception of data within the vehicle, while ccSP seamlessly connects drivers to IoT (Internet of Things) services. In addition to monitoring customer driving patterns, the Center will monitor and diagnose potential problems, offering regular software updates to vehicles.

Located in China’s national epicenter for big data – Guizhou Province’s capital Guian – the Big Data Center covers 1,200m2, sharing a five-story building with China’s largest internet search provider, Baidu. Guian is one of China’s fastest-growing cities, already hosting global technology giants including Apple, Alibaba and IBM.

The Center is strategically located to take advantage of access to local IT companies, such as China Unicom, to develop, analyze and process multiple data streams positioning Hyundai Motor at the forefront of the automotive dig data revolution.

The opening of the Guian facility is the first of a future global network of big data hubs that build on the foundations of Hyundai Motor’s domestic Big Data Center in Uiwang, South Korea, which started operation in 2013. On opening the Uiwang facility, the company also established a group of ‘Data Scientists’, who continue to play a vital role in enhancing Hyundai Motor’s capabilities in big data applications.

Hyundai Motor expects the new China Big Data Center to serve as a stepping stone for enhancing big data capabilities further, as the company plans to expand its Big Data Center network globally in the years to come.

 

Source:  https://www.hyundai.com/worldwide/en/about-hyundai/news-room/news/hyundai-motor-opens-big-data-center-in-china-to-advance-leadership-in-connected-mobility-0000015057

Continental invests in Cellular-V2X technology and announces C-V2X trials

Continental plans to accelerate initiatives based on C-V2X technologies using the integrated Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset.  Continental will build connected car systems for field trials focused on demonstrating the capabilities of V2V, V2I and V2P direct communication, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) wide areas communications to serve next generation connected car and automated driving use cases.

Continental announced today that it will accelerate initiatives based on Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies and that the Company will conduct C-V2X field trials in select regions across the globe. Anticipating to utilize the Qualcomm® C-V2X Reference Design with the integrated Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset, Continental will build connected car systems for field trials focused on demonstrating the capabilities of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) direct communication, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) wide areas communications to serve next generation connected car and automated driving use cases.

The field trials will serve as an opportunity not only to showcase the benefits of C-V2X technologies, as defined by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 PC5 specifications, but also to demonstrate C-V2X range, reliability, traffic density and latency for V2X communications.

Designed to enhance device-to-device communications, C-V2X technologies complement and extend existing cellular capabilities, enabling direct communications without requiring the involvement of the network.

The 9150 C-V2X chipset and C-V2X Reference Design offers Continental with a platform that can be used for trials and as a basis for future commercial implementations.

Continental claims to be well-positioned to address the next generation of connected vehicle systems and functionality, with a successful history of developing Telematics and connectivity solutions for more than 30 million vehicles and counting. This initiative builds on a decades-long collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to drive cellular technology for automotive Telematics use cases.

Incorporating the 9150 C-V2X supports Continental’s vision to drive cellular and C-V2X technologies, including a migration to 5G with increased bandwidth, to advance the worldwide development of cooperative functions.

 

Source: https://www.continental-corporation.com/en/press/press-releases/continental-invests-in-cellular-v2x-technology-and-announces-c-v2x-trials-96140

U.S. DOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance

The USDOT and the NHTSA today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems, A Vision for Safety 2.0, which calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to lay the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies. It builds on the previous policy and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States. A Vision for Safety: 2.0 calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to lay the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies.

A Vision for Safety: 2.0 builds on the previous policy and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings. It paves the way for the safe deployment of advanced driver assistance technologies by providing voluntary guidance that encourages best practices and prioritizes safety. The document also provides technical assistance to States and best practices for policymakers.

 

Specifically, the new Voluntary Guidance:

  • Focuses on SAE International Levels of Automation 3-5 – Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) – Conditional, High, and Full Automation;
  • Clarifies the guidance process and that entities do not need to wait to test or deploy their ADSs;
  • Revises unnecessary design elements from the safety self- assessment;
  • Aligns Federal Guidance with the latest developments and industry terminology; and
  • Clarifies Federal and State roles going forward.

 

As automated technologies advance, so will the Department’s guidance. It is intended to be flexible and to evolve as technology does. In fact, DOT and NHTSA are already planning for 3.0. A Vision for Safety is the newest version replacing previous guidance and offers a more flexible approach to advancing the innovation of automated vehicle safety technologies.

The Guidance and more information on automated vehicles can be found at https://www.nhtsa.gov/technology-innovation/automated- vehicles-safety.

 

Source: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot7017
https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us- dot-releases- new-automated- driving-systems-guidance

TomTom launches TomTom Bridge Hub – The Next-Level Solution for Connected Mobility

TomTom is showcasing TomTom BRIDGE Hub at the IAA in Germany. It is a display agnostic solution to create enhanced connected mobility solutions. TomTom BRIDGE Hub is packed with the latest TomTom Navigation, real time Maps and real time TomTom Traffic. The built-in 4G/LTE connectivity and CAN Bus interface can connect not only with the driver and the back office, but also to the vehicle itself in real time.

TomTom is showcasing new technologies and partners for its TomTom BRIDGE Hub platform at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. Building on the TomTom BRIDGE Terminal, TomTom BRIDGE Hub is a display agnostic solution, allowing customers and partners in various industries as transportation, emergency, logistics and utilities to connect with regular smartphones and tablets (BYOD), rugged professional devices or even HDMI displays, to create enhanced connected mobility solutions.

TomTom BRIDGE Hub is packed with features, including the latest TomTom Navigation, real time Maps and real time TomTom Traffic. Applications can interface with navigation using their SDKs, allowing companies to create fully customisable solutions tailor-made to their business needs.

The built-in 4G/LTE connectivity and CAN Bus interface can connect not only with the driver and the back office, but also to the vehicle itself in real time. This helps ensure even greater efficiency and TCO, plus it provides a solution for developers to create innovative mobilityapplications while keeping strong platform control. TomTom BRIDGE Hubgives flexibility with three different hardware flavours to ensure a fit-for- purpose solution for a wide variety of technical architectural implementations.

TomTom also announced today that an additional technology can be usedto connect TomTom BRIDGE Hub to compatible in-vehicle displays. Its use of Mirrorlink technology introduces an appealing aftermarket option for business and OEMS, bringing seamless alignment between companies and professional navigation closer than ever.

 

Source: http://corporate.tomtom.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1039826

Ericsson and Zenuity team up for self-driving cars

Ericsson will collaborate with Zenuity to develop an end-to-end platform for Connected Safety, ADAS and Autonomous Driving software and functions. The end-to-end offering will consist of in-vehicle software integrated with other vehicle functions, onboard sensors and cloud support functions that will provide external data from other vehicles and cloud infrastructure.

Ericsson will collaborate with Zenuity, an automotive software development joint venture between Autoliv and Volvo Car Corporation, to develop an end-to-end platform for Connected Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Support (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) software and functions.

In the first phase of the collaboration, Ericsson and Zenuity will work closely together to develop the Zenuity Connected Cloud – powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator. The offering will accelerate speed to market with robust cloud-based solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), leveraging the companies’ respective strengths and existing assets to create a strong base for innovation and new services.

The end-to-end offering will consist of in-vehicle software integrated with other vehicle functions, onboard sensors and cloud support functions that will provide external data from other vehicles and cloud infrastructure. This will enable real-time visibility to guide vehicles with information and events in transit.

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson will provide its IoT platform, IoT Accelerator, which orchestrates the cloud required to run Zenuity’s support functions. The platform, a scalable state-of-the-art IoT solution, will be tailored to the specific needs of ADAS and autonomous vehicles delivering the robustness, responsiveness and security needed.

Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, is the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all Zenuity products. The offering created by Ericsson and Zenuity will be sold and promoted by Autoliv to car manufacturers worldwide.

 

Source: https://www.ericsson.com/lk/en/press-releases/2017/9/ericsson-and-zenuity-team-up-for-self-driving-cars

LG Innotek unveils a ‘Second Generation V2X Full Module’

LG Innotek today announced the development of a ‘Second Generation V2X Full Module’ for connected cars and autonomous vehicles, with improved durability and minimized size. The module combines the three varieties of V2X core components, namely the HCI module and Hardware Security Module for controlling the communication protocol and the Application Processor into one product.

LG Innotek today announced it developed what they claim is the world’s first ‘Second Generation V2X Full Module’ geared for the connected cars and autonomous vehicles. In addition to having the wireless communication ability sufficient for commercialization, this device can be equipped into any part of a vehicle thanks to its durability and minimized size, enhanced from the 1st generation models.

The module by LG Innotek is an innovative product which combines the three varieties of V2X core components, namely the HCI module and Hardware Security Module (HSM) for controlling the communication protocol and the Application Processor (AP) into one product.

The Module has a durability that enables it to survive a heat impact with a high temperature of 105C° and operate normally. A proprietary heat-proof design technology has been applied. A harsh summer environment which raises the indoor temperature of a car to 90C° is not a problem for the product.

Also, this product has a size that is one third of a credit card, which means it can be installed just about anywhere inside a car. Its size is truly compact with a width of 40mm, a length of 35mm, and a thickness of 4mm.

It has recorded a sensitivity level of -94dBm as well as a transmission power of 23dBm for a device with a communication speed of 6Mbps. Even when the car is traveling at a high speed of 120km/h, transmitting and receiving are done without interruptions for as far as 1km.

LG Innotek can customize its supply according to the functions desired by finished cars or vehicle parts companies, with products ranging from HCI modules to full modules. It possesses the V2X modules optimized for the main V2X chip set companies Autotalks, NXP Semiconductors, and Qualcomm.

 

Source: http://www.lginnotek.com/community/news_view.jsp?pageNum=1&seq=666

Toyota and Grab Launch Data Collaboration Initiative for Connected Car Services

Toyota Motor Corporation today announced the launch of a new data-focused pilot programme with Grab, Toyota Financial Services Corporation, and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. The project aims to use data analysis to improve the access to connected car services that will improve the customers experience.

Toyota Motor Corporation today announced the launch of a new data-focused pilot programme with Grab, an on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, Toyota Financial Services Corporation, and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. The project aims to use data analysis to enable Grab to offer its driver partners across the region improved access to connected car services that will improve their experience on the Grab platform.

As part of the initiative, Grab will share data on driving patterns from 100 Toyota cars in Grab’s fleet, captured by Toyota’s data-transmission driving recorder, TransLog. Toyota’s team will then analyse the data set and, based on this analysis, offer recommendations on how other connected car services on the Toyota Mobility Service Platform (MSPF) – such as user-based insurance, financing program, and predictive maintenance – could enhance the Grab experience for drivers on the Grab platform.

Through this collaboration with Grab, Toyota will continue to explore further opportunities through its Toyota Mobility Service Platform to deliver even greater benefits to fleet customers.

Source: http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/18299258
https://www.grab.com/sg/press/business/grab-and-toyota-launch-data-collaboration-initiative-for-connected-car-services/

Nissan India Launches Nissanconnect

Nissan India today launched NissanConnect , an integrated information and communication platform that connects with the customer’s smartphone to provide enhanced driving experience. NissanConnect is platform agnostic and offers 50+ Connected Car features and has been developed by Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI).

Nissan India Launches Nissanconnect - IEEE Connected Vehicles

Nissan India today launched NissanConnect, an integrated information and communication platform that connects with the customer’s smartphone to provide enhanced driving experience. Inspired by Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision of making driving more confident, efficient yet exciting, Nissan Connect transforms the car into a more responsive partner, providing security and convenience. NissanConnect, developed specifically for the Indian market, also enables the customer to be connected to his or her family through the car.

Available across the Nissan range of cars – Micra, Sunny and Terrano –  NissanConnect is platform agnostic and offers 50+ Connected Car features which come with three years of free subscription and one year of Nissan warranty program calculated from the start of the activation. NissanConnect has been developed by Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI); it is a factory fitted Connected Car Technology solution with an embedded Telematics Control Unit paired with an inbuilt SIM for every car and a dedicated server.

Customers can download the NissanConnect App from the app store of their respective mobile platforms across Android, iOS and Windows. Then they simply have to contact their nearest Nissan dealer to activate the NissanConnect app on the purchase of their new Nissan car.

 

Source: https://www.nissan.in/experience-nissan/News_Events/latest-news/nissanconnect.html

Qualcomm and Nichicon Sign Commercial Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging License Agreement

Qualcomm and Nichicon, a specialist in automotive power electronics equipment, have signed a commercial Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. Based on the agreement, Nichicon intends to develop, manufacture and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.


Qualcomm Incorporated and Nichicon Corporation
today announced that they have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. Nichicon will include Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology in its product portfolio and will focus on commercializing WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers across Asia. Based on the agreement, Nichicon intends to develop, manufacture and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.

A specialist in automotive power electronics equipment, Nichicon will deliver WEVC systems, supported by Qualcomm’s comprehensive technical support. The company is a trusted automotive supplier and works extensively across Asia, notably in Japan.

By this agreement Qualcomm has granted Nichicon a royalty bearing license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology. Qualcomm will also provide a comprehensive technology transfer package to help Nichicon to develop commercially and technically viable WEVC systems and support the future design of improved WEVC systems.

 

Source: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2017/07/25/qualcomm-and-nichicon-sign-commercial-wireless-electric-vehicle-charging