Volvo Cars to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive compatible cars to Uber

Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Volvo They worked closely together to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. Volvo will use the same base vehicle in the development of its own independent autonomous car strategy.

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 midsize SUV.

The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016 and also marks a new chapter in the convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies.

Volvo Cars’ engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. The base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.

At the same time as providing Uber with AD compatible cars, Volvo will use the same base vehicle in the development of its own independent autonomous car strategy, which is planned to culminate in the release of its first fully autonomous car in 2021.

Source: https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/216738/volvo-cars-to-supply-tens-of-thousands-of-autonomous-drive-compatible-cars-to-uber

DOCOMO initiates multi-party 5G trial for connected cars

NTT DOCOMO in collaboration with Toyota, Ericsson and Intel achieved data speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 4K-resolution video communications in a trial of 5G technologies for automobiles. This initial multi-party trial involved a moving vehicle mounted with an Intel® GOTM 5G Automotive Platform terminal and equipped with a compact on-board antenna head designed for connected car trials.

NTT DOCOMO announced today that in a trial of 5G technologies for automobiles, which it conducted jointly with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), Ericsson and Intel Corporation (Intel), it achieved data speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 4K-resolution video communications with a vehicle traveling at 30 km/h. The technology will be demonstrated at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo from November 9 to 11 as part of DOCOMO R&D Open House 2017.

This initial multi-party trial conducted along Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront on November 2 involved a moving vehicle mounted with an Intel® GOTM 5G Automotive Platform terminal and equipped with a compact on-board antenna head designed for connected car trials. Traveling at a speed of 30 km/h through a 5G trial environment constructed by DOCOMO in the Odaiba area, with multiple Ericsson base stations and Cloud-RAN, the vehicle successfully streamed live 4K video at data speeds of up to 1 Gbps downlink/600 Mbps uplink, demonstrating 5G’s unprecedented ultra-high speed data rates, extra-low latency and massive connectivity.

Further trials will be conducted in cooperation with Ericsson, Intel and Toyota to test the practicality of services for 5G-connected cars and other applications. This accomplishment marks the first 5G multi-vendor interoperability trial involving a device connected to a base station in an automotive environment.

DOCOMO has been partnering with leading companies in its drive to develop new services based on 5G technologies. Since May, DOCOMO has been operating 5G Trial Sites to let everyday customers view and experience emerging 5G technologies that may be incorporated into new products and services in the future.

The NTT Group and Toyota have also agreed to collaborate in the research and development of an ICT platform for 5G-connected cars.

 

Source: https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/1106_00.html

SEAT and Champion Motors create XPLORA, a partnership on technological innovation in Israel

SEAT and Champion Motors have reached an agreement to create XPLORA, a transversal team of specialists focused on technological innovation projects aimed at the connected car and smart mobility services. The goal of the initiative is to encourage relations with local mobility-related startups and players and identify innovative projects that could lead to future solutions and business models for the brand.

SEAT and Champion Motors Ltd., the brand’s importer in Israel, have reached an agreement to create XPLORA, a transversal team of specialists focused on technological innovation projects aimed at the connected car and smart mobility services. The goal of the initiative is to encourage relations with local mobility-related startups and players and identify innovative projects that could lead to future solutions and business models for the brand.

In order to develop the project, XPLORA, which is headquartered in Tel Aviv and will carry out its activity around the country, will have an initial team made up of four professionals. Where SEAT is concerned, the company is going to arrange a one year transfer for three members of its transversal Easy Mobility Team, specializing in UX Design, Electric Development and Business Development, which is spearheading the company’s digital transformation, to cover the needs of the initiative and identify and develop the most relevant solutions for SEAT and the sector. Furthermore, Champion Motors Ltd. will assign a Project Manager responsible for coordinating and carrying out the project since its initial stage. This team of professionals, who will begin by scouting startups and projects that might be of interest, will select the most outstanding innovations and carry out concept tests in close collaboration with SEAT specialist teams in Martorell. These first steps will be used to analyse the feasibility of pilot testing on a larger scale in Israel and at European level.

With this agreement, SEAT will establish direct contact with the most innovative projects and with startups that are taking off in Israel, as well as harness technological resources and business platforms. Furthermore, Champion Motors, which is seeking to become an active part of its local technological ecosystem growth, will be the link between the country’s startups and the Spanish multinational.



Source: http://www.seat-mediacenter.com/newspage/allnews/company/2017/SEAT-and-Champion-Motors-create-XPLORA-a-partnership-on-technological-innovation-in-Israel.html

AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm launch Cellular-V2X connected car technology trials in the U.S.

AT&T, Ford, Nokia, and Qualcomm have announced Cellular-V2X trials in San Diego, U.S. The goal of the trials is to demonstrate the potential of Cellular-V2X technologies, including support for improved automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency. For these trials, C-V2X platforms are expected to be installed in Ford vehicles using the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X solution to facilitate direct communications, and are complemented by AT&T’s 4G LTE network communications.

AT&T, Ford, Nokia, and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. are helping to accelerate the development of connected cars with what they claim is the first announced Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) trials in the U.S.  Testing is expected to take place in the San Diego Regional Proving Ground with the support of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, the City of Chula Vista, and intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) provider McCain, Inc. The goal of the trials is to demonstrate the potential of C-V2X technologies, including support for improved automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency. The trials will also be aimed at demonstrating to automakers and road operators the anticipated cost-efficient benefits associated with embedded cellular technology in vehicles and synergies between the deployment of cellular base stations and roadside infrastructure. The initial testing phase is expected to begin later this year.

Defined by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in 2017 as an extension of global cellular standards, C-V2X is an important factor in next-generation wireless technology for safety conscious and automated driving solutions. As wireless technology becomes prevalent, vehicles are using the cellular network for various tasks, ranging from emergency calls and over-the-air (OTA) updates, to diagnostics and real-time traffic updates. Using direct communication mode, C-V2X is designed to help expand the role of wireless technology for road safety applications by facilitating the ability of vehicles to directly communicate with other vehicles, pedestrian devices, and roadside infrastructure, such as traffic signs and construction zones, using the 5.9 GHz band without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription. Complementary to other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar, and LIDAR, C-V2X technology is designed to support 360-degree non-line-of-sight (NLOS) awareness, and is designed to extend a vehicle’s ability to see, hear, and understand the environment down the road, at blind intersections, or in bad weather conditions.

For this trial, C-V2X platforms are expected to be installed in Ford vehicles using the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X solution to facilitate direct communications, and are complemented by AT&T’s 4G LTE network communications and ITS platform that takes advantage of wireless base stations and multi-access edge computing technology from Nokia. For the new communication technologies being deployed, McCain will help facilitate the effective integration with existing and emerging traffic signal control infrastructure.

Testing will support direct C-V2X communications operating in the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum to explore the safety enhancements of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) use cases, including do not pass warning, intersection movement assist, and left turn assist, to name a few. The trials will also support advanced vehicle communication capabilities for improved traffic efficiencies, such as real-time mapping updates and event notifications relayed using AT&T’s cellular network and Nokia Cloud Infrastructure.

With decades-long experience in automated vehicle testing, advanced features in regional transportation networks, and a global reputation as a high-tech hub for research and wireless innovation, the San Diego region was designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of ten automated vehicle proving grounds in the U.S. earlier this year.



Source: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2017/10/31/att-ford-nokia-and-qualcomm-launch-cellular-v2x-connected-car-technology

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