3/20: Auto Connected Car News
Embedded Chips & Connected Car News Tips: Caltrans, ABI, SHIFTMobility, Continental, Nokia, NIRA, Coastal Automotive, TomTom, Renesas, Telit and IBM
This week’s embedded chips and connect car news tips are from Caltrans, ABI, SHIFTMobility, Continental, Nokia, NIRA, Coastal Automotive, TomTom, Renesas, Telit and IBM.
Caltrans Road Charge Pilot Firms Confirmed
Caltrans announced that four firms have been selected to provide account management services to volunteers in the California Road Charge Pilot, which is scheduled to launch this summer.
Drivers of passenger vehicles who participate in the pilot will be able to select between Azuga and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (“IMS”) to manage their road charge mileage account, or they may choose a state-run account management service, which will be supported by Arvato Mobility Solutions. Accounts for heavy vehicles will be serviced by EROAD, Inc.
These firms will offer the full range of mileage reporting options recommended by the California Transportation Commission’s Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee. These options range from low-tech options like manual odometer readings to fully automated reporting based on vehicle telematics. Azuga, IMS, and EROAD may also provide value added services such as vehicle health reports or driver-safety feedback at no cost to participants for the duration of the pilot. Pilot participants will be able to view detailed information about their account management choices starting in May and choose an account manager starting in June.
Supporting the account managers are Vehcon, Inc. and Driveway, Inc., which both provide Smartphone solutions.
ABI OTA Forecast
ABI Research, the leader in transformative technology innovation market intelligence, forecasts nearly 203 million OTA-enabled cars to ship by 2022. Both SOTA and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) will see a spike, with nearly 180 million new cars supporting SOTA and 22 million FOTA by 2022. Beyond Tesla, car OEMs will primarily focus the next three to five years on SOTA versus the still nascent FOTA upgrade. ABI Research market analysis suggests that close to one-third of last year’s recalls could have been addressed over the air, saving car OEMs at least$6 billion.
Based on its recent analysis of the automotive parts management platforms market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes SHIFTMobility Inc. with the 2016 United States Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Service Leadership. By developing an all-in-one platform for the seamless integration of parts manufacturers, distributors and repair centers, SHIFTMobility has revolutionized the way businesses collaborate, do commerce, and grow in the automotive aftermarket. This platform aids manufacturers by making available real-time alerts on parts failures for rapid remedies, supports distributors in reducing the return rates by ensuring accurate ordering, and allows repair centers to be better managed. All resulting in quicker service turnaround times.
Real-Time LTE Winner
The “Real-Time Communication between vehicles via the LTE Mobile Network” project jointly launched by Continental, Deutsche Telekom, the Fraunhofer ESK Institute, and Nokia on the A9 motorway in Germany has won the top award in the best-practice competition of the Intelligent Networking Initiative in the “Traffic” category. All award winners were honored during Cebit 2016 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Intelligent Networking Initiative.
NIRA Software Detects Wet Roads
This winter, NIRA Dynamics has equipped a fleet of 80 vehicles with software for detecting road surface conditions in real-time. Road Surface Information (RSI) by NIRA continuously monitors the quality and tire grip level of the road surface – without stereo cameras, adaptive suspension or other expensive sensors. With sensor fusion based algorithms, RSI can determine the level of road roughness and road friction.
By connecting RSI to a cloud service, road data can be distributed to other vehicles, enabling drivers to adapt their driving style or change routes as they receive information about upcoming hazards or dangerous situations. And that’s just one example – the possibilities are basically endless.
To allow for a quick roll-out of this important safety feature, instead of only integrating the software as original equipment in brand new passenger cars, NIRA has in collaboration with Infocar Training AB integrated the friction software on Infocar´s electronic device that plugs into the standard interface in all passenger cars since model year 2001. This enables NIRA to start collecting and distributing this extremely dynamic information about the road condition in real-time, every second, and send it to a back-end server.
This cloud data will then be possible to share with other drivers, road authorities and systems for Advanced Driver Assistance or for real time weather navigation data. Best of all, this dynamic data is available now.
Original News item appeared at: http://www.autoconnectedcar.com/