European Commission has adopted the “Delegated Act” for the deployment of C-ITS
14 March, 2019. European Commission has adopted the “Delegated Act” for the deployment of C-ITS. Its purpose is to create the minimal legal requirements for interoperability for C-ITS and to enable large-scale deployment of C-ITS systems and services from 2019. The focus of this Delegated Regulation is on ‘day 1’ services, i.e. C-ITS services to be deployed in the short term that will contribute particularly to road safety and traffic efficiency.
Audi expands Traffic Light Information with speed recommendations to minimize stops
19 February, 2019. Audi of America announced today an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) to provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights. Future iterations of V2I technology could include integration with the vehicle’s start/stop function, optimized navigation routing, and other predictive services.
Ford commits to deploy C-V2X technology on all new vehicles in the US beginning in 2022
7 January, 2019. Ford has announced their commitment to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology — or C-V2X — in all their new vehicle models in the United States beginning in 2022. C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360™, their suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, including F-150, going forward.
Leading Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies successfully carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan
13 December, 2018. Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies have successfully conducted what they claim is Japan’s first C-V2X testing at 5.8 GHz. The tests focused on sending messages directly via C-V2X (PC5) under varying conditions, including vehicles driving at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and with a truck or even buildings blocking the communications both direct and network-based communications.
Bosch and Daimler join forces to work on fully automated, driverless system
12 November, 2018. Bosch and Daimler are joining forces to bring fully automated and driverless driving to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The objective is to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system. Bosch and Daimler aim to improve the flow of traffic in cities, enhance safety on the road and provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future.
Cohda Wireless announces C-V2X software development kit
17 September, 2018. Cohda Wireless is announcing a pre-commercial C-V2X software development kit that allows users to compile and run C-V2X applications on the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution. This chipset is based upon the 3GPP Release 14 specifications for direct communications (PC5) between vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians over the globally harmonized 5.9GHz ITS spectrum. The objective of the kit is to accelerate the commercial introduction of C-V2X technology and will be of particular interest to OEMs given its pre-production readiness.
NXP Semiconductors and Hitachi Solutions collaborate on secure DSRC-based V2X solution for japanese market
17 September, 2018. NXP Semiconductors and Hitachi Solutions collaborate to develop a new V2X solution targeted at the Japanese market. The partnership will combine NXP’s V2X chipset and Hitachi Solutions’ V2X Software stack in a solution that is capable of supporting V2X implementations in the EU, US and Korea (5.9GHz) as well as Japan (760MHz). As part of the cooperation with Hitachi Solutions, NXP will implement the SAF5400, a high-performance single-chip DSRC modem that also supports Japan (760MHz).
Groupe PSA showcases the leading-edge V2X communication technology for connected cars in China
14 September, 2018. Groupe PSA today began demonstrating the latest LTE-V2X technology developed separately with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies Inc, in Wuxi, China. The project covers 226 road intersections, 170 sq km city area, over 600 communication base stations, more than 100,000 commercial users and 13 typical scenarios. The LTE-V2X project in Wuxi is scheduled to be implemented in three phases from 2017 to 2020.
Autotalks launches a global V2X solution unifying DSRC and C-V2X on its deployment-ready chipset
5 September, 2018. Autotalks announced the launch of their 2nd generation V2X chipset that supports both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest security level. While DSRC-based V2X is deployed in the US, Europe and Japan, C-V2X is gaining momentum in other regions. Autotalks’ PC5 solution utilizes the globally defined 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network agnostic.
Hyundai invests in Autotalks to develop Connectivity Technology
3 July, 2018. Hyundai Motor announced today its strategic partnership with Autotalks through a direct investment to accelerate the development and deployment of the next generation chipset for connected cars. Hyundai is expanding partnerships in the connectivity field to further strengthen connectivity technology vital to autonomous driving and explore new business opportunities within smart city infrastructure.
Intel and Mobileye begin testing their autonomous fleet in Jerusalem
17 May, 2018. Intel and Mobileye have begun operating a 100-car autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet in Jerusalem. In the coming months, the fleet will expand to the U.S. and other regions. The fleet is powered only by cameras. In a 360-degree configuration, each vehicle uses 12 cameras, with eight cameras providing long-range surround view and four cameras utilized for parking. The radar/lidar layer will be added in the coming weeks as a second phase.
DOCOMO achieves 5G wireless data transmission in ultra-high-mobility environment exceeding 300 km/h
9 May, 2018. NTT DOCOMO has achieved a successful 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a 5G base station and a 5G mobile station in 5G field trials using a car moving at 305 km/h. The trials also achieved 1.1 Gbps ultra-high-speed data transmission via downlink to a 5G mobile station moving at 293 km/h and a fast handover during communication between 5G base stations and a 5G mobile station moving at 290 km/h.
Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility
4 May, 2018. The Toyota Research Institute is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology. The new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving scenarios, too dangerous to perform on public roads. The facility will include congested urban environments, slick surfaces and a four-lane divided highway with high-speed entrance and exit ramps.
TrueMotion partners with INRIX to deliver contextual driving data to auto insurers
23 April, 2018. TrueMotion announced a strategic partnership with INRIX to provide contextual driving data to auto insurers to improve driver safety, customer engagement, loss costs, and risk modeling. Auto insurers working with TrueMotion can now incorporate INRIX traffic, incident and road weather data into their digital programs.
Continental demonstrates Predictive Connectivity Manager
26 February, 2018. The intelligent mobility of the future depends on connectivity. Continental has developed a Predictive Connectivity Manager that “looks” into the future to determine network availability along the route so that it can then take appropriate action. To this aim, the connectivity manager collects data on the availability and quality of the communication channels from vehicles traveling along the same route.
Volkswagen Group will roll-out IEEE 802.11p standard in volume models from 2019
15 February, 2018. From 2019 onwards, the brands of the Volkswagen Group are to use the IEEE 802.11p standard for communications among vehicles and between vehicles and their environment. The introduction of this technology as standard equipment on volume models ranging from compact cars to commercial vehicles is expected to significantly improve safety on the roads of Europe.
Leading Automotive, Telecom and ITS Companies Unveil First Announced Cellular V2X Trials in Japan
11 January, 2018. Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies join forces to host C-V2X trials in Japan in 2018 to validate and demonstrate the benefits of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X). The use cases are designed to focus on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) direct communications, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) operations over cellular network-based wide area communications with cloud access.
Qualcomm and Ford Collaborate on C-V2X Global Initiative
9 January, 2018. Qualcomm Technologies and Ford Motor Company are accelerating the development of connected cars with the extension of their long-standing relationship into the development of advanced connectivity systems for Ford vehicles and upcoming Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology testing. Qualcomm Technologies’ C-V2X commercial solution, the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset, is expected to be commercially available the second half of 2018.
Dallas picks Ericsson for Smart Cities Traffic Solution
8 January, 2018. The City of Dallas has selected Ericsson to install and host an Advanced Traffic Management System based on Ericsson’s Connected Urban Transport solution. This solution will give the City of Dallas and adjacent cities the ability to aggregate and analyze diverse, real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to dynamically control traffic lights, school flashers and message signs.
Uber Selects NVIDIA Technology to Power Its Self-Driving Fleets
7 January, 2018. NVIDIA and Uber agree to incorporate NVIDIA technology for the AI computing system in Uber’ fleet of self-driving vehicles. NVIDIA technology will be used for running AI algorithms that enable vehicles to perceive the world, predict what will happen next and quickly choose the best course of action.
LG Electronics and HERE Technologies partner on autonomous cars
27 December, 2017. LG Electronics is partnering with HERE Technologies to offer a next-generation telematics solution for autonomous vehicles combining LG’s advanced telematics technology with high-precision map data and location services. Through their planned collaboration, the companies aim to support automakers globally with a robust and secure data communications hub for highly automated and fully autonomous cars.
Volvo Cars to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive compatible cars to Uber
20 November, 2017. 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.
DOCOMO initiates multi-party 5G trial for connected cars
6 November, 2017. 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.
SEAT and Champion Motors create XPLORA, a partnership on technological innovation in Israel
2 November, 2017. 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.
AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm launch Cellular-V2X connected car technology trials in the U.S.
31 October, 2017. 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.
Amazon Alexa coming to all BMW and MINi cars in mid-2018
27 September, 2017. 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.
Hyundai Motor opens Big Data Center in China to advance leadership in Connected Mobility
26 September, 2017. 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.
Continental invests in Cellular-V2X technology and announces C-V2X trials
13 September, 2017. 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.
U.S. DOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance
12 September, 2017. 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.
TomTom launches TomTom Bridge Hub – The Next-Level Solution for Connected Mobility
12 September, 2017. 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.
Ericsson and Zenuity team up for self-driving cars
7 September, 2017. 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.
LG Innotek unveils a ‘Second Generation V2X Full Module’
31 Aug, 2017. 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.
Toyota and Grab Launch Data Collaboration Initiative for Connected Car Services
30 Aug, 2017. 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.
Nissan India Launches Nissanconnect
10 August, 2017. 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).
C2C-CC and C-Roads Platform signed MoU on joint deployment by 2019
20 June, 2017. The CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium and the C-Roads Platform have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding for enabling a close cooperation between the automotive industry, road authorities, and road operators for preparing the deployment of initial cooperative ITS services across Europe by 2019.
Volvo Cars partners with Google to build Android into next generation connected vehicles
15 May, 2017. Volvo Cars has announced a close partnership with Google to develop the next generation of its in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android. The large catalogue of popular Android apps will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. This partnership reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries as cars become increasingly connected.
SEAT and Saba promote the creation of the connected car ecosystem
11 May, 2017. SEAT and Saba sign an agreement to develop vehicle services associated with parking, such as booking and advance payment of parking spaces The collaboration lays the foundation for projects like Parkfinder 2.0, which will enable drivers to know in real-time from their car which parking spaces are available The partners will explore the possibilities of new services that take advantage of the time spent that cars are parked, which is 95% of the time.
NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars
10 May, 2017. NVIDIA is collaborating with Toyota to deliver artificial intelligence hardware and software technologies that will enhance the capabilities of autonomous driving systems. Engineering teams from the two companies are already developing sophisticated software on NVIDIA’s high-performance AI platform that will enhance the capabilities of Toyota vehicles.
5GAA joins 3GPP
26 April, 2017. The 5G Automotive Association has today become a Market Representation Partner (MRP) in 3GPP, bringing in the influence and expertise of vehicle manufacturers and a variety of important companies from the automotive sector, to the 3GPP environment. The objective is to connect the telecom industry and vehicle manufacturers, to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.
The European Commission releases the 2017 Rolling Plan on ICT Standardization
25 April, 2017. The EC has released the 2017 Rolling Plan on ICT Standardization that includes policies such as healthcare, cloud computing, intelligent transport systems, security, accessibility, the Internet of Things, eGovernment and smart grids, among many. The Rolling Plan proposes new actions on standardization for C-ITS systems.
Ericsson Digital Key unlocks possibilities for LYNK & CO
18 April, 2017. LYNK & CO has partnered with Ericsson and demonstrated the world’s first built-in share function. Ericsson’s digital key and LYNK & CO’s car sharing platform provides access to a LYNK & CO car through a smartphone enabling a car’s owner to remotely grant access to their car.
GM and SAE International select 8 North American universities for new autonomous vehicle competition
5 April, 2017. SAE and GM announced the eight North American universities who will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge™, a three-year competition to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. Throughout the competition, students will focus on autonomous technologies and will work with real-world applications of sensing technologies, computing platforms, software design implementation and advanced computation methods.
V2V safety technology now standard on Cadillac CTS sedans
2 April, 2017. Cadillac introduces V2V communications in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 interim model year cars in production now. Using DSRC, V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards. Through the next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system, drivers can customize alerts to show in the instrument cluster and available head-up display.
IBM patents cognitive system to manage self-driving vehicles
30 March, 2017. IBM patents a machine learning system that can dynamically shift control of an autonomous vehicle between a human driver and a vehicle control processor in the event of a potential emergency. IBM researchers developed the patented system using their understanding of biological cognition and behavior generation in the brain.
Toyota and NTT agree to collaborate on ICT platform R&D for connected cars
27 March, 2017. Toyota and NTT have agreed to collaborate in the connected car field, combining the automotive technologies of Toyota with the information and communication technologies of NTT Group companies. Areas of collaboration include 5G, data collection, IoT networks and edge computing, among others.
Ficosa and Panasonic strengthen capital and business alliance to lead the automobile transformation
21 March, 2017. Panasonic has increased its share in Ficosa by 20% in order to speed the development of key technologies for the future of automotive. With this transaction, Ficosa and Panasonic strengthen their capital and business alliance in order to develop new high-technology vision, safety, efficiency and connectivity solutions (connected cars, driverless vehicles, assisted driving and e-mobility).
Econolite Group and Savari finalize partnership agreement
16 March, 2017. Econolite Group and Savari have formed a partnership to accelerate the deployment of V2I safety applications. The partnership agreement provides Econolite exclusive distributorship of Savari’s StreetWAVE™ RSUs to the Americas, Middle East, and Africa.
The USDOT has released three new fact sheets on the connected vehicle pilot deployment sites
9 March, 2017. The USDOT has released new fact sheets on each of the three pilot deployment sites—New York City; Wyoming; and Tampa, Florida. These sites are designing, building, and testing integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. The newly released fact sheets provide an overview of each of the pilot deployment sites, including the transportation challenges that exist in each location.
AT&T and Bridge Alliance collaborate to strengthen global connected car leadership
1 March, 2017. AT&T and members of Bridge Alliance have formed a long-term agreement to extend their global connected car leadership to new territories. This collaboration sets forth the framework to extend the geographic coverage AT&T could provide to automotive manufacturers looking to enhance their infotainment offerings in the growth markets served by members of Bridge Alliance.
Qualcomm and LG bring 5G and Cellular-V2X communications into vehicles
23 Febrary, 2017. Qualcomm and LG announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) technologies, which they expect to showcase during the first half of 2018. LG is developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE modem complemented by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution.
TomTom telematics surpasses 700,000-vehicle milestone
16 February, 2017. TomTom Telematics has surpassed 700,000 subscriptions to its connected car and fleet management solutions, WEBFLEET, which allows fleet owners to manage vehicle fleet data effectively in their businesses and is part of the TomTom Telematics Service Platform.
3 February, 2017. SEAT and BeMobile have signed an agreement to develop mobility applications for the connected vehicle using a SEAT Ateca and Barcelona as its testing ground. SEAT’s objective is to provide drivers with easy, digital, connected mobility experiences.
TomTom acquires Autonomos, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up
20 January, 2017. TomTom announced that it has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up that was established in 2012 after the founders had worked for several years in successful autonomous driving research projects at the Free University of Berlin. This acquisition will advance TomTom’s map-based products for autonomous driving applications.
U.S. Department of Transportation announces Vehicle-to-Infrastructure guidance
19 January, 2017. USDOT announced new V2I guidance to accelerate the deployment of V2I communication systems. The objective is to assist transportation system owners/operators as they deploy V2I technology. The guidance can help transportation agencies and tollway authorities understand what a decision to deploy V2I technology could mean to their region, prepare for emerging V2I and V2V technologies, and leverage federal-aid funds to deploy them.
Nissan announces on-road autonomous vehicle tests in Europe
17 January, 2017. Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to London. Passengers will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment in a modified Nissan LEAF. It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai and the new LEAF will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.
Qualcomm automotive solutions power next generation infotainment for Volkswagen vehicles
3 January, 2017. Qualcomm announced today the integration of their chipsets in the next-generation of Volkswagen AG vehicles. These chipsets include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A processor, as well as the Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems. Volkswagen AG vehicles featuring the Snapdragon 820A processor are expected to be available in 2019, while vehicles utilizing Snapdragon X12 and X5 LTE modems are expected to be available in 2018.
Continental and Inmarsat cooperate for holistic vehicle connectivity
3 January, 2017. Together with Inmarsat, Continental is expanding its over-the-air updates portfolio to enable updates across the globe through geostationary satellite networks. The company claims that this will allow deploying worldwide update campaigns at the push of a button, bypassing the complexity of dealing with multiple mobile network operators.
USDOT issues proposed rule to advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies
13 December, 2016. The USDOT issued today a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles. The rule proposes requiring V2V devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging. V2V devices would use the dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to transmit data, such as location, direction, and speed, to nearby vehicles.
Google’s self-driving car project becomes Waymo
13 December, 2016. Google’s self-driving car project has grown into a company called Waymo, an independent company within the Alphabet umbrella, with the mission of making it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Waymo has a partnership with Fiat Chrysler, which is incorporating self-driving software and sensors into its Pacifica minivans.
The EU adopts a strategy on cooperative, connected and automated mobility
30 November, 2016. The EC adopted a Strategy on C-ITS to allow for a wide-scale deployment of this technology as of 2019. The Strategy focuses on services that can be deployed in the short to medium-run and its main elements include avoiding a fragmented market, using a mix of communication technologies and addressing security and data protection issues, among others.
nuTonomy tests its self-driving cars on specific public roads in Boston
21 November, 2016. nuTonomy today announced an agreement with the City of Boston to begin testing its self-driving cars on specific public streets in Boston. nuTonomy outfits its vehicles with a software system integrated with high-performance sensing and computing components. During the Boston road tests, nuTonomy’s software system will learn local signage and road markings while gaining a deeper understanding of pedestrian, cyclist, and driver behavior.
Ericsson, SK Telecom and BMW conduct multi-vehicular 5G trials
15 November, 2016. Ericsson, SK Telecom and BMW have successfully conducted a multi-vehicular 5G trial at the advanced BMW car test track in South Korea. The test environment included multiple radio transmission points on the 28GHz frequency band. The trial showed that 5G performance will be able to support V2X services that require low latency and consistent high bi-directional throughput.
Intel announces $250 million investment for autonomous driving
15 November, 2016. Intel has announced an investment of more than $250 million to make fully autonomous driving a reality, which includes the development of new technologies for connectivity, communication, context awareness, deep learning, security and safety. The company believes that the automotive industry is on the cusp of a major transformation, demanding unprecedented levels of computing, intelligence and connectivity.
Samsung acquires Harman to accelerate growth in automotive and connected technologies
14 November, 2016. Samsung has announced an agreement to acquire Harman, a company that provides connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems. Samsung expects the combination to deliver significant growth opportunities and benefits to customers by leveraging Samsung’s and Harman’s complementary technologies.
General Motors demonstrates eight connected vehicle safety applications in China
3 November, 2016. General Motors today demonstrated eight safety applications for its intelligent and connected vehicle technology in China, including Intersection Movement Assist and Red Light Violation Warning, among others. This technology is expected to address the transportation challenges of nine Chinese megacities with populations above 10 million.
Qualcomm acquires NXP
27 October, 2016. Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors today announced an agreement under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP. The combined company is expected to have annual revenues of more than $30 billion, serviceable addressable markets of $138 billion in 2020 and leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF and networking.
Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors test connected and autonomous cars in the UK
21 October, 2016. As part of UK Autodrive project, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre jointly demonstrated today a number of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The demonstration showcased cars that can warn their drivers when another connected car up ahead has braked severely, and how connected cars can be sent information from traffic lights.
Telstra and Cohda Wireless successfully trial V2I technology over 4G
4 October, 2016. Telstra and Cohda Wireless have successfully trialled V2I technology over Telstra’s 4G network in South Australia for diverse applications that include alerting a driver to roadworks ahead or giving green light priority to high priority vehicles. Telstra and Cohda Wireless intend to trial V2V and Vehicle-to-Vulnerable (bicycles and pedestrians) technologies within the coming months.
Telecommunications and automotive players form 5G Automotive Association
27 September, 2016. AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated have announced the formation of the “5G Automotive Association”. The association will address key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions.
Initial 3GPP Cellular V2X standard completed
26 September, 2016. The initial Cellular V2X standard was completed last week. It focuses on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications, with further enhancements to support additional V2X operational scenarios to follow, in Release 14, targeting completion during March 2017.
HERE unveils next generation real-time data services for automotive industry
26 September, 2016. HERE today announced its next generation data services intended to harness real-time data generated by the on-board sensors of connected vehicles to create a live depiction of the road environment. Drivers will be able to access this view of the road through four services that provide information on traffic conditions, potential road hazards, traffic signage and on-street parking at high quality.
Renault-Nissan and Microsoft partner to deliver the future of connected driving
26 September, 2016. The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed an agreement to advance connected driving experiences worldwide. The Alliance aims to develop connectivity technologies and features to support the launch of more than 10 vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020. The connected services for cars that will be developed will be powered by Microsoft Azure.
USDOT issues federal policy for safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles
20 September, 2016. The USDOT is issuing a Federal Automated Vehicle Policy for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies. The primary focus of the policy is on highly automated vehicles, or those in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances. Portions of the policy also apply to lower levels of automation.
ETSI announces its 5th ETSI ITS Plugtest
20 September, 2016. ETSI announces its 5th ETSI ITS PlugtestTM event for co-operative transport systems focusing on V2V and V2I communications. This event will trial the ITS eco system under real life conditions, demonstrating conformance to ETSI ITS Release 1 standard and interoperability of ITS G5 radio equipment. Testing will take place from 7 to 17 November around the port of Livorno, Italy.
Uber brings self-driving cars to Pittsburgh
14 September, 2016. Uber has announced that Uber’s new self-driving cars are now on the road in Pittsburgh for real-world testing. These cars have a safety driver in the front seat because they require human intervention in many conditions, including bad weather. The company is inviting its most loyal Pittsburgh customers to experience the future first.
Nvidia presents a new processor for autonomous vehicles
22 August, 2016. NVIDIA has presented Parker, their new mobile processor to power the next generation of autonomous vehicles. Parker delivers up to 1.5 teraflops of performance for deep learning-based self-driving AI cockpit systems and offers the raw graphics performance and features to power multiple high-resolution displays, such as cockpit instrument displays and in-vehicle infotainment panels.
Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars
18 August, 2016. Volvo Cars and Uber have signed an agreement to develop fully autonomous driving cars, with a combined contribution of USD 300M. The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies.
Ford targets fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021
16 August, 2016. Ford has announced its intent to have a fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.
Finland launches automated buses in three cities
14 July, 2016. Automated last mile buses that can transport up to nine persons will enter the public roads in Finland this summer to solve the challenges of urban mobility. The buses will be on a trial use in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi grants permissions for safe automatic transportation trials.
Volkswagen and LG agree joint development of a connected car platform
6 July, 2016. The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics have signed a memorandum of understanding on joint research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform. The two companies will work together on a platform to enhance vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using cloud technology, it will offer drivers seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services.
NXP and Cohda Wireless participate in the first large-scale road test for connected vehicles in China
5 July, 2016. NXP Semiconductors and Tongji University recently announced their support for China’s large-scale road test initiative for intelligent connected vehicles. The road testing initiative is part of the Shanghai Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Demonstration Program. NXP and its partner Cohda Wireless will provide secure vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communications technology for cars and roadside infrastructure.
Qualcomm announces Connected Car Reference Platform
8 June, 2016. Qualcomm has announced the Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform for connected cars. The Platform integrates wireless technologies including 3G/4G LTE, GNSS, Wi-Fi, DSRC, and Bluetooth and is extensible to support cellular V2X and 5G. The company claims that the platform is also designed to address different challenges such as wireless coexistence or future-proofing.
Google Collaborates with Fiat to double their Fleet of Self-driving Cars
3 May, 2016. Google plan to double their fleet of self-driving vehicles through a collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company plans an initial addition of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, and they hope the first few will be on the road by the end of 2016.
Hyundai Motor and Cisco Collaborate for Global Connected Car Project
19 April, 2016. Hyundai Motor Company is accelerating developments in connected car technology by collaborating with Cisco. The cooperation is part of Hyundai Motor’s wider strategy to establish a connected car platform through collaboration with leading technology partners.
NXP Named Partner of USDOT for V2X Communications in Smart City Challenge 11 March, 2016. NXP Semiconductors has announced it has joined the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge as a provider of V2X technology. With this partnership, NXP, together with its partner Cohda Wireless, will provide the contest’s winning community with wireless communication modules that allow cars to securely exchange data, such as hazard warnings, to prevent accidents and improve traffic flow.
Ficosa and Panasonic introduce the latest technology in connected car at MWC 2016 19 February, 2016. Ficosa and Panasonic have joined forces to improve their technological capabilities and integrate complementary technologies in the areas of connectivity, safety and efficiency of the automobile of the future. Both companies have developed the new generation of Smart Connectivity Module, a solution that enables all passengers to be simultaneously but independently connected through the vehicle’s own connection.
New Connected Vehicle Data Sets from the Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program Are Available 20 January, 2016. Two months of new connected vehicle data from the Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program have been released. The data sets contain sanitized mobility data elements collected from about 3,000 vehicles equipped with connected vehicle technologies while traversing Ann Arbor, Michigan. The data sets include kinematic and geospatial information, trip summaries and vehicle attributes, among others.
Volvo Cars and Ericsson develop intelligent media streaming for self-driving cars 4 January, 2016. Volvo is developing intelligent, high bandwidth, streaming capabilities with its technology partner, Ericsson, that will ensure drivers and passengers get the most out of their time travelling in an autonomous Volvo. Utilising Ericsson’s network and cloud expertise, Volvo Cars’ aim is to deliver a high quality, interruption-free experience in its cars whilst on the move.
Toyota is Developing a New Map Generation System for Automated Driving 22 December, 2015. To aid the safe implementation of automated driving, Toyota is developing a high-precision map generation system that will use data from on-board cameras and GPS devices installed in production vehicles. The information gathered by vehicles is sent to data centers, where it is automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area.
Google reports self-driving car disengagements 15 December, 2015. Google has recently reported 314 total disengagements from autonomous mode, i.e. deactivations of the autonomous mode when a failure of the autonomous technology is detected or when the safe operation of the vehicle requires the driver to take immediate control of the vehicle. 37.9% disengagements were produced by perception discrepancy and 25.5% due to a software discrepancy.
HERE and the Netherlands evaluate 4G/LTE-based C-ITS road messaging system 25 November, 2015. HERE and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment are together evaluating the deployment of a cellular network-based C-ITS for improving road safety and reducing congestion in the Netherlands. The evaluation uses standard commercial 3G and 4G/LTE cellular networks as well as location cloud technology and data analytics from HERE to connect smartphones and other devices, road infrastructure and traffic management centers.
The Car Connectivity Consortium and ETSI Sign Cooperation Agreement 18 November, 2015. The Car Connectivity Consortium and ETSI sign cooperation agreement in which ETSI will formally explore adopting MirrorLink as an ETSI Technical Specification. Designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars, MirrorLink is an OS- and OEM-agnostic technology for car-smartphone connectivity.
ITU World Radiocommunication Conference approves spectrum for automotive radar at 79 GHz 17 November, 2015. Radio-frequency spectrum needed for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15). It provides a globally harmonized regulatory framework for automotive radar to prevent collisions, which will improve vehicular safety and reduce traffic accidents.
Spanish DGT establishes framework for testing automated vehicles on public roads 16 November, 2015. Spanish DGT has published the legal framework to allow testing of automated vehicles on public roads in Spain. This framework details the requirements needed to conduct the tests, and a classification of vehicles depending on their level of automation. Authorization for testing can be requested by manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, official laboratories, suppliers of autonomous driving technologies, universities and consortia involved in research projects.
U.S. DOT Announces up to $42 Million in Next Generation Connected Vehicle Technologies 27 October, 2015. The U.S. DOT has announced that New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa, FL will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation V2V and V2I communication technologies. New York City will install V2V technology in 10,000 city-owned vehicles, as well as V2I technology throughout Midtown. In Wyoming, the focus is on the efficient and safe movement of freight through, which is critical to commercial heavy-duty vehicles.
Initial deployment of V2X communication systems in Europe could begin in 2019 20 October, 2015. The 16 vehicle manufacturers organised in the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium adhere to their agreement to jointly bring cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and Services to the European market. Working under the assumption that some open issues identified can be resolved with all the required standards in place by 2016, initial deployment of cooperative vehicles could begin as soon as 2019.
Siemens and Cohda Wireless collaborate on C-ITS infrastructure 7 October, 2015. Siemens AG and Cohda Wireless have announced they will collaborate in the area of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications. The objective is to share information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, to increases the quality and reliability of information available to drivers about their immediate environment, other vehicles and road users.
The European Mobility-as-a-Service alliance has been launched 5 October, 2015. 20 European organisations join forces to establish the first Mobility as a Service Alliance through public and private stakeholder cooperation. The key concept behind it is to put the users, both travelers and goods, at the core of transport services, offering them tailor made mobility solutions based on their individual needs.
First Toyota cars to include V2V and V2I communication by the end of 2015 30 September, 2015. By the end of 2015, Toyota will make a new ITS safety package available on three models in Japan. This package uses V2V and V2I communication to provide drivers with the kind of safety information that cannot be picked up by onboard sensors. The new ITS safety package uses Japan’s standardized ITS frequency of 760 MHz to receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and other vehicles.
G7 Declaration on Automated and Connected Driving 17 September, 2015. The G7 transport ministers and the European Commissioner for Transport claim that they will jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving to make a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide. Fundamental issues related to the harmonization of the regulatory framework or the role and obligations of drivers will need to be addressed.
Continental presents a Left-turn Assist based on V2X at the Frankfurt Motor Show 10 September, 2015. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Continental presented a Left-turn Assist based on V2X technology. This technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn maneuver. Other functions that Continental offers with its V2X technology include the Electronic Brake Light and the Roadworks Assistant.
Germany launches the “Ko-HAF – Cooperative Highly Automated Driving” research project 6 August, 2015. A consortium of automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers and public partners has launched in Germany the Ko-HAF (Cooperative Highly Automated Driving) research project. The aim of the project is to research new systems and functions permitting highly automated driving at higher speeds and in more complex situations.
Nokia sells its HERE digital mapping and location services business to AUDI, BMW and Daimler 3 August, 2015. Nokia announced an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. HERE is developing a location cloud that harnesses the power of data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services. In the automotive industry, its focus is on developing precise and accurate mapping.
Honda opens new Silicon Valley facility to advance connected mobility 23 July, 2015. Honda has opened a new Silicon Valley R&D facility and launched a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience.
U-M opens Mcity test environment for connected and driverless vehicles 20 July, 2015. The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened Mcity, the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.
Chevrolet introduces in-vehicle technology to help keep smartphone cool 2 July, 2015. Chevrolet introduces Active Phone Cooling technology to help keep smartphones cool. An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature.
Ericsson unveils connected bus stop 4 June, 2015. Ericsson demonstrated a connected bus stop concept at UITP World Congress and Exhibition that incorporates 3G, LTE or Wi-Fi small cell technology. The connected bus stop’s small cell infrastructure will provide public transport operators with an additional source of revenue, as it can be leased to telecom mobile operators as a means of densifying their networks.
Bosch brings freight trains to the internet 5 May, 2015. Bosch is making freight cars intelligent and connecting them to the internet. The technology supplier has developed a new condition monitoring system for rail freight transportation. The hardware attached to the railcars as part of the system is from Bosch large-scale automotive series production. Sensors supply data such as the precise position of a railcar, or the temperature in the storage area. This data is transferred to a server and evaluated.
eCall in all new cars from April 2018 28 April, 2015. The European Parliament voted in favour of eCall regulation which requires all new cars be equipped with eCall technology from April 2018. In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112 – Europe’s single emergency number.
LTE support for the connected car 27 March, 2015. 3GPP launches a new Study Item on “V2x” to address the use of LTE to ensure connectivity between vehicles, roadside infrastructure and the people inside and around connected vehicles.