Airbiquity Enters 2017 With 7 Million Connected Car Subscriptions


Airbiquity Enters 2017 With 7 Million Connected Car Subscriptions And Increasing Momentum For Software & Data Management Offering

 Airbiquity®, a global leader in connected vehicle services, is entering 2017 on a high, providing service delivery for over seven million connected vehicles and launching its Software & Data Management offering, an industry-leading solution for configuring and automating over-the-air (OTA) software updates and data collection.

Airbiquity posted a ten percent increase in connected vehicle subscriptions year-over-year, processed over 2 billion platform transactions, and surpassed 4 million over-the-air software updates. The company also secured a new customer deal with Alpine Electronics to provide infotainment service delivery for select Alpine Restyle aftermarket dash systems, and with the introduction of its Software & Data Management product is positioned to capitalize on the significant market opportunity for automotive OTA software and data management services, which is projected to grow from $2.7 billion in 2015 to over $35 billion in 2022, according to research firm IHS.

While developing its Software & Data Management offering the company worked to bolster its strategic partnerships to provide automakers with an innovative end-to-end feature-rich OTA capability supporting single and multiple electronic control units (ECUs). In addition to utilizing its own technology, Airbiquity integrated HARMAN ECUSHIELD intrusion detection and prevention software to address cybersecurity threats, and EnGIS EnVDM Delta Packager and Update Agent technology for software differential creation and update installation, among other partnerships and integrations in 2016.

“2016 was a landmark year for Airbiquity on multiple fronts, given our customer wins, product development initiatives, and strategic partnerships,” said Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity. “It’s clear we’ve entered a new era where software technology and cloud services are key components of every automotive connected vehicle program. This makes it an exciting time to work in this industry, and our talented and agile team has proven to be our biggest asset in developing and deploying world class solutions for customers.”


About Airbiquity 

Airbiquity® is a global leader in connected vehicle services and pioneer in the development and engineering of automotive telematics technology. At the forefront of automotive innovation, Airbiquity operates the industry’s most advanced cloud-based connected vehicle service delivery platform, Choreo, and supports all leading use cases including over-the-air (OTA) software and data management. Working with Airbiquity, automakers and automotive suppliers are deploying highly scalable, reliable, and manageable connected vehicle services meeting the safety, entertainment, and convenience needs of their customers in over 60 countries around the world. Learn more about Airbiquity at or join the conversation @airbiquity.  Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc.

Widest ever choice of listening for UK motorists as 2.3 million new car buyers tune into digital radio in 2016



More than eight out of 10 new cars registered in 2016 featured the latest digital radios, according to figures published by SMMT. Last year, 2.28 million cars hit the roads with the kit fitted as standard – the first time the 2 million milestone has been reached.

Over the past five years, the number of newly registered cars factory fitted with digital radio has increased more than four-fold, thanks to major investment by manufacturers. In 2012, just over a quarter of new cars featured the systems as standard, compared with 84.5% in 2016. Motorists who opt for a car with DAB can now enjoy more than 400 digital radio stations.

The government has committed to switching off the UK’s analogue radio signal when DAB coverage reaches 50% of radio listeners, but no date has been set yet.1

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

With increasing numbers of DAB-enabled vehicle models on the market, and new car registrations at record levels,2 more car owners than ever before are now able to tune into digital radio as they drive.

While vehicle manufacturers have already shown they are committed to the digital revolution, the setting of a confirmed switch to digital date by government would considerably accelerate conversion of existing vehicles in use. This remains a sizeable job and, consequently, a significant opportunity for the aftermarket.

  1. Current share of all radio listening via digital platforms is 45.5%: RAJAR data, Q3 2016.
  2. A record 2,692,786 new cars were registered in the UK in 2016.

Source: SMMT

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Wa!, the multi-service mobile wallet from BNP Paribas, is secured by Gemalto


Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying BNP Paribas, a leading European bank, with Mobile Protector, a highly secure solution to protect Wa!, an innovative multi-brand, omni-channel mobile wallet that combines payments, shopping coupons and loyalty programs. Gemalto’s Mobile Protector encompasses an SDK (Software Development Kit), and both a customer enrollment and an authentication server. The solution delivers comprehensive security for all mobile payments made using Wa!. The bank is currently piloting Wa! in France with Carrefour, the world’s second biggest retailer with 12,300 stores across 35 countries.

Wa! enables consumers to enjoy the convenience of swift and secure payments using nothing more than their smartphone. Once the app has been downloaded, Gemalto’s solution facilitates a simple enrollment process that is activated by a PIN code sent via SMS. Customers validate payments with their PIN code or their fingerprint. In addition, coupons and loyalty rewards can be claimed and redeemed using the same wallet, creating a comprehensive shopping experience that redefines the relationship between retailers and customers.

Gemalto’s proven security expertise played a key role in helping BNP Paribas achieve the first ever approval of a mobile wallet by GIE-Cartes Bancaires, France’s interbank organization. Mobile Protector offers outstanding user protection, reflected in its recent certification to the industry-recognized ANSSI CSPN software security standard. Building on the success of the Carrefour pilot, BNP Paribas expects to deploy Wa! in partnership with many more retailers looking to enhance their customers’ experience.

Gemalto provided a perfect fit for our mobile security needs, combined with ease of use,” said Jacek Szpakiewicz, CEO of RMW1. “The strong involvement of Gemalto teams throughout the project has enabled us to optimize the integration of the solution and the development of the application.

Wa! is a multi-brand, multi-bank, omni-channel and fully secure payment solution that represents the future of the mobile wallet for banks and retailers alike,” said Philippe Cambriel, President for Europe, Mediterranean and CIS at Gemalto. “BNP Paribas has successfully turned this bold concept into reality, demonstrating how stringent standards of mobile security can be married to the smoothest possible customer journey.

1 RMW is the company that develops the Wa! mobile wallet

New Cyber Security Solution Detects and Intercepts Threats

NNG Cyber Security – a division launched when the global navigation company acquired Israel-based Arilou Information Security Technologies Ltd. in 2016 – announced the introduction of its new cyber security technology today.

The NNG Cyber Security solution brings groundbreaking innovation that detects and intercepts cyber threats for vehicles immediately, before they can cause any harm to the system of the car.



We all know there aren’t any vehicles that cannot be hacked, but our solution can effectively, and permanently rule out one of the methods most widely used by hackers. I could describe this as having discovered a vaccine for cars that fully protects them from a type of dangerous malicious attack. By applying our preventive technology, OEMs can make sure their cars are immune to such attackssaid Ziv Levi, CEO of Arilou, now part of NNG Cyber Security.

One of the methods most frequently used by hackers intending to take control of a vehicle is sending unauthorized commands that the car’s system mistakenly takes as coming from an authorized Electronic Control Unit (ECU). Filtering these malicious messages is key to preventing such impersonation attacks when one of the ECUs sends messages as if it was another. The newly introduced Parallel Intrusion Prevention System (PIPS) is the first solution on the market that analyzes not only the content and context of the communication on the CAN bus between ECUs, but the source of it as well. This enables it to intercept malicious messages in real time, and in a highly effective and accurate manner.


The ground-breaking technology analyzes the physical characteristics of the communication and determines its validity. As the analysis happens in real time, PIPS can stop the threats before they get to their destination, ensuring the security of the vehicle’s ECUs.

The technology is unique on the market because it can accurately track the origins of the communication, thus excluding the chance of impersonation attacks. PIPS can effectively identify these situations, and also stop the attempts, therefore neutralizing the malicious intrusion.

Covering full network from single point of integration

As opposed to available technologies where security systems only secure the communication flow between the segments where they were integrated, PIPS is integration agnostic. It can be connected anywhere on the CAN bus, which ensures full network coverage from one single point of integration.

The solution was revealed to partners at CES in Las Vegas last week, and is already patent pending.

Source: NNG

Looking for a fresh new challenge in 2017? Co-Star are recruiting for our distribution centre



Co-Star the UK’s leading supplier to the Mobile Communications Industry have a vacancy in our busy distribution centre located in Copgrove near Harrogate.

The job is varied and in brief includes: dealing with goods in, picking and packing orders, packing bulk products for re-sale and kit assemblies.  Some experience at soldering would also be an advantage. The  job does including some lifting.

The hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm

If you are interested in the position and can actively contribute to the future growth of the company by picking and packing orders to a high standard to maintain our high levels of customer service and  would like to work in an exciting and thriving environment than we would live to hear from you. Please e-mail:

Our address is:

Co-Star, Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB.









TRACKER figures show the North/South car theft divide


The North/South divide is often a cause for debate; however the latest figures from TRACKER show that 64% of cars stolen in the north of England in 2015 were stolen with keys. This compares to just 42% of cars in the south being stolen using keys. It’s clear that all car owners need to be vigilant, when it comes to keeping their car keys safe, but motorists in the north should be particularly vigilant urges TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery expert.

When it comes to the favoured models, car thieves in the north of England appear to prefer Mercedes Benz, whilst their counterparts in the south favour BMWs. However, figures indicate that a high percentage of vehicles in the north of the country are stolen by means of car key burglaries, frequently referred to by the police as ‘Hanoi’ or 2-in-1 burglaries, where thieves target a specific address where a desired vehicle is parked or garaged.

Supporting TRACKER’s research, West Yorkshire Police report that thieves committing burglaries in some parts of the county have switched their attention to stealing keys to take vehicles, rather than taking electrical items, money and jewellery. However, the reality is that offences where cars are stolen by means of burglary carry a much higher sentencing tariff than cars stolen by means of conventional vehicle theft.

Mercedes ML63 AMG stolen without keys.
Vehicle found on false plates and 1 arrest was made.

Meanwhile, in the south, car thieves tend to focus on compromising electronic security systems and key cloning, leading to the Metropolitan Police listing vehicle theft as one of its top seven priorities. The microchips embedded in keyless fobs emit a signal to the car which thieves are then able to intercept and copy, allowing them to start the car remotely without the owner’s knowledge. Stealing cars in this way carries a shorter jail sentence, reduces the risk of being caught red-handed and therefore serves as an additional incentive over car key burglaries.

“It’s clear from our survey and police reports that motorists need to take extra steps to protect their vehicles from thieves, but especially people in the north of England,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “Car owners need to be aware that thieves are always finding ways to crack manufacturer’s security measures, whether it’s hacking a vehicle or stealing the keys. This is why fitting a tracking device is fast becoming a vital part of modern security for car owners.

“Stolen vehicle recovery technology offers motorists an added level of protection from criminals. A tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, but it will increase the chances of police finding and recovering it, even if it’s hidden in a garage or shipping container, making it the best way close the net on thieves.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.  TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Source: Tracker


Alpine showcases the latest entertainment systems at CES


Alpine Electronics Expands Entertainment Options for AVN and AV Systems

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility are now available for these universal systems

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. debuted three new 8 and 7-inch screen-based systems at the 2017 International CES, taking place Jan. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility and can also serve as control hubs for system expansion with external accessories, drive assist cameras and rear seat entertainment products.

“We’re excited to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in these new systems,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “Alpine is the only manufacturer to offer aftermarket connectivity solutions in a selection of systems ranging from the standard 7-inch to the oversize, vehicle-specific 8 and 9-inch sizes.”

The new lineup consists of three mech-less systems: the 8-inch Alpine Restyle X208U audio/video/navigation (AVN) system, the 7-inch INE-W977HD AVN system and the iLX-207 audio/video (AV) system. The X208U is compatible with vehicle-specific Alpine Restyle dash kits that come with all needed accessories for the plug-and-play installation of the X208U, while the INE-W977HD and iLX-207 are for universal application in vehicles.

Optimized Smart Phone Connectivity
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 are optimized for connectivity with an iPhone or Android™ phone. The systems are designated as “Work with Apple CarPlay” models. Apple CarPlay lets iPhone users make and receive calls, access text messages, play music, and get directions in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Apple CarPlay is accessed through the capacitive touch screen or “Voice” hard key with Siri voice control and is compatible with iPhone 5 and later, including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the latest version of iOS.

The three models are also Android Auto compatible. Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so drivers can stay focused on the road. The corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls from either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are played through the vehicle’s speaker system.

System Expansion Capabilities
All three models can serve as control hubs for other accessories. When used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately), the screen becomes a hub for touch screen control of add-on electrical accessories like a motorized tonneau cover, winch, LED lights, etc. Eight outputs are available to control eight relay-connected accessories. A graphical icon and custom text can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the screen. The individual outputs can be configured as Pulsed, Latched or Momentary.

The models are compatible with Alpine’s rear and front camera systems and can be used with the optional KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Controller (sold separately) to manage multiple camera systems. The KCX-C250MC allows up to three camera systems (rear, front, side) to be controlled from the screen for one-touch viewing of the camera images.

DVD or CD entertainment can be added to any of the systems with the optional DVE-5300 add-on DVD player. The KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately) can also be added to retain HDMI capability when the X2008U, INE-W977HD or iLX-207 is connected to the DVE-5300. It uses an HDMI connection for maximum signal quality and a digital optical connection for output to an external processor (processor sold separately).

Audio Features

Audio features on the X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 include:

  • FLAC compatibility (Free Lossless Audio Codec): FLAC files can be played on the new models via USB, providing a truer listening experience.
  • HD Radio™ Technology: The models have a built-in HD Radio receiver for free, crystal clear digital sound from the more than 2,000 AM and FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology.
  • Pandora® internet radio: Pandora control is available from iPhone® and Android smartphones. Users can create new Pandora stations, rate songs with the thumbs up or down rating system, and bookmark songs for later purchase from the touchscreen.
  • SiriusXM: They are SiriusXM-Ready™ and connect to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). SiriusXM features include: album art; display of channel logos; pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of content while listening to satellite radio; start songs from the beginning when tuned to any favorite music channel using TuneStart™; scan and select songs on favorite music channels with TuneScan™.
  • iPod® and iPhone: The units are “Made for iPod and iPhone” compatible and have USB access to their iTunes library.
  • Alpine TuneIt® App: The units are compatible with the Alpine TuneIt App, a free smartphone app for sound tuning. The app allows for tweaking of sound settings (like Time Correction, Parametric EQ and Crossover) via hand-picked adjustments or from pre-made settings in the database. If the vehicle has Alpine speakers and subwoofers, these items can also be selected for more precise tuning of the audio system. Settings can be shared with and rated by other users.
  • Alpine’s MediaXpander® technology: This technology provides further enhanced sound quality by adding back missing harmonics in compressed media.

Video and Navigation Features
The three models each have an HDMI input for video entertainment through connectivity to HDMI-enabled devices (HDMI cable sold separately). Each system also has an HDMI output, allowing for full digital audio/video output to a rear seat entertainment system (sold separately). The dual zone video control allows the driver to use a source in the dash while the rear seat passengers enjoy a separate video in the back.

The X208U and INE-W977HD come with onboard navigation systems with free lifetime HERE® traffic RDS service, pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada and more than seven million Points of Interest (POIs). Major landmarks, buildings and terrain details are depicted in 3D. Driving directions are delivered through text-to-speech announcements and the highway services list displays the services at each exit (gas, ATM, etc.).

Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Features
Alpine’s advanced Bluetooth® wireless technology features include secure simple pairing (SSP); multipoint technology which allows for pairing and connecting of two different Bluetooth devices at the same time; phone battery, cellular signal level and received message indicators; as well as call waiting.

iDatalink® Maestro® Compatibility
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 retain various factory features through compatibility with the iDatalink Maestro module (sold separately). The retained features and customized vehicle information will vary by vehicle model, examples include: OnStar® from GM, SYNC® from Ford, SiriusXM, factory amplified system, rear seat entertainment system, rear view camera and steering wheel controls. Customized vehicle information (diagnostic data, gauge screen, parking assist screen, etc.) may also be viewable.

Customizable Settings
The X208U and INE-W977HD have smartphone connectivity powered by Airbiquity® for iPhone and Android based smartphones, featuring a portfolio of useful and popular infotainment content. The companion Alpine Connect smartphone app provides simple content selection and user personalization and integrates it into the Alpine system’s user and navigation interfaces. Current Alpine Connect content includes: iHeartRadio® for streaming live radio stations from across the country, custom music stations, 24/7 news, on-demand podcasts, and the best in sports, talk and comedy programming; Yelp® for finding local places to eat, drink, and shop; and Glympse® for sharing locations with friends and family; and Spotify® for streaming music and playlists. Additional content will be added to Alpine Connect in 2017.

The “My Favorites” feature lets users customize a quick-access screen with shortcuts to their most-used features. Shortcuts can be created from audio sources, navigation commands and phone settings. If the chosen radio station broadcasts metadata, the metadata is fed into the radio station icon so the user can see the current song before choosing the radio station.

The X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207, and system expansion products are available at authorized Alpine retailers, visit for a store locator.

X208U Mech-less 8-inch Restyle Dash System

  • 8-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Designed for use with Alpine Restyle dash kit solutions
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect infotainment service and companion smartphone app featuring in-dash content from iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, Glympse®, and Spotify®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available May, SRI: $2,000

Alpine Restyle Dash Kit Solutions for the X208U 8-inch AVN system

The following dash kits are available now at authorized Alpine retailers:

  • RAM trucks, 2013-Up (KTX-RPU8); SRI: $400
  • Chevrolet Silverado, 2014-Up (KTX-GM8K2); SRI: $500
  • GM Trucks and SUVs, Various 2007-2014 models in Black (KTX-GM8-O); SRI: $400
  • Bracket kit for the following Ford trucks and SUVs: 2005-Up Super Duty, 2004-2008 F-150, 2007-2013 Navigator, 2007-2013 Expedition, 2006-2010 Explorer (KTX-FDB8); SRI: $40
  • Universal Trim Bezel (KTX-UTB8); SRI: $30

INE-W977HD Mech-less 7-inch Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) System

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect infotainment service and companion smartphone app featuring in-dash content from iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, Glympse®, and Spotify®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available May, SRI: $1,500

iLX-207 Mech-less Audio/Video (AV) system

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video and Bluetooth feature set
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available March, SRI: $900

Additional Models with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are:

X209-WRA 9-inch Alpine Restyle Dash System for 2011-Up Jeep Wrangler

  • Available April, SRI: $4,000

i209-WRA Mech-less 9-inch Alpine Restyle Dash System for 2011-Up Jeep Wrangler

  • Available April, SRI: $2,200

KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module

  • Allows the system to be used as a hub for touch screen control of add-on third-party electronically controlled accessories
  • Eight outputs to control eight relay-connected accessories as Selectable On/Off, Continuous or Pulsed
  • Customizable on screen icons and labels
  • Available now, SRI: $250

KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface

  • Allows up to three camera systems to be controlled from the touch screen
  • Available now, SRI: $200

KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface

  • Adds an HDMI input when used with the DVE-5300 for connection to HDMI-enabled devices
  • Available now, SRI: $200

DVE-5300 Add-On DVD Player for Mech-less Systems

  • Compatible with X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207 and optional Alpine rear seat entertainment systems
  • HDMI connection for maximum signal quality
  • Optical output for optional processor control
  • Automotive-grade DVD mechanism for on-the-road reliability
  • Media playback options (DVD Video, DVD+R/RW, DCD-R/RW, DivX, JPEG, MP3)
  • Compatible with optional HDMI switcher (KCX-630HD) to retain HDMI input
  • Available now, SRI: $380

Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group to partner on 5G connected car


Ericsson , Orange and PSA Group have signed a partnership agreement to conduct a 5G technology pilot project for automotive applications. The “Towards 5G” connected car partnership aims to leverage 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport systems (ITS), improve road safety, and enable new automotive and in-car services.

The partnership is focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture, as well as the technologies required to deploy real-time ITS and connected vehicle services. Initial tests will use an end-to-end architecture system based on LTE technology before evolving to LTE-V and 5G technologies.

The first use cases for Cooperative ITS have been defined and are currently being tested. These include the ability to share images between connected vehicles on a road so that the driver in the following vehicle can “see through” the vehicle ahead; and real-time notification that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

Further testing will be conducted in 2017 as part of this research initiative.

The “Towards 5G” connected car initiative is an important opportunity for the three partners to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges posed by new mobility services and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ericsson provides the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service.

Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and   the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases.

PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

As a result of their collaboration, the partners will develop a comprehensive experience of the requirements for a 5G infrastructure that fits to the needs of the connected vehicles industry. They will also identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.

“Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalised services in their vehicles,” said Carla Gohin, Research, Innovation and Advanced Technologies VP, PSA Group.

“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board systems software permanently up-to-date. By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.

“5G technology will play a key role in the transport system of tomorrow. Ericsson is bringing Networks, IT and specific innovative solutions to the automotive industry. Along with key players like PSA and Orange, we will ensure the required levels of safety and security as well as contributing to a more sustainable and smart society,” said Charlotta Sund, Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry & Society, Ericsson.

Source: Ericsson

UK new car market achieves record 2.69 million registrations in 2016 with fifth year of growth


  • Highest ever number of new cars demanded by UK customers, with 2,692,786 registered in 2016, up 2.3% on previous year.
  • Wide choice of new car models and affordable finance deals drives market to new high with fifth consecutive year of growth.
  • December only the second month of negative growth in 2016, as registrations dip -1.1% to 178,022 units.

The UK new car market achieved another record year in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million, according to figures published today by SMMT. The market has experienced uplifts in 10 out of the last 12 months, albeit finishing with a December down slightly by -1.1% – with 178,022 new cars registered in the month.

Buyers were attracted by a range of new car models and attractive finance deals, pushing registrations up to 2,692,786 in 2016 – up 2.3% on the previous year and broadly in line with expectations. The UK new car market is one of the most diverse in the world, with some 44 brands offering nearly 400 different model types – and 2017 looks set to be another competitive year with almost 70 new launches already planned over the next 12 months.

Fleets were responsible for most of the growth, with demand growing to a record 1.38 million units. The private market remains at a historically high level, with more than 1.2 million private buyers registering a new car in 2016, although demand did fall over the latter three quarters. The competitive range of affordable finance is a crucial factor driving private demand as consumers are able to take advantage of low interest rates and flexible payment options.

Diesel and petrol cars continued to be by far the most popular fuel types for consumers with market share at 47.7% and 49.0% respectively. However, alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) experienced a strong uplift in demand, up 22.2% across the year. Plug-in hybrids and petrol electric hybrids, in particular, experienced significant growth, with demand up 41.9% and 25.1% respectively. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 motorists chose to go fully electric in 2016 – up 3.3% on 2015.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said

Despite 2016’s political and economic uncertainties, the UK’s new car market delivered another record performance as car makers offered an incredible range of innovative and high tech models. 2017 may well be more challenging as sterling depreciation raises the price of imported goods but, with interest rates still at historic lows and a range of new models arriving in 2017, there are still many reasons for consumers to consider a new car in 2017. Looking longer term, the strength of this market will rest on our ability to maintain our current trading relations and, in particular, avoid tariff barriers which could add significantly to the cost of a new car.

Source: SMMT


Faraday Future unveils electric vehicle in Las Vegas to kick off CES

A Faraday Future FF 91 electric car is displayed on stage during an unveiling event at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada January 3, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future showed off in Las Vegas on Tuesday a prototype of a vehicle set for production next year as the China-backed company strives to win credibility in the crowded sector and weather its funding challenges.

The “FF 91”, described by its designer Richard Kim as “weird-pretty”, is a luxury electric SUV Faraday executives say will be the most technologically advanced on the market when it goes into production in early 2018. Advance reservations for the car – which insiders say will retail for about $180,000 – are being taken for $5,000.

“You’re about to witness day one of a new era of mobility,” said Nick Sampson, senior vice president of engineering and research and development. “We’re going to show the first of a new species.”

But cash shortages and a recent spate of executive departures have raised questions about the company’s prospects.

Faraday is funded and controlled by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the chief executive officer of China’s Leshi Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco (300104.SZ), which is showing its own prototype electric car, the LeSee Pro, at CES. He is also an investor in California-based Lucid Motors, a competing electric vehicle start-up attending CES this year.

Faraday debuted at CES last year with a concept car not intended to be produced, raising eyebrows over the company’s legitimacy and Jia’s overall strategy. A cash crunch at LeEco and Faraday’s missed payments to a contractor working on its $1 billion Nevada factory have spurred more questions in recent months over Faraday’s financial situation.

In late December, LeEco said it was in talks to secure 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) from an unidentified strategic investor.

Faraday executives would not comment on the company’s financials.

“We’re hoping to … convince people that we’re real, we are doing a real product, it’s not just a vaporware Batmobile to create attention, but we now have a serious product,” Sampson told reporters during a tour of Faraday’s headquarters in Gardena, California, in December.

Executives say the car’s modular architecture and flexible battery layout will allow for a faster rollout of future models. The car will have a range of about 378 miles (608 km) per charge. Its electric motors will generate a combined 1,050 horsepower.

The FF 91, a long, low, futuristic SUV with a roomy interior has no handles, as doors will open as a driver approaches. Holograms will be projected on the windshield to alert drivers of needed information.


(Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Paul Lienert in Las Vegas; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Source: Reuters