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Ford SmartLink enables drivers of older cars to benefit from the latest connectivity platforms

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: FORD VEHICLE OWNERS CAN EASILY UPGRADE 2010 – 2016 VEHICLES TO HAVE CONNECTIVITY FEATURES

  • Ford SmartLink provides owners of 2010 – 2016 model-year Ford and Lincoln vehicles not equipped with a modem access to a wide array of connectivity features through the new platform
  • Features include remote start, lock and unlock, Wi-Fi access capable of hosting up to eight devices, and vehicle health, security and location alerts
  • Components of Ford SmartLink include a 4G LTE-enabled OBD II plug-in device, as well as a companion App and Web Portal used to activate remote features, receive alerts and schedule service appointments with the owner’s preferred dealer

Millions of current Ford customers stand to benefit from Ford SmartLink, a technology that enables connectivity features normally only available on new modem-equipped vehicles. Using a simple device that plugs into the OBD II port below the steering wheel, Ford SmartLink will give customers who own 2010 – 2016 model year Ford and Lincoln vehicles that are not equipped with a modem access to:

  • Smartphone-based remote start, lock and unlock.
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capable of accepting up to eight devices.
  • Vehicle health and security alerts.
  • Vehicle location assistance.

“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “Offering it through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty.”

SmartLink can be obtained at Ford and Lincoln dealerships starting this summer.

With more than two years of research and development invested, the Ford SmartLink team of engineers, in collaboration with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics, have ensured the technology will work seamlessly with Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

“From security to performance, we’ve conducted extensive testing and made a number of improvements to ensure Ford SmartLink enhances the customer experience for our owners,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer.

“We are thrilled to offer this level of convenience and connectivity to our existing customers, extending the value of their vehicles and giving them just one more reason to love their Ford and Lincoln vehicles.”

Source: Ford

Airbiquity Enters 2017 With 7 Million Connected Car Subscriptions

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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 www.airbiquity.com or join the conversation @airbiquity.  Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc.

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.

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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.

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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

Alpine showcases the latest entertainment systems at CES

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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 www.alpine-usa.com 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

LYNK & CO To Revolutionise The Connected Car

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LYNK & CO Will Change the Way You Experience Driving
 

The world has changed—but cars have not. This was the fundamental problem facing the founders of LYNK & CO, who had long been disappointed by the sluggish evolution of the auto industry. Luckily for them (and for all of us), those frustrations are about to hit the road. Today, the company celebrates its official launch as a revolutionary new car brand designed to push the industry’s long-standing limits—and we at Tictail couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

“We have decided to end the game of follow the leader,” the company says. But what does this mean for you? For one: It’s a whole new way of owning and operating a car. It’s also an innovative, forward-thinking, and completely redefined experience of mobility.

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A few of the car’s stand-out features:

An open platform. Collaborating with Microsoft, Alibaba, and Ericsson, LYNK & CO have devised a cutting-edge digital platform with an open API—one that’s meant to stir up “endless opportunities to personalize, enrich and expand the automobile experience.”

Sharable locks. Say goodbye to conventional physical locks. All LYNK & CO cars will be equipped with technology that allows users to give friends, family, and co-workers access to their cars whenever they choose.

Electrified powertrains. All LYNK & CO cars will utilize Compact Modular Architecture (technology shared with Volvo), which boasts top-notch safety features and “the latest powertrain, driving dynamics, and connectivity technology.”

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“For someone who loves cars, technology and challenger brands, the last few years have been exciting. Our team has all the industry experience required to build a premium car,but this time we started from blank—without the limitation of a brand heritage,” says Senior Vice President Alain Visser. “We set out to challenge industry conventions in order to build a modern experience that goes far beyond the actual product. What we now have is a first-class, ultra-connected car, an open platform and a brand that will be developed collaboratively over the years. This is just the beginning.”

LYNK & CO cars will be available online and at select in-store locations.

Source: LYNK &CO

 

 

UK Autodrive Completes First Collaborative Autonomous Vehicle Trials

Jaguar Land Rover's vehicle completes an automated overtake during Friday's demonstration.

Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle completes an automated overtake during Friday’s demonstration.

 

The UK’s first collaborative trials of connected and autonomous vehicle technology were successfully completed on Friday, as UK Autodrive partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) jointly demonstrated a number of future vehicle technologies at HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground in Nuneaton.

Friday’s demonstration came at the end of a fortnight trials, in which the three vehicle manufacturers were able to successfully demonstrate the programme’s first two connected car features.

The first demonstration showcased cars that can warn their drivers when another connected car up ahead has braked severely, lowering the risk of rear-end collisions when the driver’s view is obscured, for example, by fog or other vehicles.

The second demonstration showed how connected cars can be sent information from traffic lights, allowing them to reduce the likelihood of meeting red lights – potentially improving future traffic flow and lowering emissions in urban areas.

“There has already been a lot of public focus on self-driving vehicles, but connected car technology may be just as revolutionary,” said Tim Armitage, Arup’s UK Autodrive project director.

“The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant – from increased road safety to improved traffic flow, more efficient parking and better information for drivers.”

Jaguar Land Rover also used Friday’s event to demonstrate a self-driving Range Rover Sport that was able to overtake slower moving vehicles automatically – and also reject overtake requests if it detects another vehicle in the occupant’s “blind spot”.

A Ford test driver receives a brake light warning triggered by the Jaguar ahead of him.

A Ford test driver receives a brake light warning triggered by the Jaguar ahead of him.

The UK Autodrive demonstration was also welcomed the UK’s Roads Innovation Minister, John Hayes, who said: “This technology has the potential to revolutionise travel by making journeys safer and cutting congestion for motorists. I’m proud that the UK is a world leader when it comes to developing connected and automated vehicles, and we are further establishing ourselves as the place to test and invest in this emerging technology.”

 

Further UK Autodrive trials and demonstrations are scheduled to take place at HORIBA MIRA during the spring of next year, before moving out onto closed-off areas of Milton Keynes and Coventry in late 2017. The project will culminate in a series of open road trials and demonstrations to be held in both cities in 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover's vehicle completes an automated overtake during Friday's demonstration.

Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle completes an automated overtake during Friday’s demonstration.

The driver of the TMETC vehicle receives a speed advisory to help reach a green light.

The driver of the TMETC vehicle receives a speed advisory to help reach a green light.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER DRIVES FORWARD CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES

 

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Jaguar Land Rover showcased its latest Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies as part of the UK Autodrive demonstrations taking place at HORIBA MIRA today.

 

In a UK first Jaguar Land Rover collaborates with other manufacturers to trial new connected technologies that allow cars to talk to each other

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies will help make driving safer and cleaner in the future
  • Showcasing three research technologies, including a car that knows what speed to travel at to ensure traffic lights are always on green

Coventry, UK: Jaguar Land Rover showcased its latest Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies as part of the UK Autodrive demonstrations taking place at HORIBA MIRA today. In a UK first, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre to test connected technologies that will allow cars to talk to each other as well as the roadside infrastructure, such as traffic lights, in the future.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies are one of Jaguar Land Rover’s research priorities. It is creating a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles to develop and test a wide range of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies over the next four years. Ultimately, these technologies will enhance the driving experience as well as making driving smarter, safer and even cleaner in the years to come.

We know that there’s a huge potential for these technologies in future vehicles around the world. Until now we have focused on communication between Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, this collaborative approach is a major stepping stone towards all Connected and Autonomous Vehicles co-operating with each other in the future. Our aim is to give drivers exactly the right information at the right time and collaborations with other manufacturers are essential to help us deliver this commitment to our customers.

TONY HARPER
HEAD OF RESEARCH, JAGUAR LAND ROVER,

Jaguar Land Rover is developing both fully and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies to help the driver with the challenging or more tedious parts of driving whilst maintaining an enjoyable driving experience. The company’s vision is to make the autonomous car viable in the widest range of real life, on and off road driving environments and weather conditions.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

With Advanced Highway Assist the vehicle can overtake vehicles automatically as well as stay in its lane on the motorway without the driver having to touch either the steering wheel or the pedals.

Electronic Emergency Brake Light Assist warns drivers when a vehicle ahead brakes severely or unexpectedly. This is particularly useful when driving in dense fog or if the vehicle in front is out of sight.

Imagine travelling across central London or Paris without needing to stop at traffic lights because they are always on green. This could be possible with Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory. The car connects to traffic lights advising the driver of the best driving speed required to reach the lights when they are on green. This will improve traffic flow, CO₂ emissions as well as the driver’s experience.

UK Autodrive

UK Autodrive is a consortium of leading technology and automotive businesses, local authorities and academic institutions working together on a three year UK trial of self-driving vehicle and connected car technologies. It is helping to establish the UK as a global hub for the research, development and integration of automated and connected vehicles into society. It will also investigate other aspects of automated driving, including safety and cyber-security issues as well as the public’s acceptance for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Source: JLR

 

 

 

Daimler and Qualcomm Announce Strategic Collaboration on Connected Car Technologies


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Qualcomm Technologies and Daimler AG have announced a strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such as 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use and implementation of the Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology. In addition, the companies are jointly assessing the application of Qualcomm Technology’s newly developed Automotive Solutions.

Qualcomm Technologies is collaborating with Daimler on its Wireless Power Transfer 2.0 high performance program for electric vehicles. The Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology provides high performance and high power in a small vehicle package that could allow Daimler customers to charge their electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid EVs without ever having to plug them in. In addition, Qualcomm® WiPower™ technology enables consumer electronics to charge wirelessly in-vehicle.

“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm.”

Qualcomm is helping the automotive industry create an entirely new landscape for communication, convenience, energy efficiency, infotainment and safety through its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Solutions, while Daimler has a history of producing vehicles that embody these concepts. Mercedes-Benz customers have come to expect vehicles equipped with numerous intelligent systems and sensors that enhance safety, convenience and comfort. Together, the companies intend to combine automotive expertise to advance the connected car industry by delivering intelligently connected vehicles of the future that drive emission-free.

“Our work with Daimler AG is a natural extension of the sponsorship we have with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One team as our work in motorsports cultivates the innovation and advancements seen in the auto space,” said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm Incorporated. “The automobile has become a mobile platform and an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, we’re utilizing our expertise as the leader in mobile technology to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”

For more information on Qualcomm Technologies’ Automotive Solutions please visit: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/automotive

Source: Qualcomm

Audi to launch V2I technology to connect cars with traffic lights

 

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The US division of the German automotive manufacturer Audi and Traffic Technology Services (TTS) are partnering to launch the first vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology at select smart cities in the autumn of 2016 in the US. The traffic light information technology will be available with select 2017 models of the Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad with Audi connect.

Traffic light information will serve as a feature of the Audi connect PRIME system, enabling the car to communicate with infrastructure in select metropolitan areas and cities in the country. With this technology, the car will be able to get real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system, via an on-board LTE data connection and TTS servers.

The driver information system on the car’s instrument cluster and the head-up-display will indicate the time left until the signal becomes green. The feature is available on the 2017 models built after June 1.

Pom Malhotra, General Manager of connected vehicles, said: “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The technology is the newest of Audi’s connected car innovations, which include the first broadband enabled vehicle, launched in 2010. Audi connect has since expanded its services and capabilities, including 4G/LTE connectivity in 2014.

Source: Connected Car Tech

Bentley Connects With Filld To Trial Concierge Fuel Service

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  • Bentley trials innovative on-demand fuel-delivery service with Filld
  • Owners never need to stop at fuel station again; deliveries 24/7
  • Bentley and California-based technology start-up share a vision for the future of luxury connected car services

Bentley has announced a collaborative trial with an innovative American technology start-up, Filld – a mobile app-based fuel-delivery service. This new collaboration is part of the luxury British brand’s on-going Connected Car strategy.

The convenient app-based ‘Filld for Bentley’ service will initially be available to customers in California, affording owners the ultimate time-saving luxury of never having to search for or stop at a fuel station again.

In a first for Bentley customers, all owners need do is simply open the innovative Filld for Bentley app, choose a delivery time, and their fuel will be delivered wherever and whenever they require. This first-ever Connected Car integration means that customers don’t even need to unlock the fuel cap themselves, or identify the car’s exact location as this is done for them securely through the Filld for Bentley service.

The ground-breaking Filld fuel-delivery service provides Bentley drivers with an unparalleled level of convenience, and the two companies foresee additional benefits in the future, including predictive fuel ordering where the car places an order for itself based on fuel level, location and customer preferences.

Bentley’s Director of Product and Marketing, Christophe Georges, said: “Bentley ownership is about more than just the vehicle – it’s the entire luxury experience. We are continuously investigating ways in which to offer our customers tailored, convenient, smart services that afford them the greatest luxury of all: more time. Our Connected Car strategy will continue to expand and innovate in order to further enhance the Bentley lifestyle.”

Cofounder and CTO of Filld, Christopher Aubuchon, added: “Filld and Bentley share a vision for leveraging powerful connected car technology – to one day eliminate the need for customers to refuel their cars themselves, removing inconvenience, and giving them more of their valuable time back.”

Source: Bentley