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Commsignia At the Forefront of V2X Technology

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Commsignia First to Implement its V2X Software Stack on the New Craton2 Platform and First to Demonstrate Compatibility with US DOT V2X Security Management System

Commsignia, the V2X market’s most dynamic company, announces 2 technical “firsts” on the road to safer driving with reduced congestion and emissions. Commsignia is the first to port its V2X software to the new Craton2 chipset, critical for car makers that want to implement solutions as early as model year 2019 and is also the first to publicly demonstrate compatibility with the US DOT SCMS Security server, supporting secure V2X communications whilst protecting the anonymity of the vehicle.

Commsignia announces that it has successfully implemented its “Safer on the Road” V2X software stack on the Autotalks Craton2 V2X chipset launched late 2016. In so doing, Commsignia is the first Autotalks’ partner to achieve this important milestone and so provide OEM / Tier 1 and Smart mobility projects with a market ready Craton 2 based software suite for truly secure IEEE802.11p V2X applications.V2X (Car2X) is the next evolutionary step in connected vehicles. It allows the exchange of information between connected vehicles and infrastructure, even in non line-of-sight situations such as inclement weather and poor lighting conditions. V2X connectivity provides the information to enable safer driving, thereby helping to prevent accidents, reduce congestion and lower emissions through optimized mobility and traffic co-ordination.

Commsignia’s work continues its longstanding partnership with Autotalks that has seen the companies collaborate to equip the Frankfurt Rhine Main area with V2X Roadside Units (RSU’s) as part of the European “Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)” smart corridor deployment. Both companies also cooperate in SAFERtec Horizon2020 project for assuring security of V2I services.

Commsignia’s V2X SW implementation on Autotalks’ Craton2 follows another recent notable achievement. In March 2017, Commsignia was the first company to successfully interface with the US DOT SCMS (US Department of Transport Security Credential Management System) client and publicly demonstrate the working solution. The goal of the SCMS service is to provide security services to sign and verify the over-the-air messages to support secure Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications whilst protecting the anonymity of the vehicle.

Commsignia V2X software makes full use of the Craton2 chipset’s embedded Hardware Security Module (eHSM) and V2X cybersecurity firewall to provide security processing performance with proven SCMS and PKI support compatible with US and EU security requirements. Commsignia’s end-to-end V2X software stack offers customers the benefits of tailored integration and rapid time to market which is critical for customers rolling out Craton2 based solutions as early as model year 2019. Best in class performance with lowest latency and smallest processor footprint optimizes the required BOM (bill of materials) to implement safety critical connected ADAS functions in tomorrow’s connected driving world.

Jozsef Kovacs, Commsignia CEO said, “I am proud that Commsignia is the first Autotalks’ partner to implement its end-to-end V2X software stack on the Craton2 chipset. The superior performance of our V2X stack leads the market with significant savings in computing resource. This gives our customers the opportunity to downsize the V2X hardware requirements to either optimize cost or provide more ADAS features on the same platform. Commsignia’s compatibility with US DOT SCMS extends our leadership in secure V2X communications. Combined with the embedded security features of Autotalks’ Craton2, automotive and smart mobility customers will benefit from secure, reliable V2X connectivity with Commsignia’s products.“

About Commsignia
Commsignia (http://www.commsignia.com) is the market’s most dynamic and rapidly growing V2X company thanks to its cutting-edge technology and market ready portfolio. Commsignia specializes in Connected Car / V2X “Safer on the Road” software and hardware solutions compatible with IEEE 802.11p and Cellular V2X (4G/5G) helping to build the next generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem that will make driving safer whilst reducing congestion and lowering emissions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with strong European roots, Commsignia supplies best-in-class V2X (Car2X) Communication Software, hybrid V2X /ADAS Applications with robust PKI and SCMS security, a V2X SDK as well as OnBoard (OBU) and Roadside Units (RSU) for connected car and Smart Mobility deployments.

Source: Commsignia

 

HERE launches Mobility On-Demand, a powerful toolkit for developers building ride-hailing and food delivery apps

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 HERE have launched HERE Mobility On-Demand, a powerful and flexible toolkit for on-demand app developers, enabling them to build location-centric features into their apps and go to market quickly.

HERE Mobility On-Demand is priced and packaged specifically for on-demand companies, supporting a full range of services such as ride-hailing, carpooling, food delivery, package delivery and professional services.

The toolkit includes high quality mapping, addressing, traffic-aware routing, analytics and visualization capabilities to help developers quickly build apps their users, drivers and agents will love and trust. It also offers a simple pay-per-order pricing plan that depends only on the number of orders booked, making it an ideal option for start-ups and large organizations alike.

Leon van de Pas, Head of Internet of Things at HERE, said: “Congestion, roadworks and bad addressing are a constant headache for companies operating in a complex market where every single minute makes a difference. Our new toolkit brings together a set of advanced location capabilities to help developers address these challenges and make their app stand above the rest.”

The HERE Mobility On-Demand toolkit supports end-to-end-development and includes HERE Geocoder, HERE Isoline Routing, HERE Matrix Routing and HERE Mobile SDK.

Developers may choose to build their own custom navigation using HERE’s software development kit to offer an enhanced brand experience, or they can deeplink their mobile app to HERE’s own urban mobility app HERE WeGo and go to market quickly.

Apps built using the toolkit will render a consistent map experience across screens and users, facilitate precise pick-up and drop-off locations with proximity alerts, provide traffic-enabled navigation and pedestrian guidance and support up-to-date estimated times of arrival.

HERE Mobility On-Demand has already been deployed by a number of leading on-demand service providers in different parts of the world.

For example, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, worked with HERE to further streamline its backend dispatch system and make its passenger and driver apps work seamlessly. By using the HERE Matrix API, Grab has been able to optimize the way drivers are assigned to passengers, making the process more efficient. Grab also uses the HERE Basic Routing API, enabling it to provide more reliable ETAs to passengers.

Volt, a popular on-demand peer-to-peer urban ride sharing app in Istanbul, Turkey, worked with HERE to empower their drivers with in-app turn-by- turn navigation, live traffic and optimal routing to their destination. Volt connects car owners that have empty seats with passengers looking for a lift in the same direction. The company aims to help reduce traffic congestion in Istanbul by connecting urban commuters in real-time.

Localift, an Australian founded friend-to-friend ridesharing startup, worked with HERE to enable the new app’s location capabilities, including routing journeys in real-time between lift organizers and lift requesters, providing turn-by-turn navigation and lift tracking visibility among family, friends and colleagues. With millions of free local lifts occurring every day, Localift makes it easier for groups to organize pick-ups and drop-offs using HERE’s extensive Places of Interest database ranging from local sporting fields and workplaces to restaurants and schools.

More information about HERE Mobility On-Demand can be found here: https://here.com/en/products-services/services/here-mobility-demand

Source: Here

Smart Telemetry Tags used to capture underwater data that will help monitor climate change

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LPWA Helping to Track Wildlife and Provide Data on Climate Change; University of St Andrews Developing New Smart Tags to Track Seals Using NB-IoT Technology

21 February 2017, London: The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging ‘Internet of the Seas’ by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.

The new sensors being developed by SMRU will be harmlessly attached to the seals in order to log detailed data on the animals’ behaviour, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound. Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive.

SMRU expects to trial the new NB-IoT enabled marine tags later this year. In 2016, it successfully gathered information for analysis from harbour seals in Orkney, Scotland, using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Mobile IoT networks have the potential to deliver improvements in mobile coverage and the built-in device modules offer battery life superior to devices reliant on conventional cellular technologies.

“The GSMA is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by exploring how mobile technology can be utilised to capture vital information to support wildlife conservation projects around the world, as well as protect the oceans, seas and the species living in them,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The intersection between Mobile IoT technologies and global conservation projects such as this is exciting, timely and powerful and will play a fundamental role in helping to achieve healthy and productive oceans.”

The Internet of the Seas
NB-IoT technology can also be used to support the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a UNESCO programme that coordinates global ocean data from different governance bodies. NB-IoT can help monitor climate change by means of low energy sensors and data relay channels that capture information on the temperature and salinity of the oceans. Combined and standardised with data from other sea monitoring systems, such NB-IoT-derived data will help provide scientists and oceanographers with accurate information on the world’s oceans. Tagging animals with smart tags also helps scientists to use their mobility and diving skills to explore both distant and deep parts of oceans.

“NB-IoT technology is the future of our research and allows us to springboard from the success of our previous work using M2M technology and capture far more detailed data in a much more efficient way,” said Dr Bernie McConnell, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews. “Many species, both marine and aquatic, are under threat. NB-IoT is ideally suited to be a global carrier of animal information that will provide vital data needed to inform and benefit wildlife conservation worldwide.”

SMRU was approached by the Scottish Government to investigate why seals on the east coast of Scotland and the Northern Isles were in serious decline with a 70 per cent reduction over the last ten years. The natural habitat of animals around the world is being impacted by climate change that is disrupting food chains and biodiversity. The research is ongoing but the possible reasons for the decline could be food limitation, disease, aggression from grey seals, predation by killer whales, and poisoning from harmful algal blooms. A crucial element will be in discovering where the threatened seals feed at sea.

The GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative
LPWA networks are a high-growth area of the IoT designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting. The GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative is designed to accelerate the commercial availability of LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum. These licensed standards allow operators to optimise their existing mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to LTE-M for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum. It is currently backed by 30 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is supporting the industry with multiple global pilots with full commercial solutions expected in market later this year.

Mobile IoT at Mobile World Congress 2017
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will host the ‘GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit’ with leading industry experts on Sunday, 26 February from 13:00 – 17:30. The session will explore how the industry is working together to realise the full potential of Mobile IoT. There will also be a separate session, ‘Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Open for Business’, on Wednesday, 1 March from 13:30 – 15:30 that will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest commercial rollouts, launches and pilots. There will also be number of demonstrations of LPWA technology at the GSMA Innovation City located in Hall 4 in Fira Gran Via. For more information or please visit www.gsma.com/connectedliving/event/mobile-world-congress-2017/ or download the Connected Living IoT Guide to MWC 2017:
http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-guide-mwc17/. For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2017
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Source: GSMA

TRACKER figures show the North/South car theft divide

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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

 

Thieves turn to car cloning to aid a quick sale

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Whilst over a staggering 95% of stolen vehicles fitted with a TRACKER device are successfully located and recovered, less than an astonishing 50% of all cars stolen in the UK are never reunited with their legitimate owners. Many of these cars, warns TRACKER, are sold on to unsuspecting buyers, disguised by a cloned identity.

Car cloning is the vehicle equivalent of identity fraud – criminals steal a car and give it a new identity copied from a similar make and model vehicle already on the road. The criminal alters the unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the stolen car and in many cases, will even use a stolen V5/logbook to try to legitimise its identity.  A vehicle with a cloned identity is all the more difficult for the police to identify, and in turn, easier for the thief to sell on.

Two weeks ago, Nicholas Beecham, from Solihull, West Midlands had his Range Rover Sport stolen from outside his house.   Less than two hours after his TRACKER unit was activated, the police successfully located and recovered his vehicle.  Whilst thankfully the vehicle was undamaged, it had already been cloned; the criminals had used false number plates and a false matching VIN to hide its true identity.  “If I didn’t have a TRACKER on my car, it would have been gone for good.  The thieves cloned the key to steal it and then cloned the vehicle to help them make a quick sale.  It’s frightening just how quickly professional criminals operate, taking the steps needed to disguise and sell on stolen vehicles within a matter of hours.”

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Group) continues:  “£12.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were recovered by TRACKER last year alone, but there remain a significant number of stolen cars circulating on the UK’s roads.  Although a good number of vehicles are stolen to order or shipped abroad, many are sold on to innocent car buyers.”

Fraudsters use car cloning to sell a stolen vehicle for a quick profit, so buyers should look out for a great looking car at a bargain price. Check the car’s market value and avoid anything that’s being offered for less than 70% of that price.  No legitimate seller will want to lose money on a sale.  Buyers should never pay cash only for a vehicle, particularly if they are paying more than £3000.  Most crooks would rather walk away from a sale than take a payment that can be traced back to them.

Andy Barrs concludes, “Whilst a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it can significantly increase the chances of the police locating and returning it to its rightful owner.  Without any SVR protection, the probability of a stolen vehicle being offered for sale as a clone is greatly increased.”

TRACKER continues to work with police across the UK to close the net on thieves and reunite motorists with their stolen cars, regardless of how much they cost.  Its award winning stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) 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.  Unlike other SVR devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.

Source: Tracker Network

PSA Group partners with Masternaut to provide telematics to fleets of connected vehicles

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The PSA Group and Masternaut have partnered to help businesses run safer, cleaner and more productive fleets. The partnership will see Masternaut Connect telematics platform more easily accessible to European Peugeot, Citroën, DS connected cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2017.

Customers will benefit from Masternaut’s next generation telematics services to optimise the cost per mile of their vehicle, boost productivity, improve driver safety and reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint.

Masternaut is one of the leading providers of fleet telematics and vehicle tracking services in Europe. Masternaut’s services will be available for all PSA Group vehicles through the “Connect Fleet Management” program, using PSA Group telematics technology. Masternaut’s services can also be used in fleets comprised of other automotive brands, using Masternaut’s nonintrusive, patented CANBus telematics technology.

Data from all vehicles is fed back over the air in real-time to the Masternaut Connect online platform. Fleet managers can reduce the total cost of ownership of their fleet through the monitoring of fuel consumption, driver behaviour, emissions or geofencing in a consistent and effective way.

Dhruv Parekh, CEO of Masternaut, commented, “Masternaut’s partnership with PSA will improve the customer experience and reduce barriers for telematics adoption. It gives our customers choice and reduces the hassle of deploying telematics. We are excited to work with PSA Group to increase the usage of telematics so we can help improve safety on the roads and the CO2 emissions in our communities.”

Brigitte Courtehoux, Head of the Connected Services and New Mobility Solutions business unit of PSA Group, commented, “the PSA Group wants to enable corporate customers to optimise their connected cars through the “Connect Fleet Management” program, and by working in association with Masternaut, we are providing a way for fleet managers to reduce their vehicle’s total cost of ownership. Our partnership allows PSA Group to offer market-leading services in Europe, which is a significant step in PSA Group’s strategy in mobility services.”

Source: Masternaut

Reducing Distracted and Unsafe Driving Behaviors with Positive Incentives

Distracted-DrivingCambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT)  have developed the DriveWell program, which is used to build smartphone apps to make drivers safer. These apps work by giving users scores on each of their drives, taking into account several factors (hard braking, at-risk speeding, phone distraction, harsh acceleration, and harsh cornering). They also provide an overall score (typically over a rolling two-week duration), and a variety of features to engage users and incentivize safer driving, such as personalized driving tips, a leaderboard where they can compare their scores (to their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, town, state, etc.), and occasionally cash prizes for safe driving.

A natural question to ask is: how well do the apps work? Do drivers benefit from these apps and actually improve their driving behaviors, by using their phones less while driving and by being more attentive and reducing the rate of hard braking?

Beforet thequestion is answerd you may be wondering if behaviors like phone distraction and hard braking are actually correlated with crashes. Numerous studies have shown them to be. For example:

  • According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute [1], “text messaging increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by two times and resulted in drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds total” and “activities performed when completing a phone call (reaching for a phone, looking up a contact, and dialing the number) increased crash risk by three times.” One suspects that other mobile apps, like Waze and Pokemon Go, are similarly risky.
  • A study by the NHTSA [2] showed that unsafe drivers are about twice as likely to brake harshly per mile driven. The NHTSA study defined “harsh braking” as a deceleration of more than 0.3g (10.6 km/hour per second, or 6.6 mph per second); this intensity doesn’t make your tires skid, but is enough to make you feel like you are being jerked forward when you stop. Intuitively, lots of harsh braking suggests that the driver may often not be paying enough attention to the road, or anticipating early enough. Furthermore, slamming on the brakes increases the risk of being rear-ended, and of misjudging the distance and hitting the car in front.

The DriveWell program measures these risky driving behaviors using sensors on the phone. DriveWell’s phone distraction focuses only on significant handheld distractions, such as picking up a phone and talking, or using any app by moving the phone and tapping on it, and does not penalize mounted use, hands-free use, and so on. The goal is to identify and dissuade significant distractions that likely take the driver’s eye off the road, rather than penalize things like hands-free calling, which are problems because of their cognitive impact, but still not as harmful as the behaviors that take both the mind and the eye off the road. For braking, acceleration, and cornering, we take the accelerometer data from the phone — which measures the force the phone is experiencing in the two axes parallel to the surface of the phone and one axis perpendicular to the surface — and transform this signal into an estimate of the acceleration of the vehicle, while ensuring that the movement of the phone relative to the vehicle itself does not contribute.

Analyzing The Data

To understand how driving behavior improves with time CMT analyzed data from over 40,000 users in multiple countries including the United States and South Africa. The incentives for these users to improve driving include:

  • for all users, “social gamification” in the form of leaderboards where a user can compare their driving with peers (e.g., friends and family, town, state), and also personalized driving tips provided using the measured data
  • for some users, insurance discounts provided for safe driving.

With this data, we answer the following questions:

  1. How much do drivers improve on average?
  2. How much better are “good” drivers than “average” drivers?
  3. How long does this “improved driving” effect last?

How Much Do drivers improve on average?

To answer the first question, we measured the number of hard braking events and the time spent using the phone while driving on day 1. We found that the average user user is significantly distracted by their phone for 91 seconds per hour of driving, and has 3.5 hard braking events per hour of driving. We compared initial performance (end of day 1) on these measures to performance after 7, 30, and 60 days of driving.

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From this chart, we can see that our users show rapid and sustained improvement in their driving habits. By Day 30, we see a 35% reduction in phone use and a 20% reduction in the number of hard braking events. For phone use, the numbers continue to get better, while they degrade very slightly for hard braking events.

What this shows is that users of safe driving apps, do in fact improve once they are given one of these apps. What’s surprising is that this isn’t even the population of users that our program identifies as good drivers — it’s across all users!

How Much better are good drivers?

If we focus our attention on the top 15% of drivers, we find that they are:

  • distracted by their phone about 40% less than the average driver, with 50 seconds of phone user per hour of driving, and
  • have 50% fewer hard braking events, or 1.7 events per hour of driving.

For these users, the improvement over time is even more dramatic than across all users:

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By day 30, these users have a 40% reduction in hard braking and a 70% reduction in phone use!

How Long Do These Effects Last?

To answer this question, we looked at about 20,000 users who have been using one of our apps to obtain monthly insurance discounts for safe driving. We found that even after 200 days of usage:

  • the average user still shows a reduction of more than 25% in both phone use and hard braking, and
  • for the top 25% of users, we see a 2x reduction in braking and a 3x reduction in phone use.

I.e., the positive behavioral change persists!

The Bottom Line

User’s of the apps built with CMT’s DriveWell program show a significant and sustained reduction in phone use while driving and in the number of hard braking events. Specifically:

  1. Across all users, on average, users reduce hard braking by 20% and phone use while driving by 35%; phone use continues to reduce steadily through Day 60 and Day 90 as well.
  2. The top 15% of drivers, are distracted by their phone 40% less than the average driver, and have 50% fewer hard braking events.
  3. Drivers persist with their improvement continuously, even beyond 6 months.

These improvements don’t just reflect in the numbers but in real testimonials from our users. Here are a few emails we’ve gotten recently:

  • [The app] is a great challenge that I enjoy daily now. There is no question that my driving behavior has been modified knowing that your app is keeping an eye on me!
  • I am amazed at how good this app is technically and beneficially. Thank you for it; I’ve become a better driver with its help.
  • I enjoy the app cause it keeps my mind even more in that space of being mindful of everything I need to do as a driver.
  • I have to admit something that I’m not proud of. I have been a distracted driver. I could come up with excuses as to why, but they would just be lies…. When I started, it was hard to realize that I needed improvement, but the numbers didn’t lie. However, I am happy to report that all my areas of driving have improved and my stress level, on the road, has been drastically reduced ! I still have my moments and people that drive slow in the passing lane STILL drive me nuts, but I know I’m a safer driver now and if you practice something long enough, it becomes a habit. Good or bad. Thankfully, this old dog is breaking bad habits and creating good ones and everyone is better for it. This is one of the “badges” I earned, of which I am particularly happy. (I’m actually up to 30 trips without picking up my phone!) Mission Accomplished!

References

[1] http://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=193
[2] Klauer, S. G., Dingus, T. A., Neale, V. L., Sudweeks, J. D., and Ramsey, D. J. Comparing Real-World Behaviors of Drivers With High versus Low Rates of Crashes and Near-Crashes. DOT HS 811 091. February 2009.

Source: CMT

MICROLISE LANDS GOLDSTAR HEATHROW CONTRACT

Goldstar HeathrowGoldstar Heathrow has deployed a transport management solution from Microlise, comprising the Fleet Performance product with Safety, 3G Cameras, Trailer Tracking and Temperature Monitoring modules included.The deployment, which is already underway, will see 100 trucks, 16 vans and 54 trailers fitted with Microlise telematics hardware. Goldstar Heathrow is seeking to drive efficiency, cut operational costs and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The transport service provider offers a comprehensive range of services for the air freight industry as well as general haulage. Its fleet ranges from small vans to 44 tonne tractor units with trailers.

“We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Over 95% of our carbon footprint comes from our fleet so our focus is on increasing efficiency, with the overall objective of reducing emissions and our impact on the environment. Microlise will be critical to achieving this,” said Katie Crozier, Head of HR, People, Compliance and Transport Team at Goldstar Heathrow.

The Microlise Fleet Performance telematics product includes a range of standard and optional modules which will support Goldstar Heathrow in maximising the safety and efficiency of its drivers and vehicles. It will help to minimise environmental impact and costs through improved fuel economy, whilst improving fleet utilisation and ensuring service levels remain high.

Goldstar Heathrow has opted to deploy the Microlise Safety Module. The tracking unit acts as an Incident Data Recorder providing granular level information about exactly what the vehicle and driver were doing 30 seconds before and after any incident. Coupled with footage from integrated camera technology, the Safety Module offers a comprehensive and conclusive view of exactly what happened helping to make decisions on liability quickly. The module also includes Contextual Speeding, Harsh Cornering and Harsh Braking.

Remote Digital Tachograph Download will also be implemented to cut down the administration of manually collecting tacho data. The module allows tachograph information to be collected on a regular basis, wherever the vehicle is located, ensuring operator compliance.

A proportion of the fleet will also be fitted with temperature monitoring, which triggers an alert if a predetermined temperature range is exceeded within one of the configured trailers.

“Goldstar Heathrow has shown its exceptionally high standards throughout the tender process and we are pleased to have been selected,” said Nadeem Raza, Microlise Chief Executive Officer. “With Fleet Performance I am sure Goldstar Heathrow will hit its target to reduce fuel expenditure and cut emissions making a return on investment in short order. Our benefits realisation team will be working closely with the team to make sure progress is made.”

For further information about Microlise Fleet Performance, go to www.microlise.com/fleetperformance.

Source: Microlise

The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 10.6million by 2020

 

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The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 10.6 million by 2020
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe was 5.3 million in Q4-2015, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.9 percent, this number is expected to reach 10.6 million by 2020. All the top-10 vendors have today more than 100,000 active units in Europe.

TomTom’s subscriber base has grown both organically and by acquisitions during the past years and the company has now reached the position as the largest provider of fleet management solutions on the European market and reached an installed base of about 529,000 units at year-end 2015. Masternaut is still in second place and had achieved an installed base of an estimated 350,000 units at the year-end. Berg Insight ranks Microlise as the third largest player in terms of active installed base with around 175,000 units. Trakm8, ABAX, Teletrac Navman, Transics, Trimble and OCEAN (Orange) also have more than 100,000 active devices in the field.

The HGV manufacturers are now growing their subscriber bases considerably in Europe thanks to standard line fitment of fleet management solutions. Dynafleet by Volvo, FleetBoard by Daimler and Scania Fleet Management are the most successful with active subscriber bases of 81,000 units, 86,000 units and 133,000 units respectively as of Q4-2015. The consolidation trend on this market continued in 2016. “Nine major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the past three quarters among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. TomTom acquired Finder in Poland in December 2015, which added another 60,000 vehicles to its installed base.

ITmobile operating from the Netherlands was acquired by Canadian Fleet Complete in December 2015. Viasat entered the Polish market when CMA Monitoring was acquired in April 2016 adding 18,000 vehicle subscriptions and later in July the company also picked up EMIXIS that is headquartered in Belgium adding another 23,000 subscriptions.

The investment firm Sofindev acquired a majority stake in GeoDynamics in April. GSGroup has acquired three companies in the past years and the most recent one was PPCT in Finland in May. Later in June, it was announced that Verizon had signed an agreement to acquire Telogis. The latest transaction was done in August when Verizon acquired also Fleetmatics for a price tag of US$ 2.4 billion to become the largest fleet management solution vendor worldwide. The two recent deals mean that Verizon’s telematics unit will have more than 1.6 million vehicles under management. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the still overcrowded industry will continue in 2016–2017.

Source: Berg Insight

 

Waze announces global event partner program to improve road closeure communication.

Waze have annouced an initiative to keep partners one step ahead and allow event organisers to improve communications on road closures.

 Waze Global Event Partner Program which will help partners outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with attendees and the broader community.


With more than 50 million monthly active Wazers globally – and more than 4,000 events successfully supported to date – Waze will provide partners with custom access to its traffic management technology and communications channels in exchange for partners’ advanced and real-time road closure and traffic information.


Who’s on board?
The program is kicking off with 20 inaugural partners spanning North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, including:
  • E15 and its five professional sports team partners: Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome), Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), and Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena).
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ 30 global events, including New York, Montreal, Mexico City, and Madrid.
Example of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ Phoenix in-app communications


Everyone Benefits
Waze believes communities can outsmart traffic together. More than 65 million monthly active Wazers worldwide provide critical insights about real-time conditions through the app, and we believe that we should give back to this community of drivers whenever we can.


By making the program free, Waze have removed cost as a barrier for participating and are providing partners of all size and scale with a comprehensive knowledge and tools to improve their overall event experience.


A few additional reasons why this program a big win for partners, attendees, and the entire Waze community:
  • For Partners – The Program can help extend your great experiences to include the roads and parking lots surrounding your events! Together with Waze, you can optimize traffic flow to get attendees into venues or to events more quickly, yielding happier fans and potentially greater revenue from concessions, meet-and-greets, souvenirs, and more.
  • For Attendees – Alleviate the frustration of navigating around marathon closures or getting stuck in game-day traffic. Plus, you’ll get better communication of road closures, changes, and traffic delays in real-time from partners!
  • For Wazers – Knowing partners’ road closure and traffic information helps our map and routes improve, helping you better navigate real-time conditions.

Source: Waze/Co-Star