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Panasonic Develops Automotive Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems against Cyber Attacks

Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed automotive intrusion detection and prevention systems as a cyber security countermeasure for autonomous and connected cars.

Connected cars are connected to the Internet, so like current IT systems, they have a possibility of receiving cyber attacks from around the world. By using Panasonic’s newly developed systems, they are possible to detect cyber attacks in real-time while simultaneously preventing them.

Automobiles have a long product lifecycle, so there is a possibility that they are exposed to attacks that have been evolved compared from attacks that were assumed at the time of factory shipment. By using these systems, they are possible to collect information of the evolved attacks on the cloud side and detect the evolved attacks by distributing and updating the new rules of the countermeasures to the vehicles.

Panasonic’s newly developed systems will ensure safe driving with autonomous and connected cars by detecting the intrusion of attacks and viruses to the vehicle system due to cyber-attacks and discarding and disabling them using the prevention system. They will make it easier to comply with future in-vehicle security legislations.

The features of the new systems are as follows.

  1. Detects intrusions of attacks from the Internet at an early stage, and additionally detects intrusions to the in-vehicle network as a second step.
  2. In addition to the widely used CAN *1, the systems are also compatible with Ethernet*2, which is expected to spread in the future as an in-vehicle network, and enables comprehensive detections of intrusions to the entire vehicle.
  3. By collecting information from multiple vehicles on the cloud, the systems can detect attacks before they are identified as a true security incident.

The system consists of a vehicle-installed “monitoring module” and a “monitoring cloud” that is linked to the monitoring module. The vehicle-installed monitoring module monitors the entire vehicle based on the monitoring rules. By using the company’s newly developed systems, once the attacks that cannot be detected with existing monitoring modules are discovered, the systems can prevent new attacks by updating the monitoring rules from the monitoring cloud. Therefore, it helps to maintain safety even after the vehicle is released on the market. Also, by grasping signs of attacks before they are identified as true security incidents, they are possible to implement countermeasures in advance so that they can minimize the effects of the attacks.

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Technical Features:

  • 1. In-vehicle device-type host intrusion detection technology: This technology detects intrusions from the Internet, which is an early stage of the attacks, and can be installed and used with Internet connected devices (IVI/TCU*3) In addition to clearly identifying the attacks from the obtainable logs from an OS like Linux and other various security functions, the system can also detect the attacks by combining multiple behavioral information.
  • 2. In-vehicle device-type CAN intrusion detection technology: This technology detects intrusions to CAN communication systems, which is a second stage of the attacks, and can be installed and used with CAN connected devices (ECU) There are two types of CAN monitoring usages, which consist of (1) CAN filter that filter unauthorized CAN commands received by the installed ECU, and (2) CAN monitoring that detects unauthorized commands by monitoring all CAN bus systems that are connected by the installed ECU. Unauthorized commands are judged by taking into consideration various conditions of the vehicle, so it is possible to reduce the number of false positive under specific conditions. Detection of unauthorized commands can be made for each single command, resulting is real-time prevention after detection.
  • 3. In-vehicle device-type Ethernet intrusion detection technology: This technology detects intrusions to Ethernet communication systems, which is a second stage of the attacks, and can be installed and used with Ethernet connected devices (ECU) There is an Ether filter that filters unauthorized Ether frames that are received or intercepted by the installed ECU (Ethernet Switch ECU, etc.) The system consists of the overlook method, which can lightly determine unauthorized commands by analyzing the frame headers and a detailed method, which has a high-load operation, but can accurately determine unauthorized commands. Flexible detection is possible by combining these methods.
  • 4. Cloud-type vehicle intrusion detection technology: This system analyzes a large amount of logs collected from in-vehicle devices of multiple vehicles through machine learning and can be used by placing it in the cloud. As for the usage, in-vehicle network model that has conducted prior learning, will automatically narrow down the logs that may become potential security risks. After that, the attack analysts will analyze only the selected logs. By linking with various in-vehicle device-type intrusion detection technologies, it is possible to grasp signs of attacks before they are identified as true security incidents.
Explanation of terminology
  • *1 CAN (Controller Area Network)
    CAN is a high noise-resistant serial communication protocol that was developed for vehicles, and current vehicles use in-vehicle networks via CAN communication to communicate between the vehicle ECU.
  • *2 Ethernet
    Using Ethernet to communicate between the ECU and electrical components within the vehicles based on the network standard used in offices and households is expected the increase the speed and capacity of data transmissions. It also enables data exchange with an IP base, making links to external network (cloud) even easier.
  • *3 IVI/TCU
    ・IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment): In-vehicle infotainment device
    ・TCU (Telematics Communication Unit): Communication control unit

Reference information

The system is scheduled to be demonstrated at the following exhibitions:
  • • ITS World Congress (Canada)/October 29-November 2, 2017
    http://itsworldcongress2017.org/
    Seminar: Auto SIEM: Security Information and Event Management for Connected Vehicles Takeshi Kishikawa*, Takamitsu Sasaki, Yoshiharu Imamoto, Ryota Takahashi Junichi Tsurumi, Tomoyuki Haga, Hideki Matsushima
  • • escar EU (Germany)/November 7-November 8, 2017
    https://www.escar.info/escar-europe/program.html
    Seminar: Automotive SIEM and Anomaly Detection Using Sand-Sprinkled Isolation Forest Tomoyuki Haga, Ryota Takahashi, Takamitsu Sasaki, Takeshi Kishikawa, Junichi Tsurumi and Hideki Matsushima (Panasonic Corporation)

Source: Panasonic

 

Nokia cautions on European connected car challenge

The car industry in Europe “is not as happy as they should be” warned Nokia’s head of car V2X Uwe Puetzschler (pictured), as he emphasised the need for better networks to advance the connected automobile segment.

Puetzschler, speaking to Mobile World Live at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, said one of the biggest barriers to developing connected cars was differences in connectivity around the world, with “Japan and Korea having access to very good coverage of networks”.

Conversely, in other regions including Europe, Puetzschler suggested the car industry wasn’t able to advance as they may want to “because the network coverage is a challenge, and they need full coverage to give the right experience to their customers”.

Improving network coverage to develop connected and automated driving is one of two of Nokia’s priorities for the segment.

He said there were some requirements “today’s networks cannot currently meet to the extent the car industry would like to see, and that’s why we are working to improve it”.

The second direction Nokia is pursuing is to “provide a common platform to manage the cars and to manage the applications which are associated with the use of cars, fleets, etc”.

In the interview, Puetzschler also spoke about his thoughts on the operator opportunity arising from the connected car, and how he believes automated driving could lead to more traffic on mobile networks.

Click here to hear his thoughts.

Soure: Mobile World Live

Telit Drives Next Generation Connected Car with AT&T Certification of LTE-Advanced Automotive-Grade Module

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Telit Drives Next Generation Connected Car with AT&T Certification of LTE-Advanced Automotive-Grade Module

VoLTE LE920A4-NA is the first secure, smart automotive-grade module to receive AT&T LTE Cat 4 certification

London, June 13, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that the LE920A4-NA LTE Cat 4 module has received AT&T* certification for use on the carrier’s North American LTE wireless networks. The smart module delivers voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and 150 Mbps Cat 4 automotive-grade performance.

With advanced security features, the LE920A4 delivers OEMs and tier one automotive system integrators, flexibility to meet requirements of vehicle roadmaps for secure, high-speed mobile data with support for next gen applications such as advanced diagnostics, infotainment and remote software updates.

“Automobile manufacturers demand best-in-class solutions enabling world-class connected car innovation with robust security features that the LE920A4 delivers,” said Yossi Moscovitz, CEO of Telit Automotive Solutions. “AT&T’s approval for the North American module variant is a critical milestone that the auto industry can leverage for immediate deployment in U.S. car models. Telit remains committed to developing solutions aligned with progressive roadmaps that embrace advanced connected car and autonomous driving technologies.”

Telit technology in the LE920A4 powers the entire connected car platform with a design that supports current connectivity needs with the flexibility to integrate value-add and other telematics services down the road as wireless communications continue to evolve. Complex in-vehicle applications are inside a secure processing environment with a built-in application processor, storage and memory. This flexible development environment allows customer application programs to run entirely and securely on the module itself using advanced anti-hacking capabilities.

LE920A4 Features

Global coverage: Series to include three multi-band, multi-mode, variants with integrated world-covering GNSS functionality, optimized for automobile manufacturers to deploy connected car solutions for the top automotive markets.

Advanced security addresses industry demands: Features include secure boot, secure storage, unique identifiers, random number generation and cryptographic algorithms. Multi-radio access technology for exceptional coverage: LTE high-speed data secured with 3G/2G fallback delivers widest possible combination of voice and data connection technologies always-on communications, particularly in life-critical situations.

Safety-first: Supports regulatory and safety standards, and is VoLTE-ready (voice over LTE) with circuit-switch fallback (CSFB) to 3G or 2G aligned with regional requirements.

Design-once and select the module with the exact feature set for each market and vehicle line: The LE920A4 34×40 mm LGA form factor nests with the new LE940B6 Telit xE940 automotive module family, offering the OEM or tier one integrator, superior flexibility to address economic, feature and regional requirements with a single device design.

Automotive-grade: Ruggedized, mechanically robust package with excellent thermal characteristics for effective heat dissipation. With an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, it is suitable for demanding applications and environments. Telit designs and manufactures automotive modules per ISO TS16949 processes to ensure quality and compliance with automotive OEM and tier-one supply chains requiring this certification.

Learn more about the LE920A4 series as well as the LE940B6-NA 300Mbps Cat 6 AT&T certified automotive module also ready for immediate application in North America.

*AT&T certification only relates to the technical compatibility of the device for use on the AT&T wireless network.

Source: Telit

Mojio gets $15M funding to fuel Connected Car Investment

connected-carAmazon Alexa Fund and Deutsche Telekom Fueling Growth of Mojio’s Open Platform for Connected Cars with $15M Investment Round

 

BC Tech Fund, BDC Capital and Relay Ventures also participate in A round investment.

Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, today announced the closing of a $15M USD Series A round of financing. This new funding will further the global adoption of Mojio’s hardware agnostic, cloud-based connected car platform.

“The connected car market is heating up and our strategic investors are fueling our penetration with wireless operators and OEM’s globally,” said Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk. “This latest round of funding will enable us to grow our engineering talent in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver.”

Winning with Wireless Operators

By providing all the elements needed to quickly launch secure, branded connected car apps and services, Mojio has positioned itself as the platform of choice within the cellular industry.

This funding fuels Mojio as the company supports rapid user growth via its operator partners, including T-Mobile in the United States. Mojio provides the platform and mobile app behind T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE, the Un-carrier’s all-in-one connected car solution that launched nationwide on November 18th.

Mojio is actively hiring engineers for cutting edge technology roles in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver to support additional launches with wireless operators in 2017.

Strategically Aligned Investors

The additional investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund bolsters Mojio’s vision to give every car a voice. Amazon Alexa and Mojio have been working together for more than a year, with Mojio developing one of the first Alexa skills for connected cars. That skill made it possible to ask Alexa questions about your connected car, such as, “Alexa, ask Mojio how much fuel my car has.” With this investment, the Alexa Fund is helping fuel the development of Mojio’s second generation Alexa Skill, which will harness the vast amount of automotive data being collected by Mojio’s open platform and bring new capabilities to Alexa.

“Alexa now has more than 6,000 skills, and what we hear from customers is that some of the most useful skills are those which connect people to everyday tasks,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We’ve been impressed with Mojio’s innovation in the connected car space, and we’re excited to help them expand their capabilities and bring new, innovative skills to Alexa.”

“The Mojio team has built a leading, scalable platform and mobile app for connecting the 500 Million+ unconnected cars,” said Thomas Vogel, Investment Director of Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments. “Kenny Hawk (CEO) has built an experienced team with a track record of building highly successful businesses and we look forward to supporting Mojio’s growth.”

“The connected car market is at a major inflection point and we are thrilled to invest in the Mojio team and this amazing opportunity,” said John Occhipinti, Partner at Relay Ventures. “Just as my family has grown to love this product, we are excited to see others experience keeping their teen drivers safe, saving time coordinating busy schedules, and enjoying T-Mobile’s in-car LTE Wi-Fi hotspot on long trips to Lake Tahoe.”

About Mojio

Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by the world’s top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car apps and services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets.

Mojio unlocks hidden telematics data from nearly any car, bringing “dumb” cars into the Internet of Things and enabling a new suite of automotive experiences that provide something we’ve all been searching for: peace of mind for our cars and the people in them.

Source: Mojio

 

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

 

 

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

Volkswagen and LG agree joint development on Connected Car Initiative

LG Electronics (LG) and Volkswagen AG have entered into a memorandum of understanding signaling their commitment to cooperate on the research and development of a next-generation connected car service platform.

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Key LG executives present at the signing at Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany included Richard Choi, head of LG Cloud Center, Lee Sang-yong, head of LG Vehicle Infotainment System Research Lab. Representing Volkswagen were Prof. Thomas Form, head of Electronics and Vehicle Research and Robert Kattner, head of Vehicle Information Systems Research.

The two companies will work together to develop Volkswagen’s Cross-Over-Platform to enhance vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using the latest in cloud technology, the goal of the new platform is to offer drivers a seamless digital life with access to features such as smart home services and location based services from their vehicles

Over the course of the next few years, LG and Volkswagen will collaborate to:

  • Develop technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home, giving drivers the ability to control and monitor smart devices in their homes — such as lights, security systems and household supplies — from the road.
  • Develop a notification center that understands context and delivers notices in an intuitive and safe manner and also provides optimized recommendations for drivers to respond based on real-time situations.
  • Develop optimized next generation infotainment technology for connected cars.

“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalization of its brands,” said Professor Form at the official signing of the agreement. “Our focus in doing so is always on our customers. For them, comfort, safety and energy efficiency play a central role. LG is a strong, reliable partner in the implementation of new features and one of the drivers of innovation in the networked household. We look forward to working with LG and to developing in future simple, easy-to-use smart home solutions for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems.”

“LG Electronics and Volkswagen are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open IoT connectivity technologies,” said Richard Choi, head of the LG Cloud Center. “We think LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive space will revolutionize the way drivers interact with their vehicles.”

This lastest agreement is an example of the long and mutually beneficial relationship LG and Volkswagen have developed over decades. LG was one of the first electronics companies to commit itself to the automotive industry with the launch of its Vehicle Components division in July 2013. Even before then, LG has been working closely with Volkswagen since 2007, supplying advanced audio-visuals products for vehicles and establishing a reputation for reliability and technological innovation.

In March in 2015, Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic display, connected smart watch, rear lamp and camera. In July, LG was selected as Volkswagen’s strategic electronics supplier and also listed as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) program. At CES earlier this year, the two companies successfully demonstrated an advanced smart home service that could be controlled remotely from a vehicle.

Source: LG Electronics

 

 

 

The AA launches connected-car JV with international roadside assistance clubs and market-leading technology partner

 

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The AA today announced the launch of Intelematics Europe, a JV to develop connectedcar software for services and products to be provided by roadside assistance clubs for their consumer and business markets.

Intelematics Europe benefits from the scale and technical expertise of its owners, the AA; roadside assistance clubs in the Netherlands (ANWB) and in Austria (OAMTC); and Intelematics, a subsidiary of the Australian auto clubs and market leader in connected-car services and products in Australia.

Intelematics has a similar JV with Auto Club Enterprises, the largest AAA affiliate in the US, to provide connected mobility solutions to AAA members in North America. Connected-car technology is critical to the next phase of innovation for vehicles. The AA’s Members and customers will benefit from the wide range of services that this technology enables by delivering information via the internet from a small device embedded in the vehicle. Such information can improve the safety and security of vehicles and their occupants, and reduce driving costs by monitoring them. It will also help the AA both pre-empt and diagnose breakdowns, improve deployment of appropriate assistance and enable more accurate and faster service.

In addition, the tracking of information on driving could allow the provision of cheaper car insurance. Vehicle manufacturers are embracing connected-car technology and the AA will build on its strong relationships with approximately 70% of the UK’s manufacturers to make the most of the opportunities this technology presents. Intelematics Europe has advantages arising from its ability to develop products, rather than buy white-labelled services, and its international ownership and access. These are as follows:

  • Products will be developed by roadside assistance clubs which will share experience and expertise;
  •  Intelematics Europe will benefit specifically from access to existing Australian and US products and services which are already at market-leading standards and which can be reconfigured rapidly for European markets with a simple, standardised platform for integration by manufacturers;
  • The development of an international solution will give access to manufacturers at the requisite global level; and,
  •  The scale and international scope of the JV will improve buying power and add to the potential to sell these services more widely.

The international nature of this JV gives it significant scale and scope to work with multi-national car manufacturers, many of which are already business partners of the AA in the UK. The AA and other European JV owners are members of ARC Europe, the European association of roadside assistance clubs.

Intelematics Europe will be located adjacent to the AA’s offices in London enabling a close working relationship in the development of new products. Bob Mackenzie, Executive Chairman of the AA said: “We are excited to launch this platform for developing our connected-car proposition, sharing best practice with an international group of clubs. This is a powerful partnership – it gives us access to existing solutions which are tried, tested and widely adopted; it gives us reach across international manufacturers at a global level; and it gives us the ability both to roll out existing solutions fast and develop ever more sophisticated solutions in time.

“The AA is embracing connected-car technology so that our Members will benefit directly through advancements in safety and security, and information to help reduce driving costs. Connectivity will improve both timing and diagnostics of the AA’s roadside assistance services and enable us to increase efficiency.We also value the potential for greater integration with our manufacturer partners and, combined with what we are doing with fleets through Trakm8, connected-car capability will enhance our already strong position across our business partnerships. Better information also provides the potential for wider adoption of telematics for insurance by the AA. “This international telematics platform, combined with our extensive relationships with manufacturers and strong relationships with our international partners, strengthens our ability to innovate and take the AA to the next level of digital capability.

Source: AA

AT&T 4G LTE to Power Ford SYNC Connect in More Than 10 Million Vehicles in North America by 2020

Ford and AT&T are bringing high-speed connectivity and an even better owner experience to customers this year – with plans to connect more than 10 million customers to Ford SYNC® Connect within the next five years.

SYNC Connect, Ford’s new high-speed connectivity technology, adds levels of convenience to SYNC, the industry-leading in-car entertainment and communications system. Ford is introducing SYNC Connect in the United States and Canada this spring in the new Escape.

“Vehicle owners want the convenience that comes with being connected at home and on the go,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “With SYNC Connect, we are able to provide features and services that make the car an even more seamless part of our customers’ connected lifestyles.”

With Ford SYNC Connect, Ford vehicle owners can:

  • Remotely lock and unlock doors from virtually anywhere
  • Use the built-in GPS system to locate their parked vehicle on a map
  • Remotely start the vehicle or schedule a start time
  • View vehicle information, including fuel and battery level and tire pressure readings

SYNC Connect plays a key role in Ford’s connectivity strategy as part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

SYNC Connect debuts this spring on the new Ford Escape. After the initial rollout in North America, SYNC Connect is launching in global markets, adding another 10 million connected vehicles by 2020.

“Connected car services are an important feature to consumers,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility. “We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Ford to deliver an enhanced connected experience to more Ford drivers.”

Ford SYNC

Ford SYNC is the world’s leading in-car entertainment and communications system, with more than 15 million vehicles equipped with the technology on the road worldwide.

Launched in 2007, Ford SYNC was the industry’s first system to widely and most affordably offer voice-activated technology to control smartphones. New-generation SYNC 3 features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface for a growing number of Ford vehicles in North America.

Building on industry leadership

Ford was the first U.S.-based automaker to build AT&T network service into its cars in 2011 with the introduction of MyFord® Mobile – a smartphone and Web-based connected experience that enables electric vehicle owners to remotely connect their smartphone with the car to manage charging.

AT&T network service has been a standard feature in all Ford plug-in electric vehicles, including Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi.

In 2014, Lincoln introduced MyLincoln Mobile powered by AT&T, enabling owners to access their vehicles using their smartphone. The capability allows owners to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle, as well as schedule remote starts.

Now, SYNC Connect expands on the relationship between Ford and AT&T, giving more North American customers the ability to remotely access their vehicles.

AT&T connected car leadership

In 2014, AT&T launched two major initiatives to lead innovation in the connected car space. The first was a pioneering connected car innovation center in Atlanta, called AT&T Drive Studio.

It also launched a new global automotive solution and development platform, AT&T Drive.

A telematics leader, AT&T connects vehicles around the globe. In late 2015, AT&T added 1.6 million connected devices; nearly 1 million were connected cars.

Additionally, AT&T was the first major wireless carrier to launch a global SIM platform for cars. The platform lets automotive, consumer and M2M equipment makers use a single carrier to wirelessly connect products across the globe.

– See more at: http://about.att.com/story/att_4g_lte_to_power_ford_sync_connect.html#sthash.WOqlGkC5.dpuf

Source: AT&T

Harman to Acquire TowerSec Automotive Security

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