Roborace unveiled its Robocar at MWC’s ‘Connected Vehicles’ keynote, with CEO Denis Sverdlov stating the initiative will push the industry to improve driverless and autonomous vehicles.
He also believes driverless car racing will help people accept robots on the street, and is a great way to show the public the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI).
“It was very important for us that we created an emotional connection to driverless cars and bring humans and robots closer together to define our future,” he said.
Software engineers will be the “true heroes” of the initiative, which is a “fair competition” of intelligence rather than budget, as all teams have the same Robocar to work with – in order to win they have to focus entirely on the software.
So far, Roborace has performed demos with ‘Devbots’, which completed 12 driverless laps in Morocco. Despite a recent crash, Sverdlov is confident in the technology, adding that accidents will only help improve learning.
The car, designed by Daniel Simon, who created vehicles for Hollywood sci-fi films like Tron Legacy, uses a number of technologies to drive itself including two radars and six AI cameras, and makes up to 24 trillion AI operations per second.
The Roborace series takes place on Formula E city street circuits.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said all the big auto companies, like Audi, Renault and Mahindra, want their teams to win and this pushes them to invest resources into improving electric cars, and this will play a big role in boosting the autonomous car industry.
Source: Mobile World Live
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.”
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.
“First responders and field services teams need access to uncompromised connectivity at all times, and that’s central to all of our LTE networking solutions,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Using the MP70, mobile workers can communicate seamlessly from in and around their vehicle, as if they were in an office. This allows them to perform critical duties onsite more efficiently, and ultimately respond more quickly and effectively in the field.”
For example, a typical law enforcement vehicle hosts a laptop for dispatch and records management, an electronic citation system, live digital video surveillance, body-worn cameras and automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. With the MP70, all of these systems can connect to a high-speed vehicle area network, with both gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported, and share a secure LTE-A cellular connection that enables the dispatcher to access all of the systems in real time.
“We trialed the MP70 router to connect our in-vehicle computers and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for our team to access critical database records onsite in real time during emergencies,” said Greg Katz, Lieutenant, Billerica MA Police Department. “Right out of the box, we were impressed by the MP70’s top-notch, ruggedized form factor—with hardened aluminum casing, it’s clearly designed for turbulent vehicle environments. We are also very impressed with its reliable LTE connectivity and, because it offers 4-port Gigabit Ethernet, we will be able to support more in-vehicle equipment, such as video cameras and ALPR, bringing the full functionality of our office network to our patrol officers.”
“The MP70 high performance vehicle router extends Sierra Wireless’ industry leading portfolio of vehicle gateways, which includes the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway and multi-network FirstNet Band 14 oMG vehicle router,” said Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of specialist IoT analyst firm Beecham Research. “There is strong demand for vehicle area networks that can handle multiple applications, and the MP70’s flexible, secure management and Wi-Fi capabilities make it an attractive option.”
An entire fleet of AirLink MP70 routers, field applications and mobile assets can be remotely managed, controlled and monitored over a centralized platform using AirLink Network Management solutions from Sierra Wireless. Available as a hosted, cloud-based AirLink Management Service, or as a licensed software platform in the enterprise data center, oMM Management System, AirLink Network Management solutions allow organizations to increase efficiency and lower maintenance costs by up to 90 percent.
The MP70 is the industry’s first router with a high performance vehicle area network accessible via Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Wi-Fi and 300 mbps LTE-A to connect multiple applications in and around the vehicle. It has an integrated events engine, built-in vehicle I/O and support for AirLink Vehicle Telemetry to enable advanced awareness and instant insight into vehicle diagnostics, connected mobile assets, fleet operations and the workforce. The MP70 also provides GNSS and inertial navigation (activated in an upcoming software release), enabling superior vehicle location accuracy, even when out of satellite coverage. Purpose-built for vehicles, the AirLink MP70 ensures superior reliability and continuous operation in harsh environments and is designed to survive extreme transient surges and perform in noisy vehicle power environments.
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Innovative Solution Helps Make Getting Around Easier and Safer
Mahindra GenZe, a leader in all-electric two-wheel transportation alternatives, uses AT&T’s* Internet of Things (IoT) technology to bring the first connected scooter to the two-wheeler industry. The companies are also working with Tech Mahindra, a world leader in connected solutions helping enable GenZe’s telematics device to utilize AT&T’s network capabilities.
The GenZe 2.0 is a two-wheel vehicle built for urban commuters. It works on a CANBus network. The connected scooter uses multiple AT&T IoT products including Global SIM and AT&T Control Center to build the GenZe mobile rider solution. The GenZe Cruise–Connect System™ monitors data through a cloud–based system and governs settings through the app.
“We continue to focus on meeting the demands of today’s connected urban commuters,” said Vish Palekar, CEO, GenZe. “GenZe is redefining urban mobility. We deliver a fun and practical commute experience by incorporating cutting edge technology, like AT&T’s IoT connectivity. “
“We’re changing how people live, work and get around. People can connect and monitor assets from almost anywhere,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Industrial IoT Solutions. “Connecting these amazing 2-wheel machines is an example how we are a leader in the connected vehicle technology.”
The GenZe 2.0, designed and built in the U.S., has:
A removable lithium-ion battery: Riders can recharge at any standard electrical outlet, for optimal freedom and ease of use.
Smart, utilitarian design: Ample rear storage space lets riders get where they want and take all of their belongings with them. It enables device recharging in a compartment under the driver’s seat.
GenZe was founded in 2012 to develop sustainable urban transportation solutions. The GenZe 2.0 was born in Silicon Valley. It was designed, engineered and is being manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the highest international and federal vehicle standards.
For more information on AT&T IoT Solutions, visit http://www.att.com/iot.
For more information on GenZe Products, visit http://www.genze.com/.
The fund will invest in promising auto tech and local services companies in collaboration with HERE, a Nokia company, to grow the ecosystem around HERE’s mapping and location products and services.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the launch of a USD 100 million Connected Car fund to be managed by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). The fund will identify and invest in companies whose innovations will be important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles.
Nokia is already a major player in the automotive industry providing location intelligence for connected vehicles through HERE. The NGP fund, working closely with HERE, will seek to make investments that also support the growth of the ecosystem around HERE’s mapping and location products and services.
“NGP has been consistently performing well bringing in both new innovation and financial return to Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. “Our new USD 100 million venture fund launched today further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments.”
“For the last few years there has been a surge in innovation that has brought technological advances leading to safer, cleaner, increasingly connected, intelligent and more affordable vehicles. Vehicles are becoming a new platform for technology adoption very similar to phones or tablets,” said Paul Asel, Partner at Nokia Growth Partners. “We are excited to deepen our collaboration with HERE through the Connected Car fund to invest in companies that are driving the future of the auto ecosystem, local services and personal mobility.”
“NGP’s Connected Car fund underscores that connectivity is rapidly reshaping what is possible in the car environment,” said Michael Halbherr, CEO of HERE. “We believe that connected cars equipped with precise location awareness and sensor data can become powerful devices capable of helping drivers make sense of the world around them. With more than 25 years of experience in creating automotive grade maps for the automobile industry, we look forward to working with promising companies in NGP’s new fund to create a whole new class of services that keep drivers safe and connected.”
The Connected Car fund extends NGP’s global investment activities in the U.S., India, China and Europe where Nokia Growth Partners continue to invest in high potential businesses. The new fund brings Nokia’s commitments managed by NGP to USD 700 million. As an independent VC sponsored by Nokia, NGP has a strong track record of investing in technology companies that have made an impact in their respective industries globally, including Rocket Fuel, Heptagon and UCweb.
The Connected Car fund will be the fourth fund that NGP has managed on behalf of Nokia over the past decade.