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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

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

 

Qualcomm Announces Connected Car Reference Platform to Simplify Integration of Advanced Connectivity Technologies Into New Vehicles

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Platform Integrates Wireless Technologies Including 3G/4G LTE, GNSS, Wi-Fi®, DSRC, and Bluetooth®; Extensible to Support Cellular V2X and 5G

The Connected Car Reference Platform is built upon Qualcomm Technologies’ broad automotive product and technology portfolio, including Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 and X5 LTE modems, quad-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and 2D/3D Dead Reckoning (DR) location solutions, Qualcomm® VIVE™ Wi-Fi® technology, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) for V2X, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth® Low Energy and broadcast capabilities such as analog and digital tuner support using software-defined radio via Qualcomm® tuneX™ chips. In addition, the platform features in-vehicle networking technologies such as Gigabit (OABR) Ethernet with Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) and Controller Area Network (CAN) interfaces.

Highlights of the Connected Car Reference Platform design include:

  • Scalability: Using a common framework that scales from a basic telematics control unit (TCU) up to a highly integrated wireless gateway connecting multiple electronic control units (ECUs) within the car supporting critical functions such as over-the-air software upgrades and data collection and analytics.
  • Future-proofing: Allowing the vehicle’s connectivity hardware and software to be upgraded through its life cycle, providing automakers with a migration path from DSRC to hybrid/cellular V2X and from 4G LTE to 5G.
  • Wireless coexistence: Managing concurrent operation of multiple wireless technologies using the same spectrum frequencies, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy.
  • OEM and third-party applications support: Providing a secure framework for the development and execution of custom applications.

The Connected Car Reference Platform allows automakers and their suppliers to explore, prototype and commercialize connectivity designs using modules and solutions offered based on Qualcomm Technologies’ roadmap.

“With the Connected Car Reference Platform, Qualcomm Technologies has developed a platform for automakers, module OEM customers, and developers that emphasizes scalability, modularity and security for integrating and managing multiple cutting-edge wireless technologies inside vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to introduce this platform to help enable best-in-class advanced connectivity solutions and services in upcoming vehicle designs.”

The Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform is expected to be available by the end of 2016. Qualcomm Technologies is showcasing the Connected Car Reference Platform, along with application demos from collaborating companies including OTA updates by Movimento, V2X communications by Savari, Inc., and vehicle data management and analytics by Hortonworks, at the TU-Automotive Detroit conference on June 8-9, booth #C69.

Source: Qualcomm

Vehicle-to-X technology from Continental protects vulnerable road users

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  • V2X technology enables communication between vehicles and vulnerable road users
  • Future will see smartphones exchanging position and movement data with vehicles via short-range communication
  • Number of fatal traffic accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians falling slower than those involving car occupants

International automotive supplier Continental is constantly developing new technologies to improve the safety of vulnerable road users (VRU). Based on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication, vehicles will be able to communicate with these road users. Short-range communication (e.g. WLANp) makes it possible to exchange position data in order to avoid possible collisions or significantly reduce accident severity. “Protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists is one of the greatest challenges on the road to accident-free driving,” explained Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, Head of the Passive Safety & Sensorics business unit at Continental. “Short-range communication can play a decisive role here, too, and brings us one step closer to our goal of zero traffic fatalities.”

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Short-range communication helps prevent accidents involving vulnerable road users

A vehicle fitted with V2X technology is able to communicate with VRUs that carry a smartphone or a special transponder. Modern vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is based on a standard for direct ad-hoc communication (WLANp). In future, it will be possible to incorporate a smartphone into this ad-hoc communication so that they are able to communicate with vehicles using V2X. Modern smartphones are already capable of WLAN communication. With a few changes to the communication chip, smartphones can be adapted to exchange V2X messages with vehicles via WLANp.

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“It is particularly important to make sure that the high standard of data security and functional reliability of V2X technology is also implemented when extended to communication with smartphones,” explained Dr. Gunnar Jürgens, Head of Development in the Passive Safety & Sensorics business unit, and Managing Director of Continental Safety Engineering GmbH in Alzenau, Germany. The position and movement predictions of the VRU are transmitted anonymously to the vehicle using V2X messages. Incoming messages are authenticated and processed within less than 0.1 seconds. The higher-level control unit in the vehicle decides whether the driver needs to be warned or if an intervention in the vehicle dynamics is necessary. As the GPS-based localization of a pedestrian is not precise enough, the focus in subsequent designs is on enhanced concepts for relative localization and movement prediction. Data fusion with data from other on-board sensors will be applied before potentially engaging the brakes. This can decisively improve object recognition and classification.

One big advantage of the communication using short-range communication, with a range of 300 to 500 meters, is the very low latency time. This is essential for exchanging safety-relevant information, such as the vehicle position, dynamics and brake operation.

VRUs account for almost 50 percent of traffic fatalities

According to Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, around 50 percent of people killed in traffic accidents are vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of fatal accidents involving car occupants fell by 50 percent. In contrast, the same statistic for vulnerable road users fell by less than 30 percent over the same period, according to the 2014 annual report of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). With V2X technology, more and more accidents can be prevented, especially those involving vulnerable road users.

Source: Continental

 

Japanese Ministry leads Connected Car Cybersecurity initiative

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Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has drawn up guidelines in a bid to defend against the hacking of an envisaged next-generation driving support system that is expected to help accelerate the development of autonomous driving cars.

The ministry is concerned about the possibility that a cyberattack on the system might lead to traffic accidents.

The ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Connect Promotion Consortium, which is developing the system with the government, plans to establish specifications on the technology to prevent such cyberattacks in autumn this year, sources familiar with the matter said. The consortium is made up of automakers and electronics-makers.

The system is aimed at helping ensure safe driving by distributing information on nearby automobiles and pedestrians, traffic signals and other relevant matters collected through radio communications to moving vehicles. The vehicles will alert the drivers to possible dangers.

The consortium will consider encrypting such information by using special technologies to prevent it from being altered, the sources said.

The next-generation driving support system is also expected to improve automatic emergency braking technologies for preventing collisions.

Autonomous driving uses such equipment as an on-vehicle camera and sensor that collect information on the surrounding environment, with related technologies being developed by automakers and electronics-makers.

The planned next-generation driving support system is being touted as a way to strengthen the safety of autonomous driving by providing information on blind spots, the sources said.

Toyota Motor Corp. is considering introducing equipment compatible with the system in a planned fully remodeled version of its Prius hybrid vehicle and other vehicle models.

Source: Japan Times/Telematics Info

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Broadcom Targets In-Car Connectivity with First 5G WiFi + Bluetooth Smart Combo

Paves the Way to In-vehicle High-speed Connectivity and Content Streaming

News Highlights:

  • Enables on-the-road access to the latest in mobile innovation
  • Allows drivers and passengers to easily sync and stream mobile device content
  • Expands Broadcom footprint in fast-growing connected car market

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new line of wireless chips, targeted for use in automotive infotainment applications. Featuring the latest in 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Broadcom’s wireless automotive chips will allow drivers and passengers to easily sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car’s infotainment system and rear-seat displays. The new chips also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet and cloud content via LTE telematics or directly from a Hot Spot connection. For more news, visit Broadcom’sNewsroom.

Based on the latest generation IEEE 802.11ac standard, the integrated 5G WiFi technology provides the bandwidth required for multiple in-car displays and resolution of up to 1080p, allowing uncongested 5GHz video to coexist concurrently with 2.4GHz Bluetooth hands-free operation. Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, which allows products to sip power at an incremental rate, will play a vital role in enabling connectivity between the car and wearable tech and body sensors, such as the ability to monitor biometric indicators including driver fatigue, blood alcohol content and glucose levels.

Car connectivity is the new battleground for product differentiation and the next frontier for Broadcom,” said Rahul Patel, Broadcom Vice President of Wireless Connectivity. “Broadcom is delivering our proven expertise and leadership in wireless connectivity to the automotive market. By providing the same technology and roadmap associated with the fast-moving mobile ecosystem, the possibilities enabled by our new wireless automotive chips are endless.”

Analysts predict the use of in-car Wi-Fi-enabled applications to grow eightfold by 20191 as car makers leverage the latest technologies to differentiate in an increasingly competitive market. One of the most immediate applications enabled by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart is the smart remote, allowing drivers to use their smartphone to remotely adjust seat, temperature and infotainment settings while providing vital data on automotive performance and diagnostics.

V2X Communications
Not only will Bluetooth Smart technology seamlessly sync mobile devices to the vehicle audio and display system, the technology offers great promise for new innovations in vehicle to person, vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications (V2X). Designed to improve both driver and traffic safety, V2X communications will allow drivers to anticipate upcoming road hazards, traffic incidents and monitor speed limits. For example, when the V2X system reports a blocked road or traffic jam on the route, future vehicles will have the ability to automatically adjust speed or calculate an alternative route. Infrastructure development and smart highway initiatives are already underway throughout Europe and the United States .2

Market Drivers

  • Every car is expected to be connected by 20253
  • 30 billion devices are expected to be wirelessly connected by 20204
  • Automotive wireless market projected to reach $1.6B by 20185
  • 41 percent increase in demand for wireless technology in automotive expected 2012 — 20175
  • Bluetooth Smart ICs expected to grow > 10x by 20186
  • Automotive Bluetooth expected to remain the standard connection with mobile devices6

Key Features

  • Complete 5G WiFi system including MAC, PHY, RF and Bluetooth Smart Ready on a single chip
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ support
  • Resolves interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity
  • Advanced beamforming, Low-Density Parity Check and Space-Time Block support for better coverage

Availability
Broadcom’s wireless automotive portfolio consists of two devices. Both the BCM89335 5G WiFi/ Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip and the BCM89071 Bluetooth + Bluetooth Smart Ready chip are now sampling.

Resources
1 IMS 2012
2 its.gov 2013 The Smart Highway
3 GSMA 2012
4 ABI Research 2013
5 IHS 2013
6 Bluetooth SIG