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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    AutoCrypt secures ASPICE certification for in-vehicle software security
    AUTOCRYPT has announced its certification for ASPICE Capability Level (CL) 2, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. Automobile Software Process Improvement Capability Determination (ASPICE) is a scale used to evaluate the software development and management practices of an automotive provider. It is a de facto standard for continual improvements in the software supply chain, ensuring that all components are methodically planned, executed, and controlled. “Automotive architectur...
    TomTom posts 5.8% y/y increase in 2022 revenue to USD588.2 million
    TomTom has reported a 5.7% year-on-year (y/y) growth in FY 2022 revenue at EUR536.3 million (USD588.2 million), a press filing by the mapmaker on 3 February showed. Net loss for the year widened to EUR102.7 million from EUR94.7 million a year earlier. Gross margin increased to 84% compared to 80%. Overall research and development (R&D) expenses for the full year was EUR366 million. For the fourth quarter, TomTom’s revenue was EUR139 million compared to EUR115.2 million in the previous c...
    SiriusXM’s FY 2022 revenue climbs 4% higher y/y to USD9.0 billion
    SiriusXM has reported an 3.5% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for fiscal year 2022 to USD9 billion, according to its press release on 2 February. Net income fell to USD1.21 billion from USD1.31 billion last year, while income from operations rose to USD2.04 billion from USD2.02 billion. Engineering, design, and development costs increased 7.5% to USD285 million. For the fourth quarter, SiriusXM’s revenue grew 1.8% to USD1.73 billion while the company posted a net income of USD365 mil...
    MICHELIN DDi selects Otonomo to develop near-miss zone identification service in Europe
    MICHELIN Driving Data to Intelligence (DDi) has selected Otonomo to help develop its near-miss zone identification service in Europe, it said in a press release dated 2 February.  MICHELIN DDi will gather acceleration and deceleration connected vehicle data events via Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform to identify potential accident hot spots and help road authorities improve road safety for drivers. The service will be first offered in France. “Otonomo is an important partner in our...
    Mercedes-Benz upgrades GLE and GLE Coupé with latest connected and autonomous technologies
    Mercedes-Benz has installed the second generation of the  Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system in the GLE and GLE Coupé, it said in a press release dated 31 January. The driver and central displays each measure 12.3 inches while the central display can also be operated directly as a touchscreen while wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto are now available. The appearance can be individualized with a total of three display styles (classic, sporty, and discreet) and...
    P97 Networks partners with Visa to enhance in-car payment experience
    P97 Networks has announced a partnership with Visa to deploy its token technology which can be used for in-car payments, according to a company press release on 31 January. The partnership will enable electric vehicle (EV) charging payments across public networks. The first step in this cooperation is the launch of P97 Network's enhanced network token services to securely connect millions of digital wallets and connected cars. “This collaboration underscores the powerful security that token...
    Otonomo to deliver connected vehicle data for Microsoft Maps
    Otonomo Technologies has announced that Microsoft Maps has selected the company to support and enhance its global mapping products and services, in a press release on 31 January. Otonomo will deliver connected vehicle data for Microsoft Maps users across Microsoft Azure, Windows, Microsoft 365, and Bing, including providing current traffic conditions, accident notifications, and route optimization. “Microsoft’s robust mapping services offer a wealth of detailed location and traffic data t...
    Update on Android Automotive OS: Which automakers have bought in?
    While Android Automotive is gaining traction in the automotive operating system (OS) market, the key point to look out for will be how many carmakers will subscribe to Google Automotive Services (GAS). The GAS suite provides options for automakers to embed a series of services from Google including Maps, Play Store, and Assistant. GAS is offered through a licensing model to automakers and is built on top of the Android Automotive OS. This updated article looks at the automakers who have already ...
    OmniAir Consortium to host Plugfest in Florida
    OmniAir Consortium is set to host a Plugfest in Florida in May, it said in a press release on 30 January. For the Plugfest, OmniAir will be partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, and the University of Florida Transportation Institute. The Florida Plugfest will feature comprehensive testing for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) devices, including OBUs, RSUs, and modules.  “OmniAir is excited to bring our global testing event ...
    Faurecia-Aptoide partners with Catappult to launch app distribution service for vehicles
    Faurecia-Aptoide has partnered with Catappult to launch an app distribution service for cars, it said in a press release dated 30 January. Developers can use Faurecia-Aptoide's app store technology to distribute their games and apps in cars. Developers will be able to design and finetune apps and games for cars, while manufacturers will be able to customize their app stores. “A game-changing solution that allows the automotive industry to offer a much richer, more personalized experience to...
    HAAS Alert partners with Tome Software to launch Safety Cloud for Android Automotive
    HAAS Alert has partnered with Tome Software to launch Safety Cloud for Android Automotive, it said in a press release on 20 January. It is an end-to-end digital alerting solution for vehicles using the Android Automotive operating system (AAOS). The AAOS application allows OEMs and tier-1 suppliers to test, deploy, and integrate digital alerts from roadway hazards on HAAS Alert's Safety Cloud platform into vehicles. “We believe it's critical for all motorists to be able to receive safety...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Google rolls out new update for Android Auto
    Google has begun rolling out its Android Auto version 8.7, Times of India reported on 25 January. The latest update removes the Wireless Android Auto Toggle. Google has also renamed the Silent Notifications option to Play Conversations Chime. However, Android Auto 8.7 does not feature the “Coolwalk” redesign. The Coolwalk UI is currently in Beta, and its registration programs are already closed. It is a prerelease version with incomplete software. Coolwalk is a major UI revamp of Android ...
    AWARE2ALL consortium selected by Horizon Europe to develop HMI systems
    The AWARE2ALL consortium has been selected by Horizon Europe, EU’s funding program for research and innovation, to develop safety and Human Machine Interface systems, it said in a press release dated 14 December. The systems will focus on the deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) in traffic. All developed systems will be implemented in a total of four demonstrators: passive safety in a virtual one; active safety and eHMI in two vehicles; and iHMI in a hybrid form that will...
    C2A Security Partners with Valeo for automotive cybersecurity
    C2A Security has partnered with Valeo to enhance the automotive supplier’s cybersecurity offerings, it said in a press release dated 4 January. Valeo will leverage C2A's Cybersecurity DevOps and Automation Platform to scale its cybersecurity software lifecycle management and offer cybersecurity for vehicles. “This partnership enables Valeo to enhance its cybersecurity management of its products, adds another layer of confidence to Valeo's customers and turns cybersecurity to a real busine...
    BMW announces interior updates for spring 2023
    BMW has announced feature updates for Spring 2023, which includes both the interior and exterior, it said in a press release dated 25 January. Among the new additions, the extended Parking Assistant Professional available for BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App via a smartphone. The BMW 4 Series...
    Hitachi Astemo expands partnership with Trend Micro and VicOne for connected car security solutions
    Hitachi Astemo has expanded its partnership with Trend Micro and its subsidiary VicOne to provide security solutions for connected cars, it said in a press release dated 24 January. The companies are looking to commercialize it by 2025. The collaboration will combine Hitachi Astemo's Edge-SIEM security solution for vehicles with Trend Micro and VicOne's xCarbon embedded security solution to develop products that can detect and mitigate cyberattacks in connected cars by 2025. Significa...
    Porsche develops new infotainment system for sixth-generation 911
    Porsche has unveiled retrofit infotainment systems for sixth-generation 911 including model year (MY) 2005-2008 generation 997, Boxster and Cayman generation 987 for MY 2005-2008 and the first-generation Cayenne for MY 2003-2008, it said in a press release dated 19 January. “There is huge demand for contemporary networking of our timeless classics. And soon after the successful launch of the infotainment systems for retrofitting, we received corresponding queries from owners of early 911 ge...
    BMW unveils new M3 CS with latest-generation iDrive based on Operating System 8
    BMW has unveiled its new M3 CS model with the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8, it said in a press release dated 25 January. It includes BMW Curved Display for the cockpit. A 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches are housed together behind a curved glass surface. The information display’s graphical layout and M‑style content features all driving-related data and vehicle status and settings i...
    NTT develops technology to analyze vehicle data
    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) has developed a technology that instantly analyzes vehicle data millions of connected cars, Japan Today reported on 23 January. NTT is looking to commercialize the technology by fiscal 2023. The technology will enable swift exchange of data transmitted by cars, such as traffic congestion and accidents, to other cars and infrastructure, which will allow vehicles to travel safely. Significance: NTT has already begun demonstrations conducted jointly with...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    BMW issues OTA upgrade for 4.7 million vehicles
    BMW Group has announced that it will update software in its vehicles with BMW iDrive Operating System 7 and 8 via over-the-air (OTA), according to a company press release dated 20 January. At present, a about 4.7 million BMW vehicles are upgradeable. The Remote Software Upgrade is currently available in over 30 models. Customers will be able to see the software status in the settings menu of their vehicle under Remote Software Upgrade and can search for available upgrades. Significance: Ne...
    Otonomo to integrate connected vehicle data into Iteris’ ClearMobility Platform
    Otonomo Technologies has partnered with Iteris, it said in a press release dated 19 January. The multiyear agreement will see Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform integrate its connected vehicle data into Iteris’ ClearMobility Platform. The additional data source will help Iteris gain new mobility insights from multiple sources of traffic intelligence and advance its digital mobility infrastructure solutions for smart and connected transportation. “One of the biggest opportunities is bein...
    Garmin partners with Atari to bring in-vehicle gaming
    Garmin has partnered with Atari to being in-vehicle embedded gaming, it said in a press release on 4 January. The announcement was made at CES 2023 earlier this month a Las Vegas. This was part of its Unified Cabin Experience, which included navigation and audio solutions, among many others. The integration transforms the entire vehicle into an arcade, allowing for family-friendly gaming without a data connection. Significance: David Lowey of Atari said to GamesBeat that the demo used Centipe...
    ParkMobile expands operations to Manhattan, Kansas
    ParkMobile has expanded its services to the city of Manhattan in Kansas, it said in a press release on 17 January. Through the ParkMobile app, users will be able to pay for on-demand parking at over 450 off-street parking spaces in the brand-new Aggieville Parking Garage. “We are excited to introduce ParkMobile in our newly constructed Aggieville Parking Garage as we continue to improve the Aggieville Business District. The app will make parking more seamless, further enhancing the guest ex...
    Parkmobile changes name to EasyPark
    EasyPark Group has announced that Parkmobile has changed its name and looks, including all graphics, to EasyPark, in a press release on 19 January. This follows the acquisition of PARK NOW Group by EasyPark Group in June 2021 from BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG. The acquisition of PARK NOW Group also included the Parkmobile app. The new Parkmobile brand and app is visible for Parkmobile users.  “At EasyPark we always work towards our vision to make cities more livable. This migratio...
    Mercedes-Benz unveils CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation
    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation and optional immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos, it said in a press release dated 18 January. The vehicles also feature free-standing double screen, a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch display as standard, while two 10.25-inch displays with a wide-screen are also optionally available. There are three options: Classic, which provides all relevant driver information; Sporty, with a dynamic rev counter;&nbs...
    SiriusXM appoints Suzi Watford as senior vice president
    SiriusXM has announced the appointment of Suzi Watford to the newly-created role of SVP and chief growth officer for SiriusXM, according to a company press release on 17 January. Watford will report to Chief Commercial Officer Joe Verbrugge. Watford will have oversight across a variety of key areas, including the SiriusXM streaming subscription business as well as corporate marketing, analytics and research for SiriusXM and Pandora. Watford will lead the distribution, acquisition, retent...
    Hyundai unveils new KONA model with Digital Key 2 Touch
    Hyundai Motor has unveiled details of its new generation KONA subcompact sport utility vehicle (SUV) for South Korea, according to a company press release dated 18 January. The vehicle comes with a 12.3-inch integrated dual screen display. The first-row’s relaxation comfort seat option is optimized for ‘weightless’ body pressure distribution to help alleviate fatigue after long-haul driving. Users can lock, unlock, and start using the Digital Key 2 Touch, which uses near-field comm...
    BMW to offer Bundesliga in-car app via OTA in 7 Series models
    BMW has partnered with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to test Bundesliga content in a vehicle in a pilot application, according to a company press release on 18 January. Selected content from the Bundesliga will be made available via an app on the BMW Curved Display. The pilot is initially scheduled to run until end-March 2024. The in-car app will be installed over-the-air (OTA) in the new BMW 7 Series. Initially available only in Germany, other countries in Europe, America, and Asia will soon ...
    LG, Magna to develop autonomous driving-infotainment solution proof of concept
    LG Electronics (LG) announced a technical collaboration with Magna to develop a proof of concept for an automated driving-infotainment solution, aimed at providing differentiated customer experiences and enabling readiness for the future of mobility, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. LG and Magna will investigate the technological viability of combining LG's infotainment capabilities with Magna's Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies. LG...
    CES 2023: Google rolls out new Android Auto update
    Google has rolled out new updates to its Android Auto service at CES 2023, it said in a blogpost on January 5. Google announced that the new design prioritizes three goals for drivers—navigating, communicating with friends and family, and playing music or podcasts. Since Android Auto is compatible with all major carmakers, the split screen layout is now adaptable to different screen sizes. Google has also expanded its key sharing feature, which will soon be available with Samsung and Xiaomi...
    CES 2023: APMA showcases "Project Arrow" Level 3 automated vehicle
    The Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) debuted its Project Arrow electric vehicle (EV) concept at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a report published by CBC News on January 5, 2023. Project Arrow is a high-tech concept car designed to demonstrate the Canadian auto industry's capacity to build EVs. It was created with the help of over fifty local suppliers. The only non-Canadian component on the Arrow is the vehicle'...
    NTT DATA, Aurora Labs partner on AI, 5G-based software over-the-air updates
    NTT DATA and Aurora Labs have announced their global strategic cooperation in the Automotive Industry, with first joint projects in production and logistics. Companies benefit from an intelligent combination of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and 5G for scalable and agile over-the-air (OTA) software updates with efficiency and end-to-end security including the 5G transport layer, according to a press release by NTT DATA on January 17, 2023. The intelligent 5G over-the-air upgrade from...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Pricol showcases next-gen automotive technologies
    Pricol displayed multiple next-generation automotive products and technologies at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, The Economic Times reported on 13 January. The company displayed its heads-up display (HUD), e-cockpit, disc brake, round TFT instrument cluster, TFT smart clusters, end-to-end telematics solutions, and battery management system (BMS), along with its existing range of automotive products. “We are glad to present our product portfolio at the Auto Expo 2023. We take imm...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Uno Minda showcases automotive lighting, electric and connected technologies
    Uno Minda showcased its product portfolio around lighting, electric and connected technologies in the automotive segment at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, Times of India reported on 16 January. It also showcased personalization technologies which included how technologies in lighting, seating, acoustics, and smart phones can be integrated in the vehicle. Significance: In autonomy, Uno Minda exhibited driver assistance systems and driver behaviour monitoring keeping in mind by considering In...
    Geely teams up with Alibaba for autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit solutions
    Geely has partnered with Alibaba for holistic digitization, including in the fields of autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit, industrial internet, mobility services, digital marketing, and sustainable development, Equal Ocean reported on 16 January. Amap, Alibaba’s digital map and navigation service provider, Alibaba Cloud, and vehicle operating system provider Banma Network Technology will provide Geely with smart cockpit, smart mobility, and vehicle ecology services. Significance: Un...
    Highlights from CES 2023
    Connected car highlights from CES 2023 The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 5–8 January. Organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the annual event has become one of the biggest electronics shows in the world since the first edition in 1967. Participants span across various industries and countries, including automakers, consumer electronics companies, and suppliers, all showcasing new and innovative products and technologies. Giv...
    India Auto Expo 2023: BYD plans to launch battery electric sedan Seal in India by Q4 CY2023
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD has confirmed that the company will launch its electric sedan Seal by the fourth quarter of 2023, with deliveries also scheduled to commence around the same time, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The BYD Seal is based on the company’s e-Platform 3.0 and comes with two battery packs—a 61.4kWh unit and an 82.5 kWh unit. While the former has a claimed driving range of 550 km, the latter battery variant can provi...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    CES 2023: AT&S showcases printed circuit boards for autonomous driving
    AT&S has showcased its high-tech printed circuit boards for connected and autonomous mobility at CES 2023, it said in a press release on 10 January. The product helps driverless cars interact safely with human road users and deal with other unforeseen conditions. The special AT&S printed circuit boards enable the production of high-frequency radar sensors, as well as provide detailed images of the immediate surroundings. “We are a leading supplier of high-frequency printed circuit b...
    CES 2023: Fraunhofer IIS and Amazon Music demonstrate in-car 360 Reality Audio music
    Fraunhofer IIS has partnered with Amazon Music to jointly demonstrate how immersive and authentic 360 Reality Audio music can sound in a vehicle at CES 2023, according to a 3 January press release. The live demonstration was done in an Audi e-tron equipped with a production 3D sound system. “Fraunhofer has a long and successful history of providing best-in-class automotive audio solutions to the industry. The availability of 360 Reality Audio content from Amazon Music in cars is the perfect...
    Mahindra & Mahindra selects startup Sibros to provide OTA update solutions
    Sibros has announced a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) for over-the-air (OTA) update solutions that will be deployed on Born Electric portfolio of electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs), according to a company press release on 12 January. Sibros will deploy its Deep Logger and Deep Updater in-vehicle and cloud products on Mahindra’s INGLO EV platform and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud. “The Sibros platform was purpose built for the future of connected vehicles by p...
    Wejo partners with Toyota Motor North America for connected vehicle data
    Wejo Group has entered into a data agreement with Toyota Motor North America, it said in a press release on 12 January, with Wejo to offer personalized connected vehicle data services for participating cloud-connected fleet vehicles in the United States. The data from Toyota’s connected fleet vehicles will allow telematics service providers (TSPs), fleet owners, and fleet management service (FMS) companies get insights on geographic locations, fuel, odometer and speed readings, and tir...
    CES 2023: Stellantis establishes independent unit to generate revenue from vehicle data
    Stellantis has announced the establishment of an independent business unit called Mobilisights at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 5 January. The unit will be responsible for growing the company’s data as a service (DaaS) business. “The vision for Mobilisights is to contribute to a smarter world, leveraging the insights that vehicle data provide to inspire innovative applications and services that can transform and dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of users and...
    CEVA partners with Autotalks to deploy 5G-V2X solution
    CEVA has announced a partnership with Autotalks on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) solutions, it said in a press release dated 5 January. Under the agreement, Autotalks will license and deploy CEVA-XC4500 Communication Processor and CEVA-BX1 Digital Signal Controller in its 3rd generation V2X chipsets, TEKTON3 and SECTON3. “Autotalks is widely recognized as a pioneer in V2X chipsets, constantly pushing the technology forward to achieve mass market adoption. We are proud to work closely with the...
    OmniAir Consortium outlines 2023 roadmap
    OmniAir Consortium has unveiled its targets for 2023, with the launch of new certification programs and projects, it said in a press release on 9 January. OmniAir said it is focused on supporting the cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) ecosystem through testing and certification. Its priorities for the year include expanding C-V2X certification offerings for the global market, growing OmniAir’s network of authorized test laboratories and field test sites, launch a multiprotocol tolling c...
    Wejo enters into business combination agreement with TKB Critical Technologies 1
    Wejo Group has announced that it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement to combine with TKB Critical Technologies 1, according to a company press release on 10 January. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, following which the combined company will retain Wejo’s ticker symbol at the Nasdaq stock exchange. “This transaction is transformative for Wejo, providing significant funding progress in our bridge to profitability and allowing us to...
    CES 2023: Gentex showcases DMS, rear-vision system, and automotive connected solutions
    Gentex has showcased multiple automotive products at CES 2023, according to a press release dated 5 January. Its product portfolio features scalable, camera-based driver-assistance features. It will showcase a unique vehicle demonstrator with a holistic approach to driver and in-cabin monitoring. It provides an immersive experience that allows visitors to see what the system’s mirror and overhead-integrated camera see and understand the system’s decision-making processes. “This year at ...
    FocalPoint collaborates with General Motors for next generation GPS technologies
    FocalPoint has announced a partnership General Motors which will look at the potential applications of Supercorrelation technology in future vehicles, according to a company press release on 5 January. It also announced an investment from GM Ventures, though the amount was undisclosed. FocalPoint’s Supercorrelation technology can make navigation and positioning more precise, especially in dense urban environments, which we believe can have significant benefits for the ongoing growth and cap...
    Wejo Group extends partnership with Microsoft via Microsoft Connected Fleets reference architecture
    Wejo Group has announced an extended collaboration with Microsoft through the adoption of the Microsoft Connected Fleets reference architecture, it said in a press release dated 5 January. Wejo and Microsoft will help fleet management independent software providers, system integrators, and fleet managers integrate fleet data into core business processes and derive actionable insights. “With Microsoft Connected Fleets, Wejo will expand its footprint in the Connected Fleets space while embrac...
    INTEGRITY Security Services, SaeSol Tech partnership for connected and autonomous vehicle security
    INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS) partnered with SaeSol Tech (SST) to offer security technology to automakers, it said in a press release on 4 January. SST will get access to ISS platforms and intellectual property, and ISS and SST clients in Asian markets gain access to expert design, integration, deployment, and support. “Partnering with SaeSol Tech to deliver our industry-leading security solutions for customers in Asia will allow us to provide the very best security design, support, and...
    Volvo plans to integrate Google’s HD map in EX90, Polestar 3 to support autonomous driving
    In a press release on 5 January 2023, Volvo announced that Volvo cars and Polestar will be the first carmakers to bring their HD map technology into their cars, starting with the recently unveiled Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3. The road data, along with data from the Volvo EX90's lidar and other sensors, will be processed by the vehicle's central computer system, which is powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE artificial intelligence (AI) Platforms Xavier and Orin. By merging data from Google's HD map wi...
    CES 2023: HERE unveils automated mapping technology for rapid development of digital maps
    HERE Technologies has unveiled UniMap at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 4 January. UniMap is a highly automated mapping technology that enables quick development of digital maps and location products. The tool will be available for selected customers in 2023, ahead of a full roll out by 2024. “Ever since we started out mapping California in the mid-1980s, we’ve been seeking to shrink the time it takes to detect a real-world change, reflect it in the map and get it in...
    Qualcomm partners with Salesforce to develop new intelligent connected vehicle platform
    Qualcomm Technologies has partnered with Salesforce to develop a new intelligent connected vehicle platform, it said in a press release dated 5 January. The platform will be built with Snapdragon Digital Chassis and Salesforce Automotive Cloud. The new platform will allow automotive companies deliver next generation, personalized customer experiences that can be updated throughout a vehicle’s lifecycle.  “The next revolution for the automotive industry is the rise of software-defined...
    BYD to deploy Cerence’s conversational AI in EVs globally
    Cerence has announced that BYD will deploy its conversational AI in electric vehicles worldwide, in a press release dated 9 January. By deploying Cerence Assistant, BYD will be able to offer a user friendly in-car experience. Initial models will include multilanguage capabilities, with additional languages to be rolled out in the future. “We understand what automakers are up against when it comes to creating unique in-car systems that build brand loyalty while still enabling access to the s...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    Cerence partners with startup what3words for voice-powered navigation solution
    Cerence has extended its partnership with what3words to supply voice-powered navigation solution, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The number of cars on the road with the companies’ joint solution has doubled in two years. “Navigation is one of the most often-used functions of the in-car assistant, so an accurate, easy-to-use experience is critical to user perception and adoption of automotive voice technology. By bringing the power of voice to what3words’ incredibly innovati...
    Mapbox to offer cloud navigation solution to Toyota Motor Europe
    Mapbox has announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Europe to offer cloud navigation powered by Mapbox Dash, according to a company press release on 4 January. Customers driving Yaris, Yaris Cross, and Aygo X models in Europe will be able to access lane-level navigation, parking search including real-time parking availability, speed limit and speed camera warnings. In an upcoming pilot, Toyota drivers will be able to pay for parking and fuel via their infotainment system. “Our goal is to p...
    Volvo launches Google Assistant-based services via latest OTA
    Volvo has announced that its latest over-the-air (OTA) update, with over one million installations, will include the ability to issue voice commands through Google Assistant-enabled devices, according to a press release dated 5 January. This will allow drivers to warm up their car and among other abilities, and a wider introduction of Care Key technology. Volvo also introduced integrated connectivity in Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Iceland. “Thanks to over-the-air updates an...
    Marelli partners with startup Sibros for OTA cockpit solutions
    Sibros has said that it would deploy its over-the-air software and data management solutions on Marelli’s next-generation Cockpit Domain Controller (CDC) unit, according to a press release dated 6 January. Sibros will deploy its Deep Logger and Deep Updater solution on the Marelli cockpit for live vehicle data logging, software configuration management and over-the-air updates for in-cabin features,  and downstream ECUs and controllers operating in vehicles using MInD-Xp. “Marelli...
    EVgo partners with Amazon to enable payments for charging using Alexa
    EVgo has partnered with Amazon, under which customers will be able to pay for charging using Alexa, it said in a press release on 5 January. Drivers will also be able to ask Alexa to help find and navigate to nearby electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The companies plan to roll out the in-vehicle functionality to Alexa-enabled vehicles as well as automotive accessories such as Echo Auto later this year. “We want Alexa to be useful for customers in their everyday lives, and EV char...
    CES 2023: Cinemo to present latest in-vehicle infotainment solutions
    Cinemo will present its latest innovations in infotainment solutions at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, the company said in a press release on 5 January. Cinemo CORE features a hyper-accelerated browser engine. The online content provider supports any OS and SoC and offers multiseat streaming. Cinemo CARS on Android Automotive OS has multiscreen, premium Video-on-Demand, and immersive audio. “We are very excited to be at the CES again to show the evolutions that have made Cinemo so unique. It's e...
    CES 2023: Panasonic launches unique modular audio system for EVs
    Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has launched a unique modular audio system for electric vehicles at CES 2023, it said in a press release on 4 January. The patent-pending audio system features a scalable design using cabin environment in its sound calibration. The system includes an EV audio option that reconfigures speaker placement to optimize sound. “In today’s market, the next generation of buyers, who are increasingly Millennial and Gen Z, are looking for vehicles that...
    CES 2023: Panasonic updates SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment system
    Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has updated its SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system enabling simultaneous access to Siri or Alexa, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The company was demonstrating the solution at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Access can be gained by just stating “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”. “Our latest integration with Amazon’s SDK builds on our strong multiyear relationship and collaboration to elevate ambient digital experiences across differ...
    CES 2023: Garmin to demonstrate latest in-cabin solutions
    Garmin is set to demonstrate its latest in-cabin solutions at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 4 January. The emphasis will be on technologies that unify multiple domains, touchscreens, and wireless devices on a single system-on-chip (SoC). It will showcase four infotainment touchscreens, instrument cluster, cabin monitoring system, wireless headphones, wireless gaming controllers, smartphones, and numerous entertainment options, which are all powered by a single Garmin mu...
    CES 2023: HERE launches HERE Road Alerts
    HERE Technologies has launched its HERE Road Alerts at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The solution fuses vehicle sensor data from millions of cars with traffic incident data to offer real-time hazard warnings to drivers. “HERE Road Alerts is a fully comprehensive hazard warning service. Where others may rely only on a limited number of data sources, we process data from a broad variety. More sources ultimately lead to an enriched service with greater coverage and more...
    CES 2023: HARMAN showcases advanced in-cabin technologies
    HARMAN unveiled its latest in-cabin innovations for meaningful automotive experiences to drivers, passengers, and other road users, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. The HARMAN EXPLORE showcase, on display during CES 2023 in Las Vegas, features demonstrations of new products. On display during the HARMAN EXPLORE 2023 Showcase, HARMAN will feature the following interactive automotive demonstrations: Ready Upgrade: Just like a smartphone needs software updates to ensure users a...
    HARMAN adds vital sign sensing, radar-based child presence detection feature for safer mobility
    HARMAN has announced new features for HARMAN Ready Care, a closed-loop interior sensing and tailored interventions product that measures a driver’s eye activity, cognitive load, and vital signs to determine the level of focus and attention on the road ahead, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. Using neuroscience, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Ready Care classifies a driver’s behavior into a focused versus distracted state and initiates a personalized ...
    Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC for assisted driving, cockpit functions
    Qualcomm Technologies has announced the latest addition to the Snapdragon® Digital Chassis™ product portfolio with the introduction of the Snapdragon Ride™ Flex SoC, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. The Flex SoC is engineered to support mixed-criticality workloads across heterogenous compute resources, allowing for the digital cockpit, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) functions to coexist on a single system-on-chip (SoC). The Flex SoC is...
    Quectel launches 5G NR modules to support autonomous driving
    Quectel Wireless Solutions has announced its new automotive grade 5G NR modules, the AG59x series, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. The new modules deliver a wide range of enhancements including multi-gigabit cellular connectivity, C-V2X PC5 direct communications, improved location services, a high-performance multicore application processor as well as strengthened security, making it an ideal solution in supporting automotive applications. The new line of modules includes the ...
    CES 2023: HARMAN introduces new in-vehicle JBL CLUB subwoofers
    HARMAN has unveiled JBL CLUB subwoofers for in-vehicle use at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 4 January. The two new woofer models, JBL Club 102 and JBL Club 122, feature bass response combined with superior technology and power handling. The subwoofers will be available in the second quarter of 2023, priced at USD159.95–USD169.95 for the single woofers and USD349.95–USD549.95 for the single and double loaded enclosures. “We’re excited to offer these new JBL Club ...
    CES 2023: HARMAN unveils HARMAN Ready Vision AR HUD hardware and software products
    HARMAN has unveiled HARMAN Ready Vision, a set of augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD) hardware and AR software products for driver safety and awareness at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 4 January. Ready Vision will display turn-by-turn directions on the windshield, using computer vision and machine learning for 3D object detection. It will deliver collision warnings, blind spot warnings, lane departure, lane change assist and low speed zone notifications. “Ready Vision ...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    CES 2023: AVIVA Links unveils chipset with throughput of over 64 Gigabits per second for in-vehicle connectivity
    AVIVA Links has unveiled industry’s first Automotive Serdes Alliance (ASA)-based chipset with aggregate throughput of over 64 Gigabits per second, it said in a press release on 3 January. The highly integrated and secure end-to-end connectivity solutions can move vast amounts of data at the highest speeds, enabling ultra-high-resolution cameras, lidars, radars, and other sensors. The company will showcase the chipset at CES 2023 in Las Vegas this week. “AVIVA is on a mission to set the ba...
    CES 2023: NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service to be available in vehicles
    NVIDIA announced at CES 2023 that the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service will be available in vehicles, according to a 3 January press release. It will not need any special equipment. Hyundai, BYD and Polestar are the first automakers working with NVIDIA to integrate GeForce NOW in their vehicles. Drivers and front seat passengers can access games while parked or charging, and those in the rear seat passengers can access games anytime on the road. “We are excited to offer our custom...
    CES 2023: VicOne to showcase smart cockpit cybersecurity solutions
    VicOne will showcase its smart cockpit cybersecurity solutions at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 3 January. VicOne’s smart cockpit cybersecurity solutions help OEMs prepare for increasing cyberattacks through keyless entry, charging stations, and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). “Today, consumers want to use their own smart phone apps, which are up-to-date and chosen according to their personal preferences. Car manufacturers (OEMs) are having to address this requiremen...
    JIDU debuts ROBO-01 SUV standard version EV featuring autopilot
    China-based new energy smart vehicle company, JIDU has unveiled its ROBO-01 standard version vehicle, a medium to large-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV), and the new pure electric coupe ROBO-02, at an automotive exhibition in Guangzhou, according to a report published by Pandaily on 30 December 2022. JIDU's ROBO-01 features a basic design and dynamic body proportion, with dimensions of 4853mm x 1990mm x 1611mm and a wheelbase of 3000mm. The new vehicle will be offered in four different color...
    Quest Global collaborates with TomTom for digital cockpit solutions
    Quest Global has partnered with TomTom, under which it will act as a key integration partner to deliver software and applications for TomTom's digital cockpit platform, a company press release dated 3 January read. “We are excited to partner with TomTom as a trusted integration partner for their advanced and scalable Digital Cockpit platform. As a leading engineering services company, we have the distinct advantage of meeting the technical needs of TomTom and its clients thanks to our globa...
    CES 2023: Aurora Labs partners with Infineon to demonstrate automotive software OTA updates
    Aurora Labs has partnered with Infineon Technologies to showcase new over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities for the automotive software industry at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, according to a 2 January press release. Aurora Labs will showcase its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven OTA update and downtime prediction technology on Infineon’s AURIX TC3xx and TC4xx microcontrollers. “Infineon’s commitment to functional safety combined with Aurora Labs’ Automotive AI is creating new cost-effect...
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    Telecom Italia partners with Google for 5G smart mobility
    Telecom Italia (TIM) and Google Cloud have launched a 5G Edge cloud platform, Telecom Talk reported on 30 December. This will enable the development of smart mobility applications such as autonomous and connected vehicles. The companies also aim to offer public administrations, startups, entrepreneurs, and companies the opportunity to accelerate their digital transformation. The edge platform is Italy’s first and combines Google’s Distributed Cloud Virtual software with TIM’s clo...
    Xouba, xyzt.ai use vehicle data to deliver safe and smart mobility
    Xouba has announced a partnership with xyzt.ai for a new analytics tools to enhance smart mobility analysis and visualization, it said in a press release on 7 December. Xouba will incorporate a new analytics tools which will increase its capacity to explore multi-layered connected vehicle datasets. YThis in turn, will offer new mobility solutions for road maintenance operators and public institutions to improve road safety and efficiency. “The partnership with xyzt.ai is...
    Cosworth introduces AliveDrive infotainment solutions
    Automotive engineering firm Cosworth has introduced its infotainment solution called AliveDrive, it said in a press note on 15 December. AliveDrive can be customized for any automotive manufacturer and incorporates sensors such as HD cameras, GPS, IMU and microphones, on-vehicle processing units, software, iOS & Android applications and Cosworth’s Toolbox analysis software. AliveDrive is connected via a cloud-based ecosystem. “We are constantly looking for ways of helping manufacturer...
    GEICO partners with startup what3words for roadside assistance service
    Location services startup what3words has partnered with GEICO to provide enhanced roadside assistance to customers across the US, it said in a press release dated 15 December. The startup will offer its location technology which will enable GEICO to pinpoint a customer’s precise locations, dispatch assistance, and provide help as quickly as possible. “Breaking down is stressful enough without the added frustration of trying to describe an exact location when you’re somewhere unfamiliar ...
    Zunder integrates CarPlay and Android Auto for charging services
    Zunder has launched CarPlay and Android Auto services, which will allow customers to charge their vehicles, it said in a press release on 29 December. The new functionality will enable customers to start and end a charging session, load a summary (metrics and data when the session ends), get a GPS route to the charging station, and check charging stations near the current location. Significance: For Zunder CarPlay, customers can start charging by clicking on the charging station and selecting...
    Wejo partners with Capitol Broadcasting for infotainment insights using connected vehicle data
    Wejo has teamed up with Capitol Broadcasting Company of North Carolina to develop infotainment insights using connected vehicle data for broadcasters and advertisers, it said in a press release on 29 December. With the infotainment insights, broadcasters and advertising agencies will be able to understand data on in-vehicle radio listeners across the United States. Wejo will provide real-time in-vehicle listening data, which can be layered on top of other critical points of interest for broad...
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive partners with Vector Unit to enhance in-vehicle entertainment
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive app store has announced a partnered with Vector Unit to bring a new in-vehicle gaming experience, according to a company press release on 13 November. This will enable occupants a chance to play Beach Buggy Racing game in their car, directly on the infotainment system. “Partnering with Vector Unit is incredibly exciting as Faurecia Aptoide is creating a diverse and complete connected automotive environment. Bringing Beach Buggy Racing on board to allow vehicle us...
    Bosch updates on 6G-ICAS4Mobility project
    In a press release dated 28 December, Bosch has updated about the publicly funded 6G-based mobility project which it is leading. The 6G-ICAS4Mobility project aims to interconnect the communication and radar systems, which currently run separately, and integrate them into a single 6G system. Over the next three years, the project will develop foundations of the future 6G standard. The Bosch-led consortium of universities, automotive suppliers, communication and radar makers, and drone provider...
    Huawei licenses technologies to European automakers
    Huawei has licensed technology to automakers including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, and Porsche, Nikkei reported on December 23. According to the article, Huawei also signed licensing deals with Subaru, Renault, Lamborghini, and Bentley. The patent licensing agreements, reached during the second half of 2022, mean Huawei technologies will be used in 15 million of the 70 million total cars produced globally each year, Alan Fan, global head of Huawei's Intellectual Property Department, told N...
    CES 2023: Excelfore to showcase integrated solutions for OTA updates
    Excelfore will present “Data Connectivity Solutions for the Software Defined Vehicle” as an Amazon Web Services partner at CES 2023, it said in a press release on December 26. Overall, it will display integrated solutions for over-the-air (OTA) updates, data gathering, and features-on-demand for software defined vehicles. Excelfore will also support eSync Alliance/Autoware Foundation demonstrations of OTA updates to autonomous driving stacks. Significance: Excelfore offers an end-to-en...
    CES 2023: Sinclair to showcase live infotainment service for connected vehicles
    Sinclair Broadcast Group is set to demonstrate live infotainment for connected vehicles CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January, it said in a press release on 21 December. The new service is a supplement to existing infotainment systems, adding new features and capabilities. “At CES, we are looking for feedback from the automotive community on what forms of live infotainment they would like to see added into vehicles. Using NextGen Broadcast technology combined with live broadcast services give us...
    Tesla launches Steam gaming integration in Model S and Model X
    Tesla has integrated Steam platform in its Model S and Model X electric cars, Electrek reported on 13 December. The system is integrated and connects to two touchscreens inside the vehicles to play games and other functions. Steam’s catalogue of thousands if video games can be accessed now by Tesla customers. Significance: Tesla has been involved with in-vehicle gaming for a while with numerous games in its video game platform called Tesla Arcade inside its vehicles. With gaming and connect...
    Panasonic Connect introduces mm-wave wireless sensing technology for autonomous driving communication
    Panasonic Connect and the City of Yokohama has announced their plan to demonstrate beyond 5G technologies for automated driving, developed by Panasonic Connect, with its sensing and wireless-quality-prediction technologies for switching from millimeter-wave wireless LANs (60 GHz) to a 5G network, according to a press release on 16 December 2022. The demonstration will take place in the Rinko Park area of Yokohama, including park pathways and the surrounding area, from 19–23 December. Millim...
    CES 2023: ASENSING to demonstrate high-precision positioning solutions
    ASENSING, a supplier of high-precision positioning technology for smart vehicles has announced that it will showcase its latest high-precision positioning solutions at CES 2023, according to a press release on 22 December 2022. The company said that it is ready to provide global brands with its new integrated navigation systems, which are incorporated in about 500,000 vehicles already. Sebastian Voigt, Managing Director of ASENSING EUROPE said, “Integrated navigation systems are essential f...
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    Aptiv completes Wind River acquisition
    Aptiv has completed the acquisition of Wind River, it said in a press release on 23 December. The transaction is valued at USD3.5 billion, instead of the initial purchase price of USD4.3 billion agreed to in January 2022. “The automotive industry in particular continues to be transformed by the accelerated shift to software-defined vehicles. Empowering our customers to capitalize on this transition requires not only a next-generation hardware architecture, but also a cloud-native software a...
    CARIAD opens new technology hub in United States
    CARIAD is set to launch a new tech hub in the United States, it said in an official statement on 21 December. The software unit of Volkswagen said that around 300 technology experts will work there on the automotive cloud, digital experience, infotainment, and automated driving functions. “The US is one of the hotspots of the global automotive market, where all industry trends come together perfectly: major technology innovations, a highly competitive ecosystem of technology companies, star...
    CES 2023: Ansys to showcase automotive simulation solutions
    Ansys will showcase its automotive simulation solutions, which help develop connected, autonomous, shared, and electric mobility products and solutions at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January, it said in a press release on 22 December 2022. It will showcase the solutions along with its automotive partners. “With the power of simulation, our customers speed time to market, ensure resources are used efficiently, reduce product footprints, and save costs. By taking a leap of certainty with the Ans...
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