Volkswagen and LG to collaborate on connected car service platform


The Volkswagen Group and LG Electronics have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the companies jointly work on research and development towards a new connected car service platform.

The MoU builds on collaboration between the companies that is already underway as seen in March 2015, when Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro showcased its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic...

By Connected CarTech, 08 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Ecosystems, Mergers and acquisitions.

Chevrolet drops 4G LTE data pricing by up to half

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In order to further boost adoption of 4G LTE, GM’s Chevrolet has ensured a price reduction of 50% in its OnStar data plans for the technology.

Chevrolet is the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio and the brand has sold more than 2.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014. Chevrolet customers have used more than 3 million gigabytes of data in just two years and the figures are only set to maintain an upward...

By Connected CarTech, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Contextual data, Data & Analytics.

Subaru to strengthen connected car offering with Aria cloud billing

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With a view to boost time-to-market and raise line-of-business control with regard to its connected vehicle services, Subaru of America has chosen Aria's Cloud Billing and Monetization Platform. Aria Systems' cloud billing and monetisation platform is the consensus analyst choice, top ranked by Forrester, MGI, Ventana and TEC. The solution is also used by enterprises like Adobe, Philips and Zipcar.

Subaru plans to utilise Aria's technology to rapidly develop services that meet the...

By Connected CarTech, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Qualcomm launches new connected car platform


Wireless technology and semiconductor giant Qualcomm has announced the launch of a new connected car platform, which is compatible with a wide range of Qualcomm products and features various in-vehicle networking technologies.

The platform supports 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,...

By Connected CarTech, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Connectivity.

Intel acquires Itseez to boost computer vision capabilities


Intel has acquired Itseez, an expert in computer vision algorithms and implementations for embedded and specialised hardware.

Itseez provides software tuning and integration in many market-leading products shipping from cars to security systems and other applications. The acquisition gives Intel an advantage in catering to IoT market segments like automotive and video, where the ability to electronically perceive and understand images makes way for innovation and positive prospects.

“Intel is...

By Connected CarTech, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Connectivity.

AT&T expands connected car products and services to meet robust customer demand


Telco giant AT&T is expanding its connected car products and services, including unlimited data, in order to meet robust customer demand.

A recent study by AT&T and Ericsson has found that 75% of consumers view connected car services as a key feature in their next car purchase. Beginning on May 23, AT&T is offering its Unlimited Plan customers the choice of adding connected cars or a ZTE Mobley vehicle Wi-Fi plug-in device to the plan for $40 per month to gain...

By Connected CarTech, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Telematics .

NXP showcases autonomous vehicle platform running on new BlueBox engine

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Semiconductor provider NXP has showcased a complete autonomous vehicle platform which makes use of its new BlueBox engine.

The company, which has just become the foremost provider of silicon to the global automotive market, has a system demonstration which also makes use of radar, lidar, and vision sensing, as well as an onboard secure V2X system – all running on NXP silicon currently in volume production or sampling to customers now.

The BlueBox engine is with customers at four of...

By Connected CarTech, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Ecosystems.

Why the new Ethernet standard will spur innovation in the connected car


What a difference a wire can make – or, a single, twisted wire pair. This is the case with the new IEEE 802.3bw™-2015 100BASE-T1 standard that supports 100 megabit per second (Mb/s) Ethernet operation over a single, balanced, twisted pair cable in the connected car.

My jest is appropriate, because this standard has immediate, practical implications for the connected car, as well as supporting a unified platform for the connected car’s future in the Internet of Things...

By Steve Carlson, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Ecosystems.

Keeping up with 4G: Why the connected car industry is raring to go mainstream


MWC 2016 was  something of a watershed for the connected car. While the connected car arrived a few years ago, this year we saw that it is raring to go mainstream. Ford and Nissan had their own stands at the show and Jaguar was showing off the new F-Pace, its ‘most connected car to date’.

This is not a new trend, but notable was the fact that more and more firms who are not directly part of the automotive industry also featured vehicles on their stands. AT&T and...

By Paul Carter, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Connectivity, Contextual data, Ecosystems.

Hyundai unveils connected car roadmap

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Hyundai has become the latest automotive manufacturer to launch its connected car blueprint, collaborating with major networking and IT firms to develop a ‘hyper-connected and intelligent car’ concept.

The roadmap will see Hyundai focus its efforts on the 'Car to Life' initiative, aimed at taking forward the connected car era. The initiative will offer a knowledge hub to users and also enable them to analyse and use that information to improve owners'...

By Connected CarTech, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Data & Analytics, Swarm.