New research argues the connected car opportunity is worth $14bn


A report from Publisher Research argues that connected car services will generate $14 billion in annual revenue by the end of 2016.

The forecast is inspired by a variety of applications, including but not limited to infotainment, navigation, fleet management, remote diagnostics, automatic crash notification, enhanced safety, UBI (usage based insurance), traffic management and semi-autonomous driving. The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 31% between 2016 and 2020.


By Connected CarTech, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Ecosystems, Infotainment.

Honda to collaborate with SoftBank towards research on AI for mobility


Honda R&D, a subsidiary of Japanese automotive firm Honda, is planning to undertake a joint research project with SoftBank aimed at making use of the “emotion engine”, an artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by SoftBank-owned Cocoro SB for mobility applications.

In a short press release, the company confirmed the collaboration will work towards the development of mobility products that make use of interactions with the driver, in addition to...

By Connected CarTech, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Ecosystems.

The major benefits of hybrid cars – and the technologies underpinning them


People buy cars they benefit from – whether it’s merely the compliments they receive on the colour or body or the time it takes off their commute. The problem with this is that they are uninformed about the multiple advantages of owning a hybrid model or how a hybrid works. This article will share the benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle and explain the technology that makes a hybrid unique to the automotive industry.

What is a hybrid car?

A hybrid car is a vehicle...

By Olivia Vanderwal, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice, Data & Analytics, Ecosystems.

Ocean developing ‘out of home’ vehicle recognition technology with Renault


Ocean Outdoor, a UK-based boutique media provider, has been working with Renault to develop what is claimed to be pioneering out-of-home vehicle recognition technology, which has been tested over the past 12 months. The technology is set to be launched for the first time with a campaign featuring the All-New Renault Mégane.

Ocean’s technology provides brands with highly defined targeting and greater efficiency than standard out-of-home play-out, eliminating wastage while...

By Connected CarTech, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems.

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.

BMW, Intel, and Mobileye partner to bring self-driving vehicles on the road by 2021


Automated driving is expected to benefit people and transform society. However, the roadmap is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that combine intelligence across the network. In order to navigate this issue and provide a solution, the BMW Group is collaborating with Intel and Mobileye to ensure highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.

The goal of the partnership is to come up with future-proofed solutions that progressively allow vehicles to function...

By Connected CarTech, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Lux Research connected car report gives damning verdict on automotive firms


If you take out electric vehicle-specific manufacturers such as Tesla, the race for connected car superiority has two horses running; technology firms, such as Apple and Google, and traditional automotive manufacturers. Yet a new report from Lux Research gives only five automotive firms a pass – Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and Volvo.

The report argues only a few manufacturers have demonstrated “significant technical advancements” over their direct...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Toyota to invest $1bn on self-driving technologies and AI


Toyota will reportedly invest $1 billion over the next five years on self-driving technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and technology that will help improve vehicle safety.

According to NBC, Toyota aims to improve vehicle safety by enabling vehicles to identify, predict and avoid potential accident situations. The company is also planning to bring out a self-driving...

By Connected CarTech, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless, Ecosystems.

NXP showcases autonomous vehicle platform running on new BlueBox engine

Picture credit: NXP

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.

Connected car services to bring in $40 billion in annual revenue by 2020


A report from SNS Research estimates that connected car services will bring in nearly $40 billion (£27.3bn) in annual revenue by 2020, including infotainment, navigation and fleet management among others.

The connected car segment is the fastest growing vertical in the Internet of Things (IoT) market due to the growth in use of embedded in-vehicle connectivity and smartphone integration platforms, the researchers argue. All major automotive OEMs are investing in connected car...

By Connected CarTech, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Infotainment, Navigation.

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.

Toyota aims to make Ann Arbor “world’s largest connected car proving ground”


Toyota has announced it is partnering with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) to transform Ann Arbor's streets into a real-world connected car deployment.

The Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE) will serve as a real-world test environment for implementing connected vehicle safety technology that allows wireless communication of vehicles with other similar vehicles and portions of infrastructure such as traffic lights. These...

By Connected CarTech, 19 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, 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.

Mazda moves further into connected car space with Linux membership


Japanese automotive manufacturer Mazda has become a gold member of the Linux Foundation, paving the way for further progress in the connected car space.

The automaker is set to play a role in the growing open source software stack for the connected car, thereby enhancing the relationship between vehicles and people through the development of its new-generation car connectivity system. The automaker also recently became a member of Automotive Grade Linux, a Linux Foundation...

By Connected CarTech, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Ecosystems.

Hybrid and electric car sales to hit 17m by 2020 as “range anxiety” goes down


A report from Juniper Research argues that ‘range anxiety’ among car buyers is the primary challenge for automotive OEMs to overcome in order to boost adoption of hybrid and electric cars.

In order to provide an alternative to the combustion engine vehicle market, Tesla and Chevrolet are working towards providing a mileage range of over 200 miles on a fully charged vehicle. As a result, Juniper anticipates 17 million hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2020, up from an...

By Connected CarTech, 08 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems.

AGL gains four new members for Linux-based connected car development


Following the increase in awareness at CES, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) has been able to add four new members in the form of Collabora, HI Corporation, MediaTek and Witz Corporation to its open source project aimed at formulating a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car.

The project hosted its bi-annual all-member meeting on February 23 in Tokyo at the Panasonic Center. Members, from the automotive, communications and semiconductor industries to individual...

By Connected CarTech, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems.

BlaBlaCar announces database deal with MariaDB to boost performance


Long distance ridesharing service provider BlaBlaCar has announced it is using database provider MariaDB to supplement the company’s exponential growth.

BlaBlaCar is seeing rapid growth as it expands, currently possessing 25 million members across 22 countries, especially in India and Brazil.

Nicolas Blanc, head of platform architecture at BlaBlaCar, is used to enhancing the service for users of its applications while catering to the requirements of development and marketing...

By Connected CarTech, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual data, Data & Analytics, Ecosystems.

HARMAN becomes part of Intelligent Car Coalition


HARMAN International Industries has become a part of the Intelligent Car Coalition, an advocacy group that looks to take forward innovation in connected car public policy.

The development sees HARMAN continue its engagement with companies and trade associations in the communications and automotive industries towards ascertaining the impact of connected car technologies on federal legislative and regulatory initiatives.

HARMAN joins members of the coalition, including AT&T, the Auto...

By Connected CarTech, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Regulation.

Volkswagen ensures mobile compatibility with RealVNC partnership


Automotive giant Volkswagen has expanded a five-year relationship with RealVNC to enable it to ensure a consistent quality user experience in its cars – whatever handset the user is using.

Using its VNS Automotive Mirrorlink Certified solution car owners are able to pair their car with their smartphone. This then allows their devices to perform numerous functions within the car – from streaming movies to the backseats to running mapping applications on the centre...

By Liz Morrell, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Navigation.