Smart car algorithm will detect pedestrians in real-time

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Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a pedestrian detection system for smart vehicles which can detect pedestrians in near real-time to help ensure the streets remain safe in the era of semi-autonomous and driverless cars.

Results we’re obtaining with this new algorithm are substantially better for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Contextual data, Driverless.

nuTonomy gains $3.6 million in seed funding


nuTonomy, a software developer for autonomous vehicles, has secured $3.6 million (£2.5m) in seed funding from Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, and Dr. Steven LaValle.

The funding will boost the company’s work in the US as well as in Singapore, collaborating on the testing of autonomous vehicle technology. At present, nuTonomy’s software is being integrated and piloted with auto OEMs in the US and Europe, with the target of implementing...

By Connected CarTech, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Mergers and acquisitions.

Omnitracs aims to further development of commercial telematics with IVG

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Fleet management solutions provider Omnitracs has announced the launch of Intelligent Vehicle Gateway (IVG), aiming to spearhead further innovation in commercial vehicle telematics.

With the rollout of its new integrated application delivery system, Omnitracs is providing transportation and logistics companies with a new commercial vehicle telematics tool that comes with a bigger display, improved wireless connectivity, and hands-free voice commands that facilitate safety, efficiency...

By Connected CarTech, 04 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Telematics .

Jaguar Land Rover launch a "living lab" for CAV technologies

Jaguar Land Rover has announced the launch of a 41-mile "living lab" on public roads to support the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology. 

The so-called "UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment", or UK-CITE, is located around Coventry and Solihull and will be used for testing new connected car technologies in real-world driving conditions for a more thorough idea of how they will fare outside the controlled lab. 

UK-CITE is the first test route capable of testing...

By Ryan Daws, 01 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Head-up Display.

Worldwide connected car market to see CAGR of over 28% until 2022


The global connected car market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28% between 2014, when it was valued at $24 billion (£16.8bn), and 2022, according to Grand View Research.

The researchers argue increasing disposable income, and the availability of technology across the globe is set to boost the valuation further in the run up to 2022, while major advances in telecommunication technology are also set to bolster the industry.

The North American market plays a major role in the...

By Connected CarTech, 01 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infotainment.

Airbiquity provides 2016 projections for global connected car industry

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Connected car service provider Airbiquity has published a series of predictions for the industry in 2016, including increased recognition of automotive leadership by non-traditional technology players, and an increased focus on developing autonomous technologies.

As a company that works with automotive manufacturers and the growing connected car ecosystem, Airbiquity is well-placed to provide projections for the global connected car industry. The company offers a cloud-based...

By Connected CarTech, 28 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to drive connected car market to $600m by 2020

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A new Juniper Research study argues the use of connected car entertainment, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, will help push the market to $600 million (£420.5m) by 2020.

The report, entitled “Consumer Connected Cars: Telematics, Insurance & In-Vehicle Applications 2015-2020”, argues that following this, a range of new applications will come into being in the area of in-vehicle utilisation such as advanced traffic solutions, route optimisation, and...

By Connected CarTech, 26 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infotainment.

Argus Cyber Security collaborates with Check Point to secure connected cars from hacking


Automotive cyber security provider Argus Cyber Security has announced a collaboration deal with pure play security vendor Check Point Software Technologies in order to deal with the threat of car hacking.

Car-hacking is a major threat for connected cars though the success of such attacks hinges upon the security implementations at each car manufacturer and its Tier-1 supplier. The partnership between Argus and Check Point will see the integration of Argus' Intrusion Detection and...

By Connected CarTech, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Laird acquires Novero to protect the connected car


Global technology company Laird has completed its acquisition of German connected car solutions developer Novero.

The acquisition was first announced on 18 December 2015 and recently achieved regulatory approval. Now complete, this acquisition makes Laird a leading end-to-end car connectivity solutions provider. It also fuels Laird's growth in the enterprise IoT market.

Automakers are increasingly viewing connected cars as a necessity with the number of connected cars on the road to rise...

By Connected CarTech, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mergers and acquisitions, Security.

Data protection and integration: Connected vehicles on a crash course


Europe is well on its way to experiencing the benefits of connected vehicles. Mercedes recently unveiled the F-015 self-driving luxury concept car. Not to be outdone, rival BMW successfully demonstrated an autonomous version of the M6 on a racetrack. Volvo, Audi, Renault, and Volkswagen all have similar prototypes.

While self-driving passenger cars have the amazing ability to reduce...

By Stephan Romeder, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual data, Data & Analytics, Security.

Toyota showcases Mirai-based research vehicle equipped with satellite comms tech


Automotive giant Toyota is planning to install a data communication module into many of its vehicles.

The company is also weighing the use of satellite communications, including high capacity satellites that provide higher data transfer rates than traditional satellite technologies. Conventional satellites need a “dish” antenna on the ground.

As a result, Toyota showcased a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle that featured satellite communications...

By Connected CarTech, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Navigation.

RAC aims to assuage fears over telematics privacy


Two in five companies polled by automotive services provider RAC say their staff has concerns over perceived privacy issues associated with telematics and 24/7 car tracking systems.

As a result, one in five organisations which run business vehicles say they have not installed telematics software for that reason, while more than half of those polled (52%) say their telematics system does not have the option to be switched off.

In response to these concerns, and in order to facilitate...

By Connected CarTech, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Bluetooth, Privacy, Telematics .

Autodata launches range of APIs for developers


Autodata, a supplier of technical information to the automotive automarket, has launched a new range of APIs in order to offer more opportunities to developers in the B2B and consumer automotive markets.

Autodata chief technology officer, Neil Brooks, said: “Over the past year we have managed to establish a seamless process that has allowed us to pass APIs through the alpha and beta stages to launch extremely efficiently and we are delighted to now be in a position where the vast...

By Connected CarTech, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Standards.

HARMAN aims to simplify vehicle integration with latest launch

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HARMAN has launched what it calls the Life Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution (LIVS), with a view to bringing together separate connectvitiy and operational functions under a new automotive computing platform.

LIVS is an end-to-end system that offers adaptable and personal solutions in the car. The company will showcase the technology on the latest Rinspeed concept car, called Etos.

LIVS has the potential to transform the driving experience, HARMAN claims, and the Etos features...

By Connected CarTech, 14 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infotainment, Navigation.

Google reports 13 accidents and 272 failures in its self-driving cars


The figures are in: Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in 13 accidents and 272 failures in the 14 months ending December 2015, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV) – but the search giant is again swerving responsibility for the prangs.

The most failures, or ‘disengages’ as the report describes them, per month arrived in January 2015, with 48 over 18,000 miles. April saw 47 disengages, while December 2014 had 40 errors. The...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Driverless.

Ford looks to foster interaction between cars and wearables in new lab


Automotive giant Ford is launching the Automotive Wearables Experience laboratory in Michigan aiming to assess the potential of wearables and connected car technologies.

Gary Strumolo, global manager for vehicle design and infotronics, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, said: “As more consumers embrace smart watches, glasses and fitness bands, we hope to develop future applications that work with those devices to enhance in-car functionality and driver...

By Connected CarTech, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices.

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.

AT&T extends connected car agreement with BMW


AT&T has announced an extension to its exclusive connected car agreement with BMW. The agreement, in place since 2008, has seen AT&T back BMW's ConnectedDrive services and apps. However, the scope of the new agreement will now also include “infotainment” features such as a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The new agreement will see customers, of the all-new BMW 7 Series, being presented with an alternative of a Wi-Fi hot spot running on AT&T's 4G LTE network. A...

By Connected CarTech, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Contextual data, Data & Analytics.

Toyota and Ford to deploy new telematics system


Automotive giants Toyota and Ford are working with Livio on the formulation of a framework to implement Livio’s SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology.

Toyota will also commercialise a telematics system based on SDL. Toyota and Ford have decided to keep the collaboration open to other automakers and app developers. SDL is an open source platform for smartphone apps and car connectivity that provides customers with in-vehicle use of apps via voice recognition function and...

By Connected CarTech, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics .