TeliaSonera develops connected car solution for Nordic and Baltic countries


In order to make the best of the IoT solutions market, TeliaSonera has developed a connected car solution, known as Telia Sense, targeting the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The cloud-based solution can be used on new as well as old vehicles and comprises three parts – a monthly subscription, an app for smartphones and a vehicle telematics unit equipped with a SIM-card that connects to the OBD2-port.

TeliaSonera will first launch the solution in Sweden in 2016, with...

By Connected CarTech, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Ecosystems, Insurance.

Is Google really likely to eliminate human driving in five years?


Being a driver in the year 2015 is said to be “one of the most stressful activities in our lives”, with heart rate, adrenaline levels and stress hormones increasing in particular driving situations. However, with vehicle numbers surging, traffic has also hit an all time high. As a result, there has been even more road accidents, with a shocking 193,290 reported casualties and 24,580 people...

By Andrew Ashby, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

A look at some of the technologies featuring at the Connected Car Expo


The Connected Car Expo, held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, will feature a number of developments slated to take the connected car industry forward. The GENIVI Alliance and Magellan are among the vendors showcasing their latest products at the expo.

The GENIVI Alliance is putting on display its Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) open source software technology that is meant to aid automakers in the development of the next generation of connected features.

At the expo, the...

By Connected CarTech, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Navigation.

Connected car market faces substantial technical, business and security challenges


RCR Wireless has released a report on the connected car market that examines various challenges and drivers while shedding light on the industry’s work at addressing these issues and opportunities.

Gartner expects roads worldwide to serve approximately 250 million connected vehicles by 2020, with new vehicles playing a key role in ensuring a drastic increase in the ratio of connected vehicles.

RCR Wireless News Technology Reporter Kelly Hill said: “The connected car is an...

By Connected CarTech, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Privacy, Security.

Smartphone and 4G integration rises in Chinese cars

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The number of Chinese passenger vehicles with telematics capabilities rose 32.1% year-on-year to 1.8 million units in January-September 2015, according to a new report by Research In China.

The report found that 4G LTE technologies and smartphone integration has found wider applications among Chinese passenger vehicles. Manufacturers are also enriching in-vehicle infotainment and networking features for a better user experience.

OnStar dominates the Chinese passenger vehicle...

By Connected CarTech, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Telematics .

Google leads the way in software and self-driving car implementation, report finds


If the key to self-driving cars is software that can interpret all vehicle sensors and mimic driving experiences, then Google is the current technological leader, according to a research note from IHS Automotive.

The firm estimates Google has invested almost $60m in autonomous vehicle research and development, as well as arguing the tech giant will have a “major impact” in the coming years.

The argument over who will take the crown in the connected car space, be it...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

HARMAN net sales rise 14% in first fiscal quarter


Harman International Industries has reported net sales of $1.6 billion (£1.05bn) in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year.

The connected technologies company saw a 23% increase in net sales, excluding the currency impact. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation as well as acquisitions, net sales rose 13%.

Connected car net sales saw an 8% increase, driven by higher tax rates, platform expansions and the strengthening of automotive production. Lifestyle...

By Connected CarTech, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Mergers and acquisitions.

Research report assesses severity of crashes involving self-driving cars

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A report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) argues that self-driving vehicles currently have a higher crash rate per million miles travelled than conventional vehicles, as well as for injuries per crash.

The report, entitled “A Preliminary Analysis of Real-World Crashes Involving Self-Driving Vehicles”, notes that hard data, naturally, is on the low side, but the ‘current best estimate’ favours conventional vehicles....

By James Bourne, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Security.

Autonomous or integrated? How the connected car industry can learn from the railways


In the last year, unmanned cars have made the headlines throughout the world and the idea that cars could be driven solely by computers came as a shock for many. The reality is that driverless vehicles have been around for some time, both in railway and PRT operations; and analysing how driverless technology has been implemented there, should help understand how this technology will be brought to market and the hurdles that the automotive industry will face.

Taking into consideration key...

By Serge Van Themsche, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Industry scepticism over Google claims of driverless cars within five years


Despite the vehicles we drive getting ever more intelligent, the claims by Google that it will eliminate human driving in five years with a fully automated product available by 2020 are bold to say the least, according to some in the industry.

Plextek Consulting, which designs new products, systems and services for clients across a range of industries, says instead that a driverless future can only become a reality with the coming together of a number of diverse stakeholders who will...

By Liz Morrell, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems, Regulation.

Asia Pacific to witness fastest growth in global automotive telematics market


A report from Sandler Research on the global automotive telematics market reveals that the demand for connectivity in cars will be one of the major drivers of growth in the industry, ensuring a CAGR of 23.37% between 2014 and 2019.

One of the key selling points for telematics is its role in boosting the in-vehicle experience by providing consistency with the user interface of personal mobile devices. However, the high cost of automobile-embedded telematics is set to offset market...

By Connected CarTech, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics .

Digital transformation and the connected car: What happens from here


A digital transformation is underway which is significantly disrupting traditional industrial markets and companies. The Roland Berger strategy consulting firm predict that by 2025, Europe could see its manufacturing industry add gross value worth 1.25 trillion euros (£902bn) due to digital transformation.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the automotive industry where new technologies...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation.

Majority of UK car buyers repulsed by security flaws in keyless technology


Stolen vehicle recovery expert TRACKER has found that close to 140 vehicle models on UK roads are vulnerable to security risks associated with keyless technology.

TRACKER’s survey has found that 70% of UK car buyers are repulsed by security vulnerabilities in car key fobs and would reconsider the purchase of such technology.

Stolen vehicle tracking devices are the foremost security measure being weighed by the respondents (40%). The survey also found that 30% of motorists...

By Connected CarTech, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Security.

Why automakers should boost customer relationship with connected car services


A report from the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics argues that automakers should utilise connected car services to take customer relationship to the next level.

At present, the spotlight is only on infotainment, location-based services and big data at the OEM. However, automakers now have the opportunity to boost consumer perception of their brands with vehicle-related information and services.

The report sheds light on consumer preference towards vehicle service and...

By Connected CarTech, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice, Infotainment.

Consumer demand and safety mandates to propel value of connected car market


A report from Transparency Market Research argues that the global connected car market will benefit from new avenues with advancements in network technology – however, the key drivers for growth will be consumer demand for connectivity and safety mandates put in place by governments across the globe.

As a result, the report projects that the value of the global connected car market will reach $131.9 billion (GBP 85.4 billion) by 2019. Hindrances to growth will the presence of...

By Connected CarTech, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Security.

Opinion: Managing the wireless test complexity of the Connected Car

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The integration of multiple wireless systems into the vehicle is increasing test complexity and as a result automotive manufacturers are facing a wide range of new verification and validation challenges. In the mobile industry, manufacturers typically conduct testing in the early stages of the development cycle, when issues...

By Richard Jacklin, 16 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice.

Connected car features dictating vehicle purchase decisions


A new AT&T Drive Studio and Ericsson study has found that 78% of car buyers worldwide would postpone a purchase by a year in order to benefit from connected car services offered by their preferred brand.

At present, there exists an increase in awareness among consumers across the globe concerning connected car features and their importance in the driving experience. Among US consumers, the Wi-Fi hotspot was the foremost connected car feature in demand.

The study examined purchase...

By Connected CarTech, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Ecosystems.

How will connected cars affect the road haulage industry?

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With the potential capabilities of connected vehicle technology, we can hope for a safer, smarter and greener road transport industry.

The vision for connected vehicle technology is to transform and modernise road transport systems to create a future where:

  • Road traffic accidents and fatalities as a result are dramatically reduced
  • Traffic managers being able to access data so they can accurately review transport system performance and actively manage the system in real-time, for optimal performance
  • Drivers have access to accurate, up to date travel...

By Richard Newbold, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice, Data & Analytics, Security, Standards.

Cohda Wireless to launch V2X-Radar for early connected car adopters


V2X technology company Cohda Wireless has developed V2X-Radar, a cost-effective, 360-degree radar to complement V2X connected car systems.

Targeting early adopters and a market that is currently witnessing a low penetration rate, the radar features a 360-degree sensor capable of perceiving buildings, road signs and legacy vehicles.

Key to autonomous vehicles, the radar’s functionality is not challenged by rain, snow and fog. The product ensures visibility around corners and...

By Connected CarTech, 09 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Navigation.

HERE conducts hazard alert trial for vehicles – achieves five second reports

Just yesterday, we reported Ford has developed a V2V system for hazard reporting which alerts other drivers and vehicles to upcoming problems. Today it's the turn of Nokia-owned location intelligence and mapping specialists, HERE, who are testing a simpler but more readily-available solution for drivers to report problems on the road. 

Whereas Ford uses a complicated system which...

By Ryan Daws, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual data, Navigation.