Ford, Honda and Volkswagen have demonstrated or announced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) trials this week. These are all intended to explore technologies to ease traffic congestion, smooth out traffic flow and increase safety and efficiency; and while they currently involve alerts (and later, interventions) to human drivers, in the longer-term the technologies will be applicable Read More..
The Harman Spark connected-car device is being offered to drivers in the US to enable location-based services, a 4G LTE wifi hotspot for up to eight devices, remote diagnostics, emergency crash assistance, in-app payments, geofencing, remote monitoring of the vehicle, parking reservations and more. It is marketed via telecomms provider AT&T at $79.99 with service Read More..
Groupe PSA has started a connected-car demonstration programme in Wuxi, China, to showcase the application of wireless LTE-V2X vehicle-to-infrastructure communications on a city level. The project involves over 100,000 commercial users; 13 typical scenarios; over 600 communication base stations; and 226 road intersections; and covers an area of 170 sq km. The demonstration is supported Read More..
Toyota’s North America R&D team members are being invited to connect up their cars to the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE), led by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The AACVTE is trialling the latest wireless DSRC 5.9GHz V2X system and is asking over 1800 Toyota employees plus their families in Read More..
Luxoft, a global IT service provider based in Zug, Switzerland, has acquired Objective Software GmbH, a 20-year-old consultancy with its headquarters in Munich, Germany plus offices in Turin, Italy; Luxembourg; and Wroclaw, Poland. Objective specializes in software development for the automotive industry, with a focus on connected cars and autonomous drive. Objective’s portfolio of IP Read More..
Bosch has developed a cloud-enabled predictive road conditions technology for automated and connected vehicles, incorporating weather data from Finnish firm Foreca. This will alert drivers to hazards including wet roads, snow and ice before a critical situation occurs, warning them to take back the wheel from a self-driving system, for example, and will be rolled Read More..
J.D. Power, supplier of consumer insights, data analytics and automotive industry advisory services, is forming an alliance with Harman to share in-car data from the Harman Ignite cloud platform. This will give insight into how customers interact with their cars’ digital services and the areas or functionalities which can be improved, the companies say, as Read More..
Automotive system developer and supplier Eberspaecher has acquired a stake of more than 20 pc in Karlsruhe-based start-up PACE Telematics GmbH, reflecting its aim to expand its business into cloud-based mobility services and connectivity solutions. Eberspaecher is known as a supplier of thermal management, exhaust and electronic systems, but “we are convinced that data-based services Read More..
Communications services company Sprint, which aims to launch the first 5G mobile network in the USA next year, has worked with NXM Labs on a 5G-ready connected car platform featuring blockchain-enabled security. This can be fitted to both new vehicles and existing cars already on the road. The NXM system involves an automotive router to Read More..
Audi’s upcoming e-tron electric SUV will be offered with an optional 22kW charging system that connects to a domestic energy management system via the home’s wi-fi. This will allow owners to charge on optimized electricity tariffs or to prioritize charging on home-generated solar electricity, if the house is equipped with photovoltaic panels. The system can Read More..