In connected car news this week were ON, Nonser, VNC, Savari, Kira, Litmus, Magna, PNC, KPMG, HyreCar and Lyft.
New On FAN
ON Semiconductor introduced an advanced synchronous rectifier (SR) controller optimized for LLC resonant converter topologies. The FAN6248 requires minimal additional components, delivers high efficiency, eases thermal management, improves overall system reliability and simplifies the design of LLC power supplies.
The FAN6248 is an ideal solution for modern, high-performance power supply units (PSU) where high levels of reliability and efficiency are required in a small space. Typical applications include server and desktop computing, gaming, large screen LCD TV and OLED TV, networking, telecom and LED lighting applications.
Noser to Make VNC Module
VNC Automotive, the global provider of VNC remote access technology and premier MirrorLink supplier are announced their collaboration with Noser Engineering, a leading software supplier in the technical computer science industry. Noser is developing a screen-less embedded module for installation into vehicles that integrates the RealVNC MirrorLink server and can be connected to certified MirrorLink enabled head units. The result is a highly flexible solution for vehicle manufactures and fleet operators that will support a range of their dedicated console apps and simplifies geographical customisation.
Savari Joins 5GAA
Savari V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) safety communication technology, announced that the company has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). Savari is the first V2X technology solution provider to join the group of leading automotive OEMs, automotive tier one system and component suppliers, and technology vendors.
Cellular-V2X technology enables cars to communicate 10 times a second with other cellular-V2X enabled cars and roadside infrastructure. This V2X data is analyzed in real-time, providing the driver with a more detailed view of the driving environment and up to a three-second window for preventing an accident.
Magna Clears View
Magna International developed ClearView to help improve visibility while changing lanes, backing out of a parking space, or driving with a vehicle full of cargo.
The ClearView outside mirror combines a self-cleaning camera with a regulatory compliant side-view mirror to display a live feed inside the vehicle. The camera is mounted on the mirror beyond the widest point of the vehicle to achieve a maximum field of view, enhance the driver’s awareness and improve safety. It also can include features such as turn signals, ground illumination and surround-view cameras.
The ClearView inside mirror features the ability to switch between a traditional rear-view mirror and a full-size video display. The video is a live feed from a camera mounted at the back of a vehicle and provides an unobstructed view of what’s behind. This can be particularly helpful if passengers and/or cargo inside the vehicle restricts the driver’s view using the traditional rear-view mirror.
Kyra Solutions Leverages Loop for Litmus
Litmus Automation announced a partnership with Kyra Solutions, a leading information technology service provider to the public sector headquartered in Central Florida. Kyra Solutions will leverage the Loop Platform to enable governmental entities to derive business value from new or legacy data sources through smart city applications.
Current government infrastructure has rich sources of real-time device and batched transaction data. Litmus’ Loop and LoopEdge enable data collection, data manipulation and quick analytics with real-time visualization on top. Loop lets customers securely connect any type of hardware, device, sensor or machine to any third-party software application or enterprise system in real-time with a simple interface.
PTC & ANSYS Makes ThingWorx IoT
PTC and ANSYS announced a solution that will enable ANSYS engineering simulation technology to be rapidly added to applications built on the ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform from PTC. The development of a connector between these two technology platforms will enable customers to transform raw data into new forms of actionable intelligence. The connector will integrate intelligent digital simulation models with products as they exist and operate in the real world. This will open up new opportunities for companies to create value by enabling them to optimize operations and maintenance and to integrate them into their product development processes.
Simulation helps companies understand situations that may occur – such as a product failure – as early as the design phase. When faced with limited access to rich historical data, companies can leverage simulation models to generate an initial “as designed” set of expected outcomes or product performance. The results of these simulations act as a rich source of data that can be used for supervised machine learning and predictive modeling. The ongoing connection between real-world performance, simulation, and machine learning helps companies make sense of data that can lead to predictive models and a more insightful feedback loop, enabling them to improve product design and modeling.
HyreCar & Lyft Share Cars & Drivers
HyreCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that connects thousands of vehicle owners with potential drivers, can now directly sign up drivers for Lyft. The majority of cars on the platform come pre-certified for ridesharing under Lyft’s vehicle requirements, enabling new and existing drivers to find a car, get on the road and start earning in as little as 24 hours.
- Peer-to-peer car rentals for Lyft
- On-boarding through website and mobile app
- Flexible rental options by day, week or month
- Rentals available for drivers 21 years old and up
The partnership will be beneficial on many fronts. Increasing demand for Lyft’s services must be met with an increase in driver supply, which will be supplemented by HyreCar’s market of vehicles and drivers.
OEMS’ Profits will Collide with Self Driving Cars
According to a new report from the KPMG U.S. Manufacturing Institute Automotive Center, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will see a substantial, 48%, dent in their lucrative collision parts business as a result of self-driving cars. In fact, KPMG projects that OEM collision repair revenue, which was $5.6 billion in 2015, could drop to $2.7 billion by 2030 and dwindle to $1.4 billion by 2040.KPMG Suggests
OEMs should start evaluating and taking preemptive actions to mitigate risk and align operations to the new reality that autonomous vehicles will bring. They must:
- Understand and quantify the risk to their own business, as well as identify suppliers, dealers and regions that may also be subject to substantial risk.
- Analyze and anticipate the declines in the types of collisions (rear end, blind spot, etc.) and their impact on the business as autonomous vehicle technologies are introduced.
- Develop a plan to right size their collision parts business and variabilize costs efficiently in response to a shrinking market.
Next Future Transportation Partners with Globetouch
Next Future Transportation and Globetouch Inc. announced a partnership to deliver next generation municipal transportation solutions. Both companies made the announcement during the Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Conference in Silicon Valley, which brings together industry leaders to explore new business models in the implementation of transportation and mobility technology of the future.
NEXT Future Transportation is developing the world’s first advanced smart transportation and goods movement system based on swarms of modular self-driving vehicles. Globetouch Inc. is a leader in global connectivity services for the connected vehicle and the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The partnership will combine NEXT’s expertise in solutions for public transportation with Globetouch’s market leading data connectivity platform technologies to deliver solutions for today’s increasingly data rich transportation world.
Gemalto is Trusted Service for Daimler
Gemalto is providing its Trusted Services Hub (TSH) to support Daimler AG’s new smartphone-based ‘digital vehicle key’ for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range. The premium car maker’s innovative solution gives drivers the freedom to lock/unlock and start their vehicles using nothing more than an NFC smartphone. Gemalto’s TSH enables seamless and secure over-the-air deployment of the digital keys to any type of phone that supports the solution.
With the key safely downloaded to a secure element* via Gemalto’s TSH, drivers can lock/unlock their cars by simply placing the smartphone against the door handle. The engine can also be turned on with the phone in the charging tray of the dashboard and pressing the start button. Capable of operating even if the phone battery** is drained, the need to carry a conventional key is eliminated.
As an integral part of the ‘Mercedes me connect’ program, the digital vehicle key will connect seamlessly with services that meet the demands of modern mobility and digital lifestyle
NXP Supports Google Assistant
NXP Semiconductors announced its plans to add support for the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in on its Android Things. This will work to reduce product time to market and enable developers to harness the power of the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in.
By supporting the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in to Android Things pre-certified SOMs, NXP plans to enable Android developers to utilize their existing knowledge and technologies to productize new IoT applications and devices with a wider array of services and provide higher value to customers.
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