In connected car news this week were Cummins, Garmin, TomTom, Mitek, Tyrata, Boring Co., Vulog and Unex.
Electric Vans for USPS
Cummins Inc. is delivering eight Cummins-powered all-electric vehicles to the United States Postal Service (USPS). The fully-electric Cummins PowerDrive equipped vans are expected to eliminate vehicle emissions and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
The pilot program, made possible by a grant from the California Air Resources Board to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) and administered by CALSTART, will place the zero-emission vehicles in Fresno and Stockton. Cummins will also provide operator training, vehicle support and data collection to support the program.
Garmin Infotainment for BMW
Garmin L announced that the Garmin automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) group has been selected as the lead design and production partner of infotainment modules for the BMW Group. These modules will be manufactured in Garmin’s auto OEM-qualified production facilities in the United States and Europe. Garmin will establish a new manufacturing facility in Europe to support this project.
TomTom has been chosen by Nissan as the supplier of navigation components for its Nissan LEAF. TomTom will supply TomTom Maps as well as TomTom Traffic and Online Search to the new enhanced NissanConnect in-vehicle infotainment system which will now come with Nissan’s iconic electric vehicle, the most sold EV of 2018 in Europe.
TomTom Traffic provides an accurate, real-time traffic information service, which will keep Nissan LEAF drivers informed and help them reduce their travel time, whilst TomTom Online Search allows them to seamlessly search for an address, business or place of interest.
TomTom and Elektrobit (EB), announced the release of an industry-first High Definition (HD) map horizon for automated driving. An HD map horizon helps vehicles to build a highly accurate virtual picture of the road ahead, enhancing driver safety and comfort.
TomTom, the also announced that it has closed deals with multiple top 10 carmakers for high-definition (HD) mapping. Together they represent a majority of cars produced by those carmakers that have sourced HD Maps.
The TomTom HD Map is a highly accurate and highly attributed representation of the road, including lane models, lane geometry and traffic signs, with accuracy down to a few centimeters. The TomTom HD Map enables automated vehicles to precisely locate themselves on the road, to build a detailed model of the surrounding environment working together with the vehicle sensors, and to plan their path to destination. With high accuracy and attribution, and extensive coverage spanning Europe, the United States, Japan and South Korea, the TomTom HD Map is a natural choice for carmakers seeking to deploy automated driving systems on a global scale.
By streaming the latest TomTom HD Maps via TomTom AutoStream through Elektrobit’s “EB robinos Predictor” onboard software, the HD map horizon targets vehicles with a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Automation Level of 2 and higher. It is compliant with the automotive industry’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Interface Specification (ADASIS) v3 protocol.
TomTom, the leading independent location technology specialist, today announced that it will supply connected navigation solutions to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ line of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), the Jeep Renegade and Compass.
Drivers of the Jeep Renegade and Compass PHEV line will benefit from TomTom’s Connected Navigation System, as well as the new TomTom EV Service which provides drivers of electric vehicles with relevant information on charging points, allowing drivers to plan their journey and make informed decisions.
HyreCar Mitek Mobile App
HyreCar Inc. the carsharing marketplace for ridesharing, has launched the HyreCar mobile application for both Apple iOS and Android devices to expedite the new driver onboarding and verification process.
The application was developed with Mitek a leader in identity verification technology, to allow interested drivers to easily verify their identity when digitally applying to rent a car through HyreCar’s new seamless mobile interface. Proven to reduce fraud, Mitek’s technology is designed to expedite the booking and verification process by 30 percent and lower ID document forgery in the verification process by up to 20 percent. These technology enhancements have contributed to HyreCar scaling annual rental days from under 400,000 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018 to an annualized run rate of over 550,000 rental days through the first two months of 2019.
Tyrata IntelliTread Real-Time Tread Wear Sensors
Tyrata, Inc., a tire sensor and data management company, has achieved a significant milestone in the development of its IntelliTreadTM real-time tread wear sensors. Recent developments in sensor design and operation have produced repeatable results during tests in a variety of OEM passenger tires. IntelliTread sensors use wireless signals to track millimeter-scale changes in tread depth. When commercially available, the sensors will signal when it’s time to replace tires or report information about uneven and often dangerous tire wear conditions.
ParkMobile the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, announced a partnership with the City of Amarillo that will enable people to skip the meter and pay for parking from their mobile device. The ParkMobile app is now available at 900 spaces in downtown Amarillo.
Boring Co for Vegas Convention Loop
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) today, Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Upon approval by the LVCVA Board of Directors on March 12, the project would be another first for Las Vegas and have the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.
Foresight QuadSight Sold
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltds, announced an additional sale of a prototype of its flagship product QuadSight, a four-camera vision system targeted for the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle market. The prototype system was ordered by one of Israel’s leading defense companies. Revenue from the prototype system sale is expected to total tens of thousands of dollars.
Vulong for Segway
Through a deep integration between Vulog’s AiMA platform and the brand new ‘sharing ready’ scooters from Segway, existing mobility operators and new entrants can now deploy profitable, large-scale shared kick-scooter services more easily and more quickly.
The first European shared mobility service combining cars and kick-scooters – harnessing the partnership between Vulog and Segway – will be launched in Q2 2019.
Unex Partners with Autotalks
Unex, the leading provider of V2X systems, is pleased to partner with Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, to implement the most flexible, cyber-secure and cost-effective dual-mode (DSRC/C-V2X) system architecture. Unex’s 2nd generation systems are based on Autotalks’ mature state-of-the-art CRATON2/PLUTON2 chipset, which are the first solutions in the world to support both DSRC and C-V2X(PC5) in a single System-on-Chip (SoC).
Unex’s 2nd generation product architecture is completely modular and can be implemented either as a standalone global V2X communication unit, or into a complete Telematics unit. Unex’s V2X SOM is a physically isolated global V2X solution that ensures domain separation between safety (V2X) and Telematics (V2N) domains. The physical isolation of the V2X subsystem from the cellular NAD is instrumental for ensuring reliable and secure operation of the safety system. Unex’s V2X SOM is aimed to enable V2X on various Telematics platforms.
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