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MWC Connected Car Tech News: Qualcomm, AT&T, Volvo, GeoTab & Pizza Hut

connectedcarpizzaThere are several announcements from Mobile World Congress 2015 surrounding connected cars. The AT&T Connected Car platform connects to AT&T Digital Life. Visa delivers a new form pizza ordering and payments from cars. Qualcomm offers new LTE and VoLTE chipsets. Volvo shows how shared data can help all on the road. Geotab extends its IOX-CAN for integration.

AT&T Connected Car Platform Connects to AT&T Digital Life

AT&T’s connected car platform now has the ability to connect to the company’s home security and automation service, AT&T Digital Life. This will enable automakers to integrate home security and automation services so customers can manage their home from the Digital Life app through the dashboard control panel and voice recognition of their car.

It’s Not Delivery It’s Connected Car Ordering for Pizza, Burgers Gas & Parking

At Mobile World Congress, the connected car concept led by Visa, combines payment security, cellular and wireless technologies to test connected car consumer payment experiences for ordering things like pizza, gas or parking. It will be deployed first for ordering food at a quick service restaurant, the technology can also be applied to other, everyday consumer purchases including gasoline, transit and parking and drive-through retail opportunities.

Visa Checkout, online payment service is integrated into the dash of a connected car to let consumers order food from the car. Interactive Voice Control (IVR) will be used to enable consumers to make in-car purchases.  For the connected car trial Pizza Hut will offer in-car access to menus, delivery and pick-up options as well as test in-restaurant “beacon technology” to notify team members when the customer’s car has arrived. Accenture developed the applications and integrating several technologies to work.

Volvo Connects Cars to Roads and Cities

Volvo Cars presents the next step in the future of connected cars at Mobile World Congress including shared anonymized data, land  life-saving services while helping to contribute to a better society.

Volvo Cars is researching in-car data and the Volvo Cloud for:

  • Smart cities to improve traffic flow management by optimizing traffic lights and speed limits and by offering re-routing suggestions based on real-time traffic jam alerts.
  • Real-time warnings of dangerous weather and emergency road conditions or of emergency braking by other drivers could be provided.
  • Future, smart cities with connected street-lights to illuminate slippery road-sections in another color when detected to alert other road users to dangerous road conditions.

Volvo Car Group will present its slippery road detection technology exclusively at the Ericsson stand at Mobile World Congress.

New Qualcomm LTE VoLTE Chipsets

Qualcomm Technologies has added new Snapdragon Automotive modems, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem (9×40) and Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE modem (9×28) for the automotive industry. The Snapdragon X12 LTE modem (9×40) is designed for download speeds up to Category 10 (up to 450 Mbps in the downlink and 100 Mbps in the uplink). The Snapdragon X5 LTE modem (9×28) is designed to enable automakers deploy LTE in cars at download speeds up to Category 4 (up to 150 Mbps in the downlink and 50 Mbps in the uplink).

The modems support 3G/2G cellular standards, on-chip integration of global position (GNSS) support for all major constellations, and a 1 GHz processor with Linux and built-in software for key global regulatory mandates like EU eCall and ERA Glonass.

The modems feature integrated support for VoLTE, a Cortex A7 is integrated to provide bill of materials (BOM) cost savings for hosting automotive telematics applications.

Geotab Extends IOX-CAN

Geotab, telematics engineering company, announced that it has released its IOX-CAN extender that allows partners to send data from their device over a private CAN network in the vehicle supporting integrations on all vehicle types.

A number of companies are already leveraging the IOX-CAN extender to send data from their devices to the MyGeotab system such as Mobileye, vision-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) been upgraded with the IOX-CAN extender allowing full support for all vehicle types, including OBDII vehicles.

More Demos at MWC

Summit Tech announced it is demoing the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE)/Rich Communication Services (RCS)-capable Connected Car in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent .

NXP is displaying connected car tech at Mobile World Congress including V2X, Advanced Radar, NFC, RFID license plate holders and more.