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Canadian connected car roadshow in Silicon Valley with drunk driver stopper, QNX, LTE, wireless charging & more

APMAlexusThe Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA),will bring its Lexus RX350 connected concept car to Silicon Valley on June 19, to showcase it along with the AutoTech Council. The car shows working examples for IoT, automakers and telecom companies. The connected Lexus was shown at the most recent APMA event, in Canada.

Last year, the vehicle received media attention for the alcohol interlock device that has breathalyzer that won’t let the car start if the driver is drunk. The car has many same features which we suspect have been tweaked after being on the road.

The APMA Connected Vehicle Program and Roadshow is designed to demonstrate the art of the possible by seamlessly integrating Canadian technologies into a rolling innovation platform.

Canadian connected vehicle technology being showcased includes the following :

  • Alcohol Countermeasure \Systems – the ALCOLOCK L series device ensures drivers are not under the influence of alcohol prior to ignition.
  • B.R.A.K.E.R.S. early warning system technology; provides advance notice to drivers when first responder vehicles are approaching.
  • Weather Telematics road surface and environmental observation platform offers occupants and the greater connected driving community insight into current road conditions as well as dynamic routing capabilities.
  • Magna International’s Smart rearview mirror facilitates safer driving and indications of others on the road. Its side light projectors (under the side view mirrors) illuminate the boarding area.
  • MIS Electronics next generation proximity and camera sensors provides front and rear view as well as full 360-degree visual sweeps.
  • Rogers Communications broadband connectivity provide full 4G/LTE and on board Wi-Fi.
  • Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) DriveSync platform-delivers driver and vehicle data as well as analysis through modular telematics.
  • Leggett & Platt Automotive’s Helios induction charger offers in-vehicle wireless mobile device charging.
  • Litmus Automation provides end-to-end cloud connectivity platform for enterprise IoT with a rapid fast time to market and ease of application development.
  • Pravala Networks mobility management platform enables the offloading, management and monetization of data traffic across mobile and Wi-Fi networks.
  • TE Connectivity Canada LIN-based ambient lighting system provides a unique, customizable in-cabin illumination experience (LIN –Local Interconnect Network).
  • XYZ Interactive Technology GestureSense sensor receives multi-modal motion inputs (gestures) as commands for Human Machine Interaction (HMI) interaction.
  • The Lixar cohesive design philosophy (and assets) combines all of the technologies into the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system.
  • QNX Software Systems award winning CAR2 operating system platform;serves as the basis for the entire in-cabin experience, including the digital instrument cluster and primary console touchscreen as well as the initial, primary effort to seamlessly stitch these technologies together.
  • University of Waterloo technology integration provides on-going optimization of user interactions with each participating company’s on-board equipment and software.