ITS Connected Car News: MaaS, u-Blox, EasyMile, Valeo, TRL, Fujitsu, Ericsson, BestMile & Vizzion

BordeauxThe ITS Congress and Exhibition, the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems and services is taking place in Bordeaux, with the main theme “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space.” At the event there are many companies showing new connected car technologies— u-Blox, EasyMile, Valeo, TRL, Fujitsu, Ericsson, BestMile & Vizzion

MaaS Alliance Formed

u-blox Makes THEO-P1

u-blox has taken over manufacture and supply of Cohda Wireless pioneer V2X module to meet demand for V2X modules for trials, early deployments and infrastructure roll-out.  They have agreed on an exclusive license for the use of the latest MK5 module design, leveraging u-blox strengths in quality manufacture and global supply of automotive components for positioning and communications.

THEO-P1  is a compact, automotive-grade transceiver module facilitating development of electronics for V2X communication systems. THEO-P1 delivers proven superior performance – it is based on 5.9 GHz radio link, a two way, short range wireless communications technology and is designed to work with vehicles at speeds up to 250 km/h and within a 1000 meter range.

EasyMile EZ10 Shared Driverless Vehicles @GoMentum in No.Cal

EasyMile and GoMentum Station announced  an exclusive collaborative agreement to launch the first fleet of EZ10 Shared Driverless Vehicles (SDV) in Northern California for prototype testing and future commercialization.

Designed to operate at low speeds and transport passengers for a short distance, EasyMile’s shuttles will begin running as a GoMentum Station pilot demonstration project in Bishop Ranch, a business park located in San Ramon, California. The demonstration project is expected to begin in summer 2016 with two SDV vehicles.

Valeo Highly Automated Cruise4U

Valeo is offering motorists the opportunity to experience highly automated driving in real traffic conditions on Bordeaux’s A630 highway, on its Valeo Cruise4U demonstration vehicle.

The driver can decide either to control the vehicle manually or to let Valeo Cruise4U take over the driving, steering, accelerating and breaking.

Valeo is showing:

  • Valeo InBlue is a vehicle entry/start system that enables drivers to use their smartphone to lock, unlock, start their car as well as car sharing, tire pressure, fuel level, vehicle location, remote parking and windshield de-icing/cleaning.
  • Valeo SCALA laser scanner collects data that is integrated with information from the vehicle’s other sensors to create a map of the environment, allowing the system to analyze and anticipate events around the vehicle.
TRL Experts

Experts from TRL, The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory who know connected and autonomous vehicles, ultra low emissions and intelligent transport systems (ITS) will  share their thoughts on future transport systems and applications. A number of TRL researchers are presenting at the event.

Fujitsu’s SPATIOWL Road Managment & Infrasctructure

Fujitsu is introducing SPATIOWL, a cloud service that leverages positioning information; Mobility Recorder, for collecting information from a vehicle, its environment, and driver; and human-sensing technology, which tracks a driver’s gaze.

Fujitsu will introduce a fast and low-cost city road-management service that visualizes traffic conditions using traffic information captured by analyzing images from cameras located at intersections and probes mounted in police cars and other vehicles. The company will introduce a system to provide pedestrians and cyclists with convenient routes for moving about the city on public transportation, such as buses and trains, to promote the effective use of public transportation.

The company is showing technology from Fujitsu Laboratories that detects a driver’s gaze can be used as part of a cloud service and car interface for safer driving.

Ericsson Automated Transport

Ericsson is showing  Automated Networked Transport, a new concept from Ericsson Research that demonstrates how mobile network data can optimize public transport. Automated Networked Transport makes it possible to use telecom network data to analyze the movements of people in cities and to learn where, when, how and why they use public transport. The company is also showing a connected bus stop, connected traffic cloud, multi-modal transport and Zero Site – that combines small-cell wireless connectivity with energy-efficient LED street lighting by Philips.

Toyota is showing its work towards the creation of a smart mobility society that links people, cars and cities including:

  • ITS Connect, a new cooperative ITS-based safety package combining vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies.
  • Automated driving and advanced driving support systems designed specifically for highway driving conditions.
  • The Ha:mo next-generation transport system, an advanced mobility sharing solution that is currently being tested alongside public transportation in France.

BestMile Self-Driving Software & Demo

BestMile announced the commercial launch of its fleet management software for autonomous vehicles. The software acts as a brain, a remote intelligence for autonomous vehicle fleets that enables them to be operated consistently according to the standards of public transportation. BestMile allows users to request a driverless vehicle on-demand thanks via dedicated smartphone app.

BestMile allows the control of a fleet of brand new 100% autonomous and electric “Navya arma” vehicles. Interoperability of its technology allows BestMile to work with different manufacturers of intelligent vehicles as well as to participate in international commercial projects. A first project is already confirmed for November 2015 with an important Swiss public transport operator. Other partnerships will be announced in the coming months.

Vizzion Weather Analytics

Vizzion, best known for aggregating the world’s largest network of traffic cameras, is launching a new weather analytics service this week at the ITS World Congress. Vizzion’s new service proactively scans a global network of nearly 40,000 live traffic cameras to detect poor visibility conditions such as fog, smoke, or heavy precipitation. The service outputs georeferenced polygons outlining locations of poor visibility for easy integration into traffic management centers and driving-focused apps – allowing drivers to be automatically alerted or re-routed for their safety.