E-Chips Connected Car News Tips: from Audi, TomTom, MobilEye, Toyota, Porsche, HERE, Mentor, Synopsis & Bosch


Embedded chips and connected cars are in the news  announcements from Audi, Edmunds.com, TomTom, Mobileye, Toyota, Porsche, HERE, Tech Machindra, Mentor, Lear, Synopsis and Bosch.


Audi Unlimited SIMS

Audi is now offering an unlimited data plan in Germany with permanent in-car SIM cards. The plan includes unlimited data for three years.

Edmunds.com Data Available

Oracle Data Cloud, a leading global data-as-a-service solution provider, and Edmunds.com, the leading car information and shopping network,  announced that Edmunds’ car shopper data is now available exclusively through the Oracle Data Cloud.

Edmunds’ data assets — which will be delivered via the Oracle Data Cloud to automotive advertiser and affiliated companies — include anonymized audience

Data includes segments of users who have shopped, researched, and priced specific makes, models, years, and types of vehicles. Through the Oracle Data Cloud partnership, marketers can combine this information with other data on past vehicle purchases, demographics, and other behavioral data to build custom target audiences.

Honda Research

Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a research and development subsidiary of Honda, announced plans to further strengthen its research and development of intelligent technologies and, toward that objective, will establish Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo by around September this year in Akasaka, Tokyo, a new operation which will serve as a venue for “co-creation” – where Honda will seek to collaborate with external experts and other research institutes.

TomTom Film Contest

TomTom (TOM2) is calling on drivers around the world to get involved in a short film celebrating life on the road. From the everyday to the extraordinary, TomTom wants drivers to capture and share their favorite driving experiences for the chance to star in the film, called Life in a Car. The film will be made entirely from footage shot by real drivers, and will be directed by Natalia Andreadis, who worked on Ridley Scott’s award-winning crowd-sourced movie, Life in a Day. It will premiere in September this year.

People can get involved in the project by submitting their footage via a specially developed app for smartphones, or by uploading their films to a Facebook app. The submission period begins today, and runs until 15 August.

GM & Mobileye

According to RBC Capital’s analyst, Joseph Spak GM is working with Mobileye on their REM localization product. “Once fully deployed, this will allow GM to collect 100 million miles of data per day in US alone.”


Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) have partnered to establish a global communications platform. The platform will enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity.

Toyota aims to bring greater connectivity to its vehicles throughout the world. To do so, a broad-reaching, robust communications platform and the use of a uniform data communications module (DCM) will be essential. Toyota will develop such globally uniform DCMs by 2019. DCMs will be the standard equipment in nearly all new Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in Japan and the U.S. by 2020, and will gradually be installed in a range of new vehicles in other major markets over time.

To work toward this goal, and to support communications between DCMs and Cloud services, TMC and KDDI will jointly plan and design a global communications platform which KDDI will develop and operate.

Porsche Digital Funded/Founded

Porsche is moving into the fast lane on the topic of digitization. The Supervisory Board of the company has now approved the founding of Porsche Digital GmbH. The objective of the new enterprise is to further develop Porsche as the leading provider of digital mobility solutions in the premium automotive segment. Thilo Koslowski will be the managing director of Porsche Digital GmbH. He recently joined Porsche from the United States IT consulting company Gartner Inc. Koslowski is considered an expert in the automotive, internet and technology sectors. The newly founded company will be headquartered in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Further affiliated offices will be in Berlin, Silicon Valley, and China. The Silicon Valley operation will be a subsidiary of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

HERE Adds Transit Coverage

HERE maps has added transit details for America’s Amtrak rail system, which provides medium and long-distance rail service across mainland America. Now you can plan a journey from, say, Brooklyn to Georgetown in Washington and you’ll get directions for the NYC Subway, for the Acela Express and the Washington Metro, all with only one app.

America’s Amtrak covers 46 states and three Canadian provinces alone, with trains traveling some 21,300 miles, highlighting the amount of work that’s gone into the latest update. With over 30m passengers traveling on Amtrak in 2015, it was well worth the effort, promising to make traveling in the US easier than ever before.

Beside including Amtrak timetables, HERE also extended transit coverage in North America in the following areas.

In the USA: Ann Arbor, Mich.; Athens, Ohio; Bloomington, Ind.; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Eau Claire, Wis.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Indianapolis; Ind.; Jackson, Kan.; Lexington, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; Lynchburg, Va.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lansing, Mich.; Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Omaha, Ne.; St. Louis, Mo.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Twin Cities, Wis. and Minn.; Topeka, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.

In Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax and Moncton.

Tech Mahindra Selected by Nevada DMV

Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering, announced that it has been selected by Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the State of Nevada to be the prime systems integrator for the System Modernization or “SysMod” project – a transformational initiative to modernize the DMV operations.

Tech Mahindra’s award winning solution MOVES, will form the basis of the transformational journey. The solution will be migrated to the Oracle technology stack and will provide a true customer service experience across multiple channels. The proposed digital solution will provide for better customer service, reduce transaction processing time, and increase speed-to-market of offered NV DMV products and services.  The total contract value including infrastructure and services is greater than $70M over a five-year period.

Mentor & Lear

Mentor Graphics Corporation  announced that Lear Corporation has deployed Capital software within its electrical systems design facility, known as Lear Virtual Proving Grounds (LVPG).  LVPG is a powerful, proprietary software suite developed by Lear to optimize and verify electrical systems and wire harness designs for Lear’s automotive OEM customers.  LVPG helps achieve market differentiation by providing fast, robust responses to OEM requirements within a fully digital environment.

LVPG is comprised of two layers delivering electrical and mechanical design respectively.  Capital tools provide the basic building blocks of the electrical layer.  Within the electrical layer, Lear has deployed some of Mentor’s most advanced Capital tools including those covering connectivity capture, platform level wiring synthesis, design optimization & verification, and electrical simulation.  Data is continually exchanged with the mechanical layer, eliminating synchronization errors.

Synopsys & Bosch VDK

Synopsys,  announced the addition of new models of Bosch timer and in-car communication IP for GTM, M_CAN and ERAY peripherals in its Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs). VDKs are software development kits using a virtual prototype as the embedded target to enable software development, integration and test months before physical hardware is available. The collaboration with Bosch enables automotive companies developing Electronic Control Units (ECUs) using Bosch IP to start software development earlier, accelerate system integration using virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop, expand functional safety testing and automate regression testing, resulting in higher quality software, faster. The models of Bosch IP are available for Synopsys VDKs supporting the NXP MPC5xxx, Infineon AURIX and Renesas RH850 microcontroller family.

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