TU-Detroit Connected Car News: NHTSA, IHS, Qualcomm, QNX, Symantec, Airbiquity, VoiceBox, INRIX & Panasonic

TUAUTOMOVITEDEtrotit2The first day of TU-Automotive Detroit is full of innovation announcements predictions demonstrations and presentations. Here is the latest news from NHTSA, IHS, Qualcomm, QNX, Symantec, Airbiquity, VoiceBox, INRIX and Panasonic.

NHTSA Autonomous Rules Coming

At TU-Automotive Detroit, Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that NHTSA will relase guidelines next month that could set the regulations for self-driving car research  to provide “new tools and authorities to really help advance if not accelerate getting these new technologies on the road safely.

IHS Self-Driving Predicitions

The latest forecast from IHS Automotive calls for sales of nearly 21 million autonomous vehicles by 2035. This is a substantial increase from previous estimates, and is influenced by recent research and development by automotive OEMs, supplier and technology companies who are investing in this area. The new forecast is also based on a wave of recent developments and investments in this sector of the market, as well as activity within various regulatory environments.

The United States will lead the world in initial deployment and early adoption of autonomous vehicles, while Japan will simultaneously ramp up industry coordination and investment ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

“Global sales of autonomous vehicles will reach nearly 600,000 units in 2025,” said Egil Juliussen, Ph.D. and director of research at IHS Automotive. “Our new forecast reflects a 43 percent compound annual growth rate between 2025 and 2035 – a decade of substantial growth, as driverless and self-driving cars alike are more widely adopted in all key global automotive markets,” he said.

IHS forecasts incorporate a multitude of factors, including current market development of foundational technologies and considerable R&D announcements and collaboration projects under way. These include discussions and initiatives among OEMs and their suppliers, between OEMs and ridesharing companies, technology company initiatives and increased investment in autonomy and mobility by other entities as well.

The IHS Automotive analysis also indicates that continued challenges to autonomous vehicle deployment include potential technology risks for software reliability and cybersecurity, though both of these are showing improvements as technology evolves and the industry recognizes the threat. In addition, the implementation of local and federal guidelines and regulatory standards, as well as a legal framework for self-driving cars, continue to prove challenging.

Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform

Qualcomm Technologies, announced the Qualcomm® Connected Car Reference Platform aimed at accelerating the adoption of advanced and complex connectivity into the next-generation of connected cars. As a leader in automotive connectivity with more than 340 million chips shipped so far for products for over 20 automakers, Qualcomm Technologies developed a product designed to maintain pace with an ever-increasing set of automotive use cases facilitated by the latest advances in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. The platform is also designed to solve for challenges such as wireless coexistence, future-proofing and support for a large number of in-car hardware architectures.

The Connected Car Reference Platform is built upon Qualcomm Technologies’ broad automotive product and technology portfolio, including Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 and X5 LTE modems, quad-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and 2D/3D Dead Reckoning (DR) location solutions, Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi technology, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) for V2X, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and broadcast capabilities such as analog and digital tuner support using software-defined radio via Qualcomm tuneX chips. In addition, the platform features in-vehicle networking technologies such as Gigabit (OABR) Ethernet with Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) and Controller Area Network (CAN) interfaces.

Highlights of the Connected Car Reference Platform design include: scalability, future-proofing, wireless coexistence and OEM and third-party applications support.The Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform is expected to be available by the end of 2016.

QNX@TU-Automotive Detroit Instruments, Acoustics and SIMs

QNX is announced a new solution for digital instrument cluster development, a major milestone for its acoustics technology, and a demonstration of remote SIM provisioning for next-generation vehicles.

  • The QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters: The latest addition to the QNX portfolio of automotive safety products, this new platform enables Tier 1 suppliers and automotive OEMs to deliver compelling user experiences while addressing stringent safety requirements
  • Acoustics Milestone: QNX Software Systems’ acoustic software — critical to clear, comfortable voice communications in the car —  is now deployed in over 50 million systems worldwide, in products such as Ford SYNC 3, GM OnStar and Honda BlueConnect
  • Safran and QNX Partnership: A new over-the-air provisioning capability based on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification allows a connected car to support different mobile operator profiles and access domestic network service around the world

QNX  is also demonstrating its latest technology concept vehicle, which showcases how QNX-based systems can perform real-time analysis of complex traffic scenarios to improve driver awareness and enable various levels of automated driving. The vehicle also highlights QNX’s innovative new In-Car Communication technology, which enhances the audibility of seat-to-seat conversations within the car.

Symantec Detects Anomalies

Symantec introduced Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive to protect against zero-day attacks and never-before-seen issues facing modern connected vehicles. Bringing Symantec’s extensive security and sophisticated analytics expertise across complex networks to the vehicle, Anomaly Detection for Automotive provides the crucial ability to identify issues for early remediation.

Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive uses machine learning to provide passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations, learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack. The solution works with virtually any automotive make and model.

Key benefits of Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive include:

  • Learning the vehicle’s behavior in a deeper, more precise way, enabling automakers to see previously unseen attacks.
  • Automatically prioritizing incidents based on perceived criticality and risk.
  • Automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.
  • Using minimal memory and CPU power with an analytics solution built from the ground up for vehicles.

Airbiquity Sotware & Data Mangement

Airbiquity launched Software & Data Management—an efficient and secure first of its kind solution for configuring and executing large-scale software update and data collection campaigns for vehicles using a highly configurable and automated cloud-based service delivery solution.

The Software & Data Management solutio incorporates telematics expertise and Choreo service delivery platform Airbiquity for automated software update and data campaigns for vehicles of all sizes and types:

  • Connectivity Management: Supports built-in, brought-in, or hybrid connectivity scenarios
  • Software and Data Management: Manages complex software, data, device, and vehicle relationships
  • Bandwidth and Storage Management: Intelligently selects networks and optimizes software and data transmissions
  • Privacy Compliance: Regulates data collection based on privacy policies and user consent
  • Transmission Security: Ensures secure and reliable software and data transmission
  • User Interaction: Presents customized user notifications, interfaces, and messaging
  • Campaign Management: Automates campaign configuration, execution, and reporting

Voice Box AI for Autos

VoiceBox Technologie annonced integration with INRIX and next Gen AI.

As part of this partnership INRIX, VoiceBox will provide superior Voice AI for automotive companies seeking to control their in-car experience through the Open Car Platform, which includes brand-name automotive applications to create next-generation infotainment experiences. INRIX integration will provide natural voice access to the broad set of Open Car infotainment applications. IT will help to minimize driver distraction given the AI-enhanced technology and its ease of use.

The company launched VoiceBox Automotive Software Development Kit (v5.0), which includes fullintegration of the VoiceBox Embedded Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine and the company’s patented context management. The SDK is now available for Windows, Linux and Android platforms. The SDK is the first of its kind to offer Deep Neural Networks (DNN), which enables the processing of complex, contextual conversations. It is the only Voice AI technology to include parallel hybrid processing with machine learning – this allows user queries to be simultaneously processed in both embedded and cloud systems to optimize the delivery of results.

INRIX Off-Street Parking Service for Mercdes-Benz

INRIX, announced that its Off-Street Parking service is now available in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Europe and coming to the U.S. this summer. This newly integrated feature enables drivers to easily find, compare and navigate to available off-street parking spaces using the COMAND infotainment system.

INRIX Off-Street Parking provides drivers with real-time parking information that includes routes to the closest garage locations, detailed rates, limitations and restrictions and real-time occupancy. It offers access to the world’s most comprehensive and accurate parking database that includes more than 29 million confirmed spaces in over 90,000 accessible locations spanning 4,000 cities in 64 countries. INRIX Off-Street Parking only displays publicly accessible, non-restricted parking spaces, including both free and fee locations, so users are never misrouted to locations that are unavailable to the general public.

OneConnect from Panasonic

In a mobility keynote presentation at TU Automotive Detroit 2016, Tom Gebhardt, President and Chief Operating Officer of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, highlighted the gaps in providing a better mobility experience for consumers and how they can be solved with improved interfaces and predictive technology.

“By a providing a holistic service-focused approach, which we’ve done with our OneConnect platform, we can merge the information so drivers are served up everything they want, when they want it, without searching,” Mr. Gebhardt added.

In addition to such interface improvements, the  solution is creating a way to synthesize repeatable patterns of weekly travel and errands without the driver having to manually select weather, news, traffic and entertainment to complement the route. In other words, predictive technology.

Through advanced predictive learning algorithms, OneConnect is able to notice habits and curate the audio experience for drivers.

Lockbridges Scores OEMS

During a presentation, Are Your Connected Cars Ahead of the Curve?, Lockbridge showed a new model that maps connected car investments to the core outcomes of connectivity – loyalty, differentiation, monetization and quality. Delivered by Raj Paul, Vice President of IoT & Connected Services, the presentation will show how connected solutions – including predictive analytics, OTA updates and digital integration – can be leveraged to achieve these outcomes. Using this model, Raj will present an industry scorecard to highlight how well OEMs today are applying connected solutions to gain a competitive edge. Lochbridge’s keynote presentation is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 9th.

The Lochbridge team is also be showcasing a suite of new connected vehicle solutions:

  • Risk Analytics – Demonstrating how Usage Based Insurance (UBI) progresses in parallel with the future world of Urban-Mobility where drivers will carry a “lifetime-driving-score”. In collaboration with Harris Corporation integrating the Helios environmental intelligence platform, traditional driving behavior data, such as hard braking and accelerating, is combined with real-time contextual data, such as road conditions and environmental conditions.
  • App Certification Ecosystem (ACE 2.0) – Providing a cloud based “virtual bench” that allows developers to bring new ideas to life faster while offering OEMs control of the application development, certification and support process.
  • IoT Device Management Platform – Enabling car manufacturers to extend new vehicle enhancements and manage recalls through a single solution. The solution provides OEMs a robust device management and Over-The-Air capability (OTA) supporting upgrades en masse or at an individual level.
  • Fleet Management – Integrating Oracle’s IoT Cloud Service platform, the new fleet concept demonstrates how device tracking, management and analytics can be deployed with rigor rapidly.
  • Award Winners

    Last night, there was an awards presentation. The 2016 TU-Automotive Awards winners are:

    • OEM of the year – Joint winners: Volvo Car Group and Ford Motor Company. Volvo Car Group for covering all angles of auto tech innovation: safety, antonomous, insurance, v2x, big data. Ford Motor Company was selected for their very open, ambitious, holistic and collaborative approach.
    • Telematics Service Provider of the year – Wireless Car for consistant performance and the fantasic level of business they achieve.
    • Best Telematics Product/Service – Movimento for Movimento’s Over-The-Air platform for global reach, broad customer list, and full package for updates.
    • Best Insurance Telematics Product/Service – AXA Global Direct France for YouDrive for ithe ambitious program that is very innovative in what is seen as a difficult market.
    • Best Active Safety or ADAS Product/Service – Volvo Car for Pilot Assist, the most advanced deployment of autonomous technology.
    • Best Auto Mobility Product/Service – Veniam for Veniam for innovation.
    • Best Auto Cybersecurity Product/Service – Security Innovation for Aerolink for quality and innovation.
    • Best Aftermarket Telematics Product/Service – MagellanGPS for Magellan eXplorist TRX7 for a creative product in an underserved market.
    • Newcomer of the year – PolySync (previously Harbrick Technologies).
    • Influencer of the year – Julia Steyn, vice president of Urban Mobility Programs, General Motors for showing boldness particularly in embracing car-sharing at the level she has.