Best of @TU-Automotive Detroit Too: LexisNexis Parkopedia, HARMAN, Mojio, Otonomo, BlackBerry QNX, Morpace, Affectiva, Octo Telematics, AdaCore & AllGo Embedded

There was a lot of news from TU-Automotive Detroit today, starting with the Xevo/Hyundai payment announcement. Today there was news from Parkopedia, HARMAN, Mojio, Otonomo, BlackBerry QNX, Morpace, Affectiva, Octo Telematics, AdaCore and AllGo Embedded. This news follows the news about TU-Automotive Detroit earlier this week.

Announcement from Parkopedia

Parkopedia,  announced today that its comprehensive suite of parking services has now launched in the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class vehicles. The parking service is available in the new MBUX head unit as part of the Mercedes COMAND Online Navigation system, initially launching in Europe and North America.

Parkopedia is providing drivers with a premium parking service in both Europe and North America; which includes detailed information on parking garages and street parking with detailed restriction information as well as dynamic space availability. Drivers will also be able to book and pay for parking using their Mercedes-Benz user accounts.

In addition to launching in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the Parkopedia service will be available via the app. Parkopedia’s data will also be accessible to legacy vehicles via Daimler’s in-vehicle COMAND Online Systems thanks to the Mercedes.Me app’s ‘send-to-car functionality’.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions & Mitsubishi

At the 2018 TU-Automotive Detroit event, LexisNexis Risk Solutions kept a central theme of “Connecting Cars is About More than Connected Car,” showing automakers and insurers that LexisNexis Risk Solutions can help them execute today on vehicle data, regardless of the source. Along with Mitsubishi Motors North America, LexisNexis demonstrated an enhanced Mitsubishi’s Road Assist+ smartphone app, enabling Mitsubishi drivers to enjoy the cost savings of usage-based insurance (UBI) without having to install telematics hardware devices in their vehicles or purchase a newer “connected car” model.

In conjunction with the smartphone app, LexisNexis executives Adam Hudson, Sr. Director of US Connected Car Team and Tim Grant, Sr. Director of Auto Underwriting, participated in and led speaking events, respectively. Adam participated on a panel where he and others explored how customers benefit as insurance companies become more insightful and automated and Tim gave a briefing on how in the age of IoT and the connected car, emerging driving data has had a big impact on insurance ratings and models, as well as consumer expectations.

‘At LexisNexis Risk Solutions, our objective is to bring OEMs and insurers together because we all have one thing in common: the consumer. If we can help save lives and reduce the consumer’s cost of driving by leveraging data, then we win as a society and as individuals. The TU-Automotive conference is important for us because it allows LexisNexis Risk Solutions to get automakers and insurers thinking about commonalities, barriers and potential opportunities, too. As data experts, we can demonstrate the value of segmentation, the importance of knowing who is behind the wheel and analyze how the vehicle is performing. We can then use that information with OEM collaboration to help consumers better understand their own driving behavior, the value of the vehicle features they’ve purchased and what it means relative to their total cost of vehicle ownership. It all comes down to the consumer experience and the trust they place in the automotive ecosystem to help them navigate their own data, what can help them save money and how they can better understand safety,’ said, Adam Hudson, Sr. Director of US Connected Car Team at LexisNexis Risk Solutions

HARMNAN Super Sharkless Fins

HARMAN Connected Car which  announced its all-new set of multiband conformal antennas for the automotive market. Most modern connected cars today can require as many as 18 antennas to accommodate various radio and telecommunication services. This is causing an engineering and design headache for automakers who want to ensure their cars are both connected (especially for the V2V/V2X future) and with a clean design.

HARMAN’s new antennas are designed specifically to solve this problem and take advantage of parent company Samsung’s deep experience in mobile antenna design.. They have the ability to accommodate a variety of modern radio services, including LTE, GNSS, V2X, WiFi, Bluetooth, RKE and Electronic Toll Collection. Not only do they have the ability to accommodate a variety of modern radio services, they are compact enough to fit into an aperture opening in a vehicle’s body panels and are covered by a waterproof, non-conductive radome.

Mojio Hirers GM CTO

Mojio – connected car platform– announced that it has bolstered its AI leadership with Dr. Alan Messer, who led software strategies as CTO of the Global Connected Consumer Experience unit and VP of Software and Innovation at General Motors. The company also introduced the expansion of its Made for MojioTM hardware certification program to include a nearly limitless range of telematics hardware and smart, connected devices, enabling coverage of older makes and models via OBD-II devices and newer connected vehicles with embedded telematics control units.

As CTO, Dr. Messer will harness the power of Mojio’s growing pool of automotive big data – currently at more than seven billion miles worth of aggregated driving behavior and diagnostic data – to maximize the value of machine learning and artificial intelligence within the organization. As a result, Mojio will empower its customers and partners, which span the entire automotive value chain, with the ability to leverage actionable insights, and unlock new revenue streams.

The Made for Mojio hardware certification program will catalyze this transformation for the organization and its customers. Today’s expansion means automakers and Tier 1 suppliers can efficiently improve their customer experience – by adding new connected car services (or enhancing existing solutions) – with low-cost, high-speed deployments to global markets. The Made for Mojio hardware certification program democratizes the power of big data by providing a scalable, easy-to-implement protocol that allows any hardware vendor or ODM to rapidly integrate with Mojio’s Platform, in just 6 weeks.

Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs can look to Mojio’s demonstrated ability to deliver telco-grade solutions to more than 700,000 cars and drivers around the world as an example of how connected car services can simultaneously improve business value and the customer experience.

Otonomo Data Study

Otonomo announced the results of a new consumer study fielded by Edison Research. In the wake of controversies involving corporate use of Americans’ personal data without their consent, American new car buyers and connected car owners are nonetheless willing to share their personal data for a safer and improved driving experience.

In a new Otonomo/Edison Research study of both connected car owners and persons in the market for a new connected car, as many as 94% expressed interest in apps and services.  Approximately 80% of those who expressed interest in a number of potential new services (including real-time alerts of dangerous driving conditions, early detection of maintenance and repairs, and even faster response times from emergency responders in the event of an accident) stated a willingness to share personal automotive data in order to gain access to these capabilities.

However, consumers are still wary of sharing their data with apps and services. The most important aspects in establishing trust are how trustworthy people perceive the company is (69% of new car buyers indicated this was “very important”) and whether they are told exactly what the data are being used for and who has access to it (64% of new car buyers indicated this was “very important”).

So what types of companies engender that kind of trust? In one of the most important findings of this study, both new car buyers and connected car owners placed a significant amount of trust in car manufacturers. While trust in social media sites was relatively low (less than half of either group indicated they had confidence that social media sites would properly secure their data), confidence in car manufacturers was high—71% of new car buyers and 77% of connected car owners were confident or somewhat confident that car manufacturers would properly secure their data.

Other Key Findings

  • 94% of connected car owners are interested in a feature that would alert them to dangerous driving conditions ahead. Similarly, 92% of connected-car owners are interested in a feature that would allow emergency responders to respond more quickly in the event of an accident.  Finally, 92% of connected-car owners are very interested in a feature that detects needed maintenance or repairs.
  • New car buyers are similarly interested in the same safety-related features as connected car owners.
  • 86% of both new car buyers and connected car owners are comfortable with navigation apps collecting information about their location, speed, and destination.
  • There is extremely high acceptance of technology in cars: approximately 90% of both samples agree that technology is making cars safer, and approximately eight in ten agree that technology is also making it more fun to drive or be a passenger.
  • Car manufacturers have earned 71- 77% trust in two key ways—for those respondents who named a specific car manufacturer as being the “most trustworthy,” the top two reasons for that trust were a tie between personal experience and good reputation.

The study’s results indicate that consumers are willing to share their personal data cautiously with organizations that demonstrate transparency and a commitment to security. “This study underscores that consumers recognize the benefits of connected car features, and are inclined to share the data that enables them with entities they trust,” says Lauren Smith, Policy Counsel, The Future of Privacy Forum. “For connected car companies to continue earning that trust, they should communicate the purposes of such data collection and use, and incorporate privacy choices and safeguards.”

According to Edison Research Senior Vice President Tom Webster, “While consumer trust in some industries is trending very low right now, car manufacturers are amongst the most trusted in terms of how they treat customer data. This paints a very compelling picture for the future capabilities of the connected car.”


BlackBerry Limited announced three new safety-certified automotive software products that will alleviate the challenges of building sophisticated automotive systems to be compliant with ISO 26262, the automotive industry’s functional safety standard. BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor for Safety, QNX Platform for ADAS 2.0, and QNX OS for Safety 2.0 provide the software foundation upon which secure and safety-certified systems can be built, enabling automakers to accelerate development timelines and reduce cost in moving projects from research to production and onto roads.  BlackBerry’s new automotive solutions have been safety-certified to ISO 26262 standards to alleviate these challenges and improve time to market.

QNX Hypervisor for Safety is ISO 26262 safety-certified and builds upon the virtualization technology of the QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to enable secure and reliable consolidation of multiple sub-systems (virtual domains) on a single System on Chip (SoC). Using the QNX Hypervisor for Safety, developers can partition and isolate safety-critical systems from non-safety critical systems, ensuring that critical systems are isolated and can run safe in the event of an anomaly. The QNX Hypervisor for Safety also includes a Hypervisor Safety Manual, which provides instructions for automotive system architects who design products for functional safety.

QNX Platform for ADAS 2.0 enables automotive tier ones and OEMs to build a full range of automated driving systems, such as informational ADAS modules that provide a 360° view of a vehicle and sensor fusion systems that combine data from multiple sources. In an autonomous car, the software must process a flood of data from sensors such as cameras, LiDAR and radar in real time to make decisions that control the vehicle. This requires highly efficient, safety-certified and secure software that can make use of special purpose hardware (accelerators) for vision processing and deep neural-net based machine learning algorithms. QNX Platform for ADAS 2.0 is a comprehensive framework designed to provide high throughput to handle the massive quantity of sensor data that needs to be processed.

QNX OS for Safety 2.0 is a new software solution that automakers and embedded developers can use to build mission-critical, safety-certified systems for connected or autonomous vehicles. Based on BlackBerry’s most advanced and secure QNX SDP 7.0 operating system, the new software platform reduces development time, risk and cost, delivering both the embedded intelligence and security that are imperative to future generations of vehicles. QNX OS for Safety 2.0 is certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL3 by TÜV Rheinland, an international leader in testing and certification aimed at the sustained development of safety and quality.

QNX Platform for ADAS 2.0 and QNX OS for Safety 2.0 are available now. QNX Hypervisor for Safety will be available this Fall.

BlackBerry has the highest level of automotive certification for functional safety with ISO 26262 ASIL D and decades of experience in powering mission-critical embedded systems in automotive and other industries. As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automotive industry, BlackBerry currently provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art technology to protect hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. BlackBerry’s pedigree in safety, security and continued innovation has led to recent automotive design wins with Baidu, Delphi, Denso, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Visteon, Jaguar Land Rover and others.


Morpace Senior Director of Client Services Greg Swando moderated a consumer panel on “Beyond Early Adopters – Driving EVs Into The Main Stream” at TU-Automotive Detroit on June 7, 2018.

A diverse panel of recent buyers who are both Electric Vehicle (EV) enthusiasts and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) traditionalists will answer questions and speak with Swando about their acceptance and adoption of EVs.

The panel discussed:

  • Valuable insights into what makes drivers ‘tick,’ their likes and dislikes, how they feel about electric vehicles, and where their purchase apprehension stems from
  • How the automotive industry can defeat consumer apprehensions and drive EV into the main stream
  • How to debunk the common myths around EV adoption and better plan their EV adoption strategy through first-hand consumer testimonials on stage

While the trend certainly has the potential to address consumer concerns about safety issues like rough terrain and bad weather that even today’s best driverless cars have problems navigating, cybersecurity remains a huge missing piece of the puzzle.

Affectiva Emotion AI & Wind River

Affectiva, the global leader in Artificial Emotional Intelligence (Emotion AI) and Wind River, a leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected vehicles, announced today their collaboration to advance connected car technologies. Affectiva Automotive AI, the first multi-modal in-cabin AI sensing solution, has undergone a testing and validation process with Wind River Helix Cockpit, an automotive consolidation platform. The combined technologies would allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers to differentiate their brands by building advanced driver monitoring systems (DMS) and better in-cabin experiences that make driving safer and more enjoyable.

Affectiva and Wind River’s collaboration lets automakers deploy Affectiva’s Emotion AI technology quickly and inexpensively on a consolidated compute platform. Affectiva can identify, from face and voice, complex and nuanced emotional and cognitive states of a vehicle’s occupants across the entire autonomous vehicle spectrum.

“Consumers’ expectations of their vehicles are rapidly changing, and auto-makers must be able to keep up,” said Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, CEO and co-founder, Affectiva. “Affectiva Automotive AI is allowing OEMs to build DMS that are identifying dangerous behavior and improving road safety. In the future, as vehicles become more autonomous, AI will allow for occupant experience monitoring so passengers might receive music and video recommendations based on their mood, as well as lighting and heating adjustments based on comfort and drowsiness levels. This industry is ripe for opportunity and disruption, and our work with Wind River will allow us to accelerate the use of innovative in-cabin technology in production vehicles so OEMs can better deliver on consumer expectations.”

Affectiva Automotive AI measures facial expressions and emotions such as joy, anger and surprise, as well as vocal expressions of anger, arousal and laughter, in real-time. The solution, which runs on embedded and mobile devices, also provides key indicators of drowsiness such as yawning, eye closure and blink rates. Affectiva is collaborating with leading OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and technology companies like Wind River to bring its solution to production vehicles.

Helix Cockpit is a comprehensive consolidated compute platform that allows car makers to successfully deliver next-generation features that are production grade while ensuring high standards of safety, security, and quality. Car-makers can use Helix Cockpit, part of the Wind River Helix Chassis portfolio of automotive software products, to deliver rich in-cabin experiences and seamlessly extend their digital lifestyles into connected vehicles.

Affectiva and Wind River will be demonstrating their technology as part of the Wind River Helix Chassis Suitcase Demonstration at TU-Automotive Detroit.

Award Winners

Octo Telematics, a leading global provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry, announced that Octo Telematics’ North American CEO, Nino Tarantino, was named Influencer of the Year at TU Automotive Detroit.

  • Hall of Fame winners included Andrew Poliak, Bryan Mistele.
  • Best eMobility Product/Service TomTom EV Service.
  • OEM of the Year- Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Rising Star- Arrun Gibson.
  • Newcomer of  Year – Ushr.
  • Best Auto Cybersecurity Product/Service- Karamba SafeCAN.
  • Best ADAS or Autonomous Product/Service for Luminar LIDAR.
  • Best Data/A.I. Product/Service – Mobileye.
  • Best Auto Digital Insurance Product/Service – DriveWell.
  • Best Connected Product/Service for Commercial Market – Nauto.
  • Best Auto Mobility Product/Service – GM.
  • Best Connected Product/Service- – Venaim.

AdaCore Software Dev

AdaCore, with headquarters in New York and Paris, is presenting its latest software development and verification environments for safety-critical applications in Booth #B147 at TU-Automotive Detroit this week. Company personnel are demonstrating how AdaCore products can streamline the production and verification of safe, secure, high-integrity software such as is found in automotive, autonomous, and advanced driver-assistance systems. These products include the QGen qualifiable model-based development and verification toolsuite, which generates code in MISRA-C or the formally analyzable SPARK language, from a safe subset of Simulink® and Stateflow® models; the GNAT Pro Ada, C, and C++ development environments; the SPARK Pro formal methods-based analysis tools; and the CodePeer advanced static analyzer for Ada, which can detect vulnerabilities including several from the SANS/CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors.

AdaCore tools for ADAS, autonomous, and automotive software development and verification include:

The GNAT Pro development environment for Ada, C, and C++, a complete toolset for designing, implementing, and managing applications that demand high reliability and maintainability;
The CodePeer advanced static analysis tool, an automatic Ada code reviewer and validator that can detect and eliminate errors both during development and retrospectively on existing software;
The SPARK Pro verification environment, a toolset based on formal methods and oriented toward high-assurance systems; and,
The QGen model-based development tool suite for safety-critical control systems, providing a qualifiable and customizable code generator and static verifier for Simulink® and Stateflow® models, and a model-level debugger.

AllGo Embedded

The importance of camera-based Driver Monitoring technology has significantly increased following the announcement of Euro NCAP 2020 safety requirements and the recent unfortunate incidents involving autonomous test vehicles. Top tier 1s and automakers are racing to build an agile Driver Monitoring Solution to satisfy these imminent requirements.

AllGo Driver Monitoring solution provides reliable Driver Distraction and Drowsiness detection by using recent advances in deep learning technology and light-weight, highly-optimized implementations on ARM based SoCs. Advanced head pose estimation and gaze detection techniques also enable Augmented Reality HUD integration and innovative HMI concepts.

This solution, which was demonstrated first at CES 2018 on a GPU, is now ported and optimized on ARM based platforms. It works with both IR and RGB Cameras and is designed to work with people of multiple authenticities, genders, ages and expressions. It handles key challenges such as partial occlusions, uneven illuminations and multi angled images. The gaze detection technology works with eyes of all sizes, color and shapes.

### Green Hills Tuxera

Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in embedded safety and security, and Tuxera, the world-leading storage software and networking technology company, have extended their partnership to bring the Tuxera Flash File System to the INTEGRITY® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). The development is driven by the growing demand for secure and reliable storage software in connected cars and other vehicles.


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