Connected Cars: Waze, GM, Savari, AutonomouStuff, Cosworth, ON, Marvell, TomTom, Webasto & Mistubishi

In connected car news this week for Waze, GM, Savari, AutonomouStuff, Cosworth, ON, Marvell, TomTom, Webasto, FF, American Axle & Manufacturing, UQM and Mistubishi.

Super Cruising for All GM Vehicles

GM’s semi-autonomous highway Super Cruise will be in all GM vehicles starting in 2020. More Cadillac models will have vehicle-to-everything  V2X technology in the 2010s, noted GM’S Mark Reuss at ITS America.

New Savari RSUs

Savari, Inc., announced the development of its third-generation roadside unit (RSU), the StreetWAVE™ 2000. Expected to sample in Q4 of this year, the StreetWAVE 2000 will be Savari’s first “bridge” device that will incorporate both dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) radios simultaneously to ensure maximum adaptability for Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Featuring the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, the Savari SW-2000 RSU becomes one of the first solutions based on the C-V2X chipset for direct communications operating in the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum, and it is the latest example of the company’s efforts in delivering advanced solutions for connected vehicles and smart cities. The Qualcomm 9150 CV2X chipset solution is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Hexagon AB Acquires AutonomouStuff

Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital solutions, announces the acquisition of AutonomouStuff, one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated autonomous vehicle solutions.

Founded in 2010, US-based AutonomouStuff is pioneering turn-key platforms for autonomous vehicle development, robotics and data intelligence innovation. Its turn-key platforms, which utilise a robust portfolio of technologies, are deployed in pilot programs worldwide – representing more than 2,500 customers in the automotive and technology sectors across Silicon Valley, America, Europe, and Asia.

Cosworth AliveDrive Contractis Total $440M

Cosworth, the leading designer and manufacturer of high performance engines and end-to-end automotive technologies, t solidified its leadership position as the most trusted and innovative “Car of the Future” platform provider to Tier-1 auto OEMs by announcing record backlog of over $440 million across long-term contracts through 2026. To date, more than 100,000 cars are on the road in the U.S. equipped with Cosworth-patented AliveDrive technology that integrates camera sensor, vehicle dynamics data and data analytics software.

TomTom & ParkWhiz

TomTom  announced that it has teamed up with ParkWhiz, a leading provider of parking services. ParkWhiz will provide TomTom with access to one of the largest databases of dedicated public parking facilities for the United States and Canada. By integrating the parking information with its highly detailed and accurate maps, TomTom enables end users of its location products to quickly find and navigate to parking destinations.

TomTom will also provide reservation capability, allowing drivers to view, reserve, and pay for parking from the comfort of their vehicle. This will facilitate an end-to-end parking service, equipping drivers with the service needed to finalize their parking experience.

Anodot Integrated into Waze

Anodot, the autonomous analytics company, today announced that Waze, the world’s leading crowdsourced traffic and navigation app, will be integrating Anodot’s real-time anomaly detection platform across its system. With over 100 million monthly active users worldwide, Waze is leveraging Anodot‘s autonomous analytics solution to improve app performance by identifying potential pitfalls before they affect users. This ensures better suggestions for routes and faster identification of glitches that could impact to usage.

Using machine learning, Anodot detects any drop in app performance, seamlessly correlating this data with other relevant metrics to present the full story for any business incident in a way that the Waze team can recognize and act upon. It’s not easy. For starters, each country and metropolitan area has its own usage patterns. Metrics are also affected by seasonal factors, the month, the day of the week, even special occasions like holidays and other events. All of these factors influence how drivers use the Waze platform, and the data that help Waze users plan their journeys.

Webasto Buys AeroVironment EES

Webasto Group, one of the 100 leading suppliers to the automotive industry worldwide, and AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications and tactical missile systems (TMS), announced Webasto’s agreement to acquire AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business segment for $35 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments and indemnification agreements. Webasto will retain all existing EES employees, while strengthening its long-term E-mobility strategy.

Bernards General Contracts for FF

Faraday Future (FF) announced that Bernards, a commercial builder located in San Fernando, California, will serve as the general contractor for the 1M square foot FF factory in Hanford, California.

The Hanford factory is a turn-key facility, strategically sited between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. This marks a significant step forward for FF in its mission to deliver FF 91, its first production vehicle, to market by the end of 2018. FF has received the permit from the city government of Hanford for its onsite work to begin construction, prior to manufacturing and delivering the first FF 91.

AA&M AWD for Caddy XT4

When the Cadillac XT4 goes on sale later this year, driveline technology from American Axle & Manufacturing  will help provide exceptional vehicle efficiency while still allowing for the added functionality of all-wheel drive (AWD).

The vehicle’s twin clutch AWD system features an AAM Power Transfer Unit (PTU) that allows the driver to decouple the driveshaft and rear axle to reduce drivetrain losses when not in AWD mode. This system enables the driver to select AWD mode when needed or have similar fuel economy to front wheel drive models when not needed.

UQM for Green4U

Green4U Technologies, Inc., an electric vehicle (EV) and EV technologies provider, announces an agreement with UQM Technologies Inc. to provide UQM automotive propulsion eDrive systems for Green4U’s upcoming EVs such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans suitable for both commercial fleet and consumer use.

The initial order is for drivetrains comprising UQM’s PP135 automotive propulsion system and a UQM-sourced single-speed transmission. Green4U engineers will use this system to drive a variety of EV models as it begins real-world testing. The company anticipates starting EV production in 2019.

XL Vans for Seatttle, LA and Long Beach

XL, the leader in connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets,  announced it is upfitting a combined 38 hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric trucks and vans for the City of Seattle, Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach to improve fleet efficiency, increase MPG and reduce CO2 emissions. The municipalities expect to see a 25 percent increase in MPG on hybrid electric models and a 50 percent MPG increase in plug-in hybrid electric models compared to their standard gasoline fleet vehicles. The orders represent the first hybrid electric cargo and passenger van purchases for Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach.

ON Semi Ulttr-Low Noise LDO

ON Semiconductor driving energy efficient innovations, has announced a new range of ultra-low noise LDO regulators with the industry’s best power supply rejection ratio (PSRR), enabling better performance in noise sensitive analog designs. The new NCP16x series, along with the AEC-Q100 qualified NCV81x automotive variants, delivers improved performance in applications such as automotive ADAS image sensor modules, portable devices and wireless applications – including 802.11ad WiGig, Bluetooth and WLAN.

The NCP16x series comprises four devices with a wide input voltage range from 1.9 to 5.5 volts (V) to support a variety of end applications. Output current of 250 milliamperes (mA), 450 mA and 700 mA in a common package footprint enable easy scalability of designs. Ultra-high PSRR of 98 decibels (dB) blocks unwanted power supply noise from reaching sensitive analog circuits, while ultra-low noise of 6.5 microvolts (uV) RMS eliminates the need for additional output capacitance.

NCP16x devices are available in TSOP-5, XDFN-4 and WLCSP-4. NCV816x Automotive variants are available in TSOP-5 and XDFN-4. All are suitable for modern high-density designs.

Marvell Highly Efficient Wireless Modules

Marvel, a leader in storage, networking, and connectivity semiconductor solutions today introduced the industry’s first high-efficiency wireless 802.11ax solution with 2×2 plus 2×2 concurrent dual Wi-Fi®, dual-mode Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy and 802.11p for connected vehicles. The new 88Q9098 combo solution enables gigabit-level performance, superior reliability, and enhanced security for the car and extends Marvell’s leadership in providing comprehensive 802.11ax solutions. Marvell’s innovative concurrent dual Wi-Fi architecture sets a new technology precedent, integrating two complete Wi-Fi subsystems into a single SoC, and enabling two independent 2×2 data streams to run concurrently and at full throughput. One use case demanding this capability is when one Wi-Fi radio is dedicated to mobile phone projection while the other is streaming video to and from mobile/accessory devices in the car. The 88Q9098 enables reuse of a single solution across infotainment and telematics applications, delivering market-leading multimedia streaming, secure over-the-air updates, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and hot-spot functionality

Freightliner Fully Electrified

Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles, a Freightliner eCascadia™ heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck today, during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day here. Freightliner plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers later this year for further testing under real-world operating conditions.

Both electrified Freightliner models are designed to fit specific applications, carefully identified through an extensive co-creation process with customers. The goal is to build and deliver commercial electric vehicles that support the business and sustainability goals of our customers.

Mitsubishi Efficient LED Headlights

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation  announced  that it has developed a compact and highly luminous optical module for LED headlights using a unique system that simply combines a converging lens and projecting lens for more efficient LED headlights. Even though the new system measures only 20 millimeters high it achieves 180 percent luminous efficiency, which is equivalent to larger 40 millimeters to 60 millimeters projecting lenses. Optimal light-distribution control and design flexibility enhance driving safety and ease while lowering energy consumption, making the module an ideal solution for next-generation smart mobility.


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