Connected Car News: Vector, Keysight, ENGIE, AFC, Alto, Hyundai Mobis, Parkopedia, Moovit, Autoliv, Iteris & HyreCar

In connected car news this week were Vector, Keysight, ENGIE, AFC, Alto, Hyundai Mobis, Parkopedia, Moovit, Autoliv, Iteris and HyreCar.

Driverlesss Groceries Delivered in Boston

Stop & Shop announced that it will launch driverless grocery vehicles in the Greater Boston area beginning in Spring 2019. The vehicles will bring a selection of Stop & Shop produce as well as meal kits and convenience items directly to consumers, so they can shop right at their doorsteps. Part of an engagement with San Francisco-based startup Robomart, the vehicles will address consumers’ desires to select their own fresh produce when shopping via online or mobile and will deliver an even more convenient grocery shopping experience for Stop & Shop customers in the Boston area. The engagement will also offer the potential for Stop & Shop to expand beyond its existing brick-and-mortar footprint.

Vector VN4610 for ECU Readiness

Vector is presenting the VN4610 network interface – its first special solution for IEEE-802.11p and CAN-(FD) based applications. As an interface to the CANoe.Car2x test tool, the interface advances 802.11p-based ECUs to production readiness quickly.

The VN4610 is a network interface with a USB interface for accessing IEEE-802.11p and CAN-(FD) networks. Users benefit from the ease of receiving and sending IEEE-802.11p messages in implementing their Car2x-/V2X applications. The received IEEE-802.11p messages are transferred to the application time-synchronous to the CAN-(FD) messages. The built-in GNSS receiver provides the GNSS time and the current GNSS position.

The VN4610 satisfies all technical hardware requirements for safely testing DSRC applications over IEEE-802.11p radio channels. It routes all received messages from the two radio channels, unfiltered, to a test tool such as CANoe.Car2x for analysis. The advantage for the developer is that messages can be analyzed which would be rejected by an ECU due to timing, geo information or Car2x/V2X protocol errors. In addition, latency measurements can also be performed because the time stamps of messages are synchronized to the bus channels.

Keysight Partnerships & New Office

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, is now a member of the CharIN e.V. association which speeds the advancement of the Combined Charging System (CCS) for battery powered vehicles.

Keysight has also opened a new automotive customer center in Nagoya, Japan. This is another in a series of automotive customer centers established by Keysight, including facilities in Michigan, United States, Boeblingen, Germany, and Shanghai, China.

NACTOY Winners Announced

After hundreds of hours of test drives, research and evaluation by independent jurors, the Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona/Kona EV and Ram 1500 were revealed as the winners of the 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

ENGIE Provide Services for Elelectrify America

ENGIE Insight, a leading energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Electrify America to provide utility expense, data management and rate monitoring and optimization solutions. On a mission to be a catalyst for promoting Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) adoption by offering transformative, customer-centric infrastructure and energy management solutions, Electrify America is investing $2 billion over a 10-year period in ZEV infrastructure, education/outreach, and access/exposure, representing the largest commitment of its kind to date in the U.S.

AFC Fuel-Cell Based EV Charger

AFC Energy , the industrial fuel cell power company, announced the successful deployment of CH2ARGETM, the world’s first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The breakthrough by the UK-based energy technology company could enable 100% clean

electricity for future EV charging.

Alto in Dallas

Alto, a new Dallas-based on-demand rides service, launched in Dallas, focused on safety and hospitality.

The company employs its drivers and manages a dedicated fleet. The service is a members-only experience. Alto members control the in-car experience, A.K.A. the “vibe” — from the music to climate.

Alto’s end-to-end experience is built on delivering safety and hospitality. Employee drivers are rigorously vetted, trained and performance-managed. The company manages its own fleet of new, 5-star crash rated SUVs, which they clean and maintain daily. Alto’s app enables customers and drivers to control their experience. With a touch of the app, the Alto car lights up for easy identification as a member approaches. To protect drivers, the app notifies the driver when their passenger is in range, so drivers can unlock their doors only for their customer.

5G from Hyundai Mobis

On January 17, Hyundai Mobis and KT announced that they launched 5G communication in the Hyundai Mobis proving ground in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do, and began to develop connected vehicle technology by actively utilizing this network. KT built the infrastructure in the Seosan proving ground so that Hyundai Mobis can aim to gain early advantage in leveraging the 5G-based connected vehicle technology.

Parkopedia for Merecedez-Benz

Parkopedia, the world’s leading parking services provider, announced that its comprehensive suite of parking services has been extended to include the complete range of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The parking service is now available in all head units as part of the Mercedes COMAND Online Navigation system or can be purchased as an additional service to the Navigation system 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 providing the service to new Mercedes-Benz cars, Parkopedia’s parking service will be made available in legacy vehicles that have been on the road for up to 3 years. In addition to launching in passenger cars, the Parkopedia service will also be available via the app.

Moovit GoTo MaaS

Moovit integrates GoTo Mobility to offer commuters a complete Mobility as a Service (MaaS) experience.

GoTo Mobility is a vehicle sharing technology platform that powers mobility operators in 13 cities around the world. GoTo’s customers’ Autotel’s free floating and CAR2GO’s one way and round-trip car sharing services now appear in the Moovit app, allowing commuters to access shared cars and enjoy a full range of mobility options in Israel. This is just the first step of integrating the services that GoTo Mobility powers around the world, with more to follow.

Cox Pivets

Six months after the formation of a new business unit focused on enabling next-generation transportation, the Cox Automotive Mobility Group unveils a distinct brand to illustrate the division’s integrated solution of forward-looking fleet services. Constructed to include both physical locations and mobile vehicle management solutions, Pivet connects industry-leading Cox Automotive brand Manheim and national mobile car care company RideKleen, as well as other trusted providers, to enable end-to-end services for every fleet. Pivet embodies the broader vision of the mobility future the Cox Automotive Mobility Group will lead, grounded in the art and science of moving people.

Autoliv Scores Safety Score App

Autoliv, Inc.  the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, today introduced Safety Score by Autoliv, a smartphone application with the goal to make people of all ages become safer drivers.

Once downloaded and when active, Safety Score monitors real-time driver behaviors and compares it against Autoliv’s proprietary data algorithms and known causes of accidents and provides the user with a personalized 3-digit safe driver score. The higher the score the more safe-driving behaviors the driver exhibited over an array of data points including turning, acceleration, braking, speed and distractions. The app also collects and compares data on weather, type of roads driven on, time of day and trip duration.

DropCar Enhances Turo

DropCar Inc., a provider of last mile logistics technology, mobility services and cloud based software for both the automotive industry and consumers, announced a deal with Turo, a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace. DropCar’s mobility cloud services will provide Turo customers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Washington D.C. and Newark, New Jersey an enhanced vehicle pick-up and drop-off through DropCar’s software and managed services platforms.

Iteris Partners with Cisco Connected Roadway

Iteris, Inc.  the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced a strategic partnership with Cisco that will promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution through several initiatives between the two companies.

Iteris and Cisco have deployed an edge-processing internet-of-things (IoT) solution with the City of Las Vegas that will combine data feeds from the Iteris Vantage Next video detection platform with the Cisco Kinetic software solution to analyze multimodal data from vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians for a number of high-value use cases to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Pedestrian safety and connected vehicle applications in particular will be highlighted throughout the collaborative program, which will include a demonstration at the Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator during this week’s The Innovator’s Forum in Las Vegas.

Foretellix Funded

Foretellix, a high profile Israeli based start-up automating the verification and measurable safety of autonomous vehicles, announced it has closed $14M of series-A funding. Led by 83North, Jump Capital, and Nextgear Ventures, the investment will accelerate Foretellix’s development, customer programs and deployment of its coverage driven verification solution. The company has now raised over $16M since it was founded.


HyreCar Inc.  the online carsharing marketplace for ridesharing,  announced that HyreCar will engage with dealers and OEM manufacturers at the National Automobile Dealers Association (“NADA”) Convention in San Francisco, California from January 24th through January 27th, 2019, Booth 7444W.

Mary Kay Pink Cadillacs Ride on Freeway of SD Love

If the wheels on a Mary Kay pink Cadillac could talk, they would say, “50 years and we’re still driven!” As those iconic, traffic-stopping pink Cadillacs roll into San Diego, Calif., for the top beauty brand’s annual U.S. Leadership Conference, more than 6,000 Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors will kick off a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mary Kay pink Cadillac and the company’s U.S. Career Car Program.

The 2019 Mary Kay pink Cadillac is on display at the company’s annual U.S. Leadership Conference held Jan. 16-23 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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