Connected Car News with @CES Twist: Trandsdev, Honda, ZF, NXP, Cognata, NIO, TeleNav & TomTom

On Sunday we at AUTO Connected Car usually round up embedded chips and connected car news tips—many of the tips this week are things we missed announced during CES. Connected car companies in the news include Transdev, Honda, Nuesoft, LG, Microsoft, ZF, NXP, Cognata, NIO, Visa, TeleNav, TomTom, Lear, Hyundai, Kia, Molex and Visteon

Transdev Partners with ZF and Torc

Transdev, is partnering with ZF, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, and e.GO, the manufacturer of electric vehicles. Together, the partners are developing a new shared autonomous mobility solution by integrating the e.GO Mover shuttle with the Autonomous Transport System by Transdev.

Torc Robotics, a leading autonomous technology provider, and Transdev, operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, are partnering on a fully autonomous shuttle platform. The partners are integrating Torc’s L4 Asimov self-driving software into the i-Cristal’s embedded intelligence system.

Torc is licensing its Asimov self-driving software stack and sensor suite architecture for the i- Cristal autonomous shuttle.

Honda Payments and Rewards

ConnectedTravel, a connected vehicle platform and application services company, announced the launch of its mobile infotainment, commerce, and rewards platform and the debut of the automotive industry’s first consumer application system to gamify the driving and riding experience. The ConnectedTravel platform and prototype Honda Dream Drive were shown at CES.

The voice controlled user interface offers a range of search, reservation, ordering and purchasing services integrated with Honda’s in-vehicle payment technology. Drivers are able to  find and pay for goods and services such as fuel, food, coffee, movie tickets and parking.

The system has also been developed to reward both drivers and passengers for using Honda Dream Drive with points and rewards earned by engaging in a variety of in-vehicle activities.


Neusoft Reach  released three new products three new products at CES, including V-NeX, ADAS/ADS domain controller, and NeuSAR.

The V-NeX, released jointly with the leading commercial vehicle company Foton, is the first automotive-grade V2X terminal launched internationally in China.

Neusoft Reach’s ADAS/ADS Domain controller in collaboration with Xilinx, provides autonomous-driving and automated parking features up to L3, which is a Gen III ADAS/ADS product of Neusoft Reach. The product conforms to the regulation of commercial vehicles in China and meets the requirements of C-NCAP, and it also considers the requirements in Euro-NCAP 2025 roadmap.

NeuSAR is the operating system software platform independently developed by Neusoft Reach for intelligent connected vehicles. Based on AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform, NeuSAR consists of basic software modules and development tools suite to build the E/E architecture for next generation automobiles. NeuSAR is designed for high performance and high bandwidth communication ECUs, such as Level 3+ (SAE) domain controller, vehicle central computing unit and V2X. NeuSAR supports POXIS operating system, service discovery based communication mechanism, dynamic application deployment for vehicle control system, and OTA update. NeuSAR has comprehensive safety and security mechanisms to ensure the vehicle safety and reliability.

LG Partners with Microsoft

LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft are collaborating to enhance and further grow LG’s autonomous vehicle and infotainment system business. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, LG will accelerate the transformation of its digital platform for the vehicle industry, seen as key growth engines for the company, by leveraging Microsoft’s Azure cloud and artificial intelligence technologies along with LG’s future self-driving software developments.

LG will apply Microsoft’s AI knowhow to its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Driver-Status Monitoring Camera (DSM) and Multi-Purpose Front Camera products and incorporate Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant Solution Accelerator in LG’s infotainment systems. And with Azure Data Box service, data captured on the road can be uploaded automatically to create a library that helps the self-driving software grow even smarter.

ZF Partners with Microsoft

ZF has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to establish one of the most comprehensive digital cloud platforms in the automotive market. The strategic cooperation puts ZF in a position to offer digital services in the areas of automated driving, vehicle motion control, integrated safety and electromobility. The products range from fleet management solutions to predictive maintenance applications and process automation based on the ZF Cloud

NXP Works with Kalray

NXP Semiconductors nnounced a new strategic partnership with Kalray, a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems. The partnership will combine NXP’s scalable portfolio of functional safety products for ADAS and Central Compute with Kalray’s high-performance intelligent MPPA (Massively Parallel Processor Array) processors. The new platform is significant because it addresses the performance, safety and near-term commercial needs of levels 2 and 3 driving with an eye to longer-term release in level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles. The collaboration also aims to take on the safety shortcomings of today’s pilots and experimental offerings in the autonomous development space.  

Dassault & Cognata Partner

Dassault Systèmes and Cognata, Ltd. announced  that they are partnering to embed Cognata’s Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Suite into Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The partnership will provide a first-of-its-kind solution for autonomous vehicle makers to define, test and experience autonomous driving throughout the development cycle within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This will make a fully integrated autonomous vehicle development process resulting in faster, more accurate and safer autonomous vehicles on the road.

NIO and Mobileye

NIO and Mobileye signed a MOU for a strategic partnership to jointly develop L4 autonomy using the Mobileye solution portfolio for NIO USA vehicles by 2019. As part of the partnership, NIO engineering will develop and deliver for NIO customers unique L4 features, built leveraging the Mobileye platform in conjunction with other sensors and technologies.

Visa Payments for SiriusXM

Visa and SiriusXM Connected Vehicles Services announced at CES their plan for a new in-vehicle payment solution. The SiriusXM e-wallet is being designed to integrate into the dashboard and will allow drivers and their passengers to complete and make purchases for everyday tasks on-the-go: shop and pay for coffee, find and pre-pay for gas, locate and pay for parking, purchase movie tickets, seamlessly pay tolls, and more.

Telenav Alexa Integration

Telenav, announced it is integrating Amazon Alexa into its automotive navigation system offering. The customized turnkey solution combines Telenav’s deep automotive experience and world-class navigation system with the cloud-based voice service from Amazon, expanding users’ touch points beyond home and smartphone to connected vehicles. The collaboration will result in a tailored, voice-forward experience, where the touch user experience and Alexa are seamlessly integrated, providing a superior in-car experience.

TomTom New Tech

TomTom revealed new technologies for autonomous driving, with the launch of TomTom AutoStream map delivery service that enables vehicles to build a horizon for the road ahead by streaming the latest map data from the TomTom cloud. TomTom also announced MotionQ, a unique predictive driving concept to ensure the comfort of passengers in self-driving transport.

TomTom AutoStream has launched with two initial partners: Baidu and Zenuity, while TomTom MotionQ can be seen in the new Rinspeed Snap, a robo-taxi concept vehicle, which is revealed for the first time at CES.

TomTom and Qualcomm have announced that they are working together to demonstrate new location technologies for autonomous driving – specifically, fusing the TomTom HD (high definition) Map, with camera technologies and GPS data from the Qualcomm Drive Data Platform, to power highly precise and reliable localisation for connected car applications and autonomous vehicles.

Lear Partners with Hyundai-Kia for EXO

Lear Corporation  a global leader in automotive technology,  announced it has signed Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) as the first development partner in its EXO Technology Partnership Program.

Lear’s EXO high accuracy vehicle positioning technology is a proprietary Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) solution designed to meet the demands of the automotive industry and drive change through increased accuracy, reliability and functional safety in vehicle positioning.

EXO Technology provides best-in-class performance by combining near-instant positioning and high accuracy without the need for base stations, and it does so in some of the most challenging weather and urban canyon environments. The cloud-computing and software-based technology enables the safe deployment of advanced autonomous mobility solutions by working with standard automotive GNSS receivers to deliver fast, centimeter-level accuracy anywhere on the globe.

Hyundai WayRay AR

Hyundai Motor Group, in collaboration with WayRay AG, hunveiled the world’s first Holographic Augmented Reality (AR) Navigation System equipped in the Genesis G80 at CES 2019.

GM EV Charging Networks

General Motors will collaborate with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots, three of the nation’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to enable access to the largest collective electric vehicle charging network in the United States, including more than 31,000 charging ports. GM plans to aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks so owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV can have a more seamless charging experience with their GM vehicles.

Edge Computing and Voice for Molex

Molex is expanding its autonomous and connected vehicle capabilities by working with Accenture and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring edge computing and voice assistant capabilities to the Molex Automotive Ethernet Network Platform. These new digital enhancements to the Platform offer essential autonomous vehicle performance and communication functionality for automotive OEMs.

Green Hills Software and Qualcomm

Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in embedded safety and security, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated), announced their efforts to support global automakers and Tier-1 suppliers with purpose-built, scalable solutions, designed to support a safe, secure consolidation of Android and Linux-based infotainment processing with critical ASIL-certified vehicle services into a single multicore-based electronic control unit (ECU). As a part of the relationship, Green Hills is working with Qualcomm Technologies to feature the Green Hills INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS), INTEGRITY Multivisor™ secure virtualization, and integrated MULTI® ASIL D-qualified software development environment as part of the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platforms. Designed with a focus on production-readiness and consolidation of diverse safety and security requirements, customers can quickly and confidently design, develop and deploy these high performance, complex next-generation automotive systems.

Visteon & Microsoft

Visteon Corporation, a leading automotive cockpit technology company, is enhancing its DriveCore Studio™ autonomous driving development environment through software from Microsoft Corp. that maximizes the power and scalability of the cloud.

DriveCore Studio – part of Visteon’s DriveCore autonomous driving platform – now allows developers to tap into Microsoft Azure cloud, Microsoft’s global, hyper-scale intelligent cloud, to develop, test and validate algorithms. With global coverage from data center regions worldwide, the Microsoft solution brings highly scalable levels of processing power to DriveCore Studio™, allowing automakers and developers to securely meet the computing demands of Level 3-plus autonomous systems.

EyesSight for Samsung

EyeSight, a leading provider of edge-based computer vision solutions, announced today that it was teaming up with Samsung Electronics. The deal will integrate Eyesight’s advanced AI computer-vision Driver Monitoring software into Samsung’s software for its in-cabin camera solution, creating the most advanced fully-integrated Driver Monitoring System for installation by car manufacturers.

Eyesight and Samsung’s Driver Monitoring System monitors a driver’s gaze direction, pupil dilation, eye openness, blink rate and head position using Eyesight’s proprietary Computer Vision algorithms to detect levels of drowsiness and distraction. A car manufacturer can decide what to do next: it can sound an alarm to alert the driver, suggest a rest, or activate more self-driving features.

The new Driver Monitoring bundled hardware and software solution will offer advanced capabilities and quick time to market for the carmakers and Tier-1 manufacturers.

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