In connected car news were Uber, Tesla, James Bond, MIT, DENSO, Airbiquity, Synopsys, Nokia, Bright Machines, Geotab, Hyundai Mobis, Faurecia, Lion, Continental, Nissan and Tactile Mobilty
There is a lawsuit in Arizona claiming that “the state has “failed to make roadways safe, allowing autonomous vehicles to operate on public roadways in an unsafe manner.” The $10 million lawsuit was filed by the family of woman who was killed the Uber self-driving car.
Instead of closing all its stores Tesla will leave more stores open and increase car prices by 3%.
James Bond’s EV
David Craig, portraying James Bond will drive an electric Aston Martin in his next movie, most likely the Rapid E or other vehicle.
Self-Driving Cars Have Trouble with Darker Skin People
Self-driving cars may be more likely to hit you if you have dark skin
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that state-of-the-art object recognition systems are less accurate at detecting pedestrians with darker skin tones.
Crash-testing: The researchers tested eight image-recognition systems (each trained on a standard data set) against a large pool of pedestrian images. They divided the pedestrians into two groups for lighter and darker skin tones according to the Fitzpatrick skin type scale, a way of classifying human skin color.
Color coded: The detection accuracy of the systems was found to be lower by an average of five percentage points for the group with darker skin. This held true even when controlling for time of day and obstructed view.
Under the hood: Through further analysis, the researchers determined that the bias was probably caused by two things: too few examples of dark-skinned pedetrians and too little emphasis on learning from those examples. They say the bias could be mitigated by adjusting both the data and the algorithm.
DENSO Invests $5 Million in Airbiquity
DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, announced it has taken a $5M stake in Seattle-based Airbiquity Inc., a global leader in connected vehicle services and a pioneer in the development of automotive telematics technology. The investment will accelerate the development of over-the-air (OTA) systems for wirelessly updating automotive software from a remote location.
Airbiquity has a successful track record in delivering software products for in-vehicle multimedia products to many automakers and is also known for its ability to ensure security in OTA systems. DENSO will accelerate the development of secure and highly reliable OTA systems in cooperation with Toyota Motor and Toyota Tsusho by harnessing Airbiquity’s engineering capabilities and developmental strengthens and resources.
Renesas Deploys Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation has deployed Synopsys’ Fusion Compiler™ RTL-to-GDSII implementation solution for its high-performance automotive system-on-chips (SoCs) and mission-critical microcontrollers (MCUs) to accelerate broad market access to next-generation automotive designs. Fusion Compiler delivered optimal timing and power quality-of-results (QoR), smaller area, and faster time-to-results (TTR) on multiple production designs during Renesas’ extensive validation process. After successfully realizing the compelling benefits of the solution on initial designs, Renesas is broadly deploying Fusion Compiler to extend the benefits to its automotive design teams. Renesas will join other market-leading semiconductor companies to share its experiences with Fusion Compiler at the Lunch-and-Learn Panel at the Synopsys Users Group (SNUG) Silicon Valley Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center on March 21, 2019.
Fusion Compiler is uniquely architected to enable design teams to achieve the optimal levels of power, performance, and area (PPA) in the most convergent manner to ensure the fastest and most predictable TTR. Built using a single, highly-scalable data model, and based around an analysis backbone that leverages technology from the industry’s golden-signoff analysis tools, Fusion Compiler guarantees that these critical PPA metrics are optimized efficiently and effectively throughout the full RTL-to-GDSII design flow. Fusion Compiler delivers best-in-class PPA through a highly-leveraged optimization framework, resulting in a fully-unified physical synthesis and optimization methodology where industry-leading technologies can be deployed at any point throughout the flow for maximum effect. This groundbreaking approach delivers up to 20 percent better timing, 10-15 percent better total power, and up to 5 percent better area compared to using a traditional combination of front- and back-end tools. Additionally, Fusion Compiler’s novel synthesis engine has been further enhanced to support innovative hierarchical design flows and global design planning methodologies to provide significant productivity gains.
Synopsys Updates LightTools
Synopsys, announced the release of version 8.7 of its LightTools® illumination design software for the modeling, analysis, and optimization of illumination optics. LightTools 8.7 introduces advanced capabilities to help optical designers pinpoint and correct stray light issues—including ghost images and flare—early in the design process. Designers can quickly prototype their opto-mechanical systems, explore the interactions of light with system components, and identify sources of unwanted surface interactions that impact system performance. LightTools stray light analysis is particularly useful for improving the design of next-generation illumination optics used in space-borne telescopes, infrared optical systems, consumer electronics, autonomous vehicles, and AR/VR/MR applications.
The comprehensive toolkit of stray light analysis features in LightTools 8.7 is supported by fast performance, industry-leading accuracy, and efficient workflows. Highlights include:
- Support for the Harvey-Shack and ABg scattering models, as well as a scatter evaluation tool, to simulate highly-polished surfaces. In addition, a new microfacet optical property allows rough surfaces to be precisely modeled using a single, on-axis bidirectional scattering distribution function (BSDF) measurement, greatly reducing measurement costs and time, or by direct measurement of the surface’s slope distribution.
- New receiver filters that track ray-surface interactions and identify contributions from ghosts and flare. These filters can help designers isolate imaging rays or specular and scatter illuminance.
- The Ray Path analysis enhancements that deliver increased performance and provide detailed data to locate ghost images. This data can identify how much unwanted power is incident on a detector, for example, or identify the peak power when looking for distinct ghost images and evaluating a system prone to laser damage.
- Options for specifying a Normalized Power Range to filter analysis results to a subset of ray paths based on the total power collected in each path.
- Scatter aiming enhancements that provide additional flexibility when specifying aim areas, with options for polygonal and surface-based shapes, as well as the ability to position the aim area in global coordinates.
- Contamination scattering for modeling the effects of dust and other particulates that may contaminate optical surfaces, such as mirrors.
BMW i Ventures Invests in Bright Machines
BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Bright Machines, the company delivering intelligent, software-defined manufacturing for the next generation of products. Bright Machines is helping computer, electronic, and automotive brands improve product quality, throughput, and factory optimization, while cutting costs and time to market.
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices worldwide, Bright Machines was founded in 2018 to bring intelligence to the factory, enabling manufacturers to autonomously build physical products. Bright Machines delivers software-defined manufacturing by combining the best in robotics and software with machine learning, computer vision, and data science. Software-Defined Manufacturing brings automation, greater clarity, flexibility and speed to the manufacturing process.
Geotab’s New Device
Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation announced the availability of its new GO9 telematics device. Joining the company’s award-winning suite of fleet management products, the GO9 is Geotab’s newest product designed to help businesses better manage their fleets. With better acceleration tracking, a more accurate GPS, better support for vehicle-generated data and for new vehicle types, Geotab’s GO9 device is designed to enable businesses to drive more information from their fleet.
With increased code space, memory and a more powerful processor, the GO9 enables fleets to do more, allowing for the continued addition of new features such as fuel reports as well as the introduction of add-ins for years to come. Additional new features and benefits include:
- Gyroscope & Enhanced Accelerometer.
- Global Navigation Satellite GNSS module (GLONASS+GPS support).
- Improved Over-the-Air Software Updates & Provisioning.
Hyundai Mobis Invests in Deep Glint
Hyundai Mobis announced on March 13 to push ahead equity investment to build a strategic partnership with China’s Deep Glint, which has key technologies regarding object recognition and behavior pattern analysis utilizing artificial intelligence. The investment is valued at USD 5 million.
Deep Glint is one of the leading Chinese startups in computer vision technology utilizing artificial intelligence. The company is known for its world-class technology in recognizing and analyzing facial, body, and behavior patterns of individuals. The AI-based object recognition and analysis system of Deep Glint is known to be quick and accurate enough to correctly recognize a face of a target person among 1 billion people from a distance of 50m, within 1 second.
This equity investment is to secure in-vehicle facial recognition and behavior pattern analysis technology based on deep learning and an advanced artificial intelligence technology. Through this, Hyundai Mobis is planning to provide personalized connected service of controlling automated selection of music or lighting that best suit the driver and passengers’ needs, which AI identified through recognizing facial expressions. It is expected for vehicle passengers to have new mobility experience as Hyundai Mobis combines its vehicle infotainment technologies with facial recognition and behavior analysis technology of Deep Glint.
Michelin Patners with Faurecia for SYMBIO Hydrogen
Michelin, world leader in tires and sustainable mobility, and Faurecia, technology leader in the automotive industry, announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint venture bringing together all of Michelin’s fuel cell related activities – including its subsidiary Symbio – with those of Faurecia.
SYMBIO, A FAURECIA MICHELIN HYDROGEN COMPANY will be owned equally by Faurecia and Michelin. This French joint venture, built around a unique ecosystem, will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications.
Lion EV Class 8 Truck
It is with customers, partners, industry and market leaders that The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) unveiled its first all-electric Class 8 urban truck this morning. The Lion8 will be commercialized this Fall and the first vehicle will be delivered to Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ).
Lion’s ambassador, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, had the honor of unveiling the all-electric truck. Laurent is an NFL football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, medical graduate and is also President of the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation, which has been traveling onboard Lion’s zero-emission school buses to visit schools during its GET MOVING WITH LDT! tour.
Continental Spins off PassiveBolt
After launching co-pace in 2017, the startup organization of Continental, the company is pleased to announce the organization’s first spin-off company: PassiveBolt. Promoting both intrapreneurship across Continental as well as entrepreneurship, co-pace is designed to tap into future business models and creative concepts outside the confines of traditional corporate structures. The core elements that make up co-pace, the incubator and the co-operation program, are closely linked with a corporate venture capital arm to support entrepreneurs at various stages throughout their journey. These entrepreneurial ideas can come from company employees, as is the case with PassiveBolt’s founder, as well as external startups.
Nissan and Docomo Testing I2V Tech
Nissan and NTT DOCOMO, INC. are putting Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible technology through its field test in a moving vehicle, using DOCOMO’s fifth-generation mobile communications connectivity.
The technology, first revealed at the CES trade show in Las Vegas in January, is being tested at Grandrive, Nissan’s proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan.
Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, is a future Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that merges the real and virtual worlds. By combining information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, it helps drivers “see the invisible” – such as what’s farther down the road, behind a building or around the corner.
I2V also connects drivers and passengers to the Metaverse, a virtual world where people can interact through avatars. Family, friends or others in a remote location can appear inside the car as three-dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to provide company or assistance.
For the field test, the companies are using DOCOMO’s high-speed, large-capacity, low-latency mobile 5G connectivity to transmit avatar data wirelessly into the test vehicle, and in-car camera views from the vehicle, in real time. The test vehicle is based on Nissan’s NV350 Caravan.
The companies will evaluate how the people inside the car and those represented through avatars sense each other’s presence via the user interfaces. The usability of I2V’s interactive communication features will also be assessed.
Nissan and DOCOMO plan to continue their joint field tests and research on I2V technology and its applications, and to offer novel connected-car experiences to customers in the future.
Tactile Mobility, the leading tactile data and sensing company for smart and autonomous vehicles, announced that it has been selected to join the upcoming cycle of Startup Autobahn, Europe’s largest innovation platform powered by Plug and Play. The program provides an interface between industry-leading corporations and innovative tech companies, with a focus on the future of mobility. Tactile Mobility was selected for Program 6 from over 500 applicants following a meticulous screening process by representatives from Daimler, HPE, Plug and Play, University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036, which identified breakthrough technologies in the automotive space.
Winnebago Industries, was honored with the Sustainability Award by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) for its efforts in bringing an all-electric option to a vehicle segment well-known for daily idling and onboard generators. The award was presented to the company at an award ceremony at the industry trade show, RVX: The RV Experience, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 33/38 foot vehicle is powered by a Ford F-53 based EPIC chassis from Motiv Power Systems. The zero-emission vehicle is a platform for mobile medical units, mobile imaging vehicles, mobile preschools, bloodmobiles, bookmobiles and more.
Weather Telematics Inc., has introduced Predictiv RC, the industry-leading advanced micro-scale road conditions platform for safer mobility. Predictiv RC provides unsurpassed accuracy in assessing and managing risks associated with driving in poor road weather conditions. This is a critical solution necessary for the burgeoning autonomous and electric vehicle markets.
Predictiv RC is WTX’s updated global platform that delivers “micro-scale” mapping resolution, ranging from 500 meters to below 200 meters. This unique feature enables Weather Telematics to improve the safety of current connected and electric vehicles while providing the essential data needed to operate autonomous vehicles in all weather conditions.
The platform’s APIs provide historical, current and predictive road weather conditions (dry, wet, snowy, icy) and road weather hazards, including hydroplaning, wind, visibility, hail and lightning. Predictiv RC enables vehicles to navigate safely in dangerous road conditions, predicting conditions 6-hours in advance on any route, with more than 90% accuracy.
For autonomous vehicle OEMs and automotive Tier 1 suppliers, WTX’s Predictiv RC platform assists vehicles’ management of adverse road conditions for safer driving, while predicting road weather conditions ahead of the vehicle to ensure safer route selection.
For electric vehicle manufacturers, Predictiv RC provides essential data needed to accurately assess the battery life, especially in extreme cold and hot weather conditions.
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