Connected Car News

In connected car news are Elektrobit, Unex, NoTraffic, HomeLink, VOXX, TomTom and Commsignia.

EB for WM

Elektrobit (EB), a visionary global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry,  announced it provided the software design, development and integration services for Weltmeister (WM) Motor’s first electric vehicle, the WM EX5, a compact sports utility vehicle.

EB was brought in specifically for the design and development of basic software for electronic control units (ECUs) associated with the new vehicle’s communication systems supporting diagnostics and AUTOSAR network management. EB also supplied vehicle software products to support over-the-air (OTA) updates, which were designed at the very beginning of the development of the EX5.//

Unex & NoTraffic

Unex, a leading provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) systems, and NoTraffic, a leader of autonomous traffic management platform which solves today’s traffic challenges while paving the road for connected and autonomous era, are cooperating on integrating V2X with Smart Traffic Management Platform. The AI and computing sensors equipped platform by NoTraffic integrated with Unex’s SOM-301, which provides traffic optimization and information exchange between infrastructure and vehicles through Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications.

Based on Autotalks’ CRATON2/PLUTON2 global V2X chipset capable of DSRC and C-V2X, Unex’s SOM-301 is a self-contained System-on-Module that integrates V2X essential hardware and software components and features Unex’s V2Xcast technology. V2Xcast is an integrated modular framework which provides V2X communication and supports V2X application deployment with flexibility and scalability. In this case, the self-contained V2X System-on-Module enables V2X application on Smart Traffic Management Platform.

New Gentex HomeLink for VOXX

Gentex Corporation  recently began shipping the latest version of its HomeLink car-to-home automation system to VOXX Electronics Corporation for sale in the automotive aftermarket. The system consist of a Bluetooth-enabled automatic-dimming mirror with integrated buttons that can be programmed to operate a myriad of radio frequency and cloud-based home automation devices.

Gentex’s HomeLink is the industry’s most widely used and trusted car-to-home automation system, with over 100 million HomeLink-equipped vehicles on the road today around the world.

The new aftermarket HomeLink system consists of a Gentex automatic-dimming mirror that comes integrated with three programmable buttons that can operate virtually any type of home automation device. It utilizes two transmission modes: radio frequency to activate entry-critical appliances such as garage doors and security gates, and cloud-based wireless transmission to operate home lighting, thermostats, smart outlets, security systems, and other IOT devices.

New TomTom APIs

TomTom, [TOM2] the location technology specialist, today announced the launch of two new APIs for developers to help build applications for electric mobility. The TomTom Long Distance EV Routing API and the TomTom EV Charging Stations Availability API are new to the already extensive range of tools TomTom offers to developers who build an application for electric vehicle drivers – enabling a reliable and stress-free driving experience.

TomTom, winner of the TaaS Technology Award 2019 for outstanding electric vehicle technology innovation, offers tools to develop applications for electric vehicle drivers. For example, with the TomTom Routing API it is easy to calculate the actual reachable range of electric vehicles and to find the most energy efficient route – taking into account vehicle and road network characteristics as well as traffic patterns.

The new Long Distance EV Routing API allows users to route from A to B beyond one charge. The routing algorithm, specifically designed to optimize travel time, calculates the route including stops to charge, displaying an estimated arrival time that also considers the charging time. The second new API, EV Charging Stations Availability API, provides information about the availability of the charging stations per plug type, making sure the driver knows before arrival whether a charging point is available for use or not.

Commsignia V2X Funding

Commsignia, Inc., a market leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) solutions, announced the closing of a $11 million fundraising round led by Karma Ventures and the Samsung Catalyst Fund, together with Partech, Inventure, and existing investors Credo Ventures and Day One Capital. The company will strengthen its R&D capabilities and team for customer engagements to remain at the forefront of V2X innovations.

V2X is the base technology for creating Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which improves road safety and traffic efficiency by using remote sensor data from other vehicles, infrastructure cameras and other sources to allow cars to see beyond their line of sight. V2X technologies enable drivers as well as self-driving vehicles to make safety decisions on the spot.

Commsignia is helping to build safer and more efficient everyday driving, as well as providing communication network for the next-generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem, offering cutting-edge vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies. Commsignia technologies connect vehicles with each other and the smart city infrastructure to enable autonomous vehicle functions while making everyday driving safer and more efficient.

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