Connected Car New: BMW, Iteris, HERE, Volvo, OCTO, Nebula, Rolls Royce & Vonen

In connected car news are BMW, Iteris, HERE, Volvo, OCTO, Nebula, Rolls Royce and Vonen.

BMW Frees CarPlay

BMW is longer charging an $80 annual fee for CarPlay access in its vehicles. “BMW is always looking to satisfy our customers’ needs and this policy change is intended to provide BMW owners with a better ownership experience.”

Iteris  MPO with HERE

Iteris, Inc. the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture,  announced that the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (Hillsborough County MPO) has selected the Iteris ClearGuide™ solution to improve safety and mobility throughout the county.

With real-time and archived traffic data from HERE Technologies – a global leader in mapping and location platform services – the ClearGuide platform will provide Hillsborough County with contextual transportation analytics and data.

Volvo FICO Decision Modeler

Volvo Cars has selected FICO® Decision Modeler to immediately onboard customers to its new Care by Volvo service. The move demonstrates the increasing adoption of advanced decision management technology in the auto finance industry.

Temla Brakes with ANSYS

Telma, the world leader in frictionless braking systems, significantly shortened time to market and optimized product development costs using ANSYS  for three new series of retarders — braking systems that use electromagnetic induction. With ANSYS, Telma decreased the number of prototypes required for validation from 10 to one over the course of a decade — enabling faster development of retarders that reduce fine-particle emissions associated with braking systems by up to 90% while significantly reducing maintenance costs.

Retarders are used in heavy vehicles, mining applications, wind turbines and elevators to dissipate most of the large amounts of energy produced during deceleration. This requires testing and validating the retarders under extreme conditions to ensure the function and safety of the application. With ANSYS, Telma engineers replaced their time-consuming and expensive physical prototyping and testing process with simulation, enabling engineers to better manage the electromagnetical, fluid and structural mechanic phenomena at work. Using ANSYS’ high-fidelity multiphysics simulation solutions to model, simulate and validate these virtual prototypes, Telma significantly reduced costs and accelerated time to market.

Fuel Cells Rolls In

Rolls-Royce and Lab1886, an innovation lab within the Mercedes-Benz group, have taken the first step in cooperation on the use of vehicle fuel cells for stationary power generation. A pilot project has now been agreed between the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, which produces solutions under the MTU brand name, and Lab1886. Over the coming months, Rolls-Royce will develop an integrated MTU solution for sustainable off-grid generation of continuous and emergency power using vehicle fuel cells, focused on safety-critical applications such as data centers.

AWS & Verizon Partner for Edge UW

At AWS re:Invent, AWS, an Amazon.com company, and Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”), announced a partnership that will bring the power of the world’s leading cloud closer to mobile and connected devices at the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Verizon is the first technology company in the world to offer 5G network edge computing, and will use AWS’s new service, AWS Wavelength, to provide developers the ability to deploy applications that require ultra-low latency to mobile devices using 5G. The companies are currently piloting AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s edge compute platform, 5G Edge, in Chicago for a select group of customers, including award-winning, worldwide video game publisher Bethesda Softworks and the National Football League (NFL). Additional deployments are planned in other locations across the U.S. in 2020.

By utilizing AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge, developers will be able to deliver a wide range of transformative, latency-sensitive use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, autonomous industrial equipment, smart cars and cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality. To accomplish this, Verizon 5G Edge provides mobile edge computing and an efficient high-volume connection between users, devices, and applications. AWS Wavelength lets customers deploy the parts of an application that require ultra-low latency to the edge of the network and then seamlessly connect back to the full range of cloud services running in AWS.

5G Demo by Verizon

In a proof-of-concept demonstration in the US, Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, successfully trialed Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, a technology that allows 5G service to run on multiple spectrum bands (the invisible radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over), including those historically reserved for 4G LTE services. When commercially deployed in the near future, this new technology will allow Verizon to use its full portfolio of current spectrum resources to serve both 4G and 5G customers, maximizing their experience on the Verizon network.

OCTO Buys Nebula Systems

OCTO Telematics, the leading global provider in transforming an IoT Big Data set into actionable intelligence, has acquired the entire share capital of Nebula Systems Ltd.

Nebula specialises in the development of advanced cloud technologies for the automotive and connected car industries. This means that its proprietary technologies are now available to make vehicle systems and data more accessible, so that a vehicle’s health, status and operation can be monitored, analysed, diagnosed and maintained, faster and more effectively than ever before – anytime and anywhere.

Vonen’s Shadow Drive Retros Hybrids

Vonnen, a Silicon Valley-based hybrid technology company, has announced its Shadow Drive™ hybrid retrofit system is ofit system is the recipient of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New 2019 Award in the automotive category.

According to the company, retrofit of its Shadow Drive hybrid system extends the utility of existing gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles with dramatic improvements in performance, efficiency and emissions.

Vonnen’s Shadow Drive works by augmenting a vehicle’s existing combustion engine with electric power.  The company has packaged a compact electric motor for fitment between an existing engine and transmission.  According to the company, because the motor fits inside the transmission bellhousing,  installation of the motor is similar to replacing a clutch and typically requires no chassis modifications.  Packaging inside the ubiquitous bellhousing makes Shadow Drive readily portable to different vehicles.

Shadow Drive debuted in 2019, as a performance enhancement for Porsche cars.  It delivers an additional 150 horsepower and 150 lb/ft of torque on top of what the engine is producing from zero rpm through redline and  recharges by capturing energy normally lost as heat to the brakes.   The company is expanding the Shadow Drive line to  augment both performance and efficiency for other makes and models.

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