Connected Car News: Luxoft, LG, LG Power, EVGo, Green Hills Software, NXP, TransPower, Cerence & Microsoft

In Connected Car News were Luxoft, LG, LG Power, EVGo, Green Hills Software, NXP, TransPower, Cerence and Microsoft.

Luxoft & LG

Luxoft, and LG Electronics (LG)  announced that they will form an automotive joint venture to advance the deployment of production-ready digital cockpit, in-vehicle infotainment, rear-seat entertainment (RSE) and ride-hailing systems based on the webOS Auto platform.

The JV will bring together one of the industry’s most innovative automotive software engineering providers with one of the world’s leading innovators in technology and home entertainment.

Luxoft will lead the deployment of webOS Auto platform in production-ready systems in automotive by contributing its global delivery network and its engineering at-scale delivery organization.

Automakers and their key partners, fleet operators, and shared mobility services providers can already deploy webOS Auto to large-scale series production systems, including:

  • Digital Cockpit systems;
  • Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) for traditional needs;
  • Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) with ride-hailing mode; and
  • Cabin and center stack display for ride-hailing systems.

It is anticipated that the JV will commence operations in the first quarter of 2020. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

LG Power Buys EVgo

LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner,announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of EVgo, the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast charging network for electric vehicles (“EVs”).

TomTom is supplying Subaru’s all-new infotainment platform with TomTom Maps, as well as navigation software and a new navigation user interface, allowing drivers to plan their journeys with ease, and enjoy a comfortable and safer drive. DENSO, the leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, is the Tier 1 system provider.

Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive, comments: “We’re delighted that Subaru has chosen to continue working with TomTom, demonstrating our commitment to continuous innovation and uncompromising quality, and offering Subaru drivers a fantastic navigation experience.”

Green Hills Software Expands to NXP

Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in embedded safety and security,  announced it has expanded its Green Hills Platform for Secure Gateway to include the new S32G Vehicle Network Processor from NXP® Semiconductors. The platform combines the newly-announced and segment-defining S32G Vehicle Network Processor with Green Hills Software products and services which include: ASIL-certified INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS), INTEGRITY Multivisor® secure virtualization and integrated MULTI® development suite. The platform enables global carmakers and their suppliers to add new levels of safe and secure performance while mixing applications with differing ASIL certification levels, including open source environments such as Linux, to power the next generation of central gateways and domain controllers in production vehicle programs.

Meritor Buys TransPower

Meritor, Inc.  announced that it has acquired all the outstanding common shares of Transportation Power, Inc. (“TransPower”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to welcome TransPower to the Meritor family as we continue providing our customers with sophisticated electric drivetrain solutions,” said Jay Craig, Meritor’s CEO and president. “This acquisition enables us to further position the company as a premier supplier of electrification technologies for commercial vehicles.”

With the addition of TransPower’s product portfolio, Meritor advances its M2022 priorities through increased investment in next-generation technologies. It also further establishes the value of Meritor’s Blue HorizonTM brand, which represents the company’s emerging platform of advanced technologies centered on electrification.

TransPower, a California-based company, supplies integrated drive systems, full electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems to major manufacturers of trucks, school buses, refuse vehicles and terminal tractors. The company has been focused exclusively on developing electrical drive solutions since its inception in 2010.

Cerence & Microsoft

Cerence Inc.  AI for a world in motion, today announced it is working with Microsoft to integrate Cerence Drive products with the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP).

This new integration is part of Cerence’s ongoing commitment to delivering a superior user experience in the car through interoperability across voice-powered platforms and operating systems. Automakers developing their connected vehicle solutions on MCVP can now benefit from Cerence’s industry-leading conversational AI, in turn delivering a seamless, connected, voice-powered experience to their drivers.

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