Connected Car News: Brigrade, Arm’s SOAFEE & carVertical

In connected car news are Brigrade, Arm’s SOAFEE and carVertical.

Brigrade’s 4G Cloud

Market-leading provider of vehicle safety systems Brigade Electronics has launched its fully managed 4G cloud service for vehicle CCTV, BRIDGE, to the US market.

Vehicle CCTV (or Mobile Digital Recorders) has proved valuable for fleet operators with many choosing to equip their vehicles with the technology to improve safety, support driver training and prevent fraudulent claims.

Having access to recorded footage from vehicles and machinery offers numerous benefits to companies. These include protection from ‘crash for cash’ claims, helping to deter vandalism, offering peace of mind to passengers, encouraging driver best practice and providing irrefutable evidence in the event of accidents and legal proceedings.

Brigade’s MDR range of four and eight-channel DVR recorders includes models with Wi-Fi and/or 4G connectivity, allowing data to be accessed from the recorder without having to physically enter the vehicle. Brigade’s new BRIDGE Cloud Service takes full advantage of this connectivity by providing a fully managed service for 4G enabled systems so that operators no longer have to set up and maintain their own servers, manage SIMs or handle mobile data.

Having remote access provides many benefits when operating an MDR system. These include:

  • Playback of historical footage and metadata stored on the vehicle MDR
  • Live vehicle tracking
  • A live view of the vehicle cameras and metadata, such as speed, G-force and activated triggers
  • Various footage download capabilities, including automatically saving footage either side of an alarm being activated
  • Geo-fencing function, which notifies the fleet manager when the vehicle enters/exits a predefined area.
  • Fleet manager triggers, which send automatic email notifications and can be triggered for a variety of reasons, including accidents, speeding, HDD errors and video tampering

Utilizing Machine to Machine IoT connected SIM cards, which offers greater data priority over a standard phone SIM card, Brigade’s BRIDGE provides fleet operators with uninterrupted access to data regardless of network traffic.

Corey Heniser, CEO of Brigade Electronics INC, said:

“The addition of the BRIDGE Cloud Service will help streamline data management for fleet operators, enabling them to solve issues quickly and improve communications between managers and drivers.”

Arm Announces SOAFEE

Arm, in collaboration with leaders across the automotive supply chain, announced it is delivering a new software architecture and reference implementation, Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE), and two new reference hardware platforms to accelerate the software-defined future of automotive.

As vehicle architectures and capabilities evolve, automotive developers today are challenged by the increasing code complexity needed to deliver Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), In-vehicle Infotainment systems (IVI), electrified powertrains, and autonomy. To meet these evolving consumer demands, computing must become more centralized, and software is increasingly critical to allowing this. The resulting changes to how software is being developed, deployed, and managed means that cloud-native development, best known for driving reductions in cost, time and complexity across the cloud infrastructure industry, is more applicable to automotive development than ever before.

However, to address the software-defined needs of cars today quickly and seamlessly, it is imperative to deliver a standardized framework that enhances proven cloud-native technologies that work at scale with the real-time and safety features required in automotive applications. This same framework can also benefit other real-time and safety-critical use cases such as robotics and industrial automation.

“The automotive sector is at a critical inflection point and the supply chain – from IP design to carmakers – is being re-examined and redefined,” said Chet Babla, vice president of automotive, Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. “The industry has asked Arm and its ecosystem to accelerate the vision for a software-defined future. By virtue of Arm’s unique position in the supply chain, we’re leading a collaborative effort that is delivering the standards, software, developer resources and specialized processing platforms designed for the safety and real-time needs of automotive applications.”

Delivering a roadmap for success

SOAFEE is the result of automakers, system integrators, semiconductor, software, and cloud technology leaders coming together to define a new open-standards-based architecture for the software-defined vehicle. In addition, the SOAFEE reference implementation, an implementation of the architecture defined by a Special Interest Group (SIG) of these leaders, will be free open-source software aimed at allowing broad prototyping, workload exploration and early development. Arm is working with leading commercial solutions providers to maximize compatibility and provide a faster route to functionally-safe designs.

Based on the success of Project Cassini and SystemReady from Arm, which enable a standards-based cloud-native experience at the edge, SOAFEE now builds on these initiatives to enable cloud concepts like container orchestration with automotive functional safety and in real-time – a first in the industry. An initial release of the SOAFEE collateral and reference implementation is available.

Unlocking critical development time today

The development timeline for new automotive applications needs to be as fast and seamless as possible. The immediate availability of SOAFEE will empower cloud-based developers to apply their expertise and contribute to the future of mobility, built on Arm technology.

“Major technology leaps are transforming vehicle electronics and software-architecture requirements, and driving the industry to a software-centric future. At AWS, we’re committed to innovation with key industry players like Arm to help solve complex challenges for delivering Software-Defined Vehicles with a service-oriented architecture,” said Bill Foy, Director, Worldwide Automotive Business Development at AWS. “In collaboration with Arm, and AWS’s Arm-based AWS Graviton2 instances, we can bring significant cost savings, and make it possible to run applications on the same architecture in the cloud and at the automotive edge to simplify developer workflow.”

In partnership with ADLink, Arm is delivering unconstrained performance on a new SystemReady-compatible development platform to help accelerate time-to-market. The platform, powered by Arm Neoverse-based Ampere Altra cores, will allow workload exploration and development on Arm-based silicon using the SOAFEE reference software stack for applications such as cockpit, ADAS, powertrain and autonomous driving. The development platform is comprised of a developer workstation plus a rugged in-vehicle product, and both are available for pre-order here, with general availability expected in Q4 2021.

  • The AVA Developer Platform is a high-performance, 32-core scalable compute system built for lab-based development and is capable of running autonomous workloads. It allows developers to leverage accelerator hardware to complement high-performance central processing units (CPUs).
  • For in-vehicle prototyping and testing, the high-performance AVA-AP1 has 80 cores for increased CPU performance, extra input / output (IO) capabilities and includes a safety processor to enable in-vehicle execution using real sensors.

A unique position to lead the software-defined revolution, supported by industry leaders

Riclef Schmidt-Clausen, Senior Vice President, Head of Intelligent Cockpit and Body at CARIAD, a Volkswagen Group Company, said “The software-defined car is coming much sooner than anticipated and the infrastructure needed for this is being developed right now, however the industry faces some macro challenges. These include enabling software portability across a wide range of hardware platforms and building the cloud-native software infrastructure to ensure seamless deployment of applications developed in the cloud to a heterogeneous edge platform. As the pioneers of this new evolution, CARIAD and Arm are working closely together to solve key technical challenges and lay a strong foundation for the software-defined future.”

Software-defined functionality is a growing trend in many sectors, and the combined solution of SOAFEE and the new development platform will have applicability in other areas including robotics in medicine, manufacturing, and logistics. For automotive, software-defined functionality will deliver safe, new in-vehicle experiences and features that meet consumers demands and expectations, and crucially will unlock new revenue streams and customer engagement opportunities for automakers, tier ones, software vendors and cloud service providers.

In addition to support from AWS, ADLink, Ampere and CARIAD, the initiatives have received broad support from leaders across the supply chain including Apex.AI, Continental, Green Hills Software, Linaro, Marvell, MIH Consortium, Red Hat, SUSE, Woven Planet, Zing Robotics and others. The industry turned to Arm due to its unique position at the intersection of hardware and software. Arm and its ecosystem have answered by delivering the resources to bring safety and real-time aware cloud-native paradigms to automotive development, making the software-defined car a reality.

carVertical Doubles Revs

carVertical, a fast-growing car history reporting platform, owned by IT company CV Group, expects to double its revenue by the end of this year. The firm’s sales revenue is anticipated to surpass 16 million euros, which is double of the 8.5 million euros back in 2020.

The platform, which provides data on car registrations, mileage readings, damage history, and other relevant information, is still focused on private car buyers in 2021, but will increasingly drive sales in the B2B sector in the second half of this year. According to carVertical CEO Rokas Medonis, “This move, along with other strategically important decisions, has ensured strong and stable growth for the firm.”

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