Connected Car News: Hyundai, Cox, Luxoft, VW, CYMOTIVE, HARMAN & Panasonic

In connected car news are Hyundai, Cox, Luxoft, VW, CYMOTIVE, HARMAN and Panasonic.

Hyundai Mobis Intros 34″ Screen

Hyundai Mobis (KRX: 012330) has developed the world’s first adjustable display technology for integrated automotive cockpit system. Optimized for autonomous vehicles, this new technology has adopted a new concept of an ultra large, curved screen that is movable. It is also referred to as a swivel display because the screen can be moved both up and down.

This adjustable display features a 34″ ultra large screen and is equipped with ultra-high resolution 6K OLED panels. At present, a 34″ automotive display is recognized as the largest among automotive screens as they face challenging quality conditions, such as durability and reliability. In particular, the company designed this super-sized display as a multi-curved screen that bends at three points from top to bottom. This structure not only provides better visibility for the user but it also adds to the overall aesthetic effect in terms of design.

Stretching from the driver seat to the passenger seat, it is capable of displaying a variety of content, including various driving and navigation information as well as music and videos, so you can enjoy personalized content on the full screen in an autonomous driving environment. You can also swivel the display toward the driver’s seat and use a small screen that shows only minimum information to enjoy the sense of openness.

Despite its ultra size, this display features just a single screen, meaning that you can watch a video, for example, on a full screen when the vehicle is engaged in autonomous driving. You can also control the content in several ways, including screen touch and gestures.

In the process of developing this new technology, Hyundai Mobis has filed ten patent applications both at home and abroad. It was not easy to develop a moving display that is supposed to be used in a running car. The company has applied for patents, for example, for swivel display arrangement technology, position control, and integrated cockpit design.

The technical knowhow the company has built up as a major producer of cockpit modules, one of the three key automotive modules, has enabled Hyundai Mobis to develop this swivel display technology.

Cox Automotive Mobility Supports E2 Mobility

E2 Mobility, Inc. (E2) has announced that Cox Automotive Mobility will provide logistics and business solutions for the planned launch of its next-generation smart mobility fleet.

E2 Mobility will utilize Cox Automotive Mobility’s suite of digital and physical fleet solutions, including the company’s comprehensive service-management solution, fleet platform and vehicle connectivity solutions combined with its integrated marketplace of the leading commercial and independent repair shops and mobile maintenance service providers to maximize uptime for its vehicles. As technology advances and Cox Automotive Mobility develops new services, such as EV battery lifecycle management solutions, E2 Mobility expects this collaboration to keep their fleet operating at the highest level of competitiveness in the smart mobility market.

E2 aims to dramatically improve the economics of mobility services by lowering vehicle costs-per-mile for operators, while simultaneously increasing revenue potential by providing access to a digital platform connected to the smart mobility ecosystem.

Luxoft Working with VW CARIAD

Luxoft, a DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) company, is working with CARIAD, the automotive software company of Volkswagen Group, to provide vehicle software development, testing, and integration services.

Luxoft is supporting CARIAD in its strategic objective of creating a uniform, scalable software platform for all Volkswagen Group brands, including Volkswagen Group’s unified Embedded Software Platform VW.os.

“Luxoft is reliable and forward-thinking in its testing and integration services, enabling us to accelerate the development of our software platform and its components as well as state-of-the art functionalities and usability,” stated CARIAD CEODirk Hilgenberg.

CARIAD is working on a unified and scalable software platform for all Volkswagen Group passenger car brands comprising the Embedded Software Platform (VW.os), the Volkswagen Group Automotive Cloud (VW.AC), and Big Data services. The objective is to support the development of data-driven business models and innovations across all Volkswagen brands. For the driver this generates several benefits, including 24/7 connectivity, higher residual values, and much lower maintenance downtime.

“We are proud to be working with CARIAD to enhance the driving experience for Volkswagen customers worldwide. Luxoft and DXC have extensive experience in providing connected car, autonomous driving, software testing and integration solutions to the automotive industry,” said Luz G. Mauch, Luxoft Executive Vice-President. “Our ultimate goal is to empower car manufacturers to continually transform their in-car technology and innovate the driver experience.”

Luxoft and CARIAD will be working closely together to strengthen both current and future automotive software. As part of the agreement, Luxoft will train thousands of software engineers within CARIAD. This innovative, collaborative approach will not only ensure solutions are brought to market faster through state-of-the-art delivery and usability services, but also enable a best-in-class automotive customer experience for all Volkswagen brands.

CYMOTIVE Launches Car Alert

CYMOTIVE Technologies, the leading provider of smart mobility cyber solutions, today announced the commercial launch of its automated vulnerability management solution, Car Alert™, aimed at increasing vehicle fleet safety and security with assured regulatory compliance by minimizing the risks resulting from in-vehicle software and hardware component vulnerabilities.

The increasing software-supported amenities in today’s connected vehicles are among the many reasons behind the frequency of vulnerabilities found during all stages of a vehicle lifecycle. CYMOTIVE’s Car Alert solution has proven to manage these risks from the development stage and long after the vehicle’s production stages. Results show that Car Alert’s vulnerability management will lead to reduced costs, better brand protection, and greater customer satisfaction.

With the CYMOTIVE solution, car manufacturers and component suppliers add automation to their compliance process for cyber regulations, such as the UNR 155 following the ISO/SAE 21434 standard. Car Alert maps all software and hardware vulnerabilities to the electronic component units (ECUs), prioritizes them according to the risk of their potential impact and damage, and recommends the best path for risk minimization. For regulatory compliance, Car Alert generates all required artifacts, evidence and reports for audit submission leading to successful certification of the vehicle mode type.

CYMOTIVE CEO, Tsafrir Kats, commented, “Today’s accelerated pace of greater connectivity comes with a potentially high price. When using our Car Alert solution, car manufacturers and their suppliers can manage their risk along the whole vehicle lifecycle from design to end-of-support, prioritize their remediation, protect their brand, reduce unnecessary expenses, and support on-time product delivery.”

Additional benefits for OEMs and tier one suppliers include:

  • Continuous visibility of real-time cybersecurity posture
  • Pre-emptive risk assessment of vehicle security and safety
  • Insight to decide on optimal courses of action for increased security
  • Generating the documentation required for regulatory vehicle type certification

“CYMOTIVE brings automation to an extremely complicated area of vulnerability management due to vehicles’ complex design and their stringent requirements during development and for years on-the-road. The ingenuity behind CYMOTIVE’s smart mobility solutions is derived from our deep experience working hand-in-hand with leading OEMs,” added Kats.

Harman DTS Joins GSA

Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer, and enterprise markets, is happy to announce that Harman and its Digital Transformation Solutions (DTS) business unit have become a member of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the voice of the global semiconductor industry.

The global semiconductor industry is driving technology breakthroughs that are advancing a better-connected world. Aligned with our vision as a leading services and solutions provider across the semiconductor value chain from pre-silicon to post-silicon to system engineering, being a GSA member enables Harman with deeper collaboration with partners and customers in accelerating technology development and adoption.

Initially, Harman will participate in the GSA’s Trusted IoT Ecosystem Security (TIES), Artificial Intelligence and Automotive interest groups to address industry opportunities and challenges, promote best practices and influence global standards for evolving areas.

Panasonic WS HUD in Ariya

The large-screen WS HUD (Wind Shield Head-Up Display) developed by Panasonic Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (Representative Director, CEO: Masashi Nagayasu, Head office: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) is installed in a new model crossover EV, the Ariya from Nissan Motor Corporation (hereinafter Nissan). This is the 6th car model from Nissan to use the WS HUD of Panasonic, following the Skyline, Rogue, Qashqai, Pathfinder, and QX60.

The WS HUD is a system which presents a variety of information such as vehicle speed, navigation instructions, and ProPILOT 2.0*1 driver assist information in the driver’s line of sight by projecting it on the windshield. Since the display is projected near the center of the driver’s field of view, it reduces the burden on the driver by reducing eye movements and enhances the smooth interaction between driver and system.

  • *1 ProPILOT 2.0.・・・Nissan’s driver assistance technology, employing navigated highway driving and hands-off single-lane driving capabilities.

With our expertise in optical technologies acquired through development of digital cameras, Panasonic has applied high precision free-form mirrors and a high-intensity PGU (Picture Generation Unit) to the HUD, successfully providing a large, bright, sharp screen (11.5 inch) with minimal distortion.

  • Overview of the developed technologies:
  • (1)Enhancing visibility by automatic light control
  • Faster ambient illuminance calculation and smoother tracking of ambient luminance.
  • (2)High-speed update function using in-vehicle ethernet
  • A new function was installed that allows for high-speed firmware updates by connecting to the in-vehicle network.

Panasonic strives to take a leading position in the field of HUDs, which are expected to see widespread use in the future. Leveraging the strength of the development and delivery of HUDs, Panasonic will contribute to the creation of safe, secure, and comfortable driving environments.