Connected Car News 7/3: BMW, Android, DMI, SoundHound, UL, Data Test Labs, Coach USA & Samsara

In connected car news are BMW, Android, DMI, SoundHound, UL, Data Test Labs, Coach USA and Samsara.

BMW Using Android Automotive OS with Starting in 2023 Along with Other OS

From March 2023, the BMW Group will be expanding its BMW Operating System 8 and integrating Android Automotive OS (AAOS) into certain model series for the first time as a second technological approach alongside the current Linux-based variant. The announcement was made by Stephan Durach, Senior Vice-President Connected Company and Development Technical Operations at the BMW Group, at the Automobil-Elektronik Kongress in Ludwigsburg. “We are integrating the best aspects of all worlds – that could be our own in-house developments, Open Source or commercial software products, depending on what the specific solution looks like. We make sure our customers always enjoy a unique, customized digital experience in their vehicle,” according to the lead developer for the digital driving experience, Stephan Durach.

The different software platforms enable the infotainment system to be individually configured. The expanded operating system can also be used in different vehicle series. Customers benefit from tailored, individual and expanded digital features and options.
As in the past, the expanded BMW Operating System 8 will continue to be updated “over the air” at regular intervals with the BMW Remote Software Upgrade.

Leading mobility and V2X security provider Autocrypt has been selected as one of MobilityXlab’s newest startups to co-create mobility solutions with industry accelerators and enable projects between partner companies. Led by industry giants CEVT, Ericsson, Polestar, Veoneer, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, and Zenseact, MobilityXlab facilitates partnerships between startups in the industry and aims to bring future mobility closer together. Autocrypt will participate in MobilityXlab for at least six months to co-create solutions for the rapidly changing mobility landscape.

As one of the few mobility security providers in MobilityXlab, the company looks forward to integrating PKI in real-world use cases, turning proof-of-concept into reality when it comes to secure vehicular environments. Autocrypt’s tri-standard compliant Secure Credential Management System for V2X ensures vulnerability-free environments, preventing unwanted interference in connected and autonomous driving.

“We are elated to be invited and chosen as one of eleven startups amongst 108 applicants this year. We expect this collaboration to expedite strategic partnerships here in Europe, giving us an avenue to directly collaborate and discuss how to enhance emerging technologies across mobility and connectivity tech sectors,” said Daniel ES Kim, CEO of Autocrypt Technologies GmbH. “Autocrypt also plans to drive forward cybersecurity testing and engineering technology development to seize the initiative in Europe and worldwide.”

DMI & SoundHound Partner

DMI, a global digital transformation services company, and SoundHound,a global leader in voice artificial intelligence, formally announced at Reuters Events Automotive Europe 2022 their partnership for developing superior driver experiences through the integration of SoundHound’s advanced voice AI platform with DMI’s Edge-to-Cloud solutions. DMI’s collaboration with SoundHound will provide clients with an out-of-the-box solution to bring voice recognition and conversational AI into the vehicle.

SoundHound’s advanced voice AI platform is built on Speech-to-Meaning® and Deep Meaning Understanding® technologies, evolving the voice experience from a legacy command-and-control interface to a more intuitive conversational experience for drivers and passengers. The technology will immerse users in the connected driving experience, with the ability to access local search, parking, charging, fuel, navigation, and other smart devices by simply talking.

“We have seen what SoundHound has done with their global OEM engagements, and we are excited about the innovative opportunities this partnership will bring to our clients,” said Jenny Heinze, SVP Automotive & Connected Solutions at DMI. “For us, it is not just about connecting people to their cars, it’s about connecting and converging the outside world into our lives. And that simple shift in perspective, is what drives our solutions and guides our vision to redefine the in-car experience by making it safer, smarter, more natural, and convenient.”

Trusted by some of the largest automotive, manufacturing and transportation brands in the world, DMI’s globally recognized team has helped pioneer connectivity in the industry for more than 20 years. DMI’s offerings span the entire connected ecosystem from device to the cloud and include AI and analytics; blockchain and distributed ledger; and smart contract technology for industries ranging from automotive, government, healthcare, logistics, transportation and more.

“Our partnership with forerunners DMI will help connect SoundHound technology with auto manufacturers of all sizes that are looking to deliver the voice-enabled experience drivers and their passengers are beginning to expect,” said Matt Anderson, Director of Business Development at SoundHound. “This technology also allows OEMs to plug directly into a broader connected ecosystem, opening up new revenue opportunities while delivering a best-in-class conversational technology that feels natural and intuitive.”

UL Buys Data Test Labs

UL Solutions, a global leader in applied safety science, today announced its acquisition of Data Test Labs, a Michigan-based company focusing on electrical, environmental and mechanical testing for automakers and their suppliers.

“The automotive industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift as it continues to introduce new technologies and innovations that are entirely reshaping how we move from place to place. Overall, system safety remains the backbone for these innovations,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Solutions Inc. “We are confident this acquisition deepens our expertise, allowing UL Solutions to help customers continue to evolve and succeed as these new technologies introduce new challenges and opportunities.”

As safety and security are highly interrelated, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and automotive component and system manufacturers are increasingly searching for an end-to-end partner for testing solutions to address safety and security standards and regulations.

“Automotive services currently offered by UL Solutions help customers navigate complexity and develop a framework for automotive standards and best practices,” said Weifang Zhou, executive vice president and president of Testing, Inspection and Certification, UL Solutions. “Welcoming Data Test Labs supports our mission of working for a safer world and allows us to expand our current portfolio while accelerating the delivery of automotive standards testing services.”

Co-founded in 2017 by automotive industry veterans Michael Janssen and Alfredo Apolloni, chief executive officer and chief engineer, respectively, and headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Data Test Labs focuses on vibration and electrical, environmental simulation, fluid and ingress protection code testing.

“We founded Data Test Labs on the tenet that validation testing helps to assure a product’s quality and reliability and is critically important for interconnected safety-critical vehicle systems,” said Janssen. “We share the mission-centric safety culture of UL Solutions and are committed to keeping mobility safe.”

Coach USA to Deploy Samsara Connected

–Samsara Inc. (NYSE: IOT) announced that the Samsara Connected Operations Cloud has been selected by Coach USA, Inc., one of the largest transportation companies in North America. As part of its focus on leading passenger transit through technology, Coach USA will deploy Samsara’s telematics solution and AI dash cams across its fleet of 1,500 vehicles to increase the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of its operations.