Connected Car News: LG, CCC, BlackBerrry, CerebrumX & Applied Information.

In connected car news are LG, CCC, BlackBerrry, CerebrumX & Applied Information.

CCC Advances Digital Key Keys

The Car Connectivity Consortium® (CCC) announced  that major players in the automotive and global smart device industries came together to advance CCC Digital Key, delivering a secure, effortless, and universal way for vehicle access. The event, CCC End-to-End Interoperability PlugFest #3, was hosted by Google, in San Jose, CA, on March 27-31, 2023 and is a milestone in the consortium’s advancement of the CCC Digital Key certification.

Major vehicle OEM members and global device providers including Apple, BMW, Continental Automotive, Google, OPPO, Rivian Automotive, and Samsung, were on hand to test their CCC Digital Key implementations. Test is a crucial step in launching the CCC Digital Key certification that will bring forth a true universal standard for the market, increasing interoperability, reducing market fragmentation, and providing the best user experience.

“This was a momentous event for us as this is the first time we have had this level of participation in a CCC Digital Key PlugFest which shows that wireless connections are on the cusp of changing for the better,” said Alysia Johnson, president of the Car Connectivity Consortium. “The market is ready for CCC Digital Key to lead the charge in providing an effortless, safe and universal standard for vehicle-to-device connectivity.”

CCC End-to-End Interoperability PlugFest allows attendees to test their CCC Digital Key implementations against other member companies’ implementations to help discover and investigate any possible problems to ensure companies are improving or correcting technical specifications, test suites and test tools, before bringing this technology to the larger consumer market.

“The broad industry support for CCC Digital Key is evident as participation in this event showcased the value and need for companies to bring this technology to market,” said Dr. Kyung Ryu, Director Android Automotive at Google. “Being able to test this implementation means we are one step closer in providing consumers the benefits of truly convenient and wireless experience with digital keys, and CCC is driving the universal interoperable standard.”

This CCC PlugFest targets End-to-End Interoperability for WCC 1 (NFC Type A and B only), compliant with Digital Key Release 3, Version 1.1. Members had access to the latest version of the Digital Key End-to-End Interoperability test tool and sniffer hardware including different antennas, designed and developed by COMPRION GmbH. The test tool will be used to execute Digital Key End-to-End Interoperability test cases defined in CCC-TS-106. Results from these test sessions will be used to validate the test tool.

To learn more about the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), please visit our website.

LG Success with 5G-V2X

LG Innotek (CEO Cheol-dong Jeong) announced on the 6th on succeeding the development of ‘5G-V2X Cellular Module’ that is significantly improved with the long-distance data transmission based on Qualcomm’s chip and reception on V2X (Vehicle to Everything).

From the development of this new product supporting the ultra-high speed 5G vehicle communication, LG Innotek is now able to accelerate the target on the self-driving car components market.

  • Vehicle communication supported with ultra-high speed 5G
    – Essential element for safety in autonomous driving

‘5G-V2X Cellular Module’ is a 5G mobile communication technology and component supporting the data transmission and reception on V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle), V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure), and this technology. This is the reason why ‘5G-V2X Cellular Module’ considered to be an essential element for safety in autonomous driving.

This part is mounted mostly in the vehicle communication device inside the car or on the roof in form of a module combined with a communication chip, memory, RF (Radio Frequency) circuit, etc., to receive large amount of data required for driving from the base station near the cars.

The industry estimates that the daily average data produced by one autonomous driving vehicle will be about 4TB(4,000GB), which is a capacity possible for downloading 8,000 films of 90-min movie (average of 0.5GB per movie). When processing this enormous capacity of data, speed is the key.

For example, when the road is stuck due to an unexpected accident, this road condition should have been sent to the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) for finding bypass shortly. But if data transmission is delayed, we cannot eliminate the possibility of the secondary accidents due to entering of the cars which don’t have any information on this situation.

This explains why 5G technology is receiving the spotlight in the autonomous driving field where immediate response to the real-time changes in situation is needed.

Therefore, most of the experts are expecting that the paradigm of global automobile industry will be converted to adopting the cellular module based on 5G instead of the LTE(4G).

  • Data download speed quadrupled…Component downsized by up to 20%

In 2019, LG Innotek launched the 1st generation vehicle 5G cellular module for the first time in the world, and in this newly developed 2nd generation module has quadrupled V2X data download speed from 35Mbps to 150Mbps, 4 times higher compared to the existing product.

LG Innotek sophisticated the temperature control algorithm to minimize the high frequency 5G signal loss due to direct sunlight and heat. As a result, 5G vehicle communication maintaining high-quality even in high temperature of 194℉ is provided. Thanks to this increase in durability, the long distance V2X communication up to 0.62~0.93mile can be stably supported through the 5G network.

In addition, LG Innotek’s 2nd generation ‘5G-V2X cellular Module’ was developed in the size of 46mm×50mm, which is reduced in size up to 20% compared to the existing product. It is half size of a credit card, and possible to be mounted conveniently inside and outside the cars.

While reducing the module size, LG Innotek’s unique high-density, high-precision technologies were utilized to gather 800 components for 5G communication into one product such as the communication chip and memory, etc. Compared to the 1st generation module that included about 480 parts, the number of parts mounted in the module increased by 60%, showing the improvement of quality and performance in the communication.

Moreover, the latest 5G standard (3GPP Release 16) from 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) was adopted to enable the use of the module regardless of the nations, terrain, and the types of cars. By strengthening the compatibility of the product, LG Innotek secured more favorable position in attracting customers for the self-driving vehicle components.

  • “Innovative components for the autonomous driving vehicles will be introduced continuously to create differentiated customer value”

For the goal of commercializing the 2nd generation ‘5G-V2X cellular Module’ by 2025, LG Innotek is performing various promotional activities not only in Korea, but also on global automobile companies and automotive electronics makers in EuropeUSA and Japan.

Byaeng-kuk Yoo, Vice President of Automotive Components & Electronics Business Unit, stated that “2nd generation ‘5G-V2X cellular Module’ will become a key component in opening the period of fully autonomous driving,” and added, “As the ‘total solution provider on future vehicles’, LG Innotek will continue to introduce innovative products on electronic components for the future cars to create differentiated value for the customer”.

Meanwhile, according to the market survey agency Techno System Research (TSR), the number of cars mounted with 5G communication module in all over the world is expected to increase

Applied Info Patent Connected Vehicle Computing Method

Applied Information, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent transportation infrastructure technology, announced  that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent covering its Connected Vehicle computing and communications method that significantly reduces the amount of bandwidth needed for traffic signals and other traffic control devices to communicate with vehicles.

U.S. Patent 11,594,127 entitled Systems, Methods, and Devices for Communication Between Traffic Controller Systems and Mobile Transmitters and Receivers describes a system that sends real-time, connected vehicle messages from a traffic signal or other traffic control over the C-V2X Network (Uu) or C-V2X Direct (PC5). The technology enables a reduction of bandwidth usage by up to 97 percent.

“This patent represents a significant advance in the very foundation of connected vehicle communications,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, Inc. “As more and more devices and other vehicles start communicating with each other on the roadway, eliminating unnecessary and repetitive communication will make the system of connected vehicles more efficient.”

Conventional traffic signals and other control devices send messages 10 times per second, repeating the same message until a change in status. Traffic control devices equipped with Applied Information’s technology send messages to nearby connected vehicles only as necessary and when there is a change of status – such as a traffic signal changing from red to green, thereby significantly reducing the amount of data.

About Applied Information –

Applied Information® is the industry-leading developer of Smart Cities, Connected Vehicle (C-V2X), and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions for the surface transportation sector. Key products are smart traffic signals, school zone safety beacons, emergency vehicle preemption, transit, and school bus priority, asset security, and intelligent street lighting. Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory platform enables agencies to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application. Applied Information’s TravelSafely Connected Vehicle Messenger Engine connects smartphones, vehicles, and navigation apps to the transportation infrastructure providing a safer mobility experience for motorists and vulnerable road users. Applied Information’s core values are to develop products that save lives, improve traffic, drive commerce, and help the environment.

Applied Information, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The Company also operates the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL), an incubator and developer of Connected Vehicle Applications. Applied Information’s products are deployed in more than 1,000 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada.

BlackBerry Invests CerebrumX

CerebrumX Labs Inc. (CerebrumX), a leading AI-driven automotive data services & product provider, announced a strategic investment from BlackBerry that will help it ramp up the delivery of new data-driven, in-vehicle products and services that make it easier for automakers to create turnkey user-centric applications and enterprise solutions.

CerebrumX has a highly secure, AI-based Augmented Deep Learning Platform (ADLP) that’s been deployed on more than 45 million trips and captured more than 100 million miles of data. CerebrumX works with automakers enabling them to generate innovative use-cases across every aspect of their business by tapping into key data-driven insights on vehicle and driver performance.

“CerebrumX has an ambitious vision, together with our partners, customers, and stakeholders, to deliver intelligent real-time data insights at scale, and we are excited to have BlackBerry onboard as an investor, who share the same long-term commitment to the global connected vehicle data industry,” said Sandip Ranjhan, Chief Executive Officer at CerebrumX.

With the new funding and by integrating with BlackBerry IVY®, BlackBerry’s award-winning cloud-connected, automotive AI platform, CerebrumX will be able to develop embedded in-car synthetic sensors to collect valuable consented data and perform critical data processing at the edge, delivering real-time insights that can help inform in-demand applications such as comprehensive driver and vehicle health scores. As part of the investment, Vito Giallorenzo, General Manager of IVY and Head of Corporate Development at BlackBerry will join CerebrumX’s advisory board.

The actionable intelligence generated by CerebrumX offers benefits for a vast range of companies across the automotive ecosystem – fleet companies for monitoring operations in real-time while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), insurance providers to offer personalized insurance plans based on active driver behavior analysis and smart mobility solution providers to offer optimized services based on individual vehicle data.

“CerebrumX has built a powerful and impressive data management platform, capable of sifting through millions of connected vehicles to enable smarter, data-driven business decisions. By integrating with BlackBerry IVY, we’ll be able to take that offering to the next level and enable CerebrumX to perform intensive amounts of data processing at the vehicle edge to deliver real-time insights to automakers and other ecosystem providers, something which would otherwise involve cumbersome and costly cloud computing resources. We look forward to working with their team and expand our catalogue of BlackBerry IVY-enabled solutions with this exciting new offering,” said Vito Giallorenzo, General Manager of IVY and Head of Corporate Development at BlackBerry.

CerebrumX is the fourth company that BlackBerry has invested in via its BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund which launched to help automotive ecosystem providers turbocharge their innovation and bring new products and applications to market using BlackBerry IVY, the company’s award-winning cloud-connected, automotive AI platform.