Auto Tech Detroit Round-up

Unfortunately we could not attend Auto Tech Detroit.  Usually, with the event, there are several news releases that are released during it.

Besides the ZF Race Simulator where attendees  were able be sit in the dirve seat of a race simulator and experience ZF’s steer-by-wire technology for virtual racing there were only few news release.

Mercedes Drivers Pay to Play

CEO of Mercedes pay USA in a connected car panel at AutoTech Detroit on Wednesday, June 7th detailed how Mercedes pay is turning the car into a payment device, together with a representative of Mercedes pay’s partner in offering in-car payments for off-street parking, Parkopedia.

The newly released in-car feature, available on any Mercedes-Benz vehicle in the US with the MBUX infotainment system and on-board navigation installed, allows drivers to identify available off-street parking facilities and reserve a parking space via the infotainment system. The system enables motorists to select check-in and check-out times, and view the total cost and confirm their booking, at which point drivers will be sent a QR code to scan when arriving at the car park to gain entry. Payment processing is then enabled automatically by Mercedes pay. Parkopedia, one of the leading parking service providers in the US, provides the location and parking facility data that helps enable this feature.

With this Mercedes-Benz exclusive feature, drivers will end the hunt for parking meters, loose change, or the right smartphone app – Mercedes pay just made paying for off-street parking much more convenient. Drivers will be able to start, stop, and then securely pay for their off-street parking using the in-car MBUX system or the Mercedes me Connect app.

On Wednesday, June 7th, Jana Breitkopf, Managing Director & CEO of Mercedes pay USA, took part part in a panel discussion on Connected Cars at the AutoTech Detroit conference. Joining Ms. Breitkopf was Dr. Hans Puvogel, the COO of Mercedes Pay partner Parkopedia, among other industry experts and in-car payments for parking will be one of the topics discussed.

“Our goal with Mercedes pay is to provide a seamless and exceptional customer experience across payment touchpoints within the Mercedes-Benz ecosystem,” said Jana Breitkopf, Managing Director & CEO of Mercedes Pay USA.

BlackBerry and Software Defined Vehicle

“Auto Tech Detroit is  a nice half way point between CES and CES ” said Alex Oyler, SBD Automotive following the panel discussion on ‘The Interaction of the Cloud and the New Software Defined Vehicle.

– BlackBerry Limited  announced a partnership with leading automotive cybersecurity platform, Upstream Security to enable automakers to strengthen the overall security posture of their vehicles, by leveraging the rich telemetry data and edge compute capabilities from BlackBerry IVY®.

Upstream’s cloud-native Vehicle Detection and Response (V-XDR) platform identifies automotive cybersecurity threats, anomalies and operational insights and is used by many of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers; currently monitoring more than 20 million connected vehicles worldwide. Combining BlackBerry IVY with Upstream’s purpose-built V-XDR platform, OEMs can now access and pre-process data at the vehicle’s edge to deliver a broader set of actionable insights in near real-time, maintaining cybersecurity compliance while significantly lowering their cloud connectivity costs.

Working with other IVY™ ecosystem members, BlackBerry has demonstrated that BlackBerry IVY can help automakers reduce their cloud data storage costs by up to 97 percent. BlackBerry and Upstream expect to deliver significant data connectivity savings of up to 80 percent while expanding cybersecurity protection coverage by pre-processing vehicle data at the edge across multiple systems. In doing so, together they will provide actionable insights to the Vehicle Security Operations Center (vSOC), such as preventing fleet-wide vehicle hacks and unauthorized access to ECUs, both of which have soared in recent years.

Together, BlackBerry IVY and Upstream can provide automakers with holistic coverage and mitigation of attacks while reducing cloud costs to help ensure vehicle fleets are protected amidst an industry landscape that has seen a rise in cyberattacks targeting both vehicles themselves and the broader smart transportation infrastructure they connect to.

“While automakers’ Software Defined Vehicle efforts promise to deliver an unprecedented number of new features and capabilities that will revolutionize the in-car experience, in tandem with that connectivity and complexity comes an exposure to risk and vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited for malicious purposes,” said Vito Giallorenzo, General Manager of IVY and Head of Corporate Development at BlackBerry. “Upstream Security has built a powerful platform that provides OEMs with a holistic view of the overall cybersecurity posture of their vehicles in order to stay one step ahead of todays and tomorrow’s threats and with BlackBerry IVY we’ll help them deliver more timely insights at a fraction of the cost, something which can make all the difference for a sector that increasingly has a target on its back.”

“We are thrilled to partner with BlackBerry IVY and its cutting-edge in-vehicle solution,” said Yoav Levy, CEO and co-founder of Upstream. “Upstream has been a pioneer in leveraging connected-vehicle data to support OEMs and ensure trust and safety by effectively detecting and mitigating cybersecurity risks and attacks. Together with BlackBerry IVY we can help OEMs dramatically optimize connectivity and cloud costs and ensure a comprehensive and long-term ‘security-by-design’ strategy.”

The joint announcement comes hot on the heels of the BlackBerry IVY platform’s general availability and the tremendous growth of the network of IVY enabled partners, which now counts more than 30 businesses covering areas as diverse as Electrification, E-Commerce, Safety & Security, Vehicle Lifecycle and Operations and the In-Cabin Experience, which automakers can turn on and deploy depending on their needs.r