Connected Car News: GM, OMINIVISION, Qualcomm & Agero

In connected car news are GM, OMINIVISION, Qualcomm and Agero.

No More Data Sharing from GM OnStar

In a statement to the New York Times GM spokesperson stated “OnStar Smart Driver customer data is no longer being shared with LexisNexis or Verisk. Customer trust is a priority for us, and we are actively evaluating our privacy processes and policies.”

Other car companies such as Kia, Subaru, and Mitsubishi, which also were reportedly sharing driver data with insurance firms have not made any announcements.


OMNIVISION, a leading global developer of semiconductor solutions, including advanced digital imaging, analog and touch & display technology, announced  that its OX08D10 8-megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor with TheiaCel™ technology is now pre-integrated and validated with color tuning on the Snapdragon Ride™ Platform, Snapdragon Ride™ Flex System-on-Chip (SoC) and Snapdragon® Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. for next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled connected digital cockpits.

“Customers utilizing Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions will have the ability to pair our recently launched OX08D10 image sensor to their systems to enable industry-leading high dynamic range (HDR), LED flicker mitigation (LFM) and low-light sensitivity for high-resolution advanced driver assistance systems”

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“Customers utilizing Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions will have the ability to pair our recently launched OX08D10 image sensor to their systems to enable industry-leading high dynamic range (HDR), LED flicker mitigation (LFM) and low-light sensitivity for high-resolution advanced driver assistance systems,” said Dr. Paul Wu, head of automotive product marketing, OMNIVISION. “This is particularly exciting because the OX08D10 is the first image sensor in the industry to feature our new TheiaCel™ technology, which brings a new era to LFM HDR in an easy-to-implement solution that yields dramatic improvements in image quality.”

OMNIVISION’s OX08D10 image sensor provides automotive OEMs with one device that combines the most important features for ADAS: 8-MP resolution, 2.1-micron (µm) TheiaCel™ technology that achieves a wider dynamic range, industry-leading low-light performance, LED flicker mitigation, compact size and low power consumption.

For more information, contact an OMNIVISION sales representative:

OMNIVISION®, TheiaCel™ and the OMNIVISION logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of OMNIVISION. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Snapdragon, Digital Chassis and Snapdragon Ride are trademarks or registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Snapdragon Digital Chassis, Snapdragon Ride and Snapdragon Ride Flex are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Agero Crash Response

Agero, the leading white-label provider of digital driver assistance services and software for the majority of automotive and auto insurance brands, announces the expanded deployment of its Crash Response technology after experiencing record growth in 2023. The expansion enables Agero to roll out its critically important Crash Response offering, which immediately works with emergency services to dispatch support after a crash has been detected, to more consumers across the U.S. – particularly important as vehicle accident rates and severity continue to rise.

With two additional Top 10 carriers launching programs last year, Agero’s Crash Response dispatch volume doubled. This means not only twice the number of opportunities to realize savings associated with capturing vehicles from accident scenes, but also twice the number of potentially life-saving customer interactions.

“Safety is always the paramount concern whenever a collision occurs,” said Ben Zatlin, Vice President and Head of Accident Management at Agero. “At Agero, we’ve long been proud of our ability to get to the scene quickly and help clients recover the vehicle. Now with increased Crash Response deployments, we’re excited to do even more for our clients’ customers in their time of need.”

Through partnerships with leading telematics technology providers, Agero’s Crash Response team is immediately notified once a crash is detected and validated. Their team then follows up with the driver, triages the situation and determines the level of support needed. Considering that the U.S. Department of Transportation considers emergency response time to be “a major factor ensuring an injured person receives the medical care they need to survive a crash,” Agero’s reliability in responsiveness is a life-saving capability.

Accident details are shared immediately with the insurer’s claim system to begin the claims process and dispatch a tow. Without Crash Response, it takes the typical policyholder eight days to report an accident to their insurer, per a P&C insurance industry study. Crash Response helps enable earlier accident reporting to reduce secondary costs by as much as $800 to $1,000 by minimizing costs associated with extra storage, tows, and rental days.

Since its launch, Crash Response customers have expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation of the service, further demonstrating the value of connecting customers to urgent medical assistance:

  • “I had a medical emergency and ran off the road into a tree. My insurer called me and after getting no answer called EMS. My insurer literally saved my life. THANK YOU.”
  • “Pleasantly surprised when I received two phone calls shortly after the accident checking on my safety and being ready to render assistance. Very nice service. My friends and colleagues were surprised by this service as they don’t have this with their insurance providers. Outstanding.”
  • “My operator stayed with me on the phone the whole time. She calmed me down in the situation and helped me realize that I made it out of my accident alive. She was simply amazing! Thank you, I’m happy to see another day on this earth.”
  • “[The response] was fast; someone called right away. It was a good feeling to know someone had my back in an instant when I was scared for my life.”