Volkswagen to simulate the chemical structure of batteries on quantum computers

Volkswagen to simulate the chemical structure of batteries on quantum computers

Volkswagen experts have succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer.

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This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries. The experts have successfully simulated molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. Now they are working on more complex chemical compounds. In the long term, they want to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer. Their objective is to develop a "tailor-made battery", a configurable chemical blueprint that is ready for production. Volkswagen will present its research work connected with quantum computing at the CEBIT technology show.

Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group, said, "We are focusing on the modernisation of IT systems throughout the Group. The objective is to intensify the digitalisation of work processes to make them simpler, more secure and more efficient and to support new business models. This is why we are combining our core task with the introduction of specific key technologies for Volkswagen. These include the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, as well as quantum computing."

Using newly developed algorithms, the Volkswagen experts have laid the foundation for simulating and optimising the chemical structure of high-performance electric vehicle batteries on a quantum computer. In the long term, such a quantum algorithm could simulate the chemical composition of a battery on the basis of different criteria such as weight reduction, maximum power density or cell assembly and provide a design which could be used directly for production. This would significantly accelerate the battery development process, which has been time-consuming and resource-intensive to date.

Highly specialised IT experts from Volkswagen, including data scientists, computer linguists and software engineers, are working together at the IT labs in San Francisco and Munich to develop the potential of quantum computers for applications which will be beneficial for the company. The main focus is on the programming of algorithms on quantum computers. These are subject to different laws than in the case of conventional computers.

In the field of quantum computing, the Volkswagen Group is cooperating with the technology partners Google and D-Wave, who provide the Volkswagen experts with access to their systems.

Harman launches 5G-Ready Multiband Conformal Antennas

Harman launches 5G-Ready Multiband Conformal Antennas

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced the launch of its all new 5G-ready multiband conformal antennas for automotive applications, which combine multiple antennas in one module that can be mounted below a vehicle’s body panels.

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A modern, connected car could require as many as 18 antennas to provide all relevant services for consumers, which causes extensive design and aesthetic challenges for automakers that want to keep their products connected, but still streamlined and attractive. Harman's multiband conformal antennas are designed to address these challenges.

"Up until now, automakers have typically employed a "shark fin" antenna in combination with a variety of other antennas distributed around the vehicle. In the era of pervasively connected cars, this layout is no longer viable for designers," said Vishnu Sundaram, Vice President, Telematics Business Unit, Harman Connected Car. "Leveraging our close connection with Samsung and several OEM partners, the Harman team has designed a solution that is compact, aesthetically pleasing, and future-proof."

Harman's multiband conformal antennas have been derived from Samsung's deep experience in mobile antenna design. They have the ability to accommodate a variety of modern radio services, including LTE, GNSS, V2X, WiFi, Bluetooth, RKE and Electronic Toll Collection. The antennas mount into an aperture opening in a vehicle's body panel – typically the roof area or rear deck – and are covered by a waterproof, non-conductive radome. It provides gain, and directionality, while delivering performance and the required isolation for many radio systems to operate together.

"In the past six months, the idea of a conformal antenna has gained a serious share of interest from our Automotive OEM customers because it satisfies the needs of telematics engineers while providing a fresh easel for automotive body designers," said Sundaram. "We're currently evaluating the antennas with several premium automakers to validate the design for each specific vehicle and expect to see the conformal antennas available for model year 2021 vehicles."

In addition to streamlining radio services, the multiband conformal antennas can be combined in an integrated package with Harman's Telematics Control Unit (TCU) to become a "smart antenna." This 5G-ready technology will help automakers keep up with the pace of innovation in the telecommunications sector so that drivers of the cars of today, tomorrow, and the future can be untethered and constantly connected. It also supports vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure safety solutions that will become standard features as cars become increasingly connected to their surroundings.

Hyundai and Xevo team up to showcase in-car payment systems

Hyundai and Xevo team up to showcase in-car payment systems

At TU-Automotive Detroit, Hyundai Motor America and Xevo, a company developing software and smart user experiences for the automotive industry, showcased an in-vehicle payment concept that connects popular brands to Hyundai vehicles.

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With this technology, Hyundai expects to be able to offer customers the ability to find and pay for gas at participating Chevron and Texaco branded stations, order and pay for Applebee's To Go and find, reserve and pay for parking with ParkWhiz.

Xevo and Hyundai will also be developing the Hyundai Digital Wallet payment platform, which stores a customer's payment information and facilitates secure processing, for a seamless checkout experience to enable in-car commerce.

"We are always learning and exploring with Blue Link, having worked with technologies like Google Glass, Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, Wear OS and Apple Watch," said Cason Grover, senior group manager, Vehicle Technology Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Usage-based insurance and in-vehicle payment can offer savings and convenience to our customers, and we look forward to offering these services."

"We are pleased to work with Hyundai on the implementation of Xevo Market and development of the Hyundai Wallet," said Dan Gittleman, CEO, Xevo. "Combining Xevo's innovative Market solution and our artificial intelligence, car, cloud and mobile expertise with Hyundai's Blue Link technology makes it possible for Hyundai to offer consumers a secure, convenient way to connect with their favorite brands and make payments while in the car."

All Cadillacs to come equipped with driver assistance post 2020

All Cadillacs to come equipped with driver assistance post 2020

Super Cruise will be available on all Cadillac models, with the rollout beginning in 2020. After 2020, Super Cruise will make its introduction in other General Motors brands.

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Cadillac also plans to offer V2X communications in a high-volume crossover by 2023 and eventually expand the technology across Cadillac's portfolio. Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, announced these plans at the Intelligent Transportation Society's annual conference in Detroit.

"The expansion of Super Cruise and V2X communications technology demonstrates Cadillac's commitment to innovation, and to making customers' lives better," Reuss said. "GM is just as committed to ushering in a new era of personal transportation, and technologies like these will enable it."

"Cadillac is proud to be the leader for the company's innovation," said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. "Groundbreaking technologies like these continue to provide unparalleled comfort and convenience for our customers."

The Super Cruise driver assistance feature is made possible by precision LiDAR map data, high precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. It requires an active OnStar service plan with emergency services to function. Customers can drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. The driver attention system helps to keep drivers engaged and detects when drivers need to pay more attention to the road.

Cadillac introduced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications on the CTS sedan in 2017, which uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology. Using the Basic Safety Message as a base, V2V can be extended to the roadway infrastructure and other roadway users (e.g., cyclists, pedestrians, etc.) establishing a V2X ecosystem. Using V2X, compatible vehicles can be notified of hazardous road conditions, traffic light statuses, changing work zones and more. With a range of nearly 1,000 feet, drivers can be alerted to possible threats in time to avoid a crash.

Blackberry’s QNX technology now present in more than 120 million vehicles

Blackberry’s QNX technology now present in more than 120 million vehicles

BlackBerry Limited announced that its QNX software is now embedded in more than 120 million cars that are on the road today.

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Automotive OEMs and tier ones use BlackBerry QNX technology in the advanced driver assistance systems, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree systems, and infotainment systems that appear in car brands, including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

"Three years ago, BlackBerry QNX technology was inside 60 million cars. Today, that figure has doubled as the world's leading automakers, their tier one suppliers, and chip manufacturers have put their trust in BlackBerry," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "As cars are increasingly driven by software, our customers and partners rely on BlackBerry QNX technologies to provide them with the safety-certified and secure technology platform on which the future of the automotive industry is being built."

BlackBerry QNX technology includes QNX Neutrino OS, QNX Platform for ADAS, QNX OS for Safety, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Hypervisor 2.0 and QNX acoustics middleware. BlackBerry has the highest level of automotive certification for functional safety with ISO 26262 ASIL D and decades of experience in powering mission-critical embedded systems in automotive and other industries.

BlackBerry currently provides OEMs around the world with state-of-the-art technology to protect hardware, software, applications and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security and continued innovation has led to recent automotive design wins with Baidu, Delphi, Denso, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Visteon, Jaguar Land Rover and others.

Transatel to offer cellular connectivity to JLR vehicles

Transatel to offer cellular connectivity to JLR vehicles

Connectivity provider Transatel will be providing a data plan starting in 2018 for Jaguar and Land Rover models in the UK, Italy, and Germany. Data plan extensions with a selection of local and European plans will be available for selected lines.

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Transatel will be providing the service, managing customer and retailer relations, providing customer and retailer support, and ensuring the payment process for the purchase of data bundles by end users.

Transatel's design of the customer journey for this connected car service is the result of over 18 years'experience in marketing telecom offers to end users in European territories. Clients seamlessly manage their accounts via the selfcare application, accessible with any device using the car's Wi-Fi. The multi- lingual selfcare application enables account management, user registration and payment method registration, among other features.

Philippe Vigneau, VP Business development at Transatel, "We're excited to be launching our second European connected car project with such a prestigious and renowned company as Jaguar Land Rover; this time not for telematics, but for passenger applications. We've been evangelising the market for more than a year now, explaining to car OEMs worldwide how to avoid major lock-in risks and answering their concerns about security, among others."

The first vehicles equipped with Transatel's technology, new and older models of the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges, will be available to the market end of June. The two companies recently signed a Master Services Agreement for a global cellular connectivity solution aiming to cover Jaguar Land Rovers' connected car passenger applications; internet browsing and navigation services from the vehicle console, as well as on-board Wi-Fi.

TomTom and Xevo partner to provide in-vehicle commerce and navigation solutions

TomTom and Xevo partner to provide in-vehicle commerce and navigation solutions

TU-Automotive,TomTom (TOM2) and Xevo have collaborated to deliver the next generation of the personalised in-vehicle commerce experience, utilising TomTom’s navigation expertise to seamlessly incorporate the merchant partners of the automotive industry’s first on-demand commerce platform, Xevo Market, into cars’ navigation systems.

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Drivers' preferred merchants and service providers are presented, through in-vehicle touchscreens and smartphone companion apps, as Points of Interest (POI) on the map, with the option to touch the POIs on the screen and navigate to them.

This personalised navigation experience takes Xevo's innovative commerce-in-the-car scenario to the next level, using a driver's location and route to offer relevant recommendations, retail locations, and offers conveniently along the way, from ordering a cup of coffee for pick-up to being offered a fuel stop at a nearby station when fuel levels are low. Drivers must opt-in to the service and can opt-out at any time.

Automakers can deepen customer loyalty by providing even more personalisation in their vehicles, merchants never miss an opportunity to connect with their customers, and drivers will be alerted to their favourite brands while on the road.

"While accurate navigation, routing, and an intuitive user interface will always be a priority for drivers' in-car experience, streamlining and simplifying their lives is becoming more important too. We're happy to be working with Xevo to offer car makers the opportunity to surprise and delight their customers," said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive.

"Combining the revolutionary Xevo Market platform with TomTom's map and navigation expertise offers us the opportunity to extend in-vehicle personalisation into the navigation experience for smarter, more productive journeys," said Dan Gittleman, CEO, Xevo.

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