Opel introduces new connectivity services
Opel continues the rapid integration of Groupe PSA technology, in accordance with the PACE! strategic plan.Read Now
Following the announcement that the Engineering team in Rüsselsheim will lead the development of Groupe PSA Light Commercial Vehicles and the allocation of 15 Centers of Competence at the Opel headquarters, Opel will introduce Groupe PSA connectivity services in Europe.
Consequently, the brand will simultaneously start phasing out GM-owned OnStar technology, to be completed by the end of 2020.
Named Opel Connect, the new connectivity services will be introduced on Opel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles beginning in 2019. One of the first models to feature Opel Connect will be the next generation Corsa, which Opel will also produce as a battery electric vehicle.
Besides an emergency call, the connectivity offered will include connected navigation, vehicle diagnostics, stolen vehicle assistance, remote vehicle access and fleet management capabilities, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. By 2024, Opel Connect will be available across the entire Opel model range.
While introducing Opel Connect, customers that wish to continue to purchase services from OnStar can rest assured that they may continue to receive the same level of OnStar services from OnStar Europe Limited until the end of 2020.
Volkswagen adds new security features to its mobile app Car-Net
Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that its VW Car-Net Security & Service mobile app will add new features.Read Now
These new features include Curfew Alert and Valet Alert, to notify owners if their vehicles are driven without permission, and Parking Information, powered by Parkopedia, to help owners easily locate off-street parking.
Owners can set a Curfew Alert to notify them if their vehicle is driven after a set curfew time. This feature can provide added peace of mind to parents, for example, they can rest easier knowing if their teenage drivers take the car without their permission, they'll be notified. Curfew Alert can be turned on and off in the Car-Net app and when activated, an email or SMS text alert (or both) will be sent to the owner if the vehicle moves. Notification details can be viewed and edited through the Vehicle Options menu in the app.
When valeting a vehicle, owners can turn on the Valet Alert in the Car-Net app for an added measure of confidence. Once activated, owners will be notified by email or SMS text alert (or both) if the car goes more than 0.2 miles from the last parked location.
Powered by Parkopedia, the Parking Information feature can help make owners' lives easier by locating off-street parking information. Through the Navigate tab on the app, users can click the "P" icon to show available parking locations, either in the immediate vicinity or near a Point of Interest. Clicking on a specific location will display the address, hours of operation and pricing. Users can also send the location to their car's navigation system, if so equipped, by clicking the "Send to My VW" button.
Audi expands Traffic Light Information, its V2I service offering
Audi of America announced the expansion of Traffic Light Information to two more cities across the US, Phoenix and areas of Kansas City, Kansas.Read Now
In 2016, Audi, in collaboration with Traffic Technology Services (TTS), launched Traffic Light Information in Las Vegas. With the addition of Phoenix and Kansas City, 10 cities and more than 2,250 intersections across the U.S. use the service. Enabled cities include: Dallas and Houston, Palo Alto and Arcadia, California; Portland, Oregon and Denver, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.
"Audi continues to be an industry leader in connectivity and mobility solutions," said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. "Not only do V2I technologies like Traffic Light Information help to reduce driver stress, they are also essential infrastructure developments as we continue toward an automated future."
Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect Prime feature available on select 2017 and 2018 models, enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in certain cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S.
When one of these select Audi models approaches a connected traffic light, it receives real-time signal information from the traffic management system that monitors traffic lights via the on-board 4G LTE data connection. When the light is red, the TLI feature will display the time remaining until the signal changes to green in the instrument cluster in front of the driver or in the head-up display (if equipped). This "time-to-green" information helps reduce stress by letting the driver know approximately how much time remains before the light changes.
Future iterations of V2I technology could include integration within the vehicle's start/stop function, Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA), optimised navigation routing, and other predictive services. All of these services are designed to help reduce congestion and enhance mobility on crowded roadways.
Intel’s chip and Google’s software to power Volvo’s latest infotainment system
At the Google I/O conference, Intel, Google and Volvo Cars debuted the latest Android (P) Operating System (OS) running Google applications.Read Now
Powered by an Intel Atom® automotive system-on-chip (SoC), Volvo Cars demonstrated the latest in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) experiences in a prototype Volvo XC40. Advanced features include voice recognition via Google Assistant, access to the Android app ecosystem through Google Play Store, and the ability to use Google Maps natively in the car's IVI system.
Imad Sousou, corporate vice president and general manager, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation says, "At Intel we are committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive OS that helps automakers deliver the latest in-car infotainment for consumers. Our collaborative efforts with Google and Volvo mean automakers will have optimum compute power with hardened security for the latest Android OS to enable new and exciting in-vehicle experiences."
The market for IVI is projected to grow to $33.8 billion by 2022. Today, high-definition displays offering touch-screen navigation, climate control, entertainment and mobile interconnectivity have become the new norm as more of these features become standard.
To realize the full potential of IVI, automakers needed to move away from proprietary software solutions. This required an operating system (OS) and applications that could be easily customized, updated and scaled. In 2015, Google enabled this by extending its Android OS for the IVI market. With the Intel Atom SoC as the underlying platform, the latest Android OS (P) and Google applications deliver new and exciting automotive experiences with a familiar and extensive set of resources for the developer community to build on.
"We're excited to work with Intel and Volvo to bring drivers the next generation of in-car infotainment powered by Android," said Patrick Brady, vice president of Android Engineering at Google.
With Android running on Intel Atom automotive SoCs, automakers get optimized processing, the latest software versions and security features. Intel's board support package (BSP) for Android is optimized and enabled for the Intel SoC; it debuted in this commercially-available vehicle powered by Android, giving consumers access to the latest automotive Android apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant for hands-free driving assistance.
Bosch to partner with Kyocera for Haptive feedback tech
Kyocera Corporation announced that it has signed a license agreement with Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH.Read Now
This license agreement provides Bosch with access to Kyocera's patented haptic feedback technology for use in Bosch's automotive solutions.
Kyocera has been creating haptic technologies through its own research and development since 2008. Utilising ergonomics and virtual reality technology that Kyocera has developed over the years as well as its proprietary haptic feedback technology, Kyocera's HAPTIVITY technology contains a virtual reality innovation that enables real touch sensation on any human-machine interface. Kyocera has introduced its HAPTIVITY devices in Japanese, U.S. and European tradeshows, and holds patents on this technology in multiple countries.
Kyocera continues to refine its HAPTIVITY technology while developing devices, equipment and systems that incorporate it. In addition, the company continues to license its HAPTIVITY technology for a wide range of uses, including automotive and industrial applications.
Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks to share live data and make roads safer
Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.Read Now
This is the first time Volvo Cars is sharing safety related data with another company. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks represents the first step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on overall traffic safety.
From 2018, live and anonymised data will be shared between selected Volvo trucks sold in Sweden and Norway with the company's own hazard-alert systems, and Volvo cars equipped with Volvo Cars' Hazard Light Alert system.
"Sharing real-time safety data based on our connected safety technology can help avoid accidents," said Malin Ekholm, vice president of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become. We look forward to establishing further collaborations with other partners who share our commitment to traffic safety."
Volvo Cars' Hazard Light Alert technology is the first of its kind in the automotive industry. As soon as any equipped Volvo switches on its hazard lights, an alert is sent to all nearby Volvo cars connected to the cloud service, warning drivers to help avoid potential accidents. This is particularly useful on blind corners and over the crest of hills in the road.
Hazard Light Alert has been available in Sweden and Norway since 2016, where it is standard on all 90 and 60 series cars as well as the XC40. Adding selected models of Volvo Trucks' fleet to the cloud will cover more area, identify more potential hazards and boost overall traffic safety. Both Volvo brands represent a considerable portion of new vehicle registrations in the region.
"Connected safety allows Volvo drivers to virtually 'see around the corner' and avoid a critical situation or accident before it happens," said Malin Ekholm. "The ability to see further ahead and avoid hazards is something we want to share with as many drivers as possible."
By anonymizing, validating and aggregating the data that is collected and shared, the initiative will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is rolled out across the EU.
OmniAir has authorised Dekra to test DSRC base V2X products in Europe
Dekra’s laboratory and connected car test area based in Malaga, Spain is now the first European OmniAir authorised Test Laboratory (OATL) for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology.Read Now
OmniAir's certification program provides third-party accredited laboratory testing and validation of DSRC-based V2X devices to ensure that device manufacturers, suppliers and automotive OEMs entering the V2X market develop products that conform to industry protocol standards and specifications, to bring about trusted device communications.
At Dekra's Malaga test facility they have a connected car test area, where Dekra exercises scenarios using V2X technology for safety applications such as forward collision warnings, 'heavy braking ahead,' intersection collision warnings and road-side infrastructure warnings. The test track includes a 90-metre tunnel, simulated cityscape with intersections and curves.
"Expanding OmniAir's certification program into Europe is an exciting step forward, and we look forward to working with Dekra to move DSRC-V2X products from the lab to the streets," said, Jason Conley, Executive Director for OmniAir Consortium. "OmniAir and our members believe independent, third-party certification for conformance and interoperability of V2X devices is a necessary step, for the public and our elected officials to fully embrace connected and autonomous vehicles."
"We are very proud to become the first OmniAir authorised test laboratory for DSRC-V2X technology in Europe. OmniAir is a leading organisation in ITS, connected vehicles, tolling and IoV and being able to offer conformance and interoperability services for V2X devices is very important to our customers. Dekra is investing important efforts and resources in automated and connected driving as the path to autonomous driving and Mobility 4.0. Our state of the art facilities in Klettwitz (Germany) and Málaga (Spain), now an OmniAir OATL, prove it. We are working to offer similar capabilities to our customers in North America and East Asia as the Global Partner for a Safe World", said Fernando E. Hardasmal, Managing Director at Dekra Testing and Certification S.A.U and Global Market and Sales Director at Dekra Product Testing and Certification.
GM uses Autodesk software for lighter parts
General Motors is using new, advanced software design technology to introduce the next generation of vehicle lightweighting.Read Now
The technology is key to developing efficient and lighter alternative propulsion and zero emission vehicles.
GM is the first automaker in North America to use new generative design software technology from Bay Area-based software company Autodesk. It uses cloud computing and AI-based algorithms to rapidly explore multiple permutations of a part design, generating hundreds of high-performance, often organic-looking geometric design options based on goals and parameters set by the user, such as weight, strength, material choice, fabrication method, and more. The user then determines the best part design option.
"This disruptive technology provides tremendous advancements in how we can design and develop components for our future vehicles to make them lighter and more efficient, said GM Vice President Ken Kelzer, Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems. "When we pair the design technology with manufacturing advancements such as 3D printing, our approach to vehicle development is completely transformed and is fundamentally different to co-create with the computer in ways we simply couldn't have imagined before."
The new design technology provides significantly more vehicle mass reduction and parts consolidation opportunities that cannot be achieved through traditional design optimisation methods. GM and Autodesk engineers have applied this new technology to produce a proof-of-concept part, a seat bracket that is 40% lighter and 20% stronger than the original part. It also consolidates eight different components into one 3D-printed part.
As part of a multi-year alliance focused on innovation, GM and Autodesk will collaborate on projects involving generative design, additive manufacturing, and materials science. Executives and engineers from the two companies will participate in a series of onsite engagements to exchange ideas, learnings, and expertise. GM also has on-demand access to Autodesk's full portfolio of software and technical specialists.
"Generative design is the future of manufacturing, and GM is a pioneer in using it to lightweight their future vehicles," said Scott Reese, Autodesk Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Construction Products. "Generative technologies fundamentally change how engineering work is done because the manufacturing process is built into design options from the start. GM engineers will be able to explore hundreds of ready-to-be-manufactured, high-performance design options faster than they were able to validate a single design the old way."
Eliminating mass in parts where material is not required for performance combined with parts consolidation yields benefits for vehicle owners including the potential for more interior space and vehicle content, increased range, and enhanced vehicle performance. It also paves the way for new features for customers and provides vehicle designers a canvas on which to explore designs and shapes not seen today.