July 22, 2014 by John Day
Agero, Inc. plans to expand its roadside assistance work force by 30 percent this year across its four regional sites in Clarksville, Tennessee; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; Sebring, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona.
With the help of more than 30,000 roadside assistance providers Agero protects more than 75 million drivers a year in North America during in-vehicle and post-emergency safety and security situations.
Agero CEO Dave Ferrick says the hiring initiative is in response to growing customer demand and to support new capabilities in Agero’s “high-touch” roadside assistance services.
July 21, 2014 by John Day
Researchers from China and the Netherlands have developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED road lights. They created a model that can predict the level of discomfort experienced by drivers under various lighting conditions.
The team reported its findings, which could guide streetlight placement and design, in The Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.
Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain. While our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful.
Telefónica launched its second Connected Car Industry report, exploring the attitudes of drivers towards car connectivity.
The term Connected Car has been a buzzword within the automotive industry for several years, but the big question is – are consumers ready? Research conducted by Telefónica suggests that they are. According to the Telefónica study, there is sufficient global demand for connected car services, with more than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.
Telematics Update’s Telematics Munich conference is scheduled for November 10-11 at the Hotel Dolce, Munich, Germany. Organizers say the conference will focus on how the car is plugging into the connected world so that the ecosystem can develop auto mobility strategies towards 2020.
The Car Plugs into the Connected World: Auto Mobility Strategies for 2020
As hype gathers around the Internet of Things, automakers and service providers alike are developing data management systems capable of dealing with the huge influx of data that comes with having everything connected.
Ernst & Young estimates that 104 million or so new cars are expected to have some form of connectivity by 2025. That’s good news for the large percentage (46%, according to Gartner) of today’s consumers who want their cars connected so they can safely access inside their car the applications they enjoy on their smartphone.
That desire for smartphone-like connectivity in cars extends to automatic or on-demand updates of in-car apps as those updates become available. Receiving accurate and up-to-date information on the drivability of their car – maintenance scheduling, recalls, etc. – is an extra benefit that consumers will, chances are, learn to rely upon.
Bosch-Led European Research Project OpEneR Presents Findings on How to Improve EV Efficiency and Safety
The European research project OpEneR presented collaboratively developed driving strategies and driver assistance systems that will significantly improve the efficiency and safety of both electric and hybrid vehicles in the future.
This greater efficiency will help unlock the market for fully electric and hybrid vehicles: by increasing driving range without enlarging the battery. Engineers and researchers have worked to improve the electrical powertrain, the regenerative braking system, the navigation system, and the surround sensors, as well as on functions that connect these elements with each other.
July 16, 2014 by John Day
Asian-Focused Business Conference September 11-12, 2014
MEMS Industry Group (MIG), in partnership with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) and Shanghai Industrial Technology Research (SITRI), will host MEMS Industry Group® Conference Shanghai, a two-day event exploring the global MEMS and sensors supply chain, with particular focus on Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities in Asia.
Emergency Call System with FUJITSU TEN Telematics Control Unit Demoed Simultaneosly in Europe and Russia
FUJITSU TEN LIMITED provided a Telematics Control Unit (TCU) for an emergency call system demonstrated at the ITS European Congress 2014 venue in Helsinki. Demonstrations were conducted simultaneously in Europe and Russia for the first time, reflecting the interchangeability between the European eCall system and the Russian ERA-GLONASS system.
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents, the European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal for a regulation concerning a type-approval requirement for deployment of the eCall system.
Sensors and Software are Most Instrumental Technologies; Legal Liability and Policymakers Identified as Challenges to Mass Adoption of Driverless Cars
IEEE unveiled the findings of a survey that revealed expert opinions about the future of driverless cars, such as speed bumps to mass adoption, essential autonomous technologies, features in the car of the future, and geographic adoption.
More than 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students, society members and government agencies in the field of autonomous vehicles, participated in the survey.
Speed Bumps to Mass Adoption
July 10, 2014 by John Day
Earlier this year, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow.
In fact, quite a storm is brewing in the car industry. With Apple on the scene, ABI Research asks what are the wider implications for the automotive industry and for drivers in the future?