INRIX, Inc. has completed the acquisition of OpenCar, Inc., a U.S.-based automotive software and services provider. The OpenCar purchase extends the INRIX cloud platform into the dashboard with a broad portfolio of third-party content and applications in a customizable user experience (UX) automakers fully control.
“Today, over half of the connected vehicles in the world use INRIX services. By 2020, more than a quarter billion connected cars will be on the road(1),” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. “With the OpenCar acquisition, INRIX is in the driver’s seat to provide those connected services and expand into the digital dashboard with unique, easy-to-use applications designed especially for next-gen automotive experiences.”
The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive industry association driving the broad adoption of specified, open source, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software, will showcase its latest connected car technologies through a series of industry events during CES 2016 week in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 – 7.
Matt Jones, GENIVI Alliance president and head of future infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), will kick off the week by delivering the keynote presentation at the Consumer Telematics Show on Jan. 5 at the Rio Las Vegas. Jones will discuss how the efforts of JLR and other members of GENIVI are leading the charge not only in the connected car, but also opening up the ecosystem to future players.
BMW and Nissan are joining forces to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide.
With this partnership BMW and Nissan say they are addressing the growing demand for additional public DC Fast-charging options in markets spanning the country, giving drivers the ability to easily extend the length of their electric travels. Fast chargers are now available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“This is an interesting development – one that we don’t often see in the automotive world,” said Kevin Hamlin, senior analyst, IHS Automotive Technology. “The purchasers, and HERE, remain free to do what they want; however, as the industry progresses toward autonomous driving, there could be an advantage for an automaker when that automaker ‘owns’ important data in the vehicle.”
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) announced its next-generation BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet switch portfolio with integrated PHYs for automotive central gateway, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems(ADAS), infotainment, head units and time-sensitive applications.
The 28 nm devices are designed to deliver 30 percent power savings, which provides the industry’s lowest power automotive switch solution, according to Broadcom.
The dramatic rise of in-car applications has led to an increase in demand for bandwidth, creating strain on the car’s network. Using Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach Ethernet technology, automotive manufacturers can not only address bandwidth concerns but also ensure compliance with the latest standards and enable a secure network.
By Dan Noal, senior director, automotive solutions, Wind River.
Google is probably the first company you might think of if the conversation around your office coffee machine turned to talk of self-driving vehicles. Whether you are for or against the basic concept of a self-driving car, Google has been keen to point out the primary goal is to dramatically reduce the number of traffic accident deaths and injuries.
In the U.S. 94% of vehicle accidents are caused by human error so removing the human aspect of driving certainly appears a logical step. However, away from planet Earth, one of the most famous self-driving autonomous vehicles is the Curiosity Mars Lander mission that landed on the red planet’s surface in 2012.
Pierre Masai, Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor Europe and Sebastian Wedeniwski, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Automotive, have joined the list of automotive industry executives who will speak at TU-Automotive Europe, Europe’s largest connected car and mobility conference, 2nd-3rd November 2015 in Stuttgart.
Speakers also scheduled to participate include:
• Dieter May, SVP for New Digital Data and Business Models, BMW
• Robert Henrich, CEO, Moovel
• Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SVP Advanced Technology for Automotive, Mahindra Mahindra
• Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder, Head of Product Innovation, TomTom Management Board
• Thierry Le Hay, Director, Innovation, Peugeot Citroen Alliance
• Martin Kristensson, Director Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
• Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
• Jürgen Dickmann, Leader for Research & Development – Active Sensors, Daimler
• Francois Guichard, Transport: Vehicle Regulations & Transport Innovations, United Nations
Earlier this year Elektrobit (EB) announced that it’s opening a development center in the San Francisco-Bay area to extend the company’s software and systems innovations for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving. The center – Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose – is led by Walter Sullivan, who joined EB from Microsoft, where he was Senior Program Manager, Automotive. We asked him how the Lab is progressing so far:
JD: Can you discuss any of the projects you are working on?
I am focused on establishing key strategic partnerships as well as putting the finishing touches on our new office space, Elektrobit’s Innovation Lab, in San Jose.
BMW will present a research prototype of this application at TU-Automotive Detroit (formerly Telematics Detroit), June 3 – 4 2015. The system will be displayed in a BMW i3.
Easier Parking Searches, Reduced Parking-Related Traffic
BMW said its Connected Navigation Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) system is already helping drivers cope more effectively, safely and conveniently by providing accurate early warning of congestion and hold-ups and informing them of alternative routes.
Dynamic Parking Prediction
BMW Implements Microchip’s MOST® Technology in BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Model’s Infotainment System
Broadens Deployment From Premium Vehicles to Volume Car Models
Microchip Technology Inc. announced that the BMW Group is continuing to broaden the proliferation of MOST® technology in its vehicle infotainment networks, using Microchip’s Intelligent Network Interface Controllers (INICs).
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s latest volume car model to implement MOST technology, following the company’s wide deployment among its premium models, which began in 2001.