Automakers and telematics service providers converge at the largest telematics conference in the world. Andrew Tolve reports.
In this week’s Brief: Airbiquity, Continental, UIEvolution, Symphony Teleca, Intel, Abalta, Delphi, CSR, Visteon, Luxoft, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, The DiSTI Corporation, Green Hills Software, QNX, Rightware, Allstate, Agnik, Liberty Mutual, American Family Insurance, Masternaut, Summit Partners, FleetCor Technologies, Telogis, Hino Trucks, Telit Wireless Solutions, TimeStamp, WirelessCar, Volvo Car Corporation, NNG, Magellan, NXP Semiconductors, Gemalto, Wind River and TTTech.
More than 2,200 senior executives and 100 industry-leading speakers in the automotive and telematics space descended on tranquil Novi, Mich., for the 14th annual Telematics Detroit conference last week. Here’s a recap of what was afoot on the exhibition floor and of the many new product announcements that accompanied the event.
Cloud-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platforms were a hot item during the June 4-5 conference. First, Airbiquity announced that Continental will integrate the Airbiquity Choreo connected car services platform into its future infotainment systems. With Choreo, Continental will add a Cloud component to its offering, enabling auto OEMs to deploy customized connected car solutions that can be easily updated and refreshed, both in the car and on related smartphone apps.
UIEvolution also released a Cloud-based IVI platform, UIE CloudConnect, which lets OEMs create personalized experiences for different vehicle models and deliver content and services in real time. UIE CloudConnect includes an app marketplace and personalized owner services.
Likewise, Symphony Teleca announced a production-ready infotainment solution based on the new Intel In-Vehicle Solutions platform. Symphony Teleca says the new infotainment solution shrinks time to market for new products to 12 to 18 months and supports over-the-air updates.
Abalta revealed three big wins for WEBLINK, its smartphone integration platform that pushes Internet services from the smartphone’s browser to the infotainment head unit of the car. Automotive electronics supplier Delphi will now offer WEBLINK as an application delivery option for its customers. Consumer electronics company CSR integrated WEBLINK into its IVI offering, SiRFprimaII. And automotive supplier Visteon integrated WEBLINK into its OpenAir infotainment platform so that it can deliver web-based and native smartphone services.
Luxoft announced that its TEORA automotive UX and HMI platform now supports the Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink smartphone connectivity standards. Luxoft uses TEORA to develop scalable and swift-to-market car HMI implementations.
Digital instrument clusters
The DiSTI Corporation, which offers a suite of user interface development tools for 3D HD instrument clusters, announced a partnership with Green Hills Software, a specialist in safety and security solutions. The two plan to build safety-critical automotive instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUDs) and infotainment systems that push the digital envelope forward.
QNX released QNX OS for Automotive Safety 1.0, a new operating system that aims to hold the new wave of in-vehicle connected solutions — digital instrument clusters, HUDs and advanced driver assistance systems — to the highest automotive safety level possible: Automotive Safety Integrity Level D.
QNX also demoed a concept car with a fully digital instrument cluster on the exhibition floor, in partnership with user interface designer Rightware. The cluster was integrated with the car’s infotainment system and displayed real-time information like local speed limits, traffic reports and incoming phone calls, while dynamically changing views to highlight the most important information.
Allstate launched Star Driver, a program that helps teens and parents identify and learn safe driving behaviors. The program is built around a new mobile telematics app, Drivewise Mobile (available on iTunes and Google Play), which lets parents set limits about where, when and how fast their offspring are allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message or e-mail if their offspring violate the limits.
Automotive Big Data analytics company Agnik announced that Liberty Mutual and American Family Insurance will join its Cloud-based platform for connecting consumers with insurance companies.
Europe’s largest provider of telematics solutions to commercial fleets, Masternaut, announced that it had been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Summit Partners and FleetCor Technologies.
Telogis partnered with Hino Trucks to release Hino INSIGHT 2.0, a telematics solution for the medium-duty commercial truck market. Hino INSIGHT 2.0 will be standard fit on most Hino trucks come this summer and will offer features like route optimization, real-time work order management, truck-specific navigation, and telematics and mobile integration services.
Telit Wireless Solutions and TireStamp announced a new solution focused on truck tires, which turn out to be the second highest expense for fleet managers and a major safety hazard on highways. The TireStamp TireVigil TPMS solution receives data from tire-pressure sensors and shares it in real-time over the cellular network, allowing managers to preempt accidents, schedule maintenance and intervene in the event of an emergency.
Safety and security
WirelessCar announced that its embedded telematics solution will power Volvo Car Coporation’s On Call service, which is now being offered standard in all new Volvos sold in the United States and Canada. On Call will deliver emergency call, remote door unlock, theft notification, stolen vehicle tracking, immobilization and smartphone-based telematics services on iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.
NNG announced a new flagship automotive navigation software, iGO primo nextgen. The software bills itself as “adaptive HMI” that allows OEMs and tier 1 suppliers to customize next-generation navigation with reduced development time. Screens, layout and buttons automatically adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions, while the HMI offers fewer menu screens and easier command options for reduced distraction.
Magellan released its first in-dash navigation solution, which targets entry-level consumer vehicle lines, as well as fleets and rental car companies. The SmartGPS Eco V2.0 Cloud technology comes with Magellan’s advanced navigation features and functionality, and provides access to Cloud-enabled content from the Magellan SmartGPS ecosystem via a smartphone.
Telit Wireless Solutions unveiled Telit ATOP 3.5G, the result of its recent acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ automotive telematics on-board unit platform (ATOP) business. ATOP 3.5G integrates 3G cellular connectivity for voice and data communication, GPS/GLONASS for location and near-field communications (NFC) for driver authentication and to facilitate mobile payments directly from cars, thus simplifying the development of automotive applications like road pricing and eCall.
Digital security specialist Gemalto released a new round of 4G features and automotive-grade M2M technology. The new solutions on display at its exhibition booth included an NFC mobile app that allows drivers to securely unlock a car door via near-field communication, as well as “On-Demand Connectivity,” which creates a flexible subscription management service for all M2M devices.
Finally, Wind River announced a partnership with TTTech to develop safety-related electronic control units (ECUs) for advanced automotive applications, such as autonomous driving and other automotive camera–based vision applications. TTTech will use Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system to host several safety-related software components side by side with non-safety-related components in the overall system architecture.
The Weekly Brief is a round-up of the week’s top telematics news, combining TU analysis with information from industry press releases.
Andrew Tolve is a regular to contributor to Telematics Update.
For all the latest telematics trends, check out Advanced Automotive Safety USA 2014 on July 8-9 in Novi, Michigan, Insurance Telematics USA 2014 on Sept. 3-4 in Chicago, Telematics Japan 2014 in October in Tokyo, Telematics Munich 2014 on Nov. 10-11 in Munich, Germany, and The Open Mobile Summit on Nov. 10-11 in San Francisco.
For exclusive telematics business analysis and insight, check out TU’s reports: Insurance Telematics Report 2014, Connected Fleet Report 2014, The Automotive HMI Report 2013 and Telematics Connectivity Strategies Report 2013.