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IAV and Microsoft demonstrate connected highly automated driving vehicle for enhanced safety; cloud-based analytics and big data

At CES 2016 last week, IAV and Microsoft demonstrated a connected highly automated driving (CHAD) vehicle capable of connecting with the Microsoft Azure cloud and Windows 10 to enable communication that helps prevent vehicle and pedestrian accidents and increases driving comfort and convenience. This vehicle-2-x communication (V2X) connectivity approach uses data from the vehicle’s surroundings to improve smart service for convenience and enhance safety by anticipating and mitigating potential hazards.

The two demonstrated a use case pf the approach: a pedestrian with a wearable device is walking toward the road, concealed by a parked vehicle. The device is located by nearby intelligent roadside infrastructure that is connected to the Azure cloud. The CHAD vehicle then receives a V2X warning that permits the safe, convenient adjustment of its driving dynamics in order to detect and avoid the hazard.

This IAV and Microsoft solution incorporates the Azure IoT Suite (a cloud-based offering with preconfigured solutions that address common Internet of Things scenarios); connected vehicle and infrastructure data; and Cortana Analytics—a fully managed big data and advanced analytics suite—for predictive hazard modeling.

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Cloud solutions of this nature can be used to transfer information from the surrounding environment, such as traffic light sensors, into the connected vehicle to better predict safety procedures.

We see this cloud solution like an additional surroundings sensor.

—Udo Wehner, executive vice president of vehicle integrated functions at IAV

IAV and Microsoft intend to use Windows 10 Continuum to stream Windows 10 directly to the car’s dashboard. For example, it could integrate data and services into the vehicle through devices the driver already uses on his notebook, tablet PC or smartphone, with apps such as Skype for Business, Calendar and Groove Music.

It’s critical to develop mobility solutions that help keep everyone safe on the road—and in this case, by accurately and quickly relaying information about a vehicle’s surroundings to the driver. Partnering with IAV and collaborating on their concept vehicle gave us a reliable way to test and refine our unique platform, and we look forward to exploring together our next phases of this project.

—Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development for Microsoft.

The increased convenience of technologies similar to those that IAV and Microsoft showcased at CES is brought about through the possibility of reacting promptly to the vehicles’ surroundings. V2X warnings can avoid emergency braking maneuvers and reduce the risk of rear-impact crashes. It is the CHAD vehicle, closely connected with its surroundings and other road users, that gives the driver time to be productive while en route.

IAV has several test vehicles demonstrating the current state of this future technology in Europe and in the United States. For example, they have already covered more than 43,000 on-road miles (70,000 km), almost without any intervention from the driver. Its next development step consists of continually working to perfect V2X communication to interconnect vehicles seamlessly with each other and their surroundings.

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