Volvo Cars has introduced Accident Ahead Alert, a new connected safety feature. For the first time, cars can alert drivers of accidents ahead directly using real-time data from a traffic management center. It will be available in compatible Volvo cars in Europe, starting from Denmark. With the aim to help... Read more →


With GPS data from as little as 6% of vehicles on the road, University of Michigan researchers can recalibrate traffic signals to reduce congestion and delays significantly at intersections. In an 18-month pilot study conducted in Birmingham, Michigan, the team used connected vehicle data insights provided by General Motors to... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in Skylo Technologies; direct-to-device satellite connectivity

BMW i Ventures has invested in Skylo Technologies, a direct-to-device satellite connectivity service provider. The $37-million financing round was co-led by Intel Capital and Innovation Endeavors and joined by BMW i Ventures, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Seraphim Space, and Next47. This new investment expands Skylo’s scale and business operations to better... Read more →


Hyundai, Kia and Samsung Electronics to collaborate on connecting mobility and residential spaces

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation signed an agreement with Samsung Electronics for a Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car service partnership, aiming to enhance the connectivity between residential and mobility spaces. Under this agreement, Hyundai and Kia customers will be able to control digital appliances remotely via touch and voice commands through... Read more →


Magna is enhancing its automated driving capabilities by joining NorthStar—Telia Sweden and Ericsson’s 5G innovation program for industrial enterprises. As part of the agreement, Telia and Ericsson have built a dedicated, private 5G network at Magna’s test track located in Vårgårda, Sweden, where new cutting-edge Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)... Read more →


Seoul Robotics partners with ALP.Lab to enhance safety on European roadways with 3D perception technology

Seoul Robotics , a 3D perception solutions company building a platform that uses deep learning AI, is partnering with ALP.Lab, an Austria-based test laboratory for automated driving systems, to provide 3D perception traffic safety systems for the DACH region (Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH)) and Central Europe. The... Read more →


USDOT opens $40M grant opportunity for V2X technologies

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now accepting applications under the $40 million Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment grant opportunity (693JJ324NF00003) to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The initiative is focused on road safety, mobility, and efficiency through technology that enables vehicles and... Read more →


Nineteen leading innovators in the automotive, bicycle and technology sectors have launched the Coalition for Cyclist Safety to work towards advancing and deploying connected transportation solutions to help reduce the risks facing cyclists and e-bike riders on North American roads. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, bicycles constitute... Read more →


CEA-Leti, a technology research institute at France’s CEA, announced a new R&D initiative to contribute to a higher level of vehicle automation and cooperation by expanding the latest developments in vehicular wireless communications that improve reaction time, pedestrian detection and overall vehicle performance. Combining learnings from its participation in three... Read more →


Qatar Airways selects Starlink for complimentary in-air WiFi up to 350 Mbps

Qatar Airways is now the largest airline to collaborate with SpaceX’s Starlink and in the future, will roll out a complimentary high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity experience onboard specific aircraft and routes. Once the service is active, passengers will be able to enjoy ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 Megabits... Read more →


Mitsubishi Electric selects BlackBerry IVY to power its new in-vehicle system

Mitsubishi Electric and BlackBerry Limited announced that Mitsubishi Electric’s new automotive in-cabin system—Mitsubishi Electric FLEXConnect, will be powered by BlackBerry IVY—an edge-to-cloud vehicle data platform. The collaboration will help advance road safety by leveraging an array of sensor data to anticipate safety risks, reduce driver distractions, highlight potential driving hazards,... Read more →


Hyundai Motor America is bringing in-vehicle payments to customers with the introduction of Hyundai Pay. The Hyundai Pay system allows customers to find and pay for things with their vehicle’s touchscreen using securely stored credit card information. Hyundai has partnered with Parkopedia to launch Hyundai Pay’s first service, a new... Read more →


Audi of America and Navistar are demonstrating the role direct communication via Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology can play to provide potentially life-saving safety technology for the 26 million children riding school buses every day in the United States. C-V2X technology offers the potential to unlock the next substantial... Read more →


UCL researchers, with colleagues in China, have developed a new frequency-referenced multiplexing method that can provide guaranteed bandwidth and low latency for time-critical applications in the cloud. It could provide connectivity needed for applications of the future such as driverless cars and drone fleets. An open-access paper on the method... Read more →


Avanci launches 5G Connected Vehicle licensing program; Mercedes-Benz first to license

Avanci, the independent global leader in joint licensing solutions, has launched its 5G Connected Vehicle program that will simplify the licensing of the cellular technologies used in next generation connected vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker licensee on the Avanci 5G Vehicle platform. Avanci was created with a vision of... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz launches vehicle data analytics project with City of Boston to help improve uneven roads

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) Urban Mobility Solutions and the Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and Citywide Analytics Team announced a pilot partnership to identify the causes of uneven roads using vehicle data analytics. MBUSA is using an advanced algorithm to process vehicle data and use it for infrastructure analytics.... Read more →


At the end of 2023 and early 2024, PEUGEOT Cycles will expand its range of electric bikes with several new innovative models benefiting from the best connected technologies. These, through a new dedicated smartphone application, offer users at launch, among other things, adaptive electrical assistance, an anti-theft system, an alarm,... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group surpassed 10 million global connected car service subscribers this month. The milestone comes one year and 10 months after reaching 5 million subscribers in August 2021. The Group said that this rapid growth supports the acceleration of the Group’s Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV) strategy. Connected car services utilize... Read more →


Audi joins Peachtree Corners to advance C-V2X deployment pathways aimed at improving roadway safety

Peachtree Corners—one of the US’ first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure—and Audi of America Inc. are collaborating to advance cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) practical deployment pathways as part of the city’s Curiosity Lab ecosystem. Both Audi and Peachtree Corners see this as an opportune time to further deployment of... Read more →


ABI Research: by 2028, automakers will save $1.5B using over-the-air updates to fix recalled cars

By 2028, automakers in the United States will use Over-the-Air (OTA) update capabilities to save US$1.5 billion by remotely implementing fixes to product recalls. According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, performing these legally required software updates in-person costs OEMs half a billion dollars annually. Vehicle recalls due to... Read more →


BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund makes strategic investment in CerebrumX

CerebrumX Lab, a leading AI-driven automotive data services & product provider (earlier post), announced a strategic investment from BlackBerry that will help the company ramp up the delivery of new data-driven, in-vehicle products and services that make it easier for automakers to create turnkey user-centric applications and enterprise solutions. CerebrumX... Read more →


J.D. Power and Motorq collaborate to measure real world EV battery health

J.D. Power and Motorq, a leading connected vehicle analytics and infrastructure company, have announced a strategic alliance to provide the automotive industry with insights based on connected vehicle data. The first product from the alliance will measure real-world electric vehicle (EV) battery health. Using data provided by the vehicle itself,... Read more →


Porsche AG and its partner UP.Labs have jointly founded their first company; Los Angeles-based startup Pull Systems is developing a machine-learning-as-a-service solution for capturing and analyzing vehicle data. Pull Systems’ intelligent platform aims to generate important information about the vehicle—such as the condition of the vehicle’s battery or power electronics—quickly... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz customers in Germany are now able to authenticate payments via an in-car fingerprint sensor. With the new digital payment service Mercedes pay+, Mercedes-Benz introduces native in-car payments. With native in-car payments, the vehicle itself now enables biometric two-factor authentication in conjunction with the fingerprint sensor. It is no longer... Read more →


The US Department of Transportation has awarded a $15-million grant to renew the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT), based in Ann Arbor and led by the University of Michigan. The partnership now brings together nine colleges and universities to focus on significantly advancing the US transportation system with... Read more →


Hyundai Motor America launched a connected car services program called Bluelink+, which eliminates nearly all subscription fees for new owners. All services included in the previous Bluelink Connected Care, Remote and Guidance subscription packages are now offered complimentary on a non-trial basis for new buyers with Bluelink+ (4G LTE network... Read more →


Hitachi Astemo, Trend Micro and its subsidiary VicOne have expanded their collaboration to provide security solutions for connected cars, aiming for commercialization by 2025. Hitachi Astemo’s division that develops in-vehicle components for connected cars has been working with Trend Micro on the joint development of security solutions for connected cars... Read more →


Juniper Research: Connected vehicles to surpass 367M globally by 2027, up from 192M in 2023; role of operators

A new Juniper Research study forecasts that the number of connected vehicles in service will reach 367 million globally in 2027, from 192 million in 2023. This growth of 91% will be driven by the advancement of both ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and increasing the capabilities of in-vehicle infotainment... Read more →


Stellantis launches Mobilisights to grow data and connected services business; leveraging connected vehicle data

At CES 2023, Stellantis N.V. announced the establishment of Mobilisights, an independent business unit fully dedicated to growing the company’s data as a service (DaaS) business and to developing and licensing innovative B2B products, applications and services. Mobilisights products will be available to a diverse set of entities, including private... Read more →


In an important step towards safer and more sustainable goods movement through autonomous transportation, Goodyear and Gatik (earlier post) have demonstrated, in a proof-of-concept, that intelligent tires powered by Goodyear SightLine technology can accurately estimate tire-road friction potential and provide real-time information to Gatik’s automated driving system (ADS). The capability... Read more →


6G-ICAS4Mobility project working to integrate communication and sensors into single 6G system; sidelink communication

In Germany, the publicly-funded 6G-ICAS4Mobility (6G Integrated Communication & Sensing for Mobility) project aims to more closely interconnect the communication and sensing systems (ICAS), which currently run separately, and to integrate them into a single 6G system. Over the next three years, the project will develop crucial foundations of the... Read more →


CerebrumX and Toyota partner to use connected vehicle data to reduce fleet management costs

CerebrumX Lab, an AI-driven automotive data services & management platform (earlier post), is partnering with Toyota to provide real-time insights aimed at making connected fleet operations safer and cost-effective. The partnership is focused on reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for fleets by utilizing embedded telematics data from participating... Read more →


Porsche Engineering and Vodafone Business have established Europe’s first 5G hybrid mobile private network (MPN) at Nardò Technical Center (NTC) for the development of intelligent and connected vehicles. The proving ground in Southern Italy, which is owned by Porsche and operated by Porsche Engineering, now offers its customers a real-time... Read more →


In BMW vehicles with BMW Operating System 7 and 8, a new service for convenient payment processing of parking fees is now available in Germany and Austria. Other European countries will follow. With the parking payments function, upon arrival in a parking zone, the vehicle automatically detects whether the service... Read more →


Renault has become the first car brand to offer the Waze application directly integrated into the vehicle’s multimedia system. The integration of Waze into the OpenR Link multimedia system with integrated Google and therefore visible on the 12-inch vertical screen of the All-new Austral and Mégane E-Tech electric naturally offers... Read more →


CerebrumX to use Ford connected vehicle data to help transform auto insurance in N America with usage-based insurance as-a-service

CerebrumX Lab Inc. (CerebrumX), an AI-driven automotive data services & management platform, will incorporate Ford connected vehicle data to support data-driven usage-based insurance (UBI) as-a-Service model for Insurers. This model offers a quicker and more cost-effective implementation of UBI programs by using embedded telematics for eligible Ford and Lincoln connected... Read more →


NXP Semiconductors has introduced the OrangeBox automotive-grade development platform, which integrates a wide variety of NXP wireless technologies, from broadcast radio, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, to secure car access with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and 802.11p-based V2X. The OrangeBox is a single, security enhanced, modular development platform... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group announced a new global strategy to transform all vehicles to software-defined vehicles (SDVs) by 2025. The initiative, presented during the Group’s Unlock the Software Age global online forum, will give customers the freedom to upgrade the performance and functionality of their vehicles remotely. The Group also shared... Read more →


Toyota and Google Cloud partner to bring AI-powered speech services to Toyota and Lexus vehicles without the cloud

Toyota and Google Cloud announced an expanded partnership that brings together Toyota and Lexus next-generation audio multimedia systems and Google Cloud’s AI-based speech services. Customers can now experience the first results of the partnership in the latest generation Toyota Audio Multimedia and Lexus Interface infotainment systems, including in 2023 models... Read more →


Audi recently held demonstrations of Connected Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology in Oceanside, California. The demonstrations showcased a variety of C-V2X use cases which offer the potential to reduce the likelihood of collisions between vehicles and cyclists. C-V2X is the use of cellular communications technology between a vehicle and its... Read more →


VNC Automotive: automotive subscription services are here to stay

Vehicle connectivity and telematics software expert VNC Automotive suggests that vehicle subscription features will grow in popularity and become a standard component of the marketplace. Consumers are no stranger to the subscription model, now firmly a part of daily life for many, with millions of people regularly paying to use... Read more →


UK-based connected vehicle data company Wejo Group unveiled DLIVEREE, an AV prototype that is being used to develop and demonstrate Wejo’s Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (AV-OS), software that will use live, real-time connected vehicle data to support development, testing, and operation of AVs for the future. The AV prototype allows... Read more →


Ford exploring use of smartphone technology to alert drivers to pedestrians, bicyclists; BLE and 5G

Ford Motor Company is researching new smartphone-based communications technology that could potentially help warn drivers of pedestrians, bicyclists and more—even those approaching a vehicle’s path but blocked from a driver’s view. The concept smartphone app, which would run on a pedestrian’s phone, uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) messaging to communicate... Read more →


Lightning eMotors launches of Lightning Insights real-time EV telematics and charger management software

Lightning eMotors has launched Lightning Insights, a significant extension of its telematics system built for monitoring and managing Lightning fleet assets in real-time. Lightning’s original telematics solution, created 10 years ago, was already a market-leading platform offering an array of data collection and analysis capability. The new system, which monitors... Read more →


Michigan will enable four new mobility services to help address challenges across the state related to sustainable transit, roadway safety, parking and staffing shortages in the service industry. In partnership with key universities, four companies—Bluecity, GEKOT Inc., Mouvit and Nimbus—will receive $285,000 in total funding through the Michigan Mobility Funding... Read more →


Jaguar Land Rover has taken another step towards a new era of electrification and connectivity by opening a facility to test the next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference. The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at Gaydon in the UK, will ensure future vehicles meet current and future legislation... Read more →


BlackBerry software is now embedded in more than 215M vehicles

BlackBerry Limited announced that Strategy Analytics, a leading independent research firm, has determined BlackBerry QNX software is now embedded in more than 215 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 20 million from the year before. BlackBerry provides safety-certified embedded software for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s including BMW, Bosch, Continental,... Read more →


Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the largest software framework company for autonomous systems, is collaborating with Renesas, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions for the automotive industry. RTI Connext Drive, the ISO-26262-certified communications framework for autonomous and electric vehicles, runs on Renesas System-on-Chips (SoC), providing OEMs with a trusted development platform.... Read more →


Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), an independent software and innovation center of excellence, has introduced its Cabin Awareness concept technology that uses millimeter-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to help detect occupants (including certain pets) in cars and has the potential to detect them if ever they’re left behind. The Cabin... Read more →


Parkopedia and Uproad partner to enable in-car tolling payments for US drivers

Parkopedia, a leading connected vehicles services provider, and Uproad, a leading mobile tolling payment system, announced the integration of their platforms, automating the toll payment process for millions of drivers in the US. US drivers complete nearly 6 billion journeys along the country’s nearly 9,500km of toll roads, bridges and... Read more →