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Pan-European eCall - how should you respond to legislation? [p7]

Jaguar Land Rover announces Connect & View smartphone integration solution [p7 ]

Microsoft and Toyota form partnership for cloud-based telematics [p4]

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SNAPSHOT: In this bulletin..

Telematics and infotainment

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Microsoft & Toyota form telematics partnership

Exclusive interview with Airbiquity

Magneti announces Open Telematics Platform

MINI Rocketman with removable infotainment unit

Octo Telematics and Directed Electronics form Joint Venture

Update on eCall Legislation in Europe

Navigation and traffic

Garmin opens Detroit office

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Intrinsyc wins OEM client

SatGuide and Waze announce traffic info app in India

BMW navigation linked to app

Smartphone and apps Jaguar announces Connect & View smartphone integration solution

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Mercedes A Class concept gets smartphone integration

BMW launches EVolve smartphone app

ADAS, Connectivity & more..

BMW transmission linked to navigation and traffic

INRIX Traffic app launched on Amazon Android Store

OnStar app launched in China; ‘EatOn’ student app wins

GM announces ‘Intellink’ smartphone integration solution

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Audi lighting system linked to navigation system

CSR announces WiFi solution for cars

Continental launches stereo cameras for collision avoidance

Parrot partners with eSolutions

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Microsoft & Toyota form telematics partnership

Microsoft and Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) announced in early April that they have forged a strategic partnership and plan to build a global platform for TMC’s next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to participate in a 1 billion yen (approximately $12 million) investment in Toyota Media Service Co., a TMC subsidiary that offers digital information services to Toyota automotive customers. The two companies aim to help develop and deploy telematics applications on the Windows Azure platform, which includes Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure, starting with TMC’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. TMC’s goal is to establish a complete global cloud platform by 2015 that will provide affordable and advanced telematics services to Toyota automotive customers around the world.

What is Windows Azure? The Windows Azure cloud computing and storage platform has four parts: 

Windows Azure: A Windows environment for running applications and storing data on computers in Microsoft data centers.

SQL Azure: Relational data services in the cloud on an SQL Server.

Windows Azure AppFabric: Cloud-based infrastructure services for applications running in the cloud or on the device.

Windows Azure Marketplace: An online service for purchasing cloudbased data and applications.

All four of these components run in Microsoft data centers located around the world: two in North America, two in Europe, and two in Asia. Developers using the platform can control which data center runs their applications and stores their data, giving them the ability to place both closer to their users. Microsoft has a long history of delivering platforms and services to the automotive market, including in-car infotainment systems built on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform, in-car mapping services with Bing and the Microsoft Tellme voice application, and many other consumer solutions. Existing systems in the market that make use of Windows Automotive include Ford SYNC and Nissan Leaf infotainment hub. Source: Toyota, Microsoft

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Industry Interview

Telematics and infotainment

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Airbiquity’s Leo McCloskey, VP Marketing Mr. McCloskey leads Airbiquity’s marketing activities, bringing nearly two decades of experience in networked-services marketing to the company. His expertise in services and networks has been honed in North America and Europe, and he has also lived in Japan. He was most recently vice president of marketing for IntelliTax, a provider of software and services for tax professionals, and has held senior leadership positions at Nexagent, Ebone and Terabeam. Mr. McCloskey holds a B.A. in Russian studies and language from Dickinson College. Telematics News (TN): You recently announced two big EV contracts with Nissan and Ford – are electric/green vehicles a prime focus for Airbiquity going forward? Leo: Yes, we are very excited about the market prospects for EVs. The interesting aspect of EVs is that they are really the first fulltime connected vehicles, primarily because of the fuel type (electrical). Airbiquity has deployed a modern cloud architecture for managing the in-vehicle experience across the lifecycle of the vehicle. This means that our platform is built to adapt to the evolving needs of fickle and hyper-personalized markets. Whether the automaker is launching alternatively-fueled vehicles, such as electric vehicles, or wants to provide a unique experience for each of their vehicle lines and geographic markets, our service delivery platform enables it. TN: Can you tell us briefly how exactly you support Nissan’s and Ford’s global EV plans? Leo: In each case, we are providing both the connected vehicle infrastructure and comprehensive customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities. For CRM, we are providing smartphone apps, and mobile and desktop web portals for a rich owner experience. There are subtle variations in the services for the LEAF in each of the geographies, and our platform enables the automaker to cost-effectively adapt the services to those markets, including language and service localization.

TN: Moving onto in-car infotainment, you announced in mid-2010 a smartphone integration solution. With so many different solutions being proposed within the industry, what will be your unique value proposition? Leo: Integrating smartphone apps alone isn’t our focus. Our solution enables the automaker to provide drivers with a highly personalized in-vehicle experience, whether the driver is using a smartphone app or a cloud service. That part is relatively straightforward, though still quite complex. The real benefit of our approach for the automaker is the ability to control the behavior of applications and services within the vehicle, over the lifecycle of the vehicle. An automaker can enable, for example, a range of Internet radio applications for use in the vehicle while also controlling how those applications interact with vehicle resources (e.g., steering controls, voice recognition and text-to-speech) given both vehicle state (moving/parked) and location (e.g., country, state). This is a very dynamic set of inputs, and we enable the automaker to adapt those rules and policies in a way that maintains concurrency with an evolving consumer market AND provides a safe, minimally-distracted driving experience. We are delivering an extension of our service delivery platform whereby the vehicle adapts to the driver and his/her desires for infotainment, whatever or wherever that application may reside, but also governs the use of that application in a way that is safest for all drivers. TN: You also announced a partnership with Bosch on connected navigation services. Without going into specifics, can you give us an idea as to what we can expect? Leo: The Bosch relationship is for connected head units, though there is a focus on navigation within the automaker’s program. Bosch is the tier 1 and holds the automaker relationship. What is exciting for us is the global scope of the program, pushing us into new markets. We will localize the content and services in more than one dozen languages. We will deliver a range of services, some more advanced that we’ve done in the past. I’m afraid, though, that additional details will need to wait until Bosch or the automaker decides to make them available. (Continued..)

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Telematics and infotainment TN: Lastly, with so many vehicle manufacturers planning telematics services in China, can you tell us about your activities in this market? Leo: China is on its way to becoming the biggest vehicle market on the planet, as we all know. We gained some early experience with our demonstration project with SAIC at last year’s World Expo, and some of our customers have already begun operations in China. We are convinced that the best way for us to prosecute that market opportunity is to find the right partner in China, and are actively engaged in some very intriguing discussions. Given the nature of the business, however, additional details will need to wait for a later time.

OPEN TELEMATICS PLATFORM At Auto Shanghai 2011, Magneti Marelli highlighted its ‘open platform’ for telematics. The platform makes it possible to build a common platform between suppliers and carmakers, with clear advantages from the stand point of sharing and cutting down on developing costs, shorter time-to-market, and openness and compatibility with constantly evolving consumer devices. It also offers the highest possibility to customize devices, functions and user interfaces (HMI).

MINI Rocketman concept has removable infotainment unit: ‘SEED’

Octo Telematics has announced its entry into the United States insurance telematics marketplace through a joint venture with Directed Electronics.

MINI showcased its Rocketman Concept vehicle at AutoShanghai with a removable infotainment unit called ‘SEED’ that stores telephone numbers and email contacts, as well as navigation data, internet addresses and full websites or messages from online social networks, music files, photos and videos. The unit is integrated into the Centre Speedo and can be configured on a computer before the start of a journey, enabling the driver to transfer new music files, a navigation destination and contact details for mobile communications and internet usage into the vehicle with maximum convenience. Source: BMW

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With the launch of its U.S. operations, Octo Telematics North America is poised to offer its comprehensive range of vehicle telematics solutions to the considerable North American automotive insurance market: from usage-based insurance, driving behavior and mileage reporting, to safety and security services, crash kinematics and dynamics reconstruction. Octo Telematics will provide auto insurance-telematics services to Seattle-based Safeco Insurance, a member of Liberty Mutual Group and Octo Telematics’ first U.S. insurance customer. With more than a million active subscribers and more than 50 Insurance partners worldwide, Octo Telematics has significant experience with automotive usage based insurance programs. Source: Octo Telematics

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Feature Article

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Pan-European eCall - how should you respond to legislation?

(Feature Article from SBD)

Although an official announcement has not yet been made, SBD understands that the EC is definitely pushing ahead with legislation to mandate pan-European public eCall. Vehicle manufacturers will have to equip all newly Type Approved models with eCall from the end of 2014.This decision by the EC to mandate eCall is a highly significant development that will change the landscape of the European telematics industry. Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, mobile network operators and national Member State governments will have to develop strategies to respond to this legislation requiring the provision of eCall emergency assistance. The Type Approval legislation is currently being prepared by the DG Enterprise within the EC and is expected to be released this summer with enforcement due at the end of 2014, according to SBD’s research. Member States will be required by DG Move to upgrade their Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and emergency services in parallel to the requirements on vehicle manufacturers. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will also be required by DG Infso to provide an eCall Flag that identifies the eCall as an emergency message from a vehicle. SBD’s new report, Pan-European ecall - how should you respond to legislation, includes an analysis of the potential deployment scenarios that will follow the emergence of the mandate. These include an evaluation of the potential for delay caused by political opposition from the French and UK governments and also vehicle manufacturers such as PSA that already offer private eCall services. Vehicle manufacturers need to understand both the specific requirements of the legislation and also the new telematics environment that has been produced by the mandate. They will have to decide whether they will simply do the minimum to comply with the legislation or whether they will see the mandate as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage by offering additional telematics services or by spreading fitment across their model range. While the new legislation will specify the use of In-Band Modem technology from Qualcomm, it is unclear if some of the solutions using Bluetooth to link the driver’s phone to the car emerging from carmakers including Ford will be permitted. In addition to this technology question, there are a number of other significant unresolved issues that need answers before successful deployment can be achieved. These unresolved issues are led by the question of whether Member States will have upgraded their PSAPs in time for the start of factory fitment in cars. Another key issue is the question of liability for the successful operation of the service. This is difficult to allocate in a complex service chain comprising the car, MNO, PSAP and emergency services. However, if a crash occurs and the eCall is not effective it will be the vehicle manufacturer that gets blamed by the consumer and the vehicle manufacturer needs to develop a strategy to respond to this. Source: SBD

Source: Daimler, BeckerMapPilot.com

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Navigation and traffic

US: Garmin opens Detroit office to develop automotive business

Intrinsyc claims automotive client for its Destinator navi software

Garmin International has announced that it would open an office in the Detroit area to support current automotive OEM customers and develop new global business opportunities.

Intrinsyc Software has announced that Destinator navigation software is being adapted and integrated into a high-end performance automobile that is expected to be available later this year.

Located in Novi, Michigan, the new office will support a dedicated staff of Garmin associates that specialize in automotive OEM sales, marketing, and engineering disciplines. The facility will include both offices and vehicle preparation facilities for product design, development and demonstration. Heading up the new office and leading Garmin’s overall automotive OEM business is industry veteran Matthew Munn, Garmin International vice president, managing director automotive OEM. Source: Garmin

“We are pleased to work with our automotive integration partner to adapt and optimize Destinator for this in-car opportunity,” stated Alkarim Kassam, Vice President Engineering, Intrinsyc. “Destinator is a full-featured, reliable turn-by-turn white label navigation solution, powering leading brands in Personal Navigation Devices, Smartphones, and automobiles.” Details of the transaction and the customer name remain confidential at the customer’s request. Source: Intrinsyc

US: INRIX Traffic app debuts on Amazon app store INRIX Traffic is now available as a free download on the following Android and iPhone App Stores: • Apple App Store • Amazon Appstore for Android • Android Market The app works with all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices using iOSv3.0 and later. It’s compatible with Android v.2.0 and later including the popular HTC Evo, HTC Incredible and Motorola Droid X smartphones and the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy tablets. INRIX has also released data showing that drivers who use the INRIX Traffic app everyday save the annual equivalent in emissions from driving a car 370 miles – the distance by car from L.A. to San Francisco. Source: INRIX

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Navigation and traffic

EXCLUSIVE: BMW’s navigation system connects to phone app for last mile guidance BMW has been steadily adding features to its ‘BMW Connected’ iPhone app. In late February, BMW officially announced the launch of the app with features including web radio, Facebook and Twitter. In addition to access to apps, BMW also added ‘iPod Out’ functionality to the integration solution (Watch video here). As a latest update, the BMW Connected app gets a ‘Last Mile Navigation & Vehicle Finder‘ feature: The connection of the iPhone with the vehicle allows navigation destinations and vehicle position data to be transferred to the iPhone and saved in the BMW Connected App. If necessary, this then allows convenient navigation outside the vehicle (pedestrian navigation) for the remaining distance to the final destination and back to the vehicle. What is more, the function allows supplementary notes to be saved (e.g. number of the parking space). The technical requirements for using BMW Connected in a BMW are as follows: Navigation system professional with integrated Bluetooth mobile phone preparation (€3,800), USB interface (€400) and the special option “Apps” (€150).

India: SatNav & Waze announce traffic info smartphone app SatNav Technologies, pioneers of GPS in India since 2005, recently partnered with Waze Inc. of Israel for a product that offers free navigation, live traffic updates all through the day, and social networking features which offer rewards for daily driving. The company has announced that the smartphone app for Live Traffic is now officially available for users and that the user base was growing rapidly in the short time that it has been under beta-testing. SatGuide- Waze now has over 15,000 users who have logged in over 175,000 times, offering co-commuters live information for traffic info all over the country. Today the company knows which roads are jammed at what time of the day anywhere in India and which routes to avoid. In addition, users have reported 380 accident alerts, 1400 hazard alerts, submitted 9200 traffic reports, 1460 police reports and 2900 chit chats. The free application can be installed on all iphones, Windows, Symbian, Android and Blackberry phones, millions of which are sold in the country. Visit the SatGuide-Waze online portal here

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Jaguar Land Rover announces ‘Connect & View’ smartphone integration solution

Jaguar Land Rover joins with BlackBerry, Denso and RealVNC to develop the latest generation of integrated mobile phone and invehicle infotainment systems. The level of integration possible between a car and a Smartphone has been taken a step further at the BlackBerry World conference with the unveiling of an innovative new system that projects the display of a Smartphone onto the central touch screen of a vehicle. The system only allows approved apps to be displayed and controlled but can utilize data from the vehicle systems. Demonstrated on a Jaguar XJ linked to a Blackberry device at the BlackBerry World conference, the system, called ‘Connect and View’, adds to the usual making and receiving of calls via a mobile phone with functionality that allows applications, music and navigation systems operating through the phone to be replicated on the large, central touch screen display fitted to the XJ. This has the benefits of ease of use, greater functionality and embraces the users personalized Smartphone. The ‘Connect and View’ RealVNC software system will be available in both Jaguar and Land Rover products from late 2012. Source: RealVNC

Mercedes A Class concept gets smartphone integration with apps Mercedes Benz unveiled the A Class concept at the Shanghai Auto Show. A smartphone is fully integrated into the operating concept of the vehicle. All the applications, services and features of a digital lifestyle can therefore be operated via COMAND Online. The visual presentation of the display screen elements is unique and revolutionary. Dynamically varied glass elements are illuminated by magenta-coloured light to form threedimensionally arranged navigation levels. Source: Mercedes Benz

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‘EatOn’ app by students wins OnStar award

OnStar smartphone app expands to China

At the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, Shanghai OnStar announced the debut of the popular OnStar Mobile App for all drivers of OnStar-equipped vehicles in China. The app is the first automotive mobile app available in China and is similar to the U.S. and Canadian versions. It will allow OnStar subscribers in China access to all of the functions of a traditional key fob – remote start, horn and lights and door lock/unlock – securely from their smart phones. In addition, the app will provide subscribers with key diagnostic information, including fuel level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average kilometers per liter. The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date status report of their vehicle when they need it. OnStar mobile app services will be available to all OnStarequipped vehicles, including existing subscribers as well as new subscribers. For more information about the OnStar mobile application, please visit www.onstar.com.cn.

Four Students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are Grand Prize winners of the OnStar Student Developer Challenge and a $10,000 Developer Dream Package. The winning team created an app called EatOn, a restaurant discovery experience within the vehicle. In an effort to find the next original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application, OnStar challenged students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo to submit voice applications that would help provide a greater level of connectivity to OnStar subscribers. The winning team consisted of MIT sophomores Drew Dennison, Isaac Evans, Sara Sprague and Marie Burkland. Their challenge-winning app, EatOn, allows drivers to use only their voice to locate nearby restaurants, listen to ratings and reviews, make reservations through OpenTable, call or receive turn-by-turn driving directions to the desired restaurant. The app also allows users to send their friends automated text invitations to the restaurant or post their destination on Twitter.

The U.S. and Canadian versions of the app are available on most 2011 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, and a select number of 2010 models. The complete list of compatible vehicles is available at www.onstar.com/mobile.

The Student Developer Challenge is a part of OnStar’s targeted push to a connected future by bringing next-generation voicebased applications to subscribers.

Source: GM

Source: GM

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BMW launches EVolve app to analyse driving patterns for EVs

BMW has launched a smartphone app called EVolve that enables drivers to track and record their driving habits and to understand if an electric vehicle like the BMW ActiveE can fit into their lifestyles. On an accompanying site, BMWActivateTheFuture.com, users can create manual trips, plug in mobile app data and use an EV Dashboard to see how a switch to an EV use can impact their wallets and the environment in the long run. Also, this data will be used by BMW to design future electric cars. At the end of each trip, through the GPS chip embedded in the phone, the app tallies user’s trip length and distance and reports how much time he spent driving, parking and charging (for parking and charging, the user has to manually notify using the app). It will also reveal how much less CO2 emissions user would have added to the environment and how many gallons of gas he could have saved if he was driving an EV, another concern among conventional car drivers. The app has been specifically designed for those customers who wish to buy an electric-vehicle but are concerned about driving range and battery recharging. Now with the help of this app they will have an opportunity to virtually own and drive an EV. Source: BMW

GM announces ‘IntelliLink’ phone integration for Buick models Buick IntelliLink uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a new 7- or 8-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display radio and is available for 2012 Verano, Regal and LaCrosse models. IntelliLink expands on Buick’s current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smartphone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like PANDORA Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. One doesn’t need a smartphone to benefit from IntelliLink. The system works with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, USB flash drive or digital audio player. Even without a mobile device, Buick owners will benefit from IntelliLink’s enhanced voice recognition technology and OnStar’s on-screen turn-by-turn directions. Source: GM

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BMW developing transmission system linked to map, ADAS and traffic data

BMW’s anticipatory transmission control system, currently in the advance development stage utilises, in addition to the driver’s intention, further information to take into consideration road surface conditions, road topology as well as the traffic situation when selecting the ideal gear. For this purpose, the transmission control system is linked to both the DSC (Dynamics Stability Control) function as well as the navigation system in the initial stage. In the configuration levels that follow, a link-up with the cameras utilised for the driver assistance systems or radar and additional sensors respectively is under consideration. The data provided by the DSC sensors pertaining to the road surface friction coefficient help the system particularly in the case of low friction coefficients to prepare optimally for the typical control intervention during the acceleration phase that follows. Using the data provided by the navigation system, it is possible to determine the radius of a bend long before it is approached. Based on this information the transmission control system then determines with even greater accuracy the gear required for a smooth driving manoeuvre and confident acceleration out of the bend. Moreover, using information provided by cameras and radar sensors and pertaining to the traffic situation ahead of the vehicle, it will in future be possible to determine for example the required amount of deceleration and adapt the drive management to each specific situation. In practice and thanks to this anticipatory control system, the automatic transmission adapts remarkably accurately to the situation-related requirements and demands of the driver. As a result of the complexity of the factors taken into consideration by the control system, the automatic transmission selects the appropriate gear similarly as foresighted as an experienced driver using a manual gearbox. Source: BMW

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ADAS, Connectivity & more

Hella supplies navi-linked LED lights and 24GHz BSM radar for Audi A6

Continental launches stereo camera for collision avoidance systems

Hella is providing an optional full-LED headlamp system with adaptive front lighting for the 2011 Audi A6.

Continental will add a stereo camera to the comprehensive ContiGuard safety system as an integral element of its forward looking braking systems. This will help prevent or at least reduce the seriousness of the frequent accidents involving pedestrians or with vehicles at intersections; to date, accidents like these make up almost half (46.6 percent) of those traffic accidents in Germany that result in major personal injury.

The Audi A6’s LED headlamps automatically create light patterns uniquely suited for city, country and highway driving situations, as well as for adverse weather conditions. With the company’s camera-controlled high-intensity discharge HID lighting systems, a windshield camera detects oncoming vehicles. The system adapts the shape of the front headlight beams to avoid blinding oncoming traffic, while providing the best possible range of light for all driving conditions. If the road ahead is clear, the system automatically switches to high beam. Wide illumination of the road continues until other vehicles come into view. Vehicles equipped with the camera controlled HID lighting system also use data from rain and light sensors, as well as from the vehicle’s navigation system, to further control vehicle lighting and enhance driver safety. Based on navigation-system input, for example, the system widens a car’s front-lighting pattern when approaching traffic intersections to provide a broader range of vision and help the driver detect pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles. In addition to headlight systems, Hella supplies the Audi A6 with a unique 24 GHz radar sensor system. First used on the Audi Q7, it supports the car’s lane-change assist (Blind Spot Monitoring BSM) function by monitoring traffic to the rear and on both sides of the vehicle. Source: Hella

Since the stereo camera has two ‘eyes’, it is able to use the difference in the images within one camera shot to detect every type of obstacle, from loads that have fallen onto the road to people and animals, and can determine their size and the distance to them. This cannot be done sufficiently reliably with mono-cameras, which also have to be taught to recognize a car or a motorcycle and which are then only able to identify objects that they have learned. In addition to the spatial position (3-D) of any object that it detects, the stereo camera can also determine the direction in which every pixel of an identified object is moving along the horizontal, vertical, and longitudinal axes. This six-dimensional (6-D) identification makes absolutely clear whether an object is moving and in which direction. Combined with object classification, based on common characteristics, this process invests the stereo camera with such a high standard of decision-making certainty that it is able to initiate emergency braking (up to 1 g) if the driver fails to react to the object.

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Parrot teams up with e.solutions to supply Audi with next gen connectivity platform

CSR announces Wi-Fi solution for connected car platforms

CSR has recently announced the introduction of CSR6000, an automotive-qualified standalone Wi-Fi solution to broaden its offerings for the connected car platforms. It offers customers a low-risk, and cost-effective way to add Wi-Fi to existing automotive designs. The CSR6000 offers automotive customers the easiest route to adding Wi-Fi into their existing designs. Customers can take their designs based on CSR’s BlueCore automotive grade chipsets and CSR Synergy software and complement this already-validated, compatibility-tested solution with Wi-Fi. CSR6000 host software for Wi-Fi will support a number of operating system automotive and PND platforms: Linux, Genivi Linux, QNX, Windows Automotive as well as Android. CSR has already engaged many of leading automotive tier one and tier two customers in CSR6000-based programmes planned for production launch in 2012.

Parrot has announced that its connectivity solutions will be part of the upcoming “MIB High” platform for Audi vehicles. Parrot contributes to the high-end multimedia solution implemented by e.solutions GmbH, a joint venture of car maker Audi and equipment manufacturer Elektrobit. The features Parrot brings to it are part of Parrot’s FC6050 platform that includes Internet access via 3G+ using either the car’s built-in modem or a mobile phone as a Bluetooth modem. Internet access can be shared within the vehicle over WiFi, letting passengers go online with their laptops or tablets. This Wi-Fi local connectivity also lets drivers play multimedia files located on a mobile phone or laptop (movies, music, photos…). FC6050 offers various other innovative features such as the seamless, multisource, voice-controlled management of music files, the synchronization of emails and calendars, and a new generation of signal processing algorithms.

CSR has also recently joined the Genivi Alliance, a non-profit automotive industry alliance driving the broad adoption of invehicle infotainment (IVI) reference platforms.

Besides, it expands Internet access to USB dongle modems and mobile phones via USB or WiFi connections.

Source: CSR

Source: Parrot

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