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Qoros to offer connected services
as standard in China
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TN about its role in
smartphone applications
for the automotive industry
EXCLUSIVE: FICOSA talks
to TN about its role in the
automotive industry,
reveals future prospects
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 Qoros to offer standard
connected services in
China & later in Europe
>>Pg. 4
INSIGHT: Telematics mandate delays cost 11,500 lives
and over €100 Billion
>> Pg. 5
Geneva: Nissan Juke gets Connect with Google send-tocar
>> Pg. 6
INSIGHT: Connectivity may open cars to theft risks
Telematics and infotainment
>> Pg. 7
MWC: GM moves to AT&T for OnStar 4G LTE
 Fujitsu Ten to use
Telenor for aftermarket
telematics
>>Pg. 8
 Geneva: Infiniti InTouch
infotainment fitted in
Q50
>>Pg. 7
>> Pg. 8
MWC: Audi to use Gemalto 4G LTE for Audi Connect
>> Pg. 8
Chevrolet expands infotainment and OnStar training
team
>> Pg. 10
Geneva: New Volvo S60 shown with Sensus Connected
Touch
>> Pg. 10
MWC: Huawei launches range of in-car telematics
systems
>> Pg. 10
Citroen and Teletrac offer telematics-based insurance
>> Pg. 11
Vodafone and Towers Watson launch telematics-based
insurance
>> Pg. 11
 Geneva: Renault
releases R-Link service
details for ZOE
Geneva: Enhanced connectivity for Chevrolet Cruze
station wagon
>> Pg. 14
Fujitsu Ten to use HTML5 for in-car infotainment units
>> Pg. 14
Navigation and traffic
>>Pg. 9
 Geneva: Fiat navi built
by TomTom, Continental
and Microsoft
>>Pg. 15
>>Pg. 14
 Mercedes-Benz updates
COMAND Online with
embedded SIM
ADAS,
connectivity
and more
Smartphones
and apps
>>Pg. 16
 MWC: Ford Developer
Program issues call for
app developers
TomTom signs agreements with Telmap and MiTAC
>> Pg. 15
Geneva: Mercedes-Benz to use TomTom HD Traffic
>> Pg. 12
Mediamobile starts DAB+ TPEG traffic in Poland
>> Pg. 17
Geneva: Toyota to use TomTom HD Traffic integrated
by Harman
>> Pg. 17
Geneva: New Citroen C3 to feature eMyWay navigation
>> Pg. 17
EXCLUSIVE: Abalta talks to TN about automotive apps
>> Pg. 18
MWC: Ford to make AppLink open source through
GENIVI
>> Pg. 22
>>Pg. 22
 Geneva: Subaru VIZIV
concept includes ecoADAS
>>Pg. 25
EXCLUSIVE: FICOSA talks to TN about eCall and more
>> Pg. 23
EBU Recommendation calls for DAB+ deployment
>> Pg. 25
CeBIT: BMW and Sixt integrate in-car LTE hotspot
>> Pg. 25
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Qoros to offer standard connected services in China
& later in Europe
Chinese car maker Qoros made its brand debut at the Geneva Motorshow by
unveiling its first model – the 3 Sedan featuring the Qoros Qloud.
The 3 Sedan model was launched with the Qoros Qloud
connected services suite included as standard. The
system includes an embedded SIM card built into the
price of the vehicle and an 8-inch capacitive touch
screen with a gesture based menu structure that. A twofinger swipe gesture on each edge of the screen will call
up a different menu as described below. Other gestures
include swiping items such as incoming calls right or left
to accept or reject calls.
 Navigation – swipe right to left
 Radio/ entertainment – swipe top to bottom
 Vehicle information – swipe left to right
 Phone book – swipe bottom to top
Qoros plans to launch the 3 Sedan with the telematics
system in China later this year with the following
infotainment services:
 Destination send to car
 Parking information
 Weather information
 Business listings such as restaurants
 POI
 Last mile guidance
 Social networking
 Location sharing
All of the above features will be offered as a standard
feature on the 3 Sedan. However, Qoros plans to launch
additional premium telematics services for which the
users will be expected to pay a yearly subscription. The
car maker also has plans for a European launch early
next year.
Source: Qoros
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INSIGHT: Telematics mandate delays cost 11,500 lives and over
€100 Billion
SBD estimates that up to 11,500 lives and €106 Billion could have been saved if the EU, Brazilian
and Russian government had met their initial target introduction dates for telematics legislation
related to eCall and stolen vehicle tracking. Could these delays have been avoided?
Legislating will always be a complex process, as
governments must carefully balance the needs of
different stakeholders. But there are three lessons that
should be learnt from the experiences of governments
so far:
 Focus on performance standards rather
than technologies
One of the main causes of delays (particularly in Brazil
and Russia) has been the insistence by governments to
mandate specific technologies. This has led to
unnecessarily
complicated
implementations
of
relatively simple services. In Brazil, the decision to adopt
a white-label SIM created an additional layer of
complexity that has delayed the introduction of
SIMRAV by another year, with limited benefits to the
end-result. In Russia, the hardware requirements have
become so restrictive that few tier-one suppliers are
ready to support ERA GLONASS. Rather than
prescribing technologies, which governments are
generally ill-equipped to do, a more effective approach
is to set performance standards (preferably Global) that
vehicle manufacturers must meet in whichever way they
decide is best.
 Uncertainty is always counterproductive
The “Will-It-Happen-Won’t-It-Happen” debate that
characterised European eCall over the last decade
threw the automotive industry into a period of
uncertainty,
which
undoubtedly
delayed
the
introduction of life-saving private eCall services. Some
uncertainty in Europe is inevitable due to the complex
decision-making process between national governments
and the EC. However, minimizing such uncertainty
enables vehicle manufacturers to progress with their
own plans for safety and security-based telematics
services that ultimately benefit the entire population.
 Engaging with the entire eco-system is
critical
The complexity of the value chain required for
telematics is often underestimated by governments,
which typically leads to an imbalanced eco-system in
which a small number of stakeholders are burdened
with the bulk of the implementation cost. Developing a
win-win partnership between all the stakeholders is no
easy task, but this should be one of the primary
objectives for governments in order to avoid
unnecessary delays.
It is easy to look back with hindsight. The above analysis is not intended to diminish the good intentions or the hard work
of legislators in the EU, Russia or Brazil. However, as other governments begin to plan similar initiatives, SBD believes that
a dialogue is required amongst all stakeholders to assess the lessons learnt and ensure that future legislation is
implemented effectively and efficiently.
Source: SBD
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Fujitsu Ten to use Telenor for
aftermarket telematics
Fujitsu Ten has chosen Telenor Connexion to
provide a connected service solution for its
Remote Engine Start telematics service,
which is an aftermarket product to be
deployed outside of Japan.
The Japanese Tier 1 supplier says it is focused on
providing technologies that encompass the ITS support
for driving safety, advanced car telematics systems, and
development of more efficient commercial vehicles.
Telenor Connexion provides an end-to-end connectivity
solution in part of the Fujitsu Group’s “FENICS II M2M
Service” from Fujitsu Ten’s on-board ECU telematics
unit to the Fujitsu Group Data Center, allowing carowners to take advantage of a variety of services
including remotely starting the engine or checking the
status of a car with a smartphone.
Geneva: Nissan Juke gets
Connect with Google send-tocar
At the Geneva Motor Show Nissan expanded
the Juke range with the new n-tec model.
With more innovative technology and a striking design
package, the n-tec becomes the latest advanced variant.
Technical highlights include an enhanced Nissan
Connect system that incorporates Google’s Send-ToCar-Technology and the ability to send routes to the car
for forward planning.
The new system also includes complete access to
Google’s Points of Interest Database and features
clearer navigation mapping along with a larger 5.8-inch
screen.
Source: Nissan
Fujitsu Ten says its partnership with Telenor Connexion
is a direct result of a continued focus on reliable and
secure connectivity solutions.
Source: Fujitsu Ten
Geneva: Infiniti InTouch infotainment fitted in Q50
Inifiniti launched the Q50 model at the Geneva Motor Show equipped
with active safety and InTouch infotainment systems.
Infiniti’s has equipped the Q50 with a lane departure
prevention technology, Active Lane Control. The newest
addition to Infiniti’s all-encompassing Safety Shield
technology, Active Lane Control is unique in using the
steering (rather than the brakes) to encourage the car to
stay between the lane markings on the motorway - an
effect described as being “magnetized to within its lane”,
making driving less tiring on long journeys.
The Infiniti Q50 offers a new-generation digital
environment designed for maximum customization and
ease of use. Up to 96 vehicle parameters can stored on
the i-Key for up to four different drivers, making the
Q50 offer a sense of “my car knows me”.
Infiniti
InTouch,
Infiniti’s
next-generation
communications technology, makes its debut on the
Q50. Dual touch-screens, a first in the class, de-clutter
the control layout and ensure totally intuitive operation
of all functions, features and custom apps.
Source: Infiniti
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INSIGHT: Connectivity may open cars to theft risks
Whilst the overall level of car theft in many developed countries has reduced in the
last decade, the level of profit-motivated theft by organised criminal gangs has
increased, says Paul Burnley, senior consultant, electronic theft methods at SBD.
Vehicle theft is a lucrative activity for criminal groups
and it is estimated to generate revenues in excess of $20
billion in the USA and Europe alone.
From SBD’s research, the current penetration of
electronic theft methods varies considerably from one
country to another at between 0.5 % and 16 % of all car
thefts. In the majority of the countries studied, this type
of theft is becoming increasingly common.
 Theft tools
In recent years, criminals have caught up with electronic
immobiliser technology and have developed a range of
equipment to facilitate car theft, explains Burnley.
These devices are typically designed to exploit
weaknesses in the embedded software of the in-car
systems. In parallel, third party companies have
developed a plethora of devices, ostensibly for the
vehicle locksmith market, which can include functions
such as unlocking the car via CAN bus.
Facilitated by the vast amount of information on the
Internet, leaks from within vehicle manufacturers or
their increasingly global supplier base, the activities of
reverse-engineering specialists and continued use of
outdated, proprietary cryptography, many tools have
been developed which are capable of overcoming the
embedded security.
 Risks from telematics connectivity
Increasingly, cars are being fitted with telematics
systems to provide the connectivity demanded by a new
generation of buyers. With vehicle connectivity likely to
become ubiquitous in the years to come, future theft
methods may move from physical attacks, where the
criminal overcomes the security from within the car, to
remote attacks performed by sophisticated hacking
techniques, requiring only that the thief is able to locate
the car in order to steal it.
To read an extended version of this article produced by SBD in association with Automotive iQ, please click here
Paul Burnley – Senior Consultant, Electronic Theft Methods.
Paul graduated from the University of Surrey with a Masters degree in Electrical and
Electronic Engineering. He has worked with a number of leading suppliers designing
advanced automotive electronic products. His strong technical background makes him an
expert in analysing in-car systems. Within SBD’s Secure Car division, Paul leads on
electronic theft methods, including the development of relay attack equipment, analysis
of electronic locksmith tools and cutting-edge research into emerging theft trends and
future attack methods. He has spoken at several international conferences on both
vehicle security and telematics subjects.
Source: SBD
Source: SBD / Automotive iQ
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Source: Gemalto
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MWC: GM moves to AT&T for OnStar 4G LTE
GM has announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it will move to
AT&T for 4G LTE services. Previously GM has used Verizon for its OnStar services.
The first GM cars, trucks and crossovers to get 4G LTE
will be most MY 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and
Cadillac models available in 2014 in the United States
and Canada delivered through AT&T. GM will announce
more carrier and supplier relationships in coming
months to expand 4G LTE capabilities in markets around
the globe.
With mobile data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G
technologies, increased responsiveness, and the ability
to support simultaneous voice and data connections, a
built-in 4G LTE connection will enable advances in a
wide range of in-vehicle communications and
entertainment capabilities.
Expected benefits for GM customers could include invehicle Wi-Fi hot spots, new infotainment options like
streaming video entertainment in the back seat, realtime updates and faster application downloads. These
enhancements build on OnStar’s existing portfolio of
built-in connected services, first introduced in GM
vehicles in 1996.
The built-in 4G LTE structure is specifically designed for
in-vehicle use as it is integrated into the vehicle’s
electrical system and includes an external antenna to
maximize coverage and connectivity. Customers will not
be required to have a smartphone to use connected
services.
Over time, applications of widespread in-vehicle 4G LTE
connectivity will enable vehicles to interact directly with
their environment to enhance safety, efficiency and
convenience for drivers and passengers. 4G LTE will
make services such as real-time traffic and navigation
updates possible, pulling information from the cloud.
GM and AT&T will immediately begin work to develop
4G LTE connectivity for GM vehicles in the U.S. and
Canada. AT&T’s 4G LTE network is expected to reach
300 million people in the U.S. by the end of 2014, and its
network performance and deployment strategy have
been lauded by industry analysts and other experts.
Source: GM
MWC: Audi to use Gemalto 4G LTE for Audi Connect
At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, Gemalto announced that Audi will use its
embedded 4G LTE technology for upgraded Audi Connect infotainment services.
Gemalto says its Cinterion range of automotive-grade
M2M technology is providing 4G connectivity for Audi’s
industry-first, embedded LTE infotainment system.
Enhanced “Audi connect” services available in the Audi
A3 vehicles will enrich mobile lifestyles for both drivers
and passengers offering high-speed, low latency
connectivity, and a suite of advanced features including
mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet radio, Web services and
an improved navigation system.
With the Gemalto-enabled, LTE-ready Audi connect,
users can enjoy simultaneous voice and data services,
advanced navigation with street level imagery streamed
to the vehicle, multimedia streaming and downloads,
plus a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight devices.
Connectivity is optimized to leverage high-speed
LTE/4G networks first and then maximize 3G speeds
when 4G isn’t available, enabling peak data rates
comparable to advanced home and office Internet
services.
Source: Gemalto
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Geneva: Renault releases R-Link service details for ZOE
Renault R-Link, the integrated, connected multimedia system will be fitted on all
versions of the ZOE electric vehicle from launch. Details of the free periods for
specific services have emerged.
 “TomTom LIVE” helps drivers to choose the
 For the launch of ZOE, Renault is offering
best route:
buyers free services to help them get used to
 HD Traffic is the best traffic information system on
R-Link:
 connected services free for three months: TomTom
Live and Coyote Series,
 a number of applications free for three years (on Zen
and Intens, optional on Life): e-mail, R-Link Tweet,
weather, Renault Assistance. This offer will gradually
grow with new apps.
 as well as access to the R-Link Store for three years
(on Zen and Intens) in order to download, from the
car, more than fifty apps available from launch,
depending on the country.
the market. It analyzes traffic flows over sections of
just a few dozen metres. Right from the start of the
journey, it gives a precise time of arrival.
 TomTom Places, the largest location database
(updated in real time via the Internet) helps drivers
find a specific place or the address of a service
nearby or in a given city.
 Weather provides a 3-day weather forecast.
 Danger zones, issues real-time road safety alerts.
The Coyote Series driving aid contributes to safety
by helping drivers anticipate any slowdowns. It
provides information on high-risk areas, reported
and confirmed in real time by members of the
community, as well as danger zones, with or without
fixed speed cameras. It also provides information on
traffic slowdowns, such as accidents or obstacles on
the road.
With around fifty applications available from launch
(depending on country), R-Link Store offers a range of
applications and services that is without competition.
Renault R-Link groups a full range of multimedia
functions in a single system: navigation, radio,
telephone,
Bluetooth
audiostreaming,
music,
connections for portable devices, connected services
(depending on versions), etc.
On ZOE, Renault R-Link includes features dedicated to
electric driving. The TomTom Z.E. LIVE navigation
system displays a circle showing the operational radius
corresponding to vehicle range. It also informs drivers
entering a destination if they have sufficient capacity to
reach it. If this is not possible, it can show the way to the
nearest charging station.
It can also suggest the route that is most economical in
Renault R-Link is also connected to the outside world
and to the Internet through a built-in Edge 2.75G
connection. Connected services, such as TomTom LIVE
and Coyote Series alerts, provide drivers with real-time
information on traffic conditions so that they can cut
journey time.
 R-Link Store apps:
 Communication: e-mails, social networks, online
navigator, etc.
 Route optimization: identification of parking places,
etc.
 Practical information: weather forecasts, diary,
yellow pages, hotels, restaurants etc.
 Emergencies: emergency calls, Renault Assistance.
 Mobility: multi-modal journeys, public transport.
 Budget: insurance per kilometre, Renault tips, etc.
 Use: servicing follow-up, users’ manuals, etc.
 Entertainment: games,
customization, etc.
information,
tourism,
 Business: fleet management, round management,
remote diagnosis, teleworking, expenses notes, etc.
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Chevrolet expands
infotainment and OnStar
training team
Geneva: New Volvo S60
shown with Sensus Connected
Touch
Chevrolet is doubling its investment in the
General Motors Connected Customer
Specialists team by adding 25 technology
experts.
New Volvo models were presented at the
Geneva Motor Show with the Sensus
Connected Touch infotainment system.
The team helps train and certify dealership employees,
who demonstrate infotainment and OnStar to
customers before, during and after their purchase of a
GM vehicle. Many of them will help owners understand
how to get the most out of their Chevrolet MyLink
system.
The GM Infotainment Center – dedicated to
infotainment support – provides Connected Customer
Specialists to help consumers learn more about their invehicle technology, via training dealer representatives
to become Certified Technology Experts in their own
community.
Using OnStar, Chevrolet recently introduced a concept
app called EcoHub, that allows Volt owners to see
exactly how much it costs them to charge their vehicle
and compare that against their overall home energy use.
The app also allows users to see the current impact of all
Volts on the market, with a live ticker showing total
miles driven, total EV miles driven and total gallons of
fuel saved.
Source: Chevrolet
Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human
Machine Interface) functionality and the all-new Sensus
Connected Touch is the latest addition.
The user has access to full Internet browsing (except
when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet
radio (TuneIn and Orange Live Radio) with thousands of
channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map
and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with
online traffic info and dangerous zone warnings, Free
Parking locator, weather information, a number of
native and web applications, App Store for new
functions and updates as well as a Volvo service locator.
Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G
dongle or the driver’s mobile phone.
It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone
in the car.
Source: Volvo
MWC: Huawei launches range of in-car telematics systems
Huawei unveiled a series of products heralding the company’s first foray into
telematics solutions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Huawei showcased its vehicle c
ompatible 3G and LTE communication
modules, MU609T and ME909T, its
3G mobile hotspot, DA6810, and its
3G onboard diagnostic (OBD) box,
DA3100.
The MU609T and ME909T are Huawei’s first 3G and
LTE communication modules for vehicles. They are both
pin to pin compatible, and cater specifically to the
working enviroment temperature and power
consumption of the automotive industry.
The DA6810 3G WiFi Box creates 3G WiFi hotspots in
mobile environments to provide high-speed internet
connectivity on-the-go.
The DA3100 is an on-board diagnostics (OBD) data
transferring system that enables insurance providers
and fleet management companies to retrieve
information such as location, vehicle conditions and
driver habits. It is powerful yet easy to install, is not
limited by geographical region or vehicles types, and can
be activated upon installation.
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Source: Huawei
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Citroen and Teletrac offer
telematics-based insurance
Teletrac has partnered with Citroën in the UK
to release a new insurance service designed
to base rates on driver safety behavior.
Citroën has been offering the Teletrac system, fitted as
standard in their vans, since 2006. Driving data acquired
from educating fleet drivers to drive better has now led
to Citroën choosing Teletrac Telematics for the
consumer market. Turning to technology to reduce the
cost of younger buyers owning and insuring a brand new
car, Citroën is the first manufacturer offering an
insurance ‘black box’ solution as standard on a new car.
Drivers will have the ability to receive 12 months of free
insurance on Citroën’s C1 Connexion model due to the
fitting of a Teletrac black box device that monitors
driver behaviour.
Citroën’s C1 Connexion special edition vehicle will be
equipped with Teletrac’s safety analytics system that
will help the insurance company gauge driving
behaviour, allowing Citroën to offer free insurance to
customers, starting from the age of 19.
In addition each customer will be given a range of
consumer services via the Teletrac device, including
SmartNav navigation, Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking,
SafeSpeed camera alerts, and access to an emergency
and breakdown facility directly from the vehicle.
Teletrac’s safety analytics software enables users to
easily pinpoint problem areas and take corrective
actions to minimise safety risks, excess fuel waste and
vehicle depreciation in their vehicle.
Vodafone and Towers Watson
launch telematics-based
insurance
Vodafone and Towers Watson are moving
forward with a strategic alliance to fast-track
the development and introduction of
telematics usage-based insurance offerings
for motor insurance companies operating
outside of North America.
At the launch of the service this week, Vodafone and
Towers Watson confirmed that UK insurance company
AIG Europe, has signed up to run a pilot.
The combination of Vodafone Vehicle Connect, the
company’s telematics proposition, and Towers Watson’s
‘DriveAbility’ programme, will accelerate the pace at
which insurers can get new services to market, and at a
competitive cost. With the customer’s prior consent, the
solution enables insurers to gather detailed per-second
interval data on driving performance, and to offer
customers optional value-added services which could in
future include automated emergency calls and the
tracking of stolen vehicles.
Insurers will be able to choose from a range of data
collection devices. The service will combine the granular
driving data with external information, such as traffic
patterns and weather data, to enhance the accuracy and
value of the vehicle score.
The majority of solutions are expected to be made
available to customers on a self-install basis, including
options for insurers to offer ‘try before you buy’
applications on smartphones. In countries where selfinstallation is not yet practical, assisted installation will
also
be
available.
User
support,
including
recommendations for improving driving safety, is being
offered through existing insurance call centres,
smartphones and a dedicated website.
In recent months, an increasing number of insurers have
signalled their ambitions in the telematics market.
Consumer interest across Europe has been boosted by
the EU gender regulation and the potential for
telematics to help improve driving habits and road
safety. Ultimately this could lead to cheaper car
insurance for a large number of people.
Source: Teletrac
Source: Vodafone
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Key trends at the Geneva Motor Show…
At the Geneva Motor Show connected services did not take centre stage. However, some OEMs did launch new
connected infotainment systems such as Volvo’s Sensus Connected Touch and Qoros’ Qloud services. A number
of OEMs also announced plans to expand their existing suite of connected services. The key highlights from
Geneva include:
More app-based solutions introduced by OEMs: Volvo has introduced their
Android based Connected Sensus Touch, while Renault has expanded the
range of vehicles which will include its own Android based R-Link system.
OEMs are experimenting with new UIs: Qoros has introduced a new type of
infotainment experience with its gesture based infotainment system, set to be
standard on all vehicles sold in China starting this year and Europe from 2014.
In the meantime, Infiniti has introduced InTouch - a dual touch screen interface
that allows for better visibility and more functionality.
Budget navigation systems coming to mass market vehicles: Fiat has introduced a
low cost navigation system that integrates TomTom Live’s familiar user
experience into the dash. Dacia also showcased its budget MediaNav system
providing basic navigation features.
Cross brand infotainment systems: Volkswagen has now extended the
infotainment offerings from the new Golf to its Skoda brand, which means that
modular infotainment is now available on all of the VW Group’s brands.
Premium brands add more connected services to their infotainment line-up: Lexus
has added new connected services in the form of Google Street View and
Panoramio. Mercedes-Benz has also added new apps to its COMAND Online
services which was expanded to the new CLA-Class.
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Skoda: Golf infotainment expanded to
Octavia
Fiat: Navigation system by TomTom,
Continental and Microsoft
Dacia: Budget navigation on the Sandero
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Geneva: Enhanced
connectivity for Chevrolet
Cruze station wagon
Mid- and up-level specifications of the new
Chevrolet Cruze station wagon offer
enhanced connectivity.
Chevrolet MyLink technology is built around a seveninch full color touch screen that is wired to a rear-view
camera.
Fujitsu Ten to use HTML5 for
in-car infotainment units
Fujitsu Ten’s in-car navigation brand,
ECLIPSE, is developing a next-generation incar device utilizing HTML5 web technology.
Currently, implementation of web applications using
HTML5 is mainly for smartphones, tablets and PC. The
in-car device industry is also considering adoption of
HTML5 in order to incorporate the trend of mobile
devices that are progressing rapidly and also to
contribute to the improvement of design development
efficiency. Fujitsu Ten has succeeded in producing a
prototype development of an in-car application device
using HTML5.
Main Functions:
 The latest designs and functions of smartphones and
tablets are included in the in-car device.
 Different variations can be easily utilized for
application with automobile-specific peripherals like
an on-board camera. A specific example is camera
utilization for augmented reality (AR) navigation.
MyLink aggregates
content from compatible
smartphones, both IOS and Android onto the touch
screen display. Starting this March, Chevrolet cars with
Chevrolet MyLink technology are available with Siri
Eyes Free, an intelligent assistant that helps get things
done just by asking.
A dedicated navigation app called BringGo will also
become available in Chevrolets that come with MyLink.
It projects the route from the smartphone onto the
system’s touch-screen. BringGo features lane guidance
which will help drivers by displaying the correct lane(s)
to stay in while ‘live traffic’ will provide real-time traffic
information. The traffic service requires an active
network connection through the smartphone.
 It can be used for remote operation applications like
operator services, as it can provide easy
communication between the in-car device and
external terminal.
 Smart phone functions (phone, e-mail, address book,
music, video, pictures, etc.) can be easily utilized
from
Source: Volvo
the in-car device (Incorporation with KDDI Corp.,
KDDI R&B Labs).
 The latest applications can be used with safety and
security by exploiting vehicle information such as
speed.
The MyLink connected also allows you to view photos
and – when the car is stationary – videos taken with
your smartphone.
Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad
(3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th
generation), and requires internet access. Siri may not
be available in all languages or in all areas, and features
may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
Source: Chevrolet
While observing the market trend and infrastructure
maintenance trend, we are planning to go forward with
investigation
and
development
toward
Source: Fujitsu Ten
commercialization of HTML5 in-car device.
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Geneva: Fiat navi built by
TomTom, Continental and
Microsoft
TomTom signs agreements
with Telmap and MiTAC
TomTom announced at the Geneva Motor
Show that it will provide a new navigation
solution for Fiat Group, continuing the fouryear partnership between the two
companies.
For the first time, TomTom navigation will be built-in as
part of the Fiat Group’s new Uconnect 5″ Radio Nav
infotainment system.
The new infotainment system will initially be available in
Fiat 500L series models, and offers a 5″ touch screen.
Uconnect will feature many of the technologies found in
TomTom’s PNDs, including maps, IQ Routes, voice
control and Advanced Lane Guidance. The device also
incorporates the familiar TomTom user interface.
TomTom teamed up with other suppliers to produce the
Uconnect 5″ Radio Nav. Global automotive systems
supplier Continental developed the hardware and
played the role of system integrator. Microsoft supplied
the Windows Embedded Automotive operating system
which allows the easy integration of third party
software.
The Uconnect 5″ Radio Nav will be first rolled out with
the Fiat 500L series, then extended to other Fiat Group
brands and models.
TomTom has signed map supply deals with
Telmap and MiTAC.
TomTom and Telmap have announced an agreement for
TomTom to supply maps and road data to locationbased services provider Telmap. With this partnership,
Telmap, an Intel company, will utilize TomTom content
to enhance its products and services, including mobile
navigation apps distributed via application stores and
mobile operators worldwide.
In addition to highly-accurate maps, Telmap users can
now access other TomTom content, including Points of
Interest, Junction Views, 3D City Maps and Voice Maps.
This enables Telmap to add new functionality to its
products and services, which means users of Telmap’s
apps will benefit from better routing and improved
visuals.
MiTAC
TomTom has extended its longstanding partnership
with PND supplier MiTAC. Under the global agreement,
TomTom will provide a range of navigational services for
use in all of the PND brands owned by MiTAC including
Mio, Navman and Magellan.
PNDs from MiTAC brands will continue to be powered
by TomTom maps and associated location content. This
includes navigable map data for over 100 countries,
Points of Interest, 3D Landmarks and Voice Maps
among other products.
Source: TomTom
Source: TomTom
Geneva: Mercedes-Benz to use TomTom HD Traffic
TomTom announced at the Geneva Motor Show that Daimler will equip its
upcoming Mercedes-Benz vehicles with TomTom HD Traffic.
With access to TomTom’s accurate, up-to-date and
comprehensive traffic information, Mercedes-Benz
drivers will get to their destinations faster, saving time
and fuel.
TomTom HD Traffic will be available for Mercedes-Benz
customers in 12 countries throughout Europe starting
this summer. The real-time traffic information will
automatically be included in the high-end COMAND
navigation system as a three year service.
TomTom HD Traffic information will be available this
summer in Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom,
France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands,
Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.
At Geneva earlier this week, TomTom announced deals
with Toyota for its traffic data and Fiat for its navigation
solution.
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Source: TomTom
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Mercedes-Benz updates COMAND Online with embedded SIM
At the CeBIT technology show in Hanover, Mercedes-Benz demonstrated upgrades
to its COMAND in-car infotainment system. The updates include real-time traffic
information, internet radio and eCall.
The navigation system will be able to inform the
Mercedes driver of traffic holdups at an early stage, so
that he can quickly adapt his route planning according to
the current traffic conditions.
New Mercedes-Benz Apps for COMAND
Online
As an addition to the apps already integrated into
COMAND Online, Mercedes-Benz is extending the
functions of its multimedia systems in new vehicles:
 TuneIn radio
 Reception and storage of all radio stations available
worldwide via the internet. Qualified search
according to local stations, category (music,
entertainment, sport, news) or country. Easy
adoption of TuneIn favourites by logging-in to a
personal TuneIn account.
Mercedes-Benz Live Traffic: more up-to-date
information thanks to real-time traffic data
The latest traffic information such as tailback reports,
current traffic density, traffic holdups or travel warnings
will be sent to the vehicle in real time by means of
Mercedes-Benz Live Traffic. The company will install a
communication module in its vehicles which provides
constant connectivity with the Cloud. The Machine-toMachine (M2M) SIM chip integrated into the
communication module takes care of the mobile data
transfer. Real-time information on the current traffic
situation is provided by TomTom with its HD Traffic
service, which has emerged the winner in many
comparative tests.
Using this precise information, the COMAND navigation
system is able to show the length and starting point of a
tailback on the map to an accuracy of 100 metres, and to
calculate improved dynamic route guidance with shorter
travel times. The potential loss of time is automatically
reflected in the arrival time displayed in real time by the
COMAND Online navigation system.
Mercedes-Benz will soon be offering this service in its
new vehicle models, and plans to equip most models
with Live Traffic by the end of this year. For the first
time Mercedes-Benz drivers using COMAND Online
will be able to benefit from the service free of charge for
three years in Germany, the UK, Italy, France, Belgium,
Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark,
Luxembourg and Austria.
 Newsreading function The News app has been
extended with a newsreading function. By simply
selecting the audio symbol, news items are read out
in the preset COMAND Online language.
 HRS Hotelfinder
 Search and selection of accommodation according to
various hotel categories, in the current location, at
the navigation destination or in any location
specified. Online telephone reservation via HRS.
Easy adoption of the address as a navigation
destination.
 National travel information This provides the user
with the traffic regulations applicable in other
countries, e.g. maximum speed limits, road tolls/toll
sticker requirements, lighting and fluorescent jacket
regulations.
eCall
After airbag or belt tensioner activation, the exact GPS
position of the vehicle, its direction of travel and other
information such as the time and Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) are sent to the dedicated Emergency Call
Centre by SMS, while the location data are also sent in
parallel by DTMF (Dual Tone Multi-Frequency). Within
seconds the Emergency Call Centre will establish a voice
connection with the vehicle occupants, always
communicating in the language that the driver has
preselected in COMAND Online.
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Source: Daimler
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Mediamobile starts DAB+
TPEG traffic in Poland
Mediamobile has announced the start of
digital radio broadcasting pilot test of traffic
services in Poland.
The services are currently broadcast live in the cities of
Warsaw and Kielce by the Polskie Radio – the national
radio network – in collaboration with two national
broadcast network operators: Emitel and Info-TVOperator.
Mediamobile provides traffic information services for
motorists on FM radio broadcast in France, Sweden,
Finland, Norway and Poland, commercialised under the
V-Traffic brand. The company is a subsidiary of TDF.
In contrast to analogue radio, the DAB+ digital radio
technology makes it possible to broadcast innovative
multimedia data services. Mediamobile seizes this
opportunity to create new richer traffic services which
may be received by the motorists in multiple ways: by
text, images, maps or voice.
Mediamobile’s test pilot broadcasts two new V-Traffic
services in real-time, using the TPEG protocol:
 Traffic alerts (TEC) for events such as accidents,
congestions and road works
 Traffic flow information (TFP). When integrated into
a car navigation equipment, this dynamic information
allows the navigation system to calculate the best
route based on actual traffic congestions
Mediamobile is also planning to broadcast road weather
forecasts, fuel prices, parking information and public
transport information in the future.
Mediamobile is already a traffic broadcaster in Poland,
airing its V-Traffic services over RDS-TMC (FM
network) since 2010 to global car and PND brands such
as Toyota, Volvo, Mio, Garmin and Becker for example.
Geneva: Toyota to use
TomTom HD Traffic integrated
by Harman
At the Geneva Motor Show, TomTom
announced that Toyota Motor Europe will
offer TomTom HD Traffic as standard in all
vehicles with Toyota’s next generation
Touch&GO navigation and infotainment
systems.
TomTom’s traffic information will be rolled out from
early 2014.
With access to TomTom’s accurate, up-to-date and
comprehensive traffic information, Toyota drivers will
get to their destinations faster. By combining accurate
data, from multiple sources, TomTom delivers the
highest quality traffic information available.
TomTom will collaborate with its partner Harman to
integrate TomTom HD Traffic into the next generation
Touch&Go multimedia platform.
Source: TomTom
Geneva: New Citroen C3 to
feature eMyWay navigation
The new Citroën C3 will make its debut at the
Geneva Motor Show next month and will be
available with a range of driver assistance
and infotainment options from mid-2013.
For added user convenience, the new Citroën C3 is
available with a reversing camera and parking sensors,
together with equipment such as an RD4 MP3 audio
system, Connecting Box (Bluetooth hands-free kit, jack
plug and USB socket), eMyWay navigation and a
powerful HiFi System.
Having successfully completed the first round of tests,
Polskie Radio is planning to launch commercial digital
radio services in the following months, in Warsaw and
Katowice. After that, the company will gradually extend
coverage to the rest of the population.
Mediamobile says it is happy to support industrial
partners wishing to test their DAB products on the
TPEG protocol.
Source: Mediamobile
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Source: Citroen
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EXCLUSIVE: Abalta talks to TN about its role in smartphone
applications for the automotive industry
In an exclusive interview with Telematics News, Abalta’s Michael O’Shea discusses
the work Abalta has been involved in as well as its plans for the future.
Telematics News (TN): Could you give us an understanding of how Abalta fits into the automotive smartphone
connectivity world?
Michael O’Shea: Abalta provides software solutions for the automotive industry, from embedded
automotive applications to connected vehicle solutions. We have a new solution for the automotive
smartphone connectivity space that facilitates the introduction of driver-centric apps into the auto
ecosystem. Instead of focusing on developing apps that run on the vehicle’s head unit, Abalta takes full
advantage of the rapidly evolving smartphone technologies to bring the most up-to-date apps into the
car. We are essentially opening up a whole new market for app developers to create driver-centric
apps that are safe and made to be used in your vehicle.
Our solution is also compatible with all major smartphone operating systems, eliminating a major
hurdle. We actually already have had great feedback from developers about how simple our
technology has made app development.
At the end of the day, consumers want to be connected, entertained and productive while driving. As a
result, they rely on their smartphones and apps that were not designed for drivers, which results in
unsafe driving habits. We have created a way to let car manufacturers give their customers the apps
they want in a safe way.
TN: Is Abalta active in cooperative initiatives such as GENIVI and MIRRORLINK?
Michael O’Shea: Abalta closely monitors the activities of these initiatives and has attended CCC
meetings in the past. We are assisting some of our customers who are building solutions around these
technologies. Through these activities we have learned the limitations of the existing approaches,
leading to the development of our WEBLINK solution.
TN: Both Ford and GM have recently announced in-car app developer initiatives. How do you think this will open up the incar environment?
Michael O’Shea: We think this is a very positive development. It is recognition of the importance the
automotive companies place in in-car apps.
TN: How have your experiences at Alpine, Navteq and InfoGation influenced your activities with Abalta in the automotive
business space?
Michael O’Shea: I have personally been in the automotive business space over 20 years. My early
work involved the development of navigation systems, which really was the initial “app.” Much of what
I learned from the development of navigation systems applies to the in-car app space. Just like it was
then, safety is paramount. A properly designed system can result in a safer environment overall. In the
early days we used to worry about the safety of moving maps in cars. We learned how to design them
right and using a properly designed and integrated navigation system today is arguably safer than
driving lost with only a paper map to guide you. We are learning to do the same thing with the other incar apps.
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TN: Can you describe some of the automotive connectivity projects that Abalta is involved with? For example, how has
your SMARTLINK technology been used by vehicle manufacturers?
Michael O’Shea: SMARTLINK has been licensed by several Tier-1 suppliers and will be incorporated
into vehicles that will be on the market later this year.
TN: How important will the Cloud become for automotive services and what form will implementation take?
Michael O’Shea: The cloud will become more and more important as cars increasingly become
connected. Consumers are accustomed to accessing cloud-based content wherever they are and the
car is no exception. We can expect cloud-based navigation, with all the benefits that brings, to become
standard. By relying on cloud technology, we do not have to be limited by the computing power of
whatever hardware is installed in the actual vehicle. This will also contribute to reduced costs for invehicle components.
TN: How does your proposed solution WEBLINK differ from other available options?
Michael O’Shea: WEBLINK leverages the capabilities of the smartphone, enabling the in-vehicle
infotainment systems to be greatly simplified and built at a lower cost. Since it also uses the
smartphone browser, which is constantly being improved, there is no need to add and maintain a web
browser on the vehicle head unit.
From the developer side, existing HTML5 apps can be easily deployed to the in-vehicle environment
and apps can be easily customized for OEM brands, geographical region or user preference. WEBLINK
runs on all major smartphone operating systems, including iOS, and can render vehicle screens in the
resolution of the in-vehicle head unit so that images are not distorted or stretched.
TN: Does WEBLINK make driving a connected car safer?
Michael O’Shea: By integrating with the vehicle’s Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), including steering
wheel controls and voice controls, Abalta’s software allows manufacturers to deliver apps that were
specifically designed for safe use within a car.
In 2003, Michael set out to build an unmatched team of mobile software experts, all with a
desire to create a company that could incubate and deliver innovative mobile solutions to the
market. A team that was nimble, capable and deeply knowledgeable. His vision is to create a
company whose abilities are enhanced by a complementary culture – dedicated, passionate
and creative – that mirrored the personality of its founder. Eight years later, Michael
continues to drive Abalta’s growth in parallel with the continued adoption of mobile solutions
across our society. Michael is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and executive-level
functions of Abalta while maintaining involvement in the delivery of Abalta’s services and solutions.
Michael left his mark as consumer GPS technologies were first emerging. Michael was instrumental in launching
Honda’s first GPS system in North America with Alpine Electronics. He then forged new ground at NAVTEQ where he
held influential positions – helping to build the value of the business pre-IPO. At InfoGation, Michael took the helm as
the COO where he designed and implemented a turn-around strategy that resulted in a successful acquisition by
BSQUARE.
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MWC: Ford Developer
Program issues call for app
developers
At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress
Ford made an open call for mobile application
developers to register for the Ford Developer
Program.
The Ford Developer Program enables software
developers to directly interface with the Ford SYNC
AppLink system to create apps that will enhance the
driving experience.
MWC: Ford to make AppLink
open source through GENIVI
Ford says it becomes the first American
automaker to contribute proprietary source
code from one of its products to an opensource project.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona,
Ford announced that it has expanded its commitment to
help encourage the growing community of automotive
app developers by contributing the software for
AppLink, the Ford-developed in-car smartphone app
interface, to the GENIVI Alliance.
The AppLink software enables apps from connected
smartphones to be controlled using the vehicle
interface, including available voice recognition and
audio buttons. At the MWC, Ford also announced the
intention to take further steps to help developers be
successful working with the automotive industry, an
emerging growth area for app integration.
Ford SYNC AppLink enables customers to control
smartphone apps from the driver’s seat as part of Ford
SYNC, the voice-activated in-car connectivity system.
The Ford Developer Program provides all the
information and tools developers need to create
relevant, voice-activated, in-car experiences; and
successful applicants will join the smartphone app
service providers already confirmed as Ford AppLink
partners in Europe – music-streaming service Spotify,
Kaliki Audio Newsstand, real-time location sharing
service Glympse, and audio entertainment and
information provider Aha.
After registering at developer.ford.com, developers will
be able to download the AppLink software development
kit. The kit contains code libraries and documentation
for the application programming interfaces that enable
two-way communication between mobile apps and the
vehicle, including driver voice commands. Ford
engineers will provide technical support and developers
will be able to access and participate in online discussion
forums.
Ford also plans to announce a European recommended
mobile app development house to provide further
development and technical support to third-party
developers as well as a catalogue app that allows
AppLink-enabled apps to be discovered by Ford
customers.
Source: Ford
Ford will establish a new open-source GENIVI project,
with a Ford engineer maintaining the project. The
project will contain all of the code and documentation
required to implement the AppLink software into the
vehicle audio system head unit to enable two-way
communications with Google Android and Apple iOS
devices. All of the code for what will be known as
SmartPhoneLink is being released under the wellestablished BSD open-source license.
In addition to Ford’s contribution to SmartPhoneLink,
navigation services provider Telenav and embedded
software development firm Luxoft have committed to
contribute supporting code to the new SmartPhoneLink
projects.
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EXCLUSIVE: FICOSA talks to TN about its role in the automotive
industry, reveals future prospects
In an exclusive interview with Telematics News, FICOSA’s Josep Maria
Forcadell elaborated on the company’s involvements in several projects.
Telematics News (TN): How does FICOSA fit into the automotive telematics world?
Josep Maria Forcadell: FICOSA is investing every year in innovation to create more added-value
products outside of our mature and traditional products that FICOSA has been supplying for more
than 60 years in the automotive industry.
One of FICOSA’s strategic axis inside innovation is communications. Years ago FICOSA took a look of
what communication meant inside the vehicles. At that time, we saw antennas, devices and human
interfaces.
In 2003 FICOSA decided to start the integration of antenna design, validation and production know
how with our proprietary and patented Fractal technology; that technology is helping FICOSA to
reduce the size of antennas, integrate the antennas inside the vehicle in places never seen before, and
with the same antenna receive/transmit several services, that is, the multiband capability.
After we acquired great knowledge on antennas, FICOSA took a look again on the structure of the
communications inside the vehicles; due the time to market, legislations that were going to appear in
the market and the importance of antennas inside the devices, FICOSA took the decision to start our
own development on telematic devices.
After several years under FICOSA’s own development investment FICOSA was awarded in 2009
with an automotive project that we have been supplying to the market since June 2011
TN: Recently FICOSA announced its participation in the HeERO 2 project. What role are you taking and what do you
expect to achieve?
Josep Maria Forcadell: FICOSA is very active on telematics devices for the automotive industry and
we are working in several countries with several regulations, such as ERA Glonass, emergency call and
stolen vehicle tracking (SVT).
FICOSA joined the “Emergency Call (eCall)” initiative by signing its “Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU)”, which it was promoted by the EC through the eSafety Forum in 2008
HeERO-2 consortium will test and validate in real condition pilots the common European eCall
standards defined and approved by the European Standardization Bodies.
FICOSA is going to provide in vehicle telematics units with European eCall service to several countries
to validate in real conditions the emergency call
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TN: Are you also involved in the ERA GLONASS eCall programme in Russia? What is the current status of this initiative?
Josep Maria Forcadell: Yes, FICOSA is very active on different regions with different regulations. We
did common workshops with NIS to review and work on ERA Glonass normative specifications.
In the same way, we are in direct contact with Glonass with a very good cooperative way to work and
NIS gave FICOSA the opportunity to present our solutions on several shows in Russia
TN: Can you give us some insight into your telematics project with Renault? What technologies are being used and which
services will be available?
Josep Maria Forcadell: FICOSA is supplying to Renault in-Vehicle Telematic Units since June 2011.
We are supplying different vehicle models with the same telematic unit. In this generation, we have
integrated antennas with our proprietary and patented technology , GPRS technology to give
connectivity to the touch panel interface and give service to the car drivers as Fleet Management, Pay
as you drive, Electrical vehicle battery management, Remote Diagnostics and others
The biggest challenge of this generation was to assure the performance of integrated antennas inside
the vehicle for 10 different car models. We made it thanks to our large antennas know how
TN: At the recent GSMA Mobile World Congress FICOSA demonstrated a Somnoalert app to detect drowsy drivers.
When will we see this as a commercial project? Are there any other active safety products in the pipeline?
Josep Maria Forcadell: The product is ready and we are starting to commercialize it. We hope to see it
in the market soon. FICOSA belongs to Car2Car consortium and is working on Car to Car
communications with a standalone module that will help cars to talk to each other and infrastructures
and avoid accidents.
TN: Thank you very much for your time!
Josep Maria Forcadell, a telecommunications engineer with specialization in
telecommunications systems, started to work at FICOSA 15 years ago as an
Electronics Engineer inside FICOSA Command and Control Business Unit. He
worked in software and hardware design of embedded units for automatic
shifters, after 3 years in that position he was promoted to electronics
purchasing department as Global Lead Buyer of several electrics
commodities families, then became Electronics Commodity Manager as
maximum responsible of electronics parts at FICOSA Company, managing
300M Euros purchase turnover. Jose Maria, was working in different
positions such as Command and Control Sales Director and European Project
Director before reaching the current position in 2010, as Business Unit
Director of Advanced Communication Business Unit.
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EBU Recommendation calls
for DAB+ deployment
Geneva: Subaru VIZIV
concept includes eco-ADAS
The European Broadcasters Union (EBU) has
launched a new Technical Recommendation
to bring added impetus to the rollout of
digital radio services across Europe.
Subaru demonstrated an eco-ADAS concept
at the Geneva Motor Show. The system
modifies the vehicle hybrid drivetrain based
on input from the ADAS camera system.
R 138, the first agreement among EBU Members on
digital
radio
distribution,
advocates
careful
consideration of the needs of all radio services in any
country planning to digitize radio, including future
service expansion, available spectrum and the cost
effectiveness of different standards for different
services. It is fully aligned with the EBU’s Euro-Chip
campaign, which is pushing for all new devices to be
capable of receiving both analogue and digital radio
services and switching seamlessly between them.
The Subaru VIZIV Hybrid SI-Drive system has an EcoCruise mode that provides coordinated control in
conjunction with the EyeSight driving assistance system
in addition to Intelligent and Sports modes.
Engine and motor power are subjected to fine-tuned
control according to the travel conditions captured and
detected by the EyeSight’s stereo camera, creating an
intelligent driving feature designed for safety and
environmental friendliness.
The key points of the new Recommendation are that:
 There should be adequate national planning, in order
to provide digital solutions for all radio services;
 There should be immediate deployment using DAB+,
which uses more advanced audio coding than the
original DAB standard;
 Where DAB coverage isn’t possible the Digital Radio
Mondiale (DRM) system should be used;
 Enhanced features such as text, images and
programme guides should accompany digitization;
 Hybrid services taking advantage of additional
internet-delivered content should be deployed, for
example using the RadioDNS system;
 Added momentum could be given to deployment if it
were possible to agree on harmonization around a
future analogue switch-off date for radio in Europe.
The recommendation was launched by Javier Sánchez
Perez, chair of the EBU’s Strategic Programme on
Digital Radio Platforms. He stressed that “terrestrial
broadcast delivery is the only free-to-air and costeffective method for truly mobile reception, particularly
in cars.”
Source: EBU
Source: EBU
CeBIT: BMW and Sixt
integrate in-car LTE hotspot
Sixt and BMW demonstrated an integrated
LTE hotspot in a 6-Series Gran Coupe, as a
joint project at the Deutsche Telekom stand
during the CeBIT IT technology trade show.
The vehicles with BMW ConnectedDrive LTE hotspot
are exclusively available from Sixt and can provide a
wireless broadband connection for up to eight mobile
devices. This gives occupants access to large amounts of
data – even videos and games – without eating into the
data allowance on their mobile phone tariff.
All BMW ConnectedDrive services are also available,
which provide travellers with important real-time
information about the traffic situation on the planned
route, for example.
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Source: CeBIT
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More OEMs introduce telematics services in China
Cadillac, BYD, Qoros and Infiniti provide new connected services to the telematics
hungry Chinese market.
Cadillac has introduced CUE in China. The system comprises an 8-inch touch
screen, gesture control, proximity sensors and HUD. The system will be
standard on SRX and XTS models. The planned app-based connected services
include weather, weibo, news, user reviews and more apps to be downloaded
from an app store.
Qoros has introduced its telematics service QorosQloud. The system uses a
gesture-based HMI. Content and services include: personal schedule, traffic
information, POI, weather forecast, parking information, location sharing etc.
The system is standard on the Qoros 3 Sedan. More information can be found
in SBD’s exclusive interview with Qoros at the Geneva Motor Show.
BYD has successfully developed send-to-car based on Baidu map, according to
the Weibo account of BYD staff. The service will be available on the iSystem
soon. BYD will join BMW and Tima (aftermarket) as the only solutions to
currently offer destination send-to-car in China.
Infiniti Connection telematiccs service has been launched in China. The system
is available as standard on the QX model only. Some of the planned services
are eCall, bCall, Stolen Vehicle Tracking (SVT), crisis assist, remote diagnostics,
maintenance alert, destination send-to-car, real-time traffic information,
concierge service, news and eco-drive.
IN OTHER NEWS…
 NavInfo has invested in China Satellite Navigation and Communication, a telematics service provider
targeting commercial vehicles in China.
 Road Rover and Alpine China have announced a strategic alliance. Collaboration areas include R&D,
marketing and quality control. The first generation of jointly developed products will be introduced in
the 1st quarter of 2013.
 Astrob, Zenlane, Emapgo, Palmcity and some other companies within the telematics value chain will
announce the formation of an alliance to jointly develop telematics services this week during the China
International Automotive Aftermarket Industry and Tuning (Guangzhou) Trade Fair
 The State Council of China has introduced guidance to promote the development of the Internet of
Things. This IoT concept includes connected car applications
 Chang’an is cooperating with CAS-TIANAN to develop a telematics system
www.telematicsnews.info
CHINA CONNECTED CAR NEWS
China
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HOW TO USE THIS REFERENCE GUIDE:
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The following service categories are covered for each market:
Safety
•
Security
Maintenance Navigation
Drive
Infotainment Convenience Insurance
EV
Urban Mobility
The following connectivity options are included:
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TETHERING
SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION
Available services
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DATA TAKEN FROM SBD’S CONNECTED CAR GUIDE:
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Future outlook
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Video demos
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Maint.
Navi.
Drive
Infotain.
Conven.
Insur.
EV
Urban
ALFA ROMEO
AUDI
BMW
CHEVROLET
CITROEN
FIAT
FORD
HONDA
HYUNDAI
INFINITI
JAGUAR
JEEP
KIA
LANCIA
LAND ROVER
LEXUS
MAZDA
MERCEDES-BENZ
MINI
MITSUBISHI
NISSAN
OPEL/VAUXHALL
PEUGEOT
PORSCHE
RENAULT
SAAB
SEAT
SKODA
SMART
SUZUKI
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VOLVO
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Security
Maint.
Navi.
Drive
Infotain.
Conven.
Insur.
EV
Urban
ACURA
AUDI
BMW
CHRYSLER
DODGE
FORD
GM
HONDA
HYUNDAI
INFINITI
JAGUAR
JEEP
KIA
LAND ROVER
LEXUS
LINCOLN
MAZDA
MERCEDES-BENZ
MINI
MITSUBISHI
NISSAN
PORSCHE
SAAB
SCION
SMART
SUBARU
SUZUKI
TOYOTA
VOLKSWAGEN
VOLVO
FOR FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS
PLEASE CONTACT: ENQUIRIES@SBD.CO.UK
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Safety
Security
Maint.
Navi.
Drive
Infotain.
Conven.
Insur.
EV
Urban
BAIC Motors
BESTURN (FAW)
BMW(BRILLIANCE)
BUICK (SGM)
BYD
CADILLAC (SGM)
CHANG’AN/Chana
CHERY
CHEVROLET(SGM)
EMGRAND(GEELY)
FORD (CHANG’AN)
GAC TRUMPCHI
HAWTAI
HYUNDAI (BM)
INFINITI
LEXUS
LUXGEN (DY)
MG (SAIC)
MINI
Nissan (DF)
QOROS
ROEWE (SAIC)
TOYOTA (FAW)
TOYOTA (GAC)
SGM = SHANGHAI GM
BM = BEIJING MOTORS
DY = DONGFENG YULON
DF = DONGFENG
FOR FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS
PLEASE CONTACT: ENQUIRIES@SBD.CO.UK
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