Smartphones are replaced every 2-3 years—cars about once every 9 years. With the rapid development of digital interfaces, customers quickly get used to new, intuitive designs. The dash-board, on the other hand, looks outdated after a short time. Are apps that are integrated via CarPlay or Android Auto the future of the dashboard?
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Insight: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Infotainment Ranking
Source: The Drive
Startup Aclima manufactures air quality sensors whose data are networked on a platform. Collaborating with Google, Aclima has already found out: emission peaks and lows can be measured simultaneously in the same street. This requires a differentiated approach to the issue.
Startup Teralytics evaluates the comprehensible movements of 500 million telephone users for the optimization of mobility services. Cofounder Georg Polzer believes that new transport systems such as hyperloops and drones can bridge long distances at high speed. Life in the city as a conurbation is therefore losing in importance.
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The eCyber security system will protect vehicles against cyber attacks in the future. The product comprises both hardware and software components and is manufactured by ERM Advanced Telematics, a spin-off of the Israeli Ituran Group. As of this fall, eCyber will be available to OEMs and suppliers in 68 countries.
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Source: Transport Security World
Ohio State University has launched a pilot program for traffic and road monitoring using drones. The tracking data is used, among other things, for prompt accident detection and warning of road damage and flooding. Connected and self-driving cars could be supplied directly with the information.
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The Car Connectivity Consortium has published a standard for digital vehicle keys. It allows users to unlock and lock their car and start the engine with their smartphone. For car rentals or car sharing, this facilitates keyless operation. The Lab1886 project CHARK.me uses a similar technology.
Eye tracking will solve the most relevant problems of AR and VR applications: It can identify the user to allow for smooth personalization. If only the focus point is rendered with high resolution, performance also increases. Depending on the viewing direction, focusing allows a more realistic experience of the digital world.
600 European AI experts have founded the CLAIRE research alliance. The confederation is intended to help make Europe a competitive research location for AI technologies. CLAIRE supporters cite the nuclear physics laboratory CERN in Geneva as a model.
Sharp has developed a transparent NFC antenna. It can be invisibly built into displays and convert them into payment and authentication interfaces. The electronics group envisions potential applications in POS terminals and vending machines.
"Morphing Controls" from Continental give the dashboard a tidy look with a futuristic feel. All operating elements disappear underneath a stretchable film. As soon as the driver's hand approaches, the buttons light up and slowly take shape to stand out against the surface. After selection, the buttons disappear—the control panel is once again completely dark and smooth.
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According to a McKinsey study, the application of AI programs will create more than US$ 5.7 trillion in value in the business world. Marketing and sales benefit most, followed by supply chain management and manufacturing.
IBM imitates biological brain structures in a new chip archi-tecture. It uses short-term synapses for computation and long-term ones for memory. Artificial neural networks are up to a hundred times more efficient: The new processors allow a massive acceleration of AI software.
Source: MIT Technology Review
Automotive supplier HARMAN has developed a multifunctional antenna. It is capable of communicating with different termi-nals. These include, for example, radio stations, satellites, Bluetooth devices or Wi-Fi routers. The aim is to reduce the up to 18 antennas required in a connected car to a single one.
At CeBIT, Continental and Vodafone announce a new partner-ship for the joint promotion of innovations. The aim is to reduce the traffic accident rate by means of new technologies. For this purpose, new concepts are being tested at the 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven—such as a digital shield protecting pedestrian and a traffic jam warning system.
With 7 new partners, the international collaborative effort Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is developing an open software platform for the connected car. Linux is the world's largest open source project—the 500 most powerful computers are currently running it. From now on, the partners include, among others, Bose and HERE.
Source: PR Newswire
Startup Affectiva is working on AI that recognizes emotions. With immediate effect, its technologies will expand the auto-motive cockpit platform of Intel subsidiary Wind River. Digital assistants should thus be able to act in a more socially compe-tent manner. In addition, the driver's attention is monitored to increase safety.
Source: Business Wire
MIT has developed an algorithm for a more efficient flow of information in real-time systems. The data from sensors and transmission channels of different capacities, e.g. in cars, are optimally combined with each other. The researchers aim to achieve the fastest possible communication of vehicle networks using the most current information.
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC, every-thing revolves around software. An important announcement concerns ARKit, Apple's augmented reality platform: Multiple iPhone or iPad users will soon be able to play the same AR game against one another in the same physical environment.
CarBlock, the blockchain-based think tank, joins the MOBI Consortium. MOBI is an alliance of leading car manufacturers. The aim of the new cooperation is to develop groundbreaking mobility and logistics ecosystems based on data generated by smart devices.
"Fog Cloud Computing" is intended to increase the security of connected vehicles. The technology is based on decentralized cloud infrastructures consisting of several clouds. Such systems are supposed to be more resistant to cyber-attacks and improve the protection of the driver's privacy. The article presents a security system under development.
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Insight: Fog Cloud Security for Cars (PDF)
“The Race to 5G” is an interactive information graphic from IEEE Spectrum that summarizes the most important updates on the new wireless technology. A distinction is made between topics (technology, policy, standards), carriers, and manufac-turers. This makes it easy to explore the 5G landscape.
Source: IEEE Spectrum
OpenAI is publishing a study on the computing power of AI systems. The result: it doubles every 3.5 months. Between 2012 and 2017, computing power increased by a factor of 300,000. This boost is attributable to more efficient hardware.
Source: OpenAI Blog
Startup Integrated Roadways is getting roads ready for the digital age. Sensors integrated in the pavement are used to recorded and secured traffic information by router WiFi con-nections. The high-precision data allow real-time conclusions to be drawn about accidents or the traffic flow, for example.
Source: The Star
Since 1995, the goal of "Vision Zero" has been to stop people dying in road traffic. The EU wants to turn this vision into reality by 2050. In addition to innovative driver assistance systems, Car-2-X communication is becoming the central key technology.
Source: Springer Professional
Startup AEye has developed a new data type for autonomous vehicles. It combines the pixels of 2D cameras with the 3D information from LiDAR sensors. The format is far more efficient than previous solutions: It consumes up to 10 times less energy.
Frost & Sullivan analysts predict that automakers will in-creasingly enter into cooperation agreements with software companies. For good reason: There will be 200 million connected vehicles by 2025. The partnerships will result in data-as-a-service models that will open up new lines of business for OEMs.
Consulting firm Roland Berger has analyzed 3,500 AI compa-nies. Result of the study: The decisive innovation drivers are not large corporations but startups. Their success must be supported by a strong AI ecosystem. About 40% of the young companies come from the USA, followed by Europe with 22% in second place.
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Source: Roland Berger
Preferred Networks is one of the most valuable robotics start-ups in Japan. So far, it offers only one bizarre product: an AI that automatically colors manga cartoons. Actually, the young company is working on algorithms for smart industrial plants. Toyota even wants to use the programs for autonomous vehicles.
Blade's "Shadow" streaming platform brings a high-end PC to the smartphone. In a monthly subscription, the gaming computer is provided from the cloud—the end device only needs an Internet connection. Streamed hardware could forever change in-car entertainment.
Wi-Fi Alliance has released a new standard for the intercon-nection of routers. With the so-called "EasyMesh", routers from different manufacturers can be combined into a network. A key technology for smart homes, free Internet when traveling, and smoother connections.
Insight: Lab1886 article: Car Mesh Networks
Source: The Verge
Alphabet's subsidiary DeepMind is applying its AI programs to navigation. In the process, the researchers made a surprising discovery: The artificial neural networks formed grid cells that can also be found in mammalian brains. A further development of these already effective patterns could improve the navigation capability of DeepMind's AI.
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The main focus of Google's annual I/O Developer Conference is clearly directed towards artificial intelligence. 2 examples: On the one hand, an improved language assistant was introduced, who follows conversations and speaks with a deceptively real voice. On the other hand, the visual search tool Google Lens now also recognizes written words in addition to objects.
Google is intensifying its collaboration with automobile manu-facturers. Soon, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Play Store will be integrated into Volvo's infotainment system. This means that the digital services can be used without an Android smartphone.
Startup Lobe enables the playful construction of deep learning AI—without a line of code. Technical know-how is therefore not necessary, good ideas is all that matters. Lobe's software is based on common standards such as Google's TensorFlow. This makes it easy to integrate self-built AI into other platforms.
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Engineers at the KIT have developed a reconfigurable antenna system that can handle more data simultaneously with fewer transmitters and receivers. This solves a dilemma: modern cars have to process more and more data from different sources—but there is only limited space for more data volume in the small roof antennas.
Source: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Jedi use the Force to read minds. In the future, however, one will also get along without telepathic abilities: A new device from MIT recognizes the finest muscle signals in a face, which are triggered by words "in one' s head". Is this a strike to the Force? The thoughts are translated into words as if by miraculous powers.
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Source: MIT News
The F8 Facebook Developer Conference surprised its visitors with announcements about the future of the social network. Moreover, the Oculus Go virtual reality headset is now commercially available. It allows users to experience videos and live streams—concerts, sporting events, etc.—up close. The article summarizes the most important news.
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Snapchat's first camera glasses, the Spectacles, were a flop. For the next version, the company has made numerous im-provements: waterproof, faster pairing, more compact hard-ware, and a case that charges the glasses up to 4 times when you are out and about. The trend towards wearables can only prevail through continuous improvement and customer orientation.
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Startup EarthNow will provide real-time videos of the Earth with a swarm of satellites. The aim is to sell the geodata to compa-nies. If the resolution is high enough, traffic information could also be read out—for example on traffic tie-ups or free parking spaces.
The "Eli ZERO" electric vehicle is smaller than a Smart, reaches a top speed of 25 mph, and was completely crowd-funded. When the driver approaches, the car automatically unlocks the doors and pre-starts the system once the driver sits down. The digital dashboard features Bluetooth and USB connection. The developers call it the "iPad of cars".