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According to consulting firm Deloitte, the market for so-called "Connected Car Services" (CCS) will experience rapid growth. Europe is expected to be the largest sales market with 715 million euros in 2022. For the Europeans, diagnosis and maintenance play the most important role in connected vehicle services to date.
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Insights: Deloitte study: Automotive Data Treasure
A new cooperation between Harman International, IBM, Irdeto as well as G+D Mobile Security wants to effectively protect connected vehicles against cyberattacks. The platforms from Harman and IBM were integrated with one another and expanded by Irdeto's software competence. G+D's Management Framework rounds off the collaboration.
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IAA stand information: Hall 3.1, Booth C30
At the beginning of this year, startup Reviver unveiled a digital license plate, which marks the start of an ambitious plan: its platform, which is currently in the development phase, is designed to transform every vehicle into an IoT endpoint. This is to simplify fleet management and facilitate automatic payment - for example in a parking garage.
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Insights: Lab1886 article on digital license plates
STARTUP AUTOBAHN is one of the most important promoters of startup what3words. Now Mercedes-Benz has announced that the navigation software of the young shooting star will in the future be available as standard in every vehicle. Would you like a taster? The words "bricks.sending.able" directly take you to the IAA booth of STARTUP AUTOBAHN.
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Bertrandt and Microsoft have jointly presented a road data platform. Vehicles equipped with sensors can upload road information to Microsoft's Azure Cloud. The platform analyzes the data in order to, for example, identify traffic jams or road damage and communicate this to connected vehicles.
IAA stand information: Hall 5.1, Booth B20
Continental’s new cockpit concept focuses on mixed reality: intelligent surfaces, projections by AR glasses as well as retractable interior components dynamically react to various driving modes. In order to coordinate the various functions, Continental is already developing the so-called "Integrated Interior Platform” (IIO).
IAA stand information: Hall 5.1, Booth A08
Volkswagen teams up with IBM to expand "Volkswagen WE", its digital platform for connected cars. The first project of the five-year cooperation is called "We Commerce". IBM's Watson AI is used to compile personalized offers for drivers, for example, preferred restaurants or gas stations.
Google Maps is getting a technical upgrade. In addition to improved colors, 360° images that were taken while driving will enhance the view. This also has a technical background: a new AI compares the images with Google's databases to detect new stores.
OSR's automotive platform for autonomous and connected cars “AI Brain”, will be combined with Sysgo's operating system PikeOS. Originally designed for aviation, it shall in the future securely shield the platform's different applications from one another. PikeOS thus helps protect against malfunctions and cyberattacks.
IAA stand information: Hall 3.1, Booth C41
Qualcomm's new chipset 9150 C-V2X is specifically geared to connected and autonomous vehicles. For one thing, it allows communication of intelligent infrastructure and connected vehicles or smartphones. For another thing, it provides a connection to 4G and 5G networks to, for example, support a faster transmission of sensor or traffic data.
Source: Ars Technica
Startup Nuco operates the Aion network, which will in the future allow communication between different blockchains. This would significantly increase the flexibility of this technology. It's also a relevant issue for mobility: consulting firm Ernst & Young has recently announced it is working on a blockchain for car-sharing.
Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are getting closer - as the companies have now announced, they want their voice assistants to work together soon. Alexa's smart home competence will then, for example, be able to complement Cortana's work calendar feature.
Google follows suit: similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's new augmented reality platform ARCore will simplify the development of AR applications for future Android versions. This will soon give 100 million devices access to augmented reality.
So far, automatic translators such as Google Translate frequently delivered inaccurate as well as humorous results. The creators behind the German-English dictionary Linguee aim to change this with their DeepL translation software. Their new algorithm runs on a 5.1 petaflop supercomputer and already supports 7 languages. DeepL wants to make 230 language combinations available by the end of this year.
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A smart city project presently being implemented in Santander, Spain, is in a class of its own. To date, about 20,000 sensors have been installed, which, among other things, solve the problem of finding a parking space: drivers are guided to vacant car parking spaces with GPS and light signals. Waste disposal and the irrigation of green spaces are also intelligently controlled in Santander.
Source: Trends der Zukunft
Startup Cubic Telecom connects vehicles to mobile networks from all over the world. When automakers manufacture cars, they usually reach agreements with local network providers, who then supply specific SIM cards for the respective country. On Cubic's platform, the vehicles can automatically connect to mobile networks in 180 countries.
Startup Packet wants to set up small but densely distributed data centers to allow so-called "edge computing". It reduces the latency of data exchange as against large server clusters. This is of vital importance for VR applications or autonomous vehicles – every millisecond counts.
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Microsoft has set a new record in automatic speech recognition: its program achieved an error rate of only 5.1 percent. This equals the accuracy level of human speech recognition. To obtain this result, the AI's neural network was improved and the vocabulary size was increased from 30,000 to 165,000 different words.
Source: New Atlas
Semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm has taken over machine learning startup Scyfer. Up to now, Scyfer's algorithms have been used for traffic forecasts or smart breakdown services. Qualcomm wants to use the startup's know-how to implement AI on end devices without an internet connection..
Unlike, for example, the touchscreen of the Tesla Model S, Volvo's infotainment system “Sensus Connect” does not react to electric conductivity, but to pressure. To additionally allow swiping gestures, Volvo integrated additional infrared sensors. The Volvo V90 is thus able to recognize complex gestures.
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Source: The Verge
The TIMON project run by the Fraunhofer Institute focuses on the development of an open web platform for improving the safety of all road users. The system integrates sensor data, traffic information as well as positioning technology. It thus becomes possible to alert the driver in real time via an app, for example, to approaching pedestrians.
Source: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
Intel together with Stanford University has developed AI, which autonomously creates realistic street scenes. For this purpose, it was trained with images from 3,000 real streetscapes. In the future, the AI shall be used for video games development; however, algorithms for autonomous vehicles could also undergo tests on the virtual roads.
Source: The Next Web
MIT and Stanford University have spawned a ground-breaking new circuit architecture. It combines 3 functions – CPU, memory and nanosensors – in 3 vertically stacked layers. Massive amounts of data can thus be processed faster and more efficiently than in conventional silicon modules. Could this also be an ideal solution for connected vehicles?
A new AI-based smart city system called SimplifAI will now be used in Manchester. The award-winning project developed at Huddersfield University analyzes traffic data to coordinate traffic lights. However, this is just the beginning: in the future, the AI shall, for example, also control speed limits.
Source: Artificial Intelligence News
Electronics manufacturer Jabil and deep learning specialist eyeSight Technologies are now jointly working on a new in-car sensor system for precise monitoring of vehicle occupants. On the one hand, this allows controlling the driver's attentiveness and, on the other hand, the system supports improved gesture control.
Facebook wants to enter into competition with Youtube and is launching the new video service “Watch”. Shows and livestreams from sporting events produced by third-party suppliers are initially paid by Facebook. However, the company plans to fund contents with revenues generated by ads, which are placed around the clips.
With its new internet drone "SuperTower", startup Altaeros Energies wants to bring 4G to rural areas. Floating 250 m above the ground, the drone has the same performance as about 30 cell towers. Unlike Facebook's Aquila-Drohne and Project Loon, the SuperTower shall allow easier connection to existing internet structures.
Mozilla is causing a great stir in the mobile market with its Firefox browser. By increasing the number of employees working on speech recognition, supporting VR as from version 55 and launching an open-source voice recognition engine, Mozilla aims to challenge Google for its leading position. In the interview, the former CTO speaks about the future of the Mozilla Foundation.
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Whether tablets, smartphones or smart glasses: startup Escher Reality connects completely different terminal devices in one shared augmented reality. Several users are thus able to access the same virtual environment. Other than with VR, for example, one is confronted with greater computer vision problems, which are, however, solved by Escher Reality’s new network protocol.
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Voice assistant Alexa was most recently updated. She is now able to play music from Amazon's music library that fits your current activities. If you say, for example, "Alexa, play music for meditation", the artificial intelligence selects suitable tracks from a specifically compiled playlist. This is a good example of how digital services can be even better adapted to user requirements.
Microsoft has presented an eye tracking system called Eye Control, which supports both writing text and controlling the Windows 10 operating system. Prerequisite is the use of the Tobii eye tracking device. This technology could not just serve as an input assistant, it might be a key to new security solutions: verification of people on the basis of their individual eye movements.
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Xiaomi launches a new smart speaker called Mi AI in China costing around US$ 50. The device works similar to Amazon Echo, meaning that it is equipped with artificial intelligence, can be connected with more than 30 different partner devices and additionally understands Mandarin. Besides the DingDong the Mi AI is thus one of the few smart speakers for Chinese speaking natives.
Hewlett Packard has developed a portable VR module with which the user can freely move around the room. The Z VR Backpack consists, among other things, of a computer, which is carried on your back, and a VR headset. The product is specifically designed for industrial applications. It should, for example, be used for the design development of buildings and cars or in showrooms.
Amazon has recently applied for a new AR patent. By means of 3D sensor technology, which also factors in light effects, AR objects even better adapt to the real environment. This is a feature IKEA is already testing for furniture, but which is still new in digital fitting rooms for clothing. Can this technology also be applied to car configurators?
E-Payment provider Stripe is now also available in Germany. So far, the software was primarily used in the US by tech giants like Facebook, Salesforce, Slack or Twitter. Besides credit cards Stripe also supports Apple Pay, Android Pay, SEPA, instant bank transfer and Giropay. An attractive software for all types of mobility services.
A new nano-carbon sensor of Duke University measures the tread depth of tires accurate to the millimeter. The sensor, produced using 3D printing technology, is attached to the inside of the tire. The university team is currently working on the exact determination of tire pressure and brake pad inspection. Now the sensor only has to be able to directly communicate with the car.
Source: eeNews Automotive
Startup AimBrain has developed a three-stage biometric authentication process via smartphone. Its plug-and-play solution initially verifies unique hand movements, such as a typical shaking of a person’s hand or characteristics when typing. If the user is not unambiguously identified, voice verification is activated. If that doesn’t help either, the final means is face recognition.
Apple is working on improved perception of AR projections. A newly granted patent shows the refocusing of virtual objects depending on the viewer’s point of view. They thus integrate into the real world much more smoothly – a great advantage especially for large surfaces, such as AR windscreens. Startup Lytro has delved into the so-called “Light Field” technology for quite some time, as is impressively demonstrates in its gallery .
Source: Patently Apple
The Vision Concept by Michelin is presenting a tire-and-wheel combination that is airless, recyclable, equipped with sensors and produced using 3D printing technology. The unique honeycomb structure renders air cushions unnecessary – a thin rubber thread is enough. Depending on the area where the tire is used, it can be reprinted using a 3D printer, and even damages reported by sensors can thus be repaired.
MIT has developed a chip with which the AI method of deep learning can achieve unprecedented levels of speed and energy efficiency. The researchers focused on optical instead of electrical signal processing. Besides the improved performance, the chip only uses one-thousandth of the energy consumed by conventional processors: an advantage for autonomous vehicles, whose image recognition software is frequently based on deep learning.
Source: MIT News