Audi AG ) is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury automobiles. Audi oversees worldwide operations from its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.Audi has been a majority owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group since 1966, following a phased purchase of Audi AG's predecessor, Auto Union, from Daimler-Benz. Volkswagen relaunched the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi F103 series.The company name is based on the Latin translation of the surname of the founder, August Horch. "Horch", meaning "listen" in German, becomes "audi" in Latin. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create Audi's predecessor company, Auto Union. Audi's slogan is Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning "Advantage through Technology". However, since 2007 Audi USA has used the slogan "Truth in Engineering". Audi is a member of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers, along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 26, 2017
Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “ Connected Cars -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis of To p Key Player Forecast To 2022” To Its Research Database This report studies sales (consumption) of Connected Cars in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions, covering General Motors Company NXP Corporation Bayerische Motoren Werke(BMW) AG Honda Motor Co. Ltd To yota Motor Corporation Ford Motor Company Telestra Corporation Hyundai Motor Company AT&T Inc Broadcom Corporation Daimler AG Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V Volkswagen AG Airbiquity Inc Luxoft GmBH Nissan Motors Co., ltd Audi AG Onstar LLC Qualcomm Inc Tech Mahindra Ltd Sierra Wireless Inc Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Connected Cars in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like Split by product types, with sales, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into 2G 3G 4G/LTE Others Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Connected Cars in each application, can be divided into V2V and V2I communication for Safety Data Capture and Management Dynamic Mobility Applications Road Weather Management Others 1 Connected Cars Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Connected Cars 1.2 Classification of Connected Cars 1.2.1 2G 1.2.2 3G 1.2.3 4G/LTE 1.2.4 Others 1.3 Applications of Connected Cars 1.3.1 V2V and V2I communication for Safety 1.3.2 Data Capture and Management 1.3.3 Dynamic Mobility Applications 1.3.4 Road Weather Management 1.3.5 Others 1.4 Connected Cars Market by Regions 1.4.1 North America Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Connected Cars (2011-2021) 1.5.1 Global Connected Cars Sales, Revenue and Price (2011-2021) 1.5.2 Global Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 1.5.3 Global Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 2 Global Connected Cars Competition by Manufacturers, Type and Application 2.1 Global Connected Cars Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1.1 Global Connected Cars Sales and Market Share of Key Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.1.2 Global Connected Cars Revenue and Share by Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.2 Global Connected Cars (Volume and Value) by Type 2.2.1 Global Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type (2011-2021) 2.2.2 Global Connected Cars Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2021) 2.3 Global Connected Cars (Volume and Value) by Regions 2.3.1 Global Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Regions (2011-2021) 2.3.2 Global Connected Cars Revenue and Market Share by Regions (2011-2021) 2.4 Global Connected Cars (Volume) by Application 3 North America Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 3.1 North America Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 3.1.1 North America Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 3.1.2 North America Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 3.1.3 North America Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 3.2 North America Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 3.3 North America Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 3.4 North America Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications 4 China Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 4.1 China Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 4.1.1 China Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 4.1.2 China Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 4.1.3 China Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 4.2 China Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 4.3 China Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 4.4 China Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications 5 Europe Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 5.1 Europe Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 5.1.1 Europe Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 5.1.2 Europe Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 5.1.3 Europe Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 5.2 Europe Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 5.3 Europe Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 5.4 Europe Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications 6 Japan Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 6.1 Japan Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 6.1.1 Japan Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 6.1.2 Japan Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 6.1.3 Japan Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 6.2 Japan Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 6.3 Japan Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 6.4 Japan Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications 7 Southeast Asia Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 7.1 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 7.1.1 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 7.1.2 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 7.1.3 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 7.2 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 7.3 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 7.4 Southeast Asia Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications 8 India Connected Cars (Volume, Value and Sales Price 8.1 India Connected Cars Sales and Value (2011-2021) 8.1.1 India Connected Cars Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 8.1.2 India Connected Cars Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 8.1.3 India Connected Cars Sales Price Trend (2011-2021) 8.2 India Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 8.3 India Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Type 8.4 India Connected Cars Sales and Market Share by Applications For more information, please visit https://www.wiseguyreports.com/sample-request/587346-global-connected-cars-sales-market-report-2021
News Article | December 14, 2016
Growing advancement in IoT sector is developing its impact on various industries such as manufacturing, chemical, entertainment, IT, and automotive among others. In automotive sectors, to avoid tiredness and boredom during travel time as well as rising concern about safety & security, the demand to connect the in-vehicle intelligent system to real internet with high speed is increasing. The market is expected to reach the new heights in terms of market size. The Global Connected Car Market is expected to grow at CAGR of 23.46% from year 2015 to 2030. Factors such as raising proliferation of embedded in-vehicle connectivity and growing smart phone integration platform are driving the market whereas high price of equipment’s and complex features in the products are hindering the sale of connected car market. The Key Players in Connected Car Ecosystem are- Audi AG, Nokia Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Group, AT&T Inc, General Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, BMW AG, Ford Motor Company, To yota Motor Corporation, Tesla Motors, Inc., Airbiquity, Inc., Alibaba Group, Mckinsey & Company, Harman International, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Tech-Mahindra Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Infosys Ltd, Daimler AG, Blackberry Ltd., Abalta Technologies, Inc., NXP Semiconductor N.V., Sierra Wireless, Verizon Telematics Inc., Avago Technologies Ltd., Continental Corporation AG, Denso Corporation, Nissan Motor Corporation Ltd, SK Telecom Co. Ltd. and among others. Global Connected Car Ecosystem Market Analysis & Forecast, 2030 • To provide detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast for the next 15 years of the various segments and sub-segments of the Global Connected Car Ecosystem market market • Upcoming technologies, high growth geographies and countries were identified • Regional Analysis for Connected Car were studied • Key segments covered in the report are: connectivity, application and region. • For all the regions: forecast demand for all applications were identified and then with historical figure, data collected through primary and annual reports were triangulated to derive the regional market size • Historical trend is identified to forecast and estimate the future value data Key Findings • Asia-Pacific is the region with fastest growing economies such as China, Japan and India, the demand for connected car would be strong in the upcoming years. • In global connected car ecosystem revenue by connectivity, embedded connectivity to generate highest revenue of $ 22.13 billion globally, which would increase at CAGR of 23.1 % to $406.02 billion by 2030. • The global connected car ecosystem market is estimated to grow from $ 34.83 billion in 2015 to $ 842.43 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 23.46% from 2016 to 2030. The high growth rate is to serve the growing demand of converting passenger cars into smart cars. Regional and Country Analysis of Connected Car Ecosystem Asia-pacific would raise its revenue to $258.09 billion from $10.20 billion in year 2016; however revenue in the North American region would increase to $313.68 billion. Middle East & Africa would generate revenue at a CAGR of 18.0% from 2016 to 2030. The reports also cover country level analysis: • North America • Europe • Asia – Pacific • Rest of the World For more information, please visit http://www.wiseguyreports.com
News Article | September 11, 2016
« Boeing and NASA testing Blended Wing Body model in Langley subsonic wind tunnel | Main | University of Waterloo opens new automotive research facility » In China, Audi has signed tripartite memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent respectively. The partners will deepen their cooperation in the areas of data analysis, internet-vehicle platform building and urban intelligent transport. The partnerships will be supported through the brand’s strong development capabilities in China. In Beijing, Audi operates its largest research and development facility outside of Germany. The R&D center is part of Audi China, a 100% Audi AG daughter-company, and puts a strong focus on key future technologies such as connected car, piloted driving, new energy vehicles and digital services. Audi China and the brand’s China joint venture FAW-VW Automotive Co. Ltd. are closely cooperating in their digitalization activities. Audi can build on existing cooperations with China’s leading internet firms. In cooperation with Alibaba, the German company has integrated real time traffic data into Audi MMI and has become the first premium manufacturer in China to offer high-resolution 3D maps. Starting from 2017, Audi will launch Baidu CarLife in its local model line-up, for seamless transfer of Baidu’s popular app services between the customers’ digital devices and their cars. With Tencent, Audi is currently developing the integration of WeChat MyCar services into Audi models. The first features to be implemented will be location sharing and music sharing. WeChat is Asia’s leading communication services app with over 700 million active users. The signing of the MOUs took place on September 11 during the Audi Brand Summit. At this event, Audi showcase, among other technologies and vehicles, the Audi A6 L e-tron, its first locally produced plug-in hybrid model. (Earlier post.)
News Article | February 20, 2017
— Market Scenario Connected car is a car which is equipped with advance sensors and technologies and helps the driver to gather real time information around him. Generally it is equipped with internet which is connected with the smart devices both inside the car and outside. The cars can communicate with another car which is travelling on the same road and can exchange the information about accidents, weather, road blocks, traffic etc. From past couple of years, market for connected cars has seen tremendous growth with incredible CAGR. Industry News • BMW is using SIM card based connected drive technology for connected cars. • A study shows that Tesla and To yota are among the smartest companies working in connected car market. Key players • General Motors (U.S.), • Apple Inc. (U.S.), • Audi AG (Germany), • Ford Motor Company (U.S.), • Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan), • NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands), • BMW (Germany), • Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), • Freescale. • Semiconductor Inc. (U.S.), • Texas Instruments Incorporated (U.S.), • Sierra Wireless (Canada). Taste the market data and market information presented through more than 50 market data tables and figures spread in 100 numbers of pages of the project report. Avail the in-depth table of content TOC & market synopsis on “Global Connected Car Market Research Report- Global Forecast 2027" Market Segmentation Segmentation by Technology: • 2G • 3G • LTE • WiFi & Bluetooth. Segmentation by Components: • Sensors • Processors • Cellular and wireless modules. Segmentation by Services: • Safety • Entertainment • Well-Being • Autonomous driving and Vehicle management • OEM Services among others. Segmentation by Connectivity: • Integrated, • tethered and embedded. Study Objective of Connected Car Market • To provide detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast of the various segments and sub-segments of the Global Connected Car Market • To provide insights about factors affecting the market growth • To analyze the Global Connected Car Market based on various factors- price analysis, supply chain analysis, porter’s five force analysis etc. • To provide historical and forecast revenue of the market segments and sub-segments with respect to four main geographies and their countries- North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World (ROW) • To provide country level analysis of the market with respect to the current market size and future prospective • To provide country level analysis of the market for segment by technology, by components, by services, by connectivity and sub-segments. • To provide strategic profiling of key players in the market, comprehensively analyzing their core competencies, and drawing a competitive landscape for the market. The report gives the clear picture of current market scenario which includes historical and projected market size in terms of value, technological advancement, macro economical and governing factors in the market. The report provides details information and strategies of the top key players in the industry. The report also gives a broad study of the different market segments and regions. Related Reports Indoor Positioning and Navigation System Market, by Type (Indoor Location Based Analytics and Indoor Navigations & Maps), by Technology (RFID, Cellular, WLAN) by Verticals (Consumer Electronics, IT, Healthcare, Transportation), by Applications (Navigation, Positioning, Location, Geo-Fencing).Know more about this report @ https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/reports/global-indoor-positioning-and-navigation-system-report-forecast-2022 About Market Research Future: At Market Research Future (MRFR), we enable our customers to unravel the complexity of various industries through our Cooked Research Report (CRR), Half-Cooked Research Reports (HCRR), Raw Research Reports (3R), Continuous-Feed Research (CFR), and Market Research & Consulting Services. MRFR team have supreme objective to provide the optimum quality market research and intelligence services to our clients. Our market research studies by products, services, technologies, applications, end users, and market players for global, regional, and country level market segments, enable our clients to see more, know more, and do more, which help to answer all their most important questions. For more information, please visit https://www.marketresearchfuture.com
Audi AG | Date: 2016-07-21
A method for supporting a driver of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, includes automatically detecting with a navigation device of the vehicle whether the vehicle has deviated from a defined driving route determined by the navigation device. When the vehicle has deviated from the defined driving route, it is determined with the navigation device whether an amount of propulsion energy stored in an energy storage device of the vehicle is sufficient to still reach at least one energy refilling station. When an energy refilling station can no longer be reached with the vehicle automatically a phone connection with a vehicle external help center is established with a phone device of the vehicle, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, or it is automatically displayed to the driver with a display device of the vehicle prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, to establish a phone connection with a vehicle external help central.
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1. A method for supporting a driver of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, comprising: guiding the driver with a navigation device of the vehicle from a starting point to a destination via a defined driving route; automatically detecting with the navigation device whether the vehicle has deviated from the defined driving route; when the vehicle has deviated from the defined driving route is detected, determining with the navigation device whether an amount of propulsion energy stored in an energy storage device of the vehicle, in particular an amount of fuel stored in a fuel tank of the vehicle, is sufficient to still reach at least one energy refilling station, in particular a fuel station; and when an energy refilling station can no longer be reached with the vehicle automatically establishing a phone connection with a vehicle external help center with a phone device of the vehicle, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, or when an energy refilling station can no longer be reached by the vehicle automatically displaying to the driver with a display device of the vehicle prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, that the driver should establish a phone connection with a vehicle external help central.
2. The method of claim 1, further comprising outputting a warning signal to the driver with a warning signal outputting device of the vehicle, when the vehicle has to be driven to the next energy refilling station on the driving route of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from becoming stranded.
3. The method of claim 2, further comprising detecting with the navigation device whether after outputting the warning signal the vehicle was driven to the next energy refilling station on the route of he vehicle, wherein when after outputting of the warning signal the vehicle was not driven to the next refilling station on the driving route of the vehicle, automatically determining with the navigation device whether at least one energy refilling station can still be reached by the vehicle.
4. The method of claim 1, further comprising when a phone connection with the help central is established, in particular automatically, transmitting vehicle data with a data transmission device of the vehicle to the help central.
5. The method of claim 4, wherein the vehicle data include at least one member selected from the group consisting of data regarding the actual position of the vehicle, data regarding the average propulsion energy consumption of the vehicle, data regarding an amount of propulsion energy stored in the energy storage device of the vehicle, and data regarding an actual, in particular electrical, energy consumption of the vehicle.
6. The method of claim 5, further comprising in response to transmission of data regarding the actual energy consumption of the vehicle to the help center, controlling or regulating by the help center with a regulation and/or control device at least one energy selling device of the vehicle with which an energy consumption, in particular an electrical energy consumption, of the vehicle can be set and/or changed.
7. The method of claim 1, further comprising when a phone connection with the help center is established, transmitting to the navigation device of the vehicle, in particular automatically, with a data transmission device of the help center data regarding a location of at least one parking lot that can still be reached with the vehicle.
8. The method of claim 1, further comprising, when an energy refilling station can no longer be reached with the vehicle, outputting, in particular automatically, a warning signal to vehicles in a vicinity of the vehicle with a warning signal outputting device of the vehicle, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein the determining whether the amount of propulsion energy stored in the energy storage device of the vehicle is sufficient to still reach at least one energy refilling station is performed as a function of at lest one item of data selected from the group consisting of data regarding an average propulsion energy consumption of the vehicle, data regarding an amount of propulsion energy stored in the energy storage device of the vehicle, data regarding an actual traffic situation of the vehicle, road data, and data regarding an actual position of the vehicle.
10. The method of claim 1, further comprising setting and/or determining the driving route with the navigation device so that when following the driving route at least one energy refilling station can still be reached with the vehicle.
11. A device for supporting a driver of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle vehicle, said device comprising: a navigation device, a phone device; a display device, and a vehicle-external help center, said navigation device being configured to guide the driver from a starting point to a destination via a defined driving route, to automatically detect a deviation of the vehicle from the defined driving route, and to determine whether an amount of propulsion energy stored in an energy storage device of the vehicle, in particular an amount of fuel stored in a fuel tank of the vehicle, is sufficient to still reach at least one energy refilling station, in particular a fuel station; when an energy refilling station can no longer be reached with the vehicle, said phone device, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, automatically establishing a phone connection with a vehicle external help center, or said display device, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, automatically displaying to the driver to establish a phone connection with the vehicle-external help center.
12. A motor vehicle, in particular motor vehicle, comprising: a navigation device, a phone device; and a display device, said navigation device being configured to guide the driver from a starting point to a destination via a defined driving route, to automatically detect a deviation of the vehicle from the defined driving route, and to determine whether an amount of propulsion energy stored in an energy storage device of the vehicle, in particular an amount of fuel stored in a fuel tank of the vehicle, is sufficient to still reach at least one energy refilling station, in particular a fuel station, when an energy refilling station can no longer be reached with the vehicle, said phone device, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, automatically establishing a phone connection with a vehicle external help center, or said display device, prior to the vehicle becoming stranded, automatically displaying to the driver to establish a phone connection with a vehicle-external help center.
News Article | March 30, 2015
French startup NAVX, who provide real-time retail fuel pricing and parking data to auto manufacturers, PND manufacturers and mobile operators, have just been acquired by Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), a global provider of oil industry pricing. The value of the deal was not made public. Founded in 2006 by Florent Boutellier and Jean Cherbonnier, NAVX are a DaaS (data as a service) provider offering near real-time data to end-users, such as fuel prices, parking information, EV points of charge. Since their founding they’ve built up an impressive customer list, with many of the top brands looking to lead in the connected car space, including BMW, Audi, Toyota, Renault, Citroën, Peugeot, Mazda, Nissan and Daimler. This deal will provide significant value to both companies as it will combine OPIS’s deep information on US fuel pricing and NAVX’s extensive data on pricing from 30 countries in Europe plus Mexico and Brazil. With OPIS’s 2013 acquisition of US-based startup gasbuddy.com, OPIS will now be able to position themselves as one of the most comprehensive global providers of this type of information in the industry. NAVX is currently headquartered in Paris, but have based most of their 16 employees in Romania. However, the team will likely expand as Cherbonnier has revealed that they have their eyes set on expanding the newly created NAVX-OPIS brand in Asia. Make sure not to miss the Connected Conference, where you’ll hear about all the latest news and trends in the Connected Car space!
News Article | February 7, 2015
For six weeks, I’ve been driving the first 4G LTE car model to hit the U.S. market — the 2015 Audi A3, which was chosen to showcase Audi MMI connect technology. Features include navigation with Google Earth and Street View, as well as Sirius Traffic, Wi-Fi hot spot, fuel price, weather, picture navigation, news, parking, flight, travel and event information, even Facebook and Twitter alerts, all on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. A 2015 World Car of the Year and IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award winner, among other accolades, much has been written about the 2015 Audi A3. However, this is not a car review. This is about my experience setting up, using the connected car features in everyday driving, surprises and misses, and why connected car features and capabilities will play an ever-increasing role in your next car-buying decision. Like me, you may not want to wait any longer to get one. Setting up the LTE account with AT&T took a few minutes and was an efficient, easy process. After the trial period, the LTE data plan runs $16.50 per month as a stand-alone – $99 for six months (including 5GB data) – or an additional $10 per month when added to a Mobile Share plan. Nearly everyone is going to renew this service when the trial ends. Audi’s connected car experience includes the My.Audi website for configuring features and a mobile app (iOS and Android) for syncing and streaming to the onboard MMI connect system. The My.Audi.com website is where you activate and configure MMI features and services, including destinations and access, map updates, RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter, via widgets, and this can take time. New features may be introduced on the website, via app updates and/or firmware updates to the car’s MMI system via LTE connection (or SD card updates, e.g., map updates). Navigation with Google Earth and Google Maps Street View: The smartphone app lets you select an entry from your calendar as an Online Destination, which then syncs with the nav system, letting you select a calendar entry as destination, all in a few clicks and turns. With a calendar address, Online Destination is far easier than voice search, is much faster than entering an address via touchpad, and can thus be a huge timesaver. Wi-Fi hotspot: The hotspot supports up to eight devices on AT&T’s LTE network, which consistently had a stronger signal than my iPhone. Sirius Traffic: This alerts you to accidents and detours, but mostly confirms that you’re in heavy traffic after it’s too late. I prefer Waze, which provides far more useful and real-time information to avoid or circumvent traffic. Access to Waze or the full Google Maps–Waze integration cannot come soon enough, and hopefully will be added to Audi Connect, which features several other Google services. Weather: This may be more valuable on long trips or in places where dramatic weather changes quickly occur, but my personal observation of actual weather was better than the “current weather” on the display. Picture navigation: Select a picture from hundreds of images, or a smartphone picture, and the app sends the address to the nav system, which then guides you there. In theory, this might be useful, but the interface was buggy, and I couldn’t get the street address from the app to the nav system. Personalized news: As with other included infotainment services, when you reach a complete stop, you can read a full screen. Lift your foot from the brake, and all but the headline disappears. This might be useful to pass time while parked and waiting, but do not try it in stop-and-go traffic. Then again, if you’re parked and waiting, you will probably be able to find what you’re looking for faster on your smartphone. Fuel prices: The system displays the lowest nearby gas prices, then guides you to the station you select. Far more valuable, especially when in an unknown area, is an on-screen alert that tells you when fuel is low, then guides you to the closest gas station. Parking: This helps you find open parking spaces and lots, which can be very helpful in an unfamiliar place. The app also includes a Car Finder, which tells you the last place you left your car and how long it’s been there, and guides you back to your vehicle on a map. Flight, travel and event information: Useful, as you would expect, but not accessible while the vehicle is moving. Streaming content: In addition to Pandora, Spotify and other streaming music, you can choose web radio, podcasts and a wide range of content at the AT&T Connect website, My.Audi, the companion app, or on screen. The app provides access to stations all over the world, by genre, topic, country, language, and vicinity, streamed via Bluetooth. Facebook and Twitter alerts: Listen to tweets messages and update friends and followers of progress, delays, and new arrival times with canned status messages. Or create your own at the My.Audi website. Some will use these services, but so far, I haven’t. LTE: Signal on AT&T’s LTE network was consistently stronger than the signal on my iPhone 6+ on Verizon. A car is a larger antenna than a smartphone, and makes a better hotspot. Overall integration: The overall architecture and integration of (1) LTE connectivity, (2) My.Audi web configuration, (3) smartphone app for syncing and streaming, and (4) the vehicle’s MMI system works well. It enables continuing service refinements, new feature introduction, and further integration of IoT, wearables and other services as they become available, all without equipment upgrades, and at a relatively low monthly subscription cost. Interface: The user interface is intuitive and easy. For example, press one button and your last playlist, podcast, or music stream picks up where it left off, without missing a beat. Better CDMA experience: Ironically, the lack of simultaneous voice/data on Verizon and Sprint CDMA networks is cured by the Wi-Fi hotspot on AT&T’s LTE network. You can have both. Manage data costs: If you’re closing in on your data plan limits, turn off cellular data on your smartphone and get all of your data from the car’s Wi-Fi hotspot. A connected car is a smarter car. And from the moment you turn on the ignition, these connected car features really make a difference, from easy loading of destinations, traffic alerts, low-gas warnings that guide you to the nearest station, to the ease and wide range of content easily streamed to your car. A connected car is definitely in your future; Audi’s A3 and the full line of new GM cars have LTE today. Are you ready? Whitey Bluestein, a 30-year telecom veteran, is a strategic advisor and corporate development executive focused on wholesale, M2M, cloud services, distribution, applications, payments, roaming and connected cars. He is a Gigaom Research analyst, CNBC mobile industry expert and 2013 Mobile Power Player.
News Article | May 9, 2014
Apple's CarPlay, announced earlier this year, is the first substantial move the tech giant has made in to the realm of transport. If an infotainment system is installed in a vehicle, it must work well. Unlike hooking your iPhone up as a music player, you will need to use it every time you drive, and so it must be intuitive, slick, and useful for the driver. The iPad and iPhone maker's CarPlay system brings connectivity to cars as one of these systems -- using a custom iOS interface on your car's interactive dashboard to display maps, navigation data, traffic updates, and content from iTunes and audio applications. In addition, you will be able to use Siri to voice command the system -- or through a button on the steering wheel -- so users can make calls, listen to and send messages. Third-party apps, including Spotify and iHeartRadio, are also supported. CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. Car manufacturers that plan to release CarPlay in the future include BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Kia, Toyota and Nissan.
News Article | January 6, 2015
There has been a lot of buzz around the increasing overlap between the automotive and consumer electronics worlds. But perhaps the simplest and most striking way to get a sense of this dynamic is to take a walk around the CES show floor. The massive booths of the auto manufacturers — which have dramatically increased in scale over the past few years and now approach production levels historically reserved for major auto shows — are the most obvious examples. But OEMs are not the only ones using CES as a venue to showcase in-car technology. There are plenty of other players in the ecosystem, including hardware and software suppliers, telco carriers, aftermarket device and accessory manufacturers, and content providers –- all vying to carve out their space in the value chain. This convergence between cars and technology is being driven largely by the increasing ubiquity of connectivity. Cars allow us the freedom to go anywhere, and now the Internet is along for the ride. The emergence of the smartphone created broader consumer awareness and increased demand for the delivery of dynamic, IP-based services to the car. Simultaneously, connectivity is enabling communication both between cars traveling the same roads (vehicle-to-vehicle) and between cars and the roads themselves (vehicle-to-infrastructure). Personally, I’m excited to see the continued evolution of this technology that will be on display at this year’s CES, which I think can be categorized in three broad areas of focus: Progress towards the self-driving car continues, although for technical and regulatory reasons, we’re still many years away from seeing significant volumes of autonomous vehicles pilot themselves around our freeways. That said, there are some pretty remarkable advances in safety technology that are being installed in production vehicles both now and in the very near future (e.g. self-braking and lane-departure warning and correction technologies). And based on early leaks, it looks like Mercedes and Audi will be doing their part to push this farther forward with the debut of new concepts at the show. Along with making our commutes safer, technology is also making interaction with our vehicles more convenient. The BMW self-parking car that will be on display at CES should be an interesting example in this category. Another area where we’ll see advances in terms of convenience is around the issue of how connectivity to power in-car services will be delivered: i.e. via a brought-in (handset) or built-in (embedded modem) devices. There will also be some technology on display at CES that will reframes this question by providing solutions that move away from an ‘either/or’ approach. For example, Pandora has worked with QNX and Qualcomm to build an application that delivers a great experience via both connection methods and allows for seamless switching between the two. This effort is representative of a shared objective across the ecosystem to develop flexible and convenient solutions that will encourage adoption by the broadest audience possible. This category is nearest and dearest to me given our team’s focus on delivering the best integrated in-car experience for Pandora listeners, but that is just part of the broader movement towards IP-based delivery of content and services to the car. While I won’t go so far as to predict the near-term removal of FM radios from cars, it is obvious to me that consumers will continue to demand more and better access to the listening experiences that are enabled by the internet: namely, experiences that are personalized and tailored for their specific and individual needs. While delivering internet-based apps to cars doesn’t represent groundbreaking technology in 2015, there will be evidence of a continued progress towards the goal of making these experiences feel more tightly integrated. Ford’s SYNC 3.0 will serve as a good example of making in-car access to applications more seamless. Of course, the recognition to make technology services feel native to the driver experience isn’t limited to the entertainment category. As in-car technology continues to evolve, I expect we’ll see even more focus on making services in all categories a natural extension of the in-car experience. It’s thrilling to be involved in such a dynamic space from a professional perspective. But I’m equally excited to walk the floor at CES purely as a consumer, marveling at both how far technology has already come and where we’re headed in the future. As VP of automotive business development for Pandora, Geoff Snyder builds and manages relationships with the world’s top automotive brands, serving as a liaison between engineering and business development teams to make personalized radio on-the-road a reality. Since joining Pandora in 2010, he has been instrumental in the integration of Pandora into vehicles, the traditional home of radio and where consumers are demanding a new kind of music experience. Before joining Pandora, Geoff worked for 10 years with the founding team of Openlane, a company that provides software services for the auto industry, which was then acquired by Adesa. Geoff holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He also enjoys playing the guitar and is grateful his kids are young enough to think he’s good at it.
News Article | March 8, 2015
What has the computing power of 20 personal computers, includes about 100 million lines of programming code, and processes up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour? The connected car is often sold as an enhanced experience for drivers, but vehicles able to optimise their own operation, maintenance, and get online, could develop into one of the next decade's major challenges for the tech industry. Thus far it's been shorthand for 'automotive infotainment systems' – including internet radio and weather reports – that drivers can use, usually via a touchscreen dashboard interface. Connectivity is via cellular networks; each vehicle has a SIM installed. "With our global platform we can put a single SIM into any vehicle wherever it's manufactured, and wherever it's going, to light it up on those local networks," says Chris Penrose, AT&T Senior Vice President of Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions. His inclusive Drive Studio innovation programme involves consumer electronics and app developers including LG, Samsung, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Jasper, Subaru, AccuWeather, Eventseeker, Stitcher, Dash, Gylmpse, iHeart Radio and Accenture. AT&T Drive – found behind connected car interfaces in Audi, General Motors, Tesla and Volvo vehicles – is one of the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) platforms that car makers can customise to their own ends, and fill with their own apps, as they create their own connected vehicle clouds. Another nice bonus (and sure to catch the imagination in the early days of the connected car) is the Wi-Fi hotspot that all connected cars create for passengers. However, whether the concept of the connected car catches on at all will depend on how eager drivers are to pay yet another monthly data fee. This isn't the VHS versus Betamax battle it's often painted as being; no car maker would commit to building something as valuable as a car on a smartphone OS. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – which all connected car OEM platforms can play nicely with – are focused only on integrating with mobile devices. It's likely that global, modular OEM platforms will flourish simply because they let car makers pick and choose the elements they want for their next car, and fully customise the front-end branding. "There needs to be a continued focus on software development and competence in the auto market," says Brian Droessler, Vice President, Software & Connected Solutions Interior Division, Continental Corporation Business Unit Infotainment and Connectivity. "When an issue does happen the auto-maker needs to embrace update technology – consumers are ready to do it on their mobile device, and we need to bring it over from the consumer electronics industry." It could drastically change the value of a car. "You're trying to bring together a lot of different technologies into a single environment, so the biggest challenge is enabling the car to stay as current with upgrades as the phones and tablets being brought into them," says Penrose. "We're doing a lot of work on OTA upgrades, and we want to get to a point where the car actually gets better as you drive it off the lot, and it keeps on getting better – it's challenging but a really big opportunity." There are a bundle of other IT issues surrounding autonomous driving, and both car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications, all of which are next on the list for the connected car. "There's a lot of IT integration work that's going to have to go into all the different standards of communication between wide area networks, between local networks, and how to amass all of this information," says Penrose. "Even in the event that the macro network is not there, things still have to work, particularly for autonomous self-driving cars." There's also a security issue since the car is likely to become the major connected device for many. "Wireless locks, wireless cameras in homes – these are all vulnerable, and the same applies to vehicles," says Andreas Mai, Director Smart Connected Vehicle, Cisco. "We need end-to-end architecture that spans from the chip level of the CPU to the network of the vehicle to the gateway of the vehicle, and up to the cloud to protect against cybercrimes."