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Volvo Cars partners with Google to build Android into next generation connected cars


Volvo Cars announced a “close” partnership with Google to develop the next generation of in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years. The large catalog of popular Android apps—developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developer—will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. Volvo Cars ’ partnership with Google reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries as cars become increasingly connected. Volvo believes smart partnerships are the future for the car industry. The company said that using Android as the base operating system will increase speed and flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to personalize the connected in-car experience. Volvo is also collaborating with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation. Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at Google’s annual tech show, Google I/O, later this week.


Volvo Cars , the premium carmaker, has announced a close partnership with Google, one of the world's largest technology companies, to develop the next generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8103651-volvo-cars-google-android-connected/ The partnership promises to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars. The large catalogue of popular Android apps - developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developers - will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. "We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google's platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective," said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. Volvo Cars ' partnership with Google reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries as cars become increasingly connected. Volvo believes smart partnerships are the future for the car industry. Using Android as the base operating system will increase speed and flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to personalize the connected in-car experience. "We're thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars," said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google. "This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services." "With the advent of Android we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best integrated experience in this broad, connected environment," said Henrik Green. Volvo is also collaborating with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation. Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at Google's annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17. Volvo Cars most recently launched a replacement to its bestselling medium size SUV, the XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is set to reveal a smaller SUV, the XC40, later this year. A picture accompanying this release is available through the PA Photowire. It can be downloaded from http://www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or viewed at http://www.mediapoint.press.net or http://www.prnewswire.co.uk.


Volvo Cars partners with Google to build Android into next generation connected cars


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.PR.com

Receive press releases from Digital Management, Inc.: By Email DMI Acquires Lochbridge and Enters the Connected Car and IoT Market DMI Acquires Market Leader Lochbridge and Launches Business Centered on the Connected Car, IoT and Big Data Analytics Bethesda, MD, May 11, 2017 --( Through proven and award-winning deployments for some of the most ambitious adopters of connectivity, Lochbridge has enabled more than $1.5 billion in new annual revenues for its clients. Together, the companies will help organizations across industries rethink how they use mobility and digital solutions to better serve their end customers. As we enter an era where there will be 50 billion connected devices, the know-how to connect and operate across the Internet of Things will be critical to how companies compete. Lochbridge has delivered first-ever business solutions for connecting devices: · Unparalleled experience in connected vehicles: The Company was a pioneer in developing and deploying connected car solutions, growing quickly within the automotive and manufacturing space. Lochbridge has since brought its depth of experience and learning to additional industries such as financial services, public sector and healthcare. · Monetizing a connected world: Lochbridge is a critical acquisition as DMI continues to partner with its clients to conceive and deliver a new breed of connected services. With the advent of IoT, DMI aims to help clients expand the types of devices they rely on to engage customers, enable their employees, drive operational efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities. · Impact with the biggest innovators: Together, DMI and Lochbridge have helped some of world’s top brands create new service offerings leveraging their connected vehicles and advanced analytics, including Tennant Company, Covenant Transport, and five of the top automotive OEMs in the world. Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, said, “Organizations across industries are actively seeking new ways to engage their customers wherever, whenever and however they want and to monetize those interactions. DMI’s acquisition of Lochbridge is a natural extension of our mission to help our customers win in a connected world. With our depth in mobility, commerce, analytics and modernizing platforms for the connected world, we are well positioned to be the partner of choice for our customers on this journey.” Romil Bahl, Lochbridge president and CEO, said, “Lochbridge has focused on digital innovation and our ability to engineer a connected world. Through connectivity, extraction and analytics, we create a ‘sixth sense’ into businesses and products. This excites customers with new connected experiences and delivers new sources of revenue and cost savings. What excites me is that DMI and Lochbridge together represent the world’s only mobility + IoT + digital services company, underpinned by best-in-class analytics.” About DMI: DMI, the world’s first end-to-end mobility company, combines all the skills and services necessary to deliver mobile enterprise solutions. Built to reinvent business through mobility, DMI has expertise in mobile strategy, UX, web, and app development, omni-channel commerce, brand and marketing, big data management and analytics, and secure device and app management. The company’s unique, integrated approach to mobility has resulted in dramatic growth as well as an expanding client base, which includes hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients and all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments. Additional information is available at www.dminc.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. PR Contacts: US Adriana Saldana Nadel Phelan, Inc. 831-440-2415 adriana@nadelphelan.com International Laura Cahill AxiCom +2083924071 laura.cahill@axicom.com Corporate Stacy Greiner DMI 240-200-5878 sgreiner@dminc.com Bethesda, MD, May 11, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Today DMI, a global leader in end-to-end mobility solutions, announced the acquisition of Detroit-based Lochbridge, a market leader in bringing IoT solutions to the automotive, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing sectors.Through proven and award-winning deployments for some of the most ambitious adopters of connectivity, Lochbridge has enabled more than $1.5 billion in new annual revenues for its clients. Together, the companies will help organizations across industries rethink how they use mobility and digital solutions to better serve their end customers. As we enter an era where there will be 50 billion connected devices, the know-how to connect and operate across the Internet of Things will be critical to how companies compete.Lochbridge has delivered first-ever business solutions for connecting devices:· Unparalleled experience in connected vehicles: The Company was a pioneer in developing and deploying connected car solutions, growing quickly within the automotive and manufacturing space. Lochbridge has since brought its depth of experience and learning to additional industries such as financial services, public sector and healthcare.· Monetizing a connected world: Lochbridge is a critical acquisition as DMI continues to partner with its clients to conceive and deliver a new breed of connected services. With the advent of IoT, DMI aims to help clients expand the types of devices they rely on to engage customers, enable their employees, drive operational efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities.· Impact with the biggest innovators: Together, DMI and Lochbridge have helped some of world’s top brands create new service offerings leveraging their connected vehicles and advanced analytics, including Tennant Company, Covenant Transport, and five of the top automotive OEMs in the world.Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, said, “Organizations across industries are actively seeking new ways to engage their customers wherever, whenever and however they want and to monetize those interactions. DMI’s acquisition of Lochbridge is a natural extension of our mission to help our customers win in a connected world. With our depth in mobility, commerce, analytics and modernizing platforms for the connected world, we are well positioned to be the partner of choice for our customers on this journey.”Romil Bahl, Lochbridge president and CEO, said, “Lochbridge has focused on digital innovation and our ability to engineer a connected world. Through connectivity, extraction and analytics, we create a ‘sixth sense’ into businesses and products. This excites customers with new connected experiences and delivers new sources of revenue and cost savings. What excites me is that DMI and Lochbridge together represent the world’s only mobility + IoT + digital services company, underpinned by best-in-class analytics.”About DMI:DMI, the world’s first end-to-end mobility company, combines all the skills and services necessary to deliver mobile enterprise solutions. Built to reinvent business through mobility, DMI has expertise in mobile strategy, UX, web, and app development, omni-channel commerce, brand and marketing, big data management and analytics, and secure device and app management. The company’s unique, integrated approach to mobility has resulted in dramatic growth as well as an expanding client base, which includes hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients and all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments. Additional information is available at www.dminc.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.PR Contacts:USAdriana SaldanaNadel Phelan, Inc.831-440-2415adriana@nadelphelan.comInternationalLaura CahillAxiCom+2083924071laura.cahill@axicom.comCorporateStacy GreinerDMI240-200-5878sgreiner@dminc.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Digital Management, Inc.


Dublin, Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Chinese Internet Giants' Car Manufacturing Report, 2016" report to their offering. Starting in 2014, Internet giants like LeEco, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, and Baidu announced to set foot in the field of intelligent connected cars successively. Moreover, the emerging internet firms that venture into car manufacturing such as ZHICHEAUTO, Xiaopeng Motors, NextEV, and WM Motor were successively established, which obviously paces up the development of Internet giants' car manufacturing. In 2016, various news about Internet giants' car manufacturing aroused public concern. First, senior executives of traditional automakers left for internet companies that venture into car manufacturing, and then LeSEE was released and NextEV and JAC signed OEM agreements. So far, however, the car manufacturing of most internet companies has been still in planning and conceptual phase, but only a few have made substantial progress. The report mainly includes three sections: 1. Industry policies, development history, development path, financing, and development trend, etc. of China's Internet giants' car manufacturing industry. 2. Current situation, enterprise presence, and development trend, etc. of intelligent, electricity-driven, and Internet-connected automobiles in China. 3. Core talents, financing, plants, strategic planning, and development layout, etc. of 13 Chinese Internet giants that venture into car manufacturing. Key Topics Covered: 1 Overview of Internet Giants' Car Manufacturing 1.1 Definition 1.2 Classification 1.3 Characteristics 1.4 Advantages and Disadvantages 2 Development of Internet Giants' Car Manufacturing Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Policy 2.3 Development Path 2.4 Financing 2.5 Product Positioning 2.6 Profit Model 2.7 Sales Channel 2.8 Development Trend 2.8.1 Boosting Transformation of Automobile Industry 2.8.2 Internet Giants' Car Manufacturing Leans to Fusion Development 2.8.3 Automobiles will Develop towards Electricity-Driven, Smart, and Internet-connected Cars 3 Chinese Automobiles will Develop towards Electricity-Driven, Smart, and Internet-connected Cars 3.1 Electric Vehicle 3.1.1 Current Situation 3.1.2 Corporate Competition 3.2 Internet-Connected 3.2.1 Overview 3.2.2 Current Situation 3.2.3 Enterprises' Layout 3.3 Smart Cars 3.3.1 Overview 3.3.2 Current Situation 3.3.3 Enterprises' Layout 3.3.4 Development Trend 4 Internet Giants That Venture into Car Manufacturing For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/l7bxmg/chinese_internet


News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars Samsung has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Harman, the designer and maker of connection products for automakers, in a bid to expand and accelerate its growth in connected technologies. On Monday, Nov. 14 the Korean company confirmed that it will buy Harman for $112 per share, which brings the cost of acquisition to about $8 billion. Harman has a strong presence in the auto market as more than 30 million cars are equipped with the company's connected car equipment. Harman has struck big deals with vehicle makers such as Fiat Chrysler and General Motors and the company is expected to double its revenue in the next five years. About 65 percent of Harman's total sales of $7.0 billion in the last 12 months that ended Sept. 30 were related to automotive. Harman's long-term relations with some of the leading automakers will bring a significant growth prospect for Samsung in the near term. "As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, Harman immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform," says Oh-Hyun Kwon, the vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics. Simple mobile phones have transformed to sophisticated smartphones. Future cars will also be converted with the help of connectivity and smart technology. Cars are becoming more connected and this has resulted in many tech companies to show their interest in the industry. Companies like Apple and Google already have some presence in the connected car world. Google has been testing self-driving cars for a few years now and Apple is also said to be working on an electric car, with reports noting how the company poached Tesla engineers to accelerate its ambitious plans in the electric car industry. However, a recent Tech Times report highlighted that Apple has drastically scaled down its automotive ambitions, dropping plans to build its own electric vehicle in favor of developing software for existing automakers. Samsung's acquisition of Harman will undoubtedly make the Korean company's presence felt in the car industry. Although the current focus in the auto industry is on autonomous vehicles, fitting the cars with connected technology is also very lucrative. Samsung's name in the smartphone and tablet industry is extremely popular and it could be that the Korean company is looking to integrate connected car solutions in its mobile devices as well. However, Samsung did not reveal what products it plans to develop after the Harman acquisition is completed. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | November 1, 2016
Site: techcrunch.com

Even if self-driving cars aren’t part of our daily lives yet, vehicles are becoming internet-connected at a rapid pace. Gartner predicts that one-fifth of all autos on the road, and a great majority of new vehicles being produced worldwide, will have wireless network connectivity by 2020. Yet, few organizations have access to use the data generated by these vehicles today. That’s where Otonomo, a startup based in Herzliya, Israel comes in. The company’s systems gather driver and vehicle data from disparate automakers and original equipment manufacturers. It then normalizes the data, so different organizations can use it to learn more about drivers collectively, or reach them with new products and services. Otonomo has raised $12 million in venture funding to scale its technology and business. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, joined by StageOne Ventures, Maniv Mobility and LocalGlobe. Along with the venture funding, Otonomo announced that Steve Girksy, a former vice chairman of GM, and Mary Chan, a former general manager of OnStar, have joined its board of advisors. Andy Geisse, who previously ran AT&T Business Solutions, joined Otonomo’s board of directors, as well. Bessemer Venture Partners’ Vice President Amit Karp said what Otonomo is doing today will help bring new products and services to automotive and adjacent industries like insurance, smart cities, transportation and travel, or finance. Otonomo CEO and co-founder Ben Volkow illustrated many examples where data from vehicles could be useful now that developers and corporations can get their hands on it more easily. A mayor’s office could study driver behavior at major city intersections to optimize signage or traffic lights for better safety. Companies like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or McDonald’s could deliver a coupon to drivers who have been on the road for a long while already, and whose vehicle is approaching one of their stores. And insurance adjusters could attain data directly from a vehicle, rather than waiting for a driver to self-report it, in the event of an accident in order to process claims faster. “If a company or developer wants to build a service for connected cars, today they will have to deal with all the original equipment manufacturers, attain the data, normalize it, and strike all kinds of commercial agreements with automakers. Otonomo, is a neutral third party they can go to instead,” Karp said. He compared Otonomo to Stripe for payments online or Twilio for communications. Otonomo intends to use its newly raised capital for hiring, product research and development, and to continue building relationships with critical auto makers and original equipment manufacturers, the CEO said. One of the keys to making data from connected cars accessible to other businesses is making sure that it is disclosed only as local, state and national laws, and different business policies will allow. “Inside our policy engine we have hundreds of rules configured. We work with lawyers and know all the different regulations and rules. If a car maker shares data with whoever, they know we check all the parameters, then blur, anonymize and otherwise make sure they can share the data without violating anyone’s privacy or rules,” Volkow said. The CEO said automakers are eager to work with Otonomo because the company is helping them monetize data that they were shoring up, but Otonomo is not a competitor to their core business the way that other tech firms like Google or Apple may appear, given their initiatives to build self-driving cars and related systems.


News Article | December 13, 2016
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Visteon’s Silicon Valley Technical Center to lead development of AI for autonomous vehicles | Main | Google spins off self-driving car efforts into new Alphabet business, Waymo » Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on US roadways, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would mandate vehicle-to-vehicle ( V2V ) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other. In February 2014, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that DOTwould accelerate its work to enable V2V , directing the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin work on the rulemaking. NHTSA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in August 2014. The advancement of the V2V rulemaking complements the Department’s work to accelerate the development and deployment of automated vehicles. The proposed rule announced today would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles. The rule proposes requiring V2V devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging developed with industry. NHTSA believes that V2V technology also holds great promise for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, and working with industry, the Agency is continuing research to adapt the technology for these vehicles. Separately, the Department’s Federal Highway Administration plans to soon issue guidance for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications, which will help transportation planners integrate the technologies to allow vehicles to “talk” to roadway infrastructure such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones to improve mobility, reduce congestion and improve safety. NHTSA estimates that safety applications enabled by V2V and V2I could eliminate or mitigate the severity of up to 80% of non-impaired crashes, including crashes at intersections or while changing lanes. V2V devices would use the dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to transmit data, such as location, direction and speed, to nearby vehicles. That data would be updated and broadcast up to 10 times per second to nearby vehicles, and using that information, V2V -equipped vehicles can identify risks and provide warnings to drivers to avoid imminent crashes. Vehicles that contain automated driving functions—such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control—could also benefit from the use of V2V data to better avoid or reduce the consequences of crashes. V2V communications can provide the vehicle and driver with enhanced abilities to address additional crash situations, including those, for example, in which a driver needs to decide if it is safe to pass on a two-lane road (potential head-on collision), make a left turn across the path of oncoming traffic, or determine if a vehicle approaching an intersection appears to be on a collision course. In those situations, V2V communications can detect developing threat situations hundreds of yards away, and often in situations in which the driver and on-board sensors alone cannot detect the threat. Privacy is also protected in V2V safety transmissions. V2V technology does not involve the exchange of information linked to or, as a practical matter, linkable to an individual, and the rule would require extensive privacy and security controls in any V2V devices. The notice of proposed rulemaking will be open for public comment for 90 days.


News Article | November 2, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

BlackBerry and Ford Motor Company will be partnering to work on the expansion and development of next-gen connected car technologies and systems, according to recent reports. The partnership will see BlackBerry “dedicate a team of engineers to work with Ford on expanding the use of the QNX Neutrino operating system, Certicom security technology, the QNX hypervisor, and QNX audio-processing software,” amongst other things. The agreement is, going by comments made by company execs, a sign of BlackBerry’s move away from the hardware sector to the software sector, particularly the automotive software sector. As a reminder, Ford is reportedly planning to put a fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on US roads within only 5 years. A reliable, secure automotive operating framework is a necessity if self-driving technologies are going to be rolled out safely. A new blog post from John Wall, Senior Vice-President and Head of QNX Software Systems, provides more: “BlackBerry’s QNX may be best known as a platform for infotainment and 3D navigation. … But underlying what you see on your car’s dashboard are the fundamental building blocks for the modules in cars that can control an automobile. In fact, our ADAS platform is the only one available today that is ASIL-D certified, meaning it is the only one ready today for carmakers to create autonomous car driving systems on top of it. … We’ll be providing Ford with an unmatched, holistic solution, protected by BlackBerry’s legendary security pedigree, technology, and services and the highly reliable, safety-certified, and secure QNX software platform, to secure and power the connected car.” Interesting news. Though I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Ford’s ambitious plans regarding self-driving vehicles will likely require a lot of partnerships similar to the new one with BlackBerry if they are to be achieved on schedule. So, I would expect that we’ll hear more about this in the near future. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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