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The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg. Its principal activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment. Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems and financial services. Although the two firms are still often conflated, Volvo Cars, also based in Gothenburg, has been a totally separate company since it was sold off in 1999. The companies still share the Volvo logo and co-operate in running the Volvo Museum.Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of SKF, the ball bearing manufacturer, however the Volvo Group and Volvo Cars consider themselves to have been officially founded on 14 April 1927, when the first car, the Volvo ÖV 4 series, affectionately known as "Jakob", rolled out of the factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg.Volvo means "I roll" in Latin, conjugated from "volvere", in relation to ball bearings. The brand name Volvo was originally registered as a trademark in May 1911 with the intention to be used for a new series of SKF ball bearings. This idea was only used for a short period and SKF decided to simply use "SKF" as the trademark for all its bearing products.In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson, an SKF sales manager, and engineer Gustav Larson, the two founders, decided to start construction of a Swedish car. Their vision was to build cars that could withstand the rigors of the country's rough roads and cold temperatures.AB Volvo began activities on 10 August 1926. After one year of preparations involving the production of ten prototypes the firm was ready to commence the car-manufacturing business within the SKF group. AB Volvo was introduced at the Stockholm stock exchange in 1935 and SKF then decided to sell its shares in the company. Volvo was delisted from NASDAQ in June 2007, but remains listed on the Stockholm exchange. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 24, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

- Forecasts & analysis of the 5 automotive big data submarket revenues between 2016 and 2026 - ADAS / Autonomous - User Experience / Feature Tracking - Diagnostics - Location - Others ·         Overview and analysis of the role of standards and regulations - Analysis of the solutions and applications for automotive big data - SWOT analysis of the automotive big data market - Profiles of 10 leading companies involved in the automotive big data market as well as their automotive telematics product portfolio. - BMW AG - Daimler AG - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Ford Motor - General Motors - Honda Motor - Tesla Motors - Toyota - Volkswagen - Volvo ·         Key technologies analysed which are driving growth in automotive big data - Connected Car - Vehicle to Everything Telematics (V2X, V2I, V2P, V2G, V2V Communications, - Self-Driving Autonomous Vehicles (AV) - Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) - Pay As You Drive (PAYD) - Infotainment - The Internet of Things (IoT) To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/automotive-big-data-market-revenue-accounted-to-exceed-47-billion-in-2016-300444714.html


News Article | May 2, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Samsung is stepping up its plans for self-driving cars to rival former Google project Waymo, Uber and Apple, bringing the key players from the battle for smartphone dominance to the brave new world of autonomous vehicles. The South Korean electronics manufacturer, which is the world’s largest smartphone maker and a chip giant in its own right, has been given permission to test its self-driving cars on public roads by the South Korean ministry of land, infrastructure and transport. The decision puts Samsung in direct competition with US technology firms, including Uber, Waymo and Apple, all of which are already testing self-driving vehicles on public roads. Samsung’s smartphone rival, Apple, was recently granted permission to test its long-rumoured vehicles in California. Unlike Apple, Google and other US technology firms, which predominantly use modified Lexus SUVs for testing autonomous systems, Samsung is using fellow Korean firm Hyundai’s vehicles. The cars will be augmented with Samsung-developed advanced sensors and machine-learning systems, which Samsung hopes to be able to provide to others building vehicles, rather than build cars itself. “Samsung Electronics plans to develop algorithms, sensors and computer modules that will make a self-driving car that is reliable even in the worst weather conditions,” said a Samsung spokesperson. The South Korean chaebol completed its $8bn (£6.2bn) acquisition of US automotive and audio supplier Harman International in March, a move it said would help Samsung seize on the transformative opportunities autonomous vehicle technology could bring. Samsung has previously pledged full support for the burgeoning Internet of Things, integrating smart, connected technology into everyday appliances, something autonomous vehicles are expected to rely on for car-to-car and car-to-road communications. While Waymo has what was known as the self-driving Google car, and Uber has used Volvo cars among others, it is still unclear how self-driving technology will become available to the public and whether technology firms will turn into car firms, as Elon Musk’s Tesla has. Most major automotive manufacturers, including Mercedes, Volvo and South Korea’s Hyundai, which was granted permission for public testing in February 2016, have been developing autonomous driving technology. Samsung is just one of 20 firms given permission to test self-driving technology on public roads in South Korea as the government attempts to make the country a favourable environment for technology and automotive development. The country also reduced the number of mandatory passengers in each self-driving test vehicle from two to one and paved the way for the testing of cars without steering wheels or pedals, which are key components required to allow human test pilots to take control in an emergency.


BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Europe’s leading IoT event will return to Berlin in just 2 weeks and there are plenty of free areas which you can get involved with. Taking place on the 1-2nd June, the IoT Tech Expo event will explore the entire IoT ecosystem, introducing the latest technology innovations across 6 conference tracks, a start-up zone, 2 co-located events covering Blockchain and AI, an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations and the IoT meetup. Here are just 7 of the free aspects at the event which you can get involved with: Namely, ‘Developing for the IoT’, ‘IoT Innovations & Technologies’ and ‘Blockchain Technologies’, this is a fantastic chance to explore the wider area of the IoT and Blockchain, and hear from a range of industry leaders from brands including Volvo CE, Sigfox, Visa, Coca-Cola, BMW, Bluetooth, ESA, Allianz, Daimler, GSK, Metro, Johnson Controls & more. 2. Keynote Panel: How is the IoT shaping consumer-brand relationships in retail & beyond? Within the IoT Innovations conference, senior representatives from Coca-Cola, Visa, Benetton Group and Wingu will explore how IoT can create a direct brand-consumer channel, and the potential it holds for multi-way communication. How does this evolving landscape affect retailer’s relationship with their customers, both in store and digitally? June 2nd – 3:10pm. With 200+ exhibitors, including the most innovative start-ups, you will get to see the latest IoT, Blockchain and AI technologies in action, including drones, smart fridges, mind-reading technology, AI, 3D printing, VR, predictive maintenance and more. Co-located with the Blockchain Expo and AI Expo, you will be able to explore a host of new and exciting areas including machine learning, bots, deep learning and data analytics, covering verticals from finance to music, real estate to healthcare, insurance to government and more. Meet with like-minded individuals at the IoT meetup (June 1st – 4-6pm), network, share knowledge and develop new business opportunities. The aim is to build a community of people and organisations willing to collaborate, explore and innovate. Topics include Industry 4.0, start-up success and Blockchain. Why not join? 6. T-Systems, Z-Wave, tado°, Navigant and Scandic Hotels explore how you can create a seamless connected building ecosystem With an eye-catching line-up, the speakers discuss what businesses should consider when choosing a connected building or home platform and what role partnerships, cloud and mesh systems will play. June 1st – 2:10pm. 7. A Message from Space: Funding and Support for Down-to-Earth Problem Solvers The European Space Agency will present the capabilities that space could contribute to IoT services on Earth, in addition to introducing opportunities for funding and support to assess customer driven service concepts. Not to be missed. June 2nd – 3:50pm. These are just 7 of the free areas you can get involved with at the IoT Tech Expo Europe in Berlin on the 1-2nd June! All you need to do is register for your FREE expo pass to experience all of the above and more. Click here to view the full agenda at the IoT Tech Expo Europe. To learn more about the IoT Tech Expo World Series, visit the corresponding sites: For speaking, sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries please contact the team at enquiries@iottechexpo.com or call on +44 (0) 117 980 9023. The IoT Tech Expo World Series (www.iottechexpo.com) hosts top level content and discussion, introducing and exploring the latest innovations in the Internet of Things arena. It brings together key industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy and  Automotive.


BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IoT Tech Expo Europe speaker Christine Billaud is Director of Business Technology at Volvo CE, focusing in particular on ‘connected solutions,’ one of the five areas in which the company specialises, alongside ‘harder’ products. In a pre-event interview with the IoT Tech Expo, she explains how “IoT represents a fantastic enabler allowing the delivery of value both for customers and also internal stakeholders,” and compares their latest system to the equivalent of “Tesla in the car industry.” Part of the challenge for Volvo CE is that the different equipment in which the company specialises vary widely, from excavators, to wheel loaders, to articulated haulers. They come in all shapes and sizes and with different features, from wheels to rollers, and as a result, one recent product, of which Billaud says the company is ‘very proud’, is Co-Pilot. Co-Pilot was launched last year during the Bauma exhibition in Munich, and enables users to take the same Android tablet across any equipment, with plug and play functionality, and utilise several apps such as digging guidance, load measurement, and density measurement. “Volvo Co-Pilot is the first step towards an integrated, holistic solution for worksite optimisation and for helping the operator be more efficient,” explains Billaud. “The system offers the equivalent of Tesla in the car industry – state of the art technology that combines a touchscreen interface and perfected UX design content that can be updated using mobile telecommunications technology.” Alongside this, Volvo partnered with Trimble and Topcon, both leading companies in connectivity and global positioning technology, to enable more seamless 3D constructible models. “Our customers today are already running Trimble and Topcon 3D machine control systems,” says Billaud. “They are used to that – they trust this application. What we are telling our customers is that they can continue to use Trimble or Topcon, but directly on the Volvo Co-Pilot to benefit from a seamless integrated platform that can be installed when the customer orders Volvo machines.” The company also has interests in predictive maintenance and proactive machine monitoring, safety, and fuel efficiency – and these partnerships and innovations certainly go some way to advancing Volvo CE’s mission to, as Billaud puts it, be ‘a global OEM supported by a very efficient distribution network [which] wants to grasp the opportunity to position itself as the preferred solution provider that contributes to the success of its customers.’ Yet, as with any such process, there are always roadblocks to navigate, whether right now or a few miles up the road. One which Billaud notes in particular is the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to be implemented on May 25 2018 – just 396 days away – and can result in a fine of up to 4% of turnover if businesses are caught out. “It’s impacting all types of industry,” Billaud says. “We are at the moment assessing the impact on our business, so that’s something we are of course working on extremely closely with our legal and compliance team.” Billaud is speaking at the IoT Tech Expo Europe event in Berlin on June 1-2, and wants to focus on the changing face of the construction industry through emerging technologies, focusing on digitalisation – connectivity, analytics, and the IoT – autonomous operations, and electrification. “Construction equipment and machines are becoming commodities, and we have to bring value through the combination of machines and services,” says Billaud. “Volvo CE has a clear vision: zero downtime, zero emission, zero accidents, and 10 times more efficiency.” If you would to attend the IoT Tech Expo Europe, and hear from Billaud, you can register for a conference pass (gold/ultimate) here: https://www.iottechexpo.com/europe The IoT Tech Expo World Series (www.iottechexpo.com) hosts top level content and discussion, introducing and exploring the latest innovations in the Internet of Things arena. It brings together key industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy and  Automotive. To learn more about the IoT Tech Expo World Series, visit the corresponding sites: For speaking, sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries please contact the team at enquiries@iottechexpo.com or call on +44 (0) 117 980 9023.


News Article | April 18, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

LYNK & CO, hailed as the world's "most connected car" after its launch in October 2016, has partnered with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to help shape the future of car connectivity. Thanks to Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud service and its leadership in Cloud and Internet of Things, LYNK & CO have demonstrated the world's first built-in share function. Research suggests that most cars sit unused more than 90 percent of the time. Ericsson's digital key and LYNK & CO's car sharing platform provides access to a LYNK & CO car through a smartphone enabling a car's owner to remotely grant access to their car. Via the LYNK & CO app, car owners can control, monitor and share their vehicle from their smartphone - or directly from the car. The LYNK & CO brand was launched in October 2016 by Chinese car manufacturer Geely, which also owns the Volvo brand. The LYNK & CO 01 is the first car born completely in the digital age. Connectivity is at the heart of the LYNK & CO brand whose cars offer a broad range of connected technologies aimed at making life easier. Applications displayed on a large central screen are permanently connected via on-board telematics to the LYNK & CO cloud which is powered by Ericsson. This opens up an ecosystem with almost limitless opportunities for the creation of features and services. Alain Visser, Chairman of LYNK & CO, says: "Connectivity is in LYNK & CO's DNA and is at the core of our brand's proposition. Our cars are built on a number of technology fundamentals and Ericsson is our obvious partner of choice in the development of our digital car. The digital key solution was born out of an innovative co-creation exercise and through cloud technology we are able to offer a complete new service and functionality for our customers." Charlotta Sund, Head of IoT at Ericsson, says: "In combining our unique expertise in IoT and cloud with LYNK & CO's deep market understanding we have been able to jointly develop the secure and reliable platform they require to deliver on their brand promise. Our partnership also has positive impact on our core business by driving traffic in the networks we provide. This is the proof of our ability to drive business innovation in some of the new emerging industries we are exploring." LYNK & CO is the new global car brand addressing the needs and preferences of a global connected generation and challenging car industry conventions. Its products are designed and engineered in Sweden and will be sold globally, starting with the 01 in China in 2017 followed by Europe and the U.S.  LYNK & CO is a brand from Geely Auto Group, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group - the owner of Volvo and London Taxi.  Geely Auto Group is one of China's largest car manufacturers. Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.


BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Conférencière à l'IoT Tech Expo Europe, Christine Billaud, est Director of Business Technology chez Volvo CE, et s'intéresse particulièrement aux "solutions connectées", un des cinq domaines de spécialisation de la compagnie, à côté des produits plus "lourds". En primeur, elle nous explique au cours d'un entretien avec IoT Tech Expo en quoi “l'IdO est une opportunité fantastique et d'une grande valeur tant pour les clients que pour les intervenants internes", et compare leur dernier système à l'équivalent de la “Tesla dans l'industrie automobile.” Le Co-Pilot fut lancé l'an dernier au cours de l'exposition Bauma à Munich, et il permet aux utilisateurs d'emporter la même tablette Android sur tous les équipements, et d'utiliser différentes applis comme un guide d'excavation, un mesureur de charge ou de densité. “Le Co-Pilot Volvo est le premier pas vers une solution intégrée et holistique optimisant les chantiers et aidant l'opérateur à être plus efficace,” explique Billaud. “Le système offre l'équivalent du Tesla dans l'industrie automobile : de la technologie de pointe qui combine une interface à écran tactile avec un contenu au design UX amélioré qui peut être mis à jour via la technologie mobile.” A côté de cela, Volvo a collaboré avec Trimble et Topcon, deux chefs de file de la connectivité et de la technologie GPS, pour concevoir des modèles 3D plus facile à réaliser. “Nos clients utilisent déjà aujourd'hui des systèmes de contrôle 3D Trimble et Topcon sur leurs machines,” explique Billaud. “Ils ont l'habitude et font confiance à cette application. Nous disons donc à nos clients qu'ils peuvent continuer à utiliser Trimble ou Topcon, mais directement sur le Co-Pilot Volvo, profitant ainsi d'une plateforme intégrée homogène qui peut être installée à la commande de machines Volvo.” La compagnie s'intéresse également à la maintenance prédictive et à la surveillance proactive des machines, à la sécurité et à l'efficacité énergétique – et ces partenariats et innovations font certainement évoluer la mission de Volvo CE vers ce que Billaud appelle ‘un OEM global, supporté par un réseau de distribution très efficace qui veut saisir l'opportunité de se positionner comme le fournisseur de solutions préféré, contribuant aux succès de ses clients.’ Bien entendu, comme pour beaucoup de processus similaires, il y a toujours des obstacles à surmonter, soit maintenant ou plus tard dans le cheminement. L'un d'entre eux a particulièrement retenu l'attention de Billaud; le futur règlement européen relatif à la protection des données, dont l'implémentation est prévue le 25 mai 2018 – dans 396 jours seulement– et qui peut entraîner une amende allant jusqu'à 4% du chiffre d'affaire pour les sociétés prisent en défaut. “Il impacte toutes les industries,” déclare Billaud. “Nous analysons actuellement l'impact sur nos activités, et c'est bien sûr un thème sur lequel nous travaillons étroitement avec nos équipes légales et celles en charge de la conformité.” Billaud sera oratrice lors de la IoT Tech Expo Europe qui se tiendra à Berlin les 1er et 2 juin, et elle mettra l'accent sur l'évolution de l'industrie de la construction grâce aux technologies émergentes, axées sur la numérisation, la connectivité, l'analytique et l'IdO, tout comme les opérations autonomes et l'électrification. “Les équipements de construction et les machines sont devenus des produits de base, et nous devons apporter une valeur en combinant machines et services,” a déclaré Billaud. “La vision de Volvo CE est on ne peut plus claire : zéro panne, zéro émission, zéro accident, et 10 fois plus d'efficacité.”


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

SUNNYVALE & FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Movimento, the leader in Over-the-Air (OTA) software lifecycle and data management for the automotive and IoT sectors, and Pana-Pacific, a leading supplier of infotainment and communications systems to Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturers, have partnered to advance a CV communications system’s software updating capabilities. The ‘SmartDisplay’s’ software will be able to remotely update whenever needed, ensuring that critical modules for trucks and fleet management are always up to date. The companies have collaborated to add this capability to 19,000 Pana-Pacific SmartDisplay systems already installed in trucks and will continue to add this capability to 13,000 new systems annually. The deployed SmartDisplay systems, which use the Android operating system, had limitations in how software could be updated. "Now, the SmartDisplays’ software updates can happen remotely any time it is convenient for the driver or the fleet," explained Mahbubul Alam, CTO/CMO of Movimento. "Whether to fix software bugs, add new features, add new productivity tools or other improvements, our OTA capabilities can instantly enable multi-module updates in the SmartDisplays for both Android and Linux systems via the cloud. An important example might be the latest driver safety tool, which otherwise could take considerable time to deploy." The SmartDisplay is a sophisticated navigation and communications system combining networking, radio, Wi-Fi, internet, entertainment, camera inputs, Bluetooth® functionality and vehicle data in a compact unit with a touch screen monitor and hands-free capabilities. Pana-Pacific is a proficient value-added integrator of hardware and software systems used by leading commercial vehicle OEMs, dealers and fleet companies. The SmartDisplay was developed specially for the commercial vehicle market by Pana-Pacific in response to customers’ needs. "Adding Movimento's OTA capabilities to our SmartDisplay demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest-quality, most leading-edge products," said John Trenberth, President of Pana-Pacific. "We work with virtually every major commercial vehicle manufacturer and they rely on us for equipment that provides timely delivery of information critical to the performance of the vehicle." Devoted to developing advanced technologies that help realize The Software-Defined Car™, Movimento Group utilizes its decade-long history as a leader in automotive reflash services and its innovations in OTA software. The company's car manufacturer customers include GM, FCA and Volvo plus a wide range of Tier-1 suppliers including ZF, Bosch, Denso, Panasonic, Continental, Delphi, Visteon, Magna and others. The company's headquarters is in Plymouth, Michigan, with offices in the Silicon Valley, Mexico, Sweden, Germany and Asia Pacific. For more information, go to www.movimentogroup.com. Our dedicated sales and engineering experts have worked side-by-side with Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturers for over 44 years to develop and implement quality products for vehicles that live up to the required standards. Our customers have come to rely on us as the expert in the areas of mobile audio and infotainment, satellite radio, safety, telematics, navigation, video systems, communications, mobile appliances and more. Pana-Pacific has a system-integration approach, which has positioned the company to offer world-class products from global companies to CV manufacturers as well as their dealers and other valued customers. With 15 original equipment (OE) manufacturers as customers, Pana-Pacific provides services to approximately 2,800 OE dealers, over 35 OE part distribution centers and thousands of CV fleet companies. At any given time, you will find over 2,500 unique OEM part numbers in stock and available for shipment from our warehouse facility in Fresno, California. For more information, please visit www.panapacific.com.


« Volvo Group delivers recommendations on sustainable transport to UN Secretary-General | Main | Toyota to establish car-sharing and other mobility services platform; collaboration with and investment in Getaround; smart key box » HARMAN International and Airbiquity, a provider of connected vehicle services, announced the first automotive grade end-to-end intrusion detection system (IDS) for connected vehicles at TU-Automotive Europe 2016 in Munich, Germany. With the increasing dependency on software to power vehicle systems and features, cybersecurity has become a threat to connected vehicles and the introduction of new driving assistance, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and autonomous driving capabilities. By combining HARMAN’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention System inside the vehicle with Airbiquity’s cloud-based Choreo service delivery platform and Software & Data Management solution, the two companies say they will deliver the most robust connected vehicle security threat detection and response capability for automotive customers and their consumers. Developed by TowerSec (a HARMAN company), the embedded ECUSHIELD software—which provides continuous security threat monitoring and identification for internal vehicle networks based on TowerSec’a anomaly detection algorithms—detects and logs security intrusions locally. ECUSHIELD turns any ECU into an intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) system and any gateway ECU into a smart firewall. Integrated into a CAN-BUS accessible ECU, telematics controller or infotainment unit, ECUSHIELD continuously monitors the vehicle while identifying new threats. For systems with access to external communication channels (Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, SRC/DSRC), ECUSHIELD provides continuous monitoring and protection of both internal and external communication channels, serving as a double-perimeter security protection. Airbiquity’s Choreo platform and Software & Data Management solution collects the ECUSHIELD intrusion information from the vehicle, aggregates it in the cloud, and automates alerts and reports so automotive customers can quickly assess and execute security-centric actions—including the secure transmission and installation of vehicle software updates from the cloud to mitigate future threats and restore impacted systems and components. Car hacking is a very real threat that will continue to increase as we move towards greater connectivity and autonomous vehicles, with more and more new technologies becoming part of the Internet of Things.


News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Eye scanners, fingerprinting, and other biometrics may soon be coming to a car near you. The market for biometric vehicle access systems, currently at an estimated $442.7 million, is projected to nearly double by 2021, according to a report from Markets and Markets. The report estimates that by 2021, the global market for biometric vehicle systems will reach $854.8 million, at a CAGR of 14.06%. The report examines production volumes and demand trends. It also includes interviews from experts and suppliers on the future trends of the biometric vehicle access system market, as well as sources from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), and paid databases and directories. "Use of biometrics in automobiles is not new," said Anil K. Jain, a Michigan State University professor who researchers biometrics. One of the first attempts was by Volvo, in which the keyfob had an embedded fingerprint reader that allowed the owner to unlock the car. SEE: Why an eye scan could soon unlock Samsung and Apple phones However, "given the price sensitivity in the automobile sector and long design to manufacturing cycle, it is difficult to adopt the latest biometric technology in the auto sector," Jain said. Since nearly every smartphone vendor is using or considering biometric authentication, the best solution may be to use biometrics capabilities in phones for automobile applications, such as unlocking the car and keyless ignition, Jain said. That way, there's no need to embed a separate biometrics reader or recognition software in the vehicle itself. "Aside from the convenience biometrics offers consumers, such as the ability to unlock cars by just walking up to them via facial or gait recognition, biometrics also affords much stronger security than do physical car keys or fobs which can be much more easily stolen or replicated as has been proven in the past," said Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner Research. However, biometrics are not perfect, and car manufacturers should not solely rely on this technology for security, Litan said. "They need a layered security and authentication approach," she added. Biometric vehicle access systems are still in a growing phase, the report stated. Fingerprint recognition systems currently hold the largest share in this market. Iris recognition systems are expected to grow in number, due to increased demand for safety features, according to the report. The Asia-Pacific vehicle market is projected to have the largest market share in iris recognition systems by 2025. Europe is estimated to account for the largest share of the biometric vehicle access system market in 2016, with major manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen developing these technologies to strengthen vehicle security. In general, the automotive industry in Europe is advancing faster than in North America or the Asia-Pacific region, the report stated. The rise of biometrics could have implications for enterprise users—in the future, we could see iris scanners replacing the security badges of the past. The growing field also has implications for the rising Internet of Things (IoT) space. "Connected cars of the future are highly susceptible to hacks," Litan said. "Security has been an afterthought in IoT deployments, including those in automobiles, so biometric authentication is a step in the right direction towards correcting that."


Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars All set to drive into the future are Tata Motors of India and Microsoft who are joining forces to make connected vehicles that will offer people not only a smart, but safe driving experience. On Thursday, Feb. 16, the two companies made an announcement regarding their strategic collaboration, which aims to offer consumers an enhanced driving experience. Per the announcement, both Tata Motors and Microsoft will be coming together to ensure inter-connectivity in cars, autonomous vehicle technology and similar other enhancements for the futuristic cars. According to Anant Maheshwari, the President of Microsoft India, use of features like IoT, artificial intelligence (AI) as well machine learning technologies will be implemented in the vehicles. The goal of the collaboration is to ensure all the vehicle owners across the world get a safe and fulfilling driving experience. "We are excited to partner with Tata Motors as they embark on a new journey of innovation with Microsoft Azure cloud. Using IoT, AI and machine learning technologies, we will provide vehicle owners in India and across the world with a safe, productive and fun driving experience," shared Maheshwari. According to the two companies, this collaboration will lead to the creation of a safe, smart driving experience both under the digital and physical worlds. Microsoft already has similar partnerships with other carmakers such as Renault and Volvo, to ensure that the next-generation smart cars have highly defined intelligence along with features such as enhanced navigation system and updated maintenance. Microsoft Azure cloud computing technologies will offer the advanced features in Tata Motors' cars. According to a source close to the company, the collaboration of Microsoft with Tata Motors is the best way to promote the Make in India campaign as the two companies will be mainly working on products related to the automobile space. This move may also help Tata Motors to carry forward its Make in India Initiative. The expected showcase of the future driving experience is supposed to be on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show. The upcoming concept cars expected to be showcased at the auto show are estimated to include all the functions enabled by Microsoft such as the navigation predictive maintenance. Vehicle owners may be able to receive notifications based on their point of interest, as well as route assisted recommendations. With the use of Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) and Software Over The Air (SOTA) update protocols, all the basic vehicle settings can be updated using the Cloud. Moreover, users will have the ability to analyze any kind of road blocks or rough terrain live with the help of their connected cars. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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