TU-Automotive announced that Mr Paolo Santi, the Lead of Ambient Mobility at MIT’s Senseable City Lab has joined the stunning list of innovative speakers at the TU-Automotive Europe Conference and Exhibition 2015, which will take place over 2nd-3rd November at the ICS Conference Centre in Stuttgart.
Auto mobility of the future will be radically transformed by ubiquitous deployment of sensors, networked technology, and the big data they generate. Aside these advances will be self-driving technology and ride and vehicle sharing that will revolutionise the movement of people in urban areas. Some of the topics that Mr Santi will discuss at TU-Automotive Europe Conference & Exhibition will be what big data can tell us about human mobility, why UBER has been so successful and what impact self-driving technology will have on the traffic flow of cities.
Speaking last week, Mr Santi told TU-Automotive – “Urban mobility is being radically transformed by ubiquitous connectivity as well as technological and service innovations that are making the dream of on-demand, point-to-point mobility come true. These transformations will substantially change not only our daily life, but also automotive industry. This is why this event is the ideal place to deliver MIT Senseable City Lab’s vision of the future of urban mobility.”
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Here is a snapshot of who to expect amongst 120 thought leaders at TU-Automotive Europe –
- Dieter May, SVP for New Digital Data and Business Models, BMW
- Pierre Masai, CIO, Toyota Motors Europe
- Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SVP Advanced Technology for Automotive, Mahindra & Mahindra
- Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder, Head of Product Innovation, TomTom Management Board
- Martin Kristensson, Director Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
- Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
- Jürgen Dickmann, Leader for Research & Development – Active Sensors, Daimler
Volvo – “We’re there for the networking. There are so many conferences in this space but TU-Automotive have been able to keep both attendance and the quality of insights very high”.
Toyota Motors Europe – “TU-Automotive has a well-known platform that allows us to showcase our innovations in the European automotive space”.
IBM – “TU-Automotive has a global reputation in the automotive industry because it understands the importance of the trends that are disrupting the car as we know it”
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The G7 transport ministers and the European Commissioner for Transport claim that they will jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving to make a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide. Fundamental issues related to the harmonization of the regulatory framework or the role and obligations of drivers will need to be addressed.
From 16 to 18 September 2015, the transport ministers of the G7 States met during the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. In the resulting “G7 declaration on automated and connected driving”, the transport ministers of the G7 States and the European Commissioner for Transport claim they will jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving with the objective of making a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide. However, they consider that it will not be possible to fully harness their potential, unless appropriate steps to establish a harmonized regulatory framework are taken to enable the safe deployment of these innovative technologies across national borders. Fundamental issues regarding the role and obligations of drivers will have to be resolved and it will be essential to make automated and connected driving technologies reliable enough in a timely manner so that they are safe in every respect, according to the declaration.
With regards to automated driving, the G7 transport ministers and the European Commissioner for Transport agree that the following aspects are of outstanding significance and will require sustained cooperation between them: coordinating research, promoting international standardization within an international regulatory framework, evolving the technical regulations and ensuring data protection and cyber security. They also agree in that revising, as appropriate, regulations applicable in the G7 states, and those established under the agreements administered by the UN World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (Working Party 29) is of crucial importance. The transport ministers of the G7 and the European Commissioner for Transport anticipate that higher automation functions are likely to be first used on near motorway standard roads. Based on the lessons learned there, they consider that it will be then likely to gradually find its way into more complex fields of application and ultimately also be deployed in urban and regional transport.
The transport ministers of G7 states and the European Commissioner for Transport will jointly encourage the developments in the field of automated and connected driving and exploit the opportunities for growth and prosperity that are inherent in the mobility of the future. They also consider that these developments could be combined with the promotion of smart and sustainable transportation systems, including walking and biking, and the use of clean vehicles that can also contribute to a more sustainable road transport.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Continental presented a Left-turn Assist based on V2X technology. This technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn maneuver. Other functions that Continental offers with its V2X technology include the Electronic Brake Light and the Roadworks Assistant.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the international automotive supplier Continental presented a Left-turn Assist based on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology. This technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn maneuver. This is a well-known hazard that occurs most frequently during left-turn maneuvers at intersections. Automatic intervention is only triggered if the driver fails to observe the warning despite the increasing probability of an accident.
Other functions that Continental offers with its V2X technology include the Electronic Brake Light and the Roadworks Assistant. The Electronic Brake Light contributes to forward-looking driving by informing the driver that a vehicle further ahead in traffic is braking, even if it cannot be seen yet. This information can be very valuable, in particular on winding country roads. If a vehicle is approaching roadworks, the Roadworks Assistant supplies information about their location, length and also recommends the lane the driver should choose to ensure optimum traffic flow.
At the technical level, with its so-called V2X OneBox, Continental provides a product solution for this vehicle safety system, which contains all the components required for V2X communication and implements ad-hoc communication. The OneBox can be integrated in the existing vehicle architecture and is based on a modular system, which is already compatible with next-generation applications, such as the initiation of emergency braking maneuvers instead of warnings.
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014 shows that V2X functions can improve road safety and prevent accidents. In this way, V2X communication is able to save approximately 1,100 lives and to prevent up to 600,000 accidents in the US every year. These figures are the reason why legislators in North America are already working on making the introduction of V2X mandatory in new vehicles. V2X communication represents another important contribution on the way to automated driving and the realization of “Vision Zero” – the vision of accident-free driving.
Ford announced the Ford X-Car Social Innovation Action Partnership Program, a new mobility experiment that uses Ford vehicles as the transportation backbone to deliver goods and services to under-served communities. The Ford X-Car will be equipped with an OpenXC plug-in device, a connectivity platform enabling analytic insights from the vehicle and its day-to-day activities.
Ford announced the Ford X-Car Social Innovation Action Partnership Program, a new mobility experiment that uses Ford vehicles as the transportation backbone to deliver goods and services to under-served communities – providing mobility to the community without needing direct ownership or liability of mobility assets.
The Ford X-Car will be equipped with an OpenXC plug-in device, a connectivity platform enabling analytic insights from the vehicle and its day-to-day activities. Ford Smart Mobility experiments could provide significant insight through data analytics that will help devise mobility solutions for millions by working with partners such as World Vision.
Many areas of rural Africa are affected by poor or non–existent communications and infrastructure capabilities. One of the immediate effects of these conditions is the difficulty of adequate healthcare in areas that often possess no reliable transport facilities. Ford is working with Riders for Health, an organisation that manages and maintains fleets that deliver healthcare workers to patients who need help. Equipping Ford pickup trucks with OpenXC technology will allow vehicle data to be collected that could improve productivity. The data collected is also being used to create maps of remote regions where most mapping companies do not go. By creating an expanded business framework of collaborative partnerships, Ford will become a convener of organisations who are striving to make a better world by providing sustainable mobility solutions.
There will be further opportunities for groups to partner with Ford on this initiative, from NGOs, private corporations or other charity organizations in Africa, that can help provide access to purified water, improved energy supplies as well as educational e-learning. There will be the chance to join the model and share physical space and objectives for the Ford X-Car –A prime example of how Flexible Use and Ownership allows multiple groups to share existing vehicle resources as they navigate the service network.
Source and photos: BFord Smart Mobility introduces innovative program to address mobility challenges in Africa , Ford, 11 August 2015.
A consortium of automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers and public partners has launched in Germany the Ko-HAF (Cooperative Highly Automated Driving) research project. The aim of the project is to research new systems and functions permitting highly automated driving at higher speeds and in more complex situations.
A consortium of automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers and public partners has launched in Germany the Ko-HAF (Ko-HAF – Cooperative Highly Automated Driving) research project. Ko-HAF has a total budget of 36.3 million euros and is expected to run until November 2018. It is being supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as the first project within the framework of its new program “New Vehicle and System Technologies”. The international automotive supplier Continental is taking on coordination of the Ko-HAF project. Cooperative refers to the interaction between several highly automated vehicles.
The aim of the project is to research new systems and functions permitting highly automated driving at higher speeds and in more complex situations. The project will develop standards and technologies that enable cooperative driving between highly-automated vehicles in everyday road traffic – for example merging with traffic on highways. The project work covers various subject areas from computer simulations to test drives on closed sites and later on public roads.
During highly automated driving, the driver no longer has to monitor the systems permanently and can instead leave the chore of driving to the vehicle for a certain time. However, the driver has to be able to take over the driving task within a certain time. For the time that the driver needs to do so, it is necessary for the vehicle to correctly assess its surroundings and the traffic situation. This is a particular challenge at higher speeds and in more complex scenarios. This is one of the tasks that Ko-HAF is looking into: the starting point is a backend solution in which the vehicles communicate with one another via a server, aided by mobile radio (LTE/UMTS). The server collates and evaluates information about the vehicle surroundings, and makes it available to the vehicles in a consistent form. This method of forward-looking driving is necessary for high automation in more complex situations.
The backend solution is based on vehicles communicating wirelessly with a central server. For the duration of the project, a variety of vehicles belonging to the different project partners will collect the data generated by their on-board sensors during test drives and feed the server with information about their surroundings. Along with information on objects in the road, this also includes data on the existence and quality of lane markings. The collected information will be analyzed and consolidated on the server. An expanded digital map will then be made available for the vehicles to download. This will enable them to be informed in plenty of time about traffic hazards behind a bend or just over the crest of a hill.
In addition to the backend solution, the Ko-HAF project is also working on precise self-localization for highly automated vehicles. For instance, the vehicles must be able to identify which lane they are traveling in as well as their exact position in the lane. One of the project’s other focal points is how to integrate drivers into the process. Other areas being explored by the consortium include how a highly automated system can be made secure and tested.
Source and photos: Germany launches the “Ko-HAF – Cooperative Highly Automated Driving” research project, Bosch, 6 August 2015.
Nokia announced an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. HERE is developing a location cloud that harnesses the power of data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services. In the automotive industry, its focus is on developing precise and accurate mapping.
Nokia announced an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to a consortium of automotive companies, comprising AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. The transaction values HERE at an enterprise value of EUR 2.8 billion. HERE provides mapping and location intelligence for nearly 200 countries in more than 50 languages and is one of the main providers of mapping and location services. The company will continue to develop its position as a strong and independent provider of maps and location-based services, will expand its product offering and continue to make it available to all customers across industries.
HERE is developing a location cloud that harnesses the power of data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services. In the automotive industry, its focus is on developing precise and accurate mapping as well as services that will enable an entirely new class of driver experiences, including highly automated driving.
Extremely precise digital maps will be used in combination with real-time vehicle data in order to increase road safety and to facilitate innovative new products and services. High-precision maps are important for autonomous driving and many other forms of assistance systems, as these technologies require an up-to-date plan of a vehicle’s surroundings exact to the nearest centimeter, in order to react in real time. While HERE already produces extremely precise static maps, they can be verified more exactly and continually updated with a constant flow of data from vehicles’ surroundings. All data gained will be processed in compliance with strict data-protection rules.
The social benefits of swarm intelligence are enormous: They facilitate warnings of hazards in real time, of icy roads for example, based on calculations of individual data such as ABS activations and outside temperature. Upcoming traffic jams will be identified more precisely in the future, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. In this way, the vision of accident-free driving is gradually becoming reality. In a further stage, the data could be used to learn about critical bends on the road, in order to warn drivers in good time or to activate assistance systems. Anticipation of green phases of stoplights could navigate vehicles through an urban area on a “green wave” with the appropriate engine performance and minimized fuel consumption.
Source and photos: Nokia sells its HERE digital mapping and location services business to AUDI, BMW and Daimler, HERE, 3 August 2015.
Honda has opened a new Silicon Valley R&D facility and launched a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience.
Honda has opened its new Silicon Valley R&D facility, using the occasion to unveil a refreshed 2016 Accord featuring Honda’s first application of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Honda also announced a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience. The program provides funding for proof-of-concept prototyping and the opportunity to work directly alongside Honda engineers in Silicon Valley in a collaborative workspace, as well as pairing with Honda mentors. Innovators will also have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to Honda business units globally once their prototypes are developed. Interested innovators should visit the new Honda Xcelerator website at xcelerator.hondasvl.com to learn more.
Honda’s Silicon Valley operation is charged with researching and prototyping game-changing innovations and harnessing new ideas and technology. Current areas of focus include connected mobility, novel human-machine interfaces, supporting app developers through initiatives like Honda Developer Studio and computer science research for vehicle intelligence.
During the opening Honda also demonstrated the ability for sensor fusion technology – the combination of disparate sensor data – to accurately detect and predict bicyclist and pedestrian movement from a significant distance. The event also included a novel demonstration of rear seat entertainment in a virtual reality world. The demo uses a virtual reality headset to transport passengers into a virtual world featuring Honda products on the land, sea and air. As the test vehicle moves, the passenger synchronously glides through the virtual environment.
Source and photos: Honda opens new Silicon Valley facility to advance connected mobility, Honda, 23 July 2015.
Bosch and TomTom have agreed to collaborate in the area of maps for highly automated driving. Under this agreement, TomTom is designing the necessary maps, while Bosch, on the basis of its systems engineering work, is defining the specifications these maps have to meet. TomTom wants to have new high-precision maps for automated driving for all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany by the end of 2015. Road coverage will subsequently be extended to the rest of Europe and North America.
Bosch and TomTom have agreed to collaborate in the area of maps for highly automated driving. Under this agreement, TomTom is designing the necessary maps, while Bosch, on the basis of its systems engineering work, is defining the specifications these maps have to meet. Even now, the maps are already being used in the automated vehicles Bosch is testing on certain public roads in Germany (A81) and in the United States (I280). According to the Vice President Automotive at TomTom, TomTom wants to have new high-precision maps for automated driving for all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany by the end of 2015. Road coverage will subsequently be extended to the rest of Europe and North America.
Maps for highly automated driving and the maps used in current navigation systems differ primarily in two respects. First, accuracy is significantly higher – down to decimeter precision. Second, the map material for highly automated driving consists of multiple layers. The traditional base navigation layer is used to calculate routes from A to B, including the sequence of roads to be driven. The localization layer uses a novel positioning concept providing highly accurate map data, which the automated vehicle uses to accurately calculate its position within a lane. To do this, the vehicle compares its sensed environment with the corresponding information in the localization layer. In this way, the vehicle can accurately define its position relative to the road and its surroundings. On top of the localization layer, the planning layer contains not only attributes such as lane divider types, traffic signs, speed limits, etc., but also 3D information about road geometry, including curves and slopes. With the help of this very detailed lane information, the automated vehicle can decide things such as when and how to change lane.
In highly automated driving, safety and comfort depend crucially on map material that is up to date. For example, up-to-the-minute speed-limit information has to be available instantly. Only then can vehicles select the best proactive driving strategy. In this regard, Bosch and TomTom rely on several elements and services to keep the map data up to date: the TomTom mapping fleet will continue to be regularly on the road, accurately mapping new roads and routes. And to register recent changes on the roads, such as changed lane configurations or new traffic signs, TomTom and Bosch plan to use feedback from fleets of vehicles equipped with the necessary sensors. Information about changed road conditions captured this way will be transferred to a server, verified, and entered in the digital map database. The updated map will then be fed back to the highly automated driving vehicle, enabling it to see effectively beyond its sensors.
Source and photos: Bosch and TomTom partner on innovative mapping technology for automated driving, Bosch, Tomtom, 21 July 2015.
The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened Mcity, the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.
The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened Mcity, which it claims is the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Mcity was designed and developed by U-M’s interdisciplinary MTC (Mobility Transformation Center), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles. It is designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of new technologies before they are tried out on public streets and highways. Mcity allows researchers to simulate the environments where connected and automated vehicles will be most challenged. Even seemingly minor details a vehicle might encounter in urban and suburban settings have been incorporated into Mcity, such as road signs defaced by graffiti and faded lane markings. The types of technologies that will be tested at the facility include connected technologies – vehicles talking to other vehicles or to the infrastructure, commonly known as V2V or V2I – and various levels of automation all the way up to fully autonomous, or driverless vehicles.
MTC is a public-private partnership among industry, government and academia. The center was established to lay the foundation for a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated mobility that will revolutionize the movement of people and goods worldwide. A key MTC goal is to put a shared network of connected, automated (including driverless) vehicles on the road in Ann Arbor by 2021. In addition to Mcity, MTC has three on-roadway connected and automated vehicle deployments underway. With the help of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MTC is building on a nearly 3,000-vehicle connected technology project launched three years ago by the U-M Transportation Research Institute to create a major deployment of 9,000 connected vehicles operating across the greater Ann Arbor area. MTC is also partnering with industry and the Michigan Department of Transportation to put 20,000 connected vehicles on the road in Southeast Michigan. The third piece of the plan calls for deploying a 2,000-vehicle mobility service of connected and automated vehicles in Ann Arbor.
Source and photos: U-M opens Mcity test environment for connected and driverless vehicles, University of Michigan, 20 July 2015.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility have been awarded a funding grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) program to research and develop a system capable of fast charging an electric vehicle wirelessly.
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility, Inc., a wireless power technology company, have been awarded a funding grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) program to research and develop a system capable of fast charging an electric vehicle wirelessly. Mojo Mobility is known for developing highly efficient wireless charging systems capable of transferring high power without need for precise alignment between the charger and the vehicle.
Wireless charging technology has the potential to significantly enhance the convenience of electric vehicles – and thereby increase the appeal and acceptance among consumers – while possibly enabling smaller battery pack sizes and reduced vehicle weight. HATCI and Mojo Mobility will develop, implement and demonstrate a wireless power transfer system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs over three phases, at HATCI in Superior Twp., Michigan, and Mojo Mobility in Santa Clara, California.
During Phase One, the partnership developed a wireless power transfer system that has more than 85 percent grid-to-vehicle efficiency and is capable of transferring in excess of 10 kW to the vehicle for fast charging. The new system will allow misalignment between the energy transmitter on the ground and the energy receiver on the vehicle, making it easier and more convenient for day-to-day usage. In Phase Two, the partnership collaborated to integrate a compact system optimized for the Soul EV and demonstrate full operation at a record 92 percent efficiency. Real-world performance data will be gathered in the third and final phase of the project using five Kia Soul EVs and corresponding energy transmission units. This final phase will test the systems’ durability, interoperability, safety, and performance.