Volvo Cars and Ericsson develop intelligent media streaming for self-driving cars
4 January, 2016. Volvo is developing intelligent, high bandwidth, streaming capabilities with its technology partner, Ericsson, that will ensure drivers and passengers get the most out of their time travelling in an autonomous Volvo. Utilising Ericsson’s network and cloud expertise, Volvo Cars’ aim is to deliver a high quality, interruption-free experience in its cars whilst on the move.


Toyota is Developing a New Map Generation System for Automated Driving
22 December, 2015. To aid the safe implementation of automated driving, Toyota is developing a high-precision map generation system that will use data from on-board cameras and GPS devices installed in production vehicles. The information gathered by vehicles is sent to data centers, where it is automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area.


HERE and the Netherlands evaluate 4G/LTE-based C-ITS road messaging system
25 November, 2015. HERE and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment are together evaluating the deployment of a cellular network-based C-ITS for improving road safety and reducing congestion in the Netherlands. The evaluation uses standard commercial 3G and 4G/LTE cellular networks as well as location cloud technology and data analytics from HERE to connect smartphones and other devices, road infrastructure and traffic management centers.


The Car Connectivity Consortium and ETSI Sign Cooperation Agreement
18 November, 2015. The Car Connectivity Consortium and ETSI sign cooperation agreement in which ETSI will formally explore adopting MirrorLink as an ETSI Technical Specification. Designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars, MirrorLink is an OS- and OEM-agnostic technology for car-smartphone connectivity.


ITU World Radiocommunication Conference approves spectrum for automotive radar at 79 GHz
17 November, 2015. Radio-frequency spectrum needed for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15). It provides a globally harmonized regulatory framework for automotive radar to prevent collisions, which will improve vehicular safety and reduce traffic accidents.


Spanish DGT establishes framework for testing automated vehicles on public roads
16 November, 2015. Spanish DGT has published the legal framework to allow testing of automated vehicles on public roads in Spain. This framework details the requirements needed to conduct the tests, and a classification of vehicles depending on their level of automation. Authorization for testing can be requested by manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, official laboratories, suppliers of autonomous driving technologies, universities and consortia involved in research projects.


U.S. DOT Announces up to $42 Million in Next Generation Connected Vehicle Technologies
27 October, 2015. The U.S. DOT has announced that New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa, FL will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation V2V and V2I communication technologies. New York City will install V2V technology in 10,000 city-owned vehicles, as well as V2I technology throughout Midtown. In Wyoming, the focus is on the efficient and safe movement of freight through, which is critical to commercial heavy-duty vehicles.

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Siemens and Cohda Wireless collaborate on C-ITS infrastructure
7 October, 2015. Siemens AG and Cohda Wireless have announced they will collaborate in the area of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications. The objective is to share information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, to increases the quality and reliability of information available to drivers about their immediate environment, other vehicles and road users.


The European Mobility-as-a-Service alliance has been launched
5 October, 2015. 20 European organisations join forces to establish the first Mobility as a Service Alliance through public and private stakeholder cooperation. The key concept behind it is to put the users, both travelers and goods, at the core of transport services, offering them tailor made mobility solutions based on their individual needs.


First Toyota cars to include V2V and V2I communication by the end of 2015
30 September, 2015. By the end of 2015, Toyota will make a new ITS safety package available on three models in Japan. This package uses V2V and V2I communication to provide drivers with the kind of safety information that cannot be picked up by onboard sensors. The new ITS safety package uses Japan’s standardized ITS frequency of 760 MHz to receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and other vehicles.


MIT’s Lead of Senseable City Lab Joins TU-Automotive Europe’s Growing List of Innovative Speakers
21 September, 2015. 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.

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G7 Declaration on Automated and Connected Driving
17 September, 2015. 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.

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Continental presents a Left-turn Assist based on V2X at the Frankfurt Motor Show
10 September, 2015. 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.


Germany launches the “Ko-HAF – Cooperative Highly Automated Driving” research project
6 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.


Nokia sells its HERE digital mapping and location services business to AUDI, BMW and Daimler
3 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.


Honda opens new Silicon Valley facility to advance connected mobility
23 July, 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.


U-M opens Mcity test environment for connected and driverless vehicles
20 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.


Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility collaborate on wireless electric vehicle charging system
16 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.

Chevrolet introduces in-vehicle technology to help keep smartphone cool
2 July, 2015. Chevrolet introduces Active Phone Cooling technology to help keep smartphones cool. An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature.


Chevrolet introduces an industry-first connection to Silverado trucks to predict and notify drivers when components need attention
10 June, 2015. Chevrolet has introduced an industry-first connection to Silverado trucks to predict and notify drivers when components need attention, in many cases before vehicle performance is affected. Chevrolet Silverado owners are some of the most connected drivers on the road, making up the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users.


BMW ConnectedDrive develops intelligent parking search solutions. The next step in Connected Navigation – on-street parking prediction
6 June, 2015. With the Dynamic Parking Prediction research project, the BMW Group is demonstrating a solution that will in future be able to shorten the search for vacant on-street parking, particularly in cities.


Ericsson unveils connected bus stop
4 June, 2015. Ericsson demonstrated a connected bus stop concept at UITP World Congress and Exhibition that incorporates 3G, LTE or Wi-Fi small cell technology. The connected bus stop’s small cell infrastructure will provide public transport operators with an additional source of revenue, as it can be leased to telecom mobile operators as a means of densifying their networks.


New Cities Foundation launches “Connected Mobility Initiative” to explore future of urban transport with support from the Toyota Mobility Foundation
3 June, 2015. The New Cities Foundation launched the “Connected Mobility Initiative”, with support from the Toyota Mobility Foundation, to address the critical need for metropolises worldwide to enable the efficient and viable movement of people.


Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and partners unveil Virginia Automated Corridors
1 June, 2015. The corridors feature more than 70 miles of interstates and arterials in the Northern Virginia region, including Interstates 66, 495, and 95, as well as state routes 29 and 50. These roadways compose one of the most congested corridors in the U.S.


Daimler and Qualcomm announce strategic collaboration on Connected Car Technologies
23 May, 2015. The companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use and implementation of the Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology.

Bosch brings freight trains to the internet

Bosch brings freight trains to the internet
5 May, 2015. Bosch is making freight cars intelligent and connecting them to the internet. The technology supplier has developed a new condition monitoring system for rail freight transportation. The hardware attached to the railcars as part of the system is from Bosch large-scale automotive series production. Sensors supply data such as the precise position of a railcar, or the temperature in the storage area. This data is transferred to a server and evaluated.

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Daimler introduced Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world’s first autonomous truck licensed to drive on public roads
5 May, 2015. Daimler Trucks became the world´s first manufacturer to be granted a road license for an autonomous heavy-duty truck. The world premiere of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck took place near Las Vegas, and the first journey took place on U.S. highway 15 in Las Vegas. The truck is equipped with the intelligent Highway Pilot system for autonomous driving.

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28 April, 2015. The European Parliament voted in favour of eCall regulation which requires all new cars be equipped with eCall technology from April 2018. In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112 – Europe’s single emergency number.
AT AT&T and Autonet Mobile Team Up on New Connected Car Capabilities
2 April, 2015. AT&T 4G LTE wireless connectivity will power Autonet integrated connected car services.


LTE support for the connected car
27 March, 2015. 3GPP launches a new Study Item on “V2x” to address the use of LTE to ensure connectivity between vehicles, roadside infrastructure and the people inside and around connected vehicles.

BMW presents “Vehicular Small Cell”, the world’s first mobile femtocell for optimised in-car connectivity
5 March, 2015. The BMW Group, peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG and Nash Technologies GmbH have presented the “Vehicular Small Cell” research project to improve mobile reception in vehicles.

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North America’s first road usage charge program begins in the state of Oregon in collaboration with IMS and Sanef ITS
4 March, 2015. Sanef ITS, an operator of intelligent transportation solutions, and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a leading connected car company, announced that they have been awarded a road usage charge contract by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).