Panasonic and Trend Micro join efforts for Connected Cars

Panasonic Corporation and Trend Micro Incorporated have announced a partnership to achieve high security of autonomous and connected cars. The partnership will develop cyber security solution to detect and prevent cyber-attacks against autonomous and connected cars.

By developing solution to detect and prevent intrusions into Electronic Control Units (ECUs)*1 they will be able to control driving behaviour such as acceleration, steering and braking. New security vulnerabilities are discovered every day and they pose a risk for remote exploitation. These solutions will also take care of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI*2) devices including automotive navigation systems, and telematics*3 devices.

This partnership will leverage Panasonic’s Control Area Network (CAN) intrusion detection and prevention technology*4 and Trend Micro’s IoT Security. While, Panasonic will enable detection of any unauthorized commands sent to ECUs that control driving operation, Trend Micro IoT Security*5, will utilize its malware*6analysis, will be implemented on IVI devices.

Trend Micro’s IoT security solution is meat for embedded devices connecting outside the vehicle with IP communications on general purpose operating systems such as Linux. Through this partnership, events identified by both technologies will be collected and sent to an analysis platform in the cloud to detect and block suspicious traffic. Both the companies aim to launch these smart solutions for securing connected cars commercially after 2020.  Read more…

 

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Rise of the smart city will come with the car’s death

Some people like change, some people don’t like change, and when it comes to building anything most fear the cars that come with it. Antony Savvas considers whether his local paper will ever be free of parking fears, let alone full of brave new world attitudes to smart cities.

I won’t even bother naming the university city I live in, it doesn’t matter whether its York, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Exeter or Edinburgh. But picking up the York Press every night is just like reading any local rag in any growing city that attracts new people to universities and new jobs.

The rein of fear that is apparent from the locals towards any new building work is striking, as protest after protest and council lobby after MP petition is dutifully covered in the daily paper. The centre of most people’s fear is the car, and the congestion and parking problems the new influx of their fellow man will bring.

So if this is the case, how are we to build the smart cities and the smart transport that is supposed to come with it?

Bloody students

My city has doubled in size in about 25 years, to just over 200,000, helped by an influx of young people attracted to a collection of good universities and colleges. And many never go back home as a result of the new types of jobs being created in the area for graduates, including IT, high-tech manufacturing, biochemistry and green technology opportunities.

When I first moved here you could park almost anywhere within reason. Now, if you park in front of someone’s house and take “their” space on the Queen’s highway, you’re in big trouble.

And while there is also a serious housing shortage, nothing ever gets built apart from student flat accommodation. That’s because anything from six houses planned by the local builder in the centre of town, to 2,000 homes on the outskirts of the city, get thrown out by lobbied politicians over the traffic and parking concerns.

There is a clue on what the future could positively entail in what is actually being built – most students either don’t own cars or don’t want them. They are more interested, we are often told, in investing what money they have in “experiences”, not things (like cars).

Come to MaaS

And this is why mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) is set to to become a driving force for the new smart cities many would like to see, to deliver efficient transport options, less reliance on carbon and cleaner air.

Buying a house or a car has traditionally been seen as a rite of passage, a way to mark one’s success. But in the current economic climate renting has become the norm for younger people and buying a car is seen as a waste of money, particularly when more and more of us are living in cities anyway.

A survey of car manufacturing bosses by KPMG found that 74% of executives thought more than half of car owners today would not want to own a vehicle in the future. Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb have, of […]

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Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions

Nvidia Inception Program

Competition has begun heating up as to who will be the first one to operate a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, as demonstrated again by recent announcements from General Motors (GM) and Uber.  However, a lot of work is still needed to allow such vehicles to roam freely throughout our city centers, neighborhoods and freeways, but they are in fact coming.

With autonomous vehicles begin to roll out, the need for remote monitoring will become imperative to ensure their longevity. Because passengers will no longer be concerned about the ongoing health of the vehicle and instead focused on getting from point A to point B safely. However, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) operators will need to maximize the availability of their fleets, which will require real-time insight as to the health of each vehicle on and off the road. Operators will also strive to minimize maintenance cost, which means sending vehicles to the shop when and only when service is required, at times when they would not otherwise generate revenue.

This analysis is already relevant for autonomous shuttles, which are being tested and deployed around the world. It will be all more important when tomorrow’s fleets of autonomous vehicles emerge for MaaS purpose. CARFIT’s NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness)-based, artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced diagnostics and predictive maintenance solution will allow fleet managers to address these vehicle health-related issues to maximize customer satisfaction while minimizing cost.

NVIDIA has achieved a leading position in recent years within the autonomous driving computing hardware space. They’ve focused on establishing vital working relationships with leading OEMs and industry partnerships with top companies such as Audi, Baidu, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, and more. Announced this week, CARFIT’s participation in NVIDIA’s Inception Program will provide the startup with a unique platform to further the development of vehicle diagnostics and predictive maintenance solutions as well as critical exposure to NVIDIA’s partner network. In return, the tech giant will be able to leverage CARFIT’s expertise and technology to add value throughout its autonomous driving platform for a more seamless connected car experience.

Disclaimer: CARFIT is an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. 

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Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone conduct V2X trials for connected cars

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.

We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.

The partners are using Cellular-V2X for their research and lending their expertise in manufacturing, IoT, and mobile technology to ensure it’s ready for the road.

On the A9 freeway near Munich, the partners observed how navigation requires full concentration due to the dangerous habits of fellow drivers. Other vehicles kept cutting in front of the car — causing the driver to break abruptly — something which is often the cause of many accidents, slow-moving traffic, and stress.

The companies have demonstrated how today’s driver assistance systems can evolve beyond real-time alerts into the ability to accelerate and brake as needed based on information from a wide range of sources.

In a press release, Bosch wrote:

“Through mobile telephony, connected cars can directly transmit information, such as their position and speed, to all vehicles within a radius of more than 300 meters. Moreover, they can do so without going through any intermediate channels via the base stations and with virtually no delay.”

One example of this could be a car up ahead experiencing some wheel slippage on ice, or roadside infrastructure reporting a lane closure before it’s even in the driver’s sight. This data can be used by the car to slow down or make lane changes at a safe and optimum time.

“Even in congested traffic, this function makes driving even more relaxed and stress-free for drivers, while also preventing abrupt braking and acceleration on the freeway. Overall, traffic becomes smoother and more efficient. Thanks to the foresight provided by the technology, vehicles can go with the flow.”

What are your thoughts on the partners’ V2X trials? Let us know in the comments.

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Hyundai is pumping $21bn into connected cars

Hyundai has announced a plan to invest about Won23tn ($ 21.56bn) into the latest connected car technology.

The funds will cover the next five years of research and development into electric cars, autonomous vehicles, and related connected car technology. With the increasing appetite for the emerging technology, the South Korean automaker wants to ensure it’s not left behind.

Hyundai is currently facing a downturn in its business. Along with affiliate Kia Motors, Hyundai ranks as the world’s fifth-largest automaker group. However, the group missed their sales target for 2017 — marking the third straight year.

This year, the outlook isn’t looking much better. The group forecasts only a modest sales increase amid falling demand from China.

“Global trends are changing so fast. We will actively invest in new technologies and hire more talents to establish a virtuous circle,” Chung Eui-sun, Hyundai’s vice-chairman, said in a statement.

Along with the increased funds, Hyundai also plans to recruit around 45,000 people over the next five years. This increased manpower should help in Hyundai’s attempts to tackle criticism from some analysts claiming the manufacturer is not competitive enough when it comes to new technology.

Hyundai debuted its its Nexo hydrogen fuel cell during the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas last week. The company believes it will be suited to autonomous car technology due to its stable power supply.

In partnership with Aurora, Hyundai plans to bring self-driving vehicles to market by 2021.

Do you think Hyundai will be successful in the connected car era? Let us know in the comments.

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