Pioneering partnerships Weekly Brief – 2.18.2013

Pioneering partnerships Weekly Brief – 2.18.2013

In this week’s Brief: Generali Seguros, Telefónica, Octo Telematics, Cobra, Ford, PlugShare, NXP Semiconductors, Delphi Automotive, The Car Connectivity Consortium, AVnu Alliance, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, NNG, TomTom, Mitsubishi Electric and Continental

A series of partnerships emerged this week across the telematics spectrum, from insurance telematics to in-car infotainment to electric vehicles.

In Spain, car insurer Generali Seguros and Telefónica launched “Pago como conduzco,” a pay as you drive solution that collects data from the car via an embedded device, then determines rates based on the number of kilometers driven, whether these were covered by day or night, in city areas or between cities, whether drivers keep to speed limits and whether they accelerate or brake too suddenly.

Generali is hoping to cater to young drivers, who often face exorbitant insurance rates in the Spanish market. A mobile app and a website allow drivers to track their rates and provide ongoing tips to drivers to improve their driving and minimize their rates. Generali already offers a similar service in Italy, where it partners with Octo Telematics and Cobra.

On the EV front, Ford teamed up with PlugShare, an aggregator of public charge stations, to provide real-time charge station information to drivers of Ford’s plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Ford is the first manufacturer to offer real-time charging station location information through its smartphone app, MyFord Mobile. The collaboration will provide Ford customers comprehensive access to the quickly growing number of public charge stations in the U.S. and Canada.

And in the infotainment arena, NXP Semiconductors became one of Delphi Automotive’s strategic core suppliers. The agreement encompasses a variety of automotive semiconductor applications in NXP’s SAF775x family, including infotainment and networking solutions.

“Delphi’s primary objective is to make automotive products smarter and safer as well as more powerful and efficient,” says Troy Zerbe, vice president of Global Supply Management for Delphi’s Electronics & Safety division.

Elsewhere, The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) made the MirrorLink 1.0 device specification available to the public for download. Public availability of MirrorLink gives potential members the chance to freely evaluate the standard before joining the CCC.

A wider swath of the connected car ecosystem will be able to understand and provide feedback on the technology, and the CCC can ensure fewer technological misunderstandings as the standard develops.

AVnu Alliance opened its certification testing for AVB-enabled networking bridges at its appointed testing house, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

AVnu Certification is available to Alliance member companies. Products that complete the testing program successfully will receive an official logo of certification, the global seal of interoperability for devices that implement the IEEE AVB standards.

Global navigation provider NNG announced plans to hire 60 software developers and programmers by the end of 2013 to meet the increasing demand of Tier 1 suppliers and automotive OEMs for its automotive iGO Navigation Software and connectivity offering.

In order to support the goal of a more balanced gender ratio, NNG has launched a recruitment program which sets a 10 percent ratio for employing women.

TomTom introduced TomTom Rider, a portable navigation device created especially for bikers. Following feedback from the motorcyclist community, TomTom Rider is designed to give bikers the ability to choose the type of route they want to ride, from the fastest to the most scenic to their own personalized route.

Bikers can create and then upload their personalized routes direct to their TomTom Rider device.

Mitsubishi Electric developed a prototype car display system with an optical engine that can project images on curved, oval or triangular screens to suit a wide range of car interiors. The system's free-form screen responds flexibly to the increasing use of curves and other design features in car interiors.

The system incorporates display technologies that Mitsubishi Electric fostered through its development of rear-projection TVs as well as car electronics that withstand severe operating conditions, ensuring high quality and reliability.

Continental unveiled the Driver Focus vehicle, a concept car to test ways to combat driver distraction. The car integrates current advanced driver assistance active safety technology with a future interior monitoring system and visual HMI technology, includingan infrared driver analyzer camera and a 360-degree optical guidance feature.

The goal is a virtual safety-focused companion that constantly scans the vehicle’s external and internal environments.  

“This Driver Focus vehicle highlights how the continual integration of new technology, focused on the right issues, can help to further reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities,” says Jeff Klei, president Continental, NAFTA.

“As a company, Continental’s strategy is clearly focused on making this type of future technology a reality so that distracted driving, and vehicular accidents as a whole, become a thing of the past.”

For exclusive business analysis and insight about telematics applications, see Industry Insight: Telematics and Apps

For all the latest information and trends in V2X and driver safety, visit V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility Europe 2013on February 20-21 in Frankfurt.

Coming up in 2013: V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility Europe 2013 on February 20-21 in Frankfurt, Telematics for Fleet Management Europe 2013 on March 19-20 in Amsterdam, Insurance Telematics Europe 2013 on May 7-8 in London and Telematics India and South Asia 2013 on April 17-18 in India.

For exclusive telematics business analysis and insight, check out TU’s reports on In-Vehicle Smartphone Integration Report, Human Machine Interface Technologies and Smart Vehicle Technology: The Future of Insurance Telematics.

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