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TomTom launches AutoStream: A revolutionary map delivery service for autonomous driving

By Zenobia Hegde

TomTom (TOM2), announced the launch of TomTom AutoStream, an innovative map delivery service for autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems. They are the first partners to use the technology: Baidu and Zenuity.

TomTom AutoStream enables vehicles to build a horizon for the road ahead by streaming the latest map data from the TomTom cloud. By ensuring that the map used to power advanced driving functions is always the latest, TomTom AutoStream enhances driver comfort and safety.

Willem Strijbosch, TomTom’s head of Autonomous Driving, said: “The launch of TomTom AutoStream is a game-changer for OEMs and technology companies that are working on the future of driving. TomTom AutoStream allows vehicles to access the latest, most up-to-date TomTom map data for their driving automation functions.”

TomTom AutoStream is designed in a flexible way, allowing customers to customise the map data stream based on criteria such as sensor configuration and horizon length. It can stream a wide variety of map data including ADAS attributes such as gradient and curvature, and the TomTom HD Map with RoadDNA. This flexibility allows customers to use AutoStream to power a wide range of driving automation functions.

Strijbosch continues: “Our early investment in the TomTom advanced map-making platform means that we can continue to deliver revolutionary innovations like TomTom AutoStream. With TomTom AutoStream we can significantly simplify and shorten the development time for our customers, accelerating the future of driving.”

TomTom AutoStream ensures that the TomTom map data used to power advanced driving functions is the latest, most accurate available, enabling a safer and more comfortable experience.

“With AutoStream TomTom is offering an innovative map delivery system targeted at automated driving,” said Roger C. Lanctot, director, Automotive Connected Mobility for Strategy Analytics. “The development is targeted at helping automakers bring ADAS and autonomous driving functions to market faster.”

TomTom AutoStream will be available for production usage in 2018.

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Pre-packaged solutions accelerate IoT adoption

By IoT Now Magazine

Cumulocity IoT is an innovative software platform that addresses the market demand for easy, fast, and scalable IoT solutions. It combines the power of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform with Cumulocity’s product portfolio. Functionality includes the ability to monitor and analyse streaming IoT data; cloud, on premise, edge and hybrid deployment; and a range of pre-packaged IoT solutions such as condition monitoring, predictive maintenance and track and trace. Andrew Brown, the executive director of Enterprise and IoT Research at Strategy Analytics, discusses this open, application-centric approach to Industrial IoT with chief executive, Bernd Gross

Andrew Brown: Cumulocity has an impressive track record and the company has been a leading vendor of device and application management platforms since 2010. Why did you do the deal with Software AG?

Bernd Gross: We had been and continue to be very successful with our platforms, but we operate in a very dynamic market and by 2017 it was clear that we needed to scale our offer and become a global solution provider. Moreover we needed to do it quickly so that was one of the reasons why we did the deal. Software AG currently has offices in 70 countries around the world.

Bernd Gross, CEO of Cumulocity

The second reason is their rich portfolio of software products that complement our offer, one of which is WebMethods, an advanced integration engine that enables seamless interoperability between the operational technology and information technology domains. The former is the domain where data are generated and the latter is the domain where data are consumed. Another key complementary product is Apama, a platform that allows organisations to analyse and act on high-volume event stream data in real-time.

The third reason comes from the emerging need for IoT platform providers to be more open about the performance of their IoT specific business offer. Software AG is leading this approach and has created a separate business unit that has enabled developments such as prepackaged solutions. These solutions reflect the way that the IoT market is maturing and they are facilitating the growing trend away from expensive, time-consuming in-house or bespoke IoT solutions.

AB: How successful have you been with this approach and can you also indicate its relevance to the Industrial IoT sectors that you target?

BG: We have been very successful. For example, Siemens has selected our technology in order to complement MindSphere, which is a powerful IoT operating system that has data analytics, connectivity capabilities, plus tools for developers, applications and services. In addition ADAMOS, that stands for ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions, a strategic alliance for machine and plant engineering, chose our IoT technology after an extensive evaluation process. Alliance partners include DMG MORI, Dürr, Homag, ZEISS as well as ASM PT.

The objective is to bundle knowledge in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and information technology. ADAMOS is set to become a global standard for the industry. It combines up-to-date IT technology and industry knowledge, thereby enabling engineering companies to offer tried and tested solutions for digitally networked production to their customers. These and other wins […]

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Automotive consumers can now stream content in the car through a brought-in device, says Strategy Analytics

By Zenobia Hegde

While in the car, passengers and drivers are consuming infotainment in new ways. Rather than embedded devices and services, automotive consumers are increasingly reliant on a myriad of portable, connected, and streaming sources.

A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics “Strong Shift Towards Brought-In and Streamed Content for Rear Seat Entertainment”, surveying consumers in the US, Western Europe and China regarding their interest in and willingness to pay for rear-seat entertainment systems, has found that this trend has now fully extended to rear-seat entertainment.

In key demographics, the majority of consumers are no longer interested in disc players, but rather ports which will allow them to stream content in the car through a brought-in device or dedicated service.

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Key report findings include:

Consumer interest in rear-seat entertainment has remained consistent in Western Europe and China since 2015.
Of those consumers interested, a there has been a dramatic shift from DVD and/or Blu-Ray players to preference for tablet docking stations and streaming video.
Willingness to pay for rear-seat entertainment systems is modest across all reasonable price points in all regions.

Monica Wong

Monica Wong, report author commented, “One key question product line managers must address in the short term is how this trend will affect desirability for dedicated screens. Although these systems were tremendous value-additions for many years, and will remain so for the immediate future, consumers’ expectations for rear-seat entertainment no longer require a dedicated seat-back screen.”

Added Chris Schreiner, director, Syndicated Research UXIP, “Though screens will remain desirable for the near term, the ability to stow or hide them will become increasingly important as well; particularly if smart surfaces become capable of accomplishing the same task.”

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Cypress Brings Superior Infotainment Experience to Connected Cars

By IoT – Internet of Things

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced production availability of a combo solution that delivers robust 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity to vehicles, enabling multiple users to connect and stream unique content to their devices simultaneously. The new Cypress CYW89359 combo solution is the industry’s first to implement Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB) technology, which enables […]

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Samsung is Betting Big on the Internet of Things. What Does That Mean For You?

By Chris Morris

Samsung is going all in on the Internet of things, betting that connected appliances and faster Internet speeds will result in happier customers.

Executives for the electronics giant, speaking at the 2018 CES technology show in Las Vegas on Monday, reconfirmed a vow made two years ago that all of the company’s products will be IOT-compatible by 2020–adding that 90% already are as of today. And it plans to use its existing SmartThings app to ensure that those devices can all talk to each other–from the TV to the phone to the refrigerator to the washing machine.

Samsung promised that the initiative would debut in the spring.

What that means for users will depend on which Samsung appliances they own, of course. One example is people who buy a new Samsung TV will no longer have to worry about entering user names and passwords for services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify when they initially set up their TVs. That information will automatically entered into the TV by checking other systems in which the customer is logged in, making it a more seamless experience.

TV sets will also have personalized recommendations for movies and shows, based on a user’s overall viewing habits on all their devices. TVs will also include Bixby, Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant, and will be able to double as a central hub for smart products around the home, letting users do everything from see who is at the front door to adjust the thermostat.

The goal of the push, says Tom Baxter, president and CEO of Samsung’s North American division is to create an “eco-system of devices working together to produce unique experiences.”

As part of the initiative, Samsung will expand the number of smart refrigerator models it sells by introducing 14 new models that come with its integrated screen and newly expanded FamilyHub technology that lets owners stream music, leave notes to each other, and view the contents of the fridge in real time. Through Bixby, the FamilyHub will differentiate between users’ based on their voices and give custom information to them, such as their schedule for the day or commute times to school or work.

“IOT is still frustrating to a lot of people, but it doesn’t need to be,” said Yoon Lee, senior vice president at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung’s not stopping with its own products, either. The company is working closely with the Open Connectivity Forum, the world’s largest IOT standardization body, to have all SmartThings-compatible products work with the app. And the company said it has signed an agreement with a “leading European auto manufacturer” to extend this IOT integration to vehicles (letting, for instance, people check if they’re out of milk as they drive by the store).

Samsung has previously tried and failed to make its ecosystem more connected. To ensure this effort is more successful, Baxter said, the company has invested $14 billion in research and development over the past year.

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