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Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Automotive |

Telematics – An important tool in Fleet Management

Telematics – An important tool in Fleet Management

Technology has gained trust and control over almost every sphere of our lives. Our facilities are turning smart, industries are transforming digitally and the lifestyles have become ever-connected. Companies battle to thrive on this wave of digitization, thereby continuously innovating and creating newer avenues of technology adoption. Telematics, a concept that combines telecommunications and informatics, is one such innovation that technology buffs bank on to fill the gaps and redefine fleet management. Fleet management is the field of monitoring fleet costs, running conditions, downtimes and optimal decision making on trade–offs between fixed costs and running costs of ships, rail cars and commercial vehicles like cars, trucks etc. It includes a wide range of functions such as vehicle tracking, geo-fencing and diagnostics, route-optimization, personalized insurance, vehicle financing and preventative maintenance, driver behavior monitoring and fuel management, vehicle safety and health management. Telematics is the data science that puts together all the critical information you need for fleet management, right at your fingertips. What is it that makes logistics efficient –...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Automotive |

How far is the country from the future of mobility? – Challenges in designing autonomous cars for India

How far is the country from the future of mobility? – Challenges in designing autonomous cars for India

A technological revolution always happens when it is accompanied by changes in and around the entire ecosystem. It is this environment which triggers innovations across the companies and helps create guidelines for the newly formed setup. Likewise disruption created by introduction of autonomous cars is not solely an evolution of traditional cars but in fact it stands to revolutionize various other sectors in the process. An autonomous car is an intelligent thinking vehicle running on four wheels with capabilities to connect with the outside world. It should not be confused with a connected car as the latter only supplies information to the driver using connectivity technologies such as 3G or 4G LTE. It lacks the decision making senses, while the former is self driven and does not require a human to control it. Autonomous cars engage sophisticated technologies like AI, big data, sensory inputs and connectivity to take decisions on behalf of humans on board. Such technologies deploy complex algorithms and reasoning concepts against physical driving conditions to infuse...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Automotive, Retail, Smart Devices |

Trends at MWC 2017

Trends at MWC 2017

Over 108,000 professionals from more than 2,300 companies participated in 2017 exhibition. From Connected cars, virtual reality, new smartphones and nifty app ideas, to robotics and 3D printing solutions were on display. There was an incredible showcase of technologies and platforms such as VR/AR, drones, and artificial intelligence spaces. The industry is under continuous transformation to embrace opportunities and challenges ahead. 5G: From revolution to evolution 5G evidently dominated MWC 2017. Connected vehicles, drones and robots filled the exhibition halls showcasing the 5G evolution. The attendees, technology enthusiasts, business prospects and almost everyone at the event were keen about the promising next gen technology. 5G will change the way mobile works and how it is used. The impact of this technology will spread far beyond greater speeds or higher throughput. 5G will enable newer services that demand reliable, high-bandwidth data to work — everything from remote-control surgical robots, connected cities to autonomous vehicles. From technology standards to use cases, MWC this year had a seemingly clear sense of progress...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Automotive |

Why automotive industry needs virtualization?

Why automotive industry needs virtualization?

The automotive Infotainment Industry has evolved from having standalone systems for various functions like infotainment, telematics, and diagnostics to more integrated systems with connectivity being the key. We have seen silos being broken and systems being more interdependent and inter-connected, resulting in real-time, on demand services like Spotify and Connected Diagnostics among others. The auto industry is at an inflection point and the key for success is going to be how Auto industry address the growing demand for connectivity, convenience and convergence (3Cs) i.e. connectivity of a smart device, convergence of a high end Cockpit and convenience/comfort of a luxury car. The consumer industry has seen rapid innovation with short product life cycles ranging from 6 to 18 months. Consumer devices like Mobile phone, iPad have become feature rich with intuitive user experiences. The consumer who has experienced these devices is expecting the same experience in automotive cockpit. Traditionally there has been one ECU per function in a car. Due to the demand of more features, OEMs have integrated...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Automotive |

Open Source Development for Automotive

Open Source Development for Automotive

Open source development philosophy stems from the idea of freedom; contrary to what many believe – the idea of free software. That is freedom to run it, study it, change it, and redistribute copies with or without changes. It is not a sense of altruism that led to the founding Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) but a sense of freedom from the control of any one commercial OS provider. AGL is an open collaboration project to enable rapid innovation in the automotive industry by developing reference distributions on multiple hardware platforms for applications like In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), Cluster, HUD, Telematics, Control Systems thereby, providing a 80% head-start to production. Automotive OEMs and Tier-1s just need to customize the UI, look and feel specific to the brand. In a way, AGL mitigates the first three steps of a production process i.e. source/package selection, cross-compilation for a target platform and resource separation, making it as competitive as any commercial software. According to a research report by IHS Automotive Linux market share is...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Automotive |

Connected Cars: Where are we headed?

Connected Cars: Where are we headed?

Man’s bid to have a connected world has led to the invention of useful products that shape our world today. The morphing of the wheel and telephone to cars and mobile phones has paved the way for the Connected Car. In layman terms, the Connected Car is a mobile on four wheels that lets the user make calls and use the Internet as well as location services. Over the past decade, this concept has evolved to encompass applications such as remote key, status monitoring, firmware update, remote control, traffic update, Wi-Fi, V2X (vehicle to infrastructure) safety, diagnostics, and alerts. The global market revenue for connected cars is estimated to double at about USD 141 billion in 2021. Safety and autonomous driving, which is now accounting for close to 61 percent of the revenue, is only going to increase. In the premium automobile segment, the spending on digital technology is expected to rise to 10 percent of total vehicle sales by 2021; more than double the current level of four...

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