This week provided at least three new examples of what can be done with the tons of data generated by connected vehicles, including a new twinning between Verizon and the research and advanced engineering team at Nissan North America. As part of the deal, the two companies completed proof-of-concept research demonstrating how data from a vehicle’s sensors and surrounding infrastructure can be processed through Verizon’s wireless network and communicated to the vehicle for an urgent notification to the driver in near real time, on a Thursday (October 21) Press release noted.
The test successfully applied a process known as cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication – to scenarios in which drivers may have difficulty seeing vulnerable pedestrians or emerging oncoming traffic. from behind visual obstacles.
“Communication between vehicles and the environment around them, or C-V2X, will be one of the most important transportation innovations of the connected and autonomous future of driving,” said TJ Fox, vice president senior industrial and automotive IoT, Verizon Business.
Tesla launches deployment of auto insurance based on driving practices
Another big step this week has come from Tesla, where vehicle owners will be able to enroll in a new program in which the automaker remotely monitors their driving practices and shares data to determine the driver’s auto insurance premium. .
Announcing the launch of its telematics insurance product on Wednesday, October 20 during its third quarter earnings call, the company said the product launched in Texas in early October and will expand to other states. as it obtains regulatory approvals.
“At Tesla, because our cars are connected, because they are essentially computers on wheels, we have huge amounts of data to be able to assess the attributes of a driver who drives a car and whether those attributes correlate. with security, ”Tesla CFO Zachary Kirkhorn told analysts and investors on the company’s call.
Employee benefit: Work from anywhere in a company-supplied motorhome
A tech company not only allows its employees to work from anywhere, but lends them the wheels and office equipment to do so.
Supply chain technology company project44 offers its employees access to company-supplied motorhomes equipped with mobile internet and foldable desktops. In partnership with “mobile suite” producer and operator Roameo, project44 team members can select their desired dates, pick up a vehicle, and work from anywhere.
“At project44, ‘sharing the wheel’ is not only encouraged, it’s one of the five core values practiced by our team every day,” said Jett McCandless, founder and CEO of project44, in a press release. announcing the partnership.
Automotive and IoT cybersecurity software company Dellfer secures $ 8 million in Series A
Dellfer, an automotive cybersecurity and IoT software company, has announced an $ 8 million Series A investment from mobility provider DENSO and cybersecurity private equity firm Option3.
The funds will be used to accelerate the time to market of its cybersecurity solutions for the automotive industry, Dellfer said. The three companies noted that the automotive industry and other IoT environments increasingly need cybersecurity solutions to protect potential vulnerabilities.
“The demand for cybersecurity solutions for automakers has never been greater,” said Tony Cannestra, DENSO Business Director and Dellfer Board Member, in a press release on Tuesday, October 19. . “We have tested a wide variety of software solutions available and have found Dellfer’s approach to be very useful and well suited to the needs of our customers.
It’s not just a truck, it’s a “rolling data center”
Fleet managers take the large amount of data generated by today’s commercial trucks and use it to predict and prevent roadside breakdowns and other mechanical issues. They do this with sophisticated systems that collect information, analyze it and share it through a portal.
They have a lot of data. Modern vehicles generate around 25 gigabytes (GB) of data per hour, according to Deutsche Telekom. This data comes from no less than 100 built-in sensors monitoring things like speed, engine temperature and braking processes. These sensors produce 25 times more than the 1 GB of data per hour that Netflix says is used to watch standard definition video.
According to Zonar, a provider of intelligent fleet management solutions, today’s commercial trucks are also equipped with sensors that track vehicle availability, monitor drivers’ trip performance data and record fault codes, all with the aim of reducing fleet problems. The company recently shared this and other information on today’s technologically advanced commercial trucks.