HERE HD Live Map constantly publishes changes to the map through an innovative content validation process, where multiple vehicle sensors act as a “closed loop” to detect any deviations from the published data.
Amsterdam/Stuttgart – Daimler and HERE Technologies have teamed up to make HERE HD Live Map an integral part of Daimler’s autonomous driving technology. With these efforts both companies are laying the ground work for upcoming generations of highly automated and autonomous Mercedes-Benz vehicles* to come to market with the benefits of HD Live Map on board. For Daimler, this is a logical step as the current E- and S-class models are already using maps from HERE.
Highly precise digital maps are a key component for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The machine-readable, cloud-based HD Live Map allows an automated vehicle to effectively ‘see around corners’ and consists of multiple layers of information essential for it to know where exactly it is, what lies ahead and what it should do in various scenarios.
Maps from cars for cars: self-healing maps require large amounts of vehicle sensor data
HERE has created HD Live Map to be “self-healing”. This means it can reflect dynamic changes in the road environment and update itself accordingly in near real-time. This enables vehicles to proactively adjust to changing road conditions – for example, switching lanes and adjusting speed ahead of time in the case of an upcoming lane closure.
Vehicle sensor data is the most crucial element for an HD map to self-heal because of its quality, and the sheer volume of vehicles on the road that can detect and validate change. HERE is already receiving rich vehicle sensor data from multiple automakers, including Daimler, to produce near real-time map updates. With passenger safety top of mind, HERE HD Live Map constantly publishes changes to the map through an innovative content validation process, where multiple vehicle sensors act as a “closed loop” to detect any deviations from the published data.
“The map of the future is one that’s self-healing – constantly updating to mirror what is happening across the road network” said Ralf Herrtwich, SVP Automotive at HERE Technologies. “Together with Daimler, we are mastering this powerful mapping technology and are truly excited to make it available for the next generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”
Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, emphasized: “Maps with centimeter precision updating itself in near real-time, is one key element for autonomous driving. With the new HD Live Map and the rich, continuously growing information it provides we are taking a big step on the way towards autonomous driving.”
*Vehicles with level 3-5 automation, as defined by SAE International.
“Digital, flexible, green” – latest production technologies are integrated at “Factory 56”. Main focus is on the people.
“Our ‘Factory 56’ will define a new way of building cars. With its ‘Factory 56’, Mercedes-Benz Cars is creating the car plant of the future. It combines three trend-setting features: It is consistently digital and flexible – and it brings the term ‘ green production’ to life. As the inventor of the car, we are reinventing production,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.
The foundation stone for the “Werk 56” production hall in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen is laid by high-ranking representatives from politics and business.
Sindelfingen – Mercedes-Benz Cars presents its “Factory 56”, the world’s most modern car production. “Our ‘Factory 56’ will define a new way of building cars. With its ‘Factory 56’, Mercedes-Benz Cars is creating the car plant of the future. It combines three trend-setting features: It is consistently digital and flexible – and it brings the term ‘green production’ to life. As the inventor of the car, we are reinventing production,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.
To mark the laying of the cornerstone for the new assembly hall on 20th of February, high-ranking representatives from the worlds of politics and business came together at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen. Alongside Markus Schäfer, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economics, Work and Housing Construction of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Bernd Vöhringer, Lord Mayor of the City of Sindelfingen, Michael Bauer, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant and Head of Production, as well as Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen Works Council, also took part in the celebrations.
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut emphasized that the laying of the cornerstone is also an essential element for a good future of Baden-Württemberg as an automotive location: “The ‘Factory 56’ will bring together two global megatrends that are of crucial importance for our country in particular: the digitalization of production and vehicle models of the future.” Baden-Württemberg will only be able to defend its reputation as a premium location for industry in the long term and secure the country’s prosperity if the manufacturers provide the right answers in both fields, production and mobility of the future, she said. The task of the state would be to support this path by supporting innovation.
In 2020, the “Factory 56” will already start production of upper- and luxury-class cars and electric vehicles at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. Passenger cars, electric vehicles of the upper and luxury class and robo-taxis will be produced. These include the new generation of the S-Class as well as the first electric vehicle of the product and technology brand EQ “made in Sindelfingen”. For the construction site 700,000m3 earth was moved. The area is 220,000 m2. This corresponds to about 30 football pitches. Approximately 6,400 tons of steel are used for the steel construction – almost as much as for the Parisian Eiffel Tower.
“Factory 56” – latest production technologies in series
The production concept of the “Factory 56” is setting new standards. This includes man-machine-cooperations and digitally supported processes including work organization as well as logistics and quality assurance. The plant is not only digitised consistently according to Industry 4.0, it is also connected to other productions in the global production network.
The 360 degree linkage along the whole value chain is an essential feature – from the suppliers, through to the development department, design and our production and to our customers. In the future, for example, the finished vehicles shall drive off the line automated to the loading station. Under “Digital Anticipation” in the Mercedes me App and online, customers purchasing new vehicles can already today gain exclusive insights into the production of their vehicles and thus have a much more enjoyable wait for delivery.
In the assembly hall itself state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 technologies are used. Driverless transport systems (DTS) with product baskets support logistics in the assembly and ensure the seamless supply of the required materials for the employees at the line. Innovative Radio Frequency Identification-technologies (RFID) are integrated into the “Factory 56”. Components and vehicles can thus be digitally tracked and linked with one another.
Artificial Intelligence, Big Data analyses and Predictive Maintenance guarantee high transparency and support in production planning, control and also in quality assurance. Through the analysis of existing production data, for instance, predictions on potential faults or due maintenance work can be made in advance.
The human at the centre
The human is at the centre of all activities in the “Factory 56”. The employees work at ergonomically optimised workstations and are optimally supported in their tasks by digital tools. The focus is on the use of intelligent, flexible technology. A new work organisation provides for flexible and modern working time models. The break areas are designed according to the latest standards – for example with a pantry, couch and info screen.
“Factory 56” is sustainable and energy-efficient
Modular building structures are characteristic for the “Factory 56”, with a design that is both energy-efficient and green, so environmentally friendly. The assembly uses renewable energies and reduces CO2 production, water consumption and waste significantly.
On the roof of “Factory 56” there is a photovoltaic system which feeds green electricity into the productions supply. This leads to a reduction of yearly 5,000 MWh of electricity. An electric vehicle of the product and technology brand EQ, for example the electric SUV EQC, could be charged 72,000 times a year with this. That corresponds to around 36 million kilometres mileage a year. CO2 emissions at the “Factory 56″ will be reduced by 75 percent compared to today’s S-Class production in Sindelfingen.
The construction of the assembly hall is very translucent. The Blue Sky architecture supports a pleasant working climate for the employees in daylight. In addition, the temperature of the hall can be set at up to seven degrees below the outside temperature.
About Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations
Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations is responsible for passenger car production at over 30 locations around the world. Three of them are currently being established. Within a flexible and efficient production network with around 78,000 employees it includes the central functions of production planning, TECFACTORY, logistics, and quality. Mercedes-Benz Cars produced more than 2.4 million Mercedes-Benz and smart passenger cars last year, marking the seventh record in a row. The network is based on the product architectures of front-wheel drive (compact cars) and rear-wheel drive (for example the S-Class, E-Class, and C-Class) as well as the SUV and sports car architectures. In addition, there is a powertrain production compound (engines, transmissions, axles and components). Each of these production compounds is grouped around a lead plant that serves as a center of competence for the ramp-up of new products, technology and quality assurance. Mercedes-Benz Cars is ready for the electro mobility: Around the globe electro hubs are built for the production of electric vehicles and batteries. The focus of day-to-day work is on the continuous improvement and refinement of state-of-the-art production methods, which allow future high-tech vehicles to be produced in a way that is efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly, according to the typical Mercedes-Benz quality standards. All of this revolves around the employees and their expertise, whose work is systematically supported by ergonomic workplace design and intelligent automation. In addition to its own production plants, Mercedes-Benz is increasingly leveraging partnerships and utilizing capacities at contract manufacturers as part of its growth strategy.
On February 12, 2018 the SSWL bagged an order from Caravan Wheels in Europe for 19,500 steel wheels. The company has picked up another order from BMW for supplying approximately 46,000 steel wheels. The product would be supplied to BMW’s Leipzig, Germany plant from the Chennai plant starting next financial year. SSWL and BMW have strong business relationship for the past eight years.
An established designer and manufacturer of automotive steel wheels since 1991 the company supplies steel wheels for two- and three-wheelers, passenger cars, multi utility vehicles, tractors, trucks and off-road vehicles.
The company has three production facilities in India (Punjab, Chennai and Jamshedpur). The Punjab and Chennai facility mainly manufactures passenger car wheels and truck wheels in Jamshedpur. It has a total annual capacity of 16.6 million wheels – (9 million wheels in Dappar, 6 million wheels in Oragadam and 1.6 million truck wheels in Jamshedpur).
Fleet Air-Conditioning Business Unit
Powertrain Systems Business Group, Korea
Corporate Center, Information Systems Div., EDT Promotion Div., Audit Dept.
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Engineering Research & Development Center, Digital Innovation
Sales and Marketing Group
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CEO of China
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Sensor & Semiconductor Business Unit
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CEO of Asia-Oceania, DENSO INTERNATIONAL ASIA CO., LTD.
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Sales and Marketing of Europe
Production Innovation Center,
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Central & South America
Advanced Mobility Systems R&D Div.,
Mechanical & Energy Eng. R&D Div.,
Advanced Testing＆Evaluation Div.,
R&D Tokyo Administration Dept.
Global Strategy Center,
Finance & Accounting Div.,
Work Style Reforms Dept.
Connected & Cockpit Business Unit,
Thermal Systems R&D Function Unit
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Corporate Communications Div.,
Legal Div., Tokyo Office (Public Relations)
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Production Control Div., Facility Div.,
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AD&ADAS Business Unit,
Electronic Control Components Div.
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Safety Health & Environment Div. (Safety)
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Changes of Members of the Board and Audit & Supervisory Board Member
DENSO decided the following changes of members of the board and the members on its audit & supervisory board. This changes will be effective after the 95th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, 2018.:
(1)Shoji Tsuzuki will be appointed as members of the Board. Currently he is a senior executive director
(2)The following will resign as from members of the Board:
(3)Motomi Niwa will be appointed as member of the Audit & Supervisory Board.
(4)Masato Iwase will resign as member of the Audit & Supervisory Board.
DENSO’s New Board of Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board as of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, 2018
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*Representative, **Outside, ○ Newly-appointed
*President & CEO
*Executive Vice President
Member of the Board
Audit & Supervisory Board Members
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About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.
Introduces tailor-made business benefits that guarantee INR 40,000 in earnings for auto driver partners every month, in addition to a unique insurance program
Bengaluru: Ola, India’s leading and one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies, today launched ‘Auto Unnati’– a comprehensive benefit program for its Auto driver partners. As a part of this initiative, Ola Auto partners will benefit from Ola’s unique and comprehensive ‘Chalo Befikar’ insurance program, family welfare initiatives, and performance-based financial benefits. Built out of local insights gathered over time, ‘Auto Unnati’ is Ola’s first such program that aims to create a robust financial cover and business benefit assurance plan that enables a healthy professional ecosystem for Auto driver partners and enhances their entrepreneurial journey.
Ola’s in-trip insurance program ‘Chalo Befikar’ for auto driver partners is an industry-first initiative that provides a cover of INR 500,000 at zero-cost for every Ola Auto driver partner. It entails daily benefits in case of hospitalisation to cover business losses, takes care of outstanding auto loans, and children’s education. This program will help in achieving a sustainable livelihood, benefiting the partners and their families. Starting in Bengaluru, ‘Chalo Befikar’ will be rolled out in a phased manner to different cities in the coming months.
Key Features of ’Chalo Befikar’ program:
Covering outstanding vehicle loan obligation of driver partners, irrespective of the loan amount
Children’s education fee (up to INR 24,000 per year) per child till class 10th – over and above the cover of INR 500,000
Business loss reimbursement of up to INR 750 per day for 3 months, in case of temporary disability
‘Auto Unnati’ is further strengthened by a tailor-made performance-based financial benefit program that guarantees earnings of INR. 40,000 to all auto drivers. This program has been launched exclusively for Ola Auto driver partners in Bengaluru and will inspire them to focus more on customer service and increase their earning potential.
Speaking on the launch of Auto Unnati, Siddharth Agrawal, Senior Director and Head Auto category at Ola said, “Ola has consistently co-created multiple avenues to foster entrepreneurship in the driver partner ecosystem. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment in which driver partners can operate and thrive. ‘Auto Unnati’ is a milestone program in the same direction that will offer better financial and emotional stability for thousands of auto drivers in Bengaluru. He added, “With the assurance of financial benefits and free insurance cover, Auto Unnati will elevate Auto Drivers’ overall wellbeing and that of their families.”
Speaking on the program Christy Thompson, an Ola Auto driver partner, said, “I am delighted to be a part of Ola’s ‘Auto Unnati’ program that is aimed at providing increased earning opportunities as well as cater to the needs of my family and their wellbeing. I have been driving with Ola for more than 2 years now and I feel the benefits and opportunities the platform offers are immense. With the introduction of the insurance policy, I will have an assurance that if tomorrow something happens to me, my family is financially secure and that my children’s education won’t stop. Additionally, the business benefits will bring consistency in my earnings and help me save more and plan a better future for my family.”
Ola Auto was launched in Bengaluru in 2014. Since then, the category has seen multi-fold growth making it an integral part of the city’s transport ecosystem. Over the years, Ola has brought in cutting edge technology like Wi-Fi to the auto platform and has revamped the whole experience for the customers as well as drivers partners.
About Ola Auto:
Launched in 2014, Ola has over 2,00,000 Auto rickshaws registered on its platform across 73 cities, and plans to launch in more cities in the coming months. The Ola app for Auto driver partners is available in English and Indic languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. Every Auto driver partner on the Ola app goes through a KYC verification and training across behavioral, etiquette, and technology to make the ride experience seamless for customers.
Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola is one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver-partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent, and quick service fulfillment. Ola is focused on leveraging the best of technology and building innovative solutions ground-up, that are relevant at global scale. Notably, in 2016, Ola Play the world’s first connected car platform for ride-sharing was launched, transforming commuting experiences and setting the tone for global innovation in this space. Beyond offering a highly personal experience for users during their rides, Ola Play also allows its partners like Microsoft, Apple Music, Sony Liv amongst others, to build a high quality interactive and productive experience for its users. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 110+ cities, can connect with over 1,000,000 driver-partners across cabs, auto-rickshaws, and taxis. Driven by a hyperlocal approach, Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people.
On Feb. 20, Doosan Yonkang Foundation (Chairman Yong Hyun Park) held the 2018 Doosan Yonkang Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Hotel Skypark Dongdaemun, presenting 770 million won (or $716,000) in scholarships to 169 high school and university students.
The scholarships were awarded to disadvantaged students who demonstrated outstanding academic performance. Among the scholarship recipients, 81 college students will participate as mentors in the Doosan Yonkang Scholarship mentoring program, established in 2013, to support students from educationally alienated backgrounds at children’s welfare facilities.
“Through the Doosan Yonkang Foundation scholarship program, we hope to make a positive impact on the students and help them grow up to become invaluable members of society,” Chairman Park said.
Since its establishment in 1978, Doosan Yonkang Foundation has offered scholarships to underprivileged students who have shown excellent academic performance. So far, more than 6,000 high school and university students have benefited from the scholarship program.
About Doosan Group
Doosan Group is a South Korean conglomerate company. In 2009, the company was placed 471st in the Fortune Global 500. It has been included in the Forbes Global 2000 companies from 2007. It is the parent company of ŠKODA power. Doosan was ranked 4th among the “World’s Best 40 Companies 2009” list, released in the latest issue of BusinessWeek, the U.S. economics magazine in October 2009.
Doosan’s core businesses are based on ISB (Infrastructure Support Business). Doosan’s Infrastructure Support Businesses are made up of five subsidiaries: Doosan Corporation, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Doosan Infracore, Doosan Engineering & Construction and Doosan Engine. These subsidiaries provide electrical power, desalinated drinking water, construction equipment, advanced machinery, defense supplies, houses, highways and bridges, chemical processing equipment and industrial engines.
PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton today announced the availability of Bussmann™ series automotive multi-pole, multi slow-blow and battery terminal fuses that provide the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equivalent to those installed in a variety of popular vehicles. Eaton’s new Bussmann series automotive fuses enable warehouse distributors and jobbers to access fuses that were, up until now, primarily available only through dealerships and online parts websites.
“With the widest offering of automotive fuses, we are making it easier for customers to access technology once exclusive to the dealership network,” said Dan Miller, retail marketing manager for Bussmann series consumer products at Eaton. “Distributors and automotive suppliers can now offer an aftermarket solution to establish their business as the go-to source for previously hard-to-find replacement parts.”
Building upon one of the largest offerings of OEM products and accessories in the marketplace today, Eaton now offers the following Bussmann series aftermarket automotive solutions:
Multi-pole fuses (MPF) – Original equipment equivalents to those installed in popular Nissan®, Infiniti®, Toyota® and Lexus® vehicles.
Multi slow-blow (MUSB) fuses – Direct OEM replacements for fuses found in 2004 to current-model Acura®, Ford® and Honda® vehicles.
Battery terminal fuses (BTF) – Designed to provide original equipment equivalents to those installed in popular Chrysler®, Ford®, Lexus®, Lincoln® , Mercury®, Mitsubishi®, Nissan® , Scion®, Subaru®, Suzuki® and Toyota® vehicles.
In addition, Eaton is offering distributors a new Bussmann series planogram in 2018 with the ability to stock 14 percent more product. Combined with new, compact product packaging, header and reorder backer tags, the planogram is designed to enable retailers to meet the demands of the market by offering more circuit protection products within the same footprint.
Eaton develops and manufactures Bussmann series critical circuit protection, power management and electrical safety products designed to provide innovative circuit protection solutions. To learn more about the new automotive fuses, contact your local sales representative or visit Eaton.com/bussmannconsumer.
Eaton is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.
Eaton is a power management company with 2017 sales of $20.4 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.