Making of a Mercedes-Benz.
- Hyundai Motor extends commitment to customer care with innovation by revealing ‘Mobility Vision’ concept
- Concept pairs Connected Car and Smart House for seamless technological convergence, allowing users to ‘move while living, and live while moving’
- Hyundai Motor blurs line between home and car at CES in Las Vegas
Jan. 4, 2017 – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, Hyundai Motor has revealed its ‘Mobility Vision’ concept that, in the future, will connect autonomous cars to living and working environments. Signaling the start of a new era, Hyundai Motor’s Smart House technology blurs the line between mobility and living and working space, integrating the car into the daily lives of users.
The Smart House concept shown at CES is an important demonstration of Hyundai Motor’s plans for ‘Mobility Vision’, which places Connected Car technologies at the center of the home. The CES display suggests how the car could shed the image of a conventional vehicle, integrating itself with the living space when docked, before becoming a mobile living space when customers need to move around.
Hyundai Motor’s future vision makes full use of the car for mobility and, crucially, when not traveling it enables customers to continue living without interruption by integrating its functionalities with the home. The new concept combines the comfort, convenience and connectivity features of the car and the home into ‘one space’.
Hak Su Ha, Director of Hyundai Design Center said: “Hyundai Motor recognizes the significance of connected technologies and the extent to which they could benefit our customers’ daily lives. Our Smart House concept fully integrates the car into the home, ultimately making the user’s life more comfortable and convenient. By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move.”
When ‘docked’ with the Smart Home, Hyundai Motor’s mobility concept becomes an integral part of the living space, performing useful functions and enhancing the living environment. For example, the mobility concept can act as an air conditioner; share its entertainment facilities by mirroring audio and visual outputs with the home’s smart devices; and even provide power in emergency situations, using its on-board fuel cell as a generator.
In addition to presenting an innovative solution to overpopulation and limited living space, the ‘Mobility Vision’ ambition extends to connected technologies that make users’ lives easier on a daily basis. Hyundai Motor’s investment in ‘hyper-connectivity’ will become so advanced that users will not feel the movement of transport as they continue using the living and working space. Advanced communication with other cars and traffic systems means the user can continue living until they reach their destination making it possible to carry on working or relaxing without interruption.
Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localised models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, Tucson Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains.
Via Hyundai News
Las Vegas, Jan. 4, 2017 — Imagine if the vehicles of the future were friendly, and focused on you. That’s the vision behind Toyota’s Concept-i. Announced today at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the groundbreaking concept vehicle demonstrates Toyota’s view that vehicles of the future should start with the people who use them.
Designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., and with user experience technology development from the Toyota Innovation Hub in San Francisco, the Concept-i was created around the philosophy of “kinetic warmth,” a belief that mobility technology should be warm, welcoming, and above all, fun. As a result, the concept was developed with a focus on building an immersive and energetic user experience. What’s more, Concept-i leverages the power of an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) system to anticipate people’s needs, inspire their imaginations and improve their lives.
“At Toyota, we recognize that the important question isn’t whether future vehicles will be equipped with automated or connected technologies,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota. “It is the experience of the people who engage with those vehicles. Thanks to Concept-i and the power of artificial intelligence, we think the future is a vehicle that can engage with people in return.”
Built around the Driver Vehicle Relationship
At the heart of Concept-i is a powerful AI that learns with the driver to build a relationship that is meaningful and human. More than just driving patterns and schedules, the concept is designed to leverage multiple technologies to measure emotion, mapped against where and when the driver travels around the world. The combination gives Concept-i exceptional ability to use mobility to improve quality of life.
What’s more, the AI system leverages advanced automated vehicle technologies to help enhance driving safety, combined with visual and haptic stimuli to augment communication based on driver responsiveness. While under certain conditions users will have the choice of automated or manual driving based on their personal preference, Concept-i seamlessly monitors driver attention and road conditions, with the goal of increasing automated driving support as necessary to buttress driver engagement or to help navigate dangerous driving conditions.
Designed to Help Make Technology Human
To help ensure that even the most cutting-edge vehicle technology remained welcoming and approachable, CALTY designers built Concept-i from the inside out, starting with a next-generation user interface that serves as a platform for the vehicle’s AI Agent, nicknamed “Yui”.
The interface begins with the visual representation of Yui, designed to communicate across cultures to a global audience. With Yui’s home centered on the dashboard, Concept-i’s interior emanates around the driver and passenger side and throughout the vehicle in sweeping lines, with interior shapes designed to enhance Yui’s ability to use light, sound and even touch to communicate critical information.
In fact, Concept-i avoids screens on the central console to reveal information when and where it’s needed. Colored lights in the foot wells indicate whether the vehicle is in automated or manual drive; discrete projectors in the rear deck project views onto the seat pillar to help warn about blind spots, and a next-generation head up helps keep the driver’s eyes and attention on the road.
Even the exterior of the vehicle is designed to enable Concept-i to engage with the world around it. Yui appears on exterior door panels to greet driver and passengers as they approach the vehicle. The rear of the vehicle shows messages to communicate about upcoming turns or warn about a potential hazard. The front of the vehicle communicates whether the Concept-i is in automated or manual drive.
Via Pressroom Toyota
BMW’s pioneering advances in the areas of automated driving, intelligent connectivity and control and display systems are closely interconnected. The company offers highly innovative systems and technologies in all these areas. Examples include the driver assistance systems available for the brand’s current model range, the BMW Connected digital mobility companion and intuitive and flexible control and display systems such as the Head-Up Display, BMW iDrive, voice control and BMW gesture control. Such technologies provide an ideal platform for innovations aimed at delivering a futuristic mobility experience defined by hallmark BMW characteristics.
Steady progress towards automated driving is reducing driver stress and offering drivers a new degree of freedom in how they use their time in the car. At the same time, intelligent connectivity between vehicles, drivers and the outside world is creating new scope for efficient, creative and stimulating use of this freed-up time. At the CES 2017 show, BMW will be showcasing the potential of connected mobility with demonstration drives in a prototype based on the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. This will provide an opportunity to experience innovative digital services underpinned by BMW Connected and the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform. BMW will also present the BMW Connected Window – its vision for an innovative digital touchpoint highlighting the breadth of possible applications for BMW Connected services not only in the car but also in the home. Looking into the future of interior design, the focus will be on innovative display and control technology. The BMW i Inside Future sculpture at the CES show will showcase BMW HoloActive Touch, which marks a new dimension in how drivers select and control vehicle, navigation, infotainment and communication functions.
The future of personalised driving.
Demonstration drives in the BMW 5 Series Sedan-based prototype will shine the spotlight on a personalised, connected driving experience in a highly automated vehicle. A variety of technical modifications to support automated driving, based on the research & development projects of autonomous driving, have been incorporated into the new BMW 5 Series for the purposes of the demonstrations. On specific route segments, drivers can hand over both longitudinal control tasks and lateral control to the assistance systems, which frees them up to concentrate on other activities. The sensor and control technology that makes it possible for drivers not only to delegate acceleration and braking to the vehicle but also to take their hands off the steering wheel for long periods at a stretch is based on a further-refined prototype solution based on the driver assistance systems already fitted in today’s production vehicles. This is another reminder of the high quality and potential of the technology already deployed in current BMW models.
From vision (CES 2016) to product (2017): the BMW Connected personal digital mobility companion.
With ConnectedDrive, BMW was an early pioneer in enabling extensive in-car access to online infotainment and communication functions. In spring 2016, BMW went on to provide a digital platform – in the shape of BMW Connected – which customers can access not only in their BMW but also on a wide range of devices outside the vehicle. This allows mobility planning to be seamlessly integrated into users’ digital lifestyles, supporting them both on the road and in other areas of their daily lives. The concept of BMW Connected and the Open Mobility Cloud was first presented at CES 2016. The market launch in the USA took place soon after, in March 2016. BMW Connected has been available in Europe since August 2016, and China followed suit in the fourth quarter of 2016.
A further system presented by BMW at last year’s CES and likewise brought to market in record-quick time is the research application Remote 3D View. By combining the Surround View driver assistance system with BMW Connected connectivity features, this system allows a three-dimensional view of the vehicle and its surroundings to be transmitted via a mobile data connection to the driver’s smartphone. The service, which allows drivers to keep their eye on their parked vehicle at any time, regardless of their location, will make its production model debut in February 2017 on board the new BMW 5 Series Sedan.
BMW Connected turns the vehicle and mobile devices into touchpoints for the Open Mobility Cloud. At CES 2017, BMW will be showcasing digital services that will allow drivers of future automated vehicles to optimise the way they plan their daily lives. One such feature will enable drivers to access wide-ranging information about places or buildings they see along their route. The information can be selected using BMW Augmented Gesture Control – a new form of gesture control – by pointing at a particular building, for example. The connected driving experience will also be enhanced by intelligent voice control. BMW Connected demos will feature a visionary concept of an in-car voice-controlled personal digital assistant that customers are familiar with in other areas of their daily life. The system being presented at CES 2017 is the in-car application of Microsoft’s Cortana. This means that the voice-controlled capabilities already offered by Microsoft Cortana on a home PC could or smartphone in future also be available on board a BMW. For example, BMW Connected can provide a reminder en-route of an upcoming appointment for which no location has yet been fixed. And Cortana can be used to make a suitable restaurant recommendation and reserve a table.
Another service possible with future versions of BMW Connected is delivery of tens of thousands of goods while the customer is on the road. Amazon Prime Now, which is integrated into all the user’s devices (both in and outside the vehicle) via the Open Mobility Cloud, enables goods to be ordered through the app while drivers are on the way to their next destination. The En-Route Delivery service will be presented at CES 2017 in conjunction with Amazon Prime Now.
A further example of this collaboration with Amazon Prime Now is BMW Passenger Mode. Based on the selected route, BMW Connected can tell when the vehicle will switch to automated driving and the driver could have time, say, to use Amazon Prime Video. In Passenger Mode, the vehicle can then adapt to the passengers’ needs in different situations. For instance, when rear-seat passengers start playing a video, the interior lighting is immediately dimmed and the sunblinds closed.
Innovative control and display technologies.
The BMW i Inside Future sculpture at CES 2017 focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by fully automated driving. What will we be able to do in an interior of the future? What kind of experience will a car journey offer? BMW i Inside Future shows there will be no conflict between personalisation and sharing in the car of the future. It also showcases BMW HoloActive Touch, BMW’s latest take on the future of in-car control and display technology.
BMW HoloActive Touch is the latest chapter in a story that began with BMW iDrive. That system, which was revolutionary when first introduced and was subsequently imitated throughout the automotive industry, was both a substitute for and a complement to conventional switches and buttons.
With the Air Touch system, featured at CES 2016 in the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car, BMW presented a panoramic display that can be operated just like a touchscreen – except that there is no actual contact involved. Now this system has been taken a stage further with BMW HoloActive Touch. BMW HoloActive Touch fuses the advantages of the BMW Head-Up Display, BMW gesture control and intuitive touchscreen functionality with revolutionary technology to create a completely new kind of user interface for the vehicle interior of the future. This innovative interface between the driver and vehicle consists of a free-floating virtual display which is projected in the area above the centre console. The system is operated directly by finger movements, while an ultrasound source provides tactile confirmation of the driver’s commands. That said, in neither case is there ever any actual contact between the driver and the user interface.
BMW Connected Window: a digital touchpoint.
The continuously expanding functionality of BMW Connected is based on the idea that the move towards ever-increasing digitalisation, whether on the move or in the home, is set to promote the extensive yet at the same time precisely personalised link-up of every area of our lives. Using the Open Mobility Cloud, BMW Connected will be seamlessly integrated into multiple digital touchpoints. At CES 2017 BMW will be presenting the BMW Connected Window vision to illustrate the possibilities these developments offer for a personalised and intelligent enhancement of digital lifestyles. The BMW Connected Window integrates every type of information relevant for daily mobility planning. Using the Open Mobility Cloud, this virtual window offers digital functions to support personal daily planning and numerous other aspects of individual lifestyles.
The BMW Connected Window extends BMW Connected’s wide-ranging functionality to include digital life at home. It shows the user – at the relevant time and in the relevant area of the home – what actions may be required for personal mobility planning. Since the system is linked up with BMW Connected, exchanging information and contacts, planning the user’s personal mobility agenda and selecting infotainment functions are possible not just in the vehicle and on a smartphone but also on a “big screen” in the user’s own home. The technology is operated using gesture control, i.e. by intuitive touchscreen-style commands – but without actually touching a screen.
Article from BMW Global Press Club
It epitomizes the Impact Design. Some have called it sensational; some described it as powerful and confident, while some labeled it as rugged and versatile.
Ever since the Tata Hexa was unveiled, it has invoked feelings of acclaim and disbelief because of its first-in-segment features, the ‘Impact Design’ philosophy and category-redefining techno wizardry.
For Tata Motors, Hexa is a lot more than a new launch. It’s a true reflection of the company’s legacy of creating innovative mobility solutions. It also stands for the company’s hard work, rigor and resolve to make a spirited comeback in the passenger vehicle segment.
Guenter Butschek – MD & CEO, Tata Motors, talks about the role of #TataHexa in the transformation journey of TataMotors:
With the passenger vehicle segment showing some interesting changes recently, the timing is perfect for Tata Motors to enter the UV category. Growth in passenger vehicles has been secular in the last quarter, with the hatchback segment growing at 14%, sedans declining by 13% and UVs growing by a whopping 40%! These figures indicate a clear shift in consumer preferences for lifestyle UVs. Tata Motors not only takes a leap into the UV club with its flagship SUV, Hexa, but also reinvents the category, setting new benchmarks in design, drivability and experience.
Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles, speaks about the journey of creation of the dynamic Tata Hexa:
Further, Hexa marks the beginning of Tata Motors’ transformation journey, where the company is looking to renew its focus on setting global benchmarks in technology, design and quality. The flagship SUV sets a true example of bringing the finest global technologies and best practices, and manufacturing a vehicle of international stature in India. Here’s how:
Hexa is also the result of the coming together of global and local Tata Motors teams to create a product that has international standards and an Indian soul.
In October 2016, key media and influencers indulged in the #HexaExperience and went back impressed and stunned with the vehicle’s on-road and off-road capabilities, the first-in-segment features, and its international standards.
Now, you too can pump up your adrenaline with this power-packed and feature-loaded vehicle at the exclusive #HexaExperience Centres in your city. The three-day extravaganza is an unforgettable and indulgent experience for you and your family offered by Tata Motors and other Tata brands. You can choose to take the Hexa for a challenging, off-roading course, or simply indulge in the luxuries of the customer lounge, or treat some exotic coffee at the specially designed cafe. What’s more, a bagful of surprises awaits your children at the kids’ zone and there’s even a pet-adoption zone for the animal lovers in your family. And of course, you also get the privilege to book the Hexa at the venue, ahead of its launch in January 2017.
You can request a test drive here.
Via: Tata Motors
Reverse Trikes are three wheeled vehicles with two wheels in the front and one in the rear. This design is used in the modern three wheeled vehicles due to its increased stability & fun factor compared to single front wheel designs.
Orxa Energies is founded by Prajwal Sabnis and Vinayak Bhat in August 2015 and their first product is Mantis. The company is based out of Bangalore. They are currently in proof of concept stage and therefore exact details about the battery capacity and motor specifications of production vehicle are not known yet. Meanwhile, enjoy the prototype and explainer videos:
My thoughts about hardware startups:
I always used to wonder why there were very few hardware startups in India compared to the number of software startups. It can be because of various reasons, few reasons that occurred to me are:
- Capital: Hardware startups require more seed capital compared to software startups.
- Availability of People: There are many engineers who are interested to work on software startups whereas in case of hardware startups the number is comparatively very low.
- Availability & Accessibility of required resources: For software startups, resources like computer, internet & programming languages(like java, c, c++ …etc ) are easily available & accessible over internet or at college labs. For hardware startups, resources like machines, materials & software(like CAD, CAM & FEA …etc) are comparatively less available & accessible and are costlier to access.
- Traction: Gaining traction for hardware startups is tougher compared to software startups.
- Distribution: Software products and services can be easily distributed to the end user through internet whereas the hardware startups require physical infrastructure to distribute their products and services.
And there can be many other reasons.
Let me know your thoughts about hardware startups in the comments section below.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – October 14, 2016 – Neonode Inc., the Optical Interactive Sensing Technology Company, has signed a contract to supply its zForce AIR™ sensor modules to a US-based automotive OEM for vehicle entry systems, adding to Neonode’s list of automotive customers, who have already shipped over 1 million cars — in over 30 different car models — with zForce® technology. The value of the contract exceeds USD11M over its term starting in Q3, 2017.
zForce AIR technology, the technology that powers the AirBar™ device that brings displays to life by adding touch and gesture sensing to both new and existing PCs, can also be adapted to fit the most diverse automotive applications.
The automotive industry is currently reinventing itself, going through some of the biggest changes in its history. This increases the demand for innovative and cost effective sensor solutions and applications. zForce AIR sensors are thin, modular strips inserted along only one edge of a detection area, making integration easy for this wave of creative innovation. zForce AIR sensors bring the most advanced sensor technology to automotive OEMs with the quality and reliability that the auto industry requires, and that our customers, including Alpine, Bosch and Volvo, to name a few, have come to expect from Neonode.
The robust zForce AIR sensor is suitable for multiple deployments within one vehicle, including infotainment systems, entry systems, interactive steering wheels, as well as any surface inside or outside the vehicle to which an auto manufacturer wants to add touch or proximity sensing functionality. We expect to see multiple opportunities for deploying zForce AIR sensors in cars in the very near future, and in self-driving cars. To this end, Neonode is in the process of obtaining automotive-class certification for its zForce AIR module production facility in Sweden.
“We are extremely pleased to have our new sensors leading the way for entry systems in the automotive industry. We see this new supply contract as further evidence that Neonode will be a solid force in the automotive segment”, said Gunnar Fröjdh, VP Automotive Sales.
“The automotive industry represents large potential long term growth and stability in our global expansion plans. Neonode’s zForce technology is already installed in over 1 million cars today and its reliability and performance are proven in the industry”, concluded Thomas Eriksson, Neonode CEO.
Neonode Inc.develops and licenses optical interactive sensing technologies. Neonode’s patented optical interactive sensing technology is developed for a wide range of devices like automotive systems, printers, PC devices, monitors, mobile phones, tablets and e-readers. NEONODE and ZFORCE are trademarks of Neonode Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. ZFORCE AIR and AIRBAR are trademarks of Neonode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.