Friday, 15 September 2017 01:47

Ericsson and Zenuity team up with connected cloud for ‘self-driving cars’

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Ericsson and Zenuity are collaborating to develop the “Zenuity Connected Cloud” and accelerate the speed to market for new vehicle safety technologies, in-vehicle software, safety data and IoT with end-to-end security. 

Zenuity, an automotive software development joint venture between Autoliv and Volvo Car Corporation, is billed as being “at the forefront in the development of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) technologies".

The company even expects to have its “first driver assistance products available for sale by 2019, with autonomous driving technologies following shortly thereafter".

Therefore, it sounds like an excellent parter for Ericsson, with the two companies collaborating “to develop an end-to-end platform for Connected Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Support (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) software and functions".

In the first phase of the collaboration, both companies said they’ll “work closely together to develop the Zenuity Connected Cloud – powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator". 

We’re told the offering “will accelerate speed to market with robust cloud-based solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), leveraging the companies’ respective strengths and existing assets to create a strong base for innovation and new services".

The end-to-end offering “will consist of in-vehicle software integrated with other vehicle functions, onboard sensors and cloud support functions that will provide external data from other vehicles and cloud infrastructure”, and “this will enable real-time visibility to guide vehicles with information and events in transit".

Dennis Nobelius, chief executive, Zenuity, said: “Zenuity was formed to develop the software and solutions the industry requires to create a truly global connected automotive ecosystem. With a strong focus on increasing safety through ADAS and AS software and functions, our unique expertise in ADAS and autonomous technologies combined with Ericsson’s technology leadership in complex connectivity solutions is a win-win for the entire automotive industry.

“Together, we will provide OEMs with unique, robust and scalable cloud-based solutions with much faster time to market, allowing them to capture the seemingly endless possibilities in the connected automotive ecosystem of the future.”

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson said it would “provide its IoT platform, IoT Accelerator, which orchestrates the cloud required to run Zenuity’s support functions. The platform, a scalable state-of-the-art IoT solution, will be tailored to the specific needs of ADAS and autonomous vehicles delivering the robustness, responsiveness and security needed".

Niklas Heuveldop senior vice-president, chief strategy officer and head of Technology & Emerging Business at Ericsson, said: “Connectivity is reshaping the future of transport, and Ericsson is right at the heart of this with our IoT Accelerator platform that underpins the connected automotive ecosystem. We will work closely with Zenuity to develop a truly end-to-end offering that enables higher levels of safe driving through ADAS and AD software and functions.”

Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, is the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all Zenuity products. The offering created by Ericsson and Zenuity will be sold and promoted by Autoliv to car manufacturers worldwide. While Autoliv is the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all Zenuity products sold to third parties, there is no exclusivity toward any customer or the owners.

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