Microsoft accelerates the evolution of connected car solutions with new partnership

TISA Member Microsoft has announced the start of a new collaboration with the company Scope to accelerate the evolution of connected car solutions.

The partnership includes Scope’s adoption of Azure to enhance their advanced enterprise solutions. It will also promote R&D collaboration on AI driven image recognition technology along with sales collaboration between the two companies.

Scope’s platform solutions feature connected car, IoT partner marketplace, and mobility platform solutions. This new offering will significantly enhance the adoption of innovations in connected car solutions.

“For twenty years Scope has been bringing innovation to the automotive, insurance, and fleet markets while maintaining our core values of improving driver safety and helping to prevent road fatalities. Today, we continue that tradition with new solutions that are powered by big data, machine learning, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, which requires highly robust, innovative, and secure solutions to serve our global customers. Microsoft Azure provides a powerful tool for us to accelerate the evolution of the next generation of connected car solutions,” said Jacob Hasson, CRO at Scope Technology.

Scope Technology processes billions of meaningful vehicle events every month from over 50 countries worldwide. While today’s systems capture vehicle, driver, and contextual information, the next generation of connected car solutions will expand the ecosystem beyond the vehicle.

“End customers have new expectations about their vehicle experiences and Scope’s solutions are helping the large enterprise companies transition to a more engaged and richer customer experience with actionable insights and advanced services. Scope is helping them to grow into new markets while offering new services,” said Hasson.

“We are entering a new era of services around connected cars. The partnership with Scope Technology will enable them to fuel their digital transformation, and accelerate innovation in their connected car and vehicle technologies to create solutions that are even more intelligent and data driven. Microsoft aims to enable our customers to focus on innovation and how they will continue in transforming their industries,” said Samer Abu Ltaif, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa.

Microsoft Azure provides a powerful cloud platform that maximizes the evolution of Scope’s big data and artificial intelligence connected car solutions for customers in multiple verticals worldwide. Scope is helping companies better serve their customers while continuing to make roads safer.

Source: Microsoft

GEWI Announces WZDaaS for USDOT Work Zone Data Initiative

The USDOT Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) has established a data format to enable the exchange of Work Zone data in a standard protocol and provide many benefits for Work Zone safety and planning, avoiding conflicts with other agencies and jurisdictions.

To make the adoption of this format easy, GEWI announces a hosted Work Zone Data as a Service (WZDaaS) solution which allows agencies to use their existing systems, and be compliant with the new standard.  WZDaaS also makes the Work Zone data available to navigation systems, broadcasters, other systems, and create CAV compliant data for the emerging automated vehicle market. Agencies looking for more features can use thee TIC software for total Work Zone planning, processing permit requests, issuing permits, Smart Work Zone operations and post project analytics.

GEWI will be demonstrating this solution at booth #216 at ITS America 04-07 2019 in Washington, D.C.  To schedule a demonstration at the conference, contact jim.oneill@gewi.com.  For a demonstration after ITS America, please contact a GEWI representative in your region.

TISA participates in the ITS European Congress in Brainport-Eindhoven

The ITS European Congress 2019, which took place from 3 to 6 June in Brainport-Eindhoven, the Netherlands, was a great occasion for TISA and its members GEWI, Be-Mobile, HERE, INRIX, NavInfo and Rijkswaterstaat to meet and showcase their latest developments and technology.

TISA was in the spotlight at ERTICO’s stand with a presentation on TPEG for Emergency Alerts and Warnings, led by Teun Hendriks, with the participation of BBK (the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance).

“The ITS European Congress was a very interesting occasion to present TPEG for Emergency Alerts and Warnings. We had a large audience and the presentation was very well received. Plus, Eindhoven is my hometown, which makes me very proud of having had this opportunity to present TISA’s work”, Said Teun Hendriks.

The next important appointment for TISA will be the ITS World Congress in Singapore, where TISA will be present at stand # 375 together with GEWI, NDS, NNG, SENSORIS and ADASIS.

TISA Members gather in Brussels for the annual General Assembly

TISA’s General Assembly and Committee Meetings were full of surprises this month. Hosted by ERTICO – ITS Europe, TISA members gathered in Brussels on 18 and 19 June. Highlights of the meetings were the keynote speeches done by Aria Etemad (Volkswagen Group Research) and Stephan Hengstermann (Bertrandt), the appointment of the new Steering Board’s Content & Service Chairman and the announcement of the TISA Annual Achievement Award winner.

Each year, TISA members gather for the annual General Assembly and Committee Meetings to summarize activities and achievements of the organization, operational matters, working groups and task forces and to exchange best practice with external and internal participants, who are regularly invited to give keynote speeches.

The first keynote speech was given by Volkswagen Research Group’s Aria Etemad. Mr. Etemand gave a presentation on Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads, focusing in particular on the EU project L3Pilot, which tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads. The project focuses on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions. The functionality of the systems will be exposed to variable conditions with 1,000 drivers and 100 cars across ten European countries, including cross-border routes. The technologies being tested cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways and driving through urban intersections. The tests will provide valuable data for evaluating technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, as well as impact on traffic and safety. With the comprehensive piloting of automated driving functions in test vehicles, L3Pilot will pave the way for large-scale field tests of series cars on public roads.

 

The second keynote speech was given by Stephan Hengstermann from Bertrandt Group, a company that has been providing development solutions for the international automotive and aviation industries as well as the mechanical and plant engineering, energy, medical technology and electronics industries in Europe, China and the USA for more than 40 years. Mr. Hengstermann provided an overview of the company, its end-to-end Engineering Services, technologies and Car Body Development Process Chain, Virtual Development, Concept right up to Testing and Trials and Consulting and Support.

The third highlight of these meetings was the TISA Annual Achievement Award Ceremony. For 2019, the TISA Annual Achievement Award Committee (TAC) awarded Thomas Klein (Robert Bosch GmbH) for his long term commitment to the Location Table Release Team and representation of TISA in the OADF (Open Auto Drive Forum).

“I am proud of having received this award and it is a pleasure to be at this year’s General Assembly, to learn from the two keynote speeches, which are dealing with interesting topics that are relevant for the future of TISA”, said Mr. Klein.

Not only a new winner, but also a new Chairman for the Steering Board’s Content & Service Committee was announced. TISA members formally welcomed Andras Csepinszky and thanked former chairman Alessandro Taddei for his service and work.

Among the different matters discussed, the meetings provided participants information on the new TISA members since 2018 (Parkopedia, Mecom, XERBRIS, SK Telekom, ENGIS and Kuadeng), on the liaison with ITS stakeholders such as RDS Forum, WorldDAB, EU-EIP (European ITS Platform), DATEX II, Open Auto Drive Forum, NDS and the TM 2.0 Platform.  With the General Assembly and Committee Meetings concluded, TISA members are now getting ready for the next important appointment: the ITS World Congress in Singapore. TISA will be present at the European pavilion at stand # 375 together with GEWI, NDS, NNG, SENSORIS and ADASIS.

 

OADF meeting in Munich breaks attendance record

The 12th Open Auto Drive Forum event on June 12 took place in the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Munich, Germany. With nearly 120 participants, it was the best-visited OADF event ever. At the beginning, Matthias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director, introduced the new participants to the history, structure and objectives of the forum: The OADF aims to foster the collaboration of standardization organizations and individual experts for enabling automated driving with map support.

The program of the day consisted of inspiring speeches on making maps reliable for automated driving (Yali Wang from Baidu and Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit), on generating HD maps from space (Hartmut Runge from the German Aerospace Center) and on a collaborative platform for updating maps (Emil Dautovic from Mapillary).

Following the tradition of the Open Auto Drive Forum events, all member organizations reported on their latest activities regarding automated driving: Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS, Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Prokop Jehlicka from HERE Technologies on SENSORIS, Matthias Unbehaun on TISA and Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo on SIP-adus. Furthermore, Klaus Estenfeld from ASAM reported on the OpenDrive standard for supporting driving simulations and on related activities in ASAM. Last but not least Christian Kleine from HERE gave insights to TN-ITS and its recent activities.

Around the lunch break, the meeting participants took the opportunity to discuss pressing topics for automated driving in a ‘World Café’. The discussions addressed the need for maps for automated driving, the need for the identification of stopping places for autonomous cars and highly reliable maps. Also, ways for improving the collaboration between Japan and Europe were discussed. The Word Café has proven to be a tool perfectly fitting to the spirit of the OADF of fostering the exchange of experts from different standardization organizations.

The next OADF event will be hosted by Kuandeng and take place on February 18th, 2020 in Beijing, China.

The OADF Steering Committee with the ASAM representative Klaus Estenfeld at the end of the successful 12th OADF event; from left to right: Klaus Estenfeld (ASAM Executive Director), Satoru Nakajo (representing SIP-adus), Jean-Charles Pandazis (ADASIS Coordinator), Prokop Jehlicka (SENSORIS Chairman), Matthias Unbehaun (OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director) and Martin Schleicher (NDS Chairman)