TomTom receives Global Traffic Service Deal for Next-Generation SYNC Connected Vehicle System

TomTom (TOM2), the location technology specialist, has been awarded a global multi-year deal to power Ford’s next-generation SYNC® with its real-time traffic service. Ford’s all-new 2021 F-150 pickup – revealed just days ago – and the soon to be delivered all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV are the first Ford vehicles available with the technology.

TomTom Traffic provides accurate, real-time traffic information, which will keep Ford drivers informed and can help them reduce their travel time. TomTom’s traffic service processes over 70 million driving hours every day, derived from billions of de-identified data points. By updating its big data every 30 seconds, TomTom can predict traffic before it even happens.

“Automakers choose TomTom Traffic for its accuracy, freshness and reliability,” said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive. “Ford’s decision to include TomTom Traffic in its new SYNC connected vehicle technology is another step towards our vision of a world free of congestion.”

TomTom’s real-time traffic service is available in 79 countries around the world, powered by over 600 million connected devices. The service is used by car manufacturers, app developers and enterprises across a range of mobility applications.

Source and photo credit: TomTom

Upcoming TISA General Assembly and Committee Meetings

TISA members will virtually reconvene for the two-day General Assembly and Committee Meetings on 23 and 24 June.

During the General Assembly TISA activities and achievements will be summarized, operational matters, working groups and task forces discussed and best practices exchanged with external and internal participants, who are regularly invited to give keynote speeches.

Highlight will be the keynote presentation on “Situational Awareness Beyond Line of Sight for Automated Vehicles” by Kristian Jaldemark, Head of Development at Carmenta Automotive.

To allow members overseas to participate in the meetings, the time is scheduled in three different time zones: 12:00 (UCT) | 14:00 (CEST) | 20:00 (SGT) | 07:00 (CDT).

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TPEG3: Standardization Involvement and Innovation at NNG

The Traveller Information Services Association (TISA) is an industry consortium developing and maintaining standards called Transport Protocol Expert Group Generation 2 (TPEG2) and Traffic Message Channel (TMC).

NNG has been a member of TISA for several years and is using TMC and TPEG2 in its iGO Navigation product’s traffic engine. TMC and TPEG2 standards are also internationally recognized; TISA, ISO and CEN are collaborating in standardisation efforts (in development, publication, and the maintenance processes), meaning TPEG2 and TMC are considered international technical specifications and full standards.

Since the beginning of the rise of connected and automated driving technologies, TISA has taken an active role in global industry efforts to address the challenges represented by this disruptive technology trend.

As one of the founding members of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF), TISA and its membership has been actively involved in harmonization and synchronization efforts. This in conjunction with other industry consortia such as ADASIS, SENSORIS, NDS, TN-ITS, and with other international organisations such as ISO and ASAM (hosting OpenDrive, OpenCRG, OpenScenario and OpenODD), and the SIP-adus project from Japan.

In order to understand the specific requirements of automated mobility, we analysed the basics of the technology specified by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) On Road Automated Driving (ORAD) Committee’s document J3016 and more specifically, its definition of the Operational Design Domain (ODD).

Automated driving technology defines the necessary conditions and requirements which must be fulfilled while the vehicle uses automated driving functions – and in case these conditions are no longer met the vehicle must be able to fall back to a safe operational mode (e.g. human driving or manoeuvre to a safe parking location).

The transition between machine driving and human driving is always a challenging issue, therefore these gaps (see above) in automated driving operation are the high priority targets of new technology initiatives. TPEG3, HD maps, C-ITS based innovative services (such as the Cooperative Perception Service), and advanced onboard sensor solutions (millimetre wave radars and solid-state lidars) or ISAD (Infrastructure Supporting Automated Driving), are being pursued in order to decrease or (if possible) close them.

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Source: NNG

A message from TISA President Thomas Kusche-Knežević

Dear TISA members,

For all of us, 2020 has dramatically changed the culture of working and business. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had to say goodbye to the practiced cooperation models completely unprepared. This was an incredible challenge for the whole economy – and even more for any individual.

I am more than grateful that obviously none of you have been harmed by the terrible COVID-19 disease and that the entire TISA community has so far survived the pandemic in good health.

Because we have to comply with legal requirements, TISA was forced to find alternatives to the mandatory general assembly – a face-to-face session in Brussels (or elsewhere) was out of the question simply because of travel restrictions. Thus Executive Office and Steering Board decided to organize the GA of 2020 as a virtual meeting. This format fulfils the requirements of Belgian law sufficiently.

TISA would not be TISA if the initial reactions from members had not been particularly understanding – I thank you expressly for this. It even seems to be an advantage that the participation of members from all continents has been made much easier with that online meeting.

So this is my big request today: register for the General Assembly, take part in the secure vote and show in this way that the TISA community is strong and able to act even in difficult situations.

The general conditions will not change for an uncertain time. However, TISA is committed to continue serving its members with the highest quality. The OADF will also host their next event online too. I hope you will participate in designing the future of I4AD!

I am really looking forward to meet you online! Stay safe!

Thomas Kusche-Knežević
TISA President

BBK presents a new road safety specification

BBK (Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance), in collaboration with TISA, has presented a universally applicable specification for issuing warning messages on navigation devices: “TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings)”.

So far, road users have not been able to receive warning messages other than traffic reports, a condition which lead to the search of new, alternative solutions. Consequently, as part of the German federal-state project “Warning of the population”, a new specification was developed in collaboration with TISA and Mecom: TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings).

TPEG EAW sends adapted alert messages to media devices, such as phones, satellites, the internet and TPEG EAW navigation devices, warning drivers in real time and ensuring compatibility with both map-based and map-less devices, so that messages are understandable also for non-native speakers/residents and visitors from foreign countries, making TPEG EAW a universally applicable warning application for domestic and international travellers.

The specification now published by TISA will be tested in a field trial as part of the ISF project Warning to the Population over the next two years. At the same time, the TPEG2- EAW user specification is updated and best practices are compiled in a policy document.


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