September 1, 2017 News of the Day: Goodyear Expands Innovation Network to Silicon Valley, Autoliv Partners With Global Automaker on Radar for Self-Driving Cars

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Original Eric Walz    Sep 01, 2017 1:08 PM PT
September 1, 2017 News of the Day: Goodyear Expands Innovation Network to Silicon Valley, Autoliv Partners With Global Automaker on Radar for Self-Driving Cars

Goodyear Expands Innovation Network to Silicon Valley

AKRON, Ohio -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) has opened its first office in the Silicon Valley to connect with numerous automakers, suppliers and mobility-related startups working on self-driving cars and mobility services.

The company's initial focus areas for its Silicon Valley office are to optimize tires and service solutions for autonomous vehicles and ride sharing fleets; to utilize tire and vehicle data to plan for tire replacement and service; and to connect with leaders in the automotive industry to accelerate its own innovation platforms.

"People don't immediately associate tires with the digital transformation in the automotive industry," said Chris Helsel, Goodyear's chief technology officer. "But we see an unprecedented opportunity for tire electronics and information systems to improve vehicle performance, safety and, ultimately, the consumer experience."

As an innovation leader in the global tire industry, Goodyear has nearly 120 years of tire and vehicle expertise and knowledge, ranging from passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to aircraft and earthmovers.

The new Goodyear office is located in Sunnyvale, Calif., at the , the world's largest global technology accelerator and venture fund. Goodyear is a founding member of Plug and Play's mobility platform, which launched in 2016.

"Our goal is to build smarter, connected products and services for future generations of vehicles and business models," said Helsel. "We are open for business in the Silicon Valley to connect with the best and brightest thinkers around the future of mobility."

Goodyear's Silicon Valley office is an extension of the company's global innovation network that includes innovation centers, development centers and tire proving grounds around the world. The network also includes open innovation partnerships with numerous customers, suppliers, governments and universities.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 65,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

Autoliv Partners With Global Automaker on Radar for Self-Driving Cars


STOCKHOLM -- Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, has been selected by a Global automaker to supply industry leading 77GHz high-resolution radar systems for autonomous driving.

Autoliv, Inc and its subsidiaries develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers with its joint ventures. Autoliv has more than 80 facilities with 70,000 employees in 27 countries.

As a leading automotive manufacturer in the race to bring more automated and ultimately autonomous vehicles to the market, Autoliv is recognized for its commitment and unique strength in ADAS development.

Autoliv's high-resolution radars, located on the four corners of the vehicle, allow for increased detection points, leading to improved ability to understand free space, better object separation in multiple target environments, and more precise detections in Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Autoliv's 77GHz radar systems, which have a higher range, can see oncoming vehicles and autonomously manage lane changes during highway driving. The front and rear radars provide different functions for the vehicle; the front corner radars support object and free space detections, while the rear corner radars contribute to object detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

"With our vision of saving more lives and quality first as guiding lights, we continue our journey to further strengthen our leadership in automotive safety," says Johan Löfvenholm, President, Autoliv Electronics. "We have developed state-of-the-art radar systems that are critical to the advancement of autonomous driving."

Qualcomm Announces Groundbreaking Cellular Chips to Support Automotive Safety


SAN DIEGO -- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today introduced its first-announced Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) commercial solution based on 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications for PC5-based direct communications, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset.

To meet automaker production demands for road safety using C-V2X solutions, the chipset is anticipated to be available in the second half of 2018. Qualcomm Technologies also introduced today the new Qualcomm C-V2X Reference Design, which will feature the 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated GNSS capability, and include an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack and a Hardware Security Module (HSM).

C-V2X's overarching technologies encompass two transmission modes of direct communications and network-based communications, which are designed to serve as key features for safe autonomous driving solutions, while complementing other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle's surroundings, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.

C-V2X direct communications is designed to support active safety and helps enhance situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using low latency transmission in the globally harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS band for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) scenarios without the need for a SIM Card, cellular subscription, or network assistance.

Complementing direct communication transmissions, the network-based communications is designed to utilize the wireless operator's 4G and emerging 5G wireless networks for Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) and operates over licensed operator spectrum to support telematics, connected infotainment and a growing variety of advanced informational safety use cases.

"Today's introduction of the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset builds on our leadership in automotive technologies, demonstrating our continued commitment to design and offer advanced solutions for safe, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles," said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "With its strong synergy with telematics and an evolution towards 5G, C-V2X offers benefits to the automotive industry by developing new capabilities for improving road safety, and enhancing autonomous driving and advanced connected services, while building on the ITS momentum and investments made over the last decade. C-V2X is expected to support safer roads, increase productivity and decrease traffic congestion. We look forward to seeing our 9150 C-V2X chipset play a key role in assisting the global market to achieve these benefits."

As C-V2X continues to gain momentum, the automotive industry and broad ecosystem for the technology continues to grow and work together. Auto manufacturers continue to express their global support and commitment in helping drive the commercialization of the technology for enhanced safety, advanced services and new applications in next-generation vehicles.

The OpenChain Project Welcomes Toyota


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Linux Foundation's OpenChain Project has announced Toyota Motor Corporation as a Platinum Member. Toyota is the first Japanese company and the first automotive maker to take a leadership role in our industry standard for open source compliance in the automotive supply chain.

The OpenChain Project identifies key recommended processes for effective open source management. The project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. In May, Toyota announced that the infotainment system of its revamped Camry sedan to be sold in the United States will run on a Linux-based, open-source technology platform as it tries to keep up with tech firms in developing software for cars.

"Toyota is a visionary company," says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Program Manager. "Toyota has constantly been at the forefront of transportation technology. They developed the first mass market hybrid vehicle, pioneered hydrogen fuel cell technology and have a key role in driving Linux in automobiles. Today's announcement underlines Toyota's commitment to leadership in the governance of software in vehicles. We look forward to collaborating with Toyota directly, through sister projects like Automotive Grade Linux, and through complementary organizations like Open Invention Network. Together we will build an ecosystem of excellence around open technology."

"We are extremely pleased to participate in the OpenChain Project as a Platinum Member," says Kenji Kondo, General Manager of IP Division of Toyota Motor Corporation. "The automotive industry has seen increased adoption of open source in recent years and an adjacent emphasis on addressing matters such as compliance hand-in-hand with the global IT community. We believe that the OpenChain Project will enhance the responsiveness and capability of the entire supply chain, and will ultimately contribute positively to software quality and to society as a whole. We look forward to working with our peers in the open source community to realize this vision."

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