Sunday, December 21, 2014

World First Technology Connects Cycle Helmets With Cars

Volvo Cars and POC to Demonstrate Life-Saving Wearable 
Cycling Tech Concept at International CES 2015

- Accident data from Europe reveals about: 50 per cent of all cyclists killed in traffic have collided with a car 
- Nearly 50,000 cyclist fatalities and injuries in the US every year (NHTSA, 
Nov 2013)  
- Unique partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson aims to end crashes 
between cars and bikes 

In a ground-breaking collaboration, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 January 2015).

The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo car drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. No car manufacturer has previously put a stake in the ground to help address the problem by using Connected Safety technology - until now.

Using a popular smartphone app for bicyclists, like Strava, the cyclist's position can be shared through the Volvo Cars cloud to the car, and vice versa. If an imminent collision is calculated, both road users will be warned - and enabled to take the necessary action to avoid a potential accident. 

The Volvo driver will be alerted to a cyclist nearby through a head-up display alert - even if he happens to be in a blind spot, e.g. behind a bend or another vehicle or hardly visible during night time. The cyclist will be warned via a helmet-mounted alert light.

The innovative concept is a result of an all-Swedish partnership between Volvo Cars, POC, the leading manufacturer of protective gear for gravity sports athletes and cyclists and Ericsson, the world leader in communications technology and services. The innovative, cloud-based safety concept has exciting development opportunities and will ultimately help save lives across the whole spectrum of "unprotected" road users.

Klas Bendrik, VP and Group CIO at Volvo Cars commented: "The partnership between Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson is an important milestone in investigating the next steps towards Volvo Car's vision to build cars that will not crash. 

Today our City Safety system, a standard in the all-new XC90, can detect, warn and auto-brake to avoid collisions with cyclists. By exploring cloud-based safety systems, we are now getting ever closer to eliminating the remaining blind spots between cars and cyclists and by that avoid collisions."

Stefan Ytterborn, CEO and Founder of POC added: "The partnership with Volvo Cars aligns very well with our mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists."

Per Borgklint, SVP and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said: "Our work with Volvo Cars to explore the connected society, protecting the millions of cyclists on the road is just the latest example of innovation that can change the world."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Daimler Group Joins GENIVI Alliance

The GENIVI(R) Alliance, a non-profit automotive alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of specified, open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software, announced today that the Daimler Group has joined the Alliance, bringing the number of OEM members to 13.

The Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.  Its brands include Mercedes-Benz cars, Daimler trucks, Mercedes-Benz vans, Daimler busses and Daimler Financial Services.

"We are delighted to welcome the Daimler Group to the GENIVI Alliance," said Steven Crumb, executive director, GENIVI Alliance. "Their participation demonstrates that GENIVI is effectively delivering valuable solutions to the global IVI community, and we look forward to working with Daimler to continuously extend and improve the standard open source solutions base for automotive."

GENIVI's market momentum is growing as more auto manufacturers recognize the efficiency of standard solutions for the non-differentiating layers of the IVI stack. 

Through its ecosystem and open source project initiatives, GENIVI's technology enables auto manufacturers like Daimler to easily adopt and integrate infotainment solutions and production-ready components into their IVI systems. 

Strong Tier 1 support for GENIVI technology has also validated its value, with solutions now available in all major automotive markets world-wide.

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association dedicated to driving the broad adoption of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source software.  The GENIVI community provides reference architecture, software components, and standard interfaces which are used by the global automotive industry to deliver branded IVI solutions world-wide. 

Comprised of more than 160 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, California.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Sued for Racist Emails

The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) recently sued AT&T and DirecTV for $10 billion for racial discrimination in contracting with 100% African American owned media.

NAAAOM stated in their lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV that they spend approximately $22 billion per year licensing channels and advertising with less than $3 million per year going to 100% African American owned media. 

The co-Chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, and movie producer, Scott Rudin, exchanged racist emails about "a stupid Jeffery Katzenberg breakfast" with the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The racist emails revealed their belief the President would only want to talk about African American movies such as "Django Unchained," "The Butler," and "12 Years a Slave."

"Let's be 100% clear, the Sony emails are horrendous, very racist and completely unacceptable" said Mark DeVitre, President of NAAAOM, "And we plan to hold Sony fully accountable." 

"We know that institutionalized racism is reflected in the lack of contracting with 100% African American owned media companies.

The numbers are indisputable. And therefore, we are requesting a meeting with Amy Pascal and CEO, Michael Lynton, and if we come away from that meeting and 100% African American owned media is not participating in a long term, significant agreement with Sony then all options are on the table including pickets, boycotts of all Sony products as well as an examination of our rights under the law," said DeVitre.

"I highly recommend we sit down immediately before we take action about this very serious matter. And let us also be very clear that Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson do not represent or speak for us, in fact no African American person speaks for all African Americans.

The very idea of that is racist, just like no white person speaks for all white people. THE RACISM MUST STOP TODAY!!!"

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nanoFlowcell AG Founds nanoProduction GmbH in Germany

- Its aim: accreditation to operate as a new series-production car manufacturer

Prof Jens Ellermann, President of the Board of Directors and Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer of nanoFlowcell AG, today announced the founding of nanoProduction GmbH, headquartered in Waldshut in the German State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

nanoProduction GmbH will in future be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing technology for nanoFlowcell AG Group.

With this, another step has been taken towards meeting all the requirements necessary for nanoFlowcell AG to operate as a series-production car manufacturer in the future.

An international World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI) will be required, which is a permit for car manufacturing. In addition, nanoProduction GmbH will conduct all negotiations on behalf of the Group with suppliers and development partners for all matters relating to manufacturing technology, and will put in place the operational steps as well as the formalities required for homologation.

The managing directors of nanoProduction GmbH are Hektor Bertschi and Nunzio La Vecchia.

"In founding nanoProduction GmbH we are systematically moving ahead with the measures necessary to obtain the permit to go into series production. In addition to meeting the extensive technical requirements for the new QUANT, we are also laying the organisational foundations for our undertaking, so as to be able to obtain the series production permit in the very near future," explained Nunzio La Vecchia.

"At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March visitors will already be able to see ample evidence of the dynamic and systematic way in which nanoFlowcell AG works to carry out its technical and developmental functions.

We would like to extend a sincere invitation to all friends - and sceptics too - to visit us on our stand to find out for themselves just what huge potential nanoFlowcell® and our latest technical and design developments have.

We are an innovative R&D company pushing the absolute limits of what is possible in electromobility.

We are also exploring new paths no one has embarked on before. And we intend to leave our mark. Our own, unique mark. A lasting and sustainable mark. And car fans will already be able to see evidence of this in Geneva in March 2015.

We are looking forward to the reactions of the visitors to our stand," said Nunzio La Vecchia in anticipation of the innovations to be exhibited by nanoFlowcell AG in Geneva in March 2015.

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