On the subject of eureka moments, I would say that I experienced one of my own when I went on a flying visit to automotive component and EV R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ningbo, Nanjing, Huia’an, and Huzhou in April last year.
My experiences on the trip taught me three important lessons. First, it showed me the seriousness with which China is working to build a world-class EV (Electric Vehicle) ecosystem spanning research and development, component manufacturing, vehicle assembly, and on-the-road deployment. This ecosystem covers smaller hinterland cities as well as the major metros and will be a major force for future economic growth as the EV market expands. China is already the largest manufacturer of EV cars and buses in the world, and its domestic market is dwarfs that of other countries such as the US. It’s inevitable that intense competition between its manufacturers will drive innovation and growth at a much greater speed and scale than in other markets. Continue reading Three lessons from a tour of the China EV ecosystem
When Silicon Valley startups pitch to potential investors, they like to include a slide or two describing their eureka moment when the founders hit on the brilliant idea that inspired them embark on their journey to change the world.
The story of our entry into the automotive business is a lot more prosaic. It started with the development of fleet management systems for customers in the transportation and logistics industry and evolved organically as we developed successive generations of products to meet their growing compute and connectivity requirements. Continue reading From fleet management systems to 360-degree video mining solutions
There are many ways to look at the emerging autonomous vehicle market landscape. I like to keep my own view of it as simple as possible by breaking it down into three segments.
The segment that grabs the lion’s share of the attention is the one for new-build vehicles. This is of course no surprise given the huge investments that all the world’s auto manufacturers are making into integrating semi-autonomous driver assistance and features into their latest models and developing fully-autonomous vehicles in the future. Then of course there’s Tesla, the big daddy of them all. Despite its miniscule market share, it certainly leads the rest of the industry in terms of consumer perception because of the superior user experience its vehicles deliver. Continue reading A brief look at the emerging autonomous vehicle market landscape
The provision of clean, affordable and efficient public transportation is fundamental to the success of all major cities. As we aspire towards the green, safe and agile smart cities of tomorrow, a more holistic approach to transportation that demands radical improvement in passenger safety and security is required.
All of which raises significant questions. What of existing transport infrastructure? How can it be adapted and improved to raise safety standards both inside and outside the vehicle? These are just two of the issues that we address when helping clients to formulate their plans to reach smart city status. Let’s examine them more closely. Continue reading Boosting passenger safety and security on public transportation
Rapid advances in ADAS, cloud, remote connectivity, real-time video capture and processing, and AI technologies promise to make the management of a fleet of vehicles and drivers more efficient and effective than ever before. Here are some of the advances that are shaping fleet management in 2019 – and beyond.
Drive Recorders for Fleet Management
The emergence of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technologies means that comprehensive and intelligent driver assistance is within reach. However, since not all businesses are ready for the cost and complexity of the fleet-wide implementation of ADAS, the development of smarter and more connected drive recorders will provide a critical stepping stone for companies planning to boost the safety, responsiveness, and productivity of their fleets. Continue reading How AI and drive recorders will transform fleet management
The drive recorder market is crowded and fast-moving. Staying ahead of the latest trends in such a dynamic environment can be a challenge. This is why making the right hardware choices can be vital to delivering value to an enterprise over an extended deployment period. Let’s consider each of the core drive recorder technologies in detail, starting with cameras. Continue reading Drive recorder market trends in 2019 and beyond
Dashcams have come a long way from their early days as disconnected, dumb, low-quality video recorders. Now incorporating high-quality dual-lens cameras, 4G wireless, and CAN Bus integration for vehicle telematics, dashcams have become far more than the sum of their parts.
Dashcams have been on a long journey. From those bulky early models with low-quality sensors to the smart, connected, slimline versions of today, there has been significant progress. This isn’t just evident in the hardware powering the devices themselves, but also in the supporting sciences of telematics and risk management for commercial carriers and fleet operators. Continue reading From Dashcam to AI Drive Recorder – the evolution of smart driving aids
The mining and excavation industry operates some of the largest vehicles on earth, moving several hundreds of tons of material every day by using super-sized vehicles like trucks, diggers and and excavators. The challenge from a safety perspective is that these massive vehicles can represent quite a danger to other on-site workers, largely due to blind spots in the driver’s field of view. To reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities, many mining and quarry operators are turning to advanced surround view technologies to improve safety. One such solution is the VIA Mobile 360 Mining Kit which VIA officially launched just days ago at the CIM 2019 Convention in Montreal. Continue reading Boosting mining vehicle safety with the VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit
It’s hard work keeping up with all the noise and hype surrounding the great autonomous vehicle race. Will a winner cross the finishing line next year or in five years’ time? Everybody has a different answer to this question. Will the winner come from the US, Germany, or China? This is when things to start to get really interesting.
And will the ultimate winner turn out to be a company that doesn’t even design or manufacture autonomous cars at all but operates huge fleets of them like airlines today and wrests control of the all-important consumer relationship away from the world’s top global automotive brands? This is a strong possibility – but whether the likes of Uber and Lyft will prove to be the winners isn’t clear at this stage despite what they have been claiming in their IPO documents. Continue reading Buckle up for the great autonomous vehicle race
Commercial fleet managers are increasingly subject to a raft of new legislation. Although requirements may vary by jurisdiction, there are many common elements. In some cases a cool head is required to negotiate the tightrope. Businesses need to keep abreast of the latest data-processing regulations in order to ensure they are not unknowingly accumulating risk in other areas.
Commercial fleet operations is a complex environment; from the pure logistical management required, through to client acquisition and retention, and recruitment and marketing, there are plenty of balls to juggle. However, one area raises arguably more pitfalls and hidden snares than any other – regulation. Continue reading Unpacking the vehicle logistics compliance conundrum