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Notes from the field: Apple car rumors not much of a surprise

Apple car

A couple of glorious hikes up the Four Beasts this weekend inspired some thoughts about the rising flood of rumors about Apple developing a car.

While I have no way of knowing whether these rumors are true, they certainly do not come as much of a surprise. Forget analyst noise about low margins and other challenges of entering the automotive market. From a strategic perspective, Apple has no choice but to join the fray in order to establish leadership in the development and integration of emerging AI, Lidar, cloud, wireless, and related autonomous driving technologies. If it does not, the company risks falling behind others that are already taking the leap. Continue reading Notes from the field: Apple car rumors not much of a surprise

Notes from the field: a hectic start to the year!

hectic start

A hectic start to the year! Many of the projects we have been quietly working on over the past couple of years are finally ready for prime time.

Take the strategic agreement we recently signed with King Long, one of the leading bus manufacturers in the world, as an example. We are very excited to be teaming up with them on the development of 5G passenger and commercial applications. The potential is huge, not just in China but throughout the world. Continue reading Notes from the field: a hectic start to the year!

Making VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle system calibration easy

in-vehicle system calibration

In-vehicle system calibration can be a complex and time-consuming process. Not to mention an expensive one if you have carry out tens, hundreds, or even thousands of such installations across your fleet.

Making this process as simple and painless as possible has been one of our most important design goals for our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle systems this year. To meet this objective, we have developed advanced software tools that facilitate calibration to enable flexible blends of DMS (Driver Monitoring System), ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), and SVS (Surround View System) functionality to meet a diverse range of applications. Continue reading Making VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle system calibration easy

Notes from the field: accelerating edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

Choosing the appropriate cloud platform for your Edge AI device deployments is a major strategic decision for any company. Do you invest in building your own private cloud? Or do you adopt one from AWS, Microsoft, Google, and a host of other third-party providers? Each path has its own advantages and disadvantages. Only you can decide which one provides the best fit for your organization.

Our objective with the VIA Mobile360 family is to make edge-to-cloud fleet deployments as simple and convenient as possible, no matter which cloud platform you decide on. At the most basic level, this means that we have enabled support for all the most popular cloud interfaces and protocols in the SDKs that we provide with each VIA Mobile360 system or device. Continue reading Notes from the field: accelerating edge-to-cloud fleet deployments

Notes from the field: integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

No Edge AI device is an island. To maximize the value of the data every device collects, events it records, and alerts it issues, you will need to integrate them with the cloud so that you can build up a complete picture of what is happening across your operations and identify usage and behavioral patterns that need to be addressed.

We have been given a glimpse of the potential benefits that you can reap from integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud with the development of our demonstration VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal for the VIA Mobile360 D700 AI Dash Cam.

As this article explains, even with fairly limited baseline functionality the portal enables you to monitor the status of your vehicles in real-time, access and tabulate relevant statistics such as total hours driven, distance driven, and fuel consumption, and take a deep dive into the details of a particular trip. And that’s just for starters – the potential features and applications that can be built on top of it to meet the specific needs of your business are simply enormous. Continue reading Notes from the field: integrating Edge AI devices with the cloud

Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

fleet cloud management portal

Cloud-connected dash cams like the VIA Mobile360 D700 enable centralized data collection and provide a comprehensive overview of the status of a vehicle fleet from any location with an internet connection. This connectedness gives fleet managers the tools they need to monitor vehicles and drivers on the road, as well as the data to analyze routes and driver behavior. The combination of these tools allows fleet managers to deploy their vehicles more efficiently, improve safety, and reduce liability.

One of the main goals of the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal is to make capturing, compiling, and accessing mission-critical vehicle and driver data generated by the D700 as convenient and fast as possible. Its features include live tracking of both vehicles and drivers, a dashboard that displays key fleet, vehicle, and driver statistics, and trip histories of vehicles and drivers. Continue reading Setting up the VIA Fleet Cloud Management Portal in Five Easy Steps

notes from the field: first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

first day of Conexpo-CON/AGG

I’ve been to more CES and Comdex shows than I care to remember, but none of those experiences prepared me for the sheer size and scale of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. With its massive machines and huge crowds filling the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, it more than lives up to its billing as the largest construction event in North America. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the largest of its type in the world.

The VIA booth was quite modest in comparison with those of the industry giants, but we still succeeded in attracting a lot of interest in our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle safety systems – most notably the Dynamic Moving Object Detection and Surround View System demos at the front of it. As one guy who works in the demolition industry explained to me, cameras are the future. Once you start using machinery with them pre-installed, you soon find yourself wanting to put them in all your equipment to better monitor safety and make sure that work is being carried out according to spec. Continue reading notes from the field: first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

notes from the field: gearing up for Conexpo Con/Agg 2020

work truck show 2020

The end of a great week at Work Truck Show 2020! This was the first time VIA has attended the event, and I was very impressed with the organization and the enthusiastic response we received from attendees who visited our booth. There is a huge pent-up demand in the market for AI systems like ours that boost vehicle safety and utilization. I’m already looking forward to returning to Indianapolis for the show next year!

The next stop on my itinerary is Las Vegas for Conexpo Con/Agg 2020, which starts next Tuesday, March 10. In addition to the product line-up we had at the Work Truck Show, we’ll be showing our new VIA Mobile360 Sense Obstacle Detection solution at our booth. Continue reading notes from the field: gearing up for Conexpo Con/Agg 2020

notes from the field: Work Truck Show 2020 first day

work truck show 2020 day 1

A busy first day at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It was very encouraging to see so much interest in our VIA Mobile360 M800 Series in-vehicle safety systems and D700 AI dash cam for fleet management applications.

It was fun, too, to walk around the show floor and take a look at the other exhibits. As naïve as it may sound, I had never realized how big some of these trucks can be before I saw them before my very eyes. Most of them are far too large for the bustling streets of Taipei. Continue reading notes from the field: Work Truck Show 2020 first day

notes from the field: setting up for Work Truck Show 2020

Work Truck Show 2020

Greetings from a grey but very friendly Indianapolis. The night receptionist at my hotel gave me such an irrepressible smile when I went down to the lobby at four o’clock this morning that I had no idea how to reciprocate it.

Today, we’ll be setting up the VIA booth for Work Truck Show 2020. Although the event kicks off today with a series of keynotes and workshops, the exhibition itself doesn’t begin until tomorrow. Our booth is located at Level 1, #5507, if you would like to stop by. Continue reading notes from the field: setting up for Work Truck Show 2020