Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! It’s quite a relief to be able to take a short break after such a long and hot summer, particularly as the weather has decided to join in with the holiday spirit. The air was cool and fresh on the Four Beasts this morning and the views of Taipei under the clear blue skies were amazing. Here’s hoping that the weather forecast for the next few days stays true to its word.
On the subject of forecasts, I’m not sure I want to be in the business of making ones about the economy given the crazy times we’re living in, but what I will say is that we are seeing a rapid growth of interest in our VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle systems in China, Taiwan, the US, and the UK. Even though the hype about autonomous vehicles has abated, interest in adopting AI, Computer Vision, and Cloud technologies for transportation safety, fleet management, and new mobility services continues to accelerate. Continue reading Notes from the field: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
When analyzing the autonomous vehicle market, it’s useful to divide it into two key segments. The first and by far the biggest of these is vehicle safety. This is where most of the growth has been over the last decade as auto makers have added more and more ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance) features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to their vehicles either as standard or an optional add-on.
During the current decade, the integration of smart assisted and autonomous driving features in new vehicles will continue to accelerate as a result of combination of factors, including fierce market competition, rapid technology development, and stricter government regulations. By 2030, most new vehicles will have the ability to drive autonomously even though they likely will still have a driver – much like jet planes fly today. While autonomous driving will be possible on most major highways, it will still be severely limited in cities and towns because of the complexity of urban environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: analyzing the autonomous vehicle market
It’s a pity that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended on a rather muted note as a result of mounting concerns about the Covid-19 virus. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this awesome event and get a colorful snapshot of the latest construction industry trends.
The highlight for me was the live demonstration Caterpillar gave of their latest vehicles. I was particularly impressed with how they showed the increasingly important role technology is playing in improving operator productivity and safety by enabling the real-time capture and analysis of key telematics data. Continue reading Notes from the field: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 highlights
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
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
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
No big surprise that there was a subdued atmosphere at the opening of Embedded World 2020 given the number of cancellations by key vendors. Fortunately, the mood lightened during the day as more and more visitors arrived.
While the show wasn’t as busy as in previous years, we had a steady stream of customers come to the VIA booth. For all the benefits of online communication, it still doesn’t fully replace old-fashioned face-face interactions. There’s no better way of understanding customer needs and building long-term relationships. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA at Embedded World 2020
Today we announced the latest addition to our growing family of VIA Mobile360 in-vehicle safety systems. The VIA Mobile360 M810 has been designed for buses, coaches, trucks and other larger vehicles, and supports up to six automotive-grade HD FOV-40° and FOV-190° cameras for the flexible integration of ADAS, SVS, DMS, and DVR features. Check out the table below for the full list of the combinations that the system supports. Continue reading notes from the field: new VIA Mobile360 M810 in-vehicle safety system
One of the core elements of our system design philosophy is to make it as easy and convenient as possible to customize it to meet specific installation requirements. This is particularly important for the highly fragmented embedded market, in which customer needs widely vary across multiple segments and usage environments. It’s one reason why, for example, we still continue to integrate support for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 many years after they have disappeared from mainstream systems and devices.
We also apply the same philosophy to the design our VIA Mobile360 systems. Just like the embedded market, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for vehicle safety. The key is to provide a reliable and flexible system platform that makes it easy to mix and match the specific SVS (Surround View System), ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), DMS (Driver Monitoring System), and DVR (Digital Video Recording) features required to meet specific deployment requirements. Depending on the size of the vehicle and the particular use cases the customer has in mind, these can vary greatly and require the integration of different cameras, sensors, and other peripherals into the system. Continue reading notes from the field: VIA vehicle safety system design philosophy
We’re putting the final touches to our preparations for Embedded World 2020, which takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 25 – 27. Our booth is located in the same spot as in previous years in Hall 2, #2-551.
The future of vehicle safety is the core theme of our booth. We will be showcasing our VIA Mobile360 family of specialized in-vehicle solutions for commercial applications ranging from public transportation, taxis, and ridesharing services to mining, construction, and industrial environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA at Embedded World 2020