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CAV News Digest - Vol. 3 Number3 June 2019

Barry Einsig



Preparing Traffic Control Operations for Automated

Vehicles (AV)


Updating our traffic control infrastructure now for CAV will ensure we are prepared operationally for AV



The US DOT’s release of AV 4.0 last month has helped to illustrate the country’s need to commit to deploying the transportation infrastructure technologies to benefit public safety. While a few technology issues still need to be resolved, like certainty on the wireless communications for vehicle safety through the FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (DSRC vs. LTEV2X), it has also shined a light on the opportunities we have in front of us as a nation, through automated systems. It starts by designing, planning, building, operating, and maintaining new digital transportation infrastructure in preparation for Cooperative Automated Transportation Systems, Mobility on Demand, and the new digital ecosystem.


While fully automated vehicles at a national scale are a long way off, we need to focus on today’s requirements for the critical and lengthy period that CAV and non-CAV vehicles share the road. This will prepare the industry for the ongoing operational requirements of automation. Fundamental issues, including digitizing our infrastructure, enhancing security, and expanding mobility to the vulnerable road users, the under-served, and the elderly, are some of the strategies we will need to address immediately.


Preparing operational digital infrastructure now will help us realize the full potential of the future CAV ecosystem. This means updating our network infrastructure now with an eye toward security, connected, digital, IP, sensors, software, and service systems, in other words, employing the most flexible, adaptable, and expandable solutions available that are backed by powerful service and support.


What’s at stake? The societal and economic benefits of CAVs are far-reaching. In addition to expanding mobility mentioned earlier, CAV can benefit other operational design domains (ODD) including, more sustainable agriculture/farming, freight transport, medical services, etc. So, let’s continue to prepare for CAV and upgrade our infrastructure now. 

Mission Statement

1. Vehicle Data Storage is Operationally Vital for CAV 


The Story: According to Mark Pastor, archive product marketing director, Quantum, automated test vehicles typically generate 5TB and 20TB of data per day. This figure is higher for test vehicles than that anticipated for the normal operating mode.


Stan Dmitriev, an author at Tuxera, which develops automotive storage systems, says automated cars will generate more than 300TB of data per year – less than 1TB/day.


The Takeaway: Automated vehicles are the equivalent of supercomputers rolling down the highway, generating and transmitting a mind-boggling amount of data. Most analysts expect the data requirements of self-driving vehicles will be split, with essential functions managed by powerful on-board computers, and data offloaded to external facilities for additional data-crunching and storage.


How the data is stored will depend upon the IT design in the car. This can basically be centralized, distributed, or some combination of the two. A distributed design will need storage for each distributed computing element. A centralized scheme will have a central data storage facility, and a hybrid scheme will have a smaller central facility and various storage elements in sub-systems around the car.


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2. Big Tech vs. The Automakers: The Battle for the Connected Car


The Story: While automakers have struggled to build their own connectivity products, investing huge sums in immature and expensive technology, all Big Tech plans to do is scale up existing platform-based empires to encompass the car. In this way, Big Tech is carefully positioning its Trojan Horses to take control of the digital future of the automotive industry.


The Takeaway: There’s no way to avoid the unstoppable march of the connected car. Not only are all new vehicles in the European Union required, since March 2018, to have an emergency call (eCall) function as standard, but electric cars, car-sharing and autonomous driving are inconceivable without a fully connected vehicle. The new 5G wireless standard—a key prerequisite for highly automated driving—will bring another new wave of connected car technology.


No doubt about it, connectivity is a central enabler for the digital transformation of the automotive industry, but it’s still unclear what the next connectivity wave will be—and who will own it. And it’s easy to underestimate how much is at stake here.


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3. Connected Cars Showcased at CES 2020


The Story: From Toyota and Nissan to Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the world's leading carmakers displayed their latest concept vehicles and transportation solutions, strengthening the reputation of CES not only as an electronics show, but as one of the best auto shows in the world.


The Takeaway: While CES is first and foremost a consumer electronics showcase, car manufacturers have had a massive presence for a number of years now, showcasing concept cars and their latest in-vehicle and connected technologies. Almost a third of the massive Las Vegas Convention Center was dedicated to vehicles on display and vehicle technology last month.


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4. USDOT Unveils Updated AV Guidance at CES 2020


The Story: The Department of Transportation has released AV 4.0, which serves as the agency’s policy update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the guidelines, titled “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies,” at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8. Autonomous technology can take a variety of forms, from lane-departure warning systems and automated brakes to adaptive cruise control and truck platooning.


The Takeaway: AV 4.0 acts as a unifying set of principles across 38 federal departments, agencies, commissions, and executive offices, and offers guidance to state and local government agencies, technology experts, and industry representatives. Specifically, AV 4.0 outlines steps for the development and integration of automated vehicles. Chao noted the guidelines will ensure U.S. leadership in the AV sector.


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5. Toyota Launches Kinto Mobility Service Brand in Europe


The Story: Toyota has announced the launch of Kinto, a new brand dedicated to offering mobility services to Europe. Toyota says Kinto forms part of Toyota's global vision to 'evolve into a mobility company by providing all kinds of transportation-related services to people around the world.' It will include ride-hail services and replaces Yuko - which currently operates in several European cities.


The Takeaway: "Kinto is part of our strategy to grow our total European business," said Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. "In markets where it can be viable and sustainable, adding mobility services to our traditional business model will allow us to respond to new customer needs and meet the emerging mobility requirements of cities and regions."


Toyota Connected Europe is the European subsidiary of Toyota's technological enabler and data company. It develops and implements a range of products and services associated with connected vehicle systems, such as the Toyota Big Data Centre, as well as services within Toyota's proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF).


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About CAVita


CAVita is a strategic consultancy focused on connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) that was formed in 2015 by seasoned and highly respected ITS industry executives Abbas Mohaddes and Peter Sweatman to provide public and private companies, municipalities, and organizations with the deep expertise required to successfully navigate and take advantage of transportation’s evolution.


Now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Econolite, CAVita maintains extensive contacts with decision-makers in vehicle and infrastructure technology, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), mobility systems for people and freight, technology companies, CAV deployment and testing consortia, leading research universities, and broader parts of the ecosystem including telecommunications, data analytics, logistics, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and insurance. Furthermore, CAVita’s Econolite affiliation affords unparalleled access to a broad array of engineering resources, ITS expertise, and deployment capabilities.


CAVita’s clients include some of the transportation industry’s leading organizations, such as the two largest transportation research institutes, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Other clients include the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and numerous private companies.


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