Issue: Sep 2017


Zenuity to Launch Zenuity Connected Cloud, a Platform for Self-Driving Cars, Powered by Ericsson



by Mark Fireman

Zenuity, a software development company focused on Advanced Driver Assistance Support (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) systems, announced a collaboration with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), to launch Zenuity Connected Cloud -Powered by Ericsson. This new platform will utilize Ericsson’s technology infrastructure to provide a suite of vehicle-connected services that can be customized by the OEM based on their AD/ADAS needs.

For drivers, the Zenuity Connected Cloud - Powered by Ericsson will combine and share all relevant data for the current driving conditions for all partnering OEMs and delivers the information to the vehicle and its driver right when it’s needed. Ultimately this “helper in the clouds” creates a safer and more convenient journey – both when there is a driver at the wheel or the car is driving itself.

The complete end-to-end offering will consist of in-vehicle software integrated with other vehicle functions, onboard sensors and cloud support functions that will provide external data from other vehicles and infrastructure. The goal is to provide a virtual horizon that guides vehicles with status information and events on their route.

Dennis Nobelius, CEO, Zenuity, says: “Zenuity was formed to develop the software and solutions the industry requires to create a truly global connected automotive ecosystem, with a strong focus on increasing safety through ADAS and AD software and functions. Our unique expertise in ADAS and autonomous technologies combined with Ericsson’s technology leadership in complex connectivity solutions is a win-win for the entire automotive industry. Together, we will provide OEMs with unique, robust and scalable cloud-based solutions with much faster time to market.”

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson will provide and operate the cloud infrastructure required to run Zenuity’s cloud support functions, with intention to provide further support to Zenuity in the development of the service enablement layer.

A flexible, state of the art cloud architecture tailored to the specific needs of ADAS and autonomous vehicles enables the robustness, responsiveness and security needed for global scalability.

Niklas Heuveldop, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Technology & Emerging Business, Ericsson, says: “Connectivity is reshaping the future of transports, and Ericsson is right at the heart of this with our world-leading technology to enable connected automotive ecosystems. With our global Internet of Things capabilities powered by the cloud, we will work closely together with Zenuity to develop a truly end-to-end platform that enables higher levels of safe driving in connected cars through ADAS and AD software and functions.”

Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, is the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all Zenuity products. The solutions created by Ericsson and Zenuity will be sold and promoted by Autoliv to car manufacturers worldwide. Autoliv will provide go-to-market sales support for Zenuity Connected Cloud- Powered by Ericsson.

About Zenuity

Zenuity is at the forefront in the development of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) technologies. The company is expected to have its first driver assistance products available for sale by 2019, with autonomous driving technologies following shortly thereafter.

Zenuity, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with offices in the U.S. (Detroit) and Germany (Munich), is a joint venture of Autoliv and Volvo Cars, the first-ever ADAS and AD technology collaboration between a tier one supplier and a leading premium car manufacturer. While Autoliv is the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all Zenuity products sold to third parties, there is no exclusivity toward any customer or the owners.

 



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