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Working with the leaders of the automotive sector:
Grape Up provides automotive software development services and consulting for vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers, and Tier1 suppliers. By delivering end-to-end services for building SDVs, Grape Up enables the most innovative companies to create the software-centric future of the automotive industry.
Fueling the software-driven transformation in the automotive industry, we help the leading vehicle manufacturers and mobility providers execute the CASE strategy, focusing on Connected Cars and Shared Mobility. Together, we constitute value-aligned partnerships based on constant feedback, ownership, and willingness to innovate. Developing software for automotive companies, we leverage the Agile Software Production Lifecycle, cloud-native technologies, and Data Science.
Creating software and architectures allowing for seamless connectivity by leveraging connected car concepts.
Delivering digital services to increase customer lifetime value.
Enabling new revenue streams through developing Mobility as a Service and Sharing Economy software products.
Building cloud infrastructures for automotive software development and ensuring cost efficiency, resiliency, safety, quality, and performance at scale.
Working as consultants and software development partners, Grape Up experts help the automotive industry improve software engineering, increase productivity, and tackle key pain points.
The leading rental enterprise teamed up with Grape Up to provide counter-less rental services and a touchless experience for their customers. By leveraging a powerful touchless platform and telematics system used by the rental enterprise, the company was able to build a more customer-friendly solution and tackle more business challenges, such as efficient stolen car […]
The leading rental enterprise teamed up with Grape Up to provide counter-less rental services and a touchless experience for their customers...
Read the ebook and learn about the technologies and solutions behind SDV engineering. Follow the process from prototyping to changing the entire driving experience. Learn from the automotive software experts how the latest tools change the business models of many automotive companies.
Over The Air Upgrades
SDV Architectures Consulting
B2B Data Sharing
Offer Management Configurators
License Management and Activation
Fleet Management Operations
3rd party integration
Contactless Rental Systems
AI and Advanced
Energy consumption and EV analysis
Vehicle Data Analysis
Supply Chain Optimization
Data streaming platforms
Deep Learning Neural Networks
The future of the automotive industry belongs to the software-defined vehicle. That requires a consistent and robust upgrade strategy. The need for visiting a dealership to install ECU, infotainment, ADAS, or navigation system upgrade starts to become a strain and increasingly generates operational costs for warranty repairs and recalls. With over-the-air upgrades, the software can be replaced with the newest, fixed version without visiting the service center in person.
At Grape Up, we have successfully delivered OTA upgrade systems leveraging IoT Edge devices and Kubernetes Edge system to consistently deploy a new version of the services and downgrade if needed.
The cost of repair when the fault grounds the vehicle is 10x higher than fixing it when the first symptom occurs. That’s why most mobility providers and OEMs build predictive maintenance systems based on machine learning algorithms – to reduce the maintenance cost of vehicle fleets. With sophisticated algorithms based on real-time car telemetry and status information, as well as historical data, some of the costly repairs can be predicted and avoided.
While the end goal for the connected car is seamless connectivity, built upon multiple mediums of communication complementing each other depending on the situation, there are still areas with no network coverage. To mitigate this kind of connectivity problem, vehicle manufacturers are implementing the Digital Twin concept. The vehicle representation in the cloud holds all required statuses and proxies the remote operations. This means that for the end-user the vehicle remote operations are always available and also greatly simplifies the communication. Problematic scenarios are offloaded to the Vehicle Shadow system sitting on top of the IoT platform.
Grape Up helped Porsche build their Digital Twin system for the Connected Car platform.
Modern autonomous driving systems highly benefit from internet connectivity. Data coming from in-vehicle sensors is accompanied with the data from the vehicle environment – urban infrastructure, traffic lights, surrounding vehicles, pedestrians’ mobile devices, or internet APIs all help in better prediction of driving conditions.
The ADAS systems require very-low latency to operate – as the reaction time in case of emergency has to be measured in milliseconds. This kind of latency, with improved bandwidth, became a reality with the popularization of 5G technology and networks.
Grape Up helps one of its OEM customers to build a system for managing the connectivity between the vehicle and cloud – starting from the connectivity activation, through lifetime and runtime operations, to data plans management. The system is integrated with all world-renowned MNOs, including Cubic Telecom, T-Mobile, Vodafone, or China Unicom.
Today's infotainment systems are a bit like smartphones. Navigation, entertainment features, internet browsing, calling, and even detailed car settings are all mostly done through this digital touchpoint.
Allowing 3rd parties to be able to integrate the completely new application and showcase them on the infotainment screen opens completely new revenue streams for the OEMs. Applications like Spotify are heavily used by drivers, but also corporate users may have their fleet management systems integrated. Skoda Auto recently showcased a use case, where commercials of the nearby special offers appear on the navigation system turning their infotainment system into advertising media.
Connected Stores enable manufacturers to offer a wide range of options and features without physically modifying their vehicles. This provides greater flexibility to meet their customers' evolving needs and preferences while also reducing the cost and time associated with physical upgrades.
Implementing integrated payments can further streamline purchasing physical products and on-demand services. Creating a contemporary e-commerce platform with a functional and user-friendly front-end is crucial to ensure the customer's smooth and uninterrupted experience.
As a software development company specializing in the automotive industry, we offer a unique solution to enhance the user experience of vehicle owners by creating Connected Stores.
Subscription-based everything within the automotive industry refers to the concept of offering software-based services and vehicle features on a subscription basis. This means that customers pay a recurring fee instead of purchasing a feature outright to access and use these features. For example, manufacturers can use a subscription-based model to offer connected car services, advanced safety features, and autonomous driving capabilities.
From a software point of view, this subscription-based model enables vehicle manufacturers to offer their customers a wider range of features and options while also providing a steady revenue stream. It also allows for more frequent and efficient software updates, enhancing the functionality and performance of existing features.
This can provide customers with a more cost-effective and flexible option rather than paying for services or features up-front. Moreover, the integration of payments across different channels ensures a consistent experience.
By offering employees the ability to configure and manage software features based on market needs, manufacturers can provide a more customized and differentiated user experience for customers in different markets. Offer Management Configurators used for this purpose provide a user-friendly interface for configuring and managing a wide range of vehicle features and options.
Offer management configurators enable efficient management and configuration of vehicle software features, reducing errors and improving customer satisfaction. Manufacturers can tailor their product offerings to specific markets, increasing sales and customer satisfaction.
Analyzing behavioral data allows automotive companies to unlock the potential for cost reduction, open new revenue streams, or even create new business models.
In the insurance industry, it is a fundamental feature allowing for pay-per-use offering as well as granting safe drivers with discounts for the insurance policies.
For the automotive industry, however, it can be treated as the base for predictive maintenance – it allows to plan maintenance works based on the usage of car components, but also to help to analyze the range of the electric car battery based on the long term driving patterns.
For the rental car business, it allows to offer discounts for safe drivers but also allows to propose features and vehicles most suitable for them based on the patterns of their previous behavior.
Integrating OEM’s Telemetry is one of the crucial aspects allowing to unlock new revenue streams as well as reducing operational costs for the mobility providers. One of the key unlocked features is to allow for the bi-directional communication between the car and the user. Locating the car in the parking lot, opening/closing the car from the mobile application, or checking the fuel level significantly increases user satisfaction. On the other hand, analyzing the behavioral data of the driver or the car telemetry itself allows insurance providers to create pay-per-use insurance or discounts for safe drivers.
Grape Up has a proven track record of designing and developing complete telemetry platforms, creating APIs for OEMs that can later be exposed for 3rd parties but also consuming APIs of different OEMs and integrating these data with internal systems.
Geofencing increases the safety of fleet companies' operations by adding the ability to track the location and alert on breaking the agreed boundaries. This is most often a case when a vehicle gets stolen, or a customer tries to avoid higher charges for going abroad. With location-based services, the rental or fleet company is immediately notified of such violation and can act appropriately.
One of Grape Up’s customers – a rental car company, developed a Stolen Vehicle Identification system based on OEM’s Telemetry and Geofencing. During just 6 months from launching this feature and integrating it with its internal fleet management system, the company was able to locate 356 missing (stolen or impounded) cars, thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars by recovering cars, as well as administration costs.
Breakthrough of the COVID-19 pandemic completely changed the way we work and live thus also changing the way we travel, rent, buy or lease cars. It is now crucial for mobility providers to allow their customers for a counter-less rental experience allowing them to avoid queues, but also unnecessary contact.
For one of its customers, Grape Up has designed and developed a touchless system allowing clients to rent a car directly from a mobile phone. Complete customer journey comes to selecting a car, buying insurance and additional features, paying through mobile phone then locating and opening/closing the car - all from the mobile device. The platform is integrated with OEMs Connected Car platform APIs and an internal telematics system, making the system robust and responsive.
In the modern automotive business, not only traditional dealerships or over-the-counter sales drive revenue for today's mobility providers, vehicle manufacturers, and OEMs. Today, recommendation engines and mobile applications generate an increasing amount of sales records. Acknowledging the business value of recommendation systems, Netflix estimated that their recommendation engine is worth $1bln yearly.
Rental car companies use these solutions in upselling to encourage customers for additional insurance, a higher grade vehicle, and other additional features. Leveraging recommendation systems vehicles enterprises increase sales and improve customer experience.
Our data science and data engineering departments have a proven track record of creating machine learning algorithms and combining them with e-commerce systems allowing automotive companies to take benefit from recommendation engines based on previous purchases.
Artificial Intelligence has proven to be a good way to tackle problems, which seemed impossible before. For the general audience, most of the ML is a black box, which accepts data and responds with prediction or identification. Algorithms are complex and hard to understand for non-data scientists. With explainable AI, the problem resolution path can be exposed to customers and stakeholders, making the bottlenecks and reasons for wrong reasoning visible.
Grape Up Data Scientists can help you build an ML system allowing stakeholders, developers, and customers to comprehend the prediction process and, as a result, have more trust in the results.
Building multiple platforms for storing the data is costly, hard to maintain, and can result in data loss due to incorrect handling. This problem can be resolved by building a common data streaming platform able to handle real-time data for the whole enterprise. Built with scalability and redundancy in mind this kind of platform can effectively withstand and resist problems in having a system of distributed, different platforms and storage systems. The support cost is also lower.Grape Up experts are highly experienced in creating and maintaining efficient and scalable data streaming platforms based on Kafka that are currently being used among Grape Up customers representing automotive and financial institutions around the world.
Data is a lifeblood of an organization. Each department generates and gathers enormous amounts of data about customers, products, or the environment. This data can be used to enable new revenue streams by creating better offers and improving understanding of customer needs. Data analytics can also result in reducing the cost by improving the bottlenecks and identifying pain points.Building systems or ML algorithms leveraging the available data can be extremely complicated if the data is siloed and available only inside the department. Democratic access to the data across the enterprise helps to build better products faster and easier while having a single point for data storage makes the operations easier. Storing the heterogeneous data in data lakes and data meshes is easier for developers and data scientists.For one of our customers, Grape Up engineers have already implemented the modern data storage, starting from the ETL/EL(T) system, through the data lake and ML system built on top of it while maintaining enterprise-grade privacy and GDPR compliance.
From software architecture design and improving automotive software development to providing embedded software.
Delivering software development services for many companies in the automotive industry, we are a certified partner and trusted service provider.
why Grape Up
There are many indications that the future lies in technology. Specifically, it belongs to connected and autonomous vehicles(CAVs)
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Get insights into delivering automotive software enabling automotive companies to set new industry standards and embrace new business models.
Since innovative software development ensures a competitive advantage in the automotive industry, many automotive OEMs and mobility providers enhance their R&D activities. Automotive Research and Development teams can leverage domain expertise to prototype and productionize tools that change the automotive world. From embedded software through advanced driver assistance systems to autonomous vehicles, many automotive companies develop new solutions that use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Cloud Services to deliver innovation. Automotive R&D teams consist of industry leaders, experienced software engineers, and innovators open to evaluating ideas providing opportunities for automotive software.
Connected cars enable automotive enterprises, including OEMs and Tier 1 companies, to seize new business opportunities and provide new features to their customers by developing aftersales services. From in vehicle infotainment and new capabilities to parts management, aftermarket empowers every automotive company to increase upselling, improve customer experience, and build future success on the exceptional value proposition. Every automotive company willing to enhance its market position has to monetize this channel and deliver additional automotive applications. With the development of connected cars and omnipresent sensor data providing a clear understanding of customer behavior, market entry for new services is easier and faster.
From traditional players to the most innovative automotive company, the industry needs exceptional software engineering. From companies providing hardware development to startups prototyping electric vehicles, embedded software, and autonomous vehicles, all automotive teams need help at different levels of the software development process. The most established enterprises join forces with automotive software companies to equip their software with proven Machine Learning, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud solutions.
By leveraging open source tools, automotive companies can improve their automotive software development process. Delivered by innovators willing to build communities gathering software expertise, open-source solutions ensure quality, security, and customizability. Supported by a group of passionate software developers, automotive companies often implement open-source tools into their technology stack, avoiding the situation when all solutions have to be built in-house. When selecting the proper set of technologies, automotive companies can enhance software architecture and accelerate their software development. The Open Source landscape for automotive industry software is constantly growing, providing tools using Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and many more that can be used to develop autonomous driving, embedded software, electronic vehicles, or just improve functionality of automotive software.
To tackle major challenges in automotive software development, software engineers need to build customized solutions that meet precise needs. With the growing demand for AI-based software, in-vehicle infotainment, machine learning solutions, vehicle integration, embedded software, automotive software companies have to deliver tailored applications meeting well-defined requirements. Working together with OEMs and Tier 1 companies, automotive software developers design and build vehicle software that allows for better user experience, enhancing the automotive value chain, and unlocking new revenue streams.
The automotive industry is rapidly changing by leveraging innovative software development, continuous improvement, and embracing digital transformation. To master software development, automotive companies need research regarding software used in the car industry, software architecture, delivering production grade software, and improving the automotive value chain in general. By understanding customer needs and combining them with technological advancement, researchers provide automotive enterprises with insights allowing for building tailored automotive software solutions.