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Grape Up specializes in the development and implementation of the key technological concepts allowing OEMs to build core software parts of their Connected Car. Grape Up helps to achieve the seamless connectivity with the cloud – by taking advantage of quickly increasing LTE and 5G networks coverage, the rise of low-earth orbit satellites service providers, and near-field communication like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Leveraging connected car technologies and solutions delivered by network providers, OEMs fetch data from the car and use them to develop innovation in the next generation of vehicles. These data allow for improved customer experience, an expanded portfolio of in-car services, and new revenues streams generated from rental or insurance companies using third-party access.
Read the ebook and learn about technologies and solutions behind Software-Defined Vehicles. Follow the process from prototyping to changing the entire driving experience. Learn from the automotive experts how software impacts automotive, insurance, and other associated industries.
Digital Twin enables automotive companies to improve connection resiliency through extended vehicle concept, where the virtual representation of the car state is stored in the cloud. End-users gain better experience, sophisticated retry mechanisms, and the command time-to-live setup that reduces the risk of executing the command after a long delay. With the ability to query the state of the offline car, automotive enterprises can reduce customer frustration triggered by numerous command failings. Vehicles leveraging the Digital Twin concept become independent of the connectivity status and can provide services based on the last known data points.
Over-the-air upgrades (SOTA and FOTA) accelerate the transition towards a software-centric automotive industry. As updating vehicle systems become available remotely, new opportunities arise. Along with improving safety and overall driving experience, OTA enables service providers to develop infotainment and aftermarket offerings. OEMs can reduce recall and warranty costs by replacing the service center visit with quick, overnight software or firmware updates. With a shorter software release cycle, new features can be dynamically added throughout the vehicle lifecycle to quickly resolve customer issues. That leads to enhanced security and improved customer experience with A/B testing, canary testing, and versioning rollback mechanisms.
Internet of Things empowers the automotive industry to redefine driving experience and mobility services. Mobility providers and OEMs improve vehicle observability and extend control over the car through IoT architecture, allowing for managing thousands of devices simultaneously. By implementing IoT solutions into the automotive environment, software-driven companies make their way for edge computing and edge analytics to drive innovation. IoT fleet management simplifies predictive maintenance and increases its usability.
Mobile Key provides users with seamless and easy car operations through Digital Key using the smartphone. The simple yet powerful feature increases the overall experience and meets customer demand for similar solutions such as mobile payments. Through NFC, BLE, and WiFi the smartphone to vehicle communication is safer than regular keyless systems.
Connectivity provides limitless opportunities, both for service providers and end-users. By leveraging common, proven platforms used by multiple OEMs and Tier1s, automotive companies can integrate their systems with the most popular open-source infotainment platform with access to all Google services and updates.
Embracing Digital Twin concepts, IoT, and 5G technologies, the C2X services portfolio expands to contain Vehicle2Pedestrian through nearby smartphones, Vehicle2Infrastructure supported by cities administration, and Vehicle Traffic Towers. Such solutions complement already popular Vehicle2Vehicle communication, which improves safety by communicating obstacles, accidents, and problems identified via camera or ESP/ASR systems to nearby vehicles.
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.
The Volkswagen Group presented publicly their “One Digital Platform” concept allowing to connect in-car services as well as run additional services for vehicles like charging or parking. Especially in the current era of people being always online, there are challenges to satisfy customer needs and expectations, which require a reliable IT infrastructure as a base […]
The Volkswagen Group presented publicly their “One Digital Platform” concept allowing to connect in-car services as well as run addition...
Automotive is transforming into a hyper-connected, software-driven industry that goes far beyond the driving experience. How to bu