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Volvo Trucks Shares 4 Helpful Recommendations to Help Avoid Accidents this Holiday Season

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Volvo Active Driver Assist, standard on all Volvo VNR and VNL models, is among the most recent innovations designed to help keep motorists and professional truck drivers safe.
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A record number of travelers are expected to travel the holidays this year, buoyed by higher wages and additional disposable income. According to AAA, more than 54 million Americans traveled farther than 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, with more expected during the Christmas break. Maintaining safety on the roads is a shared responsibility of all drivers. Since 1927, safety has been the guiding principle for all Volvo Trucks innovations, like the three-point safety belt, and standard features like the driver-side airbag, effective LED lighting, full roll stability and collision mitigation technologies.

“Safety is in Volvo Trucks’ DNA and has been a top priority from Day One,” said Magnus Koeck, vice president of marketing and brand management for Volvo Trucks North America. “We are committed to helping keep the nation’s roads safe, which starts by equipping our trucks with comprehensive lineup of passive and active safety features. These features translate to enhanced protection for the professional driver at the wheel and extended to surrounding vehicles, which is particularly important at high-traffic times during the holidays.”

In addition to offering innovative technologies to help improve roadway safety, Volvo Trucks is offering some recommendations to help motorists remain safe during the holiday travel season.

  1. Consider planning your route ahead of time. Construction and general traffic congestion are inevitable. Take a look at your route before hitting the road to see if an alternate route may be effective to avoid extended delays. Drivers should also research when roads are expected to be especially busy – AAA provides such details for large cities. Late afternoons are typically expected to have an influx of traffic with people leaving work a little early to get a head start for their trip.
  2. Avoid driving while fatigued. Driving tired is just as dangerous for short trips as it is for extended drive times. Make sure to take breaks every two hours to get up and move around. If needed, pull over to rest and make sure you get a good night’s sleep before hitting the road.
  3. Carefully manage stress. The holiday season is notorious for causing stress and can negatively impact driving habits. Try to avoid mental distractions while driving, stay calm and do not rush, even in traffic jams.
  4. Be aware of the presence of deer during the holiday season. Numerous studies have shown October to December sees more than double the amount of accidents caused by deer. Dusk to dawn are the most dangerous times for drivers. With many drivers headed out on trips late in the afternoon, it is crucial to be extra cautious and know how to safely handle a deer encounter. For instance, it is important to avoid swerving – brake as definitively as possible.

While the trucking industry is undergoing numerous transformations, including electronic logging device (ELD) mandates and hours-of-service regulations, Volvo Trucks is a consistent, driving force focused on the safety and well-being of all motorists. That impact is demonstrated by the company’s Zero Accident Vision and new technologies such as Volvo Active Driver Assist.

Now standard on all VNR and VNL models, Volvo Active Driver Assist is always operating while the vehicle is in motion. Delivering warnings up to 3.5 seconds before a potential impact with a vehicle, the technology helps drivers effectively adjust and react to ever-changing traffic conditions. Drivers receive visual and audible alerts for situations like lane departure, as well as a red warning light reflection on the windshield if a forward collision is possible. It specifically disengages cruise if needed, engages the engine brake, downshifts and reduces the throttle. The safety feature couples camera and radar technology, so if an object is not picked up on the radar, the windshield’s mounted camera has a 42 degree viewing angle that detects lane position and crucial characteristics of an object nearby.

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Human Horizons Launches a Premium All-Electric Smart Car Brand HiPhi and Its First Production-Ready Vehicle HiPhi 1

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Human Horizons Launches a Premium All-Electric Smart Car Brand HiPhi and its First Production-Ready Vehicle HiPhi 1
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HiPhi is a premium brand created by Human Horizons and enhanced by its users. The first production ready vehicle, HiPhi 1, integrates and develops world leading technologies, establishes a unique design philosophy and embeds sustainability as a core product development principle. HiPhi 1 is targeted at the growing global high technology, luxury market.

Human Horizons pursues a human-oriented philosophy and applies human-centric intelligence to advance the transformation of future human mobility. Its holistic solution consists of the development of smart vehicles, smart transportation and smart cities.

Human Horizons hopes to promote the development of the Vehicle-Road-City ecosystem through perception collaboration, computing collaboration, intelligence collaboration to ultimately transform individual intelligence to swarm intelligence.

Ding Lei, founder of Human Horizons believes that truly smart vehicles should seamlessly connect to the world of the Internet, IoT and IoE. They act as a node within the city linking the vehicle-road-city ecosystem together to enable the free flow of technical data. A smart vehicle will adapt itself and become more intelligent over time.

HiPhi 1 is equipped with more than 500 sensors and the first production car with a 5G-V2X enabled communication network. In addition, HiPhi 1 introduces the world’s first Human Oriented Architecture (HOA), featuring a software-developer enabled platform within the electric and electrical (E/E) architecture which allows functions to be created that are both adaptive and self-learning. Together, these provide a new level of customer experience that can continuously evolve over time. Artificial Intelligence learns and adjusts a substantial number of vehicle parameters based on the occupants’ habits and preferences.

 

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TVS Motor Singapore to Invest US$7 Million in Scienaptic Systems, an AI Powered Decision Platform

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TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TVS Motor Company Limited, India, has signed definitive agreements to invest US$7 million in Scienaptic Systems Inc., a Delaware corporation, headquartered in New York City. TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic. The closing of the investment is subject to obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals.

Scienaptic has combined latest big data technologies and proprietary machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms on its decision platform, “Ether.” Solutions built on Ether enable enterprises to improve risk and credit assessment, monitor evolving fraud patterns, and improve customer journeys and experience. Scienaptic counts several marquee Fortune 100 enterprises as its clients.

Rajesh Narasimhan, Board Member of TVS Motor Company and CEO of TVS Motor (Singapore), stated that, “We evaluated many companies providing big data analytics and risk management solutions and found Scienaptic’s product offerings and solutions with their ability to help organizations leverage actionable insights through the power of a strong analytics platform to be a clear differentiator and a unique proposition. Scienaptic’s end-to-end data analytics solution, with applicability to customers in various industries, has the potential to generate a new profit stream for our group. We are happy to invest in, and strategically partner with, Scienaptic as they continue to pursue bottom-line impact for Fortune 100 companies, and to leverage Scienaptic for our businesses. Our current investment in Scienaptic is part of the initial set of investments being made in strategically relevant digital startups.”

Pankaj Kulshreshtha, Founder & CEO of Scienaptic added, “We are witnessing the adoption of our AI platform at Fortune 100 companies. With the cutting edge instruments on our platform, companies are able to drive adoption of AI in their processes. The investment by TVS enables us to accelerate our sales and product development. We found a significant match in value systems between the two organizations and believe that our collective strengths will enable Scienaptic to grow exponentially and become a global leader in AI-powered decisioning space.”

 

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AI-led start-up UVeye raises $31 million led by Toyota Tsusho, Volvo Cars and W. R. Berkley Corporation

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Israeli company UVeye, which provides sophisticated solutions for automatic external inspection of vehicles, has raised an additional $31 million in funding, led by Toyota Tsusho, Volvo Cars and W. R. Berkley Corporation, bringing total funds raised since 2017 to $35 million.

“This latest investment including leading automotive strategic partners is an important signal that we believe paves the way for UVeye to become the standard of automotive inspection and safety,” said Amir Hever, CEO of UVeye. “We are delighted to have world-class companies in their respective sectors endorse our game-changing auto-scanning solution.”

UVeye’s technology enables vehicle manufacturers, logistic operators, retailers and rental-car companies to carry out automatic vehicle inspection leveraging first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence, purpose-built for vehicles. Importantly, UVeye’s system has proven it can drive higher accuracy and improve efficiency, all with minimal human intervention.

UVeye’s drive-through systems can detect external and mechanical flaws and identify anomalies, modifications or foreign objects – both along the undercarriage and around the exterior of the vehicle. The scanning process completes within a matter of seconds and can be used throughout the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. The technology is being actively deployed today across many use cases, from the vehicle manufacturing line – the moment components are placed on the conveyor belt through end-of-line inspection – to logistics, maintenance and beyond.

Since inception, UVeye has generated millions of vehicle scans across dozens of countries. UVeye’s anomaly detection accuracy rate has exceeded client thresholds in all case studies to date.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Volvo Cars and Toyota Tsusho intend to use UVeye’s inspection systems at various sites internationally, including Volvo Cars factories, dealerships and in the aftermarket. For Toyota Tusho, UVeye also will support distribution to used-car centers and throughout the company’s footprint within the Japanese auto market. UVeye welcomes these new relationships, adding to existing partnerships with Skoda and Daimler, according to Hever.

“Premium quality standards are at the core of the Volvo brand, and we are intrigued by the possibilities that UVeye’s technology offers,” said Zaki Fasihuddin, CEO of the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. “This type of advanced scanning technology could allow us to take the next step in quality.”

According to Mike Nannizzi, director of Fintech investments from W. R. Berkley Corporation:  “When we made our initial investment in UVeye two years ago, we believed its system could have game-changing impact within security and inspection applications globally, and today’s announcement validates that early hypothesis. We congratulate UVeye, Toyota Tsusho and Volvo Cars for building a cohesive partnership with enormous potential.”

 

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