13th October 2022
Connectivity pioneer VNC Automotive today announced it has been selected as winner of the “Overall Connected Company of the Year” award in the third annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by AutoTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organisation that recognises the top companies, technologies and products in the global automotive and transportation technology markets today.
VNC Automotive’s production-grade software and hardware enable the cutting edge of connected vehicle use cases, across the entire transportation industry. Their solutions allow auto makers to enrich the in-vehicle experience for drivers and passengers through device connectivity, multimedia and productivity, and telematics for helpdesk support. The IVI, head unit display and rear seat entertainment screens can all be used to access smartphone native applications, media and content. Secure outbound connections can also be made to access home automation or workplace systems.
For emergency service and law enforcement vehicles device integration is the focus, including integrating ANPR, lights and sirens, smartphones, tablets and PCs into the IVI system, so that they can be safely stowed, displayed and accessed from the vehicle screen. Secure, inbound and outbound connectivity enables access to mission critical systems from the dash and for remote operator support.
Meanwhile, OEMs and operators of logistical vehicles including trucks, vans and taxis deploy VNC Automotive technology for live and continuous access to vehicle data and telematics. Their technology is used to enable fleet operators to maximise efficiency around local route mapping, improve fuel economy and preemptively identify maintenance issues to virtually eliminate unplanned vehicle downtime.
Additionally, remote connectivity and control of heavy duty and agricultural vehicles enables OEMs with benefits including isolated agricultural land and hazardous construction sites being embedded into connectivity solutions – therefore into their vehicles – which can be viewed and operated remotely, without drivers and around the clock.
“We are so pleased to receive this award from AutoTech Breakthrough. We are on a mission to deliver the most enriching in-vehicle experience possible.”
The ride hailing and car sharing space also require IVI and associated vehicle screens to become quickly and seamlessly customisable depending on who is on board. In this case smartphone or cloud centric IVI systems enable drivers and passengers to personalise their in-vehicle experience as well as providing the ability to access a helpdesk that can offer support if the vehicle user has any issues.
Lastly, when embedded within test automation tools, Tier 1s use VNC Automotive’s connectivity middleware to simulate screen events on target devices. The software is integrated into head units before the Tier 1 commences production, enabling rigorous remote and automated testing to take place covering all possible specific screen events.
“We are so pleased to receive this award from AutoTech Breakthrough. We are on a mission to deliver the most enriching in-vehicle experience possible. Our technology currently resides in millions of vehicles, enriching the experience for all occupants,” said Tom Blackie, CEO, VNC Automotive. “And automotive is just the beginning. There are many marine, rail and aviation use cases that we are being asked to explore with those industries, and beyond, even connected home appliances. It’s a very bright and exciting future.”
The mission of the annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program is to conduct the industry’s most comprehensive analysis and evaluation of automotive and transportation technology categories, including Connected Car, Electric Vehicles, Engine Tech, Automotive CyberSecurity, Sensor Technology, Traffic Tech and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 1,500 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.
“Connectivity is a key consideration for many vehicle users. Device integration technology as well as a car’s display screen and its functionality is evolving. As vehicles become increasingly autonomous, the time spent in transit can be more entertaining and productive than ever for those traveling. Beyond infotainment strategies, connectivity can provide greater safety standards – both while driving and even before the vehicle is produced on the line via testing,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of AutoTech Breakthrough Awards. “VNC Automotive’s technology has a wide range of use-cases that are all working towards providing a safe, efficient – and in some cases fun! – connected vehicle environment. Congratulations on being our choice for ‘Overall Connected Company of the Year!’”
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13th October 2022