Development of a special navigation software solution for electric vehicles with a potentially global impact; and, as a part of it, a system using a scalable cloud-based infrastructure that supports the analysis of user habits
Funds: H U F 599. 920. 047
NNG Kft. is planning to develop a special navigation software solution for electric vehicles with a potentially global impact; and, as a part of it, a system using a scalable cloud-based infrastructure that supports the analysis of user habits. This R&D project, involving 52 research and development employees, would be realised in 36 months, with eligible costs of HUF 1.6 billion. Background The operation of solely electric vehicles requires increased attention from users compared to traditionally powered (e.g. petrol, diesel) vehicles. Compared to the refill of fossil fuels, which only takes a few minutes, the charging of batteries (even only partially) requires several hours. Exceeding the limited range might cause discomfort and significant costs. All these factors clearly show that transport by electric vehicles requires a way of traveling which is better thought-out, previously planned in detail, and divided into sections. For the moment, this suits a smaller user group who travel shorter distances within the city. Aim of the Project The aim of the project is to create a navigation system supporting the rise of electric vehicles and their increasingly spreading use. We aim to reach this goal by designing a navigation solution which fits into the company’s portfolio, increases user experience and helps avoid potential inconveniences, as well as a cloud-based real-time analysis-support system. This solution will be available for the use, control and maintenance of everyday intelligent transport services (car sharing, public transport, smart city and infrastructure), as well. Resources The project would be realised in NNG’s R&D centre, with 52 software developers and testers, about 35-40 of whom have a higher education degree. Third parties are only involved for the provision of the cloud infrastructure and the tools used in the project. Expected results The expected result of the research and development project is a built-in driver-assistance system (Electric Vehicle Assistant) and a related analysis support system (End User Insight), as well as the prototype of a complementary companion application for smartphones. Market potential and target groups for the project results Today’s major car manufacturers, many of whom are NNG’s suppliers, show serious interest in unique navigation solutions, which are used in an increasing number of electric cars. Therefore, the primary target group of the expected result of the project consists of NNG’s business partners, i.e. members of the car manufacturing industry supply chain, and end users. NNG’s potential partners (car sharing service providers, public transport firms, freight transport, infrastructure development and traffic dispatch companies) show significant interest not only in models defining car manufacturers’ strategic aims, which are to be released in years, but also in the prototype to be designed with regard to services helping the design of the concept of “smart cities”with a sustainable ecosystem, using intelligent solutions. Furthermore, this unique navigation facilitates the rise of autonomous driving through the promotion of safe, comfortable and economic transport. The valuable database created by the analysis system integrated in the planned software solution might be able to support potential infrastructure developments (e.g. creation of charging stations, monitoring their availability, recognition of necessary improvements, etc.), as well as helping with the design of ways to improve the daily routine of both car fleet operators and drivers.
Development of a multi-platform, scalable, modular, complex hybrid navigation system, and creation of 60 new R+D positions at NNG LLC
Funds: H U F 9 3 5, 2 7 1, 8 0 3
Getting prepared for the market challenges of the near future, NNG LLC is working on the prototype of a globally pivotal multi-platform, scalable, modular hybrid automotive navigation system in its Budapest-based R+D centre. With a budgeted cost of nearly two billion Hungarian Forints and a term of 30 months, the R+D project will create minimum 60 new R+D positions.
Built-in navigation products have shown a dynamic progress in recent years, and technologies designed to update the map databases of navigation products are reflecting revolutionary changes. Current industry trends suggest that by 2020, functions used in hybrid (a combination of online and offline components) navigation solutions will be generally required in automotive applications to support up-to-date navigation products with regularly updating map data. To achieve this goal, a significant part of the data and computing capacities of connected systems are “stored” in the cloud.
The objective of the R+D project is to develop the prototype of a hybrid navigation system in NNG’s Budapest-based R+D centre, which satisfies the requirements of the automotive industry and meets NDS international standards. Built on the components of the iGO navigation engine, which will be materially improved and restructured by a fundamentally new architecture, the R+D project, with a budgeted cost of nearly two billion Hungarian Forints, is planned for a period of 30 months and will create minimum 60 new R+D positions. The outcome of the development project is expected to be integrated into NNG’s products from 2020-2021. Here are some examples where hybrid navigation is typically used: – the navigation system provides accurate map data to improve used experience; – frequently changing data are available in nearly real time; – cloud-based services also include traditional on-board navigation functions, like route calculation and alternative route search, either in real time or during navigation. NNG’s product is expected to outshine its competitors’ products and help NNG to gain a competitive advantage by providing innovative solutions in the following areas: route calculation, search algorithms, advancing autonomous driving, providing outstanding user experience, easy-to-improve products, unique solutions in a cloud-based infrastructure. Only products meeting the NDS standard will mainly be marketable in the market of navigation in the upcoming years, therefore the success of this development project is expected to open up a great market opportunity to NNG. The spreading of standardised hybrid navigation systems will require additional developments and the provision of continued product support from NNG, thus ensuring the maintenance of the project outcome in the long run.
Research and development of a software engine and framework for a complex, integrated, multi-modal on-board information and entertainment system designed to provide a globally unique user experience and match future automotive trends.
Funds HUF: 499. 202.728
NNG LLC’s most resent research-development project was supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. Focusing on in-car on-board infotainment systems, the project aimed to produce a standalone software engine and a comprehensive framework designed for planning and developing such systems.
NNG’s project was supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office owing to the company’s continuously increasing R+D capacity and its complex development projects in the past decade. The cooperation resulted in a platform-independent software engine (UX Engine) that maximizes user experience and safe driving by synchronizing the elements of the vehicle’s on-board infotainment system. In addition to building a software engine, NNG established a comprehensive framework for planning and developing such systems, from prototype to production.
The prototype supports all widespread embedded (QNX, Linux, Windows, Android, iOS) and desktop (Windows, OS, X) platforms, and is compatible with native HTML5 environments. One of the most important innovative features is how the system ensures customized and dynamical information sharing. In addition to providing information and, perhaps, the input controls on a display, the system can distribute the requested information among different areas (I/O devices) – for instance, part of the information is communicated to the user in audio, another part in graphical format, while the system can be controlled on a touch screen, as well as through hardware controls and voice recognition. The system ensures that all built-in and integrated I/O devices (e.g. phones, smart eyeglasses, etc.) and services (e.g. navigation) form an integral part of the user experience provided by the in-car infotainment system. The software engine manages and controls the in-car displays and audio or touch-based input/output devices, either currently existing or in a development or conceptual phase, designed to provide visual information. The concept introduces additional innovation by managing the infotainment devices connected to the system in an abstract way, thus providing a wide range of benefits for users and a special product for OEMs. The abstract approach will fundamentally transform OEM supplier chains, as certain elements of the infotainment system will be easy to replace. Owing to this globally innovative step, this development may determine the direction of automotive infotainment system development in the long run.
Based on this project, NNG and Hungary may become a major centre of on-board infotainment system development, while such developments improve user experience—either in the driver’s or in the passenger’s seat—and increase safety on the road.
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Research And Development
Research and development have always played a prominent role in NNG’s life. Thanks to innovation and the constant enhancement of our products, our company has become a leading player in the navigation market. This is the power of our development.
The main objective of our development projects is to produce new and innovative solutions founded on the latest scientific and technological research findings, which will be popular with our users and business partners.
In order to accomplish these objectives, we pay special attention to research and development. To encourage business development, we have established a structure that enables us to support innovative activities to the maximum extent. We supervise the development chain from the drawing board through pilot projects to the construction of prototypes. We provide our experts with all the means and facilities (time and resources) they need to fully implement their ideas.
By bringing together innovations from various fields of research and publishing the results, we aim to build up a knowledge base that lays a strong foundation for providing high-standard solutions with remarkable added value.
As an important part of our research and development activities, we have established a real and active relationship with several traditional, university-based research groups. By sharing our industrial experience, our intention of setting common research objectives should produce results of mutual benefit to both parties.
Our research partners:
- ELTE Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Faculty of Informatics (IT)
- ELTE Visualization Center, Faculty of Sciences (TTK)
- BME Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics (BME TMIT)
- BME Mobile Innovation Center (MIK)
Industrial trends as well as economic developments have encouraged us to establish cooperative relationships with the role players of the national market. Our expectation of such cooperations is to provide us with a common answer and enable us to put a wide range of complex products and services onto the market through these relationships. To achieve this, we need to harmonize our research and development projects, and create a forum where views and ideas can be exchanged. The opportunity to build such relationships is provided by the Mobility and Multimedia Cluster, which we joined in 2009.
Our primary goal is to continue to incorporate cutting-edge technological innovations into our software products, which can guarantee us a major market advantage. We believe that all this can be achieved through innovation and research.