NXP and Baidu collaborate on Apollo to revolutionise Chinese intelligent vehicles

Automotive semiconductor supplier NXP has announced plans to collaborate with Baidu on its Apollo connected car platform. NXP seeks to bring about a new automotive revolution in China by capitalising on Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies.

NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions including millimetre wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experience technologies. The company also seeks to further its 'BlueBox' development platform that offers low energy consumption, high-performance and functional safety benefits.

Both companies will work together on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks. DuerOS for Apollo, a conversational in-car system from Baidu, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance.

Apollo, which was first announced in April 2017, is Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform which provides a comprehensive, secure, and reliable all-in-one solution which supports many of the major features and functions of today's autonomous vehicles.

According to Baidu, Apollo is "the Android" of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and powerful. It enables partners to assemble their own autonomous vehicles and start their product R&D in a faster way.

Li Zhenyu, general manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group, said: “The collaboration with NXP is a significant step toward the application of Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies. NXP's entry into the Apollo platform will inject momentum into our intelligent and autonomous vehicle ecosystem, creating benefits for the intelligent vehicle industry in China and the world.”

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Mocana raises $11 million with aim to ‘revolutionise’ IoT security

Mocana announced it has raised $ 11 million from Sway Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Trident Capital Fund and GE Ventures making the total amount it rose to $ 93.6 million adding the capital. It aims to further accelerate the development of its IoT Security Platform to protect the industrial IoT market, which will be valued at $ 933.62 billion by 2025, as per Grand View Research.

The IoT Security Platform employs military-grade cryptographic software installed on a chip or flash memory embedded within a device. It secures data during its transmission between the device, gateway and cloud by securing the boot process and firmware thus enabling IoT devices to protect themselves from cyber-attacks or through illegal access from behind a firewall or through a compromised computer inside of a private network.

Mocana’s significant product milestones include the general availability of the Mocana IoT Security Platform and availability of the Mocana IoT Security DevKit which enables developers without deep cybersecurity or cryptography expertise to integrate hardware-based security features into IoT devices.

The company also participates in the EdgeX Foundry initiative as a founding member, as well as partnering with Dell and DDC-I.

Another company in this space is IoTium, which announced earlier this month it had raised $ 8.4 million in series A funding. Participating members in the funding include March Capital Partners, GE Ventures, former Cisco exec Pankaj Patel, OpenSource Ventures, and Juniper Networks. Part of the funding also came from EdgeX Foundry, of which IoTium is a founder member. The company has also launched a network as a service (NaaS) product that’s “entirely hardware-agnostic” to improve the connectivity between organisations and their brownfield developments. 

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