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    Automotive R&D investment to grow in 2021 despite COVID-19 setbacks
    The survey results indicate that R&D spending is critical for medium- and long-term goals for companies within the industry, particularly to develop their market positioning. However, some companies are still cautious about planning a high-spending year until the market conditions for products h...
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    HELLA starts series production of 77GHz radar sensors at German plant
    HELLA has started series production of its latest 77GHz radar sensors for an international vehicle manufacturer at its electronics plant in Hamm, Germany, the electronics and lighting expert said in a press release on 5 May. Radar sensors continuously record the environment, recognize pedestrians...
    Motherson Sumi receives shareholders nod for proposed restructuring
    Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. (MSSL) said in a regulatory filing on 30 April that the public shareholders (non-promoter) have voted in favor of the proposed restructuring. Upon completion of the proposed reorganization, two growth focused listed companies will emerge: Motherson Sumi Wiring India Ltd. ...
    Axalta completes expansion of waterborne coatings plant in China
    Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has completed the expansion of its waterborne coatings plant in Jiading, Shanghai in mainland China, according to a company press release on 5 May. The expansion includes added waterborne basecoat, primer, and small bat...
    06-May-2021 News Investments
    Autonomy startup Oxbotica, Navtech launch Terran360 radar-based localization system for autonomous vehicles
    United Kingdom’s Oxbotica and Navtech launched Terran360, the world’s first all-weather radar localization solution for autonomous industrial vehicles according to a press release on company’s website dated 5 May. The technology is accurate to <10cm on any vehicle, in any environment and...
    06-May-2021 News New Products
    Nanya selects Synopsys Custom Design Platform for designing advanced memories
    In a news release dated 5 May made on the company's website, Synopsys, Inc. announced that Nanya Technology has adopted the Synopsys Custom Design Platform to accelerate the design of advanced memories for leading applications across several high-growth markets, including mobile, automotive, co...
    Electrify America to invest additional USD200 million for ZEV infrastructure in California, US
    Electrify America has announced its plan to invest USD200 million in California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs over the next 30 months. According to a press release issued by Electrify America, this represents the third of four investment phases as part of its 10-y...
    06-May-2021 News Investments
    Genesis to enter Europe market; three new EVs to be launched in 2021
    Genesis Motor Europe, the luxury vehicle division of Hyundai Motor, has revealed details of its 2021 European debut. According to a press release issued by Genesis on 4 May, the company will start sales this summer for customers in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. The company has also a...
    06-May-2021 News New Products
    Nissan divests its entire stake in Daimler
    Japanese carmaker, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., has announced that it has sold off its entire stake in German automotive OEM, Daimler AG. According to a press release issued by Nissan on 5 May, the company stated that this divestment involved the sale of 16,448,378 shares, equivalent to 1.54% of Daimler's...
    BorgWarner’s Q1 2021 net sales rises 75.9% y/y to USD4.01 billion
    American automotive powertrain components and systems supplier, BorgWarner, has published its financial results for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year. According to a press release issued by BorgWarner on 5 May, the company posted a net sales figure of USD4.01 billion during the first quarter...
    Elmos reports 20.1% y/y growth in Q1 FY 2021 to USD90.5 million
    Elmos Semiconductor has reported a 20.1% year-on-year (y/y) sales growth in first quarter of fiscal 2021 sales at EUR77.1 million (USD90.5 million), a company press release on 4 May showed. EBIT for the period rose to EUR12.2 million from to EUR 7.1 million in the previous corresponding period while...
    ams Q1 FY 2021 revenue rises nearly three times to USD1.55 billion
    ams first quarter consolidated revenue nearly tripled year-on-year (y/y) to USD1.55 billion, due to the addition of Osram’s earnings. Sequentially (including Osram, which the Austrian sensor specialist acquired in July 2020), revenue fell 9%. Adjusted net income was USD89 million for the...
    MIPI Alliance releases specifications to integrate in-vehicle displays
    The MIPI Alliance has completed its MIPI Automotive SerDes Solutions (MASS) “display stack,” according to a press release on 4 May. The stack is a set of interface specifications to streamline display integration and support functional safety demands required by high-performance in-vehicle displ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    SiriusXM integrates Advanced Automatic Crash Notification in its SiriusXM Guardian  
    Sirius XM has announced that its Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (ACN+) technology will be available in select Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Alfa Romeo models with SiriusXM Guardian services subscription, according to a 4 May press release. The service will be available across the US. “...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    Wejo collaborates with Esri to offer solution based on connected vehicle data
    Wejo has announced a partnership with Esri under which the companies will develop a new joint solution using Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology and Wejo’s road data, according to a 4 May press release. This will give customers optimized services based on existing curated data ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    ACQUISITION: National Instruments acquires monoDrive for autonomous vehicle development
    Austin-based National Instruments (NI) announced the acquisition of Austin-based monoDrive, a start-up specializing in autonomous vehicle simulations, in  a press release dated 4 May on its official website. In conjunction, NI also said it is entering a strategic collaboration with engineering ...
    Arriver to deploy software on Qualcomm Snapdragon ride platform
    Arriver has started to optimize and deploy state-of-the-art next-generation software for visual perception and drive policy on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride Platform. Arriver is porting the Drive Policy software to the Snapdragon Ride Platform with Lane Support System (LSS), Forward Collision Warn...
    UK adopting ALKS regulation
    On 28 April 2021, the UK government announced the adoption of regulations for self-driving vehicle systems, known as the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS). What is ALKS? Many of today's cars incorporate advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control, lane ch...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Argo AI develops lidar for autonomous delivery, ride services
    In a news release on the company's website on 4 May, Argo AI unveiled details on a long-range lidar sensor that it claims can see 400 m away with the high-resolution photorealistic quality and the ability to detect dark and distant objects with low reflectivity. Hundreds of sensors are ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    EV charging startup The Mobility House introduces ‘grid-friendly charging’ add-on module
    The Mobility House (TMH) has a new add-on module called “grid-friendly charging” for its ChargePilot energy management system as per the press release on company’s website dated 4 May. TMH says the feature enables grid operators to intelligently control multiple charging stations and help c...
    EV startup Aiways unveils new U6, secures investment from CATL
    Aiways unveiled new images of its next electric vehicle (EV), the Aiways U6, on company website dated 29 April. The Aiways U6 will become the second vehicle to be mass-produced on the company’s exclusive More Adaptable Structure (MAS) platform. It will sit alongside the Aiways U5 in the line-up...
    05-May-2021 News Investments
    OSRAM Continental joins forces with REHAU
    OSRAM Continental has joined forces with REHAU to drive forward the fusion of automotive exterior components with light, the Germany-based company said in a press release on 3 May. The partners have developed concepts and prototypes that are currently being presented to OEMs. “Automobiles are o...
    Electric Last Mile, Cox Automotive partner on urban delivery ecosystem
    Electric Last Mile, Inc. (ELMS), a pure-play commercial electric vehicle (EV) company focused on last mile delivery solutions, and Cox Automotive Inc. have announced a new collaboration toward delivering a more comprehensive service and support ecosystem for the former’s Urban Delivery EV cus...
    Hyundai issues two recalls affecting more than 390,000 vehicles in North America over engine fire issue
    Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the United and Canada over two issues that can cause engine fires, according to a report by The Associated Press on 4 May. The first recall covers more than 203,000 units of Santa Fe Sport SUVs, of which 52,304 in Canada over brake computer problem....
    05-May-2021 News Recalls
    New Honda Civic to feature fuel-saving powertrain innovations
    Japanese car maker, Honda, has unveiled the new model year (MY) 2022 Honda Civic in the United States. According to a press release issued by Honda on 29 April, the company stated that this new Civic will be equipped with various improvements to the powertrain in order to increase performance and fu...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    BMW is producing fuel cell parts for BMW i Hydrogen NEXT in Landshut, Germany
    The Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre (LuTZ) in Landshut, Germany, produces essential components for the hydrogen-electric drivetrain that will be installed in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT from late 2022, and supplying them for installation of the fuel cell system in Munich. According to ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai introduces new Rear Occupant Alert technology
    South Korean carmaker, Hyundai, has announced that its product portfolio now comprises of 13 models that offer Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) systems as standard or optional (Palisade, Santa Fe, Santa Fe HEV, Sonata, Sonata HEV, Elantra, Elantra HEV, Tucson, Tucson HEV, Tucson PHEV, and Tucson N-Line, as...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    Arrival, Uber to collaborate on electric car for ride-hailing sector
    Arrival, the technology startup creating electric vehicles, is partnering with Uber to develop an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing drivers. According to a press release issued by Arrival on 4 May, the Arrival car is expected to enter production in third quarter 2023. ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    STMicroelectronics
    Europe / Switzerland
    05-May-2021 Profile Europe
    Continental supplies essential technologies for the Volkswagen ID.4
    Continental has supplied multiple essential technologies for Volkswagen’s ID.4 electric vehicle (EV), according to a 28 April press release. Continental has supplied software and central computer architecture, brakes, and thermal management, for example for cooling the batteries. Continental also ...
    ACQUISITION: PCTEL acquires car antenna supplier Smarteq Wireless
    Wireless technology provider PCTEL has announced the acquisition of Smarteq Wireless AB from Allgon for an undisclosed amount, according to a company press release on 3 May. “With Smarteq, PCTEL has a strong local presence, expertise, and channel partners to accelerate our growth in Europe, as ...
    ACQUISITION: AAMP Global acquires fleet management solutions company M2M in Motion
    AAMP Global has announced the acquisition of M2M in Motion, a fleet management solutions provider, a company press release on 3 May read. The release read that M2M in Motion's existing customers will have no impact on their products and services. Financial details were not disclosed. The existing...
    Polestar 2 EV to feature new digital key and updated app
    Polestar has announced that the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV) will feature a new digital key technology (beta), according to a company press release on 3 May. Additionally, the Polestar app will be activated with a new integrated vehicle functionality (beta) following the latest over-the-air (OTA...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    Ford cuts output at two German plants due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford Motor is set to cut down production at its German plants in Cologne and Saarlouis for the next few weeks due to shortage in supply of semiconductors, Reuters reported on 3 May. The carmaker is set to prioritize vehicles already ordered by customers said it planned to make up for lost production...
    FEV designs hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine
    FEV is using its experience in the field of internal combustion engines (ICEs), FEV has developed a hydrogen-powered ICE as a “cost-efficient option for zero CO2 transport,” according to a company press release on 29 April. The company claims the solution can be implemented into the current prod...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Cooper Tire reports 23.3% y/y increase in net sales to USD656 million in Q1 2021
    American tire manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2020. According to a press release issued by Cooper Tire on 3 May, the company has posted a net sales figure of USD656 million during the first quarter 2021 period, which implies ...
    BMW, Ford invest in solid-state battery startup Solid Power
    Solid-state battery supplier, Solid Power has announced a USD130 million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Volta Energy Technologies, according to a company press release by Solid Power on May 3. Ford and the BMW have also expanded their existing agreements with...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Modine completes divestment of Austrian automotive air-cooled business to Schmid Metall
    American thermal management technology and solutions provider, Modine Manufacturing Company, has announced that it has completed the sale of its Austrian air-cooled automotive business, including its manufacturing facility located at Kottingbrunn, Austria, to Schmid Metall GmbH, an affiliate of Rupe...
    Volkswagen to design and develop chips for self-driving cars
    As Reuters (via Autoblog) reports dated 30 April, the company chief Herbert Diess told Handelsblatt in an interview that VW will design its own high-performance chips for autonomous vehicles. It was a matter of eking out the best possible hardware, Diess said—much like Apple and Tesla, the mo...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Audi launches initiative for digital factory transformation in Heilbronn, Germany
    Audi is launching the ‘Automotive Initiative 2025’ to establish a world-leading competence network for digital factory transformation and innovation as per a press release on company’s website dated 30 May. In Neckarsulm, Germany, the Audi site will assume a central role as a pilot fac...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    BE Semiconductor plans US, Taiwan expansion to meet chip demand
    Dutch chipmaking equipment supplier BE Semiconductor (BESI) is planning to boost its operations in the United States and Taiwan to meet demand. The Dutch-based maker of semiconductor assembly and packaging equipment also said it expected second-quarter revenue to rise between 30% and 40% from the...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Innoviz, Vueron announce collaboration for lidar-only autonomous driving
    As per a press release on PRNotes dated 3 May, Innoviz Technologies and Vueron Technology announced a partnership to build an autonomous driving platform for LiDAR-only self-driving vehicles; the collaboration will leverage Innoviz’s high-resolution lidars and Vueron’s perception software for a ...
    AEye expands management team; valuation slips to USD1.5 billion on new SPAC merger terms
    AEye, the global leader in active, next-generation LiDAR solutions, on the official website dated 3 May, announced it had added General Counsel Andrew Hughes and Chief of Staff Brent Blanchard to its executive team, bringing additional domain and public company experience. The company has also am...
    Le Bélier to invest USD68 million in new Mexican plant
    The automotive parts supplier Le Bélier announced plans to invest USD68 million in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato in Mexico to open a new plant, according to a report by Mexico Now on 30 April citing Clúster Industrial. The plant will be spanning across an area of 35,000 square meters. The new ...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Freudenberg launches electrically conductive seals for EVs operating at 800V
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) has launched a new generation of electrically conductive seals ‘eCONevo’ for high-performance electric drives at the virtual 2021 Vienna Motor Symposium, according to a company press release on 29 April 2021. The new seals prevent bearing damage caused by e...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    Trinseo completes acquisition of Arkema’s PMMA business
    Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, has announced the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Arkema’s polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) business, according to a press release on 3 May 2021. PMMA is a transparent and rigid...
    Audi launches e-tron GT high-performance EV in Europe
    The Audi e-tron GT is now on sale at dealerships across Europe. According to a press release issued by Audi on 3 May, the company has announced that this fully electric Gran Turismo is available in two models, both of which come with the all-wheel drive. Two electric motors, one on each axle, tog...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    BMW starts battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg, Germany
    The BMW Group is now producing high-voltage batteries and battery components at its locations in Leipzig and Regensburg, in addition to its Dingolfing facility. According to a press release issued by BMW on 30 April, the Leipzig plant will launch series production of battery modules, while the Regen...
    Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen develop renewable blue gasoline
    Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen have come up with a low-carbon gasoline called Blue Gasoline, which contains up to 33% renewables. According to a press release issued by Bosch on 3 May, this fuel complies with the EN 228/E10 standard and can be used in all gasoline engines for which Super 95 E10 gasoli...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    Passive safety technologies
    Automakers equip modern vehicles with a variety of safety systems that can be broadly divided into two groups: active or passive. While active safety systems assist a vehicle in preventing accidents, passive safety systems protect occupants of the vehicle and other road users in the event of an avoi...
    Samsung SDI
    Japan/Korea / South Korea
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 03 May 2021
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    The growth of the automotive apps industry
    The era of the software-defined car is truly underway. A connected automobile in the market today contains around 20–30 million lines of codes. The majority of innovation in the automotive market is currently in the software segment. Crucial selling points for any automaker these days are driver c...
    STMicroelectronics records 35.2% y/y rise in Q1 FY2021 net revenue at USD3.02 billion
    STMicroelectronics reported 35.2% year-on-year (y/y) growth in revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 at USD3.02 billion, according to a company press release on 29 April. Operating income nearly doubled to USD440 million from USD231 million a year earlier, while net income rose to U...
    Nexteer Automotive establishes strategic software team across four global locations
    Nexteer is reorganizing its software department to create a single strategic software team across four global locations, including the Global Technical Center in Saginaw, United States, Regional Technical Centers in Poland and mainland China, as well as a software center in Bengaluru, India. The new...
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers launches auto data storage platform for connected cars
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the country’s leading auto body, has launched an auto data storage platform for smart cars using blockchain technology, Reuters reported on 28 April. Reuters stated that CAAM did not offer details of the platform but held a policy discussion...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Marvell launches 802.3ch 10G automotive Ethernet PHY
    Marvell has made available its IEEE 802.3ch-based multi-gig automotive Ethernet PHY, it said in a press release on 27 April. The PHY will enable the high-speed transfer of data in connected cars. Marvell’s PHY offers up to 10Gbps throughput data transmission for IVNs and addresses the demand for u...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    EV charging startup ChargePoint integrates with Android Auto
    ChargePoint has announced that it will integrate its services via its app with Android Auto, according to a 29 April press release. This will allow customers using Android Auto to access essential electric vehicle (EV) charging functionality inside the vehicle directly from their infotainment system...
    Toyota launches PROACE battery electric panel vans in Europe
    In fourth quarter 2020, Proace Electric was introduced to Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In first quarter 2021 it will be launched in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, alongside Proace Verso Electric in some markets. The models come with...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen details plans for decarbonizing company at Way to Zero Convention
    Volkswagen (VW) intends to be net carbon neutral by 2050 with a targeted interim milestone of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 2030, according to a company press release. The company made these announcements at its first Way to Zero Convention. The company has also sign...
    Benteler offers platform concept for minibus segment
    Benteler has introduced a platform concept for a people mover in the minibus segment, according to a company press release. The concept platform is an e-mobility solution designed for minibuses in the 15 to 22 passenger range. Significance: The concept platform is Benteler’s step into providing...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Stratasys introduces three new 3D printers for additive manufacturing
    Stratasys introduced three new 3D printers in additive manufacturing of end-use parts systems to facilitate additive manufacturing for low-to-mid volume production applications, according a company press release on 27 April. The company has introduced the Stratasys Origin® One 3D printer, H350 3D p...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ID.4 GTX gets dual-motor all-wheel drive
    Volkswagen (VW) has presented its first fully electric high-performance model: the ID.4 GTX EV at the digital world premiere held at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, in Berlin, Germany, according to a company press release. The ID.4 GTX is the first model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) to...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    General Motors invests over USD1 billion in its Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico
    General Motors (GM) has announced that it is investing more than USD1 billion in the Ramos Arizpe Manufacturing Complex to inaugurate a new painting plant that is scheduled to start operations in June 2021. GM Ramos Arizpe has begun construction work on its new facilities within the complex, where G...
    03-May-2021 News Investments
    Garret Motion’s first quarter 2021 net sales rises by 33.8% y/y to USD997 million
    Switzerland-based automotive powertrain components supplier, Garrett Motion, has published its financial results for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year (FY). According to a press release issued by Garrett Motion on 29 April, the company posted a net sales figure of USD997 million during first...
    Powertrain startup Tula Tech’s DMD technology lowers reliance on rare-earth materials
    Propulsion efficiency startup, Tula Technology Inc., has announced that their product Dynamic Motor Drive (DMD™) mitigates efficiency losses of electric motors while significantly reducing reliance on rare-earth materials. According to a press release issued by Tula Technology on 29 April, the pat...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Gentherm’s first quarter FY 2021 revenue rises 26.2% y/y to USD288.5 million.
    US-based thermal management technology provider, Gentherm, has published its financial results for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year. According to a press release issued by Gentherm on 29 April, the company stated that it generated revenues of USD288.5 million, which represents an increase o...
    Kongsberg Automotive appoints Joerg Buchheim as CEO
    Kongsberg Automotive ASA has appointed Joerg Buchheim as CEO and president effective 1 May 2021. Buchheim brings more than two decades of international executive leadership experience in the automotive supply industry. He will be responsible for developing its substantial business potential in close...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi presents A6 e-tron concept featuring Digital Matrix LED, OLED technology
    Audi presented its fully electric A6 e-tron concept featuring digital matrix light-emitting diode (LED) and digital organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology at the Auto Shanghai 2021 show, the automaker announced in a press release on 19 April 2021. The vehicle’s flat headlights and tailligh...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    GM recalls 2,568 vehicles in US to replace driver seatbelt lap pretensioner
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 2,568 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the driver seat belt lap pretensioner, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 8 April. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2014...
    03-May-2021 News Recalls
    Samvardhana Motherson completes the acquisition of Turkish Plast Met Group.
    Indian automotive components supplier, Samvardhana Motherson has announced the completion of the acquisition of a majority stake in Turkey-based Plast Met Group upon receipt of related approvals, according to a press release on 30 April. The material subsidiary of Motherson Sumi Systems—Samvardhan...
    IAC - Global Headquarters
    Europe / Luxembourg
    02-May-2021 Profile Europe
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Auto Shanghai Recap
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Auto Shanghai Recap  Join us for a review of this year’s Auto Shanghai event, only the second major auto show since the beginning of the pandemic. Our experts were on-site and will provide you with an overview of the announceme...
    30-Apr-2021 News Webinars
    Visteon posts 14% y/y rise in Q1 FY2021 net sales to USD746 million
    Visteon’s first-quarter net sales have risen 14% year on year (y/y) to USD746 million, a company filing on 29 April showed. Net income for the period was USD16 million, compared with a loss of USD35 million last year. Visteon said sales growth was primarily driven by rebound in the mainland China ...
    EU plans semiconductor alliance including STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon, and ASML
    The European Union is working on creating a semiconductor alliance that will include STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon, and ASML, Reuters reported on 30 April. The plan is currently at a nascent stage. It could reportedly include a pan-European scheme known as an Important Project of Common Eur...
    UK-based startup Ohme partners with Volvo to offer smart EV charging solutions in Benelux
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company Ohme has announced a partnership with Volvo under which the startup will offer smart charging solutions to the automaker’s EV customers in Benelux. The 28 April press release reads that Ohme’s flagship intelligent portable charger will be available to both ...
    Mapbox launches Mapbox Dash customizable lane level navigation system for cars
    Mapbox has launched Mapbox Dash, a customizable lane level navigation system for vehicles, the company said in a press release on 19 April. Dash allows automakers control the map and UI design, offer lane level guidance, live traffic, speed limit warnings, voice integration, rich places search, AR n...
    SoundHound expands Houndify Voice AI to 22 languages
    SoundHound has expanded its Houndify Voice AI platform to 22 languages, it said in a press release on 21 April. Companies tying up with SoundHound will have access to the Houndify Voice AI in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Indian-accented English, German, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Ru...
    30-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EVLOMO, Rojana Industrial Park to set up 8 GWh lithium battery plant in Thailand
    EVLOMO and Rojana Industrial Park Public Co., Ltd. have announced plans to set up an 8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery plant in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) of Thailand, according to a company press release. The companies will together invest up to a total of USD1.06 bi...
    Italdesign, Williams Advanced Engineering to provide EV rolling chassis production solution
    Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has developed a new state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) architecture. The product combines WAE’s new EVX modular EV platform with Italdesign’s vehicle design and development expertise, according to a company press release on 28 April. The companies aim...
    30-Apr-2021 News Investments
    NTN develops ‘Creepless Bearing’ using proprietary undercut machining on bearing to stop creeping
    NTN Corporation has developed a “creepless bearing”—a deep groove ball bearing for automotive transmissions and electric vehicle (EV)/hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) motors—that stops creeping by applying the company’s proprietary undercut machining on the outer diameter of the outer ri...
    30-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV charging startup Virta raises EUR30 million in funding round
    Virta announced that it has drawn “significant funding from major technology investors in Europe and Asia,” according to a company press release on 20 April. The company has raised EUR30 million in a funding round, to further push electric mobility on a global level. The investment round was com...
    VW survey says 45% EV owners, about 6 in 10 shoppers likely to buy EV for next vehicle purchase
    Volkswagen of America, Inc. has come out with the results of a survey it conducted of 1,000 sport utility vehicle (SUV) owners and 500 SUV shoppers. The company announced the results in a press release on 22 April, according to which, while most of them had not driven an electric vehicle (EV), ...
    Baidu launches fully driverless ride-hailing services in outer Beijing
    Baidu plans to open fully driverless robo-taxi services in Beijing, starting from 2 May 2021. The fully driverless Apollo Go Robotaxi service will first be launched in Beijing's Shougang Park—one of the venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics—and will soon be transporting visitors at...
    30-Apr-2021 News New Products
    ORNL licenses AI software system to General Motors for automotive use
    The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its award-winning artificial intelligence software system, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning (MENNDL), to General Motors (GM) for use in vehicle technology and design, according to the company'...
    Toyoda Gosei announces proposal to close UK manufacturing facilities
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has announced plans to close its UK manufacturing facilities. According to a company press release on 28 April 2021, its subsidiary Toyoda Gosei UK Ltd. (TGUK) has informed its employees of a proposal to close the business in the United Kingdom. TGUK employs 458 people as of 3...
    HELLA supplies modular LED headlamp for Bronco Sport vehicle
    HELLA is supplying modular LED headlamps for Ford’s new outdoor off-road Bronco Sport vehicle, according to a company press release on 27 April 2021. HELLA is supplying bifunctional projector modules for Bronco. The first round of production of headlamps has already started in HELLA’s lighting p...
    HELLA develops ambient lighting for Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    HELLA has equipped the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class with complete ambient lighting solutions, the Germany-based lighting and electronics expert said in a press release on 29 April 2021. "The trend towards individualization in combination with new technologies opens up a wide range of new possibiliti...
    Velodyne to supply lidar for Faraday’s FF 91 luxury EV
    On 29 April, Velodyne Lidar announced on the company's website that it had been selected by Faraday Future (FF) as the exclusive supplier of lidar for Faraday’s flagship FF 91 all-electric vehicle. “Velodyne and Faraday Future are both committed to redefining the mobility experience thro...
    Aisan Industry
    Japan/Korea / Japan
    Dashboard display market and technology trends
    This report provides a basic understanding of the primary displays in the vehicle dashboard—center stack display (CSD), instrument cluster display, and a more recent phenomenon, multi-display modules. It also delves on the demand outlook for such display systems, their main suppliers and users, an...
    Keysight's GaN test board facilitates reduced prototype cycles, accelerated product launch
    Keysight Technologies has announced a customized gallium nitride (GaN) test board for dynamic power device analyzer/double-pulse tester (PD1500A), according to a 28 April press release. This will enable tier-1 and OEM power converter designers reduce prototype cycles and accelerate product launch. ...
    29-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Denso FY 2020 revenue dips 4.2% y/y to USD44.6 billion
    DENSO posted a full year revenue of JPY4.94 trillion (USD44.6 billion) for the period ending 31 March 2021. The 4.2% drop in revenue was attributed to the ‘significant decline in the first quarter’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a press release on 28 April. Consolidated operating profi...
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