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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Sumitomo Chemicals to set up new polypropylene compounds plant in mainland China
    Sumitomo Chemical is setting up a new polypropylene (PP) compound plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, in mainland China, the company announced in a press release on 15 September. The new plant is scheduled to start operating at the beginning of 2021. “Setting up the Wuxi Plant as our fifth produ...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Volvo Cars establishes ‘Green Finance Framework’ to fund electrification strategy
    Volvo Cars has established a new framework to help it fund its ambitious vehicle electrification strategy and climate plan, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company’s Green Financing Framework will pave way for its first green bond. Volvo will use proceeds of such bond to f...
    ubitricity partners with Hubject for Europe-wide EV charging network
    ubitricity has partnered with Hubject for its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across Europe, the company announced in a press release on 24 August. The partnership will help ubitricity customers get access to more EV chargers in the region. “This collaboration gives ubitricity a boost ...
    ChargePoint announces plan to become a listed company
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company ChargePoint has announced that it plans to become a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a reverse merger with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company with a strategic foc...
    MG Motors launches all-electric MG5 and MG HS plug-in PHEV in UK
    MG Motors has launched a new all-electric vehicle MG5 and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) MG HS plug-in in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 22 September. The MG5 is powered by a 115-kW electric motor and a 52.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The MG5 electr...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    dSPACE integrates high-fidelity vehicle dynamics simulation on NVIDIA Drive Sim for autonomous driving vehicles
    NVIDIA Drive Sim will be integrated with dSPACE’s high-fidelity automotive simulation model (ASM), the company said in a press release on 24 September. The combination of the DRIVE Sim simulation software platform with dSPACE’s vehicle models will ensure thorough testing and validation of eve...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Renesas joins Global Semiconductor Alliance
    Renesas Electronics has joined the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), it said in a press release on 24 September. “I am excited for Renesas to join the Global Semiconductor Alliance. Being a GSA member will allow Renesas deeper collaboration with our partners and peers to accelerate technolog...
    Startup Otonomo releases API for access to connected car data
    Otonomo has released a self-serve platform and API for online access to real-time and historical connected car data, the Israel-based startup said in a press release on 22 September. “Our new Self-Serve Data Platform eliminates the complexity usually associated with car data. With Otonomo’s s...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Mullen Technologies to start construction of pilot EV plant in US
    Mullen Technologies has announced plans to begin construction of a pilot electric vehicle (EV) facility in Monrovia, California, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company will transform its high-voltage battery research and development (R&D) facility in Monrovia into ...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Keysight partners with Qualcomm and SGS for testing C-V2X technology
    Keysight Technologies has announced a partnership with Qualcomm Technologies and SGS to test cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, a company press release read on 23 September. The companies worked on test cases involving radio frequency and radio resource management performance veri...
    Osram, ams sign ‘Domination and Profit And Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA)
    Austria sensor specialist ams has concluded as the controlling company a domination and profit and loss transfer (DPLTA) agreement with German supplier OSRAM Licht AG as the controlled company, the two companies announced in separate press release on 22 September 2020. "We are very pleased to con...
    Autonomous startup Aurora Innovation expands team in Pittsburgh, US
    Aurora Innovation is expanding its team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the United States, the company announced on a blog on Medium on 17 September. The company has taken over a new office space at 1600 Smallman Street in the vibrant Strip District. The new office, with more than 100,000 square f...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Li-Cycle to set up lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York
    Li-Cycle Corp., a Canada-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery resource recovery company, will establish its first commercial Li-ion battery recycling Hub at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York in the United States, according to a company press release on 23 September. To this end, the c...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    EU clears JV between Hella and Minth in China
    The European Commission (the Commission) has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture (JV) in China between HELLA Holding International GmbH and China-based Minth Investment Co. in China, according to an official press release on 23 September on the website of EC. HE...
    Fisker to set up new technology center in US
    EV startup Fisker Inc. will set up its new technology center in the Mission District of San Francisco in the United States, according to a company press release on 24 September 2020. This facility will be the focal point and development center for the company's software and vehicle electronics, incl...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Webasto presents joint projects with startups at Startup Autobahn’s EXPO 8
    Webasto displayed joint projects with startups at EXPO 8 of the open innovation platform "Startup Autobahn", according to a company press release on 23 September 2020. Webasto said innovations developed with three startups focused on convertible roof systems. Webasto, in partnership with ‘Imagi...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    HELLA’s Q1 2020/21 sales drop 10% y/y to USD1.6 billion
    HELLA reported a 10.6% year-on-year (y/y) decline in currency and portfolio-adjusted consolidated sales to EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion) for the first quarter ended 31 August 2020, according to a company press release on 24 September 2020. The adjusted EBIT also dropped 49.5% y/y to EUR56 million....
    Will Tesla’s thrust on expanding its in-house expertise pay off?
    On 22 September, Tesla hosted an announcement-packed ‘Battery Day”, showcasing its vision on where it wants to be in terms of battery cell technology and production capacities within the next three years, as well as what some of the innovation in the works could mean for end customers of its ele...
    Hyundai unveils ‘IONIQ Concept Cabin’ for future EV interiors
    Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, unveiled the IONIQ Concept Cabin, its latest version of in-car experiences for dedicated electric vehicles (EVs), in Seoul, South Korea on 24 September, the company said in a press release. The Concept developed, in partnership w...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    E-axle demand forecast to more than double within next two years
    Electrification is by far one of the most active areas of automotive innovation these days. Vehicle manufacturers are being faced with constantly evolving and strengthening emission norms and standards, while simultaneously having to make their models more responsive to drive so as to keep up the ap...
    Increased electrification to drive demand for newer types of A/C condensers
    Comfort almost always ranks quite high in the list of criteria for customers looking to purchase a new vehicle, and carmakers have always invested significant time, effort, and money in making sure their vehicles’ A/C or climate control systems function as best as possible. In addition to heating ...
    Beijing Motor Show 2020: New Geely Lynk & Co’s Zero concept EV features Mobileye features
    Geely has announced that its’ new Zero Concept electric vehicle (EV) will feature Lynk & Co’s CoPilot solution powered by Mobileye SuperVision surround-view advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities, a company press release read on 24 September read...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Continental, Xilinx collaborate on production-ready 4D imaging radar for autonomous driving
    Continental and Xilinx have joined forces to develop 4D imaging radar for autonomous driving, the two companies said in a joint press release on 23 September. The collaboration will see Xilinx power Continental’s new advanced radar sensor (ARS) 540 with its Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSOC platform ...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Mobileye to partner with UAE-based Al Habtoor Group for autonomous vehicles deployment, mobility services in Dubai
    Israel-based Mobileye, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to accelerate deployment of autonomous vehicles and mobility services in Dubai (UAE) the US-based chipmaker said in a press release on 23 September. The agreem...
    Diodes gets mainland China’s State Administration for Market Regulation approval for Lite-On Semiconductor acquisition
    Diodes has received approval from mainland China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) for the acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor, the company said in a press release on 23 September. The transaction is expected to close by the end of November 2020. Significance: In March, Diode...
    Inmotive unveils new 2-speed transmission for EVs
    Canada-based automotive supplier, Inmotive, has launched its patented Ingear 2-speed transmission. According to a press release issued by Inmotive on 23 September, the company has stated that this new gearbox has been designed for the next generation of electric vehicles (EVs). Inmotive states th...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Autocrypt partners with NXP for V2X security solutions
    Autocrypt has announced a partnership with NXP Semiconductors for automotive security services starting with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications, a company press release on 24 September read. NXP's V2X-related products such as SAF5X00 modem chipsets, SXF1800 secure element IC and i.MX 8 seri...
    Renault introduces Arkana Hybrid SUV coupe in Europe
    French carmaker Renault has introduced its newest electrified sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Arkana Hybrid, in the European market. In a press release issued by Renault on 23 September, the company stated that the Arkana will be put on sale with the options of an E-TECH Hybrid engine, and two pet...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Subaru selects ON Semiconductors’ image sensor to enable camera based ADAS
    ON Semiconductor has announced that its image sensing technology will be used in Subaru’s new-generation EyeSight Driver Assist platform to enable camera-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a company press release on 23 September. “Subaru's high quality standards and commitment t...
    ŠKODA collaborates with Parkopedia to assist drivers in finding parking spaces
    Skoda has announced a partnership with Parkopedia, whereby drivers can get easy and quick real-time access to vacant parking spaces throughout Europe, a press release by the automaker read on 23 September. The information will be displayed via the car’s navigation system or the ŠKODA&nb...
    Volkswagen premieres ID.4 all-electric SUV with 250-mile range
    German carmaker Volkswagen has premiered its pure-electric SUV, the ID.4. This new vehicle is powered by a 150 kW (201 bhp) electric motor that draws power from a 77-kWh battery pack that Volkswagen claims can drive the ID.4 for up to approximately 323 miles (520 km) according to the WLTP cycle. ...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely develops new platform for EVs
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has launched its ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), which it claims to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle (EV) architecture, according to a company press release on 23 September. Geely Holding will deploy the SEA architec...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    LeddarTech acquires assets of Phantom Intelligence
    LeddarTech has acquired the assets of Phantom Intelligence, including all of its intellectual property (IP) and technology, the company said in a press release on 22 September 2020. Phantom Intelligence, founded in 2011, specializes in signal processing and lidar technology that protects vulnerab...
    US State California to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles from 2035
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector, according to a press release on 23 September on the official website of the ...
    BorgWarner supplies compact turbocharger for Volkswagen’s Nivus crossover
    BorgWarner is supplying its compact B01 turbocharger for the newly launched Volkswagen Nivus crossover, according to a company press release on 23 September 2020. “With an EA211 1.0L 200 TSI engine, the vehicle features first-of-its-kind turbo technology for the Brazilian market, offering a d...
    BMW to start battery module production at Leipzig plant in Germany from 2021
    BMW is further expanding its production capacities for electric drives in Germany. According to a company press release on 23 September, the automaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany is expected to start large-series production of battery modules as early as in mid-2021. These battery modules will be u...
    24-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Continental, Osram agree to dissolve automotive lighting JV
    Continental has decided to repatriate the joint venture (JV) with Osram, according to a Continental press release on 23 September. The two companies plan to dissolve their 50:50 JV for intelligent automotive lighting systems ‘Osram Continental’, which was founded in 2018. The two companies are c...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Strategy & Opportunity in Autonomy
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Strategy & Opportunity in Autonomy Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have taken hold throughout the automotive industry, establishing a paradigm of increased availability and standardization of basic safety features for ma...
    23-Sep-2020 News Webinars
    Kia Sorento gets hybrid and PHEV powertrain options for US market
    Kia Motors has announced that its Sorento SUV will be made available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid  (PHEV) powertrain options in the US market. In a press release issued by Kia on 22 September, the company stated that the new turbo-hybrid powertrain on the Sorento produces 227 hp in the hybrid...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Tesla plans to launch USD25,000 electric car in next three years
    Tesla, at its Battery Day 2020, has announced plans to launch a USD25,000 electric car in the next three years, BBC reported on 23 September. The affordable car is expected to be made possible by a new battery under development by Tesla which the company claimed will be less than half the price of t...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Auto China 2020: Honda to showcase EV concept
    In a press release dated 15 September, Honda announced that it will unveil a new all-electric vehicle concept at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020) show in Beijing, China, later in September. Honda said that the concept car will showcase the direction of the futur...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Opel opens booking new all-electric Mokka-e
    Opel has opened booking its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Mokka-e in Germany, according to a company press release on 22 September. The new Mokka-e has been priced starting at EUR32,990 (USD38,710.9), before local incentives. The vehicle has a power output of 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen starts delivery of all-electric ID.3 in UK
    Volkswagen has started delivery of its all-electric hatchback ID.3 in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 21 September. The ID.3 is produced in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in the east of Germany. “I am incredibly proud to witness this moment. In 2018 we were the first ...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Tula presents dDSF technology at Future Diesel Powertrain Summit in Shanghai
    Tula Technology, Inc., a propulsion efficiency innovation company, announced its participation and presentation on its diesel Dynamic Skip Fire (dDSF™) technology at the 4th Future Diesel Powertrain Summit China 2020 on 24-25 September in Shanghai, China. According to a press release issued by Tul...
    Electrify America introduces kWh-based pricing structure in US
    Electrify America has introduced a new pricing structure featuring kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing in 23 states and District of Columbia (DC) in the United States, a 16 September press release read. This will allow electric vehicle (EV) owners with consistent rates across its fast-charging network. R...
    Maserati to use Alcantara in all-new MC20 supercar’s interior
    Maserati is planning to use Alcantara in the all-new MC20 supercar’s interior, Alcantara S.p.A announced in a press release on 22 September. The premium material will be used for seating, as well as on its headliner, door pillars, side panels, steering wheel, and instrument panel. The new MC20 is ...
    Seoul Semiconductor supplies WICOP Bi-color LED products for MY 2020 Audi A4 headlamp
    Seoul Semiconductor has announced that it has supplied WICOP Bi-color LED products for daytime running lights and front turn signals of the MY2020 Audi A4 headlamp, a company press release on 22 September read. “The [WICOP Gen2] family has been developed as a light source suitable for automobil...
    Maxim’s MAX25205 data acquisition system enables hand-gesture controls
    Maxim Integrated has said that its MAX25205 data acquisition system will allow automotive systems designers to add dynamic hand-gesture controls at a low cost and small size, a company press release read on 22 September. The system consists of integrated optics and a 6x10 infrared (IR) sensor arr...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Yanfeng presents new Experience in Motion 2021 (XiM21) concept car in Germany
    Yanfeng Automotive Interior (YFAI) has presented new Experience in Motion 2020 (XiM21) concept car in a virtual event in Neuss, Germany, the company said in a press release on 22 September. The XiM21 concept offers customizable environment, connected services and seamlessly integrated intuitive inte...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Automotive software startup Aurora Labs raises USD23 million in Series B funding
    Israeli startup Aurora Labs has raised USD23 million in Series B funding, it said in a press release on 22 September. The round was jointly led by LG Technology Ventures and Marius Nacht, cofounder of Check Point Software Technologies. Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho, UL Ventures, and existing investors p...
    23-Sep-2020 News Investments
    TomTom to supply connected services for Maserati Intelligent Assistant infotainment system
    TomTom has announced that it will supply Maserati with maps, navigation software and connected services for the all-new Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) in-vehicle infotainment system, a company press release read on 22 September. Customers using Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte models will h...
    Li Auto enters strategic cooperation agreement with NVIDIA, Desay SV, to develop autonomous driving system
    Chinese electric vehicle startup Li Auto has reached a three-way cooperation agreement with NVIDIA and its local partner Huizhou Desay SV Automotive to develop autonomous driving platform, the company said in a press release on 22 September. The partnership will enable Li Auto to launch its full-siz...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Preh supplies sensory volume control for Audi A3
    Preh is supplying a new sensory volume control for the new Audi A3 compact sedan, the company said in a press release on 14 September. The innovative volume control is located in the center console of the sedan. The volume can be adjusted by sliding finger in circle. In addition, the controller can ...
    SKF invests USD61.5 million to reinforce operations in North America
    Sweden-based automotive components supplier, SKF, has announced that it will be investing SEK550 million (approximately USD61.5 million) to strengthen its North American operations. According to a press release issued by SKF on 22 September, the company stated that this investment will also be ...
    23-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Hankook Tire partners with SK Planet to develop Road Risk Detection Solution
    South Korean tire manufacturer, Hankook Tire, has announced its collaboration with data and testing firm, SK Planet. According to a press release issued by Hankook on 22 September, the companies will create a solution called the Road Risk Detection Solution that is capable of preemptively detecting ...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Trevor Milton resigns as chairman of Nikola Motors
    In a press release dated 20 September, Nikola Motors announced that Trevor Milton has stepped down from the position of executive chairman and from the board. Nikola has appointed Stephen Girsky, former vice chairman of General Motors Co. and a member of Nikola’s Board, as the new chairman of the ...
    CATL invests USD6.4 million in Neo Lithium for lithium mining project in Argentina
    Mainland Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has invested CAD8.5 million (USD6.4 million) in Neo Lithium for its ‘3Q’ lithium mining project in Argentina, Neo Lithium announced in a press release on 14 September. CATL will receive 10,217,502 common shares, representing 8...
    22-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Contra Costa Transportation Authority to use NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform for pilot project
    Contra Costa Transportation Authority will use vehicles retrofitted with the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus platform for an automated driving system pilot project, a company press release on 15 September read. The agency is looking to estimate how much intelligent transportation can improve the efficie...
    Keysight develops radar target simulator and advanced automotive ethernet software
    Keysight Technologies has developed the Radar Target Simulator and the Advanced Automotive Ethernet software test solutions to its automotive portfolio, the company said in a press release on 21 September. The solutions will help automotive engineers, designers and manufacturers develop products for...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Karma Automotive to launch first all-electric car in 2021
    In a press release dated 21 September, Karma Automotive announced that it will launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2021. Karma also announced the new GS label for its new models. The new family of sedans will wear the GS badge. The lineup will include updated electrification options, techn...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely launches battery swapping stations in China
    Geely has launched new battery swapping stations in China, the company announced in a press release on its website. According to the company, the station can swap a spent battery for a fully charged one in around 90 seconds. Geely plans to set up 35 battery swapping stations by the end of 2020 and a...
    SEAT starts production of Arona with new engine-transmission combination at Spanish facility
    SEAT has begun the production of its Arona SUV with a new engine-transmission combination at the Martorell facilities in Barcelona, Spain, the company said in a press release on 21 September. The transmission combination is a 1.5 TSI linked exclusively to a DSG transmission. The 1.5L TSI uni...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    French government to discuss alternatives scenarios for planned closure of Bridgestone plant
    France is planning to discuss alternative scenarios due to the planned closure of a Bridgestone plant in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September quoting junior Economy Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher. The plant is situated in the Northern French city of Bethune. “We have agreed (with Brid...
    Chinese EV startup WM Motor raises USD1.47 billion in latest funding round
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) startup, WM Motor, has announced that it raised CNY10 billion (approximately USD1.47 billion) in its Series D round of funding. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 22 September, the Baidu- and Tencent-backed EV manufacturer’s newest investors inc...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Osram introduces new UV light device to clean air in vehicle interior
    Osram has developed ‘Air Zing Mini’ air purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to clear air inside vehicles, the company said in a press release on 17 September. The round device, measuring 7.5 cm in diameter, can be easily attached to the vehicle’s ventilation slats with a clip. The d...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    MY 2021 Cadillac CT4, CT5 to feature ‘Enhanced Super Cruise’ with lane change on demand functionality
    The new model year (MY) 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 luxury sports utility vehicles (SUVs) will feature ‘Enhanced Super Cruise’ with ‘Lane Change on Demand’ functionality, the company said in a press release on 10 September. The Enhanced Super Cruise driver assistance system offers hands-free d...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Government of Canada grants USD1.3 million to CSA Group to develop standards for EVs
    The government of Canada has announced CAD1.7 million (USD1.3 million) grant to the CSA Group, a Toronto-based company that develops standards to address emerging technologies and issues in the public and private sectors, according to a press release on the official website of the Government of Cana...
    Volkswagen recalls 1,829 vehicles in US to replace passenger frontal airbag
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling nearly 1,829 vehicles in the United States to replace passenger frontal airbags, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) model year 2020 VW Passat sedans. It is exp...
    22-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Lumileds appoints Matt Roney as CEO
    Lumileds, a major supplier of lighting solutions, has appointed Matt Roney as the company’s CEO, effective 1 October 2020, according to a press release on 21 September. Most recently, Roney served as president of Lumileds’ Automotive Business Unit. He succeeds Dr. Jonathan Rich who will continue...
    Volkswagen’s ID.4 EV features optional ‘IQ.Light’ with LED matrix headlights
    Volkswagen’s new pure electric vehicle (EV) ID.4 features LED matrix headlights with IQ.Light technology as optional, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 September. The lighting system’s light modules are made up of 11 individual LEDs each, which can be individually switched off and...
    SK Innovation to hire over 1,000 workers by 2021 at EV battery plants in US
    SK Innovation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers by the end of 2021 at its new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Georgia, United States, according to a company press release on 21 September 2020. SK Innovation has recently completed the exterior of its first manufacturing plant...
    Schaeffler and Bosch collaborate on intelligent rear wheel steering development
    Automotive components suppliers Schaeffler and Bosch have announced their collaboration to develop the intelligent rear wheel steering (iRWS) product line. According to a press release issued by Schaeffler on 21 September, Schaeffler will provide mechatronic iRWS systems, and Bosch Automotive Steeri...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    KPS Capital Partners enters agreement for potential acquisition of Garrett Motion’s business
    Swiss automotive powertrain components manufacturer Garrett Motion announced that it has signed a stock and asset purchase agreement with US-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners, wherein the company, through an affiliate, would acquire substantially all of the assets of Garr...
    Virtual Peaker, Fermata Energy partner to use V2G bidirectional charging technology in utilities
    Virtual Peaker has collaborated with Fermata Energy to integrate Fermata's vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with its cloud-based residential energy demand response platform used by utilities across the United States, a company press release on 15 September read. The partnership will enable the ma...
    Scotland county Lanarkshire selects EV charging partners for Project PACE
    The Scottish government has announced the suppliers to develop 40 new public electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across Lanarkshire county as part of Project PACE, Electric Vehicle Research reported earlier this month. Project PACE aims to help achieve Scottish government plans to phase out the need...
    Shanghai to extend road designated for testing intelligent connected vehicles
    Shanghai will extend the scope of testing intelligent and connected vehicles, Shine reported on 14 September. It is expected to will extend the length of roads for testing to nearly 807.8 miles (1,300 km) in Jiading. The report adds that Shanghai plans to promote integrated development of intelli...
    Volkswagen issues green bonds to fund development of electrified models
    Volkswagen has issued its first green bonds with a volume of EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion), the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The two bonds have terms of 8 and 12 years and annual interest of 0.875% and 1.250% respectively. The proceeds will be used for development of modular...
    EIB increases FCA’s financing for BEVs and PHEVs to over USD947 million
    European Investment Bank (EIB) has increased its financing to FCA for battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to EUR800 million (USD947 million), the company announced in a press release on 18 September. Investments will be mainly in plants located in southern Ita...
    Visteon supplies all-new digital cluster for MY 2021 Ford F-150
    Visteon Corporation has announced that it will be supplying a new digital cluster for model year (MY) 2021 Ford F-150 vehicle, a company press release on 9 September read. The new 12.4-inch digital cluster enhances in-car user experience and prioritizes safety and connectivity. The system’s sof...
    China introduces fresh policies to support adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China has introduced new policies for accelerating the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September, citing the finance ministry. The new policy is focused toward supporting the development of a mature supply chain for the hyd...
    Punch Powertrain and PSA's JV for electrified transmissions starts operations
    In a press release dated 18 September, Punch Powertrain announced that its joint venture (JV) with PSA Groupe for electrified transmissions, Punch Powertrain PSA e-transmissions, has started operations. Elias van Wijk, previously CTO to Punch Powertrain, has been named CEO of the new JV. This JV wil...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 21 September 2020
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    German Autolabs receives new funding
    German Autolabs has announced two new financing modules, the Berlin startup said in a press release on 8 November 2017. German Autolabs is now part of mFUND - the funding program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) for the digitization of mobility in Germany. "S...
    Brembo to introduce more digital solutions as part of new business strategy
    Italian supplier of braking components and systems, Brembo, has announced that it aims to use smart and sustainable digital products and services in order to become a solution provider. According to a press statement issued by Brembo on 16 September, the company intends to use its technological expe...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Cadillac launches 2021 XT4 SUV in mainland China featuring Face ID keyless entry
    General Motors’ (GM) Cadillac has launched its 2021 XT4 luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) in mainland China, featuring advanced connectivity technologies, the company said in a press release on 16 September. The new SUV, for the first time, features the Face ID unlocking and starting feature, all...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Toyoda Gosei develops LED illuminated emblem
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has developed an LED illuminated emblem to light up the front face of vehicles, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 18 September 2020. It will be used on several models of VOYAH, a luxury brand of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that will be launched starting in 2021 b...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Coventry University designs pandemic-proof car of the future
    Coventry University researchers have developed a pandemic-proof car of the future, according to a Coventry University press release on 17 September. The car has touch-free doors that opens automatically for the passengers. The futuristic design is developed by Paul Herriotts, Professor of Transport ...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volvo to recall over 244,000 vehicles in mainland China over seatbelt issue
    Volvo Cars is recalling 244,800 vehicles in mainland China over a seatbelt issue, according to a statement on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall covers seven imported and mainland China-made models produced from 2006 to 2019, including the S80, S60L, and XC60. ...
    21-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Autonomous startup Idriverplus raises over USD14.6 million
    Chinese autonomous driving startup Idriverplus has raised over CNY100 million (about USD14.6 million), according to a report by VentureBeat on 14 September. The latest round of Series C+ was led by Xin Ding Capital and Huaxia Weiming Investment. Significance: The funding will used in research and...
    TNO expands partnership with solar EV maker Lightyear
    TNO is extending its collaboration with Lightyear; a Dutch solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing startup, TNO announced in a press release on 17 September. The two companies have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to combine resources and extend their partners...
    Sumitomo Bakelite develops plant-based phenolic resin for automotive applications
    Sumitomo Bakelite has developed a new plant-based solid novolac phenolic resin for automotive applications, according to a report by Plastics Today on 8 September. The new material, which the company manufactures on a commercial basis, uses lignin as a raw material. Sumitomo Bakelite said the new ma...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Zoox receives permit to test autonomous vehicles without driver in California
    Zoox has received permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous vehicles without a safety driver, Reuters reported on 18 September. The permit will allow the US-based company, which Amazon acquired in June 2020, to test two autonomous vehicles without driver behind...
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mech...
    Ricardo publishes report on V2I communications
    Ricardo said that despite momentum growing for wider scale deployment of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) deployment of communication technologies in both vehicles and road infrastructure have been fragmented and relatively slow. In a report published on 17 September, Ricardo said that the delay i...
    Lattice develops new FPGAs to support automotive applications
    Lattice Semiconductor has announced new versions of its MachXO3LF FPGAs and MachXO3D FPGAs, a company press release read on 16 September. The MachXO3LF FPGAs are for flexible deployment of automotive control applications while the MachXO3D FPGAs are for system security supporting extended temperatur...
    18-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Altium, ESCRYPT partner to enhance automotive cyber security
    Altium has partnered with ESCRYPT to enhance automotive cybersecurity, the company said in a press release on 17 September. Altium’s TASKING will support the host-side integration of ESCRYPT’s CycurHSM security software, which is specifically targeted at microcontrollers with an integrated, hard...
    Melexis develops new QVGA resolution time-of-flight sensor for automotive applications
    Melexis has developed MLX75026, an AEC-Q100 qualified QVGA time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 17 September. The MLX75026 enables software-compatibility with the MLX75027 Gen 3 VGA ToF sensor, resulting in migration between VGA and QVGA res...
    18-Sep-2020 News New Products
    SPIN-OFF: LG Chem announces plan to spin off its battery business
    LG Chem has announced plans to spin off its battery business, a company press release read on 17 September. The decision has been approved by the board and is subject to shareholder approval. LG Chem says that it will be a physical division in which LG Chem will possess all of the stocks issued b...
    ZF to supply 8-speed PHEV transmission for Jeep Wrangler 4xe
    Germany-based automotive transmission systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it will be supplying its 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for installation in the new 4WD Jeep Wrangler 4xe with a front-longitudinal drive configuration. According to a ...
    Three US House lawmakers ask GAO to review delay in NHTSA’s vehicle safety rulemaking process
    Three Democrats in the US House of Representatives—Frank Pallone, Jan Schakowsky, and Lisa Blunt Rochester—have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to probe why US auto safety regulators have failed to write a “dozen” of new vehicle safety rules, Reuters reported on 17 September...
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