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    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
    12-Nov-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    Electric Nation to install 100 V2G EV chargers in UK
    Electric Nation has announced that it has installed the first of 100 vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 19 November. The Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid trial is a project by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and CrowdCharge. The installation...
    Diodes unveils automotive synchronous buck converters for noise reduction
    Diodes has announced two integrated synchronous buck converters for automotive power systems, in a company press release on 17 November. The convertors simplify circuit design in automotive power systems with its Power Good output and EMI mitigation for noise-sensitive applications. The AP63...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    LG Electronics pilots C-V2X platform using Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength
    LG Electronics is piloting a next-generation cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) platform using Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength, Verizon announced in a press release 11 November. The idea is to transfer data in near real-time, including a service intended to improve driving safety with secure ...
    Audi to offer second onboard charger on e-tron for 22-kW AC charging
    Audi is offering a second onboard charger on the e-tron 55 and e-tron Sportback 55 that will enable 22-kW AC charging, the company announced in a press release on 25 November. This option will follow for the e-tron 50 and e-tron S models in mid-2021. Audi has already converted the standard mode 3 ca...
    Element Energy to lead new project to develop smart on-street EV chargers
    Element Energy is set to lead a consortium of companies to develop on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the company announced in a press release on 24 November. The Smart Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (SmartSTEP)  project includes charge point start-up Trojan E...
    Japan plans to double purchase subsidies for EVs
    Japan is planning to double the subsidies offered for purchase of electric vehicles (EV), The Japan Times reported on 25 November. The amount of subsidies per vehicle will be raised to JPY800,000 (USD7,654), from the current JPY400,000 currently. However, the increased subsidy will only be available...
    Plastic Omnium to invest USD118 million toward hydrogen mobility
    In a press release dated 25 November, Plastic Omnium said that it is planning to invest EUR100 million (USD 118 million) toward hydrogen mobility over the coming years. The company expects to reach a revenue of EUR3 billion from the hydrogen mobility segment by 2030. "Despite the uncertainties ...
    German court refers Nokia-Daimler patent licensing dispute to European Court of Justice
    The Duesseldorf Regional Court in Germany has referred a patent licensing dispute between Nokia and Daimler to the European Court of Justice, Reuters reported on 26 November. The dispute is regarding royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications, and autonomous vehicles...
    ‘No deal’ Brexit could cost UK automotive industry USD74 billion in five years, estimates SMMT
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is urging the UK government to enter a deal with the European Union (EU) before the transition period ends on 31 December. The association has estimated that in the event of a no-deal with the EU, the UK automotive industry would suffer prod...
    Subaru, SoftBank succeed in on-site verifications of merging vehicle assistance using C-V2X
    Softbank announced that it has succeeded, along with Subaru, in on-site verifications of merging vehicle assistance, according to a press release on 24 November. The joint research worked on use cases in safe driving assist and automated driving control that applies 5G mobile communication syst...
    Ultraleap’s hand tracking, mid-air haptics integrated into CGI Studio’s Incari automotive HMI development platform
    CGI Studio has integrated Ultraleap’s hand tracking and mid-air haptics technologies into its Incari automotive human machine interface (HMI) platform, the Germany-based company said in a blog on on its website on 25 November. The integration will allow CGI to create new touchless interaction meth...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Autoliv to relocate production, engineering operations from Sweden to France, Romania
    Autoliv is planning to relocate all production and inflator-related engineering from Vargarda, Sweden, to its facilities in France and Romania, SeeNews reported on 25 November. The planned relocation is expected to affect 150 employees at Autoliv’s Vargarda site, which currently employs 400 people...
    Splitvolt launches solutions for faster home EV charging
    Splitvolt has launched a new family of products that includes the Splitvolt Splitter Switch, as well as high-performance portable electric vehicle (EV) chargers and other accessories, according to a company press release on 17 November. These include 240V extension cables and plug adapters, which th...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Ficosa working on emotions detection systems under SUaaVE project
    Ficosa has informed that the company, in collaboration with Instituto Biomecánico de Valencia (IBV), is working on emotions detection systems within the framework of the Supporting Acceptance of Automated Vehicle (SUaaVE) project, according to a company press release on 17 November. The compan...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Hankook Tire supplies Kinergy Eco² OE tires for Fiat 500 and Panda models
    South Korean Hankook Tire will equip two Fiat models with its OE tire, Kinergy Eco², according to a company press release on 26 November 2020. The company will supply tires for Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda models in 175/65R14T size. “Finding the perfect combination of compound, construction, a...
    Tesla recalls 9,136 vehicles in US over roof trim issue
    Tesla is issuing two recalls covering nearly 9,136 vehicles in the United States over issue with roof trim, Reuters reported on 25 November. The recall covers certain model year 2016 Model X cars. Significance: In the subject vehicles, roof trim may separate and bolts that may not have been prope...
    27-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Pirelli develops Elect tires for EVs
    Pirelli has developed Elect tires to meet the specific technical requirements of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). According to a company press release on 25 November 2020, the Elect tires deliver low rolling resistance, decreased road noise, immediate grip, and a special structure desig...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Motherson Group partners with UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics
    Motherson Group has partnered with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics, UBQ announced in a press release on 23 November 2020. The companies are joining efforts to implement the carbon-negative UBQ™ thermoplastic into auto parts manufactured by Motherso...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Vehicle electrification will be strong growth driver for magnetic sensors market
    The automotive industry has witnessed a sharp deceleration in vehicle sales over the last couple of years. While the trend was expected to reverse by the second half of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly sustain the slump. Despite the temporary setback, the industry is entering a crucial per...
    Applied Information releases C-V2X OBUs and RSUs with automatic upgrade to 5G NR
    Applied Information has announced the availability of full Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) Connected Vehicle Roadside Units (RSU) and Onboard Units (OBU) with an automatic upgrade to 5G NR, according to a company press release on 19 November. Applied Information will buy the already instal...
    AUTOCRYPT launches new C-V2X solution in mainland China
    AUTOCRYPT has launched a new cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) solution, supporting Chinese Secure Credential Management System (C-SCMS) standards, the company said in a press release on 26 November. The company got verification tests for compatibility by C-V2X working group at China Academy of...
    Marelli to set up new manufacturing plant for EV drivetrains in Germany
    Marelli is planning to set up a new plant for manufacturing electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain in Cologne, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 26 November. Production at the plant is scheduled to start in the first half of 2021. At start of production in the first half year of 2021, t...
    26-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Kemet unveils new automotive-grade capacitors
    Kemet has launched three hybrid aluminum polymer capacitors, Electronics Weekly reported on 25 November. The series launched are A780, PHA225, and PHH225. The AEC-Q200 qualified capacitors offer a combination of conductive polymer technology and liquid electrolytic material in a hybrid design. Th...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    OmniVision Ambarella, Smart Eye partner for combined driver monitoring and videoconferencing camera solution
    OmniVision Technologies has announced a partnership with Ambarella and Smart Eye a solution for dual-mode camera for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 10 November. The solution simultaneously monitors drivers while capturing vehicle occupants for one-way video confe...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Elektrobit develops software platform for next-generation automotive electronics architectures
    Elektrobit has developed a software platform to streamline the development of next-generation automotive electronics architectures based on high-performance computing (HPC), according to a company press release dated 25 November. The EB xelor platform offers OEMs and tier-1 suppliers with a secure a...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Changan, CATL, Huawei partner to launch smart EV cars in China
    Changan, Contemporary Amperex Technologies (CATL), and Huawei have partnered to jointly develop smart electric vehicles (EV) under a new high-end brand, CATL announced in a press release on 15 November. The products under the new brand are expected to be revealed soon. “Changan Automobile is a ...
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies starts series production of DIAvent pressure compensation element for BJEV EV’s batteries
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) has started series production of DIAvent pressure compensation element, the company announced in a press release on 24 November. The element will be equipped in ARCFOX α-T electric car from the Chinese manufacturer Beijing Electric Vehicles (BJEV). "We are ...
    Toray develops non-porous separator for lithium-ion batteries
    Toray has created a new non-porous separator for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. Toray said that the new separator can significantly increase battery capacity by enhancing the safety of lithium metal anode batteries. Toray claimed that a batte...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen ID.4 gets EPA-certified range of 250 miles
    In a press release dated 25 November, Volkswagen announced that its all-electric ID.4 Pro and ID.4 1st Edition have received certification from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a range of 250 miles (402 km). The EPA-estimated fuel economy for city driving is 104 miles per gallon (MPGe); hig...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA starts series production of ENYAQ iV all-electric SUV in Czechia
    ŠKODA Auto has started series production of its all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUV) ENYAQ iV at the Mladá Boleslav plant in Czechia, the company announced in a press release on 25 November. The plant has the capacity to manufacture 350 ENYAQ iV per day on one line alongside the Octavia ...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin Q3 sales declines 9.6% y/y to USD1.24 billion
    Grupo Antolin’s sales declined 9.6% year over year (y/y) to EUR1.06 billion (USD1.24 billion) in the third quarter ended 30 September 2020, the Spain-based automotive supplier said in a press release 25 November. Despite the drop in sales, the company’s EBITDA increased 12.7% y/y to EUR91.4...
    Tesla plans to manufacture EV chargers in mainland China
    Tesla plans to begin local production of its electric vehicle (EV) chargers, called Supercharger, in China in 2021, Reuters reported on 25 November. The US-based electric carmaker is considering investing CNY42 million (USD6.4 million) in a new plant, the news agency said citing a document submitted...
    26-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Hyundai launches electric car sharing service VIVe in rural Spain
    Hyundai has launched VIVe electric car sharing service in Spain targeting rural areas, the South Korean automaker said in a press release on 16 November. The company inaugurated VIVe electric car sharing service in La Hiruela, a small town in the mountains of Madrid. The 70 registered residents in L...
    Okaya wins contract to install 1,020 EV charging stations across India
    Okaya, the flagship company of Okaya Power Group, has won a major World Bank-funded contract from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) for the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in India, according to a report by ET Auto on 25 November citing Press Trust of India. EESL has awarded the con...
    Bridgestone supplies Alenza Tire with ENLITEN technology for 2021 Nissan Rogue SUV
    Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) is supplying its Alenza Sport A/S tire featuring ENLITEN technology as OE fitment on select models of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, the Japanese tire manufacturer announced in a press release on 24 November. The Nissan Rogue is the first vehicle in the United St...
    Hankook Tire releases details of Road Hazard Prediction & Detection Solution
    Hankook Tire has released a record of the Road Hazard Prediction & Detection Solution’s development process, South Korean tiremaker said in a press release on 25 November 2020. Through a strategic partnership with SK Planet, Hankook has developed Road Hazard Prediction & Detection Solution...
    26-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Cummins, ETC finalize NPROXX JV for hydrogen storage tanks
    Cummins Inc. announced in a press release on 13 November that the company closed on the previously announced NPROXX joint venture (JV) with ETC for hydrogen storage tanks. The JV will provide customers with hydrogen products for both on-highway and rail applications. Cummins and ETC will each o...
    Canadian electric motor supplier Exro to raise USD28 million
    Canada-based Exro Technologies Inc. is aiming to raise between CAD30 million (USD23 million) and CAD36.5 million through a public offering of its shares, according to a company press release on 25 November. The company has priced the shares at CAD3.25 each. The offering is anticipated to close ...
    Chinese tire manufacturer Shandong Haohua to establish new plant in Sri Lanka
    Chinese tire manufacturer Shandong Haohua Tire Co. Ltd. will establish a new plant in Sri Lanka, according to a press release on 21 November on news.lk the official government news portal of Sri Lanka. The new plant will manufacture semi steel radial tires and all steel radial tires for trucks, buse...
    26-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Swift Navigation’s precise positioning platform improves accuracy of single-frequency GNSS receivers
    Swift Navigation has announced a precise positioning platform, which the company believes can improve the performance of existing single-frequency global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning in vehicles. In a press release dated 10 November, the company said that the improvement ...
    Toyota partners with Intelematics for connected vehicles in Australia
    Toyota has announced a partnership with Intelematics, which will see selected Toyota cars feature connected services from later this year, according to a company press release on 25 November. Intelematics’ ASURE product suite will support Toyota’s connected safety and security offerings such ...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Mitsubishi Motors Thailand explores using V2X to alert households on smart electricity management
    Mitsubishi Motors Thailand will look at business opportunities based on V2X technology to alert households to smart electricity management, the Bangkok Post reported in October. The OEM will be using plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The application named vehicles-to-home (V2H), can ...
    Melexis unveils new automotive smart tire sensor
    Melexis has unveiled the MLX91805 smart tire sensor, according to a company press release on 24 November. The sensor is suited for commercial vehicles, including heavy duty, and passenger cars and is designed to be embedded in the tire, unlike current rim-mounted TPMS sensors. It integrates a high-a...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Keysight partners with NTU Singapore to develop transceiver test bench for hybrid V2X communication system
    Keysight Technologies has partnered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore to develop a transceiver test bench for a hybrid vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication system, the company said in a press release on 23 November. Keysight provided NTU with test solutions for analyzing...
    Startup Deepen AI launches new software tool to enhance calibration of sensor data in autonomous vehicles
    Deepen AI has launched ‘Deepen Calibrate,’ a new software tool to make critical task of sensor data calibration in autonomous vehicles simple and quick, the US-based startup said in a press release on 20 November. The new tool manages the complex calibration process, ensuring accuracy, and makin...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    GM recalls 7,516 vehicles in US over tire issue
    General Motors has recalled over 7,500 vehicles in the United States over an issue with tires. According to a notice released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 5 November, GM has issued a recall for 7,516 vehicles since their tires may have been over-cured. The mode...
    25-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    StradVision joins NVIDIA Inception as premier partner
    StradVision has joined NVIDIA Inception as premier partner, the South Korea-based startup said in press release on 19 November. NVIDIA Inception is a virtual accelerator program designed to nurture startups, which are transforming industries with advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and data...
    MAHLE invests USD3.57 million in new test bench for electric drives
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, MAHLE, has announced that it has commissioned a new test bench for electric drives in Stuttgart, Germany. According to a press release issued by MAHLE on 24 November, this new test bench, for which MAHLE invested around EUR3 million (approxim...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Fastned to open nine fast charging stations in France
    Dutch fast charger company Fastned has won the tender by French highway operator Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR) to build nine fast-charging stations in France, Fastned announced in a press release on 23 November 2020. Each station can accommodate 16 electric vehicles (EV) simultaneously, which ...
    Volvo Cars partners with ChargePoint for EV charging in US and Canada
    Volvo Car USA LLC has partnered with ChargePoint, a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, on EV charging services, according to a press release by ChargePoint on 24 November. Under the partnership, ChargePoint will support Volvo Cars retail networks across the United States and Canada...
    Henkel, EnvisionTEC partner to develop 3D printed parts
    Henkel and EnvisionTEC have partnered to drive the adoption of production level 3D Printing, according to a Henkel press release on 23 November. The two companies plan to support the volume production of end-use parts with the launch of EnvisionTEC's next generation Xtreme DLP and Envision One cDLM ...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    JK Tyre supplies OE fitment tires for Kia Seltos SUV in India
    JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is supplying tires as OE fitment for Kia Motors’ Seltos model in India, the tire manufacturer announced in a press release on 23 November 2020. JK Tyre will equip Kia Seltos with its UX Royale 215/60 R17 radial tire. Commenting on the partnership, VK Misra...
    Jaguar Land Rover to recall 11,084 vehicles in US to replace loose ground stud
    Jaguar Land Rover North America will recall certain model year 2019–20 Land Rover Discovery sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to replace loose ground stud, according to a campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published on its website on 10 November. The recall affects ...
    25-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Bridgestone supplies customized Potenza tire for Lamborghini’s Huracán STO supercar
    Bridgestone has been selected as the tire supplier for the Lamborghini’s new super sports car Huracán STO, which is set to be released in 2021, the Japanese tire manufacturer announced in a press release on 24 November 2020. Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tire for the Hurac...
    Magna to supply advanced front camera systems featuring Mobileye EyeQ technology to European automaker
    Magna has won contract to supply its Gen5 ‘one-box’ front-facing camera system, featuring Mobileye’s EyeQ system-on-chip (SOC) image processing technology, to a Europe-based automaker, the Canada-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 24 November. Magna’s new 120°, 8-MP c...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    MANN+HUMMEL to close Wolverhampton plant in UK
    The MANN+HUMMEL Group, a filtration expert, plans to close its main manufacturing facility at Hilton Cross Business Park in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, as the company continues to review its operational footprint, according to a press release on 24 November 2020. The move will affect around 230 e...
    NewMotion, BMW partner for home charging solutions and services in Germany
    NewMotion and BMW have partnered to offer home charging solutions and services to BMW customers in Germany, NewMotion announced in a press release on 23 November. Buyers and lessees of BMW and MINI electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) will be able to purchase a smart charge poi...
    Niron Magnetics partners with General Motors, Marquette University to develop EV drivetrain
    Niron Magnetics has partnered with General Motors and Marquette University to develop an electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain using rare-earth free materials, Niron Magnetics announced in a press release on 20 November. The project has received a USD5 million grant from the Vehicle Technologies Office o...
    Enel X expands e-mobility operations into China
    In a press release dated 19 November, Enel X announced that it has started e-mobility operations in China. The company has opened its first commercial office in Shanghai. Enel X China will deploy its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure equipment, systems, and platforms for new energy ...
    Auto Guangzhou Show 2020: Hyundai Showcases all-electric variant of Mistra sedan
    Hyundai has showcased the all-electric variant of its midsize sedan Mistra at the 2020 Auto Guangzhou Show, news website Motor1 reported on 23 November. The Mistra EV has been equipped with a 56.5-kWh battery which enables a range of 323 miles (520 km), as per New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The ...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou Show 2020: Xpeng Motors unveils limited edition P7 with gullwing doors
    Xpeng Motors unveiled a limited edition of its all-electric sedan P7 with gullwing doors, called ‘P7 Wing’, the company announced in a press release on 21 November. The P7 Wing limited edition is available in four-wheel drive (4WD) high-performance and rear-wheel drive (RWD) super-long range ver...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Chinese automaker GWM introduces new-generation powertrain, all-new 9-speed DCT gearbox
    Great Wall Motor (GWM) has launched its independently developed new-generation powertrain at the HYCET Yangzhong industrial park. According to a press release issued by GWM on 19 November, this new generation powertrain includes the GW4N20 engine, a 9-speed dual wet-clutch transmission—the 9DCT, t...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Nissan launches all-new Note in Japan exclusively with electrified powertrain
    Nissan has launched the all-new Note compact car in Japan, with sales slated to commence from 23 December onward. According to a press release issued by Nissan on 24 November, the company stated that the new Nissan Note will be put on sale exclusively with the e-POWER electrified powertrain. The ...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai, INEOS to cooperate on accelerating hydrogen economy
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Company and UK-based INEOS have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on accelerating the global hydrogen economy. According to a joint press release issued by Hyundai and INEOS on 23 November, the companies will together explore opp...
    Audi, KIT to launch pilot project for automotive plastics recycling
    Audi and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany are launching a pilot project for chemical recycling, and it will be conducted by the ‘Industrial Resource Strategies’ think tank. According to a press release issued by Audi on 23 November, the company stated that so far, only pet...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    New Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class to offer Level 3 autonomy from second half 2021
    Mercedes-Benz will equip its next-generation Maybach S-Class with the DRIVE PILOT system to enable the luxury sedan to drive in conditionally automated mode, also known as SAE Level 3 autonomy This will begin from the second half of 2021, the Germany-based automaker said in a press release on 1...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Maserati picks Ubigi to provide in-vehicle Wi-Fi services
    Maserati selected Ubigi to offer in-vehicle Wi-Fi services for its cars in certain European countries, Ubigi said in a press statement on 23 November. Passengers will be able to stream, browse, and share while up to eight devices can be connected through the in-built Wi‑Fi hotspot. Maserati wil...
    Marquardt launches waterproof door handle sensors
    Marquardt has developed a capacitive sensor for door handles which is functional in wet conditions, the company said in a press release on 16 November. It is used in keyless systems for cars and works in rain and snow. “We are thus able to resolve all malfunctions in the vehicle caused by water...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Radar startup Lunewave closes USD7 million in Series A financing round
    Lunewave has announced a fund raising of USD7 million in Series A round, according to a press release dated 23 November. The investment round was led by FM Capital along with with new investors Proeza Ventures, Blue 9 Capital, Tsingyuan Ventures and Intact Ventures. Lunewave is also funded through N...
    24-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Lincoln unveils 2021 Nautilus SUV with SYNC 4 infotainment system
    Lincoln has unveiled its new model year (MY) 2021 Nautilus SUV with the SYNC 4 infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 20 November. This will be SYNC 4’s debut in be a Lincoln vehicle. The car comes with a 13.2-inch horizontal center stack screen. The Nautilus also gets Phon...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Automotive Grade Linux releases UCB 10 software platform 
    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) has on 23 November, announced the latest code release of the AGL platform, UCB 10. It is codenamed Jumping Jellyfish. The UCB 10 includes an operating system (OS), board support package, middleware, application framework, and application APIs. Updates include Updated ...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Motional receives approval to launch fully autonomous service in Nevada, US
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has received regulatory approval to launch fully autonomous service on public roads in the state of Nevada, US, the JV’s CEO Karl Iagnemma informed in a blog last week. The permit will eventually allow...
    Bekaert’s January-September consolidated sales declines 16.3% y/y to USD3.26 billion
    Bekaert has reported a 16.3% year-on-year (y/y) decline in consolidated sales to EUR2.75 billion (approximately USD3.26 billion) for the first nine months ended 30 September, according to a company press release on 20 November. In terms of segments, sales of Rubber Reinforcement segment were down...
    Ilika partners with UKBIC for development of solid-state batteries
    Illika has partnered with UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) for development of solid-state batteries, the company announced in a press release on 10 November. Illika and UKBIC have signed a framework agreement for the scaling-up of Illika’s Goliath solid-state pouch cells. “It is im...
    GM to recall 7 million vehicles globally over airbag issue
    General Motors (GM) will recall 7 million vehicles globally with potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators, Reuters reported on 23 November citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Recall covers certain model year (MY) 2007–14 trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) ...
    24-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Newalu supplies aluminum component for Lucid Air
    Newalu, a specialist in heat treatment of aluminum components, is supplying heat-treated and ready-to-install aluminum components for Lucid Motors’ electric sedan named Lucid Air, Newalu said in a press release on 10 November 2020. The major order worth several million euros includes body parts. ...
    Fraunhofer Institute to develop sensors for fast charging batteries under ‘Spartacus’ project
    Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC) announced that it is developing smart sensors for future fast charging batteries under ‘Spartacus’ project, according to a press release on 20 November. The project aims to reduce charging times by up to 20% without compromising the reliability an...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Lumentum acquires certain technology assets of TriLumina
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. has acquired certain technology assets of and TriLumina Corporation, including its patents and other intellectual property, Lumentum announced in a press release on 16 November 2020. The companies did not disclose the terms of the transaction. Significance: Lumentum is a ma...
    Hyundai recalls 60,097 vehicles in US over issue with valve cover gasket
    Hyundai is recalling 60,097 vehicles in the United States over issue with valve cover gasket, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 13 November. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2007–12 Veracruz vehicles that were prev...
    24-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Subaru to open AI development base ‘Subaru Lab’ in Japan
    Subaru has announced plans to open an artificial intelligence (AI) development base called ‘Subaru Lab’ in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, the company said in press release on 18 November. The new development center will become operational in December 2020. Significance: Subaru is working to achieve a...
    24-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Fortum develops new technology for battery recycling
    In a press release dated 19 November, Fortum announced that it has developed a new process for recycling  lithium from rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Fortum said that the new recovery method reduces the environmental impact of recycling lithium. “This is a major development whic...
    CTEK partners with EVC to supply EV charging equipment in UK
    Battery management company CTEK has partnered with EVC to supply electrical vehicle (EV) charging equipment and associated services across the United Kingdom, CTEK announced in a press release on 19 November. This five-year deal with CTEK involves the supply of EV charging equipment, scalable load b...
    Auto Guangzhou 2020: Peugeot launches 508 L PHEV sedan
    French auto maker, Peugeot, has launched the newest addition to its electrified model range, the 508 L plug-in hybrid (PHEV). According to a press release issued by Peugeot on 20 November, the company launched this new vehicle in China at the Guangzhou trade fair with prices starting from CNY215,700...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Lotus Engineering unveils new battery testing laboratory for EVs in UK
    Lotus Engineering has launched a new pilot containerized battery testing facility for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. The project has been named BattCon, an abbreviation of Battery Containerised Test Facility. Lotus has ...
    24-Nov-2020 News Investments
    SK IE Technology starts production of Li-ion battery separators in China
    SK IE Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SK Innovation has started commercial production of  lithium-ion battery separators (LiBS) at its new factory in Changzhou, China, SK Innovation announced in a press release on 10 November. The production facility has a capacity of 340 million ...
    24-Nov-2020 News Investments
    DiDi Chuxing, BYD unveil new EV 'D1' designed for ride-hailing services
    DiDi Chuxing and BYD have unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) 'D1' specifically designed for ride-hailing services, DiDi announced in a press release on 16 November. The D1 cars will start rolling out to DiDi’s leasing partners in major Chinese cities in the coming months. “During the p...
    23-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Aiways launches U5 electric SUV in the Netherlands
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Aiways has launched its U5 all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the Netherlands, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. Airways has partnered with its Dutch partner "Aiways Distributie Nederland BV" for sales and service of the vehicle. ...
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    Desktop Metal starts delivery of Shop System for mid-volume metal 3D printing
    3D printing startup Desktop Metal has started delivery of its metal binder jetting system ‘Shop System’ for mid-volume metal 3D printing, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. Desktop Metal is manufacturing the metal binder jetting system, designed for machine shops, in volume...
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    Electric van maker ELMS plans to go public through reverse merger
    US-based electric van maker Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) is planning to go public by merging with special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Forum Merger III Corp, Reuters reported on 19 November. The two companies are currently negotiating a USD250 million reverse merger. Significance: Ac...
    Borealis' net sales fall 16.7% y/y to USD1.9 billion in Q3
    Borealis has reported a fall of 16.7% year on year (y/y) in its net sales to EUR1.6 billion (USD1.9 billion) for the third quarter ended 30 September 2020, according to a company press release earlier in November. Net profit for the quarter also fell 21.2% y/y to EUR163 million. “The third quarter...
    New Mercedes-Maybach S-Class features MBUX Interior Assist
    Mercedes-Benz has launched the new S-Class with advanced connectivity and MBUX Interior Assist, the German automaker said in a press release. The Interior Assist enables rear passengers to open and close the roller sunblind with hand gestures below the glass roof. The exit warning function of the...
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    Auto Guangzhou 2020: Buick debuts V2X technology in mainland China
    Buick has launched its advanced vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in mainland China, the company said in a press release on 20 November. Buick will officially roll out the technology on a production vehicle later in 2020, being the first OEM ...
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    BASF develops modified polybutylene terephthalate for radar sensor applications in vehicles
    BASF has developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for radar sensor applications in vehicles, the company said in a press release on 19 November. The Ultradur offers protection against splash water, oils, or salt. It also shields electronics against electromagnetic waves from other vehic...
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    Mobility platform startup RideCell raises funding from Fort Ross Ventures
    Ridecell has announced an undisclosed investment from Fort Ross Ventures, a company press release on 19 November read. The investment will allow the startup to expand its fleet operations platform, to strengthen European operations, and venture into new markets. “Ridecell is experiencing an acc...
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    Airbiquity joins AUTOSAR as development partner
    Airbiquity has announced it has joined the AUTOSAR consortium as a development partner, a company press release on 19 November read. Airbiquity will improve the compatibility of its OTAmatic over-the-air (OTA) software and data management service with AUTOSAR-based devices and systems. Airbiquity...
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    NHTSA seeks public comment automated driving system safety principles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to develop a framework for automated driving system (ADS) safety, the agency said in a press release on 19 November. NHTSA submitted the advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) to the Federal...
    Luminar wins contract to supply lidar for Mobileye’s autonomous vehicles
    Luminar Technologies has won contract to supply lidar sensors for Mobileye’s autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release on 20 November. Mobileye will use Luminar lidar for the first generation of its Level 4 Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) pilot and driverless fleet in key markets aroun...
    Toyoda Gosei, University of Tokyo develop material crosslinking technology for tougher synthetic rubber
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo, have developed material crosslinking technology that enhances the toughness of synthetic rubber, the Japanese supplier announced in a press release on 20 November 2020. The parties will present the technolo...
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    Linamar’s Q3 sales down 5.9% y/y to USD1.22 billion
    Linamar has reported a 5.9% year-on-year (y/y) decline in its third quarter sales to CAD1.63 billion (USD1.22 billion), the company said in a press release on 10 November. Operating earnings for the quarter ended 30 September amounted to CAD176.1 million, up 23.7% y/y. The company reported 46% y/y g...
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