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    Volkswagen, Skoda to expand WeShare car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020
    Volkswagen (VW), in collaboration with Skoda, will expand its WeShare electric car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020, the automaker said in a press release on 23 January. The company will launch WeShare in Prague, Czech Republic and Hamburg, Germany, in the spring this year, followed ...
    Karma Automotive joins Alliance for Automotive Innovation
    Karma Automotive has joined the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the EV maker announced via a press release on 22 January. “Being part of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation significantly amplifies Karma’s voice supporting policies that encourage the technical excellence needed to build...
    Toshiba delivers 'H2One' Hydrogen Station Unit to Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has delivered ‘H2One™ Station Unit’ to the Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council, according to a company press release on 23 January. The system started operations at the Toyama City Environment Center in Toyama Prefecture, Ja...
    Renault initiates INCIT-EV project for developing innovative EV charging solutions
    In a press release dated 22 January, Renault announced that it had launched its INCIT-EV project, along with 32 other partners, to develop innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. Spanning the 48 months from January 2020 through December 2023, the INCIT-EV will focus on seven E...
    Qualcomm, Audi, Virginia DOT to deploy C-V2X communication on northern Virginia roads
    Qualcomm will deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) in Northern Virginia in collaboration with Audi and Virginia Department of Transportation, the company said in a press release on 22 January. The companies will use the spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band which the Federal Communications Commis...
    Hyundai aims to broadly adopt A2B technology for its audio connectivity and infotainment applications
    Analog Devices has announced a collaboration with Hyundai Motor under which Hyundai will launch an all-digital road noise cancellation system, a company press release dated 22 January read. The system will use Analog Device’s automotive audio bus (A2B) technology. According to Analog, its A2B t...
    Energy company Total to install up to 20,000 EV charging stations in the Netherlands
    French energy company Total has been awarded a contract from ‘Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric’ (MRA-Electric) to install and operate up to 20,000 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in the Netherlands, according to a company press release on 22 January 2020. The energy major will ins...
    Nissan starts sales of MY2020 Nissan LEAF EV in US
    Nissan has started sales of MY2020 LEAF electric vehicle (EV) in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 January. The automaker has improved model year 2020 LEAF with added safety and convenience features, including standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology. In additio...
    Synopsys joins Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
    Synopsys has joined the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), a consortium established last year to accelerate deployment of safer and affordable autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release on 16 January. As a member of AVCC, the company will contribute to the development of a...
    Mercedes-Benz Vans delivers 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has delivered 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon which have been deployed in Munich, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. Merecedes-Benz Vans said that more vehicle deliveries are planned for the future in order to further expand Amazon's electrically ope...
    Automotive cybersecurity start-up Cybellum joins ‘CVE Numbering Authority’ program
    Cybellum, a start-up developing automotive cybersecurity risk assessment solutions, has joined the CNA (CVE Numbering Authority) program, it said in a press release on 15 January. The company will disclose, report and assign CVEs to vulnerabilities. Cybellum’s automotive risk analysis solutions...
    Canadian Tire Corporation to install EV fast charging stations at 90 sites in Canada by end-2020
    Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has announced plans to install electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at 90 of its retail locations by the end of 2020, according to a press release on the website of Electrify Canada on 15 January 2020. CTC will work with FLO, Electrify Canada, Natural Resource...
    EconCore signs license agreement with Kotobukiya Fronte for automotive interiors
    EconCore, a developer of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has signed a license agreement with a Japanese automotive tier-1 supplier Kotobukiya Fronte, according to a company press release on 20 January. Kotobukiya Fronte is currently using EconCore’s honeycomb technology f...
    PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary receives first order for S2 fuel cell stack
    PowerCell Fuel Cell (Shanghai) Co Ltd, PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary, has received its first order for S2 fuel cell stack from a new Chinese customer, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The stack will be delivered to the customer in February and will be used to test and valid...
    Subaru plans to offer electrification technology in all models by first half of 2030
    In a press release on 20 January, Subaru announced that it is planning to offer electrification technology in all its models in the first half of 2030. By 2030, the automaker expects at least 40% of its global sales to be electric vehicles (EV) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). “Even in this o...
    CES 2020: EyeLock demonstrates prototype of in-vehicle iris authentication for SiriusXM e-Wallet
    SiriusXM has collaborated with EyeLock to demonstrate a prototype of an iris biometric touchless gateway for SiriusXM e-Wallet services. The demonstrations took place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier his month. SiriusXM eyes the e-Wallet offering to automakers who deploy SiriusX...
    Verizon, Audi collaborate to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi in US
    Verizon has announced a collaboration with Audi to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a company press release on 16 January. The services will be available with the next evolution of Audi’s connected vehicle service launching on the model year (MY) 2020 Audi A4 and A5 mod...
    Hawaii Energy launches new incentive program for EVs
    The energy supplier Hawai’i Energy has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station incentive program to expand the network of charging infrastructure, according to a report by Maui News on 13 January. The state will grant USD400,000 rebate in two rounds for installation projects complete...
    Prakriti E-Mobility partners with Ridecell for EV cab service in India
    App-based taxi service provider Prakriti E-Mobility has selected US-based Ridecell to be the platform provider for its electric vehicle (EV) cab service in India, Ridecell announced in a press release on 6 January. Under the partnership, Ridecell is a technology partner in India for Prakriti’s app...
    Iberdrola and AVIA to install 500 fast charging stations in Spain and Portugal
    Iberdrola and petrol stations operator AVIA have reached an agreement to install more than 500 fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV) at over 100 service stations in Spain and Portugal, Iberdrola announced in a press release on 16 January. The companies will install charging points at more than 10...
    Sprint Power receives UK government grant to establish wireless charging systems for taxis
    A consortium led by Sprint Power has received funding by the UK government to establish wireless charging systems for taxis, according to a company press release on 17 January. The consortium has been awarded GBP3.4 million (USD4.4 million) for the WiCET (Wireless Charging of Electric Taxis) trial, ...
    GKN Automotive partners with Delta Electronics for next-gen eDrive technology development
    GKN Automotive has partnered with power electronics company Delta Electronics to jointly develop next-generation eDrive technology, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The two companies are collaborating to develop integrated 3-in-1 eDrive systems of power classes from 80kW to 15...
    Vitesco expects e-mobility shift to impact margins
    Continental’s powertrain division Vitesco Technologies expects that the shift to electromobility will impact margins, Reuters  reported on 17 January, citing Vitesco’s CEO, Andreas Wolf. “Electrification is a huge change for the company but also a massive opportunity. Profits are impacted...
    Aptiv to deploy self-driving vehicles at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
    Earlier this month Aptiv got access to pick up and drop off a select group of passengers via its self-driving vehicles at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the company said in a press release on 6 January. The access is expected to help the US-based automotive s...
    Olli deploys autonomous electric shuttle in Italian city Turin
    Local Motors has started testing its Olli driverless electric shuttle in Italian city Turin, the company said in a press release on 16 January. The trial will run for a period of four months, during which the shuttle will provide transport services within the ITC-ILO campus. Olli will operate throug...
    MANN+HUMMEL joins Hydrogen Council
    Automotive filtration system supplier MANN+HUMMEL has joined the Hydrogen Council, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. “We believe hydrogen plays a crucial role in limiting CO2 emissions. As a member of the Hydrogen Council, we are delighted to be sharing our innovations center...
    Geotab announces availability of integrated telematics solution for General Motors
    Geotab has announced the availability of Geotab Integrated Solution for General Motors, according to its press release on 15 January. The solution enables fleet managers to access Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicle data within the MyGeotab platform via a GM-engineered embedded OnStar modu...
    Cerence to integrate ‘Cerence Drive’ products with Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform
    Nuance spin-off Cerence has announced the integration of its Cerence Drive products with the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a company press release on 16 January read. This would allow OEMS/tier 1 suppliers developing connected vehicle solutions on Microsoft’s platform leverage Cerence...
    TomTom to supply maps and navigation software for Subaru’s Outback and Legacy models in US
    TomTom has said that it would be providing maps and navigation technology to Subaru for the model year (MY) 2020 Outback and legacy models in the United States, a press release dated 16 January read. TomTom will also supply a new navigation user interface. “We’re delighted that Subaru has cho...
    Cerence, LG collaborate to develop AI-powered connected car platform
    Cerence has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with LG Electronics to develop a software solution which combines LG’s webOS Auto in-vehicle infotainment system with Cerence ARK (AI Reference Kit), the company said in a press release on 14 January. The aim of the partnership is to provid...
    DeepMap provides HD mapping for Daimler’s Robotaxi pilot in California
    DeepMap is providing its advanced high-definition (HD) mapping technology to a robotaxi pilot program jointly run by Daimler’s Mercedes Benz and Bosch in San Jose, California, United States, the US-based start-up said in a blog last month. “DeepMap is delighted to have the opportunity to work wi...
    Volvo, China Unicom join forces to develop 5G-based connected car solutions
    Volvo has announced that it will collaborate with China Unicom to develop 5G-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, a company press release dated 15 January showed. The companies will research, test and develop automotive applications. Volvo Cars and China Unicom are exploring the various ...
    StreetScooter supplies 40 WORK Box electric vans to Amazon in Germany
    StreetScooter has supplied 40 WORK Box electric vans to Amazon in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The vans will be deployed at Amazon’s distribution center in Munich Daglfing. StreetScooter has also installed 60 charging stations at the Amazon distribution center. ...
    Schaeffler, ElringKlinger join Hydrogen Council
    Automotive suppliers Schaeffler and ElringKlinger have joined the Hydrogen Council, the two companies announced in two separate press releases on 15 January. While Schaeffler has joined as a steering member, ElringKlinger has joined as a supporting member.  “We want to shape CO2-neutral, s...
    SAIC Motor to use Mobileye’s REM mapping technology for Level 2+ vehicles deployment in China
    At the CES 2020 last week, Mobileye announced that SAIC Motor will use its Road Experience Management (REM) technology to map China for Level 2+ automated driving vehicle deployment. SAIC will use Mobileye’s REM mapping technology on its vehicles. These vehicles will contribute to Mobileye’s Roa...
    Kia unveils ‘Plan S’ strategy for electrification, mobility services
    Kia has announced a new strategy ‘Plan S’ to accelerate its electrification and mobility solution initiatives, according to a company press release on 14 January. As per Plan S, Kia is aiming to offer 11 electric vehicles (EV) by 2025. By that time, Kia is targeting to capture 6.6% of globa...
    Sumitomo Rubber sets up rubber procurement company in Singapore
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has established a natural rubber procurement subsidiary ‘Sumitomo Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd.’ in Singapore, the company said in a press release on 14 January. The subsidiary, scheduled to begin operations in April this year, will take over these procurement...
    Alibaba Group, FAW Group collaborate to develop next-generation smart vehicles
    FAW Group has announced an agreement with Alibaba under which the two companies will jointly develop next-generation intelligent-connective vehicles, according to a company press release last month. It will be based on the Banma Intelligent Operation System. Alibaba will leverage its cloud infras...
    GreenMobility to launch electric car-sharing service in Belgium
    GreenMobility is planning to launch an electric car-sharing service in the city of Antwerp in Belgium, the company announced in a press release on 13 January. GreenMobility will launch its electric car-sharing service in a joint venture ‘GreenMobility NV’ with local partner Deurnese Transportmaa...
    TomTom, Hitachi Automotive tie up to develop real-time hazard service for navigation, ADAS
    TomTom has announced a collaboration with Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas for the development of a new real-time hazard service for navigation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), a company press release dated 7 January showed. The solution will issue real-time updates on the locati...
    AMES Group receives EIB funding for expansion in Spain, Hungary
    AMES Group has received EUR20 million in funding from European Investment Bank (EIB) to expand the production capacity of its plants in Spain and Hungary, EIB announced in a press release on 13 January. The EIB support will help AMES expand production capacity at its Spanish plants in Barcelona, Mon...
    Allego to install 1,300 EV chargers in Belgian region Flanders
    Allego will install 1,300 additional charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in Flanders, Belgium, according to a company press release on 9 January. To this end, network operator Fluvius has commissioned Allego to install 1,300 additional EV charging points in Flanders. This is the fourth and f...
    ABB wins order for 324 high power EV chargers from IONITY
    ABB has won an order to supply 324 high power electric vehicle  (EV) chargers to IONITY, ABB announced in a press release on 9 January. The chargers are to be rolled out in 24 countries by the end of 2020 as part of the second phase of its network expansion.  “We have been proud to su...
    Toyota aims to sell 500,000 EVs by 2025
    Toyota is aiming to sell 500,000 all-electric vehicles globally by 2025, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 9 January. Toyota is planning to launch at least 10 new models internationally by 2025. In total, the company is aiming to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles which will include mainly hybrid v...
    CES 2020: Green Hills Software partners with NXP to develop secure platform for vehicle networking
    Green Hills Software has announced that NXP's S32G Vehicle Network Processor will be supported on its Green Hills Platform for Secure Gateway, a company press release dated 7 January read. Services on the platform include ASIL-certified INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), INTEGRITY Multi...
    Chakratec partners with Blink Charging to enter US market
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging technology company Chakratec has partnered with Blink Charging to mark its entry into the US market, Chakratec announced in a press release on 7 January. Chakratec has received approval and a USD900,000 grant for the Blink and Chakratec project for affordable, sus...
    CES 2020: Samsung unveils 5G telematics control unit, ties up with BMW
    Samsung has revealed a 5G-based telematics control unit (TCU) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the electronics giant said in a press release on 7 January. It will also equip the BMW iNEXT electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with 5G products from HARMAN. Samsung showcased its new co...
    HELLA BHAP Electronics starts series production in China
    HELLA BHAP Electronics, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) has started series production of components for lighting electronics in China, HELLA announced in a press release on 9 January. The plant, spanning across a production area of 7,000 square meters, initially began production of control units for sunr...
    Eaton and Green Motion join forces to integrate EV chargers in buildings
    Power management company Eaton and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations provider Green Motion have joined forces to enable a smooth integration of EV chargers in commercial buildings, residential housing, and shopping malls, Eaton said in a press release on 8 January. The combined intelligent EV ...
    TomTom to provide ‘connected navigation’ for Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV
    Location technology provider TomTom has announced that Alfa Romeo has picked its connected navigation to be integrated in the new Giulia compact saloon and the Stelvio SUV, a company press release dated 7 January read. Additionally, TomTom will provide advanced driver assistance attributes a...
    CES 2020: VW announces opening of autonomous vehicle R&D center in California, USA
    At the ongoing CES 2020 event in Las Vegas, United States, German auto maker Volkswagen has announced the opening of a center of excellence under a new subsidiary, Volkswagen Autonomy, Inc. According to the press release issued by the company on 8 January, this new center will be located at Volkswag...
    EV maker Byton confirms Series C funding from Marubeni
    In a press release dated 5 January, Byton confirmed that it had raised Series C funding from Japanese trading firm Marubeni. The two companies will also explore opportunities for further cooperation in a range of fields such as mobility services, energy solutions and overseas production and dis...
    Plug Power receives USD172 million order for hydrogen and fuel cell solutions
    Plug Power has received an order worth USD172 million from a Fortune 100 customer for its hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, the company announced in a press release on 6 January. The contract is for Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell power, GenFuel hydrogen fuel, storage and dispensing infrastructure...
    Bosch plans to cut over two thousand jobs in India due to weak auto sales
    German supplier Bosch will cut “a couple of thousand” jobs in India, according to Soumitra Bhattacharya, the managing director of Bosch. In a report filed by Bloomberg, he said that the job cuts would take place over a 4-year period. He also went on to say that IC-engine vehicles and electric...
    Mitsubishi joins Otonomo’s connected car data platform
    Mitsubishi Motors has joined Israeli start-up Otonomo’s car-data platform, Reuters reported on 6 January. Mitsubishi Motors becomes the first Japanese OEM to join Otonomo’s platform and will get access to a network of around 100 retailers, insurers and others. The retailers will pay Otonomo t...
    Ryder, ABB and In-Charge develop EV charging solution for fleet operators
    Ryder, ABB and  In-Charge have partnered to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging solution for fleet operators, the companies announced in a joint press release on 2 January. Together, Ryder, ABB, and In-Charge will create a solution which will allow Ryder customers to safely and predictabl...
    FCA joins Plug and Play, MMSDC to set up ‘Mobility Innovation Hub’ in Detroit
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will join a partnership formed between Plug and Play, and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) to bring a new innovation hub in Detroit, United States, according to a company press release on 2 January. The automaker plans to open a new hub by Ju...
    Software engineering firm Luxoft joins Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform
    Luxoft has joined the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform to boost the development of vehicle-centric solutions and services such as advanced vehicle diagnostics, remote access and repair, and preventive maintenance, the software engineering firm announced on 2 January. Luxoft co-creates technol...
    Continental, EasyMile to collaborate with Shanghai Jiading Industrial Zone to develop driverless vehicles
    Continental and EasyMile have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shanghai Jiading Industrial Zone (JDIZ) to promote local development and implementation of solutions for driverless vehicles in China, EasyMile said in a press release. “Continental strongly believes driverless vehicles ...
    Baidu secures licenses to test autonomous vehicles in Beijing
    Baidu has secured its first batch of licenses to test autonomous vehicles with passengers in Beijing, China, Xinhua reported on 30 December. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation issued 40 licenses to Baidu to test autonomous vehicles carrying passengers on designated routes. The test v...
    Smart Eye wins orders for driver monitoring systems from Japanese, European OEMs
    Smart Eye has won orders for its driver monitoring system (DMS) from Japanese and European automakers, according to a company press release on 11 November. The company received orders from a new Japanese OEM and existing European automakers. Smart Eye’s technology will feature in three new ca...
    ESCRYPT, KPMG to help OEMs, suppliers set up certified cybersecurity management systems
    Automotive security provider ESCRYPT has announced a collaboration with consultancy firm KPMG under which the two companies will work together to support OEMs and suppliers set up certified cybersecurity management systems for vehicle platforms. In a company press release dated 3 December, ESCRYP...
    MY2021 Mustang Mach-E reservation full, says Ford
    Reservations for the first edition of Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV are officially full, the US automaker said in a press release on 30 December. Ford is no longer taking orders for the model year (MY) 2020 Mach-E. However, the automaker is still taking pre-orders for other internal combustio...
    Chinese EV startup NIO unveils all-new ES8 electric SUV
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) start-up NIO has unveiled its all-new flagship smart electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ES8, according to a company press release on 28 December 2019. Delivery is expected to begin in April 2020. The model features a 160kW permanent magnet motor and a 240kW ind...
    Excellence Optoelectronics breaks ground on new facility in Taiwan for automotive LED lighting module, displays
    Excellence Optoelectronics Inc. (EOI) broke ground on its new facility at Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) in northern Taiwan, LEDinsisde reported on 30 December. The new facility will be used for research and development (R&D) of mini LEDs for automotive displays and large size display, as well as au...
    EESL and HPCL sign MoU to install EV charging infrastructure in India
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to set up a charging infrastructure network for electric vehicles in order to give a boost to electromobility in India. This initiative is being done under the National Electri...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    CM.com collaborates with BMW for automated SMS messages
    CM.com has announced a collaboration with BMW Group under which it will provide the infrastructure for sending automated SMS messages as part of BMW’s ConnectedDrive services globally, a press released dated 20 December read. CM.com takes care of sending SMS to the respective partner carriers o...
    Volkswagen brand aims cumulative EV production of 1.5 million in 2025
    The Volkswagen brand of the Volkswagen Group (VW) has raised its electric vehicle production forecast, the German automotive group said in a press release on 27 December. Under the revised forecast, the leading volume brand of the VW group aims to reach the strategic production target of one million...
    BlackBerry, L-SPARK announce second list in accelerator program to develop connected car technologies
    L-SPARK and BlackBerry have announced the six companies which have been selected for the second list of their joint accelerator program, a press released showed on 10 December. The program aims to advance Canadian start-ups with vehicle-connected services and cloud connectivity. The start-ups are...
    Mercedes-Benz launches S560 e plug-in hybrid sedan in South Korea
    Mercedes-Benz has launched its luxury flagship sedan, the new S 560 e in South Korea, according to a report by Korea Herald on 29 December. The third-generation plug-in hybrid new S560 e features spacious interior, innovative suspension system and boasts high fuel efficiency. The new S 560 e is equi...
    Tata Motors teams up with Prakriti E-Mobility to deploy 500 Tigor EVs in New Delhi
    Indian vehicle maker Tata Motors has announced its partnership with electric taxi service Prakriti E-Mobility Private Ltd. in a press release issued by the company on 27 December. The companies have signed an MoU to put out 500 Tata Tigor EVs on the streets of New Delhi in a bid to crack down on the...
    Highly integrated electric drives forecast to record strong demand
    Automakers are employing a number of methods to make electric vehicles (EVs) more efficient, including innovative materials for building the vehicles and various cell chemistries for better battery systems. Another technology that is gaining traction in the industry is the highly integrated electric...
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni to invest in Chinese EV startup BYTON
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni has signed an agreement to invest in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup BYTON, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 25 December. Although the exact figure was not disclosed, Marubeni is expected to invest several million dollars in the EV startup. Under the partnership, ...
    Mitsubishi Motors to stop developing new diesel engines
    Mitsubishi Motor is planning to stop the development of any new diesel engines in the future, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 26 December. The company will also stop sales of the diesel variants of all its key models by the end of 2021. Significance: According to the report, Mitsubishi Motor expe...
    Renault plans to launch first EV in India in 2021
    Renault is planning to launch its first electric vehicle (EV) in India by the end of 2021, Autocar Professional reported on 26 December citing Venkatram Mamillapalle, country CEO and managing director, Renault India Operations. However, Mamillapalle did not disclose which model the French autom...
    Toshiba opens new hydrogen refueling station in Japan
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has opened a new hydrogen refueling station in Tsuruga City, Japan, the company announced in a press release on 26 December. The “H2One Station Unit” made by Toshiba ESS is a system that produces hydrogen using electric power gener...
    SHARE NOW to exit North America and three European cities next year
    Germany-based ride-sharing company SHARE NOW has decided to fold up operations in the North American market and in London, Brussels, and Florence from February next year, the company said on its website earlier this month. SHARE NOW says that the reasons to exit North America were the volati...
    JFE Steel forms JV with China-based Guangdong Shaoguan Iron and Steel Songshan for specialty bar steel
    JFE Steel has agreed to form a joint venture (JV) for specialty bar steel with China-based Guangdong Shaoguan Iron and Steel Songshan (SGIS), JFE announced in a press release last month. JFE Steel and SGIS, which is an affiliate of China BaoWu Steel Group, have reached an agreement under which JFE S...
    Volkswagen appoints Björn Goerke as CTO of Car.Software
    The Volkswagen (VW) Group’s Car.Software organization has appointed Björn Goerke as chief technology officer (CTO), effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 18 December. In his new role, he will report to Christian Senger, VW brand board of management member wit...
    Okayama Murata to build new ceramic components plant in Japan
    Okayama Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Company, Ltd., has announced plans to build a new plant in Japan to produce ceramic components used in electronic devices, according to a company press release on 24 December. The company began construction on a new product...
    Denso announces organizational, personnel changes
    Denso has announced certain organizational and personnel changes, effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 25 December. The Japanese company will establish the Advanced Mobility Systems Business Development Division as a company-wide organization. The division will have t...
    TactoTek, Yongsan join hands for injection-molded structural electronics for Interior parts
    TactoTek and Yongsan have joined hands for injection-molded structural electronics (IMSE™) for interior parts, TactoTek announced in a press release on 16 December 2019. Under the partnership, Yongsan will market and sell automotive interior parts with TactoTek IMSE features. Under the agreement, ...
    Toyoda Gosei announces organizational, personnel changes
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has announced organizational and certain personnel changes, effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 25 December. The Japanese supplier has decided to combine advanced development functions of the Research and Development (R&D) Division and the Mat...
    Synopsys, Porsche Consulting introduce framework for automotive electronic architecture development process
    Synopsys has announced that the company and Porsche Consulting have introduced a framework for automotive electronic architecture development process, a company press release reported on 19 December. The solution integrates Synopsys' Triple Shift-Left approach into automotive development organiza...
    Connected vehicle data specialist wejo launches ‘Neutral Server Plus, partners with Daimler
    wejo has announced the launch of its Neutral Server Plus and its partnership with German automaker Daimler, the company said on 17 December. Neutral Server Plus allows third parties to access connected vehicle data. Daimler becomes the first automaker to enroll for this service, and the partnersh...
    Toyota, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance unveil ‘Telematics Damage Service’ system
    Toyota Motor Corp and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance have jointly developed the Telematics Damage Service System, the automaker said in a press release on 23 December. The service will be available from March 2020 on Toyota and Lexus brand connected cars. The Telematics Damage Service System is an ac...
    Rivian raises USD1.3 billion in funding round
    Rivian has raised USD1.3 billion in a new funding round, which was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, the company announced in a press release on 23 December. Amazon, Ford Motor Company and funds managed by BlackRock also participated in the round. “This investment demo...
    Foresight Autonomous picks Cognata as simulation partner for stereo/quad camera vision systems
    Cognata has announced that Foresight Autonomous has selected Cognata as its simulation partner for their stereo/quad camera vision systems, the company said in a press release on 23 December. Foresight will be able to validate their vision systems across multiple scenarios, under different combin...
    ESB to set up EV chargers at 52 Tesco stores in Ireland
    ESB, in partnership with Tesco Ireland, will install dual outlet electric vehicle (EV) chargers at Tesco’s 52 store carparks spanning 18 counties in Ireland, ESB said in a press release on 19 December 2019. Under the partnership, ESB will supply, install and operate the charge points. The 18-count...
    Minda Industries, Sensata Technology team up to make wheel speed sensors
    Minda Industries, a flagship company of the Uno Minda Group, has teamed up with Sensata Technology Baoying to make wheel speed sensors, according to a regulatory filing by Minda Industries on 23 December. Minda has purchased certain machinery from Sensata. The company will also leverage technical kn...
    Koito agrees to take full ownership of Indian JV
    Koito Manufacturing Co Ltd. has agreed to take full ownership of Indian joint venture (JV)—India Japan Lighting Private Limited (IJL)—according to a company press release on 23 December. Koito has decided to acquire all of the shares of IJL owned by its JV partner Lucas TVS Limited (L-TVS) for I...
    CES 2020: Toyota Boshoku to showcase MX91 concept, MOOX MaaS space model
    Toyota Boshoku will exhibit two automotive interior space concepts designed for use in autonomous driving—future concept model ‘MX191’ and MaaS space model ‘MOOX’—at the upcoming CES 2020 next month in Las Vegas, United States, according to a company press release on 19 December. Sign...
    Tesla installs V3 Supercharger in London
    Tesla has installed the first European V3 Superchargers in London, United Kingdom, Autocar reported on 20 December. Tesla has installed eight V3 Superchargers at its service center in Park Royal. The Supercharger station also has eight V2 Superchargers.  Significance: Tesla unveiled the...
    OmniAir to launch comprehensive certification program for C-V2X devices next year
    OmniAir has said that it would launch a comprehensive certification program for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) devices in 2020, a press release on 20 December read. It has been in development since early this year and its C-V2X working group has finished over 100 new and unique test cases. ...
    Volvo Car UK ties up with GoWashMyCar for new connected car service
    Volvo Car UK has announced a partnership with GoWashMyCar, a car cleaning service as part of its new mobile valeting facility, the automaker announced on 20 December. Termed Volvo Car Mobile Wash, it is a package that includes a free car health check, covering tire pressures and tread depth, sc...
    Tesla installs over 15,000 superchargers globally
    American electric car manufacturer Tesla has reached a milestone by having installed over 15,000 of its superchargers across the globe. According to information from supercharge.info, a website that tracks applications and construction stages of Tesla Supercharger sites, the number of Supercharger s...
    AImotive, HERE, Vodafone develop scalable solution for automated vehicle parking
    AImotive, HERE Technologies and Vodafone have jointly developed a scalable automated valet parking solution following a nine-month collaboration, the Hungary-based self-driving start-up Almotive announced in a press release last month. The joint solution integrates automated driving capabilities ...
    Petro-Canada completes coast-to-coast EV fast charger network
    Petro-Canada has completed its coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers, with more than 50 locations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, according to a company press release on 17 December. Each site on Canada’s Electric Highway features DC fast chargers with both CHAdeMO an...
    CES 2020: SLD Laser to present new sensing and LiFi communication technologies for automotive applications
    SLD Laser will present its new high-resolution sensing and ultra-high speed LiFi communication technologies for automotive and consumer applications at the upcoming 2020 CES next month in Las Vegas, the United States, according to a press release on 20 December. SLD will also exhibit its newly de...
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