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    Making waves in the autonomous driving industry: Wayve’s funding splash
    Wayve's recent funding represents the largest AI fundraising in the UK to date. One notable aspect of Wayve's approach to automated/autonomous driving technology is its focus on empowering a variety of manufacturers through its 'Embodied AI' technology. Unlike many competitors that rely heavily on high-definition maps and pre-programmed routes, Wayve utilizes a machine learning model that learns from vast amounts of data, simulating human learning. This adaptability enables Wayve's system to han...
    Navigating compliance costs: OEMs' dilemma in making legacy vehicles compliant with cybersecurity
    The implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) R155 cybersecurity regulation has ramifications for the automotive industry that are more immediate than one would ordinarily expect in the vehicle planning process. It has led to some shuffling of vehicle portfolios among original equipment manufacturers due to inputting cost-benefit scenarios into the vehicle planning process. Porsche's decision to discontinue sales of the internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered M...
    Renault, Plug Power gets regulatory approval for joint acquisition of HyVia
    Renault and Plug Power have received approval from the European Commission for the joint acquisition of HyVia to produce fuel-cell light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and the supply of hydrogen refueling stations, according to a press release dated July 15. The two partners first entered into an agreement to establish the equally owned joint venture HyVia in March 2021. HyVia was formally launched three months later with its headquarters, as well as its research and development center, based i...
    Toyota plans to integrate RoboSense Lidar in Lexus electric models – report
    Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, is set to integrate Lidar products from RoboSense Technology, China's leading Lidar-maker, into several of its all-electric vehicles, primarily employing RoboSense's M-platform products, according to a report published by CnEVPost on July 11. This collaboration is expected to extend to other Toyota brands eventually, as indicated by sources and RoboSense's first-quarter earnings report. RoboSense also highlighted its partnership with Toyota, the top-selling car...
    Altilium partners Connected Energy to establish business models on EV battery recycling
    UK-based battery-recycling company Altilium has signed a strategic agreement with Connected Energy, a leading developer of second-life battery energy storage systems, to develop sustainable and environmentally responsible business models for the repurposing and recycling of electric vehicle batteries, bringing value to both companies as well as battery manufacturers and automotive original equipment manufacturers, Altilium announced July 8. Notably, Connected Energy designs and develops energ...
    TomTom and Microsoft deepen partnership for location technology
    TomTom and Microsoft have agreed to extend and deepen their collaboration. Under the extended partnership, TomTom's maps and traffic data will power location-based services across Microsoft solutions, reaching hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations daily. The two companies will work closely to bring innovations to markets. In addition, TomTom has affirmed Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider, enabling enterprises and developers to integrate comprehensive mapping and locati...
    E.ON and MAN partner to build EV charging network for electric trucks across Europe
    E.ON and MAN Truck & Bus have agreed to cooperate in jointly setting up about 400 electric vehicle charging stations for public charging of electric trucks across 170 locations in Europe, the two companies said in a joint announcement on July 11. The companies plan to invest in building new EV charging stations, which will be built along the existing MAN service network and will also be able to charge commercial vehicles from other manufacturers. Of the 170 locations, about 125 sites are ...
    Iveco Group partners with Luxembourg's LIST for eco-friendly vehicle materials
    Iveco Group NV has entered into a research and development partnership with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), under the endorsement of the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The partnership will focus on the development of sustainable and lightweight composite materials specifically tailored for transport applications, a move that aligns with Iveco Group's strategy toward achieving net-zero-emission mobility. This collaboration is to be co...
    Maruti Suzuki begins accepting startup applications for accelerator program
    Maruti Suzuki has started accepting applications for the 9th Cohort of its Maruti Suzuki Accelerator, an initiative designed to facilitate the ecosystem of startups in India, the company said in a press release on July 10. For the first time, the company is inviting applications from global startups. The selected startup will benefit with guidance from Maruti Suzuki’s mentors and domain experts, have an opportunity to do a paid proof of concept, participate in an educational visit to J...
    Jaguar Land Rover partners with Pirelli for sustainable tires
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced a partnership with Pirelli to incorporate Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified natural rubber tires across JLR's range of modern luxury vehicles, according to a press release on July 11. This initiative, a first on such a scale in the global automotive sector, will see JLR adopting over 250,000 FSC-certified tires annually, starting with the new Range Rover Electric. This collaboration aligns with JLR's Reimagine strategy, underscoring its commitmen...
    BP Charging announces new partnership to expand its EV charging network in the US
    BP’s electric vehicle charging unit, BP Pulse, plans to install and operate charging stations across 75 sites belonging to Simon Property Group, a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, BP announced July 10. The plan is part of a new partnership between BP and Simon Property Group in the US, the company said, adding that the deal will deliver over 900 ultrafast-charging bays to support EVs of every make ac...
    Guident partners for satellite-based autonomous vehicle communication
    Guident, an autonomous vehicle tele-operation company based in Boca Raton, FL, has announced an exciting partnership through the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership program. The collaboration aims to utilize cutting-edge low-latency satellite services and AI to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of autonomous vehicles. The initiative is supported by a grant that will enable the development of an advanced system architecture using non-geostationary satellite technology to enha...
    Tata Elxsi and Emerson launch innovation center in Bengaluru
    According to a press release on July 11, Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, and Emerson, a key player in global automation, have inaugurated the Tata Elxsi + NI Mobility Innovation Centre (TENMIC) in Bengaluru. This advanced center is established with the vision to expedite automotive innovation through state-of-the-art systems, software solutions and extensive global automotive expertise. The automotive sector is witnessing a rapid transformation with the emergence ...
    Volkswagen Group’s PowerCo, QuantumScape enter agreement to industrialize solid-state batteries
    PowerCo, the electric-vehicle battery company of the Volkswagen Group, has entered a strategic agreement with QuantumScape to begin commercial production of QuantumScape’s next-generation solid-state lithium metal battery technology, the German automotive group said in a press release July 11. Solid-state batteries promise higher energy density than current liquid electrolyte batteries. The technology is seen as a major breakthrough in increasing driving range of EVs and support large-scale ad...
    Critical Metals and Obeikan Group form joint venture for lithium hydroxide processing plant in Saudi Arabia
    Mining development company Critical Metals has finalized an agreement with Obeikan Group to form a joint venture, Arabian New Energy, to build a large-scale lithium hydroxide processing plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant will process spodumene concentrate produced from the Wolfsberg Lithium Project located in Austria. The incorporation of the equally owned joint venture is awaiting successful registration and approval by Saudi regulatory authorities.  Arabian New Energy will seek to have e...
    Toyota partners with Ionna to expand battery-electric vehicle charging network in North America
    Toyota Motor North America has announced its partnership with Ionna, joining seven other automakers as an investor and founding partner, to enhance the charging infrastructure for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in North America. The seven other automakers who have invested in Ionna are BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis. Ionna plans to establish a network of at least 30,000 charging ports by 2030, which will be accessible to Toyota and Lexus customers. Th...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply tires for Lexus' new GX 550 SUVs
    In a press release on July 10, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., based in Hiratsuka, Japan, recently announced its role in supplying GEOLANDAR X-CV tires as an optional original equipment (OE) for Lexus' new luxury on-road sport utility vehicle (SUV), the GX 550. The tires, which come in sizes 265/55R20 113V for the North American market and 265/55R20 109V for the Japanese market, were designed to cater to the vehicle's launch in North America in April 2024 and its upcoming general sales debut in Ja...
    BP partners with Simon Property Group to install and operate EV charging stations on 75 sites in the US
    Energy company BP has expanded its electric vehicle charging business, BP Pulse, by partnering with Simon Property Group, a US-based real estate investment trust that invests in shopping malls, outlet centers and community centers. The partnership will allow BP Pulse to install and operate EV charging Gigahubs on 75 sites owned by Simon Property Group. BP Pulse will deliver more than 900 ultrafast-charging bays that will support EVs from all automakers. The first charging bay will become operati...
    HighTec and Infineon launch AURIX TC4x MCAL Evaluation Bundle
    HighTec EDV-Systeme GmbH, in partnership with Infineon Technologies AG, has launched the AURIX TC4x MCAL Evaluation Bundle, designed to streamline the AUTOSAR-based development process for the AURIX TC4x family of multicore microcontrollers, as reported in a press release on July 3. These microcontrollers are targeted at automotive applications that require high levels of performance, safety and security, such as zone and domain controllers, and engine management systems. The bundle aims...
    Cipia secures its first design win with European luxury-car maker
    Cipia, an Israel-based company specializing in AI computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions, has announced that its Driver Sense driver monitoring system (DMS) has been chosen by an unnamed tier 1 supplier for integration into a luxury-car model of a European automaker. This partnership marks Cipia's first design win with this specific automaker, showcasing their growing influence in the automotive sector. Driver Sense will be integrated into the luxury-car model, which is set to enter pr...
    BYD plans to invest $1 billion new electric car plant in Turkey
    BYD has entered into an agreement with the Turkish government to invest $1 billion in a manufacturing plant to produce electric vehicles in Turkey. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 electric and hybrid vehicles. BYD will also set up a research and development center for sustainable mobility technologies at the plant, which is expected to become operational by the end of 2026. The planned investment will create 5,000 jobs in the country. The investment will help BYD ...
    Waabi to launch AI-powered autonomous trucking solution
    As reported in a press release on July 8, Waabi, a Toronto-based startup, is leveraging generative artificial intelligence to develop and deliver autonomous vehicle technology, with a specific focus on revolutionizing the long-haul trucking sector. Announced at the GTC event in March, Waabi revealed its plans to employ Nvidia's Driver Thor centralized car computer to introduce the Waabi Driver, a GenAI-powered autonomous trucking solution, to the market. The company intends to launch fully drive...
    Intellias and Zenrin partner to enhance vehicle navigation with Japan map data
    In a press release on July 8, Intellias has announced a partnership with Zenrin, a map data provider from Japan, to develop advanced digital maps enriched with Japanese map data for modern vehicle navigation systems. The strategic alliance aims to utilize the expertise of both companies in the realm of sustainable automotive innovation. Both Intellias and Zenrin are active members of the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) association, which focuses on enhancing mapping technology for accuracy and...
    May Mobility and SouthWest Transit announce first autonomous microtransit service in the Twin Cities area
    In a collaborative effort to enhance public transportation, May Mobility and SouthWest Transit have announced a partnership aimed at introducing an autonomous microtransit service to Eden Prairie, Minn., according to a press release on July 8. Scheduled to commence in the fall of 2024, May Mobility's autonomous vehicles will be incorporated into SouthWest Transit's existing microtransit service, SouthWest Prime, under a three-year contract. This initiative seeks to provide an innovative and r...
    Sakuu and SK On partner for innovative battery manufacturing for EVs
    Sakuu, a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based company specializing in commercial-scale equipment and technologies for the battery manufacturing industry, has entered into a joint development agreement with South Korea-based electric vehicle battery supplier SK On. The partnership underscores the commitment of both companies to advance battery manufacturing innovation by addressing current industry challenges and pave the way for the development of next-generation solutions. As part of this goal, the two...
    Rolling Wireless to use Autotalks 5G V2X chips
    Rolling Wireless has unveiled the RX135x, the pioneering V2X module powered by Autotalks' SECTON3 chipset, to begin production in 2026. This announcement comes as part of a strategic alliance between Autotalks, a leading provider in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication solutions, and Rolling Wireless, recognized as the premier supplier of cellular connectivity solutions in the automotive sector. The partnership is geared toward expediting the release of cutting-edge V2X technologies to meet...
    Toyo Tires supplies Open Country A/T III tires to Toyota Land Cruiser 250, Lexus GX SUVs
    Toyo Tires is supplying its Open Country A/T III tires as original equipment for the new Toyota Land Cruiser 250 sport-utility vehicle (SUV), which went on sale in the Middle East and other regions in June 2024, the company said in a press release. The all-terrain tire is offered in 265/70 R18 116H size. Separately, Toyo Tires also started supplying the Open Country A/T III tires as original equipment fitment in the all-new Lexus GX SUV, which went on sale in North America and elsewhere in Ap...
    Pure Energy Minerals partners with SLB for its Clayton Valley lithium brine project
    In a press release dated July 2, Pure Energy Minerals announced that it has entered into a partnership with SLB to sustainably develop at scale lithium claims held by Pure Energy in the Clayton Valley in the United States. SLB has set up a demonstration plant onsite to test an integrated approach that combines subsurface expertise and surface engineering of advanced technologies, including direct lithium extraction (DLE). Pure Energy Minerals said that it has received all necessary permits fr...
    Nissan and Honda nearing deal to collaborate on automotive software, EV charging network
    Nissan and Honda are reportedly on the verge of finalizing an agreement to jointly develop automotive software for future vehicles and to establish electric vehicle charging networks, several local news sources in Japan reported on July 4. This collaboration is apt to share costs and accelerate the development of new technologies and infrastructure to compete more effectively with global rivals in the shift toward zero-emission and software-defined vehicles.  Two automakers are currently...
    Toyota Kirloskar partners with Indian Institute of Science to create mobility engineering lab
    Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor in India, has announced a collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, India, to establish a Mobility Engineering Laboratory. The research facility aims to prepare future engineers with the multidisciplinary skills required for advanced mobility solutions development, Autocar Professional reported on July 4. This laboratory will mainly focus on electrified vehicle powertrain technologies and will feature adv...
    Stellantis collaborates with CEA for in-house development of EV battery cells
    Stellantis and CEA, a research institution, have signed up for a five-year collaboration to focus on the design and development of next-generation electric-vehicle battery cells, the carmaker announced July 3. The joint research program includes designing advanced technology cells with higher performance, a longer lifespan and a lower carbon footprint at competitive costs, which can lead to more affordable and sustainable battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in the future, Stellantis said in a st...
    CTEK, Apcoa partner to electrify car parks in the UK
    CTEK, a leading supplier of EV charging solutions, has partnered with Apcoa, Europe’s foremost provider of parking solutions, to significantly enhance EV charging infrastructure across the UK, CTEK announced July 1. As part of the partnership, CTEK plans to install its state-of-the-art Chargestrom Connected 3 (CC3) EV charging units in Apcoa-managed car parks across the UK. Notably, Apcoa manages a vast network of 1.8 million parking spaces across 13 countries in Europe. The partnership ...
    Servotech, Indian solar organization inaugurate solar-powered EV charging carport in Delhi
    Servotech Power Systems Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electric-vehicle chargers and solar solutions in India, has collaborated with the country’s apex solar organization, the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), to open Delhi’s first grid-connected solar-powered EV charging carport, the company announced July 4. The newly inaugurated solar-powered EV charging carport, established as a pilot project at the Hauz Khas Village parking station, marks a significant milestone in ...
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6 tires as original equipment on new Suzuki Vitara S-Cross series
    Continental is supplying EcoContact 6 tires as original equipment fitment on the new Suzuki Vitara S-Cross series, the Germany-based tiremaker said in a press release on July 4. The tires, available in size 215/55 R1794V,  are known not only for short braking distances and reliable grip on  dry and wet surfaces but also commendable cornering stability at elevated speeds. The innovation behind the EcoContact 6 tires lies in Continental's development of a special rubber compound coupl...
    AD Plastik wins new order from Stellantis to supply exterior trims for European market
    Forbes reported that AD Plastik has secured a new order from Stellantis to supply exterior trims for the European market. The four-year supply order is estimated to generate revenue of €36.5 million.  "The new business with Stellantis is a continuation of the successful cooperation with this customer, for whom we make various interior and exterior components for different vehicle models and different production locations in Europe,” Forbes reported AD Plastik’s CEO Marinko Do...
    Gestamp partners with Acciaieria Arvedi for sustainable steel in automotive parts
    Gestamp, a Spanish multinational known for its expertise in designing, developing and manufacturing metal components for the automotive industry, has entered into an agreement with Acciaieria Arvedi, an Italian steel producer, to supply original equipment manufacturers with sustainably produced low-emissions steel components. The collaboration leverages Acciaieria Arvedi's ARVZERO steel, which is carbon-neutral certified and derived from high-quality scrap. Gestamp has chosen Acciai...
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Alpitronic for EV charging expansion in US
    Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging has partnered with Alpitronic America to deploy Alpitronic’s Hypercharger 400 across its charging network in the US, the carmaker said in a press release on June 13. The partnership makes Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging the first DC fast-charging network in the US for such deployment at a large scale. Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz Mobility, is investing $1 billion in creating an electric vehicle charging network in North...
    Infineon and Swoboda cooperate to develop high-performance current sensors for electromobility
    According to a press release on July 3, Infineon Technologies has announced a collaborative venture aimed at the development of current sensor modules for the automotive sector. This partnership leverages Infineon's superior current sensor integrated circuits (ICs) and Swoboda's proficiency in sensor module development to cater to the increasing demand for sensing solutions in hybrid and electric vehicles. Their joint efforts are set to expedite the market introduction of high-performance curren...
    Volkswagen Group UK partners Ovo Energy to benefit from clean energy-related innovations
    Volkswagen has partnered Ovo Energy in the UK to offer customers preferential rates and bonuses, making it simpler and more cost-effective to switch to an electric vehicle, the company said on July 1. The carmaker said that the customers purchasing vehicles from 1 July 2024 from any of the Volkswagen Group brands — Audi, CUPRA, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles — can take advantage of Ovo’s market-leading "Charge-Anytime" add-on, as well as a num...
    Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India partners with BITS Pilani for advanced tech research
    Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India has entered into a five-year master research agreement with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani in India to engage in advanced technology research, The Hindu reported July 1. This partnership aims to create a structured framework for joint research efforts with the objective of developing intellectual property in cutting-edge technology solutions while also fostering academic engagement through higher education projects. The...
    Syensqo and NIO launch joint lab for sustainable automotive innovation
    Syensqo, a global provider of advanced performance materials and chemical solutions, has announced a new collaborative venture with NIO Inc., a prominent figure in the premium smart electric vehicle market, with the opening of a state-of-the-art joint laboratory. This development was celebrated with an opening ceremony at the new NIO House in Shanghai, attended by notable figures including Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of Syensqo, and Mr. Bi Lu, assistant vice president at NIO. The collaboration between ...
    Arbe Robotics partners with top OEM for next-gen radar
    Arbe Robotics has announced a significant development in its business operations July 1. The company, listed on both Nasdaq and TASE under the ticker Arbe, disclosed that it had been selected by one of the world's top 10 original equipment manufacturers to provide its chipset for the development of a next-generation imaging radar aimed at serial production, as reported in a press release July 1. The unnamed OEM, identified as one of the automotive manufacturers mentioned in Arbe's recent conv...
    LG Energy Solution and Liontown Resources forge major lithium partnership
    LG Energy Solution and Liontown Resources have entered into a long-term strategic partnership, aimed at bolstering their collaboration within the global lithium industry. This strategic alliance was memorialized through a convertible note subscription agreement, an extended offtake agreement for the supply of lithium spodumene from Liontown's Kathleen Valley project, and a downstream collaboration agreement to investigate the feasibility of establishing a lithium refinery, offering potential for...
    Thanks to Cerence, Volkswagen rolls out ChatGPT to more group vehicles
    Volkswagen is offering its new-generation infotainment system integrated with ChatGPT in more models. The artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool is available in all electric vehicle models offered by ID. family as well as in the new Golf, Tiguan and Passat. The advanced AI system, accessible via the IDA voice assistant, allows users to interact with their car using natural language for a range of functionalities that surpass traditional voice control. Capabilities extend to having search result...
    Ampere announces new battery strategy with focus on LFP and CTP technology
    Ampere, the European EV company, has announced a comprehensive battery strategy focusing on integrating lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology along with the existing nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) batteries used by the Renault Group. Ampere has collaborated with its suppliers LG Energy Solution (LGES) and CATL to establish an integrated value chain in Europe for LFP technology. These partnerships will support Ampere in equipping various models of Renault and Alpine brands with LFP batteries, se...
    WiseSight and Duncan Solutions partner to develop AI-based automated parking enforcement
    According to a press release June 7, WiseSight Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with Duncan Solutions, a subsidiary of Navient and a notable provider of parking management solutions. This collaboration aims to develop parking enforcement practices for municipalities and private operators by introducing an integrated solution that supports remote automated enforcement across various parking configurations and permits the remote issuance of ticket-by-mail. This advancement means ...
    Group14 Technologies signs five multi-year binding offtake agreements
    Washington-based leading supplier of advanced silicon battery materials, Group14 Technologies, Inc. has signed five multi-year binding offtake agreements amounting to a minimum commitment of over $300 million, the company announced on June 4. The company has signed multi-year binding offtake agreements with three leading electric vehicle (EV) and two consumer electronic (CE) cell manufacturers across Europe, Asia and North America, it said. According to the company, the new agreements will...
    Petronas Group subsidiary partners with Virta to expand EV charging infrastructure in Southeast Asia
    Gentari Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Petronas Group, has collaborated with Finnish EV charging solutions provider Virta’s local subsidiary Gentari Green Mobility to expand the EV charging network across Southeast Asia, Virta announced on June 25. The two companies also plan to work with third-party entities to enable EV charging interoperability in the region, leveraging Virta's digital platform services, technology and industry expertise with Gentari’s deployment and operation o...
    SAIC Volkswagen to launch EVs in China by 2026
    SAIC Motor, a Chinese car manufacturer, and its German partner Volkswagen have entered into agreements to jointly develop three plug-in hybrid and two pure electric vehicle models in China through their joint venture, SAIC Volkswagen. This initiative, announced as SAIC Volkswagen celebrates its 40th anniversary, aims to launch the first of these models by 2026. Ralf Brandstätter, a board member of Volkswagen AG responsible for China, emphasized the importance of advancing their electrif...
    NNG and Genesys International forge partnership for advanced navigation in India
    NNG, a Budapest, Hungary-based specialist in automotive navigation and connected car technology, has formed a strategic partnership with Genesys International, an India-based company offering advanced mapping and geospatial solutions. The collaboration will allow the two partners to offer artificial intelligence-powered navigation and connected car solutions to automakers in the Indian automotive market. NNG, with over two decades of experience and its technology in more than 30 million vehic...
    ZEEKR partners with ams OSRAM on smart lighting and sensing
    According to a May 28 press release, ZEEKR, a brand of the mainland Chinese Geely Group, has entered into a partnership with ams OSRAM, recognizing the latter's advanced technology and extensive experience in automotive lighting and sensing. The partnership seeks to enable automakers to offer a more personalized and intelligent driving experience, enhancing brand recognition in the process. The collaboration was unveiled at Auto China 2024 in Beijing, where ZEEKR showcased its new lineup of high...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply tires for Honda's new FREED minivan
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., based in Hiratsuka, Japan, has announced its partnership with Honda Motor Co. Ltd., where it will provide its BluEarth-FE AE30 tires as original equipment for Honda's new compact minivan, the FREED, as reported in a press release June 28. These tires, sized 18565R1588S, are part of Yokohama's BluEarth brand, which emphasizes environmental, human and societal friendliness. The BluEarth-FE AE30 is noted for its fuel efficiency and the balance it offers between vari...
    General Tire to equip Mercedes-AMG G63 with Grabber HTS60 tire
    General Tire has reached an exclusive agreement with Mercedes-AMG to supply the new Mercedes-AMG G63 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with its original equipment tires. The sports version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will be fitted with General Tire’s Grabber HTS60 MO1A summer tires. The tire, available in 27550 R 20113H XL size, delivers safety and peak performance, both on paved roads and off-road conditions. General Tire says its Grabber HTS60 tire delivers has specially been designed for SUV...
    Volkswagen – Rivian deal: VW gets E/E architecture, Rivian gets capital and scale
    On June 25, Volkswagen Group and US-based electric carmaker Rivian Automotive announced their plan to set up an equal joint venture company that will focus on developing the next-generation electrical and electronic (E/E) architecture and software solutions that will be central to upcoming electric vehicles from both the carmakers. The strategic partnership also entails Volkswagen’s plan to invest $5 billion in Rivian, starting with an initial investment of $1 billion through an unsecured c...
    Hubject, Ampeco partner to deliver Plug&Charge, roaming service to EV charging service providers
    Hubject and Ampeco, a global electric-vehicle charging management software leader, have partnered for charge-point operators (CPOs) and electric mobility service providers (EMSPs) to benefit from Hubject’s intercharge and Plug&Charge networks, and Ampeco’s EV charging management platform, under a single contract, the two companies said in a joint statement on June 26. Hubject said that both the companies are strategically aligned to deliver enhanced services for large-scale EV chargin...
    Qt Group partners with LG Electronics to enhance Automotive Content Platform
    Qt Group has announced a collaboration with LG Electronics to integrate the Qt software framework into LG's webOS-based advanced Automotive Content Platform (ACP), the Finland-based software company said in a press release on June 26. The collaboration will empower automotive original equipment manufacturer developers' and designers' ability to create more innovative, immersive content-streaming services for vehicles. Leveraging Qt's long-standing support for LG's webOS, previously utilized a...
    Innoviz Technologies and major OEM collaborate on new short-range Lidar for Level 4 autonomous vehicles
    According to a press release on June 26, Innoviz Technologies has expanded its product lineup with the addition of a short-range Lidar to the InnovizTwo platform, which already comprises the long-range and slim models. This latest innovation is designed based on the architecture of the InnovizTwo Long-Range, offering high-resolution detection and an extensive vertical field of view exceeding 90 degrees. Aimed at enhancing the safety and efficiency of light commercial vehicles (LCVs), shuttles...
    Uber Freight and Aurora launch Premier Autonomy for driverless miles access
    According to a press release on June 25, Uber Freight and Aurora Innovation have announced the launch of Premier Autonomy, a program aiming to provide early access to over 1 billion Aurora driverless miles for Uber Freight carriers by 2030. This initiative, a product of the existing partnership between the two companies, seeks to incorporate autonomous trucks into the Uber Freight network, offering carriers, regardless of their size, the opportunity to boost utilization and business effi...
    Riding the software wave, Stellantis scales up its technology offerings
    Stellantis recently concluded its first Investor Day on a high, and why not? Formed from the merger of the Italian-American conglomerate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group in 2021, Stellantis has not only quickly established itself as one of the leading global automakers but seems even better positioned to meet future challenges. A “software” shot in the arm Since 2021, the company has seen a 2.5-fold increase in high-margin revenue from software and connected services,...
    Eaton and University of Notre Dame partner to expand EV charging infrastructure
    Eaton, a leading intelligent power management company, has partnered with the University of Notre Dame to introduce new electric vehicle charging infrastructure, supporting the university's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This initiative is aimed at accommodating the increasing demand for EV charging facilities for students, faculty, staff and the maintenance fleet on campus. Paul Kempf, representing the University of Notre Dame, emphasized the long-standing 30-year relatio...
    SK On signs MOU with ExxonMobil to source lithium in the US
    SK On, a prominent electric vehicle battery manufacturer, has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ExxonMobil, aiming to secure a potentially substantial supply of US-produced lithium. This initiative is part of SK On's broader strategy to fortify its battery supply chain in the US. The MOU paves the way for SK On to explore a multiyear agreement with ExxonMobil that could see it receive up to 100,000 metric tons of lithium from a project in Arkansas, US. Although...
    Verne unveils Mobileye-powered autonomous mobility service
    As reported in a press release on June 26, a new venture in urban autonomous mobility named Verne has been unveiled. Co-founded by Mate Rimac, alongside his close associates from Rimac Group — Marko Pejković, who serves as the CEO; and Adriano Mudri, the designer of Nevera and chief design officer — Verne aims to redefine city transportation with its fully autonomous vehicles. The company has established a collaboration with Mobileye, a supplier of autonomous driving technology...
    Volkswagen to invest $5 billion in Rivian, both companies to set up a JV
    US electric-car maker Rivian Automotive and Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen Group plan to set up an equal joint venture to focus on developing next-generation electrical architecture and software solutions that can benefit both the companies in their respective EV lineup in the future, Rivian announced June 25. The two companies expect that the JV will be formed by the fourth quarter of 2024. The strategic partnership also entails Volkswagen Group's plan of investing $5 billion in Rivi...
    The Mobility House, GESI to set up JV for large-scale battery storage systems in Germany
    The Mobility House and Green Energy Storage Initiative SE (GESI Giga Batteries), a project developer of large-scale battery storage systems, plan to set up a joint venture company focused on building and commercializing large-scale battery storage systems to reduce the costs of grid congestion and accelerate the next phase of the energy transition, the company announced June 25. By 2035, the two companies plan to develop up to 8 GW of storage capacity, preferably at grid-supporting locations ...
    Cyclic Materials to supply recycled rare earth oxide to Solvay
    Cyclic Materials and Solvay have entered into an agreement where Cyclic Materials will supply recycled mixed rare earth oxide (rMREO) to Solvay's plant in La Rochelle, France, from its upcoming Hub100 facility in Ontario. Shipments are expected to begin in late 2024. This agreement builds on a memorandum of understanding signed in February 2023 and follows successful validation of Cyclic Materials' product with Solvay's rare earth separation process. The collaboration marks a significant step...
    DXC Luxoft and ECarx partnership boosts advanced innovation capabilities for automotive manufacturers
    In a press release on June 25, Ecarx and DXC Luxoft announced that they will work together to accelerate the development of in-vehicle capabilities, resulting in enhanced infotainment, digital cockpit and advanced driver assistance systems, and enabling a better user experience for drivers.  Ecarx’s full-stack hardware and software offering will now support a wider range of services through the addition of DXC Luxoft’s expertise in software integration and engineering, and its abilit...
    Texas Instruments and Delta Electronics announce collaboration to advance EV onboard charging
    In a press release announcement on June 21, Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a significant partnership with Delta Electronics, a renowned power and energy management manufacturer. This collaboration aims to develop advanced electric vehicle onboard charging and power solutions. The joint initiative will involve a shared innovation laboratory located in Pingzhen, Taiwan, leveraging both companies' expertise in power management and delivery. Amichai Ron, senior vice president for Embedded Proc...
    ESync Alliance showcases over-the-air updates at AutoTech Detroit 2024
    The eSync Alliance recently showcased a dynamic over-the-air (OTA) demonstrator at AutoTech in Detroit, marking a significant advancement from their earlier demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as reported in a press release on June 20. During CES, in partnership with the Autoware Foundation and Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE), the eSync Alliance demonstrated the deployment of OTA updates on containerized software, focusing on accelerating t...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies tires for Mitsubishi's new Pajero Sport
    Yokohama Rubber has started supplying its GEOLANDER G94 tires as original equipment (OE) fitment to the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV), the company said in a press release June 21. Mitsubishi Motors launched new Pajero Sport SUV in Thailand in March this year. The tires, come in size of 265/60R18 110H, offer enhanced durability, noise reduction, low rolling resistance and improved steering stability, catering to a variety of road conditions. Yokohama is imp...
    Toshiba and partners unveil next-gen Li-ion in Brazil
    In a significant development in the field of battery technology, Toshiba Corporation, Sojitz Corporation of Japan, and CBMM, a leading niobium producer from Brazil, have announced the completion of a next-generation lithium-ion battery featuring niobium titanium oxide (NTO) in the anode. The unveiling took place in Araxá, Brazil, where the trio also introduced a prototype e-bus equipped with this innovative battery. The companies aim to progress with their collaborations, leveraging their co...
    dSPACE collaborates with Amazon Web Services to advance autonomous driving technologies
    DSPACE is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance the development of autonomous driving technologies. This collaboration is focused on creating an advanced scenario generation feature using generative AI technologies from AWS, according to a press release June 24. The new feature, which is being developed with the assistance of the AWS Generative AI Innovation Center, will be a part of the dSPACE portfolio for SIL HIL testing and data-driven development. It utilizes a large langu...
    Synopsys launches AI-driven multi-die reference flow for Intel Foundry
    In a press release June 24, Synopsys announced the launch of its AI-driven multi-die reference flow designed for Intel Foundry's embedded multi-die interconnect bridge technology. This offering, incorporating both the Synopsys.ai EDA suite and Synopsys Intellectual Property , aims to accelerate the development and quality of results for heterogeneous integration, which is crucial for AI and high-performance computing applications. Synopsys' multi-die reference flow is production-ready and off...
    Amara Raja signs strategic partnership with Gotion InoBat Batteries
    Amara Raja Advanced Cell Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ARACT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Amara Raja Energy & Mobility Ltd., one of India’s leading battery manufacturers, has signed a technical licensing agreement with GIB EnergyX Slovakia sro., a subsidiary of mainland China’s Gotion High-Tech Co Ltd., the two companies said in a joint announcement June 24. As part of the agreement GIB EnergyX will license Gotion’s world-class lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology for lithium-ion cel...
    Ascend Elements ships cathode materials to Freudenberg e-Power Systems
    Ascend Elements has shipped decarbonized cathode materials, including precursor (pCAM) and cathode active materials (CAM) to to Freudenberg e-Power Systems for applications in heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries, the company announced June 19. The shipment of pCAM material was engineered and manufactured at the Ascend Elements pilot facility in Westborough, Mass. The materials will be sintered and finished as CAM at the Ascend Elements location in Novi, Mich. before shipment to Freudenberg e-Pow...
    Electrify America, Rocky Mountain Power install EV charging stations in Utah
    Electrify Commercial, a business unit of Electrify America, and Rocky Mountain Power, a division of power company PacifiCorp, jointly announced the opening of Rocky Mountain Power’s first hyper-fast charging stations in Millcreek and Vernal, the two companies said in a press note June 21. The two companies have partnered to install 20 EV charging stations in the Salt Lake area to support EV adoption in Utah. The new EV charging stations, which will be owned by Rocky Mountain Power, will be ...
    Delta and Texas Instruments launch joint innovation lab
    In a recent announcement made in TAIPEI June 21, Delta, renowned for its contributions in power management and providing IoT-based smart green solutions, has partnered with Texas Instruments (TI), recognized for its leadership in the semiconductor industry, to establish a joint innovation laboratory. The primary goal of the joint lab is to enhance the performance and power density of Delta's electric-vehicle power systems, thereby reinforcing its competitive edge in the EV sector. This c...
    Charge+ and Porsche launch 1,700 km EV charging network in Vietnam
    Charge+, a prominent provider of electric-vehicle charging solutions in Southeast Asia, has collaborated with Porsche to introduce a 1,700 km EV charging network in Vietnam, aimed at connecting the country's two major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This network, announced June 20, will feature 17 Direct Current (DC) ultra-fast charging sites across Vietnam over the next three years. The first phase, including nine sites with up to 180 kW power rating in key cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi M...
    Cinemo partners with NIO to enhance in-car entertainment experience in Europe
    Cinemo has joined forces with mainland China-based new energy vehicle (NEV) startup NIO to revolutionize in-car entertainment in Europe, the Germany-based company specializing in high-performance and automotive-grade multimedia solutions said in a press release June 20. This collaboration aims to provide NIO users in Europe with a home-entertainment-like experience directly from their vehicles. The partnership comes at a time when NIO is rapidly expanding its presence in European market with ...
    Gotion InoBat Batteries signs agreement with Slovak government to build 60GWh gigafactory
    Gotion InoBat Batteries (GIB), a joint venture company between Gotion High Tech and InoBat, has signed an investment agreement with the Solvak government to build an advanced gigafactory in Slovakia, InoBat announced June 20. The planned gigafactory will deploy innovative closed loop circular value-chain and will be located in the Šurany strategic eco park home of the Šurany Battery Hub, the company said. GIB’s planned total capacity of the proposed gigafactory in Slovakia is up to 60 GWh...
    Super Screws forms joint venture with Mitsuchi for cold forged parts
    Super Screws Pvt Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mitsuchi Corporation of Japan, signaling a significant collaboration aimed at establishing a joint venture for the manufacturing and global distribution of special cold forged parts. The proposed venture will involve setting up a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in India dedicated to producing top-tier cold forged parts for both the domestic and international markets.  This initiative is set to enh...
    Schneider Electric and AVEVA partner with IN-CORE for EV battery efficiency
    Schneider Electric and AVEVA, a prominent name in industrial software aimed at fostering digital transformation and sustainability, have announced a collaboration with IN-CORE Systèmes to enhance efficiency in electric vehicle (EV) battery production. The companies will work on a joint solution that bridges the gap from electrode level to final cell performance, offering customers a comprehensive view of data to refine their processes. The EV market's rapid expansion has piled pressure on ba...
    Jaguar Land Rover, Chery deepen partnership to develop new EV range in mainland China
    British luxury-car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery Automobile Co. are deepening their 12-year partnership to strengthen their equal joint venture company — called CJLR — product offerings in mainland China, JLR announced June 19. JLR and Chery have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to license the Freelander brand to CJLR for jointly developing a range of new electric vehicles to be built on Chery’s EV architecture. The two companies plan to establish a Freeland...
    Verra Mobility partners with Bluedot to tackle EV fleet charging challenges
    Verra Mobility Corp., a notable entity in smart mobility technology solutions with a listing on the Nasdaq, has recently forged a strategic partnership with electric vehicle fleet management platform Bluedot to offer charging solutions to fleet customers. Announced on June 18, from Mesa, Ariz., this collaboration aims to address significant electrification challenges faced by fleets, including range and battery constraints, by facilitating access to over 80% of public charging stations across...
    Minda Corp. and HCMF form JV to produce sunroof in India
    Minda Corp. Ltd., the flagship company of India-based Spark Minda Group, has entered into a 50/50 joint venture agreement with HSIN Chong Machinery Works Co. Ltd. (HCMF), a Taiwan-based supplier specializing in automotive sunroof and closure systems. The partnership marks a significant step toward localizing the production of advanced sunroof and closure technology products for passenger cars in India. It will help the JV to serve the growing demand of sunroofs fueled by evolving consumer pre...
    Hubject partners India’s Exicom on improving interoperability of EV charging stations
    Hubject, a leading player in securing the interoperability of electric vehicle charging stations, has entered into a strategic partnership with Exicom, India’s largest EV charger manufacturer, to jointly work on improving the charging experience for EV drivers in India, Hubject announced June 19. The strategic partnership will enable Exicom to use Hubject’s intercharge platform, which will make it easier for EV drivers to conveniently find and use charge points when needed. Notably, Hubje...
    ChargePoint, LG Electronics partner to leverage strengths for new innovations in EV charging
    ChargePoint, a leading charge-point operator, and LG Electronics have formed a strategic partnership to leverage their respective strengths to develop innovative charging solutions, ChargePoint announced June 18. The first product of this strategic partnership will be commercial charging solutions that encompass ChargePoint’s industry-leading charger management software and LG’s advanced electric vehicle charging hardware, ChargePoint said, adding that the deliveries of this product are e...
    Scania Invest partners with Waabi for autonomous trucking technology
    As reported in a press release on June 18, Scania Invest, the newly established investment arm of Scania’s Ventures and New Business department, has announced its  investment in Waabi, a Canadian company pioneering generative AI for the physical world. The investment in Waabi provides key strategic value for Scania Invest in its progress toward offering full-scale autonomous transport solutions.     This marks the first major investment by Scania Invest since its establishment ...
    Vanguard International Semiconductor and NXP to build new semiconductor facility in Singapore
    As reported in a press release on June 5, Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VIS) and NXP Semiconductors NV (NXP) have announced their plan to establish a joint venture, VisionPower Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd. (VSMC), for constructing a new 300-millimeter (mm) semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Singapore. The facility, aimed at supporting mixed-signal, power management and analog products within the 130-nanometer (nm) to 40-nm range, targets a variety of end mar...
    Toyota and Pepco launch vehicle-to-grid project with bZ4X battery-electric vehicles
    Toyota Motor North America and Pepco, a local energy utility, have initiated a collaborative vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research project focusing on the Toyota bZ4X battery-electric vehicle (BEV). This endeavor, taking place in Plano, Texas, and Washington, DC, seeks to explore the capabilities of bidirectional power flow technology, which would enable BEV owners not only to charge their cars but also to supply excess power back to the local energy grid. The project aims to enhance energy reliability...
    Covestro, Neste and Borealis partner to develop sustainable plastics for automotive industry
    Covestro, Neste and Borealis have entered into a partnership for a project that will enable the recycling of discarded tires into high-quality plastics for automotive applications, according to a press release on June 11. The tires are liquefied by means of chemical recycling and then processed into base chemicals and further into polycarbonates of high purity. These can then be used in various automotive applications, from parts of headlamps to radiator grilles. The first products based on t...
    Argus Cyber Security collaborates with Microsoft on building next-generation platform for automotive and mobility security
    Argus Cyber Security is collaborating with Microsoft to build a next-generation, end-to-end platform for automotive and mobility security, the company said in a press release on June 17. The all-new Argus Vehicle Security Platform combines Argus' automotive cybersecurity portfolio with robust software development and security products from Microsoft. The platform comprises two integrated solutions: Automotive Shift-Left Security and Automotive Security Lifecycle Management to help a...
    BASF, WHW Recycling partner to build battery recycling ecosystem in Europe
    German materials company BASF and WHW Recycling GmbH have entered into an agreement to process cathode and anode waste to establish a circular economy for battery materials in Europe, BASF announced June 18. The move is aligned with BASF’s strategy to expand its battery recycling operations and service offering for its customers. Notably, WHW Recycling is a joint venture between Walch Holding and Štefan Hanigovský, owner of the Slovakian waste disposal company Fecupral. The company is ...
    SQM signs long-term lithium supply agreement with Hyundai and Kia
    Sociedad Quimica Minera de Chile SA (SQM), an NYSE-listed lithium producer, announced June 17 that its fully owned subsidiary SQM Salar SA has signed a long-term agreement with South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group and sister company Kia Corp. for the supply of lithium hydroxide. In a press note issued by the company on June 17, it said that Hyundai and Kia have decided to secure a portion of their future lithium hydroxide supply from SQM, after considering the company’s proven ope...
    Hyvia and Hype partner to expand hydrogen mobility ecosystem across France
    Hyvia, a joint venture between Renault Group and Plug that is dedicated to hydrogen mobility, has partnered with Hype, an independent operator of hydrogen-powered taxis, to accelerate decarbonized hydrogen mobility. This partnership covers the entire ecosystem of hydrogen mobility including the supply of decarbonized hydrogen, hydrogen refueling stations and hydrogen vehicles. Hyvia's 1-MW electrolyzer based at its Flins, France, plant will supply Hype’s Paris region ref...
    Meijo Nano Carbon forms alliance with SK Inc. Materials for lithium-ion battery material
    Meijo Nano Carbon Co. Ltd., a startup company specializing in the production of high-quality single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), has formed a capital and business alliance with SK Inc. Materials, a subsidiary of the prominent South Korean conglomerate, SK Group. The investment from SK Inc. Materials will further facilitate collaborations in the lithium-ion battery (LIB) field. Silicon, deemed the next-generation anode material, is anticipated to replace graphite used in conventional...
    Honda and Mitsubishi to establish joint venture ALTNA Co. in 2024
    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corporation have announced plans to establish a new 50-50 joint venture company, ALTNA Co. Ltd., in July 2024. The venture is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies in October 2023, aimed at launching new businesses to capitalize on expected growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market and to support a future decarbonized society. The joint venture aims to address challenges such as optimizing the cost of EV usage, enhancing t...
    TIER IV and Suzuki form alliance to accelerate autonomous driving technology
    According to a press release June 16, Tier IV has formed a capital and business alliance with Suzuki to expedite the advancement and commercialization of autonomous driving technology to improve regional mobility solutions. By integrating Tier IV's scalable software platforms and Suzuki's considerable manufacturing expertise, the alliance aims to develop innovative mobility services powered by autonomous driving technology. These services will cater to the growing demand for more convenient and ...
    Bayanat AI and Oxa partner to advance autonomous vehicle solutions
    As reported in a press release on June 13, Bayanat AI PLC and Oxa have announced a strategic partnership with the goal of advancing autonomous vehicle solutions in the United Arab Emirates and beyond. This collaboration is supported by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) under its Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster, highlighting the UAE's focus on innovation and technological advancement. The partnership, initiated during a visit to Oxa's UK headquarters by a delegation f...
    Volkswagen, Vulcan Green Steel partner on low-carbon steel
    Volkswagen AG and Vulcan Green Steel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a partnership for low-carbon steel, which is a key element of the German carmaker’s green steel strategy, VW announced June 12. The volumes of low-carbon steel that Volkswagen AG expects to order will cover a significant proportion of total steel requirements and will be used by the VW Group’s production facilities from 2027 onward, the company said. It further added that the fully vertically integ...
    Jaguar Land Rover to adopt Chery’s modular architectures to develop BEVs, PHEVs
    British luxury-car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to develop battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on its mainland China-based joint venture partner Chery’s M3X and E0X modular architectures, according to a news report published by the online automotive news portal CarNewsChina.com on June 12. The report mentioned that Chery Chairman Yin Tongyao has confirmed that JLR will adopt Chery’s M3X and E0X modular platforms, which underpin several mode...
    NTT Data and Denso partner for strategic software development
    NTT Data Japan and Denso Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding on June 12 to form a strategic partnership for software development. Their collaboration aims to advance Japan's automotive industry and address societal issues, combining Denso's in-car tech expertise with NTT Data's outside-car tech strength, prominently in cloud computing, as reported in a press release on June 12. This partnership is expected to boost the development of in-car software and aims to brin...
    May Mobility and Detroit authorities launch automated driving system for seniors and disabled
    According to a press release on June 12, May Mobility, in partnership with the City of Detroit's Office of Mobility Innovation (OMI) and the Michigan Mobility Collaborative (MMC), has announced the launch of the Detroit Automated Driving Systems (ADS) pilot. Named Accessibili-D, this service aims to enhance the quality of life for Detroit residents who live with disabilities or are 62 years old and older. The free service will start on June 20, 2024, and is planned to run through 2026. The se...
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