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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Exicom introduces Harmony Gen 1.5 DC Fast charger with enhanced efficiency
    Exicom has launched its Harmony Gen 1.5 DC Fast charger with high power output and efficiecy. It has been reported that the DC charger comes with a range of connector options and power outputs from 60 kW to 400 kW, making it the fastest DC charger in India. The charger's efficiency surpasses 95%, enabling it to power a wide range of vehicles from lightweight cars to heavy-duty buses. It also features an AI-driven remote management system for predictive maintenance, boosting reliability f...
    Chinese battery maker Gotion High-Tech unveils innovative battery solutions
    Mainland China-based battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech unveiled innovative battery technologies on the sidelines of its 13th Technology Conference on May 17. The new innovations it unveiled included the 5C ultra-fast charging G-Current battery, high-nickel NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) cylindrical Stellary battery as well as all-solid-state battery technology at its annual event. Gotion said that its innovative 5C ultra-fast charging G-Current battery can charge up to 80% state-of-charg...
    Great Wall Motors updates Ora 03 with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
    Great Wall Motors'  Ora brand has announced a major software update for its Ora 03 model in the UK, the company said in a press release. The latest software update enables wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The update will be accessible to all existing and potential customers of all Ora 03 variants, including the previously named Ora Funky Cat. It can be acquired from the network of over 30 UK-based retailers at no cost to the consumer. The newly released update will enable Ora 3 u...
    Nexperia introduces SiC MOSFETs in D2PAK-7 SMD package
    Nexperia has recently introduced their highly advanced 1200 V silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs in D2PAK-7 surface mount device (SMD) packaging. These MOSFETs are available in four different options with RDSon values of 30, 40, 60 and 80 mΩ. Nexperia recently released two SiC MOSFETs in 3 and 4-pin TO-247 packaging in late 2023. This announcement is part of a series of releases that will quickly expand Nexperia’s SiC MOSFET portfolio to include devices with RDSon values of 17, 30, 40, 60 and 80 m...
    ACT Expo 2024: Volvo Autonomous Solutions unveils Volvo VNL autonomous truck
    Volvo Autonomous Solutions recently introduced Volvo's first-ever production-ready autonomous truck, the Volvo VNL Autonomous, at the ACT Expo in Las Vegas, according to a May 20 press release. The vehicle is equipped with autonomous driving technology developed by Aurora Innovation, a self-driving vehicle technology company. The truck will be manufactured at Volvo's New River Valley plant located in Dublin, Va. The Volvo VNL Autonomous is powered by the Aurora Driver, an SAE L4 autonomous dr...
    NTN develops new heat-treatment technology for automotive bearings
    NTN Corp. (NTN) has developed a special heat-treatment technology named HA-C. This technology is designed to contribute to the downsizing and lightening of drive units for automobiles, including e-Axles used in electric vehicles. The HA-C technology allows for a higher load capacity of bearing, meaning NTN can create more compact and lighter bearings compared to traditional ones. The technology uses a large number of hard and fine precipitates to disperse, resulting in extremely high surface ...
    Honda debuts its first hydrogen fuel-cell Class 8 truck concept
    Honda has debuted a Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo on May 20. The Class 8 hydrogen fuel-cell truck concept is powered by three new Honda fuel-cell systems, manufactured at Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), a joint venture production facility with General Motors (GM) in Michigan, US. It is designed to enhance performance and ensure twice as much durability while reducing cost by two-thirds compared to the former gen...
    BASF expands its biomass balance portfolio for selected chemical intermediates
    BASF is expanding its biomass balance offering to include BMBCert 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF) and 3-(dimethylamino)propylamine (DMAPA). BASF announced that its plant in Geismar, La., has also achieved certifications for manufacturing these products, whereas the Ulsan site in South Korea has obtained certification for PolyTHF. These products replace fossil resources with renewable raw materials. This allows BASF to offer regionally produ...
    AMS Osram will present advanced lighting solutions at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2024
    Austrian supplier AMS Osram will present its advanced illumination solutions at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2024, scheduled to be held at the PACIFICO Yokohama convention and exhibition center from May 22 to 24. AMS Osram will showcase its EVIOS 2.0 intelligent forward lighting, ALIYOS LED-on-foil technology and SYNIOS P1515 rear-light designs, as well as open-source protocol (OSP) and OSIRE E3731i RGB LED for ambient lighting. EVIOS 2.0 is a front lighting module ...
    Porsche begins rolling out first electric Macan at its Leipzig factory in Germany
    Volkswagen-owned German luxury carmaker Porsche has officially commenced the production of its new electric Macan SUV at its upgraded Leipzig factory in Saxony, Germany, the company announced on May 14. Porsche has invested about €600 million in upgrading its Leipzig production site to ramp up the production of the electric Macan SUV, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The Macan EV is Porsche’s second all-electric model after the Taycan EV. New upgrades and additions to the facto...
    ChargePoint adds Megawatt Charging System in its EV charging portfolio
    ChargePoint, a leading charge point operator (CPO), is rolling out its megawatt charging architecture to support electrification of commercial trucks in the US, the company announced on May 16. The Megawatt Charging System (MCS), which is estimated to be capable of dispensing enough energy to power about 1,000 homes, will be a significant addition to ChargePoint's DC fast-charging lineup. The MCS cable and connector will be incorporated into ChargePoint's Power Link 2000 stations, which ar...
    LG Innotek to accelerate targeting global automotive lighting market with Nexlide module
    LG Innotek has announced plans to aggressively target the global automotive lighting module market with its Nexlide lighting module, the company said in a press release. Introduced 10 years ago, Nexlide has become a major product for LG Innotek's electronic components business, achieving annual average sales growth of 47% over the past decade and garnering 146 cumulative orders. The 3D lighting module is installed on 88 car models from 9 global manufacturers and can be utilized in various sectio...
    Yanfeng and Trinseo collaborate for circular automotive interior materials
    Automotive supplier Yanfeng and Trinseo, a specialty material solutions provider, have announced a collaboration to develop circular automotive interior materials. Their joint effort aims to meet the 2030 end-of-life-vehicle requirements and original equipment manufacturers' goals concerning circular economy targets. The partners plan to jointly design, produce and commercialize circular materials for future automotive uses, with a focus on advanced mechanical recycling and dissolution process t...
    NIO launches new sub-brand Onvo in mainland China
    Electric vehicle maker NIO has launched a new sub-brand called Onvo in mainland China to compete with entry level Tesla models. NIO has also laucnhed the first vehicle under the brand, Onvo L60. L60 sport utility vehicle (SUV) has been priced starting at 219,900 Chinese yuan. This is nearly 12% lower than similarly sized Tesla model, which is priced at 249,000 yuan. NIO has said that deliveries of Onvo L60 will start from September onward. The Onvo L60 is gets Nio's self-developed 900-volt fa...
    ABB E-mobility launches all-new A400 all-in-one EV charger
    ABB E-mobility has launched the all-new EV charger A400 to offer a high-power output with a small and compact footprint, the company said on May 14. According to ABB, the all-in-one A400 EV charger introduces new innovations to solve the three most fundamental problems of reliability, complex charging experience and an insufficient return on investment (ROI) for charge point operators (CPOs). The A400 offers a holistic, end-user centric experience design, industrialized modularity and syst...
    BYD launches Shark plug-in hybrid pickup truck in Mexico
    China's largest electric-vehicle maker, BYD, has launched its plug-in hybrid pickup truck Shark in Mexico. The Shark plug-in hybrid pickup truck is available only in Mexico and marks the first time BYD has launched a new product outside of China. Shark will be a direct competition to models such as Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. The Shark boasts 62 miles of electric range and the equivalent of 31.4 mpg, according to specs from a BYD brochure. The starting price of the base Shark GL is $53,442...
    Android automotive gets new features, including Google Cast and enhanced entertainment apps
    Android Automotive is getting several new features, including support for Google Cast, new entertainment apps, and a new tier system for app quality, Google anounced at its Google I/O 2024 annual conference. With Google Cast, users will be able to connect their car's WiFi network and cast content from Android and iOS devices to their car's display. The updated Android Automotive will be offered first on Rivian vehicles. Additionally, a native YouTube app will also be offered on Rivian vehicle...
    Nullmax introduces new vision technologies to enhance ADAS and autonomous driving performance
    Nullmax has launched a suite of new vision technologies to enhance the capabilities of its autonomous driving systems. These technologies include dynamic and static scene understanding, such as 3D lane detection, 3D object detection and real-time local map creation. The company aims to provide autonomous driving experiences through its vision perception capabilities, which are designed to be mass-producible and deployable on any computing platform, as reported in a press release on May 15. Nu...
    Honda, IBM to collaborate on developing next-generation chips for software-defined vehicles
    Honda has signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM to collaborate on a long-term joint research and development of next-generation computing technologies such as chips for software-defined vehicles (SDVs), the company said in a press release May 15. The partners believe that SDVs will significantly increase the design complexity, processing capability and power consumption of semiconductors compared to conventional vehicles today. To overcome these anticipated challenges, it is critical ...
    Infineon introduces XENSIV TLE49SR angle sensor family for automotive applications
    Infineon Technologies AG has introduced the XENSIV™ TLE49SR angle sensor family, known for its stray field immunity and high accuracy. These sensors are specifically designed for safety-critical automotive chassis systems like electric power steering and vehicle height leveling, as reported in a press release on May 15. The XENSIV TLE49SR family of sensors can withstand stray magnetic fields of up to 8 mT, surpassing the ISO11452-8 level IV requirements for car hybridization and electrifica...
    Webasto plans to increase energy content in traction batteries to 40kWh
    Webasto is planning to increase the energy content of its traction batteries from 35 to 40 kilowatt hours (kWh) as part of its product update strategy, the company announced on May 14. The updated traction battery is called the new Standard Battery Pro 40. According to the company, up to 18 Pro 40 batteries with a total energy content of up to 720 kWh provide sufficient power to drive electric commercial vehicles in the voltage range of 400 or 800 volts. The updated battery is also well eq...
    LyondellBasell partners with AISN to develop lightweight plastic engine hood
    LyondellBasell has announced a collaboration with the Hunan Huda Aisheng Group (AISN), a notable automotive supplier in mainland China, to create the first lightweight plastic engine hood applications for new energy vehicles of premium domestic automotive brands. The two companies launched the product at the ChinaPlas 2024 International Plastics and Rubber Exhibition. "LyondellBasell is looking forward to working with AISN to drive a common mission of rapidly developing China's New Energy Veh...
    Polyplastics launches next-generation PPS grade with high thermal shock resistance
    Polyplastics, a company specializing in engineering plastics, has unveiled its new polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) grade, DURAFIDEⓇ PPS 1140HS6. This grade features improved thermal shock resistance and is easy to recycle during post-consumer recycling (PCR). This property allows it to be collected without being separated from other PPS components during the recycling process. The 40% glass-filled product is particularly suited to the requirements of metal insert molding, such as busbars for elect...
    Sabic showcases new foam resin applications at NPE2024
    Sabic showcased two transportation applications that illustrate the capabilities of its polypropylene-ultra melt strength (PP-UMS) foam resin at NPE2024. This material offers a high level of foamability, allowing for the creation of polypropylene (PP) foams with a low density, robust impact resistance and conformity with VDA 278 emission regulations. The resin's processing versatility enables it to be used in sandwich panels for trucks, delivery vans, and recreational vehicles, as well as i...
    Volkswagen to launch upgraded ID.3 EV with enhanced features
    Volkswagen is set to launch its new ID.3 compact electric car with an extensive upgrade, the company said in a press release on 2 May. The upgrade includes enhanced software, an augmented reality head-up display, a Wellness App, and a premium sound system from Harman Kardon. The vehicle's cockpit landscape has been redesigned, offering a new, more intuitive infotainment system with a larger touchscreen and menu structure. Other updates include an improved steering wheel with more convenient o...
    STMicroelectronics unveils monolithic automotive synchronous buck converters
    STMicroelectronics has introduced new automotive-qualified step-down synchronous DC/DC converters that save space and ease integration in applications including body electronics, audio systems, and inverter gate drivers, as reported in a press release on May 14. The A6983 converters offer design choices, comprising six non-isolated step-down converters in low-consumption and low-noise configurations and the A6983I isolated buck converter. With compensation circuitry on-chip, these highly inte...
    OMNIVISION expands automotive TheiaCel technology portfolio with new 5MP image sensor
    As reported in a press release on May 14, OMNIVISION has unveiled the OX05D10 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor with TheiaCel™ technology. This sensor offers LED flicker mitigation (LFM) while maintaining image quality. Designed for automotive applications that require high dynamic range (HDR), low-light performance, and LFM, the OX05D10 sensor will be showcased at AutoSens Detroit from May 21 to 23, 2024. Dr. Paul Wu, Head of Automotive Product Marketing at OMNIVISION, highlighted the signific...
    Plus launches PlusProtect to enhance next-generation safety systems
    Plus, a provider of automated and autonomous driving software solutions, has launched a new technology called PlusProtect, which enhances next-generation safety systems with industry-leading functionalities. PlusProtect is an AI-based software that can significantly reduce false positives and handle automatic emergency braking on curved roads. The technology uses cameras and radars to have a 650-foot (200-meter) view of the area around the vehicle and predict the movement of surrounding vehic...
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki evaluates launching an electric hatchback
    Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), India’s largest carmaker, is considering launching an electric hatchback in the subcontinent in the future, according to a news report published by the Business Standard newspaper on May 9. The report cited Maruti Suzuki Managing Director and CEO Hisashi Takeuchi, who spoke to the publication on the sidelines of the launch of Maruti’s upgraded new small car Swift. It said that the company estimates that annual sales of premium hatchbacks in India are ex...
    Mercedes-Benz to deploy BYD batteries in its new hybrid car
    German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz will be using BYD batteries for its new hybrid variant of its GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 13. The report cited mainland China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which released its latest catalog of models disclosing information on May 11 for public comments. According to the news report, the information shared by the regulatory document underlines how BYD batteries are ...
    BYD launches an improved battery-electric vehicle platform called e-Platform 3.0 Evo
    BYD, one of the largest electric car and battery-makers in mainland China, has launched an upgraded electric vehicle platform named e-Platform 3.0 Evo, along with the first model developed on the new platform — the BYD Sea Lion 07 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) — according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 10. BYD’s new e-Platform 3.0 Evo offers a higher level of integration, a stronger powertrain and improved charging performance, the report said, citing the company, w...
    Continental implements cross-domain high-performance computer in a vehicle
    According to a press release on May 13, Continental has successfully implemented a cross-domain high-performance computer (HPC) in a car. The system is capable of hosting cockpit functionalities and additional vehicle functions, such as driving safety and automated parking, as well as holistic motion control. The implementation, Continental said, serves as a “showcase for what the development of software-defined vehicles (SDVs) can look like for automotive engineers.” Features of the S...
    MINI unveils immersive mixed-reality driving experience
    MINI has unveiled its latest innovation, MINI Mixed Reality, which combines the virtual and real worlds while driving a MINI vehicle. The technology merges the thrill of driving with the immersive capabilities of virtual reality, creating a unique journey through the MINI universe. Drivers can immerse themselves in the MINI Virtual Reality World through a VR headset while still navigating through the actual environment via camera streams. The system uses a high-end PC running a self-designed ...
    Garmin unveils new subwoofer systems for Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Ford Maverick trucks
    Garmin has introduced two new additions to its JL Audio Stealthbox subwoofer systems lineup, it said in a press release on May 7. These new speakers are specifically designed for select Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Ford Maverick trucks in model years 2022 and newer. The Stealthbox subwoofer systems offer superior audio performance compared to the factory-supplied system, with clean and powerful bass. The Stealthbox subwoofer system for the Maverick features a JL Audio TW1 thin-line, 10-inch subw...
    Perrone Robotics unveils TONY advanced driver assistance system kit
    Perrone Robotics has launched the TO Navigate You (TONY) ADAS Kit, an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) designed to enhance safety and compliance with emerging regulations. The kit provides a comprehensive suite of automation and driver assistance functions, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. The TONY ADAS Kit is configurable and vehicle-agnostic, making it suitable for various vehicle types, including transit vans, buses and cargo v...
    Nio plans to launch competitively priced mass-market electric car for Europe soon
    Shanghai-based premium electric-car maker Nio plans to unveil a new electric car under a mass-market brand by the end of May and a second smaller electric vehicle slated to be sold in Europe in 2025 for less than $30,000, a news report published by Reuters on May 6 said. The report cited a senior company executive, Nicolas Vincelot, the general manager for France at Nio. Quoting Vincelot, the report said, "Nio is currently working on the launch of new car brands, that would be less premium...
    Bramble Energy completes APC-funded project on optimized fuel-cell stack assembly
    UK-based hydrogen fuel-cell technology specialist Bramble Energy announced May 9 that it has successfully completed a government-funded project that is aimed at accelerating the electric vehicle transition in the country. The project, Bramble Energy said, was funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre's (APC’s) Scale-up Readiness Validation (SuRV) program. As a part of the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund, a program created to support large-scale industrialization, Bra...
    Ennovi introduces innovative cell-contacting system lamination approach
    Ennovi, a mobility electrification solutions partner, has unveiled an innovative cell contacting system (CCS) lamination approach that promises to enhance the manufacturing efficiency, reliability and environmental sustainability of electric vehicle batteries, the company said May 8. Ennovi said that it has qualified polyethylene terephthalate (PET) insulation foils and adhesives from multiple suppliers by testing them for their bond strength, durability and environmental impact. As a result ...
    AGL releases latest version of platform, UCB 17.0, to industry
    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open-source platform for all software-defined vehicles (SDVs), has announced the latest code release of the AGL platform, UCB 17.0 or Quirky Quillback. Developed through a joint effort by AGL member companies, the AGL Platform known as the Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open-source software platform. The AGL platform now includes support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) G...
    Aeonsemi unveils Nemo chipset for high-speed in-vehicle networking
    Aeonsemi has launched the Nemo chipset, a multi-Gigabit Ethernet solution for in-vehicle networking (IVN) applications, it said in a press release dated May 8. The chipset features the world's first automotive switch with integrated 10GBASE-T1 PHYs and the industry's lowest power 10GBASE-T1 PHYs for symmetric and asymmetric communications. The Nemo chipset provides end-to-end solutions, including a CSI-2 serializer bridge, a CSI-2 deserializer hub, a single dual-port PHY and a six-port zona...
    Marquardt to showcase innovative technologies for batteries, charging at Battery Show Europe
    German supplier Marquardt plans to showcase its broad portfolio of components for battery and fuel-cell systems at the upcoming Battery Show Europe 2024, the company said May 8. The Battery Show Europe will be organized in Stuttgart, Germany, between June 18 and 20, 2024. Marquardt, a specialist in mechatronics, plans to showcase production-ready battery management systems (BMS), sensors for hydrogen fuel cells, and components for digital vehicle communication and positioning with Bluetoot...
    Yokohama Rubber to launch the GEOLANDAR A/T4 all-terrain tire for SUVs and pickup trucks
    In a press release on May 8, Yokohama introduced the GEOLANDAR A/T4, a standard all-terrain tire with an aggressive design that enhances the off-road driving sensation. The latest addition to the GEOLANDAR brand of tires for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks, the GEOLANDAR A/T4 will be launched successively in markets worldwide from mid-2024. Yokohama Rubber plans to provide the new tire in 64 LT- and C-metric sizes, and gradually expand the size lineup in the future. The succes...
    Rivian unveils new DC charger for all compatible EVs
    Rivian has unveiled its new DC fast charger, which is aimed at charging a wider range of compatible electric vehicles in the US, the company announced April 26. The new DC fast chargers will be installed in Rivian’s adventure network, the company said, adding that by opening its network, it will also qualify for an expanded set of national initiatives such as the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, in addition to more state and utility programs that support expanded EV ...
    Molex unveils MX-DaSH hybrid connector for advanced automotive architectures
    In a press release on May 7, Molex introduced its MX-DaSH family of data-signal hybrid connectors that unify power, signal and high-speed data connectivity in a single connector system. These wire-to-wire and wire-to-board connectors are designed to support the transition to zonal architecture and address the full range of emerging applications requiring reliable data transmission. These include autonomous driving modules, camera systems, GPS and infotainment devices, Lidar, high-resolution...
    Panacol to showcase UV adhesives for e-mobility and automotive electronics
    Panacol will showcase its latest adhesives for various e-mobility and automotive electronics applications at 2024's Coil Winding, Insulation, & Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition (CWIEME) in Berlin, May 14–16. The company's ultraviolet (UV) adhesives in the Vitralit range are suitable for relieving stress on wires at the commutator, and can be cured in seconds using UV light. Panacol has also developed dual-curing (UV moisture) adhesives for bonding magnets in electric motors, which cu...
    Cepton unveils end-to-end Lidar simulator StudioViz
    Cepton, a supplier of high-performance Lidar solutions for automotive and smart infrastructure applications, has announced the unveiling of its proprietary Lidar simulation platform, StudioViz, according to a press release on May 6. Developed by Cepton’s in-house software teams, StudioViz aims to streamline Lidar adoption processes from productization to deployment, helping automotive original equipment manufacturers to expedite Lidar-based advanced driver assistance systems ...
    Ecarx adds new features to Skyland Pro computing platform
    Ecarx has launched multiple intelligent driving and safety features for its Skyland Pro computing platform, significantly enhancing the intelligent driving experience, according to a press release dated May 3. The new features were showcased during Ecarx's second Tech Day and were released in the recent version 1.4.0 update for the Lynk Co-Pilot Navi smart navigation assistance system on Lynk & Co. 08 EM-P. The update includes Level 2+ assisted driving and parking features such as hi...
    Marquardt unveils Digital Shield cybersecurity platform
    Marquardt has launched a new cybersecurity platform called Digital Shield to protect manufacturers in the automotive sector from potential cyberthreats, it said in a press release dated May 3. The platform allows for the monitoring of potential threats, and analysis and evaluation of possible effects. Marquardt's Digital Shield uses a digital twin to continuously compare all software and hardware parts of a component with national and international databases to identify potential threats. If ...
    Diodes unveils high-speed crossbar switch for automotive USB-C connectivity
    Diodes Inc. has introduced a 10-Gbps automotive-compliant crossbar switch, it said in a press release dated May 2. The PI3USB31532Q is designed to route USB 3.2 and DisplayPort 2.1 signals through a USB Type-C connector. The new switch offers high signal integrity and power efficiency compared to conventional crossbar multiplexers. The PI3USB31532Q supports three configuration modes with USB Type-C compliance, providing designers with flexibility. It can connect a single lane of USB 3.2 Gen 2...
    Varta initiates new project for next-generation sodium-ion batteries
    German battery-maker Varta AG has initiated a project in collaboration with a consortium of 15 members to develop sodium-ion battery technology that is scalable for applications in multiple industries, the company announced May 2. The Entise project, aimed at the development of sodium-ion technology for industrially scalable energy storage, is being driven forward by a consortium of 15 companies and universities, with Varta as the initiator and coordinator. The Entise project aims to develop ...
    Infineon introduces PSoC 4 HVPA-144K microcontroller for automotive battery management systems
    According to a press release on May 3, Infineon Technologies has launched the programmable system on a chip (PSoC) 4 HVPA-144K microcontroller (MCU), which integrates high-precision analog and high-voltage subsystems on a single chip. The device is designed to address the automotive battery management sector by providing a fully integrated embedded system for monitoring and managing automotive 12V lead-acid batteries. The PSoC 4 HVPA-144K is ISO 26262 compliant, enabling compact and safe in...
    Sepion develops new non-flammable liquid electrolyte for EV batteries
    Sepion Technologies has developed a non-flammable liquid electrolyte that can reduce the risk and severity of fires in electric vehicle batteries, it said in a press release dated April 30. The company's proprietary materials discovery platform, powered by AI, was used to identify the new electrolyte material, which demonstrated a flash point exceeding 70°C and a self-extinguishing time (SET) that is 25 times better than commercial lithium-ion battery electrolytes. Sepion's researchers used fla...
    ZSW opens pilot plant to produce battery cathode materials in Germany
    The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), one of the leading institutes for applied research in emerging topics such as energy transition, batteries, fuel cells and circular economy, among others, inaugurated a pilot plant at its Ulm, Germany-based facility on May 2. The new pilot facility, officially called Powder Up, will enable the production of critical battery materials, mainly novel cathode materials, and their precursors on a scale of up to 100 kilogra...
    HMI introduces high-side switch for automotive applications
    HMI, a provider of advanced analog and power-management technologies, has launched the HL8518, a single-chip, 80-milliohm high-side switch designed for automotive applications requiring power switches for low-wattage lamps, high-side relays and valves, as well as general resistive, inductive and capacitive loads, according to a press release on April 30. The HL8518 is a single-channel, high-side power switch with 80-milliohm (typical) Rds(on) power. The field-effect transistor (FET) offers co...
    Diodes unveils automotive-compliant video switch
    In a press release on April 30, Diodes Inc. (Diodes) has introduced the PI3WVR14412Q, an automotive-compliant 20-Gbps 1:2 video switch for in-cabin infotainment and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications. This device features a space-saving design and is qualified for elevated temperatures. The switch has four high-speed lanes with a 10-GHz bandwidth to handle DisplayPort 2.1, HDMI 2.1, MIPI DPHY/CPHY, USB 3.2 and low-voltage differential signaling (LVD...
    Neusoft unveils OneCoreGo for seamless in-vehicle experiences
    Neusoft Corp. has launched OneCoreGo Global In-Vehicle Intelligent Mobility Solutions 5.0 at Auto China 2024, according to a press release dated April 29. This latest offering builds upon the company's portfolio of navigation products. OneCoreGo integrates four core products — Global Navigation, Electronic Horizon Provider (EHP), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and Dead Reckoning (DR) — to create a unified in-vehicle ecosystem. The AI Pilot feature provides a 3D map interface and vehic...
    Sakuu’s dry-printed lithium metal batteries achieve 1,000-cycle milestone
    Sakuu, a leading provider of commercial-scale equipment and technologies to the battery manufacturing industry, has produced its high-energy, high-power lithium metal (Li-metal) Cypress battery cell using a fully dry manufacturing process, the company announced April 29. Sakuu said it has overcome the industry-known challenges of Li-metal anode chemistries in both wet and dry electrode manufacturing. According to the company, printing batteries on the Kavian platform with dry-process elect...
    Evonik showcases single-material PA-12 car seat concept at Chinaplas
    Evonik has unveiled a concept car seat made solely of Vestamid polyamide (PA) 12 at Chinaplas in Shanghai, Plastics Today reported on April 25. The seat not only contributes to less material consumption during production but is also in line with circularity design. Evonik is one of the world's largest producers of polyamide 12 (PA 12), which it markets as VESTAMID® L. Vestamid PA 12 is used in the seat’s flexible foam via a supercritical foaming process, structural parts, and textiles. ...
    Peterbilt introduces new Digital Vision System-Mirrors
    Peterbilt has introduced its new Digital Vision System-Mirrors (DVS-M) in its Models 579 and 567, it said in a press release dated April 25. The DVS-M is an innovative digital solution that uses three high-dynamic range (HDR) cameras integrated into the driver and passenger-side mirror heads to provide maximum visibility and safety for drivers. The cameras are controlled by a joystick interface and viewed on two large high-definition interior monitors, located on the A-pillars for unobst...
    CATL plans to build 10,000 fast charging stations, signs agreement with Star Charge in Beijing
    Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL), the world’s largest battery manufacturing company, has signed an agreement with EV charging equipment maker Star Charge in Beijing on April 25, CATL said April 26. Under the agreement, the two companies plan to extensively cooperate in high-power charging, research and development for the integration of charging and inspection technologies, charging infrastructure, co-branding of superfast charging stations, and jointly build an advanced supe...
    Rheinmetall launches pilot project for innovative curb chargers
    The Rheinmetall Group, together with the municipality of Nörvenich, Germany as the initiator and Westenergie AG as the energy and infrastructure provider, is launching a pilot project for curb chargers on the municipality’s public roads, Rheinmetall said April 30. Rheinmetall and the project partners recently signed a pilot contract, and officially launched the project in Nörvenich on April 29, the company said in a note. The company said the pilot project aims to integrate the curb ch...
    Ceres Holographics integrates multiple HUDs in single windshield
    As reported in a press release on April 23, Ceres Holographics, which provides transparent displays for augmented reality applications, has unveiled what it says is the world’s first in-plane head-up display (HUD) that integrates multiple transparent displays onto a single windshield, achieving the industry’s largest field of view. Each HUD is customized for the intended viewer. Each separate display area measures up to 400 mm by 300 mm and contains a specifically programmed holographic o...
    Coventry University kicks off wireless charging pilot project in Coventry, UK
    Coventry University is implementing a wireless charging pilot project in Coventry, UK, to study the practical aspects of electric vehicle dynamic charging as they ply the roads, the university said in a press note issued April 26. The pilot project named Dynacov stands for "dynamic charging of vehicles." Dynacov uses dynamic wireless transfer technology to establish an automatic connection between subscribing EVs and metal coils fitted below the road surface to recharge the vehicles’ bat...
    Hyundai to produce hybrid cars at its upcoming EV-only plant in Georgia, US
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. plans to also produce hybrid cars at its upcoming electric vehicle-only and battery plant in Georgia, US, according to a news report published by The Korea Economic Daily on April 25. The news comes at a time when several automakers are evaluating continued production of hybrid vehicles along with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), as global EV sales continue to remain sluggish. Citing Hyundai Motor CFO Lee Seung Jo, the report said that Hyundai ...
    Nullmax unveils autonomous driving solutions at Auto China 2024
    Nullmax will showcase its full-set of autonomous driving solutions at the 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2024), it said in a press release dated April 26. The company is featuring its platform-based advanced driver assistance system (ADAS)/autonomous driving products — MaxDrive series — which includes a variety of integrated driving and parking solutions. The MaxDrive series aims to offer leading intelligent driving experiences and cost-efficie...
    ChargePoint rolls out software updates for fleet customers
    ChargePoint, one of the leading charge-point operators (CPOs) in North America, has rolled out new enhancements to its software offering, which enables electric and mixed-fuel fleets to find, use and pay for charging from a single application, including seamless driver reimbursement when they charge their company electric vehicle at home, the company said April 25. Derived from the successful line of in-dash software solutions ChargePoint supplies to more than a dozen automakers, the sof...
    Vishay launches new inductor designed for high-temperature automotive systems
    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has launched a new Automotive Grade IHDF edge-wound, through-hole inductor, the IHDF-1300AE-1A, designed for high current and high-temperature automotive systems. The device features a ferrite core technology and a low 15.4 mm maximum profile, operating over a demanding temperature range of -55 °C to +155 °C with low AC and DC power losses and excellent heat dissipation. The edge-wound coil construction provides low DCR of 1.1 mΩ maximum, which minimizes losses...
    Honda, Asahi Kasei to set up a JV company focused on production of battery separators in Canada
    Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has reached a basic agreement with Asahi Kasei Corporation on collaboration for the production of battery separators for automotive batteries in Canada, the two companies announced on April 25. The two companies plan to commence detailed discussions with the goal to establish a joint venture company before the end of 2024. Notably, a battery separator is a porous membrane with the function of preventing electrical short circuits by blocking contact ...
    Phoenix Contact launches charging inlets for high power charging of 375kW
    Phoenix Contact has launched the Charx connect universal CCS (combined charging system) vehicle charging inlets that can now enable high power charging (HPC) with a permanent 375 kW, the company announced on April 22. The company said that the new performance class of type 1 and type 2 charging inlets permit permanent and uncooled HPC charging, which significantly reduces charging times for EVs and mobile machinery. “Conductor cross-sections of up to 120 mm², optimized connection techno...
    Vitesco, Sanden International team up to develop integrated thermal management system for BEVs
    Vitesco Technologies and Sanden International have joined forces to develop an integrated thermal management system for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Vitesco announced on April 25. Both companies plan to contribute their expertise in the project, with Sanden developing the compact refrigerant unit with the natural refrigerant propane (R290), while Vitesco developing the heat energy distribution system realized by a coolant distribution unit with water/glycol. According to Vitesco, the ...
    Auto China 2024: Toyota Boshoku to showcase autonomous and interior advancements
    Toyota Boshoku will exhibit at Auto China 2024 in Beijing from April 25 to May 4, showcasing its latest advancements in autonomous cars and mobility services, it said in a press release dated April 12. The company is expected to display its work on self-driving cars in collaboration with mainland Chinese companies, as well as proposals for future automotive interior spaces and carbon-neutral products. At the exhibition, Toyota Boshoku will unveil a space concept mockup called Lounze, which fe...
    Samsung SDI to display innovative battery technologies at EVS37 in Seoul
    Samsung SDI is participating at the ongoing 37th Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS37), which kicked off in Seoul on April 23. In a press note issued on April 23, Samsung SDI said that it will highlight its innovative battery technologies at the event, which has a four-day run. Samsung SDI is demonstrating its super-gap battery technology, including its all-solid-state batteries (ASB), which is slated to go into mass production in 2027. The battery maker is also showcasing other...
    Horizon unveils innovative superdrive solution for smooth autonomous driving
    Horizon Robotics, a leading provider of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) solutions, has unveiled its groundbreaking Horizon SuperDrive™ full-stack AD solution at its 2024 Product Launch Event. The new solution is designed to achieve smooth and human-like autonomous driving in urban, highway, and parking scenarios, leveraging Horizon's signature software and hardware co-optimization capabilities. Horizon SuperDrive is able to handle complex road condition...
    Hyundai's nano cooling film reduces interior temperatures by up to 22.2 degrees fahrenheit in pakistani tests
    Hyundai has developed a window tint that claims to help keep vehicle interiors cooler and reduce energy consumption on air conditioning. The tint, called Nano Cooling Film, is made up of three layers that work together to block external heat and radiate internal heat towards the outside of the vehicle. The company recently tested the film on 70 customer cars in Lahore, Pakistan, where temperatures can reach over 122 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Hyundai, interior temperatures in the test vehi...
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure launches Depot360
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure has launched Depot360, a portfolio that goes beyond installation and servicing of electrical and EV charging infrastructure to cover the entire fleet electrification journey, the company said on April 22. According to Siemens, Depot360 is designed to both simplify and catalyze the transition to fleet electrification and pave the way for sustainable transport and reduced environmental impact. Depot360 offers customers a predictable OPEX model that enables a lower c...
    Connected Kerb launches load optimization feature across its public EV charging network
    Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading charge point operators (CPOs), has launched a smart charging load optimization feature across its nationwide public EV charging network, following a successful trial last year, the company announced on April 18. Connected Kerb’s smart charging feature uniquely allow EV drivers to schedule charging during off-peak hours when energy is cheapest, saving money, cutting carbon and reducing pressure on the power grid. The company claims that this is the f...
    Hesai launches new ultrawide field of view long-range lidar
    Hesai Technology has launched its new ultrawide field of view (FOV), long-range lidar called the ATX, it said in a press release dated April 22. The ATX has a longer detection range, higher resolution and wider FOV than its predecessor, making it ideal for autonomous vehicles. The new lidar utilizes Hesai's advanced 4th-generation technology platform and features a compact and lightweight design, making it easy to integrate into various positions on a vehicle. The ATX has a maximum detection ...
    Indie Semiconductor launches high-performance video converters, retimers for in-cabin connectivity
    Indie Semiconductor has launched a new family of high-performance video converters and retimers to enhance in-cabin connectivity in vehicles, it said in a press release April 22. These products are designed to facilitate audio and video transport, device interfacing and other in-cabin applications. These new capabilities expand Indie’s lineup of in-cabin solutions, empowering global tier-1 system integrators to deliver best-in-class in-vehicle experience to automakers. Indie’s smart connecti...
    AMS Osram unveils new AS1163 SAID intelligent LED driver
    AMS Osram has launched the AS1163 intelligent LED driver, it said in a press release dated April 18. The LED driver enables automotive manufacturers to build a complete Open System Protocol (OSP) network with just a single host microcontroller. The driver can connect up to 1,000 nodes at a maximum data rate of 2.4 Mbps in a two-wire daisy-chain configuration. The driver is ideal for automotive interior lighting systems, which are typically assembled as long thin strips of LEDs. It is supplied...
    Nissan confirms launch of EVs with all-solid-state batteries by FY 2028
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corp. has confirmed its plan of rolling out electric vehicles powered with all-solid-state batteries by fiscal year 2028, which will start from April 2028 and end with March 2029. The confirmation came on the sidelines of a media tour that the company organized on April 16, 2024, to demonstrate the updates at its under-construction, all-solid-state battery pilot assembly line at its Yokohama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. “The pilot line is aimed to f...
    Plus unveils PlusVision AI perception software for autonomous vehicles
    Plus has launched PlusVision, a deep neural network-based AI perception software designed for advanced safety systems, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications and higher levels of autonomy, it said in a press release dated April 18. PlusVision utilizes the latest advancements in transformer-based models to provide cutting-edge perception capabilities, compatible with all vehicle types and supporting a diverse range of hardware and compute platforms. Vehicle manufacturers and t...
    Doosan Robotics, LG Electronics jointly develop automated EV charger
    South Korean companies Doosan Robotics Inc. and LG Electronics Inc. have jointly developed an automated electric vehicle charger, which serves the charging service via a robotic arm. The two companies have launched a pilot operation to test out the automated EV charger in real-world conditions at LG’s research and development complex in Seoul, South Korea, according to a news report published by the Korea Economic Daily on April 16. Citing Doosan, the report said that the automated EV charg...
    Cutthroat competition drives Honda to roll out an all-new EV brand in mainland China
    In a move to revive its electric vehicle portfolio and strengthen its market share in the world’s largest EV market, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. has introduced an all-new electric car brand — the Ye Series — for mainland China. On April 16 in Beijing, the company unveiled the first electric cars that will be launched under its Ye Series product lineup, namely the Ye P7, Ye S7 and a concept model called Ye GT Concept. Honda plans to launch a total of six EVs under its Ye Seri...
    New Google Maps features to aid EV drivers in locating charging stations
    Google Maps has introduced new features to assist electric car drivers in finding charging stations, it said in a blog post dated April 17. These features include detailed directions to charging station locations, such as "Enter the underground parking lot and follow the signs toward the exit. Just before exiting, turn right." Google Maps will  show AI-powered summaries that describe a charger’s specific location based on information from user reviews. The reviews will take into a...
    Nio’s ET7 powered with 150-kWh battery achieves a real-world driving range of 1,070 km
    Shanghai-based electric vehicle-maker Nio’s ET7 electric sedan, powered with a 150-kWh semisolid-state battery pack, has achieved a real-world driving range of up to 1,070 km on a single charge, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 17. The report cited company data that was released by the company on Wednesday. Nio conducted a 150-kWh battery-pack range challenge with the ET7 sedan on April 16. The said driving range test was officially the first test of the ult...
    Sion Power partners Muhlbauer Group to set up production line for lithium metal cell
    Sion Power Corp., a leading technology developer of next-generation electric vehicle batteries, and MB Atech, a member of Muhlbauer Group — a German turnkey solution provider, have signed a strategic partnership to create an automated manufacturing line for Sion Power’s large-format lithium metal cell, Sion Power said April 16. The new fully automated manufacturing line will be capable of producing 75 MWh of 56 ampere-hour (Ah) lithium metal cells per annum. The battery technology...
    STMicroelectronics launches 40-V automotive linear regulators
    In a press release on April 17, STMicroelectronics has launched two new voltage regulators, the LDH40 and LDQ40, designed for automotive applications. The LDH40 delivers up to 200 milliamperes (mA) of current and has an adjustable output voltage from 1.2 V to 22 V, while the LDQ40 offers up to 250 mA of current and has a fixed output voltage of 1.2 V to 12 V. Both regulators have low quiescent current, with the LDH40 operating at 2 microamperes (µA) at zero load and 300 nanoamperes (nA) in l...
    Jaguar Land Rover partners Allye Energy to develop energy storage system with used batteries
    JLR has partnered with energy storage startup, Allye Energy, to develop an all-new battery energy storage system (BESS) aimed at providing zero-emissions power on the go, Jaguar Land Rover announced April 16. A single BESS unit, called Allye Max BESS, is made up of seven second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery packs slotted into customized racks, without unnecessary additional processing. Each BESS can store 270 kWh of energy at full cap...
    Elektrobit announces EB Zoneo GatewayCore to optimize performance of automotive network communication
    Elektrobit, a subsidiary of Continental, has launched EB Zoneo GatewayCore, a software product that enables and configures modern microcontrollers' hardware accelerators for advanced automotive electrical/electronic architectures based on the widely adopted Classic AUTOSAR standard. The new software simplifies the configuration of complex networking gateway use cases, reducing time, effort and cost for original equipment manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers, according to a press release on Ap...
    AUO to showcase leading-edge Smart Cockpit at the Touch Taiwan Display International 2024
    AUO will demonstrate its leading-edge Smart Cockpit at the Touch Taiwan Display International 2024 next week, it said in a press release dated April 15. Its new-generation Smart Cockpit 2024 features visual upgrades, intuitive controls and immersive experiences across a series of automotive display human-machine interface (HMI) solutions, integrating interior and exterior display applications, human-machine interaction and smart lighting solutions. Its cockpit features an advanced 55-inc...
    Rivian's real-world charging scores streamline charging experience
    Rivian has introduced industry-first charging scores for its R1T and R1S models, according to a blog post dated April 15. The scores are based on real-world charging experiences and are available through an over-the-air (OTA) update. The company's trip planner now uses data from its connected fleet to route drivers to the most reliable fast chargers, ensuring a stress-free charging experience on longer trips. The charging scores are based on factors such as the charger's average top speed, pa...
    Volkswagen to put electric SUV developed with Xpeng Motors in production in 2026
    Volkswagen Group China plans to produce two electric cars, positioned under the VW brand, developed jointly with Xpeng Motors in Hefei, mainland China, as part of its in-China, for-China strategy. In a press note issued by the company on April 11, it said that the first of the two electric vehicle models it plans to jointly develop with Xpeng — a medium-sized electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) — is scheduled to go into production in 2026. As part of its in-China, for-China strategy, the...
    Brose develops power tailgate system for pickup trucks
    Brose has expanded its product portfolio to include a system for power opening and closing of pickup truck tailgates, it said in a press release dated April 11. The system, which has been in series production since the beginning of 2024, offers a promising growth segment for the company in North America. The system includes a new drive, a control unit and two latches with power cinching, all of which are developed and produced in-house by Brose. The company had to consider several special fea...
    Inova unveils mixed-signal transceiver for automotive ISELED networks
    Inova Semiconductors has introduced the INLT220Q, a mixed-signal transceiver for automotive Intelligent Smart Embedded LED (ISELED) light and sensor networks (ILaS), it said in a press release dated April 10. The integrated circuit enables the creation of centrally controlled, robust automotive ISELED LED networks with sensors and actuators. The device features two cable interfaces and an interface for ISELED components, allowing for flexibility in network creation. Additionally, it includes ...
    AMD’s new Versal Series Gen 2 devices deliver end-to-end acceleration for AI-driven embedded systems
    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has expanded its Versal adaptive system-on-chip (SoC) portfolio by introducing the new Versal AI Edge Series Gen 2 and Versal Prime Series Gen 2 adaptive SoCs. These devices integrate preprocessing, AI inference and postprocessing capabilities into a single device to provide end-to-end acceleration for AI-driven embedded systems, as reported in a press release on April 9. The Versal Series Gen 2 devices build upon the first generation with new AI engines expected ...
    Vulcan Energy begins production of lithium chloride in Landau, Germany
    Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. has commenced the production of the first lithium chloride (LiCl) product at its lithium extraction optimization plant (LEOP) based in Landau, Germany, the company announced April 11. It said that the production of LiCl at LEOP in Germany marks a milestone as it is the first time that lithium chemicals are fully produced from a locally sourced raw material, including extraction, and then processed locally at plant scale in Europe. Vulcan Energy said that t...
    Nanochip Microelectronics unveils new automotive current sensors
    Nanochip Microelectronics has introduced the NSM211x series of current sensors for high-performance industrial and automotive applications, according to a report on April 9. With a wide operating temperature range (-40°C to 150°C) and high precision, the series meets the demands of AC or DC current detection in automotive systems. The products are available in three packages with multiple product models in each package, allowing for customization to suit different system requirements. The p...
    GAC Motor unveils all-solid-state battery, plans commercialization in two years
    GAC Group, a leading automaker in mainland China, has unveiled its solid-state battery technology, with plans to introduce electric vehicles powered by these batteries in two years, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 12. The company unveiled its innovative battery technology at GAC Tech Day 2024 on April 12, the report mentioned. Citing the GAC Group, the report said that the new innovative solid-state battery is developed using the automaker’s third-generation spo...
    Continental Tire Canada unveils advanced UltimateContact tire line for Canadian drivers
    In a press release on April 11, Continental Tire Canada has introduced the UltimateContact tire line, which will be exclusively available at Canadian Tire. The line, which includes the UltimateContact and UltimateContactWinter tires, is designed to meet the needs of Canadian drivers. The UltimateContact tire features Continental's Eco Plus Technology and is recognized for its wet-braking performance, fuel efficiency and longevity. It also features tuned performance indicators that alert dri...
    Marelli unveils ProConnect for integrated cockpit and telematics in China
    Marelli, a leading provider of mobility technology to the automotive sector, is set to unveil ProConnect, a fully integrated cluster with infotainment and 5G telematics, at Auto China in Beijing. ProConnect is specifically designed for the China market, where many original equipment manufacturers are integrating cockpit and telematics functions to balance performance and cost. Powered by MediaTek's market-proven MT8675 system-on-chip (SoC), ProConnect manages both the instrument cluster and t...
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