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    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    Mercedes-Benz conducts research on organic battery technology for EVs
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting research on development of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV), Autocar reported on 2 April, citing Andreas Hintennach, Mercedes' senior manager of battery research. The technology was showcased by Mercedes-Benz on its Vision AVTR concept car unveiled earlier th...
    BMW uses blockchain technology to drive greater transparency in supply chain
    BMW is using blockchain technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multistage international supply chains, a company press release on 31 March read. The BMW Group initiated the ‘PartChain’ project to ensure traceability of components at the push of ...
    Seat assembly suppliers face challenging times ahead
    Demand for complete seat assembly is directly related to global light vehicle production. According to IHS Markit data, demand in the global complete seat assembly market declined by 5% year on year (y/y) in 2019, to 269.9 million units, in line with the 5.6% y/y decline in light vehicle production,...
    University of Tokyo develops new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage Li-ion batteries
    Researchers at University of Tokyo has developed a new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, University of Tokyo announced in a press release on 27 March. Researchers successfully increased not only the voltage delivery of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, but also its abilit...
    Researchers in US developing new technology for fast charging batteries
    Researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are developing a new technology for fast charging lithium-ion batteries, Brookhaven National Laboratory announced in a press release earlier in March. The team of r...
    South Korean university UNIST develops new catalyst for metal-air batteries
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has developed a new catalyst for improving the charge-discharge performance of metal-air batteries, news website Green Car Congress reported on 16 March. According to the researchers, the metal catalyst—cobalt oxide—which ...
    Use of haptics in vehicle set to grow rapidly driven by rising digitalization
    Touch feedback technology, also known as haptics, has dramatically transformed the way users interact with devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatch. Vehicles seem to be the next in line to benefit from haptics. Automakers, especially premium carmakers, have already started adopting haptic...
    Global demand for auto-dimming interior mirrors is forecast to see robust growth
    The interior rearview mirror (IRVM) has been an integral part of a vehicle’s cabin for more than 100 years. An IRVM helps the driver to not only keep an eye on the vehicles at the back, but also helps in the key maneuvering of reversing and parking. Such a mirror can be either manual (prismatic) o...
    Challenges for deploying autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing service
    Cruise Automation, a company majority owned by General Motors (GM), unveiled its first fully autonomous electric car ‘Origin’ in January, for use in ride-sharing service. The production-ready Origin is a driverless shuttle and features no conventional controls and supports like steering wheel, p...
    Monetizing car data: The industry perspective
    The automotive industry is going through a real revolution where incredible opportunities are created for all the stakeholders, and consumers are reaping benefits of this digital transformation journey. As more vehicles get connected with other devices and infrastructure, data becomes a crucial poin...
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand...
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle begins operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous electric shuttle has commenced operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt, in Germany, the French driverless shuttle manufacturer said in a press release on 24 February. The driverless shuttle service is operated by Südwestfalen autonom & mobil (SAM). The shuttle will ...
    Imports of lithium-ion batteries in India quadruples between 2016–18 period
    India has quadrupled its import of lithium-ion batteries to between 2016–18 period to 712 million in 2018, compared with 175 million batteries in 2016, Indian-based news site, The Hindu, reported on 9 February. From January 1, 2019, until 30 November 2019, imports touched 450 million. The cost of ...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Gestamp showcases lightweighting solutions for EVs
    Spanish metal body manufacturer Gestamp showcased a number of lightweighting solutions for electric vehicles (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, ETAuto reported on 7 February. The display included hot stamping solutions and the battery box for lithium-ion batteries. Significance: This is the fir...
    Demand for center stack display to record strong growth over next five years
    As modern vehicles become more digitally connected, automakers are replacing conventional buttons and knobs with more interactive and user-friendly displays. This industry-wide trend is driving demand for the center console display (CSD), a display in the center stack or center control of a vehicle ...
    Better prospects for carbon fiber in automotive industry on the horizon
    The advantages that carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) deliver for the automotive industry are significant in almost every performance criterion imaginable, when compared to materials such as steel or aluminum. CFRPs are considered to have high tensile strength, low weight, low density, reduced...
    Connected Car highlights from CES 2020
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual affair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) since 1967, took place from 7-10 January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event sees global OEMs and suppliers come together to showcase new products and technologies related to the consumer el...
    Artificial intelligence driving autonomous vehicle development
    Autonomous driving is one of the key application areas of artificial intelligence (AI). Autonomous vehicles (AV) are equipped with multiple sensors, such as cameras, radars and lidar, which help them better understand the surroundings and in path planning. These sensors generate a massive amount of ...
    Waymo, UPS team up on self-driving pilot project
    Waymo has partnered with UPS for package delivery in Arizona, United States, using its self-driving vehicles, the company said in a blog on 29 January. As part of the agreement, Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from UPS Stores in the Metro Phoenix area to the U...
    Outlook for torque vectoring technology
    Torque vectoring technology is witnessing more widespread acceptance and use by automotive manufacturers and suppliers all over the globe than ever before. The differential in an automobile splits the incoming torque from the propeller shaft and sends it to the driven wheels. Torque vectoring enable...
    Adaptive headlamp market to record strong growth over next five years
    As the name suggests, adaptive driving beam (ADB) implies active control of headlamp beam patterns. Headlights with ADB technology are smart lighting systems that help drivers see further without blinding oncoming vehicles and other road users. First ‘matrix LED adaptive’ headlamps came into the...
    Daimler partners with UBQ Materials to test climate-positive material
    Daimler has partnered with Israel-based clean technology company UBQ Materials to test UBQ’s climate-positive material for the production of automobile parts, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 January. The automaker is currently testing the incorporation of UBQ technology in the produ...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): BorgWarner to showcase clean mobility solutions
    BorgWarner is planning to showcase its range of hybrid and electric vehicle solution at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. Display will include exhaust gas recirculation system (EHRS) and additional electric vehicle products such as its latest batter...
    CES 2020: Samsung showcases pairing of 5G telematics control unit with V2X technology
    Samsung demonstrated the functioning of autonomous driving when the 5G telematics control unit is paired with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. 5G allows for the swift delivery of data without latency. Samsung showed how V2X technology detects c...
    Fraunhofer tests new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid electrolytes
    Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) has tested a new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid ceramic electrolytes, the company announced in a press release on 7 January. Dr. Daniel Mutter, a scientist from the Materials Modeling, at IWM, used atomistic simulations to ...
    CES 2020: Goodyear announces venture capital fund to invest in future mobility solutions
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, at the ongoing CES 2020 in Las Vegas, United States, according to a company press release on 7 January. Goodyear Ventures plans to invest USD100 million in future mobility solutions over the next 10 ...
    Enel X launches Smart EV Charging solutions
    Enel X, the Enel Group's advanced energy business line, has launched its next generation of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, according to a press release on 7 January. The new JuiceStand™ and JuicePedestal™ solutions add flexibility to the new product line with several installation...
    CES 2020: SK Innovation to showcase latest EV battery and material technology
    SK Innovation is set to showcase its latest electric vehicle (EV) battery technology and battery materials, including LiBS (Lithium-ion Battery Separator) at the upcoming 2020 CES in the United States, Korea IT Times reported on 31 December. SK Innovation will reportedly also display eco-friendly lu...
    ADAS/Autonomous driving wrap-up 2019
    Automated vehicle (AV) driving remained one of the key focus areas for the automotive industry in 2019. The year witnessed key automakers, suppliers, mapping companies and software developers intensifying their efforts to launch solutions for highly automated and autonomous driving. Apart from estab...
    Automotive lidar: A dive into the technologies
    Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a key yet somewhat controversial technology when it comes to automotive applications. Lidar is widely used in airborne and marine applications, but its high cost has raised multiple questions on its efficacy in automotive applications. While other existing tech...
    Upstream Security launches 2020 Automotive Cybersecurity Report
    Upstream Security has launched its 2020 Automotive Cybersecurity Report, a company press release on 18 December showed. The report gives insights into security after analyzing 367 publicly reported automotive cyber incidents over the last decade. Upstream has also made AutoThreat Intelligence ava...
    Automotive cybersecurity to become more challenging over the next decade 
    As the industry shifts towards autonomous driving and connected car technologies, vehicles and the back-end systems supporting these functionalities will become more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States defines...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    Innovations in automotive interiors in 2019
    The four key megatrends of the automotive industry—connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility services, and electromobility (CASE)—are set to transform the type vehicles automakers will produce and how such vehicles will be used in the future. These trends are expected to bring ...
    Automotive UI/UX: Key technology highlights in 2019
    The automotive user interfaces market, once comprising mainly buttons and knobs, has now expanded to include touchscreen displays, touchpads, haptic feedback, gesture recognition, speech recognition, and many more. In 2019, automakers offered more models with center stack displays and heads-up displ...
    Year (2019) in review – Trends and innovations in automotive lighting
    The year 2019 has been an outstanding year for automotive lighting, with many new product developments and collaborations among electronics/semiconductor companies and lighting systems suppliers. The industry is undergoing a shift from traditional lighting solutions to semiconductor-based technologi...
    5G Automotive Association partners with ETSI for C-V2X testing in Spain
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has collaborated with the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) in the first cellular vehicle-to-everything-only (C-V2X) Plugtests event in Spain, the association said in a press release on 19 December. The testing took place from 2–6 Decembe...
    IBM Research develops new heavy-metal-free battery design
    IBM Research has developed a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, and which does not use heavy metals, news website Green Car Congress reported on 18 December. The materials for this battery can be extracted from seawater. The design uses a cobalt- and nickel-free cath...
    CES 2020: LeddarTech to showcase lidar detection and classification technology
    LeddarTech has said that it will demonstrate the Leddar Pixell cocoon LiDAR technology with Karma Automotive in their model year (MY) 2020 Revero GT as well as the Pedestrian Classification technology at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in 2020. LeddarTech added that it wil join th...
    CES 2020: STMicroelectronics, SYSGO to jointly demonstrate telematics solutions for automotive market
    STMicroelectronics has announced that along with SYSGO, it will demonstrate secure telematics solutions for the automotive market at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a company press release dated 17 December showed. The jointly developed Automotive Secure Gateway is bas...
    CES 2020: Bosch to showcase intelligent front camera and advanced interior monitoring solution
    Bosch will showcase multiple technologies related to connected and autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year, the German supplier said in a press release on 12 December. The intelligent camera can detect objects, categorize into classes such as vehicles and ...
    Indonesia aims to open EV battery plants in 2023
    Indonesia plans to start producing lithium batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in 2023, along with factories that produce chemicals in batteries, according to a Reuters report on 10 December, citing the country’s minister of Energy and Mines. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for shippi...
    CES 2020: Wind River to demonstrate edge compute use cases in automotive technologies
    Wind River has announced that it will showcase technologies pertaining to edge computing especially in automotive applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas in January, a company press release on 12 December showed. The company will exhibit technologies that advance intell...
    CES 2020: Elmos to exhibit IC solutions for LED ambient lighting, LED taillights in cars
    Elmos has announced that it will display high-performance IC solutions for LED ambient lighting and for rear lighting in cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas in January 2020. According to a company press release on 12 December, Elmos will also exhibit highly integrated, programma...
    CES 2020: Infineon to demonstrate automotive security and V2X technologies
    Infineon has said that it will demonstrate innovations in automotive security and V2X technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a press release dated 10 December showed. Infineon says demonstrations will include compact, high-performance radar modules and lidar c...
    Factors driving development of intelligent seating systems
    For many years automotive seats were designed to perform the mundane task of seating vehicle occupants. However, modern seats are doing more than that. Seating suppliers are equipping seats with electronics to perform varies tasks, ranging from remembering seating profile of the driver to helping to...
    Mobileye maps 28,000 miles of roads in Barcelona to enhance safety
    As a part of its Autonomous Ready initiative to enhance the safety of streets, Mobileye collects data from 28,000 miles of Barcelona’s streets, the company said in a press release on 3 December. 400 vehicles were equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect retrofit advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). ...
    Lightweighting and electrification drive demand for adhesives and sealants
    The speed at which automakers have had to bring changes to their cars over the last decade has been unprecedented. Not only have the vehicles and the technologies used in them changed, but the materials used to build a vehicle and the process of manufacturing them have also undergone tremendous...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    Daimler, Bosch start pilot testing of self-driving taxies in US
    Daimler and Bosch have started testing their self-driving taxies in the US state of California, Automotive News Europe reported on 2 December, citing sources familiar with the matter. The two German companies have deployed a fleet of 30 automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans equipped with a range of...
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Digital instrument clusters to see robust growth
    Instrument clusters could be either analog, digital or hybrid, a combination of both. Analog instrument clusters, which are the oldest form of instrument clusters, feature a plastic housing that contains mechanical gauges and indicator lights driven by a stepper motor. It is usually without an ...
    Vodafone Italia demonstrates 5G use cases for automotive applications
    Vodafone Italia has showcased four new 5G projects in the automotive sector along with assisted driving solutions on the 5G network, a company press release showed. Vodafone demonstrated the development of adaptive cruise control systems and information sharing on the road ecosystem around the ve...
    Automotive lidar’s halftime walk
    Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is one of the most widely debated topics when it comes to autonomous driving. Do autonomous vehicles really need lidar for object detection or can such vehicles handle this key task without this expensive sensor, by relying on more affordable came...
    Prospects of laser light technology in vehicles
    Presently, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other lighting technologies, usually LEDs, to cater for low-beam operation. The technology is quite expensive, so the segment is currently quite niche; laser technology can only be seen in premium vehicles an...
    The requirement for multi-speed EV transmission
    Porsche Taycan is set to become the first mass market electric vehicle (EV) to come equipped with a 2-speed transmission. However, it may not remain the only one for a long time, as the advantages of a multi-speed transmission become more apparent to customers. So far, the multi-speed transmission t...
    Sumitomo Rubber develops ‘Tire Leap AI Analysis’ for development of long-lasting tire
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI) has developed a new technology that makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the properties of rubber, according to a company press release on 26 November. The technology called ‘Tyre Leap AI Analysis’ can also detect rubber’s structural changes...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Outlook for semiconductor applications in powertrains and e-drivetrains
    While a raft of macro-economic factors, including the Sino-US ‘trade war’ and a slump in the Chinese automotive market, have led to a fall in vehicle production over the past two years, hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) production grew in double-digits in 2018, and the momentum is...
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese EV start-up AIWAYS to develop methanol fuel cell vehicles
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS to develop a methanol fuel cell vehicle, Blue World Technologies announced in a press release earlier this month. AIWAYS will launch the methanol fuel cell hybrid version of its U5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the ...
    HERE joins the 5G Automotive Association
    Mapping and location services provider, HERE Technologies has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), the company said on November 21. “Joining the 5GAA signifies our commitment to emerging technologies that will improve mobility around the world. 5G will usher in the future of the automot...
    TCS, Qualcomm develop innovation hub to explore possibilities of 5G in various industries including automotive
    Tata Consultancy Services has announced the launch of an innovation hub in India in partnership with Qualcomm, the company said in a press release on 20 November. The new hub, located in Hyderabad, will be used to build domain-specific solutions in artificial intelligence (Al), internet of things (l...
    Nikola announces details of new battery cell technology
    Nikola Motor has developed a new battery with an energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell level, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. Nikola claimed that this battery technology could increase the range of cu...
    Navya launches autonomous shuttle services in French city Lyon
    Navya has launched two autonomous vehicles in Lyon, France, to support the technological development of the public transport network of the French city’s metropolitan area, the company said in a press release on 18 November. The autonomous shuttles will become an integral part of the Lyon’s publ...
    Fraunhofer IWS to develop thin-film electrodes for EV batteries
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, along with researchers from TU Dresden and Leibniz, have  started development of innovative battery electrodes comprising ultrathin silicon or lithium layers, Fraunhofer IWS announced in a  press release on 11 November. Th...
    5GAA showcases ready-to-deploy C-V2X use cases in Turin
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has showcased some ready-to-deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases In Turin, Italy, the group announced via a press release dated 14 November. 5GAA members including Audi, Continental, Ericsson, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Harman Samsung,...
    BMW supports harmonization of industry standards for digital vehicle access
    BMW has announced an update to its Digital Key technology with greater interoperability, the automaker said in a press release on 12 November. The second generation of an NFC-based digital key ecosystem has been announced for late 2019. A key feature of the new version is the use of a security ch...
    Importance of over-the-air (OTA) software updates
    With the increasing adoption of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and growing levels of autonomy, automakers are incorporating various softwares for controlling telematics control units (TCUs), and for electronic control units (ECU’s). As the automotive industry is transitioning from ...
    Steel in the age of automotive electrification
    Change has been the name of the game in the automotive industry for the last couple of years, and the most prominent has been the advent of electric vehicles (EV). The change in powertrain technology is also expected to bring about a change in how the vehicles are manufactured. The build of EVs is e...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Local Motors expands testing of Olli autonomous shuttle in US state Maryland
    Local Motors has agreed to expand testing of its Olli autonomous shuttle in National Harbor, Maryland, United States, the company said in a press release on 22 October. The company has received a permit from the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to expand its self-driving testing. The expa...
    Integrated approach to thermal management in BEVs and full HEVs
    The alternative propulsion sector finally seems to be gathering some steam after being on the fringes of the market for several decades. According to IHS Markit forecasts the demand for EVs which include BEVs, full HEVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) is expected to grow by around 24% (compo...
    Chinese members of 5GAA showcase C-V2X-supported connected driving technology in Shanghai
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has said that its Chinese members will conduct a live interoperability showcase of the latest cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) enabled connected driving technology, according to a press release filed on 22 October.  The event will take place in Shangha...
    Opel’s Corsa, Corsa-e, Astra and Insignia models feature IntelliLux LED matrix light
    Opel’s Corsa, Corsa-e, Astra and Insignia models feature IntelliLux LED matrix light, the automaker said in a press release on 22 October. The IntelliLux LED matrix light is more precise and more powerful and makes driving in darkness safer and more comfortable, according to the automaker. The tec...
    Local Motors tests Olli driverless shuttle at GoMentum station in US state California
    Local Motors has teamed up with AAA Northern California and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to test its electric autonomous shuttle Olli at GoMentum Station in Contra Costa County, GoMentum said in a press release last week. The pilot test is scheduled to run for a year before Local...
    Driveless shuttle transports visitors at CEATEC 2019
    Last week, a driverless shuttle transported visitors on public roads near the Makuhari Messe convention center during the CEATEX 2019 digital trade show in Chiba, Japan, according to a report by Japan Times. The driverless shuttle, developed by French start-up Navya, picked up the visitors at a rota...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is con...
    Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
    The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in c...
    Baidu receives license to test self-driving vehicles with passengers in Chinese city Cangzhou
    Baidu has received a road test license to test self-driving cars with passengers by the government of Cangzhou city in Hebei province of northern China, according to a report by China Daily on 12 October. The company’s intelligent connected vehicles (ICV) got a total of 30 car plates for road test...
    Team of researcher shows EV prototype with dynamic charging system in Japan
    A team of researchers have showcased an advanced electric vehicle (EV) prototype with a dynamic charging system in Japan, The Japan Times reported on 10 October. The motors in the vehicle are powered by electricity transmitted from road coils through magnetism, allowing the motors to be wireles...
    Waymo brings self-driving vehicles to Los Angles to build HD-maps
    Waymo has deployed its three self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid mini-vans in Los Angles to build 3D, HD maps of the city roads, TechCrunch reported on 7 October. The self-driving vehicles will be initially driven by Waymo employees and map downtown Los Angeles and a section of Wilshire Boule...
    Local Motors deploys Olli electric autonomous shuttles in US city Peachtree Corners
    Local Motors has deployed its two Olli electric autonomous shuttles at the Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, United States, the company has said. The company’s shuttles are ferrying local residents and workers throughout Curiosity Lab’s 1.5 miles autonomous vehicle test track along Te...
    Arm joins forces with automakers, suppliers, and others to establish ‘Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium’
    UK-based Arm Holdings has joined forces with major automakers, tier-1 suppliers, and computing companies to establish ‘Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC)’, a new consortium to accelerate the deployment of safer and affordable autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release o...
    DRIVEN project demonstrates driverless cars in London
    DRIVEN, an autonomous driving project backed by the UK government, demonstrated the capabilities of self-driving vehicle fleet in challenging and complex urban environments in London. The week-long demonstration was held around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stamford. The project is powered by Oxbo...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    Investment trends in autonomous vehicle development
    IHS Markit forecasts autonomous vehicles sales to reach more than 33 million units by 2040. The huge growth potential is driving many companies, including automakers and tier-1 suppliers, to commit huge investments in autonomous vehicle technology development and testing. Most of these companies pla...
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    Vehicle-to-pedestrian communication – a key enabler to vehicle autonomy
    As research and development (R&D) around vehicle autonomy continues worldwide, another set of complementary technology—vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication—is quickly gathering momentum. While locally installed hardware, such as radar, lidar, camera and ultrasonic sensors, enables a veh...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Baidu launches robo-taxi ride-hailing service in Chinese city Changsha
    Baidu has launched a self-driving ride-hailing service called Apollo Robotaxi in Changsha in Hunan province, China, the company said in a press release on 26 September. The company started the service with the first batch of 45 self-driving Hongqi electric vehicles (EVs), jointly developed with...
    Application of biobased materials in vehicles
    Carmakers are already adopting parts made from different plant fibers, but new research on biobased materials suggest they will be able to incorporate such materials in a much larger scale in the future. Biobased materials will be increasingly used in future vehicles because of the environmental and...
    Waymo robotaxis transport 6,300 passengers in first month of operations in US state California
    Waymo transported 6,299 passengers in its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans which the Alphabet Group-owned company is operating in California, United States, as part of a robotaxi pilot program, TechCrunch reported on 17 September citing a quarterly filing by Waymo with the California P...
    Size of car-sharing fleet has grown significantly in recent years, says Vulog
    The size of the individual car-sharing fleet has increased significantly in recent years amid growing popularity of shared mobility services, according to Vulog which specialises in mobility platform. According to the French start-up, the average size fleet size for a car-sharing scheme was 325 cars...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    IAA 2019: Velodyne demonstrates integration of Velarray lidar sensors in high-end vehicles
    At the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, Velodyne is displaying the integration of its Velarray lidar sensors into a premium electric vehicle, the US-based lidar supplier said in a press release on 14 September. The company’s Velarray lidar sensors are placed behind the vehicle’s windshield for fl...
    Veoneer to support Thatcham Research in developing guidelines for autonomous vehicles in UK
    Veoneer has announced its support for an initiative by Thatcham Research to develop the world’s first guidelines for safe introduction of autonomous driving systems, the Swedish supplier said in a press release on 11 September. The guidelines by the UK-based motor insurers’ automotive research c...
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Stanford University-led research team develops new coating for lithium metal batteries
    A Stanford University-led research team, including researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has developed a new coating for lithium-metal batteries, the university announced on 26 August. The coating stops the formation of dendrites in the battery, making them safer and longer las...
    Audi to showcase new digital OLED technology at ISAL 2019
    Audi will showcase its next generation of organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology at the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL 2019) in Germany next month, the company said on 29 August. The automaker will present the next development stage – digital OLED t...
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