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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MARELLI to debut new global brand, showcase e-Axle
    MARELLI will be present for the first time at Auto Shanghai 2021 since its integration of Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli in 2019, according to 21 April. The company will exhibit e-Axle from its Electric Powertrain business unit, which integrates the e-Motor, inverter, and gearbox into one ...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    NVIDIA unveils NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan SoC platform for autonomous vehicles
    NVIDIA unveiled the next generation of AI compute for autonomous vehicles, NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan in a news press on 20 April. It can perform 1,000 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of performance, and an estimated SPECint score of more than 100 (SPECrate2017_int)—greater than the total compute...
    Vayyar Imaging receives FCC Waiver, JP certification for in-cabin 4D imaging radar
    Vayyar Imaging, a global leader in 4D imaging radar, announced in a company blog post dated 19 April, that it became the world's first and only company to comply with in-cabin radio frequency standards worldwide, after receiving the FCC waiver for operation of 60 GHz radar inside US vehicles The ...
    AV startup WeRide receives California permit to test autonomous vehicles
    WeRide, the mainland Chinese autonomous vehicle startup has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. Backed by Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, the company is also testing its autonomous vehicles in mainland China’s southern city of Guangzhou. WeRi...
    Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free driving in Mustang Mach-E
    Ford unveiled BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system that is SAE Level 2 driver-assist technology, similar with Tesla Autopilot.  Via over-the-air software updates, BlueCruise will be offered later this year on the 2021 F-150 and the 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the...
    Optodot files new patent for electrode coated separator technology
    High-tech company Optodot Corporation, Boston, MA, United States, has added a cutting-edge US patent to its portfolio of more than 90 pending and issued battery patents worldwide. This new patent titled “Methods of Producing Batteries Using Anode Metal Depositions Directly on Nanoporous Separ...
    How multimodal HMI is evolving in new vehicles?
    Automotive human-machine interface (HMI) is evolving amid a growing focus on connectivity and automated driving in new vehicles. These days, automakers are offering new vehicles with multiple options through which drivers or passengers can give commands to get a function done. While switches and kno...
    Making seat belt reminder fitment mandatory for all seats in a vehicle
    Seat belts, along with airbags, are the most effective occupant safety systems that reduce the severity of injuries in the event of high-impact crashes. Seat belts secure occupants of a vehicle against harmful movement during a collision or a sudden braking. According to data by Insurance Institutes...
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Volkswagen expects EVs to account for half of all vehicles sold in mainland China by 2030
    Volkswagen (VW) expects 50% of its vehicles sold in Mainland China to be electric by 2030, according to a report by China Daily. This is part of VW's ACCELARATE strategy. The brand will be unveiling at least one EV per year to reach its new electrification goal. Significance: Volkswagen launched ...
    Fisker pulls plug on solid-state battery project
    The US-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Fisker Inc has decided to abandon its plans of developing solid-state batteries for its cars, The Verge reported on 26 February citing the founder of Fisler Inc, Henrik Fisker. “It’s the kind of technology where, when you feel like you’re 90% there, y...
    Faradion and Phillips 66 partner to develop advanced anode materials for sodium-ion batteries
    Faradion has partnered with Phillips 66 to develop advanced anode materials for sodium-ion batteries, the company announced in a press release on 25 February. The new anode material is claimed to be lower in cost and offer higher performance. “This agreement brings together Phillips 66’s strengt...
    Addressing autonomous vehicle safety challenge
    One of the key arguments that proponents of highly automated vehicles have been making over the past 10 years is that such vehicles will deliver unparalleled level of safety and drastically reduce traffic crashes. Such vehicles will be mostly driven by their autonomous driving system, which will be ...
    Is AR-HUD finally taking off?
    Automakers have been offering head-up displays (HUDs) that project key driving information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation, and warning signals on a vehicle’s windshield or onto a transparent panel in the direct vision of the driver for over 30 years. However, the system has seen rapid mark...
    Porsche testing Level 4 autonomous driving at Nardò Technical Centre in Italy
    Porsche is testing Level 4 autonomous driving at Nardò Technical Centre (NTC) in Italy, the German sportscar manufacturer said in a press release on 15 February. Porsche is using modified Porsche Cayenne and Panamera in testing. “A revolution is looming in the automotive industry over the next fi...
    XPeng P7 vehicles cover over 1 million km in Navigation Guided Pilot mode in less than a month
    XPeng has announced that its P7 all-electric cars equipped with Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) automated driving system have already traveled more than 1 million km in mainland China within first 25 days of its launch in January, the company said in a press release on 22 February.   Significa...
    Moldable optical silicone use gaining traction in LED lighting applications
    There has been growing interest from designers in moldable optical silicones for improving the performance of lamps or luminaires. Recent developments aim to improve the integration of silicone optics into the LED fixture, for instance, by overmolding optical grade silicone onto thermoplastic substr...
    Bentley begins three-year research study to develop sustainable electric motors
    Bentley has launched a new three-year research study for developing recyclable electric motors, the company announced in a press release on 18 February. The study, titled Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines (RaRE), intends to build on work completed at the University of Birmingham in devising a meth...
    FEV-lead project develops 3D printed lightweight diesel engine
    FEV, along with partners, has developed a lightweight diesel engine using additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, under the LeiMot project (“Lightweight Engine”), the company announced in a press release on 17 December. The other project partners include a renowned automobile manu...
    Northwestern University develops high-speed, resin-based 3D printing method
    Researchers at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering have developed a new resin-based, high-speed 3D printing method, the university announced in a press release on 3 February. The new 3D printing method uses light to improve 3D printing speed and precision while also, in combi...
    Market and technology outlook of door trim panels
    Door trim panels, the lightweight structure on the inside of a vehicle’s door, mainly serves as an interface between the occupant and the inner working of the doors. They also contribute toward occupant protection, maintaining noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as housin...
    Automated driving technology set to reach new heights in 2021
    As in the past few years, 2020 started with lot of buzz around automated driving technology with several companies, including automakers and suppliers, flocking to the annual CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, to display their latest innovations ranging from hardware (such as cameras, radars, and li...
    Georgia Institute of Technology develops AI solution to help improve EV charging network spread
    Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) solution to help spread the electric vehicle (EV) charging network evenly, news website Green Car Congress reported on 25 January, citing an open-access paper on the work published in the journal Patterns. The AI can an...
    AutoX opens robo-taxi pilot in mainland Chinese city Shenzhen for general public
    Mainland Chinese autonomous driving startup AutoX has opened its fully driverless robo-taxi pilot service in Shenzhen, mainland China, to the general public, the company said in a press release today. Interested people can sign up for the pilot program by registering with AutoX. The startup fir...
    OEMs will continue to invest heavily in user interface technologies in 2021
    Automakers and suppliers continued to deliver enhanced in-vehicle user experience in 2020 despite facing one of the most challenging business conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The year saw automakers equipping new models with more advanced displays, touchpads with touch feedback (haptic), dig...
    Pennsylvania State University demonstrate fast-charging LFP battery for EVs
    Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed a new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery for electric vehicles (EV) which is fast-charging and inexpensive, the university announced on its website on 18 January. The new battery will have a range of 250 miles (402 km) and can be fully charg...
    Xpeng to integrate Amap’s third-generation in-car navigation system
    Xpeng has announced the deployment of Amap’s third-generation in-car navigation system in its vehicles, the company said in a press release on 22 January. The P7 electric vehicle (EV) will be the first vehicle to use a Surrounding Reality (SR) display for navigation assisted autonomous driving. ...
    IHS Markit expects major shifts in demand trends for lighting technologies in the new decade
    IHS Markit anticipates a strong demand for advanced lighting solutions in 2021 despite some challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although, there are likely to be a few cancellations and delays in projects in the next couple of years, the industry has plenty of new technologies under de...
    Continental Mobility Study 2020 highlights growing reliability in automated driving
    The Continental Mobility Study 2020 highlights several interesting mobility trends for the US market, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 14 January. The latest edition of study found that about 46% of respondents favor use of latest technology in their vehicles, while 3...
    US DOE grants USD27 million to three battery companies as part of SCALEUP program
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has granted USD27 million to three battery companies as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program. Around USD9 million has been gra...
    Continental study shows customers still unsure about EVs in markets
    Majority of customers in key automotive markets are still doubtful about electric vehicles (EVs), according to the key findings of the Continental Mobility Study 2020. About 59% of respondents in Germany, 57% in France and 50% in the US cannot imagine buying an EV in near future. The percentage was ...
    Median driving range of all model year 2020 EVs in US tops 2020, says DOE
    According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the median Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated range of all 2020 model year electric vehicles (EVs) in the US exceeded 250 miles (402.3 km). The model year 2020 also marked first year an EV achieved an EPA estimated range of more...
    FREYR, 24M partner to production of Li-ion battery cells
    FREYR and 24M have signed a definitive License and Services Agreement to collaborate for production of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cells, FREYR announced in a press release on 21 December. FREYR will use 24M’s SemiSolid Li-ion battery platform technology in its upcoming battery plant in Mo i Rana...
    NHTSA releases updates on automatic emergency braking fitment in US
    Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released updates on the progress made by 20 automakers on voluntary fitment of automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems in their passenger vehicles in the United States. According to a press release by the safety vehicle agency o...
    The ISELED Alliance is enabling the next generation of interior lighting
    Intelligent Smart Embedded LED (ISELED) technology is gaining momentum in the industry. The growth of the technology is reflected in the growing and diversified membership of the ISELED Alliance, the goal of which is to offer a comprehensive system solution around ISELED technology. Besides interior...
    Cadillac manufactures manual transmission using 3D printing
    Cadillac has manufactured manual transmissions using 3D printing, the company announced in a press release on 10 December. This manual transmission will be equipped in the new model year (MY) 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. The MY2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will be launched in...
    Ricardo to develop new EV battery monitoring technology
    Ricardo is set to develop a new electric vehicle (EV) battery monitoring technology, which is designed to reduce battery failures, the company announced in a press release on 9 December. Ricardo has also received GBP112,000 (USD149,505) funding from the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), in pa...
    QuantumScape reveals performance details of solid-state battery technology
    QuantumScape has released performance details of its solid-state battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 8 December. QuantumScape said that its technology addresses fundamental issues holding back widespread adoption of high-energy density solid-state ...
    Gesture control technology to record steady growth through 2025
    Gesture control–technology allows users to perform certain functions such as accepting or rejecting calls, raising or lowering the volume, changing channels, or opening the sunroof using hand movements. The technology is generally backed by an in-cabin camera or infrared sensor that captures hand ...
    Mercedes-Benz offers more powerful on-board charger on EQC
    Mercedes-Benz is offering a more powerful 11-kW on-board charger on its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) EQC 400 4MATIC as standard now, the company announced in a press release on 17 November. With a more powerful on-board charger, the EQC can be charged at home much more quickly at the Wal...
    Element Energy to lead new project to develop smart on-street EV chargers
    Element Energy is set to lead a consortium of companies to develop on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the company announced in a press release on 24 November. The Smart Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (SmartSTEP)  project includes charge point start-up Trojan E...
    Niron Magnetics partners with General Motors, Marquette University to develop EV drivetrain
    Niron Magnetics has partnered with General Motors and Marquette University to develop an electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain using rare-earth free materials, Niron Magnetics announced in a press release on 20 November. The project has received a USD5 million grant from the Vehicle Technologies Office o...
    Fortum develops new technology for battery recycling
    In a press release dated 19 November, Fortum announced that it has developed a new process for recycling  lithium from rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Fortum said that the new recovery method reduces the environmental impact of recycling lithium. “This is a major development whic...
    Electrify America introduces new Plug&Charge payment technology
    Electrify America has introduced a new payment technology called Plug&Charge, the company announced in a press release on 16 November. The technology will allow electric vehicle (EV) owners to begin a charge without reaching for their wallet, smartphone, or bank card. This innovative technology ...
    Cruise, Walmart team up to test autonomous delivery service in US
    Walmart has teamed up with Cruise to test its autonomous delivery service in Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix in Arizona, United States, early next year, the retail company said in a press release on 10 November. The pilot program will allow customers to place an order from their local Walmart store ...
    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
    Automatic emergency braking fitment in Hyundai Motor’s vehicles in US reaches 96%
    Hyundai equipped 96% of all vehicles produced for sale in the United States between 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 with automatic emergency braking (AEB) system, the automaker said in a press release on 6 November. The South Korean automaker is equipping its vehicles for the US market with forw...
    Deployment of rear seat reminder system to pick up speed in United States
    Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of noncrash fatalities among children in vehicles in the United States. According to NoHeatStroke.org, 873 children have died since 1998 because of heatstroke in vehicles. In 2018 and 2019, on an average 52 children died due to heatstroke in vehicles in the co...
    Hubject releases new version of EV charging interoperability protocol ‘OICP 2.3’
    Hubject has released the new version of the electric vehicle (EV) charging interoperability protocol Open intercharge Protocol (OICP) 2.3, the company announced in a press release on 22 October. The new version gets new functionalities focusing on four main targets, including improving the poin...
    SAE releases revised standards for EV wireless charging
    The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has revised the standards for electric vehicle (EV) charging, SAE announced in a press release on 22 October. SAE International published two new documents, SAE J2954 standard related to "Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment for Light Duty Vehicles”&nbs...
    Nissan to make Safety Shield 360 suit of active safety systems standard on 10 models in US
    Nissan will offer its ‘Safety Shield 360,’ a suit of active safety systems as standard equipment on 10 vehicle models in the US market, starting in 2021, the automaker said in a press release on 19 October. The company’s Safety Shield 360 suit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestri...
    Global automotive camera sensors market forecast to more than double in six years
    Camera sensors are the most widely used sensing technologies in cars, supporting various active safety and advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) applications, such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA), and tra...
    ADB on its triumphal procession
    The evolution of the automotive lighting industry is still ongoing. From the bulbs in headlamps to LEDs and sophisticated headlamp systems, its innovation is far from over. In fact, the adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlamp system has become a hot topic in the automotive lighting industry. ADB, also ...
    Bosch, Mercedes-Benz partner with Apcoa to offer automated valet parking service at Stuttgart airport in Germany
    Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have partnered with Apcoa Parking to offer fully automated valet parking at Stuttgart airport in the future, the German supplier said in a press release on 12 October. The P6 parking garage at Stuttgart airport will serve as the pilot for the planned commercial automated park...
    Vodafone, Immense join Midlands Future Mobility consortium for testing connected and automated vehicles in UK
    Vodafone and Immense have joined the Midlands Future Mobility consortium to trial 5G connected and automated vehicles (CAV), Vodafone UK said in a press release on 6 October. As a partner, Vodafone will provide 5G connectivity along 300 miles of road in the West Midlands as part of the consortium’...
    Fraunhofer launches 'BattLife' project for improving battery life
    Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS has launched its 'BattLife' project for improving battery life, Fraunhofer IKTS announced in a press release on 7 October. Within the scope of the project, a digital test center for batteries and battery components will be established at...
    Asian and South American markets to drive demand for low-cost LED lighting technology
    The shift from halogen/HID bulbs to LEDs in headlights and taillamps is a major trend in the automotive industry. In many Asian countries such as India, OEMs are beginning to offer reflector or projector-based LED headlights, with no adaptive driving beam (ADB), in the upper trims of lower segment m...
    Key technology trends in instrument panels
    Over the years, the role of an instrument panel (IP), or a dashboard, in the vehicle cockpit has evolved significantly. Apart from technology integration, IPs also supplement the overall aesthetic value of the cabin. In modern vehicles, an IP acts like a place holder for various components and syste...
    Covestro showcases advanced materials for interior of the future
    Covestro has showcased advanced materials and lightweighting solutions for the vehicle interior of the future. In a press release dated 24 September, Covestro announced that it  has developed a premium concept for the car interior of the future in collaboration with industry partners. One of th...
    Volkswagen’s ID.4 EV features optional ‘IQ.Light’ with LED matrix headlights
    Volkswagen’s new pure electric vehicle (EV) ID.4 features LED matrix headlights with IQ.Light technology as optional, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 September. The lighting system’s light modules are made up of 11 individual LEDs each, which can be individually switched off and...
    PPG receives funding from DOE for development of coatings for Li-ion batteries
    PPG has received funding for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes in the production of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery electrodes, the company announced in a press release on 16 September. PPG will conduct the USD2.2 million-proj...
    FLIR Systems, VSI Labs add thermal, radar, visible sensors, and AI to improve AEB systems
    FLIR Systems and VSI Labs collaborated on testing automatic emergency braking (AEB) system performance in real-world driving conditions not currently included in recognized test protocols, FLIR said in a press release. The tests, conducted at America Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti, Michigan,...
    Baidu showcases Apollo’s fully automated driving capability at Baidu World 2020
    Baidu displayed Apollo’s Fully Automated Driving capability at its annual technology conference, Baidu World 2020, held in Beijing, mainland China, on Tuesday (15 September), the company said in a press release. Apollo’s fully autonomous driving capability allows the artificial intelligence...
    European battery project BATTERY 2030+ starts operations
    European battery initiative ‘BATTERY 2030+’ commenced operations earlier this month, materials company EMPA announced in a press release on 9 September. The BATTERY 2030+ initiative has seven projects and a total budget of EUR40.5 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation prog...
    Canadian city Nanaimo receives government funding to set up EV charging stations
    Canadian city Nanaimo has received government funding to install 10 new public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, according to a press release on the official website of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) on 1 September 2020. The city has received CAD162,222 (USD122,886) grant from the Cle...
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology unveils EPIC project for optimizing battery production
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has unveiled a new project for optimizing battery production, called ‘EPIC’, KIT announced in a press release on 2 September. The EPIC project aims at accelerating the drying of high-quality electrodes for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, increasing the ene...
    Indian government plans to install EV charging kiosk at 69,000 petrol pumps
    The Indian government is mulling setting up at least one EV charging kiosk each at nearly 69,000 petrol pumps across the country to push EV adoption in the country, according to a report by Bloomberg on 6 September. In addition, the government is considering making it compulsory to install EV c...
    Nissan develops new production process for carbon fiber
    Nissan Motors has developed a new production process for manufacturing carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), the company announced in a press release on 3 September. The new process is expected to speed up the development of car parts made from CFRP. Nissan aims to use the new process to mas...
    Motional expands nuScenes dataset to enable autonomous driving
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, has expanded its nuScenes dataset that teaches autonomous vehicles how to safely engage with increasingly complex driving environments. The dataset now includes nuScenes-lidarseg and nuImages. nuScenes-lida...
    Next-generation automotive displays
    Automakers are equipping vehicles with multiple displays to address the growing information, communication, and entertainment needs of drivers and passengers without compromising safety requirements. Other than the usual instrument cluster display (ICD) and center stack display (CSD), premium vehicl...
    EVs to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030, says Chilean state mining agency Cochilco
    The electric vehicle (EV) industry is expected to drive the demand for lithium by 2023, according to a Reuters report on 27 August citing Chilean state mining agency, Cochilco. The agency said that lithium will account for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal’s consum...
    Enovix wins USD3.2 million grant from US DOE for developing silicon-based battery anode
    Enovix has won a grant of USD3.2 million from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) for developing silicon-based battery anode, the company announced in a press release on 26 August. The project is designed to conduct research in advanced batteries and manufacturing in support of DOE's Ener...
    Autonomous driving software startup Oxbotica completes public trials of self-driving vehicles in Germany
    Oxbotica has completed trials of its self-driving driving vehicles fleet on public roads near Friedrichshafen, in Germany, the UK-based automated driving software startup said in a press release on 27 August. The trial started last month, with the self-driving vehicles successfully navigating a comp...
    Volkswagen secures permit to test autonomous vehicles fleet in Hefei, mainland China
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui province in mainland China, the company said in a press release on 27 August. The German automotive group will start testing a fleet of autonomous Audi e-tron pure electric SUVs in Hefei...
    Tesla expects high-capacity batteries to be ready for mass production in 3-4 years
    Tesla expects to develop a high-capacity battery that will be ready for mass production in the next three to four years, Reuters reported on 25 August, citing a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The battery is expected to have around 50% more energy density than its current-generation batteries. ...
    Covestro develops a premium concept vehicle with innovative material solutions for the interior
    Covestro, along with its partners, has developed a premium concept vehicle with innovative material solutions for the interiors, the company announced in a press release on 27 August. The concept was showcased at the K 2019 plastics fair in Germany. “In particular, a high-quality and individual...
    Fog lamps fitment to decline over mid to long-term
    Fog lamps are entirely different from regular headlights and have a very specific use. Designed to cut through fog more effectively than headlights, fog lamps ensure effective road illumination in fog, snow fall, rainstorms, or dust clouds. Despite its safety function and style statement, fitment of...
    Ford, Bosch, Bedrock partner for automated parking project in the US
    Ford, in partnership with automotive supplier Bosch and real-estate firm Bedrock, has launched a demonstration project for automated valet parking inside Bedrock’s Assembly Garage in Detroit, Michigan, the United States, the automaker said in a press release on 26 August. The project will demonstr...
    Thailand aims to have 1.2 million EVs on road by 2030
    Thailand aims to have 1.2 million electric vehicles (EVs) on road by 2030, according to a report by Xinhua Net on 25 August citing the country’s Ministry of Energy. "We have set a goal to have 1.2 million EV cars by 2030, and we are already building facilities such as charging stations, electric s...
    Baidu launches ‘Apollo Go Robotaxi’ service for public in Chinese city Cangzhou
    Baidu has opened its 'Apollo Go Robotaxi' service in Cangzhou, Hebei province, China to general public, the company said in a press release on 21 August. The service covers 55 pickup and drop off stations across the city, including train stations, school, hotel, museums, business and industrial area...
    Tesla expects ‘Dojo’ neural network training supercomputer to improve autonomous driving capability
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the automaker’s Dojo supercomputer, which is being used to train neural network, is a beast. “Tesla is developing a [neural network] training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast,” Musk tweeted on his Twitter ac...
    University of Surrey to develop Li-ion battery technology capable of capturing CO2 emissions
    University of Surrey is planning to develop a new lithium-ion battery technology that is capable of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the university announced in a press release on 4 August. The project will be in collaboration with National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The project will be led...
    Battery startup Coreshell develops advanced coating to reduce battery degradation
    US-based battery startup Coreshell Technologies has developed an advanced coating which can reduce battery degradation, Reuters reported on 14 August. The coating is applied directly onto the surface of the electrodes. According to the Reuters report, Coreshell Technologies also recently raised USD4...
    Toyota, Kyoto University developing fluoride-ion EV battery
    Toyota is working with Kyoto University for developing next-generation fluoride-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV), Nikkei Asian Review reported on 13 August. The battery that the two organisations are working on has around seven times as much energy per unit of weight as conventional lithium-...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    Blackstone develops production technology for printed battery cells
    Blackstone Resources has developed a new production technology for any kind of printed battery cells, the company announced in a press release on 6 August. Blackstone manufactured the world's first functional battery cells with thick, printed electrodes (C/LFP), and successfully tested them.  ...
    Toyota partners with BASF for lightweighting MY 2021 Sienna
    BASF and Toyota have partnered to equip lightweighting solutions in the model year (MY) 2021 Sienna, BASF announced in a press release on 7 August.  BASF solutions have resulted in 30% weight reduction and 15% cost savings, compared to previous generation Sienna. The MY 2021 Sienna is scheduled...
    Bentley launches new research study on e-axle electric drive
    Luxury automaker Bentley Motors has launched a new research study on e-axle electric drive, called OCTOPUS, which stands for Optimised Components, Test and simulation, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions. The company made the announcement in a press re...
    AVSC publishes best practices for passenger-initiated trip interruption in automated vehicles
    The Autonomous Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVCC) has published best practices for passenger-initiated emergency trip interruption in automated driving system-dedicated vehicle (ADS-DVs), the consortium said in a press release last month. According to AVCC, in fleet-managed ADS-DVs, passengers may fee...
    New European consortium formed to develop multi-material 3D printing technologies
    Around 21 European companies have come together to form a consortium for developing multi-material metal additive manufacturing (MAM), news website 3dprintingindustry.com reported in early July. Called MULTI-FUN project, it is a three-year initiative and is funded by European Union’s HORIZON2020 r...
    London-based universities develop new graphene material for hydrogen fuel cells
    Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL) have developed a new graphene material for use in hydrogen fuel cells, according to a press release on the website of Queen Mary University of London on 23 July. They developed graphene via a special, scalable techn...
    Audi, Hager Group partner for research project on V2H bidirectional charging
    Audi has partnered with Hager Group for a research project on vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging, the company announced in a press release on 23 July. The two companies will research a solution that creates financial incentives and offers greater security of energy supply for the owner.&nb...
    ADAS applications that will see high growth in near term
    A growing number of automakers are equipping their new vehicles with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) to enable safer and comfortable driving. Some popular ADAS applications, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems, which debuted in premium vehicles o...
    EU launches new project ‘BIG-MAP’ for battery development
    The European Union has launched a new project Battery Interface Genome—Materials Acceleration Platform (BIG-MAP) for faster discovery of new battery chemistries, following an announcement by BATTERY 2030+ on its website. Led by Denmark Technical University (DTU), BIG-MAP is a three-year proje...
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory develops new class of solid electrolytes for lithium-metal batteries
    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a new class of soft, solid-state electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries, the laboratory announced in a press release on 20 July. Made fr...
    More lower segment vehicles to introduce ambient lighting in instrument panel
    Automakers are increasingly focused on offering more dynamic interior lighting elements in their new models as colors and light play a powerful role in creating mood and feeling. Therefore, ambient lighting is quickly garnering traction among automakers. In fact, the use of ambient lighting in the i...
    US DOE grants USD139 million to 55 advanced vehicle technology projects
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated USD139 million for 55 projects across the US to support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies, according to a press release on 16 July on DOE's website. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), proj...
    Audi files 57 patents related to electric powertrain in Germany in 2019
    On 15 July, Audi announced that it filed 57 patents related to electric powertrains in Germany in 2019. The patents were for plug-in hybrids and the models of the all-electric Audi e-tron. “This is ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ and shows the great innovative spirit of our developers,” said Roman...
    Digital car key market set to become more competitive with Apple’s entry
    At the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2020 in June, Apple announced that the latest update in its iOS operating system (OS), called iOS14, will support use of the iPhone as a digital car key, allowing drivers to unlock, start, and drive their compatible vehicles without using a physical...
    Automatic transmission vehicles increasing in popularity in Europe, says Ford
    New sales data from American car maker Ford has revealed that an increasing number of car buyers in Europe are purchasing vehicles equipped with automatic gearboxes. According to a press release issued by Ford of Europe on 13 July, the number of cars and vans with an automatic transmission sold by F...
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