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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    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...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    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...
    Spanish researchers develop 3D-printed next-gen fuel-cells
    Researchers at  Spanish Catalonia Institute for Energy Research and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies have developed a 3D-printed Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), news website 3dprintingindustry.com reported on 6 July. The researchers used ceramic 3D-printing to fabricate a n...
    Industry takes significant steps toward cockpit domain controllers
    People have created personal connected ecosystems using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets with the recent trend shifting to cars. Automakers have realized the importance of this digitization and have begun rolling out tech-heavy vehicles, even in the conservative markets. Traditionally, additi...
    USABC awards USD2.4 million to WPI for developing fast-charging EV batteries
    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded USD2.4 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for developing low-cost, fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) batteries, USABC announced in a press release on 10 July. The contract award, which includes a 50% cost share, fu...
    Nissan trials V2G technology in Australia
    Nissan, along with the Australian government, is set to start trials of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in Australia, the company announced in a press release on 8 July. Under the trial, 51 Nissan LEAF EVs deployed across Australia. They will form part of the ACT Government fleet, and will provide ...
    Tesla ‘very close’ to achieve Level 5 autonomous driving, says CEO Elon Musk
    Tesla is “very close” to achieving Level 5 autonomous driving, Reuters reported the company’s CEO Elon Musk saying at a conference in Shanghai, China, this week. “I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen, and I think will happen very quickly,” Mus...
    China E-Motor Outlook
    Driven by a strong policy stimulus from 2009 to 2018, China’s new energy vehicles (NEVs) have achieved rapid growth from less than 10,000 to more than 1,200,000 units. It has become the world's largest NEV market for five consecutive years since 2015. However, 2019’s production and sales volume ...
    Washington University develops new fuel cells with higher performance than hydrogen fuel cells
    Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis in the United States have developed new fuel cells with higher performance than hydrogen fuel cells, the university announced in a press release in June. According to the research, the new high-power direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) have an opera...
    Continental collaborates with universities for joint research on AI for autonomous driving
    Continental is continuing its collaboration with international universities under its PRORETA research projects to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions which aim to prevent traffic accidents, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release ...
    European Environment Agency reports increased average CO2 emissions from vehicles in 2019
    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new data that reveals an increase in the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom for the third consecutive year. According to the report, which was published on 26 June, CO2 emission...
    Constellium to head EV battery enclosure project
    Constellium is set to lead a consortium of automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop structural aluminum battery enclosures for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 25 June. Named Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures (ALIVE), the GBP15 million (USD18 million)...
    US has nearly 5,000 electric vehicle DC fast charging stations, says DOE
    In a press release, United States Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announced that as of 29 May 2020, there are 4,984 electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations in the United States. This includes 2,608 CHAdeMO and 2,376 CCS charging stations. Total number of charging poin...
    Stanford University develops new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries
    Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new high-performance electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries, the University announced in a press release on 22 June. The experimental battery with the new electrolyte, abbreviated FDMB, retained 90% of its initial charge after 420 cycles of chargi...
    Ampcera develops low-cost solid electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries
    Ampcera has developed a new solid electrolyte (SE) technology for solid-state batteries, the company announced in a press release on 23 June. Ampcera claimed that the low-cost flexible SE membrane technology would enable solid-state lithium metal batteries with an energy density of 500 Wh/kg. ...
    COBRA Project raises USD13.3 million funding for developing cobalt-free batteries
    Europe-based CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications (COBRA) project has raised EUR11.8 million (USD13.3 million) funding for developing advanced cobalt-free batteries for electric vehicles (EV), TNO announced in a press release on 22 June. TNO is one of the partners in the COBRA co...
    Uswitch study finds 99% y/y increase in reported cyber attacks on connected vehicles in 2019
    Cyber attacks on connected cars have increased by 99% y/y in 2019, according to a new study by Uswitch. The frequency of reported cyber attacks on connected vehicles was seven times higher in 2019 compared with 2016. The survey also found that 67% of new cars registered in the United Kingdom...
    Swiss researchers 3D-print magnetic structure using single grade metal powder
    Researchers at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have developed a 3D-printed magnetic structure using a single grade of steel powder, EMPA announced in a press release on 11 June. EMPA created a small metallic chessboard, four millimeters long on either side. ...
    Zinc alloys greatly improve longevity of automotive parts, says Cranfield University study
    Researchers at Cranfield University have found in a study that switching aluminum with zinc alloys significantly improves the longevity and sustainability of automotive parts, the university announced in a press release earlier in June. The study was conducted by Cranfield University’s Sustainable...
    Radar sensors to see robust demand on growing focus on active safety and driver assistance
    Radar is one of the most widely used sensors in vehicles for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving applications. A radar can be broadly categorized as a short-range radar (SRR) or long-range radar (LRR) depending upon its detection range. Some suppliers also mentioned a thi...
    Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies develops new process combining 3D printing with injection molding
    Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a new process combining 3D printing with injection molding for parts manufacturing, the company announced in a press release last month. Named AXIOM, the method blends the flexibility of 3D printing with the benefits of injection molding. “We have br...
    Texas A&M University develops new 3D printing technology
    Researchers at Texas A&M University, along with 3D printer manufacturer Essentium, have developed a new, more efficient process of 3D printing, news website 3dprintingindustry.com reported in June. The new method weld adjacent layers together in a 3D printed part using plasma science and carbon ...
    Number of EV charging points globally jumps 60% to 862,118 in 2019
    The number of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles (EV) globally has increased 60% in 2019, which is the biggest increase in three years, according to a Reuters report on 15 June citing the International Energy Agency (IEA). The number of public slow and fast charging points ...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Asian markets to drive growth of DRL fitment over next decade
    Daytime running lights (DRL) not only help vehicles stand out on a dull day but have also become an important part of automakers’ brand identity. DRLs are used primarily to increase the visibility of vehicles; they do not illuminate the road ahead. DRLs are fitted on the front end of a vehicle nea...
    Project Bryson develops flat hydrogen tanks for FCEVs
    Project Bryson has developed a new flat hydrogen tanks for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), Springer Professional reported on 2 June. The new tanks have been designed to be compatible with all kinds of vehicle architecture. Significance: Project BRYSON is being undertaken in alliance with Muni...
    Germany's EV charging network grows nearly 60% over the past year
    Germany’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network has expanded by 60% in the last one year, Reuters reported on 8 June citing data from German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The network rose to 27,730 charging spots in May, up from 17,400 in 2019. Significance: Germany has be...
    Continental develops code of ethics for use of AI
    Continental has developed a code of ethics for the use of AI, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 8 June. The code of ethics corresponds with international regulations such as the European Union’s (EU) ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI, and applies to all of Contine...
    Demand for curved displays to significantly grow over next 10 years
    Generally, displays used in the instrument clusters and center stack areas inside cars have been flat. However, as more automakers equip their new vehicles with larger-size, high-resolution displays to deliver more immersive user experience (UX), demand for curved or flexible displays that conform t...
    Self-driving vehicles could prevent only a third of US crashes, claims IIHS study
    Self-driving vehicles will not be able to prevent all crashes, as widely assumed, but only a third of all crashes in the United States if automated systems drive too much like people, according to a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). To prevent the remaining two-thirds of cra...
    Mainland Chinese university develops cloud-based method to estimate EV battery life
    A group from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, in collaboration with teams from the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) and Tsinghua University has announced that they have devised a method of using cloud-based data to estimate the battery of electric vehicles (EVs)....
    Fiat tests new technology to auto switch hybrids cars to electric mode
    Fiat is testing a new technology in Turin city that will automatically switch plug-in hybrid cars to electric mode when entering city centers, Reuters reported, citing the company. The system has been tested on the new Jeep Renegade 4xe hybrid plug-in model. According to the report, the project coul...
    Israeli startup Electreon to test wireless EV charging through roads in Tel Aviv
    Israel-based Electreon is planning to test its inductive wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bloomberg reported on 1 June, citing Electreon CEO Oren Ezer. Electreon is set to install 600 meters of coils under a 2-km (1.2-mile) stretch of road in Tel Aviv in mid-August. ...
    WSU, PNNL develop new sodium-ion battery
    Washington State University (WSU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new sodium-ion battery with a similar performance as lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, WSU announced in a press release on 1 June. According to WSU, the new battery is able to deliver a capacity similar...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo resumes autonomous vehicle operations in California
    Waymo is gearing up to resume autonomous vehicle operations in San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States, from next week (8 June), according to a report by The Verge on 30 May. The company will deploy its autonomous vehicles for delivering packages for two nonprofit organizations, namely W...
    European consortium launches new project ASTRABAT for solid-state battery cells development
    An European consortium, led by French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), has launched a new project for solid-state battery cells development, ‘ASTRABAT’, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC), which is a member of the consortium, announced in a press releas...
    Battery500 project achieves 350 Wh/kg density in battery
    Battery500 project has achieved a battery density of 350 Wh/kg, the United States Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced in a press release on 19 May. Giving an update on the progress of the project, EERE informed that it has extended the cycle life of the battery to more ...
    Tritium offers 'Plug and Charge” service for 350 kW fast chargers
    Tritium has launched its 'Plug and Charge” service at its 350-kW fast chargers, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 May. The technology enables an electric vehicle (EV) and charger to communicate seamlessly and authorize payments directly from the driver’s account, without using a car...
    Sunroof systems to see strong demand in Asian markets
    Sunroofs are a standard feature in premium vehicles, but lately automakers have started fitting sunroofs in more affordable vehicle segments to make their products distinct. Sunroofs are either fixed or electrically operated (power sunroof). In terms of size, sunroofs can be broadly categorized as c...
    Waymo launches VectorNet to predict driver behavior
    Waymo has developed a new model called VectorNet to accurately predict behaviors of other road users such as other car drivers and pedestrians, the company said in a blog last week. According to the company, all map features and sensor input can be simplified into either a point, a polygon, or a cur...
    Global demand for in-car VPAs set to double to 130 million units by 2025
    As modern cars become more like smartphones on wheels, several connectivity features once available in smartphones are making their way into cars. The virtual personal assistant (VPA) is one such feature that is becoming hugely popular in new cars. VPAs allow drivers and passengers to initiate phone...
    Dynamic bend lighting (DBL) is expected to lose shine in medium- to long-term
    The bend lighting, in simple words, helps extend the visual range on curved roads or when cornering. Using bend lighting, the course of the road and obstacles can be identified earlier and more easily in darkness. There are two types of bend lighting: dynamic bend lighting (DBL) and static/fixed ben...
    REGULATION: Mainland China notifies new standard for wireless EV charging
    Mainland China has notified a new standard for wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging, China Electricity Council announced on 6 May. The standard system has 18 planning standards that regulate the technical requirements, performance requirements, functional requirements, safety requirements, commun...
    What is driving ADAS fitment in vehicles?
    Automakers are increasingly equipping vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to deliver higher safety and driving comfort. ADAS warn drivers of potential dangers and intervenes in a timely manner if the driver fails to act promptly to either prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. ...
    AVSC releases second best practice
    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) has published its second best practice, titled “Describing an Operational Design Domain (ODD): Conceptual Framework and Lexicon”, according to a press release by the consortium last week. The best practice offers a conceptual framework and comm...
    Fraunhofer develops new lab for EV battery testing in real-world conditions
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a new lab for testing electric vehicle (EV) battery in real-world conditions, Fraunhofer announced in a press release on 4 May. The project, called MEF-BILL, a new type ...
    UK government-funded VIGIL consortium completes V2G trial project
    A UK Government-funded project vehicle to Grid Intelligent Control (VIGIL) has completed vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in the United Kingdom, news website edie.net reported on 1 May. According to the report, the consortium, which consists of Aston University, ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge, and Nortech Ma...
    CHAdeMO releases new CHAdeMO 3.0 EV charging standard
    CHAdeMO Association has released protocol for new electric vehicle (EV) charging standard CHAdeMO 3.0, the association announced in a press release on 24 April. The next-generation ultra-high-power charging standard, being codeveloped by China Electricity Council (CEC) and CHAdeMO Association with t...
    Sensible 4 joins Ruter, Holo and Toyota Motor Europe for self-driving vehicle trials project in Oslo
    Sensible 4 has joined forces with Ruter, Holo and Toyota Motor Europe for a self-driving vehicle pilot project in Oslo, Norway, the company said in a press release on 29 April. As a key partner of the project, Sensible 4 will retrofit its self-driving software in Toyota vehicles for the deployment i...
    Ford announces ‘Whisper Strategy’ to make cars quieter
    Ford announced its ‘Whisper Strategy’ to make cars quieter, the automaker said in a press release on 21 April. The strategy focuses on achieving small noise improvements around the vehicle that would add up to more comfortable journeys that are less tiring for both drivers and pas...
    Korean university KIST develops high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries
    The research team from the Center for Energy Materials Research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a new high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries, National Research Council Of Science & Technology announced in a press release on 10 April. Th...
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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...
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