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    Special Report: Impact analysis of COVID-19 and the chip shortage crisis
    Compared to the previous light vehicle production forecast, almost 1.5 million fewer vehicles are forecast to be produced in 2021, which translates to a growth of 11.7% over 2020. Another 1 million more cars are now forecast to be produced in 2022 followed by a 700,000-unit increase in 2023. These v...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Grille/logo illumination is on the rise
    Design trends within the automotive industry undoubtedly spread across the industry like a wildfire, and this can certainly be applied to illuminated grilles and logos as well. Exterior lighting other than headlamps and taillamps is increasingly being used to differentiate vehicles and as a style st...
    Trends in floor consoles
    Floor consoles are an indispensable part of modern passenger vehicles. They occupy the space between the front seats of the vehicle and have many utilities and functionalities. The floor console design can be as simple as just providing an enclosure for the gear shifter and parking brake or as compl...
    Sumitomo Metal develops innovative battery recycling technology to recover key materials
    Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd (SMM) has verified that nickel and cobalt from secondary batteries such as the used lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries can be reused as a raw material for cathode material of these batteries through recovery and purification process, the company said in a press relea...
    Continental to focus on automated driving
    According to a press release issued by Continental Mobility on 11 August, driver assistance systems and automated driving are gaining popularity worldwide. People in China and Japan, in particular, are already open to the benefits of automated driving, whereas people in Germany, France, and the Unit...
    Highly scalable projection solutions to garner traction in mass-market vehicles
    IHS Markit expects to see projection solutions in most of the vehicles in some shape or form in the long term. However, this is possible only when suppliers offer scalable solutions for each car segment. After speaking to a few key suppliers in the area (including Texas Instruments and Osram Contine...
    Evolution of car dashboards
    The rapid evolution of dashboards is one of the most exciting and visible areas of advancement in automotive technology. A dashboard is a control panel that is located directly ahead of a vehicle's driver, displaying instrumentation and controls. Dashboards al...
    Terranet self-driving sensor tests show swift reaction time
    According to an official press release dated 21 July, Terranet, a developer of self-driving car technology, announced that its 3D motion awareness technology, VoxelFlow, has achieved industry-leading latency numbers. Terranet successfully demonstrated VoxelFlow's potential integration with Merced...
    Intel’s Mobileye begins testing autonomous vehicles in New York City
    Mobileye, an Intel company, has added New York City to its expanding global autonomous vehicle testing program, according to a press release published on The Verge on 20 July. The company's entry into New York City—North America's largest city and one of the world's most difficult driving env...
    Algolux to participate in Mercedes Benz-led AI-SEE project for robust perception in low visibility conditions
    Algolux, a globally recognized computer vision software company, has been selected to participate in the AI-SEE project led by Mercedes Benz AG to ensure safe driving in low visibility conditions, according to an official press release on their website dated 21 July. Dr. Werner Ritter, Consortium...
    BMW and Amazon launch quantum computing challenge for automotive startups
    According to an official press release dated 13 July, BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), encouraging researchers and startups to submit innovative quantum algorithms to address specific industrial challenges. BMW stated that it ha...
    Bridgestone uses proprietary virtual technology for tire development
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone has announced that it is using the Virtual Tyre Development technology for its tires. According to a press release issued by Bridgestone on 17 June, this method allows it to create lighter, more sustainable, and more efficient tyres, in addi...
    AEye sets new lidar performance standard with 1,000-meter range in rain, behind windshield glass
    According to a press release published on Business Wire on 12 July, AEye, the global leader in adaptive, high-performance lidar solutions, announced that its lidar sensor, which is already known for its extreme long-range capabilities, has reached yet another milestone: 1,000-meter range i...
    Winbond Electronics announces Winbond HyperRAM & SpiStack and Renesas MPU compatibility
    Winbond Electronics Corporation, a leading global supplier of semiconductor memory solutions, announced today the official confirmation that its HyperRAM and SpiStack (NOR+NAND) can be operated with Renesas's RZ/A2M Arm-based microprocessors (MPUs), according to a press release on PRNewswire dated 8...
    GLAD project tests interaction between pedestrians and self-driving vehicles in Sweden
    A study with self-driving delivery vehicles and pedestrians has conducted in the parking garage of the central Gothenburg shopping center Nordstan, according to a press release on Cision News dated 7 July. This has been investigated by the research project GLAD (Goods delivery during the Last mil...
    BMW warns chip supply shortage 'critical', may lead to further production loss
    According to a Reuters press release dated 2 July, BMW warned that a chip shortage that has plagued the automotive industry may result in additional lost production, that it showed no signs of abating, and supply would remain tight in the second half of the year. The German automaker’s pro...
    Brodmann17 adds ADAS software to Peachtree Corners' level 3 autonomous vehicle
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on June 24, Peachtree Corners announced that Brodmann17 is the first company to add its technology to Curiosity Lab's Level 3 autonomous test vehicle. Brodmann17 will continue to develop and test its cutting-edge software-only perception technolo...
    Volkswagen CEO expects autonomy transforming cars more than electrification
    As per press release on Bloomberg dated 22 June, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said in an interview for Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum. “The car becomes so different when it’s driving autonomously.” Volkswagen AG is undergoing the world's largest industrial transformation for the electri...
    Seat massage systems expected to remain a niche comfort feature
    Today, a number of ways are available to relieve the strain for drivers and provide comfort driving for long distances. To achieve enhanced seat comfort, one of the ways is via massage seats, however, seat massage systems continue to be a niche comfort feature and a vital contributor to the overall ...
    Audi implements AI to monitor supply chain for sustainability
    Volkswagen’s premium car unit Audi has deployed artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor its supply chain and other areas for sustainability, the company said in a press release on 17 June. Started off as a pilot project in October 2020, Audi’s AI tools serve as digital early warning radar for...
    EV battery firm Enevate develops low carbon footprint battery technology
    Electric vehicle (EV) battery technology firm Enevate said on 16 June that the company has developed XFC-Energy technology, which can cut down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from manufacturing batteries by up to 27%. The company said that its trade-marked XFC-Energy technology fetch said results ...
    17-Jun-2021 News New Products
    BorgWarner aims to be carbon neutral by 2035
    Michigan-based automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. aims to become carbon neutral on scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035, the company said in its 2021 Sustainability Report released on June 15. Redrawing its targets to become carbon neutral by 2035, BorgWarner has extended its goal to reduce carbon em...
    What is the future of OLED lighting in automotive?
    Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are light-emitting panels made from organic (carbon-based) materials that emit light when excited by a current. OLEDs can be used in taillights and interior lighting, delivering a homogeneous light. When used in taillamps, in each unit, two electrodes—at least...
    Huawei aims to develop driverless car technology by 2025
    Huawei Technologies plans to develop driverless passenger car technology by 2025, according to a press release on Reuters dated 11 June, as the world's largest telecommunications equipment company diversifies its business in the face of US sanctions. “Our team’s goal is to reach true dri...
    Tesla to offer camera-focused Autopilot system for Model 3, Model Y in North America
    As per Reuters press release on 26 May, Tesla continues to favor camera-based Autopilot for its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in North America starting in May. Tesla shared a blog post to further clarify about Tesla Vision and what it means for its Autopilot feature. It said, "We are continuing th...
    Evolution of automotive interiors toward a living room on wheels
    Automotive interior design will continue to be driven by efficiency, lightweight, comfort, and safety. The interiors are getting more complex day by day and their designs are required to meet various safety regulations, material compliance, weight reduction requirements, and higher noise, vibration ...
    Is the future of headlights laser?
    LEDs, which are efficient and cost effective, are the dominating light source when it comes to automotive lighting applications. Another interesting technology that developed slowly is the laser light. At present, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other...
    Ford redesigning automotive components to use more accessible chips
    In response to the global semiconductor shortage, Ford Motor is redesigning automotive components to use more accessible chips, Jim Farley, chief executive, said on 13 May at Ford's online annual shareholder meeting. He also said the company is weighing other strategies for the future, including ...
    LG Electronics obtains ISO 26262 certification for ADAS front camera
    In a May 10 press release LG Electronics announced via their website that its advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) front camera had obtained ISO 26262 certification from TÜV Rheinland, a global test and certification agency in Germany. LG Electronics has become the first company to rece...
    EV battery startup StoreDot to test extreme fast charging in space
    Israeli startup StoreDot has announced that it has been approved, together with the Israeli Electric Company (IEC), by NASA to conduct the first space-based research and development program into new battery materials. According to a press release issued by StoreDot on 5 May, the company stated that ...
    AImotive announces aiSim 3.0 ISO26262-certified simulator
    AImotive announced on company website on 1 May that its aiSim simulator has been certified to TCL 3 according to ISO 26262:2018 by TÜV-Nord, claiming to be the world’s first ISO26262 certified comprehensive automated driving simulator for the development of automated driving solutions. By rely...
    Renault unveils Mégane E-TECH electric hatchback
    Today in France, Renault CEO Luca de Meo and the Renault brand shared a few images of the Mégane E-TECH electric hatchback, including an Android-focused center stack, at its “Renault Talk” event, according to a company press release on 6 May. The company also released the picture of the logo as...
    Arriver to deploy software on Qualcomm Snapdragon ride platform
    Arriver has started to optimize and deploy state-of-the-art next-generation software for visual perception and drive policy on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride Platform. Arriver is porting the Drive Policy software to the Snapdragon Ride Platform with Lane Support System (LSS), Forward Collision Warn...
    EV charging startup The Mobility House introduces ‘grid-friendly charging’ add-on module
    The Mobility House (TMH) has a new add-on module called “grid-friendly charging” for its ChargePilot energy management system as per the press release on company’s website dated 4 May. TMH says the feature enables grid operators to intelligently control multiple charging stations and help c...
    VW survey says 45% EV owners, about 6 in 10 shoppers likely to buy EV for next vehicle purchase
    Volkswagen of America, Inc. has come out with the results of a survey it conducted of 1,000 sport utility vehicle (SUV) owners and 500 SUV shoppers. The company announced the results in a press release on 22 April, according to which, while most of them had not driven an electric vehicle (EV), ...
    ORNL licenses AI software system to General Motors for automotive use
    The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its award-winning artificial intelligence software system, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning (MENNDL), to General Motors (GM) for use in vehicle technology and design, according to the company'...
    Seat thermal market is expected to grow at a modest rate
    Automotive seats are an important part of a vehicle as it provides comfort to the passengers and the driver. Consumers expect the vehicle cabin to be cooled or heated rapidly to a comfortable temperature, which was conventionally achieved u...
    Are we ready for light projection technology in and around a vehicle?
    Light projection can be used to transform a vehicle and its surroundings. Not only does light have the ability to increase safety and functionality but it also offers manufacturers the ability to differentiate their vehicles with lighting design and create cus...
    Magna commits to carbon neutrality in global operations by 2030
    Magna enters a new era in its sustainability journey with its announcement to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2025 in Europe and by 2030 globally. “While sustainability has long been ingrained in Magna’s culture, this decade will be our most decisive yet as we accelerate our ef...
    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,...
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