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    Landmark Umicore deal key to Volkswagen’s EV battery strategy in Europe
    On 26 September 2022, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen Group’s newly established battery company PowerCo and Brussels-based material supplier Umicore announced setting up a joint venture (JV) for precursor and cathode material production in Europe, starting from 2025. The landmark agreement with Umicore is expected to be critical for VW, which has two major long-term milestones to achieve: prepare for the European Union’s regulatory requirement of allowing sale of only zero-carbon-emis...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    Tritium, JET Charge to install EV charging stations across the state of Western Australia
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment maker Tritium DCFC Limited announced on 28 September 2022 that the company will provide fast chargers for a new EV highway that will span more than 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles) across the state of Western Australia. Tritium’s plan is part of a AUD43.5 million (about USD28.19 million) project that is funded by the Western Australian government. The project is focused on expanding access to EV infrastructure across the state. To launch the inves...
    India’s Ministry of Transport defers proposal to make six airbags mandatory to October 2023
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has deferred six airbags mandatory proposal in passenger cars by a year to October 2023, ET Auto reported on 29 September. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, said, "Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) w.e.f 1 October 202...
    NHTSA awards ADAS NCAP testing contract to Dynamic Research
    Dynamic Research, Inc. (DRI) has been awarded a five-year contract by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) testing for its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). “We are delighted to be awarded the NHTSA ADAS testing contract for a third time in a row,” said Brian Kebschull, Dynamic Research, Inc., VP of Track Testing. “We have a long-established relationship with NHTSA and our team is heavily experienced in vehicle...
    Germany launches first call for funding under ‘Autonomous and networked driving in public transport’ guideline
    The first funding call under the "Autonomous and networked driving in public transportation" funding guideline has started, according to a press release by the Federal Ministry of digital affairs and transport, Germany on 23 September 2022. Around EUR55 million are available for this purpose. The Federal Agency for Administrative Services (BAV) will accept project ideas until 21 October 2022. The new funding guideline "Autonomous and connected driving in public transport" encourages appl...
    India’s Ministry of Transport issues draft notification to mandate rear seat belt reminders
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification on mandating the usage of rear seat belt reminders in all passenger vehicles, Autocar India reported on 21 September. Significance: The document calls for modifications to the Automotive Industry Standards (AIS156), including the need that all "front facing rear seats" have seat belt reminders as part of the basic safety features in M and N category vehicles. The updated announcement, however, makes no mention...
    China’s transport ministry solicits opinion on 2022 version of IoV system construction guidelines
    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on 16 September 2022 that it has drafted the 2022 version of the ‘National IoV Industrial Standard System Construction Guidelines (Intelligent Connected Vehicles)’, which is open for public comment between 16 September and 24 October 2022. The following two goals have been established. By 2025, more than 100 standards pertaining to intelligent connected vehicles should have been established or revised, cov...
    India approves modifications in domestic semiconductors manufacturing ecosystem
    According to a press release on 21 September 2022, The Government of India has approved the modifications in the program for development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India. The modifications include the following Under the Scheme for establishment of semiconductor fabs in India, all technological nodes will get 50% of the total project cost on a pari-passu basis. Fiscal support of 50% of Project Cost on a pari-passu basis under the display fabs establi...
    Kia Corporation plans to begin manufacturing EVs in the US from 2024
    South Korean carmaker Kia Corporation plans to begin local manufacturing of electric cars in the United States from 2024, according to a news report published by Reuters on 20 September 2022. The Reuters news report cited South Korean media Maeil Business Newspaper and TV channel SBS as the original source of the information. Reuters also added that although it reached out to Kia Corp. for an official comment on its plan of starting EV manufacturing operations in the US, the automaker remaine...
    NAIAS 2022: US President Joe Biden announces USD900 million for EV charging stations across 35 states
    US President Joe Biden has announced the approval of a USD900-million investment to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across 34 states and Puerto Rico, according to a news report published by the Smithsonian Magazine on 15 September 2022. “The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified. Whether you're driving coast-to-coast along the I-10, or on I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be up and as easy to find as gas stations are now," the report said, cit...
    UK Government awards USD28.8 million to select startups for scaling up EV technologies
    The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced the winners sharing around GBP25 million (USD28.8 million) of government funding aimed at scaling up the innovative electric vehicle (EV) technologies to support the growth of manufacturing and expansion of businesses in the UK automotive supply chain, APC said on 7 September 2022. The grants are awarded as part of the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), a program created to support large-scale industrialization. APC said that a final ...
    Japan raises concern over EV tax credit eligibility rules under US Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
    Japan has expressed concern to the United States that electric cars developed by the Japanese automakers may not be eligible to qualify for the electric vehicle (EV) tax credits under the new rules introduced in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022) last month, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 9 September 2022. The report said that Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is visiting the US, has told the Commerce Secretary Gina M. R...
    OmniAir Consortium calls on FCC to approve waiver requests for C-V2X technology
    OmniAir Consortium has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of waiver requests by Georgia Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Transportation, and Maryland State Highway Administration, it said in a press release on 12 September. The requests are to deploy and operate Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology in the 5.895–5.925 GHz band. “OmniAir urges the Commission to grant the C-V2X Waver Requests as soon as possible, and to ...
    US restricts NVIDIA to supply AI chips to Chinese customers; automotive business remains unaffected
    The US government's recent limits on NVIDIA's ability to provide artificial intelligence (AI) processors to Chinese clients pose a significant risk to the nation's potential to develop a wide range of technology, according to a report published by Bloomberg on 2 September 2022. NVIDIA revealed in a regulatory filing this week that it needs permission from Washington to continue selling some high-end chips in China. To train AI models for jobs like autonomous driving, picture recognition,...
    India’s Ministry of Transport likely to mandate rear seatbelt reminders in cars
    India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has said that it is likely to mandate seat belt warning alarm system for rear seat passengers, Autocar India reported on 7 September. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari further stated that a notification specifying a penalty structure for rear seat occupants who are found not wearing seat belts will be issued within the next three days. "Like we made it mandatory for all cars to have a seat-belt warning alarm for front passengers, we will no...
    Shanghai introduces plan to make autonomous vehicles USD72 billion industry by 2025
    The General Office of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government released a new plan and called for setting up a “domestically leading innovation and development system” for autonomous vehicles, according to a report published by South China Morning Post on 6 September 2022. According to the proposal, Level 2 and Level 3 driverless systems should be standardized on over 70% of cars produced by 2025, while Level 4 systems should only be used in "certain regions and scenarios." Currently, the...
    US Department of Commerce introduces semiconductor chip implementation plan
    The US Department of Commerce has announced its plans to roll out around USD50 billion in funding for domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing, according to a report published by The Detroit News on 6 September 2022. The funding through the CHIPs and Science Act is intended to speed up the production of microchips in the wake of a global shortage that impacted the automotive sector and exposed fragile supply networks. "With this funding, we're going to make sure that the United state...
    Tesla faces legal action over phantom braking issue
    Tesla has been hit by a class action lawsuit in California, United States, over phantom braking, Reuters reported on 29 August. The lawsuit has been filed by Jose Alvarez Toledo, the owner of a Tesla Model 3. The lawsuit seeks class action status for all US owners or leasors of a Tesla vehicle with sudden unintended braking defect. The lawsuit read that Tesla has rushed its autonomous driving cars to market with unsafe technology, including its driver assistant system which the company c...
    California approves roadmap to achieve 100% electrification by 2035 for cars, light vehicles
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the Advanced Clean Cars II rule that established a year-by-year roadmap to achieve 100% electrification of cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and other light vehicles by 2035, CARB said in a press release on 25 August 2022. The proposal to allow sale of only zero emission light duty vehicles in California 2035 onward was first announced two years ago by the governor Gavin Newsom. While the approval formalizes the earlier p...
    TotalEnergies to install and operate 4,400 public EV charge points in Belgium
    French multinational energy and petroleum company TotalEnergies plans to install and commercially operate up to 4,400 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the West Flanders and Flemish Brabant regions in Belgium, the company said on 31 August 2022. The company was assigned the task by the Flemish government on the recommendation of the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Region, TotalEnergies said in an official statement Wednesday. The French multinational wi...
    IIHS plans to implement stringent rating system for night time tests in 2023
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that it is introducing a nighttime test of pedestrian automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems to address the high percentage of pedestrian crashes that occur on dark roads, according to a press release on 30 August 2022. “As we expected, most of these pedestrian AEB systems don’t work very well in the dark,” says IIHS President David Harkey. “But it’s clear automakers can rise to this new challenge, as Ford, Nissan, and Toyo...
    Mexico establishes state-owned company for lithium mining activities
    Mexico has set up a state-owned company for lithium mining activities in an attempt to organize the battery and critical minerals supply chain in North America, according to a news report published by Reuters on 23 August 2022. The news report cited the President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who communicated the same via a decree issued in the national gazette on Tuesday. The said state-run company will be called Litio para Mexico, or Lithium for Mexico, and plans to commence operat...
    Government of India plans to release official standards for EV battery packs, cells
    The Government of India plans to introduce the new mandatory standards for battery components and their testing, including cells, of electric vehicles (EVs) in the next two to three months, according to a news report published by The Times of India on 22 August 2022. Citing sources aware of the new developments, the report said that the standards and testing protocols will be notified simultaneously for both electric two- and four-wheelers. It added that the Indian government plans to make th...
    Britain outlines strategy to rollout autonomous vehicles by 2025
    Britain has announced plans for new regulations and GBP100 million (USD119.09 million) in funding stating that it intended a widespread implementation of autonomous vehicles on roads by 2025, according to a report published by Reuters on 19 August 2022. The government claimed it intended to capitalize on the growing autonomous vehicle business, which it valued at GBP42 billion and predicted could generate 38,000 new employment. While some self-driving cars may be permitted on major hi...
    US releases a list of about 20 models eligible for EV tax credits under IRA 2022
    On 16 August 2022, the US Department of Energy (US DoE) has released a list of about 20 electric car models sold in the US market that would qualify for the tax credits approved under the newly passed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022). The list of qualifying EV models was released after the US president Joe Biden signed the act into law Tuesday. The law, which takes effect immediately, may disqualify the eligibility of about 70% of the battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid...
    US auto lobby Auto Innovators warns 70% of EVs may become ineligible for tax credit under IRA 2022
    The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, also known as the Auto Innovators, the lobby body representing the US automotive industry, said in a statement on 16 August 2022 that the electric vehicle (EV) purchase incentives offered in the US Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is a ‘missed opportunity’. The auto lobby released its official statement after the IRA 2022 was signed by the US president Joe Biden making the act into a legislation on Tuesday. The new act aims to boost local manufacturi...
    German court allows Tesla to continue referring to autonomous driving in ads
    According to a report published by Automotive News Europe on 16 August 2022, a German court has ruled that Tesla may continue promoting the capabilities of its driver assistance system and autonomous driving after a challenge against the practise was dismissed. The non-admissibility case was filed with Germany's Federal Court of Justice by the Wettbewerbszentrale, an industry-funded organization entrusted with police anticompetitive activities. A court representative stated on 28 July that...
    US Court upholds FCC’s spectrum allocation for automotive use
    A US appeals court has rejected a legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2020 decision for the use of certain part spectrum for automotive applications, Reuters reported on 12 August. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials filed a case with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seeking to reverse the FCC's reallocation of 60% of the 5.9 GHz band spectrum blo...
    China’s Ministry of Transport seeks public comment on guidelines for safety for autonomous vehicle trials
    According to a press release on 8 August 2022, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) of China is seeking public comment on guidelines for safety for autonomous vehicle trials. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) of China released a draft version of service guidelines for safe transportation of autonomous vehicles on 8 August and is open for public comment before 7 September 2022. According to MOT, the use of autonomous cars (also known as intelligent connected vehicles) in the sector of transportation ...
    Inflation Reduction Act in US proposes new material sourcing conditions for EV tax credit qualification
    The US Senate on 7 August passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a USD740 billion economic package that extended the US electric federal tax credit system to 2032, removed the credit system’s cap for individual automakers, and added new material sourcing conditions for qualification of the credit. The Act provides a per-vehicle tax credit of USD3,750 only if certain critical minerals used in the batteries and motors of the EV are: Not extracted, processed, or recycled by a foreign entity...
    New York DOT selects UK’s Connected Kerb to set up on-street EV chargers
    New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has selected UK-based electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure specialist Connected Kerb to deliver on-street EV chargers for a ground-breaking project in New York, the company announced on 4 August 2022. The said project aims to demonstrate how public access to EV charging can drive up EV ownership amongst the 50% of residents who park their cars on-street. According to the company, the project forms part of the DOT Studio—a collabo...
    India’s CESL partners HPCL to set up EV charging infrastructure
    The Government of India-backed Convergence Energy Services limited (CESL) has signed an agreement with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), one of the largest fuel retailers in the country, for setting up of EV charging infrastructure in selected retail outlets in several cities across India, CESL said on 30 July. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is a Ministry of Power unit. Notably, the said agreement with HPCL will span ...
    India’s CESL plans to set up 810 EV charging stations across highways
    The Government of India’s Ministry of Power-backed Convergence Energy Services (CESL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), plans to set up 810 EV charging stations across 16 expressways and national highways, covering 10,275 km across the country, according to a report published by news publication Autocar Professional on 28 July 2022. The report further stated that CESL has also determined the prices for setting up the said 810 EV charging stations. Cit...
    China’s Shenzhen city allows operation of fully autonomous cars under new regulation
    According to a report published by Xu Hua on 1 August 2022, Shenzhen City in South China has published new rules that make it lawful to operate self-driving vehicles. The local regulation states that locations specified by the local traffic management agency are allowed for the operation of fully autonomous vehicles without drivers. The legislation also establishes guidelines for culpability in collisions involving autonomous cars, whether or not they have drivers. The autonomous drivin...
    India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries signs battery PLI contracts with Reliance, Ola Electric
    The Government of India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) signed the program agreement under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage with three selected bidders on 28 July 2022, an official press release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on 29 July 2022 announced. The three selected bidders that signed the agreement under PLI for ACC are Reliance New Energy Limited, Ola Electric Mobility Private Limited, and Rajesh Exports...
    UK government to provide funding support to Britishvolt for building USD4.6-billion gigaplant
    UK-based battery technology company Britishvolt announced on 28 July 2022 that it has received a confirmation letter that states that it will receive funding support from the UK government through its Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), which is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Although it did not disclose the amount of funding it is expecting to receive from the UK government later this year, the same is expected to support the battery maker in setting up its planned GBP3.8...
    US House of Representative passes USD280 billion semiconductor industry bill
    The US House of Representatives has passed the USD280 billion semiconductor industry bill Chips and Science Act, according to a report published by The Washington Post on 28 July 2022. The bill would subsidize billions in science and technology research, as well as billions in domestic semiconductor production in an effort to boost US competitiveness. Strong bipartisan support helped the House pass the law on a vote of 243–187, despite a last-minute attempt by House GOP leaders to whip...
    Think tank Niti Aayog, COP26 launch electric mobility, battery recycling initiatives in India
    Indian think tank Niti Aayog and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) president Alok Sharma, who was on a visit to the subcontinent on 21–22 July 2022, launched two initiatives for promoting the electric mobility in India, according to a press note issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB India) on 21 July 2022. The initiatives include a mobile application named E-AMRIT, which stands for ‘Accelerated e-Mobility Revolution for India's Transportation’, aimed at raising awareness on ele...
    NHTSA opens five investigations into Stellantis, Ford and General Motors vehicles over stalling issues
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened five investigations into more than 1.8 million vehicles manufactured by Stellantis, Ford Motor, and General Motors over stalling and other issues, Reuters reported on 26 July. The auto safety agency is investigating more than 21,000 model year (MY) 2019–21 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid vehicles over allegations of incidents of loss of power potentially due to transmission malfunction. The NHTSA is probing into 1.34 mil...
    US Energy Department to loan USD2.5 billion to General Motors–LG Energy battery JV
    The US Energy Department plans to provide a loan of up to USD2.5 billion to General Motors–LG Energy Solution (GM-LGES) battery joint venture (JV) Ultium Cells LLC to help finance the construction of new li-ion battery-cell-manufacturing facilities, according to a news report published by Reuters on 25 July 2022. According to the report, the conditional commitment for the loan to Ultium Cells for new battery facilities in Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan is expected to close in comin...
    Solid-state batteries can reduce carbon footprint of EV batteries by up to 39%, study finds
    Solid-state batteries can potentially reduce the carbon footprint of electric vehicle (EV) batteries by almost two-fifths, further bolstering the advantage that EVs offer over fossil fuel–powered vehicles, according to the findings of a new research that was commissioned by the Transport & Environment (T&E), a note issued by T&E said on 19 July 2022. Created over 30 years ago, T&E is Europe’s clean transport campaign group. The research was carried by Minviro, a compa...
    US Senate clears to move ahead with USD52 billion semiconductor bill
    The US Senate voted by a wide margin to begin debate on legislation to provide more than USD52 billion in grants and incentives for the US semiconductor industry, news agency Bloomberg reported on 20 July 2022. The procedural vote on Tuesday night, 64–34, fulfilled the requirement established by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to include research and development initiatives put forth by Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Todd Young that could be included in the legislation that the Senate ma...
    Shanghai announces new dedicated test lane for autonomous driving tests
    The Shanghai Traffic Police Corporation has announced a dedicated lane for autonomous driving tests on Lane 3 on the outermost side of the Donghai Bridge in both directions, according to press release by Shanghai Traffic Police Corps on 15 July 2022. The management measures for the dedicated lanes for autonomous driving tests will be implemented in accordance with the "Road Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China" and other pertinent laws and regulations on the Donghai Bridge as ...
    Government of Canada announces deployment of 6,000 EV chargers, supports in funding
    The Government of Canada has announced deployment of over 6,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the country, supporting the infrastructure development with total investment of over CAD45 million (USD34.81 million), the government website said on 15 July 2022. The announcement came during EVWeek, which was organized by the Government of Canada between 11 July 15 July 2022 to attract new investments in establishing net zero industries. During the week-long event, the Government of Canada ...
    Black box to become mandatory for all new cars in EU
    New vehicles sold in the European Union are required to install a black box, according to various reports last week. All new vehicles are to be equipped with a black box that which will record various types of data during phases of driving, acceleration, speed, braking, seat belt use, and the use of headlights and turn signals will be archived in the system for one minute. Significance: From July 2024, all cars in the European Union will be required to install a black box irrespective of the ...
    Volkswagen, Bosch to develop autonomous driving technology in Germany
    The Germany's national competition regulatory agency said that Volkswagen Group and Robert Bosch can start the developing automated driving technology together, according to a report published by Automotive News Europe on 4 July 2022. "It is the task of the cartel office to maintain competition already at the level of research and development, as this is where the foundations for future products and markets are laid," office head Andreas Mundt said. VW and Bosch's collaboration comes under...
    Automotive research institute for semiconductor technology opens in Suzhou, China
    According to a press release on 4 July 2022, Suzhou Research Institute for Automotive Semiconductor Industry was inaugurated in China.   The new research institute will focus on in-depth research in the areas of intelligent sensing, advanced assisted driving, intelligent interaction for vehicles, and third-generation semiconductor components. Additionally, an industrial cluster of related technologies and projects will be established, and efforts will be made to establish a domestic auto...
    France plans to invest over USD5 billion in semiconductor technology by 2030
    France has unveiled an investment plan of over USD5 billion to develop and produce new electronics technology by 2030, according to a report published by EE Times Europe on 13 July 2022. During a visit to STMicroelectronics' manufacturing facility in Crolles, French President Emmanuel Macron outlined the goals and activities of the "Electronique 2030" investment plan. "Electronique 2030" is a key component of "France 2030," an investment plan released in October 2021 to revive France's indust...
    NHTSA launches probe into Tesla crash in Florida, US
    According to a report published by Reuters on 9 July 2022, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said will open a special investigation into a crash occurred near Gainesville, Florida on 6 July 2022 that killed a 66-year-old Tesla driver and a 67-year-old passenger. A 2015 Tesla Model S exited Interstate 75 and entered a rest area, where it collided with the rear of a parked tractor trailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The investigation is still underway, but ...
    EU announces new rules for autonomous vehicles to improve road safety
    The EU has introduced new technical rules mandating advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) to improve road safety and has established the legal framework for the approval of automated and fully driverless vehicles in the EU, according to a press release on 6 July 2022. The new measures introducing safety features to assist the driver include For all road vehicles (i.e. cars, vans, trucks, and buses): intelligent speed assistance, reversing detection with camera or sensors, attention w...
    EU-funded FLOW project consortium begins work on EV charging ecosystem in Europe
    A large consortium representing 30 entities has begun work under the purview of the European Union funded FLOW Project in Spain, Italian energy company Enel Spa, which is part of the said group, said in a media release on 5 July 2022. The consortium is led by Spain’s Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and comprises 30 European companies, research organizations, and associations from 9 different countries. The members within the consortium have joined forces to work together on e...
    New regulation to allow fully autonomous vehicles without human controls in Shenzhen, China
    A new vehicle regulatory reform will enable autonomous cars to travel on highways in specific places without the need for human controls equipment in Shenzhen, China, according to a report published by China daily on 7 July 2022. The city in Guangdong province revealed new legislation in China designed for smart and connected vehicle management, which is set to go into effect on 1 August 2022. The new legislation, which is intended to cover a legal loophole for domestic intelligent co...
    Germany’s Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection to fund battery recycling project
    The Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) in Germany is funding the development of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling capabilities with EUR16.66 million (over USD17.2 million), BMWK said in a media notification issued on 5 July 2022. Aimed at setting up a stable battery ecosystem, the funds are given to a consortium that has development partners including Licular GmbH, Mercedes-Benz AG, Daimler Truck AG, Primobius GmbH, SMS group GmbH, Clausthal University of Technol...
    German authority allows cooperation between Bosch and Volkswagen on automated driving
    German authority Bundeskartellamt will not initiate a proceeding against Bosch and Volkswagen on their partnership to advance automated driving, it said in an official release on 4 July. “Automated driving is one of the most exciting future-related topics in the automotive industry. We are currently seeing various players racing to find the most innovative solutions in research on this future technology. It is the Bundeskartellamt’s task to maintain competition even at the research and de...
    The UK government to study the development and deployment of connected, self-driving cars
    The Law Commission of England and Wales is seeking views on the regulation of remote driving on public roads, expanding on previous suggestions from the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission for change to enable "the safe and responsible introduction of automated vehicles", according to a news article published by UK Parliament on 27 June 2022. According to the government, it is "continuing to develop a full legal framework for self-driving vehicles". This is expected to include a comple...
    ACEA raises concerns on charging infrastructure, battery materials to meet EU’s ambitious CO2 goals
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has called out that the EV industry stakeholders need to move fast in setting up the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to meet Europe’s ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction goals, the industry body said in its official note on 29 June 2022. “To meet the extremely ambitious CO2 reduction goals agreed last night by European environment ministers, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is ca...
    Auto industry CEOs urge Congress to pass semiconductor funding in the US
    According to a report published by Alliance for Automotive Innovation on 22 June 2022, over 20 CEOs representing automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and innovators have urged for faster passage of a bipartisan bill, the CHIPS for America Act, that includes funding to increase domestic capacity and resilience of semiconductor supply chains that are "critical" to the future of the auto industry in the United States. The CEOs wrote, “Currently, the auto industry is facing substantial pro...
    IIHS survey finds consumers prefer partial automation equipped vehicles with appropriate safeguards
    According to a press release on 23 June 2022, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) survey has found that car drivers prefer partial automation that comes with appropriate safety systems such as driver monitoring systems. “Automakers often assume that drivers want as much technology as they can get in their vehicles,” says Alexandra Mueller, the survey’s primary designer. “But few studies have examined actual consumer opinions about partial driving automation.” The II...
    India plans to introduce new passenger vehicle rating system with safety assist technology tests
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has planned to introduce a safety rating system, Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP) for passenger cars to encourage manufacturers to provide advanced safety technologies and boost the "export worthiness" of vehicles produced in the country, according to a report published by Reuters on 25 June 2022. According to MoRTH, it will rate automobiles from one to five stars based on tests evaluating the protection of adult and child occupants...
    Einride secures approval from NHTSA for new purpose-built vehicle in the US
    Einride announced that it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on US public roads. With this approval, Einride will carry out a public road trial to support operational flows for client GE Appliances, a Haier business, and to demonstrate the functionality that was specifically designed for the Einride Pod in preparation for future commercialization. The autonomous and electric Ein...
    GM-backed startup Cruise begins monetizing autonomous vehicle rides in the US
    Autonomous ride hailing company Cruise has officially started charging for the autonomous vehicle rides in San Francisco, according to a report published by The Verge on 23 June 2022. The company has said that the Northwest neighborhood of San Francisco is where "most passengers" are now taking fare-based autonomous rides. In order to provide better possible customer experience, Cruise will keep growing the paid service. Currently, Cruise provides daytime rides in its a...
    NHTSA proposes event data recorders to collect 20 seconds of pre-crash data
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a proposal to require automakers to collect more crash data from event data recorders (EDRs), also known as black boxes, according to a report published by Reuters on 23 June 2023. The safety agency has suggested that black boxes be required to gather 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a greater frequency to better understand the actions that lead to an accident. For cars with EDRs, NHTSA currently requires five second...
    Hesai to lead ISO automotive lidar working group for research work on automotive lidar tests
    Mainland China–based lidar technology startup Hesai has said that it is going to act as the group leader in the ISO Working Group (ISO/TC22/SC32/AHG1) for research work on automotive lidar tests, and Valeo acts as the deputy group leader, according to a press release on 22 June 2022. All parties will work together to develop the global standards for automotive lidar alongside other top multinational companies including Denso, Bosch, Sony, Nissan, and ZF. The development of ISO/PWI 13228 wil...
    IIHS recommends adoption of new ADAS-enabled road safety features for elderly
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has encouraged the use of turn assistance safety functions in vehicles, particularly for elderly drivers who might benefit from advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) features meant to assist vehicles drive through junctions, according to a report published by IIHS on 16 June 2022. According to the study, a third of incidents involving drivers who are 70 years old or older may be prevented by the relatively new feature left-turn assist and o...
    Micron receives ISO 26262 ASIL-D functional safety certification
    Memory solutions company Micron has announced that the company has received International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D certification of memory for its low-power double data rate 5 (LPDDR5) DRAM, it said in a press release on 20 June. The solution is based on its first-to-market 1α (1-alpha) process node. The LPDDR5 ASIL-D was awarded by functional safety certification company exida.     Alexander Griessing, COO and p...
    NHTSA amends side impact protection testing rule to improve child safety seat
    The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule that enhances the protection of children during side-impact collisions by updating testing criteria for child safety seats, the safety regulator said in a press release on 22 June. Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA administrator, said, “Side-impact collisions cause serious injuries and deaths in young children each year. By establishing more comprehensive testing requirements, ...
    Government of New South Wales to increase investment in expanding EV charging network
    The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced that it will increase its investment in expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging network with an additional AUD38 million (USD26.35 million), according to a press release by NSW government on 20 June. Matt Kean, Treasurer and Minister for Energy, said, “Rolling out extra chargers will allow more EV drivers to benefit from their cheaper running costs and a cleaner, quieter and more sustainable road network.” The AUD38 million announced ...
    Japan plans to allocate USD3.6 billion subsidy for TSMC
    The central government of Japan has planned to allocate up to JPY476 billion (USD3.6 billion) for a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. subsidiary to use in funding the ongoing construction of a plant in southwestern Japan, according to a report published by THE JAPAN TIMES, on 18 June 2022. To ensure a steady supply of chips, the government has endorsed the plan by Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture of TSMC, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp., and Denso Corp....
    Lidar technology startup Vueron Technology secures permit for lidar-only AV testing in the US
    Lidar autonomous vehicle technology startup Vueron Technology has obtained an autonomous vehicle permit that uses only one lidar sensor in California, according to a press release on 17 June 2022. Vueron was granted lidar-only autonomous vehicle testing licenses by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Following that, it drove 383 miles in 6 hours from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Interstate 5 and Interstate 580 at a top speed of 70 mph. The vehicle's safety driver didn't hand...
    NHTSA releases initial data on safety performance of automated driving systems
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the first round of data it collected through its Standing General Order issued last year, as well as initial accompanying reports summarizing this data, as part of the US Department of Transportation's efforts to improve roadway safety and encourage innovation, according to a press release by NHTSA on 15 June 2022. These figures are based on a set of crashes reported to NHTSA by automakers and operators since the Standing Genera...
    US, other countries establish minerals security partnership to secure critical materials
    The United States of America and its key partner countries have established the ‘minerals security partnership’ (MSP) with an aim of securing the supply of critical minerals and materials, the US Department of State said in a media note on 14 June 2022. The ambitious new initiative to bolster critical mineral supply chains was announced in Toronto during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention, which is one of the largest mining events in the world, it said. Notabl...
    US DoT proposes to set up regulations on minimum standards for public EV charging stations
    The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced a ‘Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’ (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, the US DoT said in a statement on 9 June 2022. The proposal to set up regulations on the minimum standards for public EV charging stations is aligned with President Biden’s plan to construct a national network of 500,0...
    Siemens to supply ultra-fast chargers for UAE’s first EV charging corridor
    German technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, and transport Siemens AG plans to supply ultra-fast chargers to the United Arab Emirates for its first EV charging corridor, the company announced on 10 June 2022. The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has selected Siemens technology to set up its nationwide network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers aimed at supporting electric mobility, reducing carbon emissions and building a sustainable transportation system...
    NHTSA upgrades probe on Tesla’s Autopilot
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to upgrade its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with Autopilot autonomous driving feature, Reuters reported on 9 June. According to the article, NHTSA said the upgrade is to extend the existing crash analysis, evaluate additional data sets, perform vehicle evaluations, and explore the degree to which Autopilot and associated Tesla systems could impact safety. Separately, the regulatory body opened 35 special crash investigations ...
    China’s Shenzhen plans to double semiconductor production by 2025
    Shenzhen, China's southern tech city, intends to double the value of its existing semiconductor industry in three years as part of a larger effort to boost the country's fundamental technology self-sufficiency, according to a report published by South China Morning Post on 2 June 2022. Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley, has unveiled a project to build an "influential cluster" for the semiconductor sector by 2025, which would include the development of national capabilities in chip production, ...
    European Parliament supports ban on sale of ICE cars and vans by 2035
    The European Parliament announced on 9 June 2022 that the members have voted in favour of European Commission’s revised proposal on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. In a plenary vote, the members of European Parliament (MEPs) adopted their position on proposed rules to revise the CO2 emissions performance standards for new cars and vans with 339 votes in favor, 249 against and 24 abstentions, the Parliament said in its offic...
    Dellfer's cybersecurity solution receives ASIL-D certification
    US-based cybersecurity company has announced that its ZeroDayGuard Platform received ISO 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL-D) certification, according to a press release published by the company on 6 June. Ken Wante, VP, Engineering, Dellfer, said, “With the achievement of ISO 26262 ASIL-D, Dellfer’s ZeroDayGuard Platform can be integrated with certified compiler toolchains. This enables security to be embedded in internet of things (IoT) firmware to defend against cyberatta...
    US safety regulator NHTSA to publish new data on autonomous vehicle crashes
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has planned to reveal new data this month, giving the public its first extensive look into car incidents incorporating automated-driving technology, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal on 3 June 2022. In 2021, the NHTSA ordered companies to report serious crashes involving advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that assume some control over steering, braking, and acceleration—as well as more soph...
    TÜV SÜD, AVL ZalaZONE partner to support OEMs in ADAS and AV type approval process
    TÜV SÜD has formed an extensive partnership with AVL ZalaZONE, which manages proving grounds in the Hungarian town of Zalaegerszeg, to support customers in the type approval process, extending from the early development stage of automated vehicles, according to a press release by TÜV SÜD on 1 June 2022. Another objective of the cooperation is to investigate the relationships between physical and virtual test techniques in order to reduce the regulatory gap as quickly as possible. Curre...
    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s study reveals high-frequency hazard lighting provides increased safety
    A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has revealed that more sharp and visible hazard lighting improved advanced warning to oncoming drivers, enabling quicker driver responses to prevent crashes, it said in a press release on 1 June. The study was commissioned by the Hazard Enhanced Location Protocol (H.E.L.P.) solution creators, Emergency Safety Solutions, Inc. (ESS). Dr. Ronald Gibbons, director of the Center for Infrastructure Base Safety Systems at VTTI, s...
    ASAM releases 'blueprint' for safer, reliable autonomous vehicle testing
    The Association for Standardisation of Automation and Measuring Systems (ASAM) has published a report providing an overview of different test methods for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) and their interaction, according to a press release on 30 May 2022. The report was based on a test specification study group, which includes representatives from all stakeholders such as manufacturers, suppliers, testing companies, and research institutes. They jointly deve...
    Hyundai Motor to limit Genesis G90’s Level 3 ADAS speed to 60 km/h in Korea
    Hyundai Motor Company has said that it will limit the autonomous driving speed of the Genesis G90, a level 3 self-driving car to be released within 2022, to 60 km/h, according to a report published by Business Korea on 30 May 2022. The G90 will be available with Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to Hyundai Motor. In Korea, the speed limit on a road is currently set at Level 3 autonomous driving. This effectively eliminates any feasible speed limit ...
    German court bans sales and production of connected Ford vehicles
    A court in Germany has banned the sales and production of Ford connected cars, Reuters reported on 21 May. The decision is part of a lawsuit over the violation of wireless technology patents. While the verdict by the Munich regional court is not legally binding and can be appealed, an EUR227 million (USD240 million) security payment by the plaintiff, Japan's IP Bridge, was required for it to become "provisionally enforceable." “Reason of this court case is the licensing of standard-...
    Germany allocates over USD310 million to support hydrogen-based mobility solutions
    The German Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, BMDV, plans to invest up to EUR290 million (USD310 million) to set up an Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen (ITZ), which will support the companies developing hydrogen-based mobility solutions, the ministry announced on 25 May 2022. Under the plan, the proposed innovation and technology center will offer highly specialized ​​testing and certification for hydrogen-based technologies that are not currently available ...
    Euro NCAP publishes third round of crash test results for 2022
    Euro NCAP has announced its third batch of safety results for 2022 with the KIA EV6, the Mercedes C-Class, Volvo C40 Recharge, and Volkswagen's new Multivan receiving the highest five-star rating, according to a press release on 25 May 2022. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308, are both received four-star in the compact family vehicles category. All of the five-star vehicles in this test series had exceptional crash protection, with scores of 90% or above, compared to 76% and 80% for...
    UK to review Newport Wafer Fab takeover by China’s Nexperia
    The acquisition of the country's largest semiconductor producer Newport Wafer Fab by Nexperia, a Dutch subsidiary of China's Wingtech Technology, for GBP63 million (USD79 million) last year has prompted a complete national security review by Britain's business secretary, according to a report published by South China Morning Post on 26 May 2022. Under the National Security and Investment Act, which took effect in January and is similar to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United Stat...
    Baidu secures new batch of driverless licenses to offer ride-hailing services in China
    China-based technology company Baidu has announced that Beijing officials have granted a new batch of driverless permits to the firm, which has been authorized to deliver driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in the city beginning in April, according to a report published by PanDaily on 23 May 2022. Currently, Baidu has raised the number of driverless autonomous cars in Beijing to 20, with plans to add another 20 in the near future. Baidu holds the largest fleet of...
    Lidar Coalition Policy Summit to discuss potential life-saving benefits of lidars
    The Lidar Coalition is conducting its first Policy Summit to address the potential life-saving advantages of lidar technology and its role in decreasing highway fatalities at a time when politicians and regulators are absorbing worrisome new statistics on the rise of traffic fatalities, according to a report published by Quanergy Systems on 25 May 2022. The Summit will convene government and business experts at the forefront of evolving transportation technology and its connection with public...
    Department of Motor Vehicles revokes Pony.ai’s permit to test AVs with driver in California
    Pony.ai's license to test its autonomous car technology with a driver was withdrawn by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday for failing to monitor the driving histories of the safety drivers listed on its testing permit, according to a report published by TechCrunch on 25 May 2022. Significance: Pony's autonomous permit, which allowed it to test its autonomous vehicle technology without a human safety operator in the front seat, was suspended in November 2021 following ...
    UK launches USD50 million competition to support autonomous vehicle technology
    The government of the UK is speeding the deployment of self-driving buses, shuttles, and delivery vehicles onto British roads with a GBP40 million (USD50 million) fund that may help generate thousands of jobs, according to a press release by GOV.UK on 23 May 2022. A new government competition is attempting to leverage the economic potential of self-driving vehicles, which could create 38,000 new jobs and be worth around GBP42 billion to the economy. The initiative will provide incentives t...
    AV technology startup Gatik plans to expand its operations in the US
    Gatik has announced that it will be expanding operations to Kansas following the signing of Senate Bill 313 into law by Governor Laura Kelly, according to report published by Business Wire on 20 May 2022. The law allows fully autonomous vehicles to operate on public highways in the state, clearing the door for improved road safety, faster product flow, lower costs, and better asset utilization in the supply chain. Gatik collaborated closely with Walmart and other key stakeholders such...
    NAVYA welcomes regulatory updates to support mass deployment of autonomous vehicles
    NAVYA, a supplier of autonomous mobility solutions, appreciates the progress made in the legislation regulating autonomous vehicles, which facilitates the industrial scale deployment of autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 19 May 2022. On 29 April, the US Senate approved the state of Oklahoma license to operate self-driving cars on public roads, making it the 30th state to legalize autonomous vehicles. In March 2022, the federal government adopted a policy exempti...
    South Korea to test 5G-V2X related projects from 2023
    South Korea will begin testing 5G-V2X projects from 2023, DigiTimes reported on 17 May, citing Korean-language media ET News. Bids for cooperative autonomous vehicle infrastructures and service research projects are now open. Korea Expressway Corporation intend to begin official regulations for 5G-V2X autonomous driving after testing out different projects through the tender. Significance: Vehicle-to-everything is one of the most crucial technologies which is being developed and enhanced in t...
    California Public Utilities Commission approves three vehicle-grid integration pilot programs for PG&E
    In an attempt to accelerate EV adoption among the citizens, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved three vehicle-grid integration (VGI) pilot programs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), CPUC said in an official statement released on 5 May 2022. The CPUC said that as more people purchase EVs in California, it is critical that these vehicles are charged at times and locations that do not stress the power grid of the state, saving consumers money while creat...
    EV charging network operator EVgo signs public-private partnership with City of Portland, US
    EV charging network operator EVgo Inc. has signed a public-private partnership with the City of Portland, US to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on city-owned property, the company said on 10 May 2022. Under the said partnership, EVgo will install eight direct current fast chargers (DCFC) and up to 44 Level 2 chargers across Portland, Maine. According to EVgo, which draws and supplies electricity across its EV charging network via 100% renewable sources, it aligns wit...
    European Parliament votes to ban combustion engine-powered cars, vans from 2035
    The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted in favor of the European Commission’s proposed ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered cars and vans from 2035 in Europe, according to a press announcement made by the European Parliament on 11 May 2022. The proposal was earlier made by the European Commission as part of its ‘Fit for 55’ package last year. Notably, the committee has voted in favor of new norms...
    Israeli Ministry of Transport and Road Safety to allow autonomous parking
    Israel's Ministry of Transport is expected to approve the use of autonomous parking for vehicles that support automated park functionality, according to a report published by Israel Business Arena on 9 May 2022. Currently, regulations prohibit a car from driving without a human driver; but, following testing, electric automobiles can self-park. The feature allows a driver to tell the car to find a parking spot on its own and maneuver into the space without assistance while avoi...
    IIHS plans to evaluate automatic emergency braking systems at higher speed levels
    The Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) is considering ways to encourage OEMs to develop automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems that will prevent front-to-rear collisions at higher speeds, according to a press release on 5 May 2022. As part of this initiative, the IIHS is discontinuing its existing AEB test, which assesses systems at 15 and 25 miles per hour, and evaluating whether a new test would be more effective. In 2014, the IIHS added the vehicle-to-vehicle front collisio...
    Amprius Technologies bags battery contract from US Advanced Battery Consortium, DOE
    California-based manufacturer of high-energy-density lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries Amprius Technologies announced on 3 May 2022 that it has received a USD3 million contract from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for low-cost, fast-charge (LCFC) silicon nanowire battery technology development. The company said that it will share 50% of the costs involved in the USABC and DOE battery technology contract. “The n...
    NGen Canada announces new projects to support zero-emission vehicle manufacturing ecosystem
    Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen Canada), an industry-led community working to set up advanced manufacturing practices, has announced a series of new innovation projects to support the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing ecosystem in Canada, it said on 3 May 2022. The industry consortium announced new investment of USD76 million in ZEV manufacturing and put out a list of 15 new projects in strategic areas such as critical minerals and metals, traction battery and effici...
    EV maker Rivian to receive USD1.5 billion in incentives from Georgia, US
    Electric vehicle (EV) maker Rivian will receive USD1.5 billion in incentives from the state of Georgia, United States, to build its planned USD5.0 billion EV production plant in the region, said a report filed by news agency Associated Press on 3 May 2022. The news agency has cited official documents signed by the company and government representatives. It further added that the incentives offered to Rivian would be the largest such package the state of Georgia has ever offered any ...
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