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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    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
    Automakers and suppliers to reinvent supply chain amid chip shortage
    Despite chip plants effectively running on full capacity, the global chip-shortage crisis may not be resolved next year, warned executives from German automotive companies during the IAA Mobility 2021 show in Munich. Top executives from several companies have publicly stated that they do not know...
    PPG starts up automotive sealant manufacturing plant in Morocco
    US supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials PPG announced via a press release on 12 August the startup of a new automotive sealants manufacturing plant in Tangier, Morocco. The production facility, PPG’s first in Africa, will initially supply materials for Renault Group’s Dacia...
    09-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Lidar supplier Ouster to expand commercial presence in the Middle East
    High-resolution digital lidar sensor provider, Ouster, has announced its plans of commercial expansion in the Middle East region. According to a press release issued by Ouster on 30 August, the company stated that it is working in Dubai, UAE to set up local distribution networks to support the adopt...
    ALYI to proceed with EV rideshare and self-drive rental pilot program in Africa
    Alternet Systems announced the completion of a scheduled review of its electric motorcycle development programme with the dedicated design team from MODUS Applied Innovations, according to a press release on GlobeNewswire dated 16 June. The review was concluded on 11 June. In support of ALYI's ov...
    21-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Gentherm invests in Israel-based startup Carrar
    Supplier of thermal management systems Gentherm has invested in Israel-based startup Carrar, according to a company press release on 2 June 2021. Gentherm led the Seed funding round in Carrar, which develops advanced thermal management systems for the electric mobility market. “The electric veh...
    03-Jun-2021 News Investments
    Enefit VOLT selects Driivz to streamline charging network operations
    Estonia-based EV fast charging company, Enefit VOLT, has selected Israel-based EV charging and energy management platform provide, Driivz to optimize its network operations. According to a company press release on 25 May, Enefit VOLT has acquired a nationwide charging station network from the govern...
    ZKW develops prototype of glare-free high beam
    Austrian lighting expert ZKW, in partnership with Israeli startup Newsight Imaging, has developed a prototype of a glare-free high beam, according to a company press release on 26 May 2021. ZKW has been working with Israeli startup since 2019. The project running under the name "senseZ" could soo...
    28-May-2021 News New Products
    Israeli startup TriEye collaborates with Continental Engineering Services for DMS
    TriEye, a developer of mass-market Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensor, has collaborated with Continental Engineering Services (CES), an engineering and production partner for automotive and industry customers, Israeli startup announced in a press release on 19 May. The collaboration will focus on the...
    EV battery startup StoreDot, EVE Energy partner to produce XFC batteries
    StoreDot has announced a new framework agreement with its battery manufacturing EVE Energy Co., Ltd (EVE) to bring the former’s silicon-dominant anode XFC FlashBattery for electric vehicles (EVs) to market. According to a company press release on 18 May, the first prototypes will be available for ...
    Sabic develops plastic-intensive EV battery pack concept
    Sabic has developed a plastic-intensive electric vehicle (EV) battery pack concept using a systems-engineering approach, according to a report by Plastics Today. The concept utilizes lightweight plastics to address critical industry needs for enhanced performance, flexible design, greater safety, an...
    17-May-2021 News New Products
    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 ...
    Saint-Gobain, Addionics to develop solid-state Li-ion batteries with 3D electrode technology
    Saint-Gobain will partner with Israel-based Addionics to develop next generation solid-state lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with novel electrode components under the Israel - US BIRD Energy program, according to a company press release on 20 April. Significance: Saint-Gobain is a leading technica...
    26-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Startup Aquarius Engines partners with Honda-affiliate Musashi Seimitsu
    Aquarius Engines has signed a strategic agreement with Honda-affiliate Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co. Ltd, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and one of the Aquarius Engines controlling shareholders, according to a company press release on 21 April 2021. The agreement focuses on strategic collaborati...
    GM’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, to deploy robo-taxis in Dubai in 2023
    General Motors' majority owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary plans to begin deploying its robo-taxis in Dubai beginning in 2023. San Francisco-based Cruise has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to be the exclusive provider for self-driving taxis and r...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Self-driving sensor startup Innoviz completes SPAC merger with Collective Growth Corp for USD1.4 billion
    Innoviz Technologies, the Israeli provider of solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has completed its merger with Texas-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Collective Growth Corporation and will begin trading under the ticker symbols INVZ and INVZW at a valuation of USD1.4 ...
    07-Apr-2021 News Mergers
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus raises USD107 million
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus has raised USD107 million in a Series C round, according to a press release on 10 March 2021. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Insight Partners. Optibus also received funding from existing investors including Verizon Ventures, Pitango, New Era Capit...
    Stratasys introduces ABS-based carbon-fiber for 3D printers
    Stratasys has introduced an ABS-based (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) carbon-fiber material called FDM ABS-CF10 for its line of F123 Series 3D printers, according to a company press release. Significance: The new FDM ABS-CF10 material features 10% chopped carbon fiber thereby making it a compel...
    24-Mar-2021 News New Products
    REE Automotive unveils five new REEcorner™ technology packs
    E-mobility sector company REE Automotive (REE) has revealed five new and improved REEcorner™ architecture designs, as well as electric vehicle (EV) platforms technology for its range of commercial EVs. REE plans on offering tailored technical configurations to fulfill specific B2B needs, i...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Sibanye-Stillwater partners with Keliber to enter EV battery metals sector
    Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into an investment agreement with Keliber Oy (“Keliber”) according to a press release from the company on 23 February 2021. The investment is expected to be implemented in March 2021, subject to the approval by the South African Reserve Bank. The focal point of the...
    08-Mar-2021 News Investments
    SABIC develops new resin family for automotive LED
    SABIC has developed a new portfolio of high-flow LEXAN™ polycarbonate (PC) resins for automotive lighting bezels, the company announced in a press release on 1 February. The new PC enables manufacturers to create complex geometries and integrate more features, which SABIC said were not possib...
    05-Feb-2021 News New Products
    StoreDot introduces ‘5-Minute Charge’ lithium-ion battery samples
    Israel-based StoreDot has developed an extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology with 5-minute charging, the company announced in a press release on 19 January. StoreDot demonstrated the engineering samples of the first-generation of the 5-minute charge battery. The sample cells were produced b...
    20-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Wire harness manufacturers Sumitomo and Yazaki plan new factories in Morocco
    Japanese wire harness manufacturers Yazaki and Sumitomo Electric Industries are planning to build four new factories in Morocco, according to a report by Reuters on 12 January citing the Moroccan industry ministry. The companies are expected to invest a total of USD103 million. Yazaki will build thr...
    15-Jan-2021 News Investments
    Lucid Motors mulls setting up new EV plant in Saudi Arabia
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Lucid Motors is mulling setting up a new EV plant near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg reported on 7 January. According to the report, Lucid Motors is in talks with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is expected to put in the majority of the capital require...
    08-Jan-2021 News Investments
    Startup Tactile Mobility secures investment from Nexteer Automotive
    Israel-based tactile virtual sensing and data startup Tactile Mobility has secured funding from Nexteer Automotive, a specialist in intuitive motion control, and The Group Ventures, an early stage North American venture firm, according to a company press release on 7 January 2021. Significance: H...
    Tesla gets permit to import electric cars in Israel
    US-based electric car manufacturer, Tesla, has obtained a commercial import license from the Ministry of Transport of Israel. According to a report filed by Israeli business news publication Globes on 4 January, online sales of Tesla vehicles in Israel are expected to commence within a matter of day...
    Eyesight Technologies changes name to ‘Cipia’
    EyeSight Technologies, an Israel-based company specializing in in-car driver and occupant monitoring technology, has changed its name to Cipia, according to a company press release on 8 December. “With Cipia's unique market position, addressing the coming phases of advanced driver monitoring sy...
    Motherson Group partners with UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics
    Motherson Group has partnered with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics, UBQ announced in a press release on 23 November 2020. The companies are joining efforts to implement the carbon-negative UBQ™ thermoplastic into auto parts manufactured by Motherso...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen joins 'Cobalt for Development' initiative for sustainable cobalt mining
    Volkswagen has joined the 'Cobalt for Development' initiative for promoting sustainable cobalt mining, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. The project aims to improve living and working conditions for miners and their communities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “For ...
    Bridgestone to close Port Elizabeth tire plant in South Africa
    Bridgestone South Africa (BSAF) has finalized the process to close its tire manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape in South Africa, the company announced in a press release on 3 November 2020. The plant is operational until 15 November. The move affects 252 workers. “The proposal t...
    Israel-based startup Silentium launches broad-band active road noise cancellation
    Israel-based startup Silentium has launched broad-band active road noise cancellation technology called Active Acoustics, according to a company press release. Jaguar and Land Rover are among the first automakers to have integrated Silentium’s ‘Active Acoustics’ software in three of their...
    10-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Israeli start-up Adasky raises USD15 million funding in Series B round
    Israeli start-up Adasky has raised USD15 million in a Series B round, according to a press release on 22 October 2020. The round was led by existing shareholders Kyocera Corporation and Sungwoo-Hitech Co. Significance: The latest funding will support the growth of the company, including the estab...
    Tactile Mobility to offer tactile sensing technology for BMW Group’s next-generation vehicles
    Israel-based startup Tactile Mobility has announced a commercial partnership to equip BMW Group's next-generation vehicles on a global scale with its sensing software technology beginning in 2021, according to a company press release on 15 September. The company’s sensing technology helps analyze ...
    ACQUISITION: Delfingen acquires Schlemmer’s European and African operations
    Delfingen, a supplier of electrical cable protection systems and solutions for the automotive industry, has completed the acquisition of Schlemmer’s business in Europe/Africa, according to a company press release on 1 September. Schlemmer’s Asian perimeter was sold to its Chinese partner, the Fe...
    Israel considers legislation to allow autonomous vehicle testing without safety driver
    Israel is considering introducing legislation to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without  a safety driver, The Jerusalem Post reported on 20 August. The new legislation is promoted by Transport Minister Miri Regev. The initial proposal will be published within 90 days, afte...
    Bridgestone announces proposal to close South African tire production facility
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone’s South Africa division has announced that it plans to shut down its bias tire production plant located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In a press release issued by Bridgestone Southern Africa on 20 August, the company stated that this move is aligned with t...
    The Automobile Association launches AA Connected Car in South Africa
    The Automobile Association (AA) has launched AA Connected Car, a combination of hardware and software, in South Africa, a press release on 6 August read. AA Connected Car operates via hardware on a vehicle and software available on Huawei, Apple, or Android devices and the data collected is owned by...
    11-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Egypt, China in talks for cooperation on EV manufacturing
    Egypt and China are planning to cooperate to jointly manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) in Egypt, Daily News Egypt reported on 28 July. Egypt’s Minister of Public Enterprises Sector Hisham Tawfik and Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang held a meeting last month to discuss the local...
    BMW sources sustainable cobalt from Managem Group in Morocco
    BMW has signed a supply agreement with Managem Group in Morocco for sourcing sustainable cobalt, the company announced in a press release on 9 July. The order is worth EUR100 million (USD113 million) and is for the period between 2020 and 2025. The two companies already signed a memorandum of unders...
    Delta Electronics launches 200kW ultra-fast EV Charger for EMEA region
    Delta Electronics, a supplier of power and thermal management solutions, has launched its next-generation 200kW ultra fast charger (UFC200) for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, according to a company press release on 9 July 2020. Delta's UFC200 enables a maximum charging power ...
    10-Jul-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nanox develops new material for automotive that guards against SARS-CoV-2
    Nanox has developed a new material that protects against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19 virus) and can also be used in the automotive industry, Automotive Business reported on 16 June. The material was developed in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Universit...
    02-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    Wireless EV charging company ElectReon raises USD50 million through equity offering
    Israel-based ElectReon Wireless has raised USD50 million through equity offering, according to a press release on 30 June 2020. The funding was led by Israel's institutional Investors such as Migdal, Psagot, Mor, Excellence, and Halman Aldubi, and some hedge funds including Alpha, Safra, and Sphera,...
    DriveU.auto raises USD4 million to deliver teleoperation connectivity for autonomous vehicles
    Israel-based developer of a unique connectivity platform for autonomous vehicle teleoperation DriveU.auto has raised USD4 million, according to a press release on 24 June 2020. The round was led by Zohar Zisapel, Two Lanterns Venture Partners, Yigal Jacoby, Kaedan Capital, and other private investor...
    GAC Motor starts international deliveries of all-electric GE3
    GAC Motor has started international deliveries of its all-electric SUV GE3, the company announced in a press release on 6 June. The first GE3 was delivered to a customer in Israel. “Following the international launch of the GE3, GAC MOTOR will actively expand its electric vehicle market globa...
    09-Jun-2020 News New Products
    Israeli startup Electreon to test wireless EV charging through roads in Tel Aviv
    Israel-based Electreon is planning to test its inductive wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bloomberg reported on 1 June, citing Electreon CEO Oren Ezer. Electreon is set to install 600 meters of coils under a 2-km (1.2-mile) stretch of road in Tel Aviv in mid-August. ...
    Capgemini and Otonomo collaborate on connected car data
    Capgemini and Otonomo, the leading car data services platform, have announced a collaboration on connected car data, Otonomo said in a press release on 3 June 2020. The collaboration between Otonomo and Capgemini will enable clients to increase data utilization leveraging Capgemini’s deep technolo...
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    KYB, REE Automotive join hands to develop suspension for future EV platform
    Japan-based KYB Corporation and REE Automotive (REE) have announced a strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms, REE said in a press release on 20 May. Under the partnership, KYB's semi-active and active suspension systems will boost REE's ne...
    21-May-2020 News New Products
    Israel-based startup Regulus Cyber raises USD4 million
    Israel-based startup Regulus Cyber, which offers cyber security for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), has raised USD4 million in a future Series B Round, according to a press release on 18 May 2020. The funding was led by SPDG Ventures and joined by Btov Partners, with all previous investor...
    Israel-based EV motor startup IRP Systems raises USD17 million in Series B funding
    Israel-based electric vehicle motor startup IRP Systems has raised USD17 million in Series B funding, the company announced in a press release on 12 May. The funding round was led by Chinese VC Fosun RZ capital, with additional funds provided by JAL ventures, previous investor Entrée Capital, Tal C...
    COVID-19: Impact on the lighting sector
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global crisis since its onset in late 2019, affecting almost all countries and economies with over 2 million people directly infected by the virus worldwide at the time of writing. In affected countries, manufacturing operations have been...
    10-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    NextSource Materials plans to build battery anode plant in Madagascar
    NextSource Materials has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with  Japanese offtake partner and a leading mainland Chinese processor of graphite anode material to build a new battery anode plant in Madagascar, the company announced in a press release earlier in April. NextSource said that the new p...
    22-Apr-2020 News Investments
    EV battery startup Addionics raises USD6 million
    Electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Addionics has raised USD6 million in funding led by Next Gear Ventures, according to a report by Tech Crunch on 1 April. The funding includes a USD2.5 million-grant as part of the European Union’s Horizon2020 innovation competition. Significance: Addionics ...
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Brodmann17 and Ambarella collaborate on next-generation computer vision ADAS solution for the mass market
    Brodmann17 Ltd., a mobility software company providing vision-based AI solutions for the automotive industry, has announced a collaboration with Ambarella, an AI vision silicon company, to develop a range of smart and cost-effective computer vision-based advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) prod...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Brodmann17 and Varroc Lighting Systems collaborate to bring next generation of ADAS to the mass market
    Brodmann17,a mobility software company providing vision-based AI solutions for the automotive industry, and Varroc Lighting Systems , a leading global supplier of innovative exterior vehicle lighting systems and electronics, have entered a partnership to demonstrate the integration of advanced drive...
    23-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault temporarily suspends production at plants in Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Morocco
    After announcing the suspension of manufacturing activities in France on 16 March, Renault has also decided to gradually halt production at its other European plants on 17 March. The latest announcements will affect the French automaker’s manufacturing plants in Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, and Moro...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    LEVC to deliver 100 TX electrified taxis in Azerbaijan
    The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is set to deliver 100 TX model taxis to Baku Taxi Service LLC, a government-backed taxi operation in Azerbaijan, the company announced in a press release on 6 March. The 100 TXs, painted in ‘Tupelo Red’, will be used as a premium transport option for vi...
    Driivz raises USD11 million in series C funding round
    Israeli startup Driivz has raised USD11 million in series ‘C’ funding round, according to a company press release on 19 February 2020. The round was co-led by Gilbarco Veeder-Root (GVR) and Centrica Innovations. “The investment in Driivz further validates our technological leadership in the...
    Daimler partners with UBQ Materials to test climate-positive material
    Daimler has partnered with Israel-based clean technology company UBQ Materials to test UBQ’s climate-positive material for the production of automobile parts, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 January. The automaker is currently testing the incorporation of UBQ technology in the produ...
    Volkswagen partners with Qatar Investment Authority to deploy autonomous transport project in Doha
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has entered an agreement with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to launch a self-driving electric transport project in Doha, VW said in a press release on 16 December. As part of the ‘Project Qatar Mobility’, the two partners will deploy autonomous shuttles and buses in ...
    Innoviz selects WekaFS to accelerate AI for autonomous driving applications
    Israel-based supplier of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software Innoviz has selected WekaIO to accelerate its artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning workflows for autonomous driving applications, according to a press release on 11 December. Innoviz will use WekaI...
    Israeli startup Aquarius Engines teams up with Musashi Seimitsu to co-develop new engine
    Israel-based startup Aquarius Engines has teamed up with Japanese auto parts maker Musashi Seimitsu to co-develop its linear engine, according to a Reuters report on 26 November 2019. In addition to sharing expertise and manufacturing capabilities Musashi, which is 25% held by Honda, has invested an...
    28-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen, Siemens launch electric mobility project in Rwanda
    Volkswagen and Siemens have launched an electric mobility project in Rwanda to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 29 October. Under the pilot phase of the project, four e-Golfs and one charging station will be introduced i...
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority extends free EV charging program until end of 2021
    The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority or DEWA has said that its initiative to offer free charging for electric vehicles (EVs) will be extended until 31 December 2021, the Gulf Business reported on November 24. The initiative was due to expire at the end of this year. DEWA added that the ...
    Cubic Telecom partners with Etisalat to launch 5G based multi-model transportation solutions
    Global connectivity management software provider Cubic Telecom has teamed up with UAE's telecom group Etisalat to launch 5G based multi-model transportation solutions, Cubic Telecom said in a press release on 20 November. The companies aim to launch the new solution in 2020. The solution will b...
    Ford partners with South African government to launch supplier industrial park in Pretoria
    Ford South Africa has partnered with national, provincial, and local governments to launch the Tshwane Automotive special economic zone (SEZ) in Pretoria, the company said in a press release last week. The Tshwane Automotive SEZ is located adjacent to Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant. ...
    15-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, Ashghal collaborate for V2X pilot, smart mobility solutions
    Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) has announced a collaboration with Ashghal, which is the public works authority of Qatar, for innovations on smart mobility, according to a press filing last month. QMIC will work with Ashghal to provide technical consulting, data analytics, and smart mobi...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    The challenges EV start-ups are facing
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) totaled more than 2 million units in 2018, a 63% increase from the previous year, according to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2019. PEVs accounted for 2% of global light-vehicle sales in 2018, which is a quantum jump from 0.3% in 2015. If recent announcements ...
    SsangYong signs deal with Saudi National Automobiles Manufacturing for local assembly of SUVs in Saudi Arabia
    In a press statement released last week, South Korean auto maker SsangYong Motor Co. announced that it had signed a deal with Saudi Arabian firm Saudi National Automobiles Manufacturing Co. (SNAM). The deal allows the company to assemble completely knocked down (CKD) units at the production facility...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    ElectReon completes road testing of EV dynamic charging system in Israel
    Technology startup ElectReon has installed and conducted road testing of its electric vehicle (EV) dynamic charging system in Israel, Xinhua reported on 22 September. The system successfully charged an all-electric car Renault Zoe while being driven. The testing was conducted on ElectReon ’s ...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Continental invests in Israeli start-up Cartica AI
    Continental has acquired a minority stake in Israeli artificial intelligence start-up Cartica AI for an undisclosed amount, according to a company press release on 4 September. Cartica AI develops algorithms to accelerate machine learning in the field of object recognition, with the potential to be ...
    MSSL establishes new manufacturing unit at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone in UAE
    Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL), a major producer of automotive wiring harnesses, broke ground on a new manufacturing unit in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to manufacture a range of automotive products, according to a company press release on 5 September. T...
    06-Sep-2019 News Investments
    Toyota, Altron, Vodacom collaborate to enable in-car Wi-Fi
    Altron has entered into a partnership with telecom services provider Vodacom Business and Toyota South Africa to roll out connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models sold in the South African market, Altron said in a press release on 29 August. The connectivity hub, kno...
    30-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Toyota Tsusho establishes new company in Africa to invest in mobility related start-ups
    Toyota Tsusho is establishing a new investment company ‘Mobility 54 S.A.S.’ dedicated to the investment and financing in mobility related start-ups to accelerate its next mobility strategy in Africa, according to a company press release on 22 August. The new company will be located in Sevres, Fr...
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and adva...
    Foresight Autonomous’s subsidiary Eye-Net Mobile completes trials of cellular-based accident prevention solution
    Eye-Net Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresight Autonomous, has completed a large-scale trial of its Eye-Net cellular-based accident prevention solution, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 12 August. According to the company, more than 8,500 users from Israel and abroad parti...
    14-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Future of digital light
    The introduction of LED technology has helped lighting manufacturers to gear up for industry megatrends—electrification, autonomy, and connectivity. Suppliers have begun developing energy-efficient solutions and more advanced systems that adjust their brightness in response to changing driving con...
    Neolix partners with Noon to test autonomous vehicles in UAE, Saudi Arabia
    Chinese technology company Neolix has partnered with the Middle East-based e-commerce company Noon to conduct trials of autonomous vehicles in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported on 23 July. Under the partnership, Neolix will provide driverless vehicles to Noon, that ar...
    ZF working with neuro-technologists to develop technology to prevent motion sickness
    ZF is working together with neuro-technologists from Germany’s Saarland region, to develop technology to detect motion sickness at an early stage, the company announced in a press release on 12 July. ZF is looking beyond a purely vehicle-based approach. “We are among the very first companies ...
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    Safety of the Intended Functionality: Functional Safety for Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction Strong concerns about the operational safety of highly automated and autonomous vehicles have prompted the requirement for the next generation of autonomous functional safety standards for achieving safety compliance targets. The technological development curve supporting highly auto...
    Mobileye plans to begin trial of self-driving taxis in Israel next year
    Mobileye, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, plans to begin a trial of self-driving taxis in Israel next year, Bloomberg reported citing Bob Swan, CEO of the US-based chipmaker. Swan, who was in Israel in mid-June, rode in a Mobileye self-driving car on Jerusalem’s roads. Swan was impressed ...
    Gestamp opens new plant in Slovakia to supply aluminum auto parts to Jaguar Land Rover
    Gestamp, the Spanish manufacturer of highly engineered metal components, has inaugurated a new plant specializing in aluminum automotive parts in Nitra, Slovakia, according to a company press release on 27 June. The plant will manufacture several skin panels and structural parts for t...
    Nexteer opens new EPS plant in Morocco
    Nexteer Automotive held an opening ceremony yesterday (26 June) of its first African plant in Kenitra, Morocco, according to a company press release. The new facility will manufacture electric power steering (EPS) systems for Groupe PSA, as well as driveline systems for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FC...
    Hyundai Motor, Saudi Aramco sign MOU on hydrogen, advanced non-metallic materials
    Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Motor Company to explore the use of advanced non-metallic materials in various fields including the automotive industry, the automaker said in a press release on 26 June. The MOU provides a framework...
    Koito invests in Israel-based startup BrightWay Vision
    Koito Manufacturing has acquired shares in Israel-based startup BrightWay Vision Ltd. (BWV), according to a company press release on 25 June. The company included them in Koito’s scope of consolidation as a company accounted for by the equity-method, according to a Koito statement. BWV, a sub...
    Israeli city Kfar Saba to install 500 EV chargers
    Kfar Saba Municipality in Israel is planning to install 500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the city, Globes reported on 20 June. Most of the chargers will be 22kW AC points except for two which will have higher 50kW charging output. The chargers will be installed by EV Edge and Milgam, owner ...
    VisIC develops direct drive GaN semiconductor for powertrain inverter
    VisIC Technologies has developed a direct drive Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor for automotive powertrain inverter, the company announced in a press release on 18 June. VisIC is displaying the technology at the 7th China International Automobile Powertrain Summit in China. The semiconductor is m...
    20-Jun-2019 News New Products
    How does Infineon's acquisition of Cypress benefit their automotive business?
    Given the recent announcement of Infineon’s acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor, IHS Markit explored what this represents and what are the benefits to Infineon’s automotive business. In terms of product portfolio what does Infineon get from Cypress? Flash, especially NOR Flash, and SRA...
    Ford opens new research center in Israel
    Ford has opened a new research center in Tel Aviv, Israel, the company said in a press release last week. The center, called Ford Research Center, will serve as a research hub and help the US automaker’s automotive and mobility businesses by identifying technology and start-ups companies...
    17-Jun-2019 News Investments
    Lidar start-up Innoviz closes Series C funding round
    Innoviz Technologies has announced the closing of its Series C funding round with USD170 million, the Israel based supplier of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software said in a press release on 10 June. The closure of the Series C round brings Innoviz's total funding...
    SafeRide Technologies partners with Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance to test cybersecurity solutions
    SafeRide Technologies has partnered with the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance on a proof of concept project to test its cybersecurity solutions on vehicles at the Alliance's new Innovation Lab Tel Aviv in Israel, according to a company press release on 11 June. "We are very proud to be working ...
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