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    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 raises USD170 million in 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 ...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Hyundai partners with MDGo to enhance vehicle safety through AI accident analysis
    Hyundai has partnered with MDGo, an Israeli startup specializing in medical artificial intelligence (AI) systems to help shape the next generation of advanced vehicle safety systems, the automaker said in a press release on 10 June. As per the partnership, the two companies will co-develop connected...
    Renault, Nissan open new innovation lab in Tel Aviv
    Renault and Nissan have opened a new innovation lab in Tel Aviv, Atidim Park (Israel), according to a press release by Renault today (10 June). The new lab called Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv will focus on developing sensors for autonomous driving, cyber security, and big data. The lab, spa...
    New exterior design language
    Every vehicle has a unique identification in terms of design, performance, and features. From a design perspective, it includes interior and exterior lighting systems—the most recognizable elements on a new model. Premium vehicles, such as those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, have simple brand d...
    Automotive Functional Safety
    Introduction - Functional safety The growing demand for comfortable driving experience, along with a higher degree of safety and efficiency, has resulted in increased complexities and functionalities of ECU-based vehicle design. The technological advancement in automotive electronics has resulted...
    Ride-hailing app InDriver launches service in Johannesburg
    Russian ride-hailing app InDriver has launched operations in Johannesburg (South Africa), Business Tech reported last month. The company has 3,000 drivers on its platform in the most populous city of South Africa. In Johannesburg, InDrive will compete with Uber and Bolt (earlier known as Taxify). &n...
    3D imaging solutions developer MultiVu raises USD7 million in seed funding round
    MultiVu has raised USD7 million in a seed funding round led by OurCrowd, Cardumen Capital, and Hong Kong-based Junson Capital, the Israel-based start-up developing three-dimensional (3D) imaging solutions said in a press release. The company will use the fund to complete development of its first sen...
    Hailo unveils deep learning processor for automotive applications
    Hailo Technologies has introduced its advanced deep learning processor called Hailo-8™, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 14 May. The new chip features an architecture that enables edge devices to run advanced deep learning applications that could earlier run only on the cloud. A...
    16-May-2019 News New Products
    Automotive Image Sensors – A Review of Current Trends
    Sensors have played a pivotal role in the automotive industry, as knowing the state of various systems within the vehicle is ever more important. Sensors are also increasingly being used to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings and are being integrated more and more into several i...
    ADAS & Electric Vehicles accelerate demand of automotive electronic control units
    Our Analysis Electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the automotive industry, driving the development of safer, smarter, cleaner and better-connected cars. As a result, global automotive ECU revenue is expected to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a comp...
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    2019 ADAS sensor conference observations and summary
    The ADAS Sensor Conference 2019 provided numerous insights into the current state of the industry and technology from both financial and technical perspectives. The combination of sensors continues to be the trend with most still favoring the combination of radar, image and lidar. However ...
    Vehicle electrification to spur robust market for electrification-related sensors
    With hybrid and electric vehicles finally making significant headway among consumers, sensors related to system electrification are on a fast track to solid market expansion, according to a new IHS Markit report on passenger-car-related electrification sensors. Global revenue for vehicle-electrif...
    BMW to source cobalt for EV batteries directly from mines in Australia, Morocco
    German automaker BMW plans to buy cobalt directly from mines in Australia and Morocco to ensure the metal purchased for its electric vehicles (EV) is sourced responsibly, Reuters reported on 23 April citing Andreas Wendt, head of procurement at the German automaker. The newly sourced metal will be u...
    Magna starts building new facility in Morocco to produce exterior and interior mirror systems
    Canadian supplier Magna broke ground on construction of a new facility in Kenitra, Morocco, to produce exterior and interior mirror systems, according to a company press release on 23 April. The company is investing USD11.3 million in the new 61,400-square foot facility, which is expected to create ...
    24-Apr-2019 News Investments
    From infotainment consolidation to domain fusion and vehicle functions in the cloud
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Connected Gateways Market – A Review of The Current Situation
    Automobiles used to be very simple, with electrics covering all but the basics with lighting and ignition. Over time, and with the development of integrated circuitry, electronics entered the vehicle with single wires being used as control lines between switches and actuators. Modern vehicles featur...
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    Varroc Lighting Systems opens new manufacturing facility in Morocco
    Varroc Lighting Systems has inaugurated its new manufacturing facility in Tangier (Morocco), the company said in a press release. The facility produces headlamps, rear lamps and daytime running lights (DRL) for its customers based in Morocco, France and Spain. The new facility includes a 12,000-squa...
    08-Mar-2019 News Investments
    High-definition Maps
    Introduction Since the introduction of Honda’s Electro Gyro-Cator navigation unit in 1981, automotive navigation systems have come a long way. In-vehicle navigation has become ubiquitous in modern day cars, enabling consumers to seamlessly navigate from one place to other, along with other feat...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    Development of energy efficient lighting solution for battery vehicles
    The automotive industry is undergoing a radical transformation driven by four key trends: electrification, autonomous driving, sharing, and connected cars. Interconnected development of these trends is already visible, but their full deployment is moving slowly. However, push by government to promot...
    Electrically heated catalyst
    The implementation of Real Driving Emission regulation on 1 September 2017 has tightened NOx emission regulation for vehicles with diesel powertrains registered from 1 September 2019. Moreover, new vehicles produced from January 2021 will need to adhere to Euro 6d norms. It states that if NOx confor...
    Automotive Ethernet Congress recap from Munich
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich is an important and quite technical event for experts in vehicle networking that want to be informed about the latest developments and meet other industry leaders. The congress welcomed not only European visitors but also a significant number of Asian ...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    Domain Controllers for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction The electrical and electronic architecture of any vehicle defines the relationship between its hardware, software, and computing power. The increasing adoption of new active safety and driver assistance features has massively impacted the system architecture of modern day vehicles. T...
    Are self-dimming and glare-free headlights finally coming to the U.S.?
    Megatrends in the automotive industry have revolutionized the approach of automakers and tier-1 suppliers towards lighting components. From bulky designs to sleek designs, exterior lighting systems have travelled a long way in terms of technology and design, with increased attention from automakers ...
    RH Electronics invests in Foresight Autonomous Holdings
    Israel-based Foresight Autonomous Holdings, a company specializing in automotive vision systems, has entered a development services agreement, a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for manufacturing and engineering consulting services, and an investment agreement with RH Electronics Ltd, accor...
    Saudi Aramco, Air Products to build FCEV fueling station in Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Aramco and Air Products have signed an agreement to jointly build a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) fueling station in Saudi Arabia, the former company announced in a press release on 25 January. The hydrogen refueling station will be located within the grounds of Air Products Techn...
    Argus Cyber Security, Marvell join hands on securing automotive Ethernet networks against cyber-attacks
    Argus Cyber Security has teamed up with Marvell on protecting automotive Ethernet networks against cyber threats, according a press release by Argus on 7 January. Under the partnership, Argus’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) Ethernet solution will be integrated into Marvell's h...
    Moovit, GoTo Mobility join forces to deliver enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service experience
    Moovit has integrated GoTo Mobility, a vehicle sharing technology platform, in its mobile app to offer commuters an enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MAAS) experience, the company said in a press release on 14 January. Following the integration, vehicle sharing services offered by GoTo Mobility’s cu...
    STMicroelectronics, Arilou team up to enhance vehicle cybersecurity
    STMicroelectronics (ST) has collaborated with Arilou Information Security Technologies, a cybersecurity solutions provider for the automotive industry, to develop a fully integrated solution to address cybersecurity challenges in connected vehicles. The collaboration will see the integration of Aril...
    SolarEdge, Google join hands to integrate EV Charging with Google Assistant
    Smart energy technology company SolarEdge has partnered with Google to integrate its electric vehicle (EV) charging solution with Google Assistant, the company announced in a press release on 9 January. “Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step of the...
    Electronics component consolidation on the rise
    The automotive industry is facing immense pressure from end users for more features at lower costs. This has created an opportunity for industry players to innovate and change the electronic architectural design in several areas of the vehicle. Modern cars consist of several electronic control un...
    Kinetic Energy Recovery System
    Over the past two decades, the automotive industry has focused on minimizing powertrain energy losses with advancements in combustion process, transmission design and lightweight material usage. Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is one of the innovations among energy harvesting and regeneration ...
    Miniaturization in LED technology - Opportunities and Challenges
    Since the introduction of LED technology, OEMs are standardizing LED lamps across major vehicle segments in order to improve efficiency and safety. Another area where LED technology is contributing is in brand perception by providing design flexibility. These days we can observe exterior lamps trans...
    Nissan, Cadillac, Chevrolet distributors recall vehicles in UAE
    Nissan, Cadillac and Chevrolet distributors are recalling certain vehicles in UAE due to mechanical problems, Khaleej Times reported on 26 December 2018. Arabian Automobiles and Al-Masaood Automobiles, the distributors of Nissan vehicles in UAE, have recalled 4,145 units of Nissan’s 4x4 Patrol,...
    03-Jan-2019 News Recalls
    Yandex obtains permit to test self-driving car on public roads in Israel
    Russia-based Yandex has received permission from the Israeli Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety to test its autonomous car on public roads in Tel Aviv, according to a company press release on 25 December. The car is officially approved to operate in autonomous mode with a safety engineer in ...
    CES 2019: Karamba Security to showcase cybersecurity solutions
    Karamba Security will showcase its advanced cybersecurity solutions at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) next month, the company said in a press release on 10 December.  The Israel-based cybersecurity expert will demonstrate live car hacking and how its end-to-end solutions auto...
    11-Dec-2018 News New Products
    Transmission Gear Ratio Spread
    Emission and fuel efficiency norms of today are demanding cleaner and more efficient vehicles. OEMs and suppliers have responded to this by introducing down-sizing with use of a turbocharger for both diesel and gasoline engines. Powertrain design is incomplete without considering transmission design...
    Skoda partners with Israeli kinetic energy storage start-up Chakratec
    Czech auto brand Skoda has partnered with Israel-based kinetic energy storage start-up Chakratec to test innovative electric car charging technology, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. Chakratec has developed an innovative kinetic energy storage technology, with unlimited high-...
    Trends in the wiring harness industry
    Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer,...
    SafeRide Technologies joins GENIVI Alliance for vehicle security
    SafeRide Technologies has joined the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance focused on delivering an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and connected vehicle software, SafeRide said in a press release on 30 November. As a member of the GENIVI Alliance, SafeRide will share its expertise in a...
    OLED technology in automotive lighting
    After LED, the lighting industry is now focusing on OLED technology as the next light source in vehicles. In fact, the use of OLED technology to the first production has already begun in premium vehicles. For instance, Audi commercialized use of OLED technology for its flagship car, A8, in rear comb...
    Disconnect All-Wheel Drive
    All-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) systems are widely offered in sport utility vehicles (SUV) and pick-up trucks, under Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 3.5 tons. This is largely due to increasing consumer demand for AWD from the traditional front-two or rear-two-wheel drive systems. With...
    BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics join forces for sustainable cobalt mining
    BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), BMW announced in a press release on 29 November. The companies have signed a contract to improve artisanal mining working conditions, as well as living conditions ...
    TowerJazz wins contract to supply chips to lidar sensor solutions developer LeddarTech
    TowerJazz, an Israel-based chip maker, has won a contract to supply its 0.18um CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) process for LeddarTech’s automotive lidar solutions, TowerJazz announced in a press release earlier this month. “With our advanced CIS SPAD technology,...
    BYD delivers 10 all-electric T3 vans to Aramex in Jordan
    Chinese automaker BYD has delivered 10 all-electric T3 vans to logistics and transportation company Aramex in Jordan, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The vans will be operated in Jordan’s capital city Amman. “New energy electric vehicles reduce both noise and air pol...
    Power semiconductors take center stage in vehicle electrification
    Stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards worldwide, along with stricter testing regimes like Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), are driving OEMs to develop higher-efficiency powertrain systems. For the goal to be achieved, engin...
    Autonomous start-up AdaSky raises USD20 million from Sungwoo Hitech
    Israel-based start-up AdaSky has received USD20 million investment from the South Korean automotive supplier Sungwoo Hitech, the company said in a press release on 15 November. The investment is a part of a larger round of funding by AdaSky, which specializes in far-infrared (FIR) camera technology ...
    Trends in the automotive high voltage battery market
    The battery is one of the major components in EVs, as it influences the range which the vehicle can cover in electric mode. It is expected that the market for alternative propulsion vehicles will grow significantly in the coming years, and with it the battery market. Major trends that influence the ...
    New tail lamp designs and technologies
    The automotive lighting industry is progressing rapidly, with the lighting systems’ role pertaining to safety, aesthetics, customization, and vehicle autonomy. In terms of design, automakers are leveraging newer light sources such as LED (light emitting diode), OLED (organic light emitting diode) ...
    Implications of Emission Hardware Developments on NVH
    Research and development across all OEMs and suppliers involved in the development of powertrains and their integration into vehicles requires specific focus on Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). A vehicle with good NVH characteristics is likely to deliver much higher levels of perceived quality ...
    EyeSight raises USD15 million to expand use of computer vision in vehicles
    EyeSight Mobile Technologies has raised USD15 million in a new financing round led by Jebsen Capital, Arie Capital and Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 23 October. EyeSight plans to use the funding to further expand its Edge-based computer vision and artifici...
    Varroc Lighting Systems receives funding from EBRD for new Moroccan plant
    Varroc Lighting Systems Morocco, the Moroccan subsidiary of lighting systems supplier Varroc Engineering Pvt Ltd., has received a EUR16 million (around USD18.5 million) funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for a new manufacturing and product development base in Mo...
    15-Oct-2018 News Investments
    Audi tests e-tron prototype on Namibia’s salt flats and savanna
    Audi has tested its all-electric e-tron prototype sport utility vehicle’s (SUV) driving dynamics on Namibia’s salt flats and savanna, the company announced in a press release on 11 October. The testing was to check the performance of the new generation of the quattro drive, thermal management, n...
    Control solutions for intelligent lighting
    Automotive lighting has begun to increasingly contribute towards driver assistance and emerge as a significant active safety enabler. Unlike lighting technologies of the past, new headlamps integrate digital light and sensors interface to support advance applications such as adaptive front lighting,...
    Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) Technologies – A Big Opportunity for Power Devices
    Gallium Nitride (GaN) is becoming a promising semiconductor technology for high performance microwave, radio frequency and millimeter wave devices. GaN devices enable operation at much higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures over conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon. &nbs...
    Lean-burn Gasoline Technology
    Modern lean-burn gasoline engines can accomplish higher fuel efficiency along with better torque output in comparison to conventional IC engines. The technology helps drivers save fuel costs in both city and highway conditions as well as emitting fewer CO2 emissions. These engines incorporate a high...
    Valeo expands R&D operations in Egypt
    French automotive components supplier Valeo has opened a second building for research and development (R&D) operations at its existing site in Cairo, Egypt, expanding the company’s R&D operations in the country, according to a press release yesterday (23 September). The new center will dev...
    Mercedes Benz recalls C-Class, GLC-Class models in Qatar over issue with engine control unit
    The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) in Qatar, in collaboration with Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the dealer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Qatar, has announced recall for model year (MY) 2015-2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class and GLC-Class vehicles over an issue with the engine control unit. Accordi...
    24-Sep-2018 News Recalls
    JTEKT breaks ground on new EPS plant in Morocco
    On 17 September, Japanese supplier JTEKT broke ground on its new electric power steering (EPS) plant in Tangier, Morocco, The North Africa Post reported yesterday. The company is investing USD22 million in the new plant in the initial phase. The 11,300-square meter plant, which is expected to c...
    20-Sep-2018 News Investments
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