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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Xiaomi EV plans to expand production of its electric sedan SU7
    Xiaomi EV, the EV division of Chinese consumer electronics giant Xiaomi, plans to expand the production of its recently launched electric sedan — the SU7 — as the company struggles to meet demand, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 15. Citing a local media outlet Cailian, the report mentioned that Xiaomi EV's Beijing-based car manufacturing plant is scheduled to add a second shift in June, increasing production operations from 8 hours to 16 hours a day. The report ...
    BMW, Parkopedia expand partnership to improve public EV charging experience
    In-car connected services provider Parkopedia announced on May 15 that it has expanded its partnership with the German luxury carmaker BMW Group to provide its customers with an additional EV point of interest (POI) data, enabling them to make more informed decisions about when and where to charge their EVs. According to Parkopedia, this new functionality provides EV drivers with photos and ratings for EV charging locations, alongside essential information such as the precise location of the ...
    Stellantis, Leapmotor joint venture to begin operations in Europe from September 2024
    Stellantis N.V. and Leapmotor have received all the required regulatory approvals to establish their joint venture company, Leapmotor International B.V., Stellantis announced on May 14. The joint venture company, in which Stellantis will hold a stake of 51% and the remaining will be held by mainland China-based smart electric carmaker Leapmotor, will be headquartered in Amsterdam. Leapmotor International B.V. will be led by CEO Tianshu Xin, who is a former Stellantis China executive, Stellant...
    Electric vans more cost effective than petrol, diesel vans: VW Commercial Vehicles UK study
    According to a new study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, the van drivers believe that electric vans are more cost effective compared with the petrol- and diesel-powered vans, VW Commercial Vehicles said in a press note on May 14. The results were derived from a poll survey that included 1,000 UK-based van drivers. The survey was commissioned by VW Commercial Vehicles and was conducted in December 2023, the company said. At a time when businesses are operating under pressure, about 52...
    Allego-backed Cross-E project to install high-power charging stations across Europe
    The Cross-E project, a cross-border EV charging infrastructure project set up by four companies — Allego, Petrol Group, GreenWay and Emobility Solutions — has been established to build a network of high-powered EV charging points along key routes and ports across Europe, Allego announced on May 13. Under the initiative, a total of 911 high-powered charging points, featuring 150 kW and 350 kW chargers, will be installed across 239 locations in Europe. These planned EV charging sites will b...
    Munich-based Qwello acquires Dutch charge-point operator Park & Charge
    Munich-based electric vehicle charging infrastructure company Qwello has acquired Dutch charge-point operator (CPO) Park & Charge, which was established in 2016 and is active in about 200 municipalities in the Netherlands, according to a news report published by Electrive on May 13. The report said that post-acquisition, Qwello will manage more than 12,000 EV charging points installed in 300 municipalities across seven countries in Europe. It further said that Park & Charge’s existi...
    Chinese smart EV maker Xpeng Motor enters Australia
    Mainland China-based smart electric-car maker Xpeng Motors has forayed into the Australian electric vehicle market after it signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Australian company TrueEV, according to a news report published by online news portal CarNewsChina on May 13. Under the agreement, TrueEV will serve as Xpeng’s exclusive importer, distributor and retailer in Australia, providing brand showrooms and comprehensive customer support to its customers in the new market. The f...
    MINI unveils immersive mixed-reality driving experience
    MINI has unveiled its latest innovation, MINI Mixed Reality, which combines the virtual and real worlds while driving a MINI vehicle. The technology merges the thrill of driving with the immersive capabilities of virtual reality, creating a unique journey through the MINI universe. Drivers can immerse themselves in the MINI Virtual Reality World through a VR headset while still navigating through the actual environment via camera streams. The system uses a high-end PC running a self-designed ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 May 2024
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    Tesla plans to invest $500 million to expand its Supercharger network
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to invest over $500 million on expanding the Tesla Supercharger network globally, according to a news report published by CNBC on May 10. The news report quoted a statement from Musk, which said, “Just to reiterate, Tesla will spend well over $500 million expanding our Supercharger network to create thousands of new chargers this year. That’s just on new sites and expansions, not counting operations costs, which are much higher.” The news has come days after...
    VinFast partners with Sony to offer RIDEVU entertainment service in US
    VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker, has launched Sony Pictures Entertainment's new online entertainment service, RIDEVU, on its VF 8 electric car model in the US. This marks the world's first automaker to introduce RIDEVU, which provides customers with access to a vast library of over 2,000 movies for 12 months, including unlimited replays of up to 100 movies. The service is included as a complimentary feature in the VF Connect Prime package and can be accessed through an over-the-air software upda...
    Pirates fans can now reserve gameday parking ahead of time with ParkMobile
    Pittsburgh Pirates fans can now reserve gameday parking ahead of time through ParkMobile's mobile app and website. ParkMobile, a leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, has partnered with the Pirates to offer event parking reservations at PNC Park. Fans can easily reserve a parking space at one of the 1,500 spaces near the ballpark ahead of a game. According to Andy Harman, vice president of Sales at ParkMobile, the partnership aims to make the fan experience more convenient...
    Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class
    The Mercedes Benz G-class is produced at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. Production of the car is expected to peak at 33521 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Mercedes-Benz  Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Coupling Flange Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria Steering Wheel Switch Kostal Low-voltage battery ...
    Panasonic’s FY 2024 revenue up 1.4% YOY to $54.67 billion
    Panasonic Holdings Corp. (Panasonic) has reported a 1.4% year-over-year rise in sales to ¥8.50 trillion (about $54.67 billion) for fiscal 2024, according to a company press release on May 9. Net profit came in at ¥444 billion compared to ¥265.50 billion a year earlier. Segment wise, Automotive sales increased by 15% to ¥1.49 trillion, due to the gradual recovery of automobile production and the effect of currency translation. Sales from its Energy business fell to ¥915.9 billion from ¥9...
    Automakers recall over 7,700 vehicles in South Korea owing to faulty components
    Four automakers, Hyundai Motor, Kia, Jaguar Land-Rover Korea and Volkswagen Group Korea, will recall over 7,700 vehicles owing to faulty components, The Free Press Journal reported May 8, citing South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The companies are voluntarily recalling 11 different models, which include 4,118 units of Hyundai models and 2,668 units of Kia models owing to a manufacturing defect in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve power unit that may cause th...
    Nio plans to launch competitively priced mass-market electric car for Europe soon
    Shanghai-based premium electric-car maker Nio plans to unveil a new electric car under a mass-market brand by the end of May and a second smaller electric vehicle slated to be sold in Europe in 2025 for less than $30,000, a news report published by Reuters on May 6 said. The report cited a senior company executive, Nicolas Vincelot, the general manager for France at Nio. Quoting Vincelot, the report said, "Nio is currently working on the launch of new car brands, that would be less premium...
    Nio, GAC sign agreement on EV charging and battery swapping in mainland China
    Shanghai-based electric-car maker Nio and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. (GAC Group) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on electric vehicle charging and battery swapping in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in mainland China, Nio announced May 8. The two companies plan to engage in comprehensive and in-depth strategic cooperation in areas related to EV charging and battery swapping, including battery standards; vehicle research and development, and customization; ba...
    EU needs eight times of current installation rate of EV chargers to achieve 2030 targets: ACEA
    The EU will need eight times the annual installation rate of electric vehicle chargers to achieve its 2030 targets, a new report released by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) on April 29 found. The ACEA report suggested that there is an alarming gap between the current availability of public EV charging points for electric cars in the EU region and what will be needed to meet CO2-reduction targets. It said that while the EU electric car sales grew three times fast...
    Rivian unveils new DC charger for all compatible EVs
    Rivian has unveiled its new DC fast charger, which is aimed at charging a wider range of compatible electric vehicles in the US, the company announced April 26. The new DC fast chargers will be installed in Rivian’s adventure network, the company said, adding that by opening its network, it will also qualify for an expanded set of national initiatives such as the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, in addition to more state and utility programs that support expanded EV ...
    NHTSA probes Ford's BlueCruise after fatalities in US
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an official investigation into Ford's BlueCruise advanced driver-assistance software after it was linked to fatalities while in use, The Verge reported April 29. The investigation includes two incidents from 2024 that the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating, one in San Antonio and another in Philadelphia. The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation noted that the Ford vehicles involved in the fat...
    Ionna reflects automakers’ intent to step into EV charging space to win consumers
    In July 2023, seven global carmakers — BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis — came together to set up a joint venture focused on providing a reliable, high-speed electric vehicle charging network across North America. The JV has a goal of providing a reliable DC charging network that can offer a seamless charging experience, aimed at exceeding customer expectations in a market that is marred by a lack of adequate EV charging networks, range anxiety, dysfunct...
    Electrify America plans to expand network to 5,000 DC chargers by end-2024
    Electrify America, one of the leading DC charge-point operators (CPOs) in North America, plans to expand its network to 5,000 DC fast chargers by end-2024 across the continent, the company announced May 2. The expansion will include building larger electric vehicle charging stations to meet the demand for public DC fast charging along with expanding Plug&Charge payment technology to support EV adoption. The announcement came on May 2, which marked the Volkswagen-backed CPO’s six-year...
    Sennheiser Ambeo to offer immersive in-car Hi-Fi systems for new Cupra Formentor and Leon
    To make its presence felt in the passenger car market, Sennheiser is partnering with Spanish car brand Cupra (which is owned by VAG, the Volkswagen Group). Cupra has just announced a 2024 refresh for its Formentor and Leon models, which for the first time will be fitted with an optional Sennheiser Mobility sound system. The 425-W 12-speaker system is available for both car models, and uses Sennheiser’s Ambeo Concerto software to process the sound and provide a more immersive listening exper...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 May 2024
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    BT Group begins pilot on EV charger powered from a street cabinet in Scotland
    BT Group has installed its first electric vehicle charge point powered from a street cabinet, marking the first phase of trials that could lead to the wider upgrade of existing street cabinets across the UK, the company said May 1. The EV charger, which is powered by a BT Group-owned cabinet traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling, forms part of a nationwide pilot by the business’ startup incubation hub — Etc. — designed to address the shortfall in public ...
    SiriusXM’s first-quarter revenue up 1% YOY to $2.16 billion
    SiriusXM has announced its first-quarter 2024 financial results, with revenue of $2.16 billion, up 1% year over year, and net income of $265 million, 13.7% higher. The company's ad revenue increased 7% while subscription revenue decreased by 1%. Adjusted EBITDA was $650 million, up 4%. "Our reiterated guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow reflect the predictability of our business model and the levers we have for cost efficiencies, even as we continue the investments in ou...
    Audi sets up EV charging hub in Tokyo, its first outside of Europe
    Audi has opened its first electric vehicle charging hub, called the Audi charging hub, in Tokyo on April 26. The new charging facility is Audi’s first exclusive charging hub outside Europe, and the seventh globally. Volkswagen’s premium car unit said all brands of electric cars can use the facility to charge their vehicles in Tokyo. The newly opened Audi charging hub houses two charging stations with a total of four fast-charging points, each with up to 150 kW, an excellent power ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 29 April 2024
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    GM discontinues Smart Driver following customer feedback
    Based on customer feedback, General Motors (GM) has decided to discontinue its OnStar Smart Driver product across all of its vehicles and unenroll all customers, according to a press release dated April 24. The company had established the product to promote safer driving behavior, but due to customer concerns about data privacy, the company has decided to discontinue the services. The process will begin over the next few months. GM has also decided to terminate its relationships with thi...
    Continental supplies CoSmA smart device-based access solution to new Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Continental, a leading technology company, has supplied important components and products for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, including a smart device-based access solution called CoSmA. This innovative system turns mobile devices into car keys, providing a convenient and secure user experience. With Continental’s smart device-based access solution (CoSmA), Continental offers a complete system that integrates digital ecosystems, smart devices, and the cloud, enabling efficient and holis...
    Changan Automobile’s EV unit Deepal to get access to Nio’s EV charging network in mainland China
    Changan Automobile’s electric vehicle (EV) unit Deepal has become the latest automaker to get access to Nio’s EV charging network in mainland China, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 23. The report mentioned that Deepal and Nio Power have entered into a strategic partnership that will see Deepal EV customers get access to Nio's more than 20,000 charging piles across the world’s largest EV market from May 2024. The report cited an announcement made by Changan o...
    Connected Kerb launches load optimization feature across its public EV charging network
    Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading charge point operators (CPOs), has launched a smart charging load optimization feature across its nationwide public EV charging network, following a successful trial last year, the company announced on April 18. Connected Kerb’s smart charging feature uniquely allow EV drivers to schedule charging during off-peak hours when energy is cheapest, saving money, cutting carbon and reducing pressure on the power grid. The company claims that this is the f...
    Kia offers customizable NBA team themes for in-car displays in North America
    Kia has launched a customized service in the North American market that allows users to personalize the design of their in-vehicle clusters and infotainment displays. The service, called "display themes," offers 30 designs for each NBA club ahead of the start of the NBA playoffs. Customers can access the Kia Connect Store and wireless software updates to purchase and apply their favorite NBA club display themes to their in-car displays. Kia plans to expand the service to South Korea in the se...
    Shelly Group integrates with Audi for smart home automation
    Shelly Group has partnered with Audi to integrate its Shelly Smart Control app into the Audi Application Store, it said in a press release dated April 19. The app, which is based on the Android Automotive operating system (OS), will be available in the Audi Application Store, allowing customers to use its user-friendly range of functions for intelligent home automation through their vehicle's infotainment system. This includes the ability to automatically open and close the garage door, and s...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 22 April 2024
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    GM Energy rolls out new product suite, offering vehicle-to-home bidirectional charging technology
    GM Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors focused on expanding a holistic energy ecosystem through new products, including software and services, announced April 18 that it has launched initial offerings for residential customers that will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM electric vehicle to a properly equipped home. The V2H charging technology is aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of weather-rel...
    SAIC-GM enter into an EV charging partnership with Nio in mainland China
    SAIC-GM, the joint venture between SAIC and General Motors in mainland China, has entered into a charging partnership with the Shanghai-based electric-vehicle maker Nio, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 18. SAIC-GM becomes the third automaker in the world’s largest EV market after Geely and Jiyue to plug into Nio’s EV charging network, the report pointed out. On its social media platform X on Thursday, Nio said, “Wuhan Nio Energy Company Ltd (Nio Power) and S...
    New Google Maps features to aid EV drivers in locating charging stations
    Google Maps has introduced new features to assist electric car drivers in finding charging stations, it said in a blog post dated April 17. These features include detailed directions to charging station locations, such as "Enter the underground parking lot and follow the signs toward the exit. Just before exiting, turn right." Google Maps will  show AI-powered summaries that describe a charger’s specific location based on information from user reviews. The reviews will take into a...
    Toyota recalls select Prius models in Japan owing to faulty rear-door handle
    Toyota Motor has suspended orders for its Prius cars owing to a product recall related to faulty rear-door handle parts, The Straits Times reported April 17. The company is recalling 135,305 Prius vehicles in Japan manufactured between Nov. 24, 2023 and April 3, 2024, according to Japan's Transport Ministry. No accidents have been reported due to the issue. According to the report, Toyota's supplier, Tokai Rika, expects to incur ¥11 billion (about $96 million) in costs owing to the recall.&n...
    Suppliers to new BMW 5-Series
    The BMW 5-series is produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany . Production of the car is expected to peak at 37949 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : BMW (ICE version shown)  Suppliers to  BMW 5-Series COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Prop Shaft Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria HVAC Module Denso Low-voltage battery Clarios ...
    Rivian's real-world charging scores streamline charging experience
    Rivian has introduced industry-first charging scores for its R1T and R1S models, according to a blog post dated April 15. The scores are based on real-world charging experiences and are available through an over-the-air (OTA) update. The company's trip planner now uses data from its connected fleet to route drivers to the most reliable fast chargers, ensuring a stress-free charging experience on longer trips. The charging scores are based on factors such as the charger's average top speed, pa...
    Voltpost debuts lamppost EV charging solution in the US
    Voltpost, an electric vehicle charging solutions provider that retrofits existing lampposts into modular and upgradable Level 2 EV chargers, announced April 11 that the company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major US metro areas, including New York City, Chicago and Detroit, in 2024. The company’s modular Level 2 EV chargers are operated via a charging platform that is powered by a mobile app. Voltpost’s lamppost charging platform, which provides convenient and afford...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 15 April 2024
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    Tencent and GWM partner to integrate audio technology for personalized in-cabin entertainment
    Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) and Great Wall Motor (GWM) have announced a strategic collaboration to integrate TME's audio technology into GWM's intelligent cockpits. The partnership aims to create an innovative in-cabin entertainment experience by leveraging TME's technological strengths in audio technology and GWM's research and development prowess. TME offers four popular mobile music products in China, including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing, which will be integrat...
    Honda's Scenic Audio app empowers blind and visually impaired with AI-powered narrations
    Honda has developed an innovative app called Honda Scenic Audio, which is the world's first AI-powered accessibility app designed to enhance the driving experience for the blind and visually impaired. The app uses AI technology to create and narrate nuanced real-time scenic audio descriptions of the world outside the car window, providing a more immersive and inclusive experience for passengers. The app was developed in partnership with Perkins School for the Blind's Howe Innovation Center an...
    Subaru enhances in-vehicle entertainment with SiriusXM 360L
    Subaru has introduced SiriusXM with 360L to its vehicle lineup, providing customers with more content, better discovery and enhanced personalization. Available on select 2023 and newer model year vehicles, including the Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza, Legacy, Outback and WRX, SiriusXM with 360L combines satellite and streaming content delivery for a seamless in-vehicle entertainment experience.  The new offering includes over 100 additional music channels, an expansive library of on-demand c...
    Pace Telematics partners with Jet to digitize German petrol station refueling experience
    Pace Telematics, a leading provider of mobile payment solutions in the European petrol station market, has partnered with Jet, Germany's most popular petrol station brand, to digitize the refueling experience. Under this partnership, Jet will use PACE's Connected Fueling platform as its primary mobile payment solution across its 680+ stations in Germany. This integration allows Jet customers to use the Pace Drive App and other digital payment methods, such as the DKV Mobility App an...
    Singapore’s Charge+ and Malaysia’s ChargeSini combine charging networks through roaming
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) charge point operators (CPOs), Charge+ from Singapore and ChargeSini from Malaysia, have signed a roaming collaboration agreement that grants EV drivers from both parties access to each other’s EV charging networks, Charge+ announced on April 5. The agreement was signed by the Charge+ CEO Goh Chee Kiong and ChargeSini’s founder and CEO James Goh in Singapore. The agreement between the two leading CPOs is in line with the priorities set by the local governm...
    Škoda launches Octavia with ChatGPT and second-generation LED matrix beam headlights
    Škoda Auto has launched the refreshed Octavia with second-generation LED matrix beam headlights, according to a company press release dated April 8. The upgraded model also features a redesigned grille and the integration of ChatGPT into the Laura voice assistant. The proportion of sustainable materials in the interior has increased, particularly in the seats, dashboard and door trims. The latest iteration of the Octavia boasts a refined exterior and interior, offering eco-friendly component...
    Marelli to showcase innovations at the Beijing Auto Exhibition, highlighting China focus
    Marelli, a leading mobility technology supplier, will showcase its latest innovations at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition from April 25–May 4. The company's booth will offer an invitation-only, curated experience that introduces guests to its approach to Design-Led Innovation. Marelli will highlight its technology, with a particular focus on the China market, where it has a long-standing presence, a company press release stated April 8. The booth will take visitors through th...
    Vattenfall InCharge to manage, expand public EV charging points in The Hague
    The Municipality of The Hague in the Netherlands has awarded the management and maintenance of its 5,400 public charging points to Vattenfall InCharge, the company announced April 3. In addition to the management and maintenance of public electric vehicle charging points, Vattenfall InCharge will also expand the city’s EV charging network by 3,200 charging points over the next four years, it said. The new charging points are prepared for smart charging technologies and will feature easy ...
    Osprey Charging Network hits milestone of 1,000 EV charging stations across UK
    Osprey Charging Network, one of the UK’s leading and fastest-growing electric vehicle rapid-charging network, has hit a milestone of having a network of more than 1,000 operational public EV chargers across the country, Osprey announced April 3. According to the company, in the past 12 months, it has launched flagship EV charging hubs in key UK locations such as Devon, Cumbria, Essex, Dunbartonshire, Carmarthenshire and Nottinghamshire. These hubs are not only strategically positioned but a...
    LG Uplus Sporki to be available in Toyota's car infotainment
    South Korea's LG Uplus Corp. announced that its sports community platform Sporki will be featured in Toyota Connect, the U+Drive-based infotainment system of Toyota Korea, The Korea Economic Daily reported March 22. According to the news report, Sporki is accessible in all Lexus and Toyota models equipped with Toyota Connect, including the Lexus LS, Lexus UX, Highlander, RAV4 and Crown. With the in-vehicle Sporki service, users can enjoy watching four major sports: Baseball, soccer, voll...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 8 April 2024
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    Atlante, Emil Frey partner to set up ultrafast-charging stations in France
    Electric vehicle charging solution provider Atlante and Emil Frey France, a leading car distributor in France, have signed a partnership where Atlante will set up about 80 fast and ultrafast EV charging points for electric cars across 15 car dealerships within Emil Frey’s Autosphere network by 2025, according to a news report published by Electrive on April 2. As such, the first Atlante EV charging site has already been installed at the car dealership in La Teste-de-Buch, near Arcachon, Fra...
    Panasonic plans to sell Automotive Business to Apollo Global-managed funds
    Japan's Panasonic Holdings said it will sell its entire stake in Panasonic Automotive Systems (PAS) to funds managed by US private equity firm Apollo Global Management, and then make an investment in the new holding entity, US News reported March 29, quoting a Reuters report. The transaction has a total enterprise value of ¥311 billion (about $2.06 billion), subject to adjustments at closing, which is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2025, Apollo said in a statement. Panasonic ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 1 April 2024
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    Ford partners with Allego to electrify European dealership network
    Ford has partnered with Allego to expand convenient and reliable charging solutions for Ford electric vehicle customers across Europe, according to a press release dated March 26. Under the partnership, Allego's ultrafast-charging stations will be installed at hundreds of Ford dealerships in Europe, providing customers with access to charging stations that can deliver up to 400 kW of power. The new high-power charging stations will be included within Ford's public charging service, BlueOval C...
    SnappOS showcases dynamic theming engine for car user interface
    Snapp Automotive's SnappOS, a take on Android Automotive, showcases a dynamic theming engine that allows for in-depth and impressive themes for the car's user interface (UI), which can be changed on the fly. Built with JetPack Compose, Snapp Automotive can create a new theme for a car in about two weeks using this specialized engine. The theme can be changed by the user from their phone without disrupting the in-car UI, which can also change base on the car's state, such as reo...
    Ford, Lincoln vehicles now offer immersive meetings via Webex Suite
    Cisco's Webex has introduced immersive meeting and audio calling in the Ford and Lincoln Digital Experience, transforming vehicles into true alternative workspaces. Webex's AI background noise removal and seamless connectivity through the native infotainment experience enable customers to work from anywhere without needing a tablet, smartphone or laptop. Drivers can join audio-only Webex meetings and calls effortlessly from the in-vehicle touchscreen, and when parked, can join meetings and vi...
    Tesla offers one-month free trial Full Self-Driving Beta on new and existing vehicles in US
    According to a report published by TechCrunch on March 26, Tesla is offering a one-month free trial of its $12,000 Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software to all customers in the US, provided they have a compatible vehicle and hardware. The intensified campaign to promote FSD Beta software, an enhanced iteration of Tesla's standard Autopilot system, is occurring at a pivotal juncture for the company. As the first quarter of 2024 draws to a close, Tesla traditionally employs extensive measures, ...
    SoundHound ai unveils Iris voice assistant for safe, informed driving in Japan
    SoundHound AI announced that its voice assistant with integrated ChatGPT will be the first to go into vehicles in Japan, in a press release dated March 25. The assistant, called Iris, will be available in Stellantis DS Automobiles in Japan starting this month. SoundHound Chat AI Automotive became the world's first in-vehicle voice assistant with integrated generative AI when it was launched in April 2023. The technology uses a proprietary approach to reduce the risk of "AI hallucinations" and...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 25 March 2024
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    Not all things begin and end with Tesla: Mexico's burgeoning automotive supply chain
    As with everything that Tesla says and does, its investment in Mexico for a new vehicle plant has attracted much attention. The latest hubbub around the Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, plant surrounds reports that Tesla is looking to invite its mainland Chinese suppliers at its operations in Shanghai to join it in investing in Mexico. That it is looking to bring some of its mainland Chinese suppliers to Mexico is not surprising. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do this all the time. They have...
    Volkswagen UK deepens partnership with Ohme on home EV charging solutions
    Volkswagen Group has extended its partnership with Ohme as its official home EV charging company in the UK, the company announced on March 21. Deepening the collaboration between the two companies, which started in 2022, the new agreement will see Audi, CUPRA, SEAT, Škoda, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recommend Ohme EV chargers for all of their electrified vehicle sales in the UK. VW UK said that the renewed partnership with Ohme makes the EV charger instal...
    Wallbox, Bidirectional Energy’s joint project receives $2.2 million from California Energy Commission
    Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management startup, have been awarded a funding of $2.2 million for the phase 1 of their ‘Bidirectional Residential V2X Demonstration Project’ from the California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant, Wallbox announced on March 21. Notably, the CEC REDWDS (Responsive, Easy Charging Products with Dynamic Signals) grant is aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of easy-to-use charging products, which helps customers m...
    Rivian EV owners get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network in North America
    US electric-vehicle maker Rivian said March 18 that its customers can now have access to the Tesla Supercharger network and will start receiving North American Charging Standard (NACS) DC adapters in April. The opening of the Tesla Supercharger network will provide Rivian customers with access to Tesla’s large network of more than 15,000 charging stations across North America. However, access to the Tesla Supercharger network will require an adapter at first. Rivian plans to provide...
    Audi upgrades the infotainment system for Q2 and SQ2 models with enhanced display and safety features
    Luxury-auto maker Audi has announced an upgrade to its infotainment system for the Audi Q2 and SQ2, effective immediately. The new system includes a high-resolution, 8.8-inch Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch display, an Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch instrument display and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Additionally, the upgraded models will now come standard with safety features such as traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning and rear-park assist. The Audi ...
    BMW launches Shell-powered BMW Charging in North America
    BMW has announced the addition of Shell Recharge Solutions as a second eMobility provider, in a press release dated March 13. This will give customers easy access to Shell Recharge, ChargePoint, EVgo, EVConnect and Blink charging stations via the My BMW App. BMW owners will be able to locate, access and charge at all affiliated locations via their My BMW app. BMW Charging now offers electric vehicle drivers easy and convenient access to over 100,000 public charging points in the US and Canada...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 18 March 2024
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    Jaguar Land Rover to introduce hands-free driving in 2025 with new electric platform
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is set to introduce hands-free, eyes-on driving in 2025 with the launch of its first model on the new electric EMA platform, according to a report published by Autocar on March 14. The capability, known as Level 2 plus, is the final step toward autonomous driving, where the car fully takes over. JLR has adopted US tech specialist Nvidia's Drive chip and software combination for the new Range Rover model, which will be built in Halewood, near Liverpool, UK. Th...
    Interparking adds 700 EV charging stations at Brussels Airport
    Interparking, one of the leading parking operators in Europe, is adding more than 700 electric vehicle charging stations at its car parks in Brussels Airport, the company announced March 11. Interparking currently manages more than 13,000 parking spaces at Brussels Airport. Until recently, EV drivers had access to 50 specially equipped parking spaces at the site. Now, the company said that it has installed 500 new EV charging stations for passengers and 200 new charging stations specifically ...
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 new public EV charging points over next four years
    The Netherlands plans to add 35,000 public electric vehicle charging points in the provinces of North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht over the next four years, MRA-Electric said March 12. MRA-Electric, a government agency promoting electric mobility in the Netherlands, said that it has put out a tender for 74 municipalities for building EV charging infrastructure as part of this plan. It further said that Shell Ubitricity, Vattenfall InCharge and TotalEnergies plan to install, manage and opera...
    Vero and Privacy4Cars partner to combat identity theft in automotive industry
    Identi-FI, a new solution developed by Vero and Privacy4Cars, aims to provide a comprehensive solution to the rising issue of identity theft in the automotive industry. The partnership between the two companies combines Vero's suite of identity theft tools with Privacy4Cars' patented vehicle-data deletion process, providing a full-circle solution to limit liability for dealerships before, during and after the car-sale transaction. The Identi-FI program offers dealerships a range of services, ...
    Flo develops a new fast-charging cable management system named EZLift
    Flo, a leading electric vehicle charging network operator in North America, has developed an innovative cable management system, called EZLift, which makes fast charging easier, safer and more accessible for all EV drivers, the company announced March 7. Flo said that its newly developed solution EZLift uses a patent-pending motorized system to assist with fast-charging cable extension and retraction, helping end users with the handling of typically bulky fast-charging cables.  The EZ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 11 March 2024
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    Porsche recalls 911 models over improperly manufactured windows
    Porsche is recalling certain model year 2020–2024 911 vehicles in North America over issues with windows and windshields, a notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Feb. 28. The notice stated that the front windshield and rear window may not be properly secured and can detach. A total of 8,101 vehicles has been recalled. The report read that during airbag deployment, an unsecured windshield may not support the front airbags as intended and increase the risk ...
    Unity partners with Mazda to enhance in-car experience with safer, more intuitive interfaces
    Unity, a leading platform for creators to build and grow real-time games, apps and experiences, has announced a partnership with Mazda Motor Corp. to develop a next-generation, in-cabin car experience. The agreement is part of Mazda's research and development efforts to continuously evolve the cockpit human-machine interface (HMI) area and graphical user interface (GUI). Unity's Industry and Runtime will be used to support Mazda's HMI and GUI development, including integration into in-car ope...
    Audi opens EV charging hub in Frankfurt, Germany, its sixth in Europe
    Audi has opened its exclusive electric vehicle charging hub in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to offer not only Audi EV customers but also all EV drivers a luxury and convenient experience of charging their electric cars, the company said March 5. At Orber Straße, Frankfurt am Main, the drivers of electric cars of all makes can charge their vehicles with up to 320 kW of power using four high-power charging (HPC) stations, Audi said in a statement. The all-new Audi EV charging hub, which ha...
    EV infrastructure startup Gravity opens flagship indoor EV charging hub in New York, US
    New York, US-headquartered electric vehicle infrastructure startup, Gravity, has opened its flagship Midtown Manhattan EV charging center to the public, the company announced March 4. Gravity said that the charging equipment it has installed at the site is capable of charging at a rate of 2,400 miles per hour, which is equivalent to 200 miles of range in just five minutes of charging. After months of extensive testing with commercial fleets, all EV owners and major fleet operators will now ha...
    Tesla opens its Supercharging network to Ford EV customers
    Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley announced from his X handle on Feb. 29 that eligible Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners in the US or Canada will be able to reserve a complimentary fast-charging adapter for their Ford models and access Tesla’s Superchargers in North America. “Ford is first to offer customers this access. With Tesla Superchargers added to the Ford BlueOval charge network, it more than doubles the fast-chargers available to them. Paired with Plug & Charge, no other ...
    India’s Servotech Power Systems secures order for 1,400 DC fast chargers from IOCL, other OEMs
    Delhi, India-based manufacturer of electric vehicle chargers, Servotech Power Systems Ltd., has received a new order to supply 1,400 DC fast EV chargers from Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) and other EV charger original equipment manufacturers, the company announced March 1. It said that the total order is valued at 1.11 billion rupees (about $13.4 million) and involves two EV charger variants of 60 kW and 120 kW. The order secured by IOCL involves Servotech manufacturing, supplying and insta...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 4 March 2024
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    Toyota recalls over 600,000 vehicles owing to safety concerns
    Over 600,000 Toyota pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US have been recalled over the past week owing to different issues that could increase the risk of crashes, The New York Times reported on Feb. 27. The first announcement stated that about 280,000 vehicles, including Toyota Tundra, Tundra Hybrid and Lexus LX600 vehicles from the model years (MY) 2022–2024 and Sequoia Hybrid vehicles from MY 2023–2024, were recalled because “certain parts of the transmission may not ...
    Government of Canada, city of Toronto to invest C$10 million to add over 500 EV chargers
    The city of Toronto is partnering with the government of Canada to add more than 500 new electric vehicle chargers to the city’s corporate charging network, the local government said Feb. 28. The city of Toronto and the government of Canada plan to jointly invest a total of C$10 million on expanding the EV charging network across the city, which is set to benefit from 486 new Level 2 chargers, and 40 new fast chargers for the city’s growing fleet of EVs by the end of 2025. The said inv...
    Volvo's Accident Ahead Alert feature to debut in Denmark, expanding safety net for drivers
    Volvo Cars has introduced a new connected safety feature called the Accident Ahead Alert, which uses real-time data from traffic management centers to alert drivers of accidents ahead. The feature will be available in compatible Volvo cars in Europe, starting in Denmark, and will help drivers avoid collisions and traffic congestion caused by an accident ahead, the automaker said in a press release on Feb. 29. The feature uses Volvo's cloud-based connected safety technology, which was introduc...
    Harman focuses on cutting-edge, in-cabin technology for safer, highly informed driving experiences
    Harman, a global leader in connected vehicle solutions, is showcasing its latest product designs that are aimed at democratizing automotive connectivity at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024. The key product at display includes the Harman Ready Connect 5G Telematics Control Unit (TCU), which helps automakers reduce the overall cost of deployment with superior consumer experiences at automotive grade. The company said the new Ready Connect serves as the critical underlying technology to...
    Kia recalls 4,358 Seltos units over potential oil pump issue
    Kia India has initiated a voluntary recall of 4,358 units of the Kia Seltos owing to a potential error in the electronic oil pump controller, which may impact the performance of the electronic oil pump in the sport utility vehicle's (SUV's) continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox. The affected models were manufactured between Feb. 28 and July 13, 2023. Kia is proactively reaching out to customers and replacing the faulty part in the affected models. This recall is the lates...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 February 2024
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    BMW recalls nearly 80,000 vehicles in US over potential brake-system malfunction
    According to a filing on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA's) website on Feb. 21, BMW is recalling 79,670 vehicles over an issue with braking. The integrated brake (IB) system may malfunction and result in a loss of power-brake assist, or cause the antilock brake (ABS) and dynamic stability control (DSC) systems to not function properly. A loss of power-brake assist can extend the distance required to stop the vehicle, and malfunctioning of the ABS and/or DSC systems ...
    Toyota recalls 280,000 vehicles due to transmission problem
    Toyota has announced a recall of nearly 280,000 vehicles in the US owing to a transmission problem that can cause the cars to roll forward while in neutral. According to an Associated Press report dated Feb. 22, the recall affects some model year (MY) 2022 Toyota Tundra pickups and Lexus LX 600 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as MY 2023 and 2024 Toyota Sequoia SUVs. The issue involves certain parts of the transmission not immediately disengaging when the vehicle is shifted to neutral, ...
    Li Auto plans to set up over 10,000 supercharging stations by 2025 across mainland China
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker Li Auto plans to set up a network of more than 10,000 supercharging stations by 2025 across mainland China, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Feb. 18. Citing a leaked company document, CnEVPost said that Li Auto plans to see a threefold growth in the network of its supercharging stations by 2025, as its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) model is set to be launched in March. The company disclosed at 2023's Shanghai auto show that it p...
    Electrify America opens its first indoor flagship public EV charging station in San Francisco
    Electrify America, one of the largest open DC fast-charging networks in the US, has opened its first indoor flagship public electric vehicle charging station at 928 Harrison Street in San Francisco on Feb. 9. The charging station features 20 hyper-fast chargers providing up to 350 kW in charging power. EV customers can make use of the dedicated temperature-controlled lounge areas with food and beverage vending options, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and restrooms, while waiting for thei...
    Peugeot integrates ChatGPT in I-Cockpit
    Peugeot has integrated ChatGPT AI into its vehicles, it said in a press release dated Feb. 16. This technology is integrated into the i-Cockpit and can be activated via the voice assistant OK Peugeot. ChatGPT can answer any question and offers services including engaging in conversations. The technology has learned from a large amount of data and can provide sophisticated, accurate and concise responses. By introducing ChatGPT into its cars, Peugeot enhances the experience of the voice assist...
    Forvia Hella reports total sales of €8.1 billion in FY 2023, up 10.3% YOY
    Hella GmbH Co. (Forvia Hella) on Feb. 16 released the preliminary results for fiscal year 2023, reporting group sales improvement by 10.3% to €8.0 billion as compared to €7.2 billion in 2022. Operating income increased by about 65% to €486 million against €295 million in 2022. Significance: The company said all business segments recorded higher sales and improved profitability in the year. The Lighting Business Group increased its sales by 13% to €3.9 billion, while the Electro...
    Hyundai Motor expands its ultrafast-charging network in India
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor’s Indian subsidiary plans to expand its ultrafast public charging network across key highways and cities in India, the company announced Feb. 15. In a press note issued last week, Hyundai said that it has expanded its electric vehicle charging network to a total of 11 ultrafast-charging stations, with each having three charging points. Each EV charging station offers one charging point each of 150-kW, 60-kW and 30-kW capacity, as part of the carmaker’s ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 February 2024
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    NHTSA opens investigation into Lucid Motors windshield defroster recall
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into a recall made by Lucid Motors in January, TechCrunch reported Feb. 12. Lucid had announced the recall of more than 2,000 model year 2022–23 Air luxury-electric sedans owing to faulty high-voltage coolant heaters (HVCH), responsible for supplying warm air to heat the cabin and defrosting, which could lead to the obstruction of driver vision. The carmaker had stated that a software update would be made...
    Siemens installs 200 EV chargers in one of Portugal’s tallest buildings
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure has supplied and installed 200 VersiCharge wallboxes and an intelligent charging management system to the Infinity building in Lisbon, one of the tallest residential sites in the capital city of Portugal, the company said Feb. 15. The integrated electric vehicle charging solution supplied by the company was customized by Siemens engineering and software teams in Portugal. The solution allows for dynamic and intelligent on-site charging management, Siemens said, ad...
    Ionna receives approval from regulatory authorities, begins charging services in North America
    Ionna, the joint venture formed by seven leading carmakers such as BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis to focus on building one of the largest fast charging networks across North America last year, has finally received the necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities to commence operations, the charge point operator (CPO) announced on February 9. It can be recalled that in July 2023, the said seven carmakers came together to set up a country-wide EV ...
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