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    How the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 impacts the US EV ecosystem
    On 7 August 2022, Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which aims to not only take control of rising inflation by reducing the fiscal deficit but also invest in domestic manufacturing of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), secure the necessary supply chain, and cut down the carbon footprint by roughly 40% by 2030. The proposal made within the purview of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) expects to raise about USD739 billion and invest about ...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Xiaomi issues first progress report of autonomous driving technology
    Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun has issued the first progress report for Xiaomi Pilot Technology for autonomous driving, Mint reported on 13 August, citing GSMArena. The completely in-house autonomous driving solution is called Pilot Technology. Xiaomi has pledged USD500 million toward the formation of the research and development (R&D) team to develop and enhance what it calls the most advanced self-driving technology. It is also working to build a fleet of 140 test vehicles for the first phase o...
    US Court upholds FCC’s spectrum allocation for automotive use
    A US appeals court has rejected a legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2020 decision for the use of certain part spectrum for automotive applications, Reuters reported on 12 August. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials filed a case with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seeking to reverse the FCC's reallocation of 60% of the 5.9 GHz band spectrum blo...
    ŠKODA to install new ME3 software version for ENYAQ iV vehicles
    ŠKODA AUTO will begin installing its new ME3 software version in its ENYAQ iV vehicles, it announced in a press release on 15 August. The upgrade will improve battery management as well as digital cockpit, the head-up display, the infotainment system and the ŠKODA Connect online services. The upgrade process will take about five hours and, in the future, most future updates will be performed over-the-air (OTA). The new software offers a battery care mode in which the battery is only charged...
    Subaru’s MY 2023 Ascent SUV to feature STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system as standard for first time
    Subaru has unveiled its MY 2023 Ascent sport utility vehicle (SUV) featuring SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system as standard for the first time, it said in a press release 11 August. The center information display offers a high-definition touchscreen for multimedia, climate control, X-MODE, and vehicle configuration settings and includes wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto; AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone, text, and audio streaming connectivity; rear vision came...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 15 August 2022
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    SAIC-GM-Wuling unveils Lingxi smart driving system
    SAIC-GM-Wuling has unveiled its Lingxi smart driving system, CNEV Post reported on 11 August. The smart driving system was co-developed by DJI Automotive, the automotive division of drone maker DJI. The system will be integrated into the MY2023 KiWi electric vehicle (EV). The Lingxi smart driving system uses DJI’s binocular cameras vision perception systems used in drones. Significance: The MY2023 KiWi EV features multiple cameras and sensors—two on the front fender, two on the rear fende...
    Xpeng’s G9 SUV features 14.96-inch dual screen powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8155 chip
    Xpeng has unveiled its new G9 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with multiple connectivity and autonomous driving features, it said in a press release on 11 August. The G9 incorporates the industry's first full-scenario advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) and features 31 lidar sensors, dual NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-X intelligent assisted driving chips, and Gigabit Ethernet communication architecture. The G9 also comes equipped with an interactive 3D user interface system and a 14.96-inch dual sc...
    Autonomous technology startup MAXIEYE closes C1 funding round
    MAXIEYE has completed its C1 round of strategic funding, it said in a press release on 8 August. Inno Chip, Cedarlake Capital, and Axera were among the investors participating in the round. The funds raised will be used for research and development (R&D) of high-level intelligent driving technologies and supply chain reserve for mass production of Level 2 or above passenger vehicles. “MAXIEYE , as a core technology service provider for intelligent driving, has realized a full-stack...
    Continental’s Q2 2022 sales grows 13% y/y to USD9.62 billion
    Continental posted a 13% year-on-year (y/y) increase in second quarter revenue to EUR9.44 billion (USD9.62 billion), according to a press filing on 9 August. Net loss was EUR250.7 million compared to a profit of EUR545.3 million a year earlier. Research and Development expenses for the quarter was EUR738.5 million compared to EUR706.1 million last year. “The current headwind is rather like a hurricane and will not subside any time soon. Given this environment, we have performed well and bec...
    Finland-based startup Sensible 4 releases new autonomous driving software platform
    Sensible 4 has released its first autonomous driving software platform product called DAWN, it said in a press release on 9 August. The technology optimizes autonomous driving in all weather conditions, without the need for lane markings. The startup is expecting to integrate DAWN into vehicles entering serial production from 2024. Sensible-4 also increased its Series A-round funding and has to date raised a total of EUR16.7 million. The latest funding round saw the participation of Metaplane...
    Mercedes-Benz selects Capgemini to develop big data platform for automated driving
    Capgemini has announced that it has been selected by Mercedes-Benz to develop a big data platform for automated driving, according to a company press release on 19 July. The platform processes big data to optimize artificial intelligence (AI) technology for automated driving. “Driverless technology and the development of the required legal framework has the power to fundamentally transform the mobility sector and foster trusted innovation in the automotive industry. Our role in developing a...
    Cerence’s Q3 FY 2022 revenue falls 8% y/y to USD89 million
    Cerence has reported an 8% year-on-year (y/y) fall in third-quarter revenue at USD89 million, the company said in a press release on 9 August. Net loss for the period came in at USD99.3 million compared with an income of USD5.8 million in the year-ago period. Net income was significantly impacted by a provision for income taxes. Gross margin was 72.8% versus 75.4% in 2021. “Notwithstanding external headwinds, we are invigorated for the future and confident in our direction. In that vein, in...
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Unity to power the infotainment domain of MB.OS
    Unity has tied up with Mercedes-Benz to power the infotainment domain of its new operating system MB.OS, it said in a statement on 8 August. The first vehicles running on MB.OS and Unity will be launched in 2024. Mercedes-Benz’s developers will use Unity Industrial Collection to create the UI/UX for the entire digital cockpit, including the instrument cluster and media and passenger displays. Significance: A demo of the operating system has been showcased in the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX el...
    ZF posts 9.7% y/y rise in sales for HY 2022 at USD21.69 billion
    ZF has posted a 9.7% year-on-year (y/y) increase in first half sales of fiscal 2022, according to its press release on 3 August. Sales came in at EUR21.22 billion (USD21.69 billion) compared to EUR19.34 billion a year earlier. Net profit slumped to EUR58 million, down from UR522 million last year. “The war in Ukraine, the pandemic-related lockdowns in China, the limited availability of semiconductors and significant inflation have affected our business. Our focus is on striking the right ba...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 08 August 2022
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    NETA partners with BOE Varitronix to develop intelligent cockpit solutions
    BOE Varitronix has partnered with HOZON Auto’s new energy vehicle brand NETA to develop intelligent automotive cockpit solutions, it said in a press release on 1 August. The NETA S model features an advanced intelligent cockpit with a 17.6-inch 2.5K central touchscreen which is codeveloped by HOZON Auto and BOE. Significance: The NETA S model also uses BlackBerry QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Hypervisor for the NETA SPACE new intelligent technology cockpit. The QNX OS for Safety will be a part ...
    KPIT joins SOAFEE SIG to advance software-defined vehicle development
    KPIT Technologies has announced via press release on 4 August that it joined the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge Special Interest Group (SOAFEE SIG). Anup Sable, CTO, and Board Member, KPIT, said, “KPIT is excited to be a working group member of SOAFEE. We believe that with cooperation and working with the ecosystem, together we will be able to offer scalable platforms for developing software-defined vehicles. Through the SIG, we will work on decoupling software from hardware h...
    Bridgestone, Microsoft collaborate to advance tire analytics integration
    Bridgestone Corporation has announced via press release on 4 August that it partnered with Microsoft to accelerate development and go-to-market strategies in support of Bridgestone's digital transformation and sustainable solutions portfolio. Paolo Ferrari, Joint Global COO, Bridgestone Corporation, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas, said, “Since our first collaboration announcement in 2020, Microsoft has been a valuable partner in both our European and Americas markets. We are e...
    General Motors and INRIX’s cloud-based road safety application goes live
    Inrix has announced that cloud-based road safety application developed in partnership with General Motors (GM) is now available, according to a 2 August press release. Safety View by GM Future Roads & INRIX is a cloud-based application featuring critical insights using crash, vehicle, vulnerable road user (VRU), and US Census data. Significance: The partnership was first announced in May. The key benefits of Safety View include access to critical safety and demographic datasets in on...
    Ricardo divests software business unit for USD20.5 million
    Ricardo has announced that it has completed the sale of its software business unit to FOG Software Group, a division of Constellation Software, according to a company press release on 2 August. The maximum cash consideration for the divestment is USD20.5 million. The company will initially receive a cash consideration of USD17.5 million which could increase by USD3 million based on Ricardo Software achieving certain revenue targets in the 12-month period post deal completion. “The divestmen...
    Geely backed ECARX, AMD partner on in-vehicle computing platform for EVs
    AMD and mobility tech company ECARX collaborate on in-vehicle computing for next generation electric vehicles (EVs) that are slated for release toward the end of 2023, according to a press release published by AMD on 4 August. Rajneesh Gaur, corporate vice president and general manager, Embedded Business, AMD, said, “As car companies seek to deliver immersive experiences and intelligent features for their next-generation electric vehicles, the AMD-powered ECARX digital cockpit will address ...
    China-based automotive electronics startup Atech completes Series A funding round
    Atech Automotive has raised an undisclosed investment in Series A funding, Pandaily reported on 4 August. Dongfeng BOCOM Yuanjing Auto Industry Equity Investment Fund, managed by BOCOM International, Fosun Capital, Costone Capital, Shanghai October Asset Management co., Ltd., Cowin Capital, Hua Capital, and CITIC Securities were among the investors. According to the report, Atech’s customers include Chery, Great Wall Motor, Changan Automobile, Geely, FAW-Volkswagen Audi, Volvo, BAIC Group, ...
    C2A Security, ThunderSoft partner to offer cybersecurity solutions in China
    C2A Security and ThunderSoft, an operating system products and technologies provider have collaborated to provide cybersecurity solutions for the automotive industry in China, according to a press release on 4 August 2022. The partnership will provide cybersecurity products and solutions for OEMs and suppliers in China to enable the development of intelligent connected and electric vehicles (EVs). The company noted that the partnership between C2A Security and ThunderSoft will give OEMs an...
    Nexar to acquire Veniam to accelerate adoption of crowdsourced vision applications
    Nexar has announced that it will acquire Veniam, an intelligent networking for the internet of moving objects with headquarters in Portugal, according to a press release 3 August 2022. Nexar is the US-based company collecting vehicle vision data with 500,000 automobiles globally. Veniam has developed a technological stack that enables moving cars to efficiently use several communication channels, including cellular, WiFi, Mesh, and others. Through this cooperation, Nexar will be able to provi...
    BorgWarner acquires Rhombus Energy Solutions, expands EV charging portfolio
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain components and electric mobility solutions, BorgWarner Inc. announced on 3 August 2022 that the company has acquired California-headquartered Rhombus Energy Solutions for USD185 million. “The transaction has an enterprise value of up to USD185 million, which is being funded primarily with cash balances,” the company said in an official statement Wednesday, adding that approximately USD130 million was delivered at closing and up to USD55 million...
    Startup Pony.ai partners with ride-hailing platform Caocao
    Pony.ai has announced that it has established a partnership agreement with the Chinese online ride-hailing service Caocao Mobility, under which the two parties would work together to promote the widespread use of urban robo-taxi services, according to a report published by Pandaily on 2 August 2022. Users in Beijing will be able to use Pony.ai's robo-taxi services via Caocao Mobility's smartphone application and small program beginning 3 August. Users must choose the number of passengers, the...
    NavInfo cooperates with China Automotive Chuangzhi to promote automotive intelligence development
    NavInfo has announced that it signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with China Automotive Innovation Corporation (CAIC) to cooperate in fields such as high-precision maps, high-precision locators, system-on-chips (SoCs), smart cockpits, and autonomous driving, according to press release on 28 July 2022. The two parties will focus on dynamic updating of high-precision maps while minimizing production costs in terms of high-precision locators. They will collaborate to define, creat...
    Startup Mindtronic AI introduces biometric sensing meta-service for automotive applications
    Mindtronic AI, a Taiwan-based startup has unveiled Meta-Service, a biometric sensing technology that provides instant access to any visible object in the real world, according to a press release on 29 July 2022. The introduction of the Meta-Service will result in the production of a new type of data in the form of a user's instant interest. This new connectivity will be implemented in cooperation with telecom providers, rental vehicle agencies, and automobile manufacturers. This affects custo...
    Google mandates Android Auto update only with smartphones running on Android 8.0 or higher
    Google has mandated a higher version of Android to update Android Auto, 9to5Google reported 1 August. Customers with Android 8.0 (Oreo) or higher will be able to update Android Auto as compared to Android phone running on 6.0 (Marshmallow) previously. Update for Android Auto Wireless remain unchanged. Customers need Android 9.0 or higher on Google Pixel or select Samsung smartphones, Android 10.0 on all Google Pixel and Samsung hardware, and Android 11.0 for any other manufacturers. Signif...
    Audi and Techstars launch pre-accelerator program to develop mobility solutions
    Techstars has partnered with Audi Denkwerkstatt to open a pre-accelerator program to develop mobility solutions, it said in a press release on 1 August. The program will take place from January to March 2023 in a hybrid format, with each founder getting receive a stipend of EUR2000 per month for three months. “Techstars partners with organizations like Audi to provide opportunity to early-stage founders through a hands-on mentorship-driven environment while also offering corporate partners ...
    Hyundai Motor considers acquiring South Korea-based lidar startup 42dot
    Hyundai Motor is exploring raising its share in or fully acquiring the South Korea based autonomous mobility platform 42dot Inc. This is the latest indication of Hyundai Motor's growing interest in the rapidly expanding industry, according to a report published by TechCrunch on 1 August 2022. A 42dot representative confirmed that the company is in discussions with Hyundai Motor but cautioned that parameters, such as investment size and deal pricing, hadn't yet been finalized. Hyundai Motor...
    NETA Auto’s NETA S EV in China to be powered by BlackBerry QNX platform
    BlackBerry and HOZON NEW ENERGY AUTOMOBILE has announced that NETA AUTO, China's EV brand owned by HOZON, has selected BlackBerry QNX technology to power its upcoming sports sedan, the NETA S, according to a press release on 1 August 2022. The implementation will give consumers an entertaining, immersive, and entirely digital driving experience while ensuring the functional safety, cybersecurity, and dependability of the vehicle's vital systems. According to the terms of the deal, the NETA...
    MAXIEYE to provide MAXIPILOT 1.0 platform for Hycan’s new vehicle model
    MAXIEYE has been announced as the qualified supplier to HYCAN's new vehicle model, Laoyaoba reported on 29 July, quoting Weibo news. It will provide the EV startup its proprietary MAXIPILOT1.0&PLUS solution. Mass production is expected to begin later in 2022. Significance: Building on a cost-effective computing platform, the solution offers multiple options for different vehicle models. The OTA update-enabled MAXIPILOT®1.0&PLUS solution supports L2+ all-speed intelligent cruise funct...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 01 August 2022
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    Geotab to provide telematics solutions for mobility in Ohio, US
    Geotab has announced that it has been selected as a telematics provider for the state of Ohio, it said in a press release on 14 July. Wejo will help Ohio advance its fleet management capabilities and equip fleet vehicles with its connected car technologies. “Being selected as the State of Ohio’s sole telematics provider adds to Geotab’s growing and robust contract portfolio, further solidifying our position as the telematics provider of choice for government agencies across North Americ...
    Wejo joins MONET Consortium to drive MaaS market applications
    Wejo has announced that it has joined the MONET Consortium, according to a company press release on 29 July. Wejo will be able to collaborate with companies from the consortium to drive mobility innovation and the mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) market. “With the anticipated growth of MaaS offerings in Japan, we see the potential for a nearly three-billion-dollar addressable market by 2030 for Wejo Smart Mobility for Good products and services. We’re honored to be a part of the MONET Consort...
    Smart driving software startup LinearX secures Pre-A round financing
    LinearX, a smart driving platform software company has announced that it has completed a pre-A round of financing exceeding CNY100 million (USD14.82 million), according to a report published by Pandaily on 28 July 2022. Broad Vision Funds and Shenzhen Capital Group Co., Ltd. led the fundraising. All three of the company's previous shareholders remained investors, while Millennium Capital Partners served as the sole financial advisor. Since its inception in August 2021, LinearX has been ded...
    Qualcomm reports 36% y/y jump in Q3 revenue at USD10.94 billion
    Qualcomm’s third quarter revenue surged 36% year-on-year (y/y) to USD10.94 billion, the company said in a press release on 27 July. Net income for the quarter came in at USD3.73 billion compared with USD2.03 billion a year earlier. Revenue from ‘Qualcomm CDMA Technologies’ (QCT) business rose 45% in at USD9.73 billion while revenue from its QTL business (Qualcomm Technology Licensing) gained 2% y/y to USD1.52 billion. Its MSM chip shipments fell to 130 million units from 156 million uni...
    Ford enhances F-150 and Mach-E technology offerings via Ford Power-Up software update
    Ford has announced that it is upgrading model year (MY) 2021 F-150 and Mach-E vehicles with Ford Power-Up software updates, according to an official press release on 28 July. Around 15,000 MY 2021 F-150 and Mach-E customers have already received Ford BlueCruise adoption with an additional 35,000 units in process. Currently around 66,500 customers can use the hands-free highway driving solution that launched in July 2021. “We are rapidly increasing the number of digital vehicles on the road ...
    Intelligent driving software startup Enjoy Move completes B1-round financing
    Enjoy Move, an intelligent driving high-performance computing software platform, has concluded a B1-round fundraising of more than CNY100 million (USD14.8 million), according to a news report published by Pandaily on 28 July 2022. Continental AG and Sense Capital, a SenseTime affiliate, spearheaded the fundraising. Horizon Robotics, one of the company's round-A investors also contributed to the investment. The new funds will primarily be utilized to improve the technical team, invest in ...
    Startup Compound Eye introduces ‘VIDAS’ development kit for ADAS, autonomous vehicles
    Compound Eye, a 3D sensing and perception software developer has announced early access to its VIDAS Development Kit, which generates dense 3D outputs and per-pixel semantic class across a diverse set of on-road and off-road environments using only scalable, passive sensors, such as automotive-grade cameras, according to a press release on 28 July 2022. VIDAS does not require radar or lidar to accurately detect depth. With applications ranging from in-dash displays to driver assistance and au...
    Itemis, Trustonic join cyber-security alliance Auto-ISAC
    The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) has announced that internet of things (IoT) software and IT company Itemis along with smart device security company Trustonic joined the Auto-ISAC alliance, according to a press release published by Auto-ISAC on 27 July. Faye Francy, executive director of the Auto-ISAC, said, “Partnering with companies that enhance automotive cybersecurity for the whole of industry, such as Itemis and Trustonic, allows the Auto-ISAC and its ...
    Otonomo update on Salesforce AppExchange offers access to new mobility features
    Otonomo has updated its app on Salesforce AppExchange to include new features, such as distance tracking, geofencing, enhanced driver safety, and a dispatching function, Global Fleet reported on 20 July. The update allows Otonomo to offer its customers new ways to access accurate mobility data, for single vehicles, as well as fleets. “[The app’s enhanced] capabilities deliver connected fleet data to our customers’ fingertips, while keeping driver safety and operational efficiency t...
    Mobileye, Zeekr deliver advanced driver assist functions via OTA update
    Mobileye and Zeekr have delivered advanced highway assist packages over-the-air (OTA) to tens of thousands of Zeekr 001 electric vehicle (EV) owners, according to a press release by Mobileye on 27 July 2022. With the help of seven 8-megapixel cameras, four parking cameras, and 360º high-resolution surround-vision, the Mobileye algorithm can take into account the shifting driving environment and respond to various inputs and objects in an intelligent manner (in addition to the behavior of the...
    Startup AIMMO expands smart labeling support for autonomous driving
    AIMMO, a global artificial intelligence (AI) and data company, has updated its Smart Labeling and inspection technology so that it automatically labels data for autonomous driving and smart city use, according to a press release on 22 July 2022. AIMMO's Smart Labeling and inspection technology reduce the learning data generation process. The technology consists of two models: a Custom Model, which uses auto-labeling to apply to data already present from a client's project, and a Preset Model,...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Tesla revises investment plan, aims to spend up to USD24 million over three years
    US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is expected to spend between USD6 billion and USD8 billion in 2022, 2023, and 2024, each, as the company looks to ramp up production at its new facilities in Texas and Berlin, a Reuters news report published on 26 July 2022 said. The report said that Tesla Inc has increased its capital spending plan by USD1 billion, citing a regulatory filing by the EV maker on Monday that also disclosed a second subpoena related to chief executive Elon Musk’s go-private...
    Bosch appoints new leadership team for Mobility Solutions business
    Global automotive supplier Bosch announced on 19 July 2022 that the company is planning to restructure its ‘Mobility Solutions’ business into a business division with profit and loss responsibility with effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch further said that the company is appointing a new management team, which will be responsible for the ‘Mobility Solutions’ business and all its sub-divisions with effect from 1 October 2022. It added that the chairman of the new sector board will be Dr....
    European Parking Association, MaaS Alliance collaborate on mobility data-based services
    The European Parking Association has partnered with the MaaS Alliance for the scalability for sustainable mobility services, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the wide use of mobility data, Traffic Technology Today reported on 21 July. The partnership will focus on developing MaaS for sustainable mobility solutions in cities and explore new opportunities for MaaS globally. Significance: The two groups will support policymaking for data-driven mobility systems, as well as host knowledge-sharing...
    Tesla expands insurance based on real-time driver data
    Tesla has expanded its own insurance based on real-time driver data to Utah and Maryland, Electrek reported on 26 July. The service is available in 11 states even though Tesla Insurance does not offer a real-time data version in California. Tesla wants to build a safety score system using driving data collected in real time from Tesla vehicles to determine driver ratings. It is based on categories, such as number of forward collision warnings a driver gets, number of times the driver brakes h...
    KPIT’s Q1 revenue up 21% y/y to USD86 million
    KPIT reported a 21% year-on-year (y/y) jump in first-quarter revenue at INR6.86 billion (USD86 million), according to its press filing on 26 July. Net profit during the period came in at INR854.3 million compared with INR602.5 million a year earlier. “The vehicle manufacturers are aiming to earn revenues over the life of the vehicle for sustainable growth. This change will be enabled by CASE and centralized architecture programs, essentially Software Driven Vehicles. KPIT is uniquely p...
    Qualcomm’s 3rd generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform powers Mahindra’s all-new Scorpio-N
    Mahindra & Mahindra’s (M&M's) new Scorpio-N uses Visteon’s SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology powered by the third-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies, a company press release on 25 July read. The third-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform features an advanced suite of wireless technologies to support multimode cellular connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, as well as enhanced Bluetooth technologies. “Qualcomm Technologies was identified as the...
    Volvo rolls out new software update with Apple CarPlay support
    Volvo has announced the rollout of software via an over-the-air (OTA) update to all cars with Google built in, according to a company press release on 25 July. One of the new functionalities will include the rollout of Apple CarPlay. Users will be able to connect their iPhone via USB and access apps from their iPhones. “Through over-the-air updates, we can make sure that our customers can enjoy new features quickly and easily. It also means that a new Volvo car is no longer at its finest as...
    Startup Foretellix, IPG Automotive partner on ADAS simulation, validation toolchain
    Foretellix, an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) and automated vehicle verification and validation platform provider, and IPG Automotive, a virtual vehicle simulation provider, are partnering to bring a comprehensive solution that will reduce development costs and time to market and increase the safety of automated driving systems, according to a Foretellix press release on 21 July 2022. A system that can be quickly implemented by ADAS/autonomous driving development...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 25 July 2022
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    Bridgestone invests in autonomous driving software startup TIER IV
    Bridgestone Corporation has announced that the company will invest in TIER IV, a startup that leads the development of Autoware, an open-source software for autonomous driving, according to Bridgestone’s press release on 19 July 2022. Bridgestone will collaborate with TIER IV to help build and deploy autonomous driving technologies. The Bridgestone Group has been contributing to the evolution of mobility by promoting autonomous driving technologies internationally; these actions are co...
    Porsche issues software update for Taycan models
    Porsche has announced that all model variants of the Taycan sport utility vehicle (SUV) can be brought up to the status of its MY2023 version with a software update, according to a company press release on 20 July. The update will be implemented on a market-specific basis. Depending on the model year, the update will result in increase in powertrain efficiency, new functions, and improvements in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Porsche Connect, and assistance systems. The upda...
    Lidar company Luminar invests in ECARX  
    Luminar has made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount in ECARX, Tech Crunch reported on 21 July. The funding will help the companies develop automotive-grade technologies to enable advanced safety and automated driving capabilities in the production of consumer vehicles and commercial trucks. Significance: The two companies first formed a partnership in May 2022. The collaboration puts Luminar in an advantageous position to expand its footprint in mainland China. ECARX's connection...
    TÜV SÜD unveils simulation-based verification, validation benefits for autonomous vehicle safety
    TÜV SÜD reveals the benefits of using simulation to determine criticality in autonomous vehicle safety, according to a press release on 21 July 2022. One of the tasks assigned to the TÜV SÜD specialists in the Verification & Validation Methods (VVM) project is to precisely determine the criticality of various elements affecting road traffic. The initiative, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, aims to ensure that safe autonomous car are intr...
    Renesas acquires AI solutions provider Reality Analytics
    Renesas Electronics has completed the acquisition of Reality Analytics (Reality AI), it said in a press release on 20 July. Reality Analytics develops embedded AI solutions. Following the completion, Reality AI became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary with Renesas now employing Reality AI's team of AI experts and possessing an AIoT research and developmen (R&D) center-of-excellence in Maryland, US. Significance: Though the consideration amount was not disclosed, it was an all-cash ...
    Startup C2A Security unveils new cybersecurity management system EVSec
    C2A Security has launched EVSec, a new cybersecurity management system for electric vehicles (EVs), it said in a press release on 20 July. The solution is for EV ecosystem which includes the vehicle, charging station, grid, and their communications protocol. EVSec enables sharing and collaboration of the entire cybersecurity process. “Electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure present cybersecurity challenges to OEM, suppliers, charging station operators and many other stakeholders i...
    NXP collaborates with Foxconn to jointly develop connected car platforms
    NXP Semiconductors has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group) to jointly develop platforms for connected vehicles, it said in a press release on 20 July. Foxconn will use NXP’s portfolio of automotive technologies for architectural innovation and platforms for electrification, connectivity, and safe automated driving. “We are proud to join forces with Foxconn today to support its ambitious leap into automotive and to jointly address the challeng...
    FPT Software, SCSK partner to roll out comprehensive AUTOSAR solution
    Vietnam-based FPT Software has announced in a press release on 20 July that it partnered with Japanese IT company SCSK to roll out Monozukuri Adaptive AUTOSAR (MaaZ), a comprehensive solution stack for AUTOSAR to automotive OEMs and suppliers. Kinh Nguyen, SVP, Executive Director of Global Automotive & Manufacturing Industries, FPT Software, said, “Our goal is to become the world-class automotive service and product provider by the end of 2025. Our partnership with SCSK, along with the ...
    In-vehicle technology startup holoride partners with Copper.co to strengthen portfolio
    holoride has partnered with Copper.co, a digital assets custody and settlement provider, it said in a press release on 19 July. The idea is to strengthen its portfolio, especially in relation to RIDE, holoride’s utility token. Copper and holoride will collaborate to create opportunities for VC funds, car manufacturers, content creators or media companies to safeguard and manage their RIDE assets. “As digital assets are growing in importance for our prime partners from the mobility and med...
    Bosch looks to reorganize Mobility Solutions business
    Bosch is set to reorganize its Mobility solutions business in order to offer customized technologies and solutions from a single source, it said in a 19 July press release. The reorganization will come into effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch is planning to reorganize its Mobility Solutions business into a ‘business sector with profit and loss responsibility’. Markus Heyn will be the chairman of the new sector board. Significance: Bosch also said that Andreas Dempf will retain his position ...
    BMW launches in-plant autonomous mobility pilot project in Dingolfing plant, Germany
    BMW Startup Garage, a venture client unit of the BMW Group, has partnered with Seoul Robotics and Embotech to enable driverless mobility in the Dingolfing plant in Germany, according to BMW’s press release on 19 July 2022. The new technology will first be tested on two vehicles, the new BMW 7 Series and the fully electric BMW i7. Automated Driving In-Plant project or Automatisiertes Fahren im Werk" (AFW) aims to improve the effectiveness of new-vehicle logistics in plants and distribution c...
    BMW recalls all-electric iX, i4 vehicles in the US over software issue
    BMW is recalling several all-electric iX and i4 models citing failure to illuminate warning notifications in the vehicle’s center information display (CID) due to a programing issue, autoevolution reported on 19 July.   Significance: According to the report, the main cause is "a programming error" that may have an impact on how some warning messages are displayed in the CID when the vehicle is in valet parking mode. The automaker had to therefore recall vehicles because some of the fun...
    Volkswagen’s digital cockpit to become standard across MY 2023 vehicle lineup
    Volkswagen has issued an update on its upcoming models, which essentially “democratizes” technology across its fleet. In a press release dated 18 July, Volkswagen said that Volkswagen Digital Cockpit will come standard across the MY 2023 lineup, and all model lines will offer faster 45W USB-C charging. Every 2023 model will also offer standard or available IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology. Significance: The German carmaker is tuning into its software strategy, which will see it incre...
    Tesla app features a new self-diagnostic solution
    Tesla is working on a new self-diagnostic feature in its app, Electrek reported on 18 July. The feature allows a Tesla owner to handle every service related through Tesla’s mobile app, from explaining the issue to scheduling an appointment. While some issues can be fixed remotely via an over-the-air (OTA) update, the remote diagnostic capability is useful to pinpoint problems that need a physical fix before the vehicles come into the service center. Significance: The self-diagnosis appli...
    Otonomo introduces new functionality in Smart Mobility Data platform
    Otonomo Technologies has updated the Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform with new fleet maintenance and mileage dashboards, it said in a press release on 21 June. Users will be able to set up push notifications for maintenance issues such as low battery charge for electric vehicles (EVs), low fuel levels, and when warning lights are triggered. Otonomo also spoke about how Electric Zoo, a pay-as-you-go electric car subscription service, is using its Smart Mobility Data Platform to manage and tra...
    Tesla launches new ‘10.13’ Full Self-Driving Beta update
    Tesla has rolled out new ‘10.13’ Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta update, according to a report published by Insideevs on 18 July 2022. The exceedingly difficult unprotected left turn that the beta tester encountered is specifically mentioned in the release notes for FSD Beta 10.13, along with other noteworthy enhancements on false positives and false slowdowns at crosswalks. According to the report, FSD Beta 10.13 would almost certainly not be the advanced driver-assist system's final vers...
    AUTOCRYPT integrates Plug&Charge authentication system into Hyundai’s ‘E-pit’ EV charging platform
    AUTOCRYPT has announced the integration of its Plug&Charge (PnC) authentication system into Hyundai Motor's charging platform E-pit Charging Service Platform (E-CSP) as part of its E-pit electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure expansion, it said in a press release on 19 July. Daniel ES Kim, CEO and cofounder, AUTOCRYPT, said, “Challenges in larger EV adoption can only be resolved by bringing new concepts forward. We consider the advancement of secure EV charging services as a majo...
    Black box to become mandatory for all new cars in EU
    New vehicles sold in the European Union are required to install a black box, according to various reports last week. All new vehicles are to be equipped with a black box that which will record various types of data during phases of driving, acceleration, speed, braking, seat belt use, and the use of headlights and turn signals will be archived in the system for one minute. Significance: From July 2024, all cars in the European Union will be required to install a black box irrespective of the ...
    STMicroelectronics to showcase smart mobility solutions at STM32 China Online Tech Week
    STMicroelectronics will display various artificial intelligence (AI) and smart-mobility applications at STM32 China Online Tech Week, it said in a press release on 15 July. The event will take place during 18–22 July. The company will showcase anomaly detection in motor control using its NanoEdge AI Studio software. This demo can be used to program STM32 MCUs to detect abnormal behavior of the motor. Other demos will include a water-level detector based on a barometric, AI-en...
    BMW Group joins Linux open-source foundation’s Yocto Project
    Linus foundation has announced that German automaker BMW joined the Yocto Project, according to a press release published by PRNewswire on 15 July. Richard Purdie, Linux Foundation Fellow, said, "Recognizing sustainability in the context of open source is an extremely welcome development, and we look forward to working more closely with BMW Group to further enhance the project. We hope that others will follow their lead in sustainability and together we can strengthen and allow open-source pr...
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    China’s Xiaomi may reveal first electric car prototype in August 2022
    China-based consumer electronics company Xiaomi may reveal its first electric car prototype in August 2022, a news report published by CnEVPost on 15 July 2022 said, citing a local media outlet named Sina Tech. It added that Xiaomi’s first engineering prototype would be unveiled by its founder Lei Jun, who sources close to the company said is heavily invested in the Xiaomi Auto project. The company’s car concept is expected to undergo a series of tests after its debut, including its first...
    Patent company Avanci hikes license fee for future additions to its portfolio of automotive brands
    Avanci has announced that it is increasing the license rate for 4G automotive program (includes 2G, 3G, and eCall) to USD20 per vehicle, according to a press release on 14 July. The amount will be paid once for the vehicle’s lifetime, for new licenses signed after 31 August 2022. The company is offering potential clients an opportunity to sign an Avanci license before 1 September 2022 at the current rate of USD15 per vehicle. Significance: Avanci’s marketplace licenses intellectual p...
    Neusoft releases OneCoreGo3.0. automotive navigation solution
    Neusoft Corporation has released its milestone automotive product OneCoreGo3.0. navigation solution, it said in a 1 July press release. Compared with its previous versions, OneCoreGo3.0 is more flexible, and integrates its technical capabilities such as high-precision map rendering, virtual and real image fusion, big data analysis, and processing, and multi-ecological cloud services. It brings changes by realizing the expansion of important functional modules such as Lane-level Navigation, AR Na...
    Aurora unveils ‘Fault Management System’ for AVs to detect system issues, ensure safe navigation
    According to a press release on 14 July 2022, Aurora announced the delivery of its Beta 3.0 product update and demonstrated its Fault Management System. It enables the ability to detect system issues and respond by safely pulling over to the side of the road without any human involvement. A reliable fault management system is essential for safely operating autonomous vehicle fleets for commercial customers and enabling broad commercialization. Engineers manufactured artificial defects that th...
    Hyundai IONIQ 6 becomes brand’s first model to offer OTA software update for various controllers
    Hyundai has unveiled the IONIQ 6, which is its first model to offer the over-the-air (OTA) software update feature for various controllers, it said in a press release on 14 July. The technology allows drivers to upgrade the vehicle’s controllers for electric devices, autonomous driving, and battery. Maps and media software can also be updated via OTA. “IONIQ 6 is designed and engineered to seamlessly enhance our daily lives as space to awaken your potential. The innovative interior is met...
    BlackBerry, L-SPARK select four companies for BlackBerry IVY Connected Car Accelerator program
    BlackBerry has announced that four companies have been selected as a part of its IVY Connected Car Accelerator program with L-SPARK, according to a company press release dated 13 July. The accelerator provided select companies with access to BlackBerry IVY intelligent vehicle data platform for connected vehicle use cases leveraging in-vehicle data to improve driver and passenger experiences. “The four companies selected for this very special BlackBerry IVY focused accelerator program with L...
    Cerence partners with CerebrumX to develop new intelligent connected vehicle data platform
    Cerence has announced a tie up with CerebrumX to offer an AI-powered platform built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to a company press release on 13 July. The platform helps deliver actionable insights with data from millions of connected vehicles in real-time. “We are excited to expand our work with CerebrumX and together with AWS invest in powering enhanced in-car user experiences. Cerence CVDT is gaining traction among OEMs and quickly becoming the center point of real-time conne...
    Changan, Huawei, CATL jointly launch all-new smart EV architecture CHN
    AVATR Technology, which is a premium smart electric vehicle brand jointly created by Changan Automobile, Huawei and leading battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL), had launched an all-new smart electric vehicle (EV) architecture called CHN as well as its first model AVATR 11 at the 24th Chongqing International Auto Show, CATL said on 25 June 2022. The high-profile event was attended by Huarong Zhu, chairman of Changan Automobile, Zhijun Xu, rotating chairman of H...
    New Opel Astra to feature TomTom’s advanced navigation and mapping technologies
    TomTom has announced that it would be supplying full-stack navigation solution, including over-the-air (OTA) updates, connected services and new map-based advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features to Opel’s new Astra model, according to a company press release on 13 July. “The all-new electrified Astra will take the market by storm with its sensational design and innovative technology. Our relationship with TomTom means the new Opel Astra comes with the freshest maps, best navigat...
    Karma Automotive joins Foxconn’s MIH Consortium
    Karma Automotive has announced that it has joined the Foxconn-led MIH Consortium, according to a press release on 13 July 2022. MIH Open Platform Alliance's objective is to encourage collaboration in the electric vehicle industry by developing next-generation e-Mobility technologies, establishing testing and certification standards, and bringing together alliance partners. Jack Cheng, CEO of MIH Consortium said, “Karma’s dedication, experience, and capabilities in manufacturing and engine...
    Delay in software development at Cariad may hold back new EV launches from Audi, Porsche, Bentley
    Volkswagen has announced that issues at its Cariad software division may delay electric vehicle (EV) launches from Audi, Porsche, and Bentley, Automobilwoche reported on 12 July.    Significance: The report claims Cariad is well behind schedule with the creation of new software for the models. However, it now seems improbable that the Volkswagen Group subsidiary will introduce a 2.0 software generation capable of hands-free Level 4 autonomous driving until 2024. Due to delays, produ...
    dSpace receives safety certification for Simphera ADAS simulation solution from TÜV Süd
    Software simulator expert dSpace has said that its Simphera software solution has been certified by TÜV Süd in accordance with ISO 26262, a standard for safety-related systems, according to a press release on 12 July 2022. The software is a cloud-based simulation and validation solution, used to validate functions for autonomous driving. Automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide can now exempt SIMPHERA from the qualification of their overall processes according to ISO 26262. They may concentr...
    Imperas Software announces updates for RISC-V verification interface
    Imperas Software has announced latest updates for RVVI (RISC-V Verification Interface) for RISC-V processor verification with virtual peripherals to support asynchronous events and system level interrupts, it said in a press release on 11 July. Simon Davidmann, CEO, Imperas Software, said, “All the significant progress in processor innovation can be traced back to two fundamental building blocks: Abstractions and Standards. Simulation of the latest designs with billions of transistors is ac...
    Zeekr offers Qualcomm 8155 Smart Cockpit upgrade to 001 model owners
    Zeekr has unveiled the Qualcomm Intelligent Cockpit 8155 computing platform, Pandaily reported on 12 July. The upgraded product will be provided free of cost to Zeekr 001 owners. The smart platform features a 7nm octa-core process, a 16GB memory bandwidth and supports 128GB storage. The 8155 processor features an additional unique artificial intelligence (AI) computing module and an almost four times more image-processing capabilities. Significance: The Zeekr has a cruising range of 616 ki...
    Network Rail adds to UK’s EV charging infrastructure, installs over 450 new chargers
    Network Rail, the company which owns, operates, and develops the railway infrastructure in the United Kingdom, has installed 450 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points at car parking lots at railways stations, the company said in a note on 7 July 2022. “Rail passengers with EVs will be able to charge while they travel, thanks to the introduction of 450 new EV charging points at Network Rail-managed car parks at railway stations,” it said, adding that the charging points are powered by ...
    Valeo, French National Centre for Scientific Research partner to advance R&D on safer mobility
    Valeo and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) has signed an initial five-year framework agreement outlining their cooperation on shared research programs, according to a press release on 8 July 2022. The collaboration intends to accelerate the development of solutions that will result in cleaner and safer mobility for both people and goods. The new framework agreement includes the commencement of new research projects and theses, and it can potentially result in the esta...
    Marelli develops a new 800V silicon carbide (SiC) inverter platform
    Leading global automotive supplier of powertrain, thermal, and lighting components, Marelli, has developed a new platform of 800 Volt Silicon Carbide (SiC) inverters, the company announced on 7 July 2022. It said that the new 800V SiC inverter ensures improvements in terms of size, weight, and efficiency, which is a critical parameter for powertrain in electric vehicles. Marelli unveiled the 800V inverter platform for the first time at the International VDI Congress Dritev, also known as Driv...
    XPeng upgrades G3i’s dashboard navigation card, lighting system via over-the-air update
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng has issued over-the-air (OTA) upgrades for its G3i model, PanDaily reported on 8 July. The car will now feature a smart lighting system and dashboard navigation card. The G3i comes standard with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A chip, ensuring high responsive rate, smooth software operation, and giving the vehicle full-scenario voice capabilities. The upper trims of G3i (460N and 520N) have intelligent driving parking systems and Level 2 automated driv...
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    VinFast to integrate HERE’s speed assistance technologies into VF 8 and VF 9 models
    VinFast has announced that it would integrate HERE ISA Map into the VinFast VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUVs for European markets, it said in a press release on 8 July. This will allow VinFast to comply with the European Union’s (EU) General Safety Regulations on ISA mandate to improve driver safety. “VinFast always aims to comply with traffic safety regulations in our global markets. HERE ISA map will provide VinFast drivers with accurate speed limit information in an intuitive manner that ma...
    Tesla recalls Model 3, Model Y EVs globally owing to software glitch
    Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is recalling over 59,000 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles citing a software glitch, The Hindustan Times reported on 3 July. A software bug has prompted Germany's automotive regulator Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) agency to publish a recall notice to notify Model Y and Model 3 owners of a bug with the Emergency Call (eCall) safety system on the vehicles. According to Tesla, the eCall system automatically contacts emergency responders and communicates standard informa...
    Volkswagen plans on big investment in mainland China to boost software development, says CEO
    Volkswagen Group is looking to invest big in mainland China, Bloomberg reported on 6 July, quoting CEO Herbert Diess. The German automaker is looking to employ “several thousand” software engineers and catch up with local rivals in equipping cars with the latest digital technology. Significance: With mainland China being Volkswagen’s biggest market, the automaker is looking to catch up with local rivals such as XPeng, Nio, and BYD which offer karaoke microphones and cameras for singing ...
    Apple recruits engineers in mainland China to work on automotive software
    Apple is reportedly recruiting engineers with experience in vehicle technology for positions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, mainland China, PanDaily reported on 20 June, citing Yicai. The jobs involve providing integration support for automotive clients and helping developers complete Apple’s system certification. The employees will reportedly offer technical design and development guidance, and handle certification records across the Car Experience programs including CarPlay and ...
    NEV brand NETA Auto partners with Desay SV to develop smart mobility solutions
    NETA Auto has partnered with Desay SV to develop automotive technologies in smart cockpit, intelligent driving, vehicle body, and software, Equal Ocean reported on 6 July. The companies have together developed an ultra-thin 2.5k central control screen measuring 17.6 inches with a thickness of 12.6 mm. Neta and Desay SV have also developed their first model NETA S with an Android R system. Significance: The partnership is ideal as Desay has already shown its expertise in R&D on p...
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