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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Gentex to open new production facility in Grand Rapids, US
    Gentex Corporation has announced that it plans to open a satellite production facility that will bring 50 new jobs to the Madison Square neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 1 February 2023. As it continues to adopt effective solutions to solve the current labor crisis, the firm intends to increase its employee base and give more access to well-paying employment by extending its manufacturing presence. “Rising transportation costs make commuting inc...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Ford to recall 462,000 vehicles globally due to issue in rearview camera display
    Ford Motor has announced a recall of 462,000 vehicles globally due to video output which could fail, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying, Reuters reported on 27 January. The recall covers select MY 2020–23 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and MY 2020–22 Lincoln Corsair vehicles featuring 360-degree cameras. Out of the 462,000 vehicles, 382,000 will be recalled in the United States. Significance: The automaker said it has reports of 17 minor crashes relating to the recall iss...
    Autoliv reports FY 2022 net sales at USD8.84 billion, up 7.4%
    Autoliv has reported a 7.4% year-on-year (y/y) rise in net sales to USD8.84 billion for the full year (FY) 2022, compared to USD8.23 billion in the last year, a company press release read on 27 January 2023. Operating income for the year was reported at USD659 million for FY 2022 compared to USD675 million in the last financial year, a 2.3% decline from 2022. Mikael Bratt, president and CEO commented, “The fourth quarter and the full year 2022 were important steps toward our medium-term tar...
    Gentex reports FY 2022 net sales at USD1.92 billion, up 11%
    Gentex has reported an 11% year-on-year (y/y) rise in net sales to USD1.92 billion for the full year (FY) 2022, compared to USD1.73 billion in the 2022, a company press release read on 27 January 2023. Operating profit for the year was reported at USD370 million for FY 2022 compared to USD416 million in the last financial year. Net Income was reported at USD318 million against USD360 million in the 2022. 2022 Full Display Mirror® unit shipments grew by 49% y/y to 1.68 million units, despite ...
    AWARE2ALL consortium selected by Horizon Europe to develop HMI systems
    The AWARE2ALL consortium has been selected by Horizon Europe, EU’s funding program for research and innovation, to develop safety and Human Machine Interface systems, it said in a press release dated 14 December. The systems will focus on the deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) in traffic. All developed systems will be implemented in a total of four demonstrators: passive safety in a virtual one; active safety and eHMI in two vehicles; and iHMI in a hybrid form that will...
    Ficosa forays into in-cabin monitoring segment
    Ficosa has announced its entry into the in-cabin monitoring segment, according to a company press release on 26 January. The company has various projects lined up with premium car manufacturers. The company offers advanced driver monitoring (DMS) and passenger monitoring (OMS) solutions based on an integrated system of in-vehicle sensors, such as cameras and radars. It uses wide range of algorithms to process sensor data. “At Ficosa we have always been committed to anticipating the future, ...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Valeo showcases electrification, ADAS solutions
    Valeo has showcased its latest technologies for greener, safer, and smarter mobility at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, according to a company press release dated 12 January. The company demonstrated solutions with a focus on the four pillars of its Move Up Strategy, which are, Electrification Acceleration, ADAS Acceleration, Interior Experience Reinvention, and Lighting Everywhere. Significance: Expanding on the Move Up Strategy, which was a key part of its demonstrations in India...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    TactoTek partners with Kojima to develop Smart 3D surfaces using IMSE technology
    TactoTek has signed a licensing agreement Kojima Industries (KIC) to develop smart surfaces using its In-mold structural electronics (IMSE) technology, it said in a press release on 18 January. IMSE allows for the development of Smart 3D surfaces and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) used in smart in-vehicle interfaces with a combination of intelligent light and touch functions. “This is a big step forward for TactoTek into the Japanese automotive segment and especially in the ecosystems aroun...
    Grupo Antolin presents ‘ANTOLIN VIVAR’ new concept car for vehicle interiors
    Grupo Antolin has showcased a new virtual concept car ANTOLIN VIVAR, its latest design exercise to strike the balance between current and future mobility, according to a press release on 18 January 2023. Through the range of Grupo Antolin's capabilities, ANTOLIN VIVAR provides a more sustainable, intelligent, and pleasant area for users to enjoy their time while traveling, or to work, rest, converse, create, or escape. The introduction of the Concept Car demonstrates Grupo Antolin's dedica...
    LG, Magna to develop autonomous driving-infotainment solution proof of concept
    LG Electronics (LG) announced a technical collaboration with Magna to develop a proof of concept for an automated driving-infotainment solution, aimed at providing differentiated customer experiences and enabling readiness for the future of mobility, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. LG and Magna will investigate the technological viability of combining LG's infotainment capabilities with Magna's Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies. LG...
    Maruti Suzuki recalls over 17,000 cars for defect in airbag controller
    Maruti Suzuki has recalled 17,362 vehicles manufactured between December 8 and January 12, Money Control reported on January 18. The recall is due to a defect in the airbag controller. Affected models include the Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara. Maruti will inspect and replace the airbag controller if required, free of cost. The defect could result in the non-deployment of the airbags and seat belt pretensioners in the event of a vehicle crash.
    India Auto Expo 2023: Uno Minda showcases automotive lighting, electric and connected technologies
    Uno Minda showcased its product portfolio around lighting, electric and connected technologies in the automotive segment at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, Times of India reported on 16 January. It also showcased personalization technologies which included how technologies in lighting, seating, acoustics, and smart phones can be integrated in the vehicle. Significance: In autonomy, Uno Minda exhibited driver assistance systems and driver behaviour monitoring keeping in mind by considering In...
    CES 2023: Appotronics showcases immersive multi-window laser-powered display solution
    Appotronics has showcased its immersive multiwindow laser-powered display solution at CES 2023, according to an official press release dated 12 January. The car, in which Appotronics’ solution was showcased, is the world's first car with immersive display capabilities on all four side windows, with users having the option to display content on both sides of the windows with ALPD display devices hidden inside the cabin. “Bringing this advanced laser technology to CES is a ground-breaking m...
    Cipia announces new design win for ‘Driver Sense’ DMS
    Cipia has announced that the company had secured a design win with an additional Chinese OEM together with tier-1 HiRain, according to a press release on 15 January 2023. Cipia's Driver Sense Driver Monitoring System (DMS) will be incorporated into a pickup truck model that will be sold in South America, Australia and New Zealand. Cipia's DMS will run on an OmniVision system-on-chip (SoC). The model is expected to start production in 2023. This is Cipia's first design victory with bot...
    HARMAN to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences to Ferrari
    HARMAN has signed a multiyear, multifaceted partnership with Ferrari to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences, it said in a press release on 13 January. Ferrari will use HARMAN Ready Upgrade hardware and software for optimal cabin experiences across the entire vehicle lineup. “HARMAN Automotive and Ferrari share an expertise, tenacity and innovation mindset tailor-made for activating a new era of driving. I have no doubt this combination will deliver experiences that will excite c...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    CES 2023: Gentex showcases DMS, rear-vision system, and automotive connected solutions
    Gentex has showcased multiple automotive products at CES 2023, according to a press release dated 5 January. Its product portfolio features scalable, camera-based driver-assistance features. It will showcase a unique vehicle demonstrator with a holistic approach to driver and in-cabin monitoring. It provides an immersive experience that allows visitors to see what the system’s mirror and overhead-integrated camera see and understand the system’s decision-making processes. “This year at ...
    CES 2023: Garmin selects BlackBerry QNX technology for Android Automotive-based PoC demonstration
    BlackBerry has announced that Garmin has selected BlackBerry QNX technology for its next-generation, Android Automotive-based proof of concept demonstration at CES 2023, according to a company press release on 5 January. Garmin’s Unified Cabin combines multiple domains, touchscreens, and wireless devices on a single system-on-chip (SoC). “We are excited to again collaborate with BlackBerry QNX to bring together multiple operating systems onto a single SoC used in Garmin’s Unified Cabin....
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    Dirac, BlackBerry QNX partner to advance in-car audio solutions
    Dirac has announced that it has partnered with BlackBerry QNX to integrate Dirac’s Dirac Opteo Professional solution into the QNX® Acoustics Management Platform to make it easier and more affordable for automakers to digitally upgrade the performance of sound systems in high-end vehicles, according to Dirac’s press release on 5 January 2023. The two companies have already begun work on the first implementation in a high-end electric vehicle (EV) for a leading European manufacturer. ...
    CES 2023: Volkswagen unveils ID.7 electric sedan developed on MEB platform
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.7 electric sedan at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2023 in Las Vegas, US, on 5 January 2023. The electric vehicle (EV), which is showcased by VW’s US arm—Volkswagen Group of America—is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The MEB platform powers all other models in the ID family. Notably, Volkswagen Group of America has participated in the CES 2023 after a six-year brea...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    Cadence announces Tensilica HiFi DSP IP supporting Dolby Atmos for vehicles
    Cadence Design Systems has announced that Cadence Tensilica HiFi DSP IP now supports Dolby Atmos for cars, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. Cadence has optimized Dolby car experience technology to run on the Tensilica HiFi DSP for audio playback of Dolby Atmos for cars. Offloading Dolby Atmos to the low-energy, high-performance Tensilica HiFi DSP enables system-on-chip (SoC) providers to offer automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers a more energy-efficient implementation without a...
    Analog Devices partners with Seeing Machines to deliver driver and occupant monitoring system technology
    Analog Devices has partnered with Seeing Machines to support high-performance driver and occupant monitoring system (DMS/OMS) technology, it said in a press release dated 3 January. Analog Devices’ advanced infrared driver and high-speed Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link camera connectivity solutions are combined with Seeing Machines’ artificial intelligence (AI) DMS and OMS software to support eye gaze, eyelid, head, and body-pose tracking system technology. “Cabin monitoring is comp...
    CES 2023: Garmin to demonstrate latest in-cabin solutions
    Garmin is set to demonstrate its latest in-cabin solutions at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 4 January. The emphasis will be on technologies that unify multiple domains, touchscreens, and wireless devices on a single system-on-chip (SoC). It will showcase four infotainment touchscreens, instrument cluster, cabin monitoring system, wireless headphones, wireless gaming controllers, smartphones, and numerous entertainment options, which are all powered by a single Garmin mu...
    CES 2023: HERE launches HERE Road Alerts
    HERE Technologies has launched its HERE Road Alerts at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The solution fuses vehicle sensor data from millions of cars with traffic incident data to offer real-time hazard warnings to drivers. “HERE Road Alerts is a fully comprehensive hazard warning service. Where others may rely only on a limited number of data sources, we process data from a broad variety. More sources ultimately lead to an enriched service with greater coverage and more...
    ZF develops an innovative heated seat belt for EVs
    German automotive component and system solutions supplier ZF has developed a heated seat belt for electric vehicles (EVs) that can enhance the battery’s driving range by up to 15%, the company announced on 5 January 2023. The improvement in driving range is achieved by reducing the energy that is consumed in heating the vehicles in cold weather. The innovative solution’s energy efficiency is calculated in comparison with other contact heaters such as a seat heater. “During cold weath...
    CES 2023: HARMAN showcases advanced in-cabin technologies
    HARMAN unveiled its latest in-cabin innovations for meaningful automotive experiences to drivers, passengers, and other road users, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. The HARMAN EXPLORE showcase, on display during CES 2023 in Las Vegas, features demonstrations of new products. On display during the HARMAN EXPLORE 2023 Showcase, HARMAN will feature the following interactive automotive demonstrations: Ready Upgrade: Just like a smartphone needs software updates to ensure users a...
    HARMAN adds vital sign sensing, radar-based child presence detection feature for safer mobility
    HARMAN has announced new features for HARMAN Ready Care, a closed-loop interior sensing and tailored interventions product that measures a driver’s eye activity, cognitive load, and vital signs to determine the level of focus and attention on the road ahead, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. Using neuroscience, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Ready Care classifies a driver’s behavior into a focused versus distracted state and initiates a personalized ...
    Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC for assisted driving, cockpit functions
    Qualcomm Technologies has announced the latest addition to the Snapdragon® Digital Chassis™ product portfolio with the introduction of the Snapdragon Ride™ Flex SoC, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. The Flex SoC is engineered to support mixed-criticality workloads across heterogenous compute resources, allowing for the digital cockpit, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) functions to coexist on a single system-on-chip (SoC). The Flex SoC is...
    CES 2023: HARMAN introduces new in-vehicle JBL CLUB subwoofers
    HARMAN has unveiled JBL CLUB subwoofers for in-vehicle use at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 4 January. The two new woofer models, JBL Club 102 and JBL Club 122, feature bass response combined with superior technology and power handling. The subwoofers will be available in the second quarter of 2023, priced at USD159.95–USD169.95 for the single woofers and USD349.95–USD549.95 for the single and double loaded enclosures. “We’re excited to offer these new JBL Club ...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    Seeing Machines partners with Ambarella and Autobrains for ADAS and DMS using single SoC
    Seeing Machines has partnered with Autobrains Technologies and Ambarella to offer three safety systems in a single box, using a single system-on-chip (SoC), it said in a press release dated 3 January. The solution will offer automakers a streamlined, single-box, multicamera solution including a forward-facing camera up to 8MP and an in-cabin camera up to 5MP. It enables OEMs to increase vehicle safety and meet both front advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and driver monitoring systems (DMS...
    GEO Semiconductor, OMNIVISION partner on RGB-IR solution for automotive cabin monitoring systems
    GEO Semiconductor and OMNIVISION has announced a demonstration for simultaneously capturing and processing high-quality color (RGB) and infrared (IR) automotive interior video from a single sensor at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. This solution combines OMNIVISION's OX05B1S 5MP RGB-IR image sensor, which delivers high performance and sensitivity in all lighting conditions, with GEO's forthcoming GW6 Intelligent Camera Video Processor, which gives t...
    CES 2023: Seeing Machines to showcase interior sensing technology
    Seeing Machines, the advanced computer vision technology company has announced that it will exhibit its interior sensing technology at CES 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC), according to a press release on 2 January 2022. Seeing Machines' technology demonstrations will be held by appointment at a private suite in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, as well as in a demo car, to showcase the Company's latest groundbreaking software and algorithm developments for its FOVIO dri...
    JIDU debuts ROBO-01 SUV standard version EV featuring autopilot
    China-based new energy smart vehicle company, JIDU has unveiled its ROBO-01 standard version vehicle, a medium to large-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV), and the new pure electric coupe ROBO-02, at an automotive exhibition in Guangzhou, according to a report published by Pandaily on 30 December 2022. JIDU's ROBO-01 features a basic design and dynamic body proportion, with dimensions of 4853mm x 1990mm x 1611mm and a wheelbase of 3000mm. The new vehicle will be offered in four different color...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls over 120,000 vehicles due to issue with sunroof
    Mercedes-Benz is set to recall over 123,696 vehicles for sunroof panels that could detach, The Drive reported on 2 January. Affected models include model year (MY) 2001-2011 C-Class, CLK, E-Class, and related CLS-Class. The issue is likely caused by ineffective bonding between the glass sunroof panel and the sliding roof frame. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the automaker was first made aware of the issue in 2017, when it received rep...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 2 January 2023
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    TAFE acquires Group Forvia's Indian interior systems business Faurecia
    According to a report published by Business Standard on 30 December 2022, TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd) has acquired the Indian interior business of Group Forvia, Faurecia. Faurecia serves major automotive customers such as Mobis-Kia, Mobis-Hyundai, Volkswagen, FCA and TATA. The agreement includes Faurecia's activities in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Chakan, Maharashtra. The deal for Chakan and Anantapur is completed, and the one for Tamil Nadu is probably likely to conclude soon....
    Gauzy unveils new smart glass sun visor & sunroof
    Gauzy will tie up with LG Display and BOS to unveil new technologies and applications including a new smart glass visor, it said in a press release dated 22 December. The mixed material PDLC laminated fabric sun visor will aim to replace solid view blocking sun visors with a semi-transparent material providing a wider field of vision while blocking glare from traffic lights, vehicles, and the sun. “Showcasing our newest patented technologies to the world at Glasstec 2022 with LG Display and...
    General Motors recalls 140,000 Chevy Bolt EVs over fire issue
    General Motors (GM) has announced that it is recalling 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs in North America as the carpet could catch fire after a crash where a front seat belt pretensioner deploys, according to a report published by Reuters on 20 December 2022. GM said the recall covers various model year (MY) 2017–23 Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to rare instances of front seatbelt pretensioner exhaust gases coming in contact with floor carpeting fibers, after a vehicle crash, which could cause...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 December 2022
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    CES 2023: Veoneer, emotion3D, and AVL to showcase their jointly developed smart-RCS
    Veoneer and emotion3D will showcase the smart Restraint Control System (RCS) at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January, it said in a press release on 22 December 2022. The smart-RCS consortium develops a smart restraint control system that offers protection in case of an accident. “As tests by ADAC show, adaptive restraints lead to more favorable crash outcomes. It is our goal to make this improved protection the new reality,” said Florian Seitner, CEO of emotion3D. Significance: Even though...
    Brose expects sales to cross EUR7.4 billion in 2022
    Brose expects sales to exceed EUR7.40 billion (USD7.85 billion) in 2022, which is around EUR2 billion more than the previous year, it said in a press release on 22 December. The company attributes high inflation and exchange rate effects along with the consolidation of Brose Sitech joint venture launched in January and a larger production volume for the sales growth. Brose said that if the global vehicle production remains stable, sales could grow to around EUR10 billion by 2025. “However, ...
    Seeing Machines to supply ‘FOVIO’ driver, occupant monitoring system to European tier-1 OEM
    According to a press release on 22 December 2022, Seeing Machines announced that it has been appointed by an existing tier-1 customer to deliver its FOVIO Driver and Occupant Monitoring System (DMS/OMS) for an additional program with an existing large European-based global automotive group (OEM) customer.  Seeing Machines continues to expand as an automotive tech company in Driver and Occupant Monitoring Systems, having won a total of 15 automotive contracts spanning 10 various OEMs and ...
    Indian auto component industry grows 35% y/y in H1 FY 2023, reports ACMA
    The Indian auto component manufacturing industry’s turnover in the first half of fiscal 2022–23 stood at USD33.8 billion, registering a growth of 34.8% y/y over the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) reported on 21 December 2022 while disclosing its findings of the industry performance review. Commenting on the performance of the auto component industry in India, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, “With vehicle sal...
    CES 2023: Smart Eye to demonstrate Polestar 3’s driver monitoring system
    Smart Eye has announced that it will demonstrate Polestar 3 driver monitoring system (DMS) at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January 2023, in a press release on 15 December. The driver monitoring technology is included in Polestar 3 as standard. The DMS is part of a system that includes driver alert control, lane keeping aid, adaptive cruise control, and pilot assist, among others. Visitors can see how the cameras in the vehicle track the driver’s head and eye movements and observe how the AI sof...
    Toyoda Gosei develops new faux leather steering wheel
    Toyoda Gosei has developed a new luxurious faux leather steering wheel, which will be first used in the Lexus RX, it said in a press release dated 21 December. The steering wheels were developed in partnership with Seiren. A special coating is applied to the surface to give a smoother and softer feel while also preventing surface deterioration from sweat or cosmetics. Significance: Toyoda Gosei has a lineup of luxury specifications for steering wheels, using real leather and real wood in addi...
    CES 2023: Continental to showcase new mobility solutions
    Continental has announced that it will demonstrate the future of mobility through its latest technologies at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a press release on 15 December 2022. At CES 2023, the company will highlight two sustainable solutions originating from its tire business: the ContiTread EcoPlus Green and Conti Urban. Both commercial vehicle tires demonstrate the leading edge of Continental when it comes to sustainability. Continent...
    Toshiba plans to build new production facility for power semiconductors in Japan
    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has announced that it will construct a new back-end production facility for power semiconductors at its Himeji Operations, Semiconductor, in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, according to a press release on 18 December 2022. The Construction will start in June 2024, with production scheduled to start in spring 2025. The project will more than double Toshiba’s automotive power semiconductor production capacity at Himeji, against fiscal 20...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 December 2022
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    Veoneer secures contract to supply restraint control system to North American OEM
    Veoneer's Restraint Control Systems (RCS) business has been awarded a significant, long-term contract to deliver next-generation product to one of North America's largest OEMs, according to a press release on 16 December 2022. In 2026, Veoneer will begin delivering the restraint control system to four of the North American OEM's vehicle platforms, including its electric vehicles (EVs). Restraint Control Systems (RCS) from Veoneer activate the vehicle's passive safety systems, such as tight...
    Mahindra’s Scorpio-N becomes first body-on-frame SUV to get GNCAP 5-star rating
    Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that its new Scorpio-N model has become the first body-on-framesport utility vehicle (SUV) to secure a 5-star rating in the Global New Car Assessment Programme’s (GNCAP) new crash test protocols, it said in a press release on 12 December. The protocols came into effect from 1 July this year. “Achieving best-in-class safety performance for the All-New Scorpio-N is a demonstration of our unique product development approach towards body-on-frame vehicles...
    SmartEye gets USD78 million deal to supply DMS to North American OEM
    Smart Eye has received an order with a global tier-1 supplier, estimated at up to 53 design wins from a North American OEM in a deal worth around SEK800 million (USD78 million), according to a company press release dated 15 December. “This new order, which has been in the making for some time, means three things for us. Firstly, we solidify our position on the important European market, estimated to be 18 million vehicles in 2026. Secondly, it puts us in the lead in North America, expected ...
    CES 2023: Bosch to showcase new occupant safety, infotainment, and ADAS solutions
    Bosch will showcase automotive products across infotainment, autonomous driving and interior solutions at the CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 14 December. The Off-zone Crash Detection system for vehicles uses a wide range of sensor data and a new software algorithm to detect additional previously uncaptured crash scenarios, which occur during lane changes, merging, and crossing intersections. Vehicle dynamics control 2.0 smart control concept uses actuators of different vehicle domain...
    LG Innotek unveils two hybrid lenses for autonomous driving
    LG Innotek has developed new types of high-performance hybrid lenses for autonomous driving, it said in a press release on 14 December. The lenses have reduced size and thickness and is competitively priced in the market. LG cross-applied plastic and glass inside the lens, compared to other lenses, which use only glass to prevent structural deformation due to alteration in temperature or external force. “The high-performance lenses are 20 to 30% thinner than all-glass products. As they get ...
    Ram plans to recall around 1.4 million pickups over tailgate issue
    According to a report published by Automotive News on 13 December 2022, Stellantis has planned to recall around 1.4 million pickups globally due to tailgates-related issues. The tailgate might not latch properly and could open while driving. According to the company, several Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 vehicles with model years ranging from 2019 to 2022 are included in the recall. As stated by the manufacturer, there have been no reports of injuries or collisions, but they have received over ...
    Autoneum appoints Eelco Spoelder as new CEO
    Autoneum has appointed Eelco Spoelder as its new CEO, the Switzerland-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 13 December. Spoelder will replace Matthias Holzammer who is leaving Autoneum for personal reasons. Holzammer will hand over Autoneum’s operations management to Spoelder on 23 March 2023. However, he will continue to serve as a senior advisor to Hans-Peter Schwald, the chairman of the board of directors of Autoneum until 30 June 2023. “In view of the many challenge...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 12 December 2022
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    CES 2023: Hyundai Mobis to unveil new technologies for purpose-built mobility
    Hyundai Mobis has announced that it will demonstrate its products in its largest exhibition space ever at CES 2023, where it will unveil a new convergence technology optimized for purpose-built vehicle (PBV), according to a press release on 5 December 2022. Hyundai Mobis will debut its new PBV concept cars, M.Vision TO and M.Vision HI, with the theme "Hi! For a Better Tomorrow!" "TO" denotes going "toward" the future, while "HI" signifies 'a humanity-oriented' driving experience.  Hyunda...
    DENSO announces organizational and executive changes
    In a press release on 5 December 2022, DENSO Corporation announced changes to its organizational structure, executives' responsibilities, and personnel, effective 1 January 2023. Organizational changes: DENSO will merge the FA Business Development Division (formerly the Industrial Solution Business Unit), which provides lean automation solutions to the industrial sector; the Food Value Chain Business Development Div., which provides safe and stable supply solutions in the food and ...
    Volkswagen to unveil second generation ID.3 in spring 2023
    Volkswagen has announced that the second generation of its ID.3 vehicle will be launched in spring, 2023, according to a company press release dated 2 December. The new ID.3 will be equipped with the latest software generation, improving system performance and will be able to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. The standard equipment package will include a display with a diagonal measurement of 12 inches, a removable luggage compartment floor and a center console with two cup holders. “Part...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 5 December 2022
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    CES 2023: Asahi Kasei to showcase new autonomous mobility technologies
    Asahi Kasei has announced that it will present solutions throughout the entire value chain, from raw materials and production technologies to the usage of recycled and recyclable materials, for the automotive industry in the transition to electrified, autonomous, and more sustainable mobility at the CES 2023, according to a press release on 1 December 2022. AKXY2 is a new concept car equipped with technology that touches the senses and ensures the highest functionality while proposing solutio...
    Valeo, École polytechnique expand partnership for low-carbon mobility
    Valeo and the École polytechnique engineering school have announced that they have renewed their research and innovation partnership for two years, with the aim of supporting innovative projects in the field of new low-carbon mobility, according to a press release on 29 November 2022. As a result of the relationship, which was first established five years ago, Valeo has been able to file 142 new patents that will serve as new pillars in the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. Tw...
    FAW Hongqi unveils ‘hands on/off detection’ steering wheel for automated vehicles
    FAW Hongqi R&D Center announced that the Hongqi steering team of the FAW New Energy Development Center's chassis development division had developed the Hands On/Off Detection (HOD) steering wheel technology that debuted in China, according to FAW Hongqi R&D Center’s WeChat press release on 28 November 2022. To determine whether the vehicle is under driver control (driving autonomously or manually), the HOD technology detects and indicates whether the driver is turning the steering w...
    CES 2023: Magna to showcase new mobility technologies
    In a press release on 29 November 2022, Magna announced that it will demonstrate its latest mobility technologies at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, US. The company will highlight its latest technologies in the areas of eco-innovation, driver assistance, distinction and experience, and new mobility—reinforcing how the company’s complete vehicle and systems expertise enables it to develop solutions in these areas. “The automotive landscape is rapidly evolving, and CES allows us to kick off the ne...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 28 November 2022
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    Smart Eye to supply driver monitoring system software to European carmaker
    Smart Eye has been selected to deliver its driver monitoring system (DMS) software for a luxury electric car by a European premium car manufacturer, according to a company press release on 23 November. The automaker has already integrated Smart Eye’s software in an earlier model. The new vehicle model should start production in the first half of 2024 with an estimated revenue of SEK10 million, based on product life cycle volume projections. “We are once again pleased to have an existin...
    Audi debuts new recycled seatbelt buckle covers
    Audi has launched plastic covers for seatbelt buckles in its Q8 e-tron models; the casings are partially manufactured from mixed automobile plastic waste using a chemical recycling process, according to a press release by Audi on 23 November 2022. It is the first time the company has installed safety components manufactured in such manner, and in collaboration with the PlasticLoop project, LyondellBasell and the company have established an innovative procedure based on the results of a pilot ...
    Tesla recalls over 81,000 vehicles due to software, seatbelt-related issues in China
    Tesla has recalled around 81,000 electric cars in China owing to a software issue and seat belt problems, according to a report published by Bloomberg on 25 November 2022. According to the country's State Administration for Market Regulation, Tesla will recall 70,434 imported Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles, as well as 10,127 Chinese-made Model 3 vehicles. The Model S and Model X recalls require an over-the-air software update to solve a fault in the cars' battery management ...
    Continental opens automotive technical center in Bengaluru, India
    Continental has inaugurated its EUR119 million (USD123 million) campus for its Technical Center India in Bengaluru, according to a company press release on 23 November. The 1-million-square-feet TCI will do research and development (R&D) services for all five automotive business areas for Continental including autonomous mobility, architecture and networking, safety and motion, smart mobility, and user experience. “Technology and its multiplier effect drive business transformations, com...
    Grupo Antolin showcases new approach for vehicle overhead systems
    Grupo Antolin has unveiled an Innovative Upper Trim concept, featuring a simple design for overhead systems, it said in a press release dated 16 November. The approach will give passengers access to the customizable controls in any position. Significance: The new concept relies on a perimetral smart frame that allows greater configuration with multiple decorative materials—matte black, piano black, brushed aluminum, carbon fiber, wood, stone, closed headliner, or panoramic glass roof option...
    Grupo Antolin opens new global design and business services office in Pune, India
    Grupo Antolin has opened a new Global Design and Business Services office in the western Indian city of Pune, it said in a press release on 22 November. The company will employ 250 people to work at the office from which it will support automakers with a full service from product design and simulation to logistics. In the future, Grupo Antolin aims to add between 150 and 250 employees. Significance: Grupo Antolin’s presence in India spans across two decades. It currently has with five plant...
    Foresight subsidiary Eye-Net showcases ADAS, connected solution in Japan
    Foresight Autonomous has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile Ltd. (Eye-Net), successfully completed a technological roadshow of the Eye-Net Protect solution in Japan, according to a press release on 22 November 2022. Earlier this month, Eye-Net demonstrated the technology for 20 automotive-related companies, including five leading Japanese vehicle manufacturers (OEMs), tier-1, and tier-2 suppliers, as well as 11 dashboard cameras (dashcam) companies. A technology s...
    Tesla recalls 30,000 Model X vehicles over airbag deployment issue
    Tesla has recalled around 30,000 Model X vehicles in the United States over an issue causing the front passenger airbag to deploy inadvertently, Reuters reported on 18 November. The airbag could deploy incorrectly in certain low-speed collision events where a young front seat passenger is unbelted and out of position, which increases the risk of injury. The automaker said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall and that it would be fixed via an over-the-air upd...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 21 November 2022
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    ams OSRAM develops infrared LEDs for in-cabin monitoring systems
    ams OSRAM has introduced the OSLON Black family of infrared (IR) LEDs with a rectangular beam, it said in a press release on 16 November. The LEDs matches the 4:3 aspect ratio of the wide-angle cameras in cabin monitoring systems. The 940nm OSLON Black emitters will support safety-critical applications including driver distraction, drowsiness monitoring, occupancy or child presence detection, and seat belt detection. The new products share the same package and board footprint as the rest of the ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 14 November 2022
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    ams OSRAM to unveil new lighting, sensing solutions at electronica 2022
    ams OSRAM has announced that it will showcase its latest sensing and lighting solutions at the electronica in Munich, Germany, according to a press release on 10 November 2022. Highlights from ams OSRAM automotive and mobility area include: Dynamic Forward Lighting—With more than 25,000 individually controllable pixels, Eviyos will bring HD-quality projections onto the road without glare while enabling the projection of approved warning signs In-cabin 3D driver monitoring system bas...
    Hyundai accomplishes voluntary rear occupant alert commitment in US
    In a press release announcement on 11 November 2022, Hyundai said that the company has accomplished its voluntary commitment to implement rear seat reminder systems in most of its product lineup. To date, all 2023 Hyundai vehicles (excluding NEXO) produced for sale in the US offer Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) technology as standard. In addition, the Santa Fe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and Santa Fe hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) come standard with a more advanced ultrasonic ROA system,...
    Continental’s third quarter 2022 sales grows 29.3% y/y to USD10.4 billion
    Continental posted a 29.3% year-on-year (y/y) increase in third quarter revenue to EUR10.4 billion (USD10.44 billion), according to a press filing on 10 November 2022. Net loss was EUR211 million compared to a profit of EUR309 million a year earlier. Research and Development expenses for the quarter were EUR753.1 million compared to EUR657.2 million last year. The company stated in a statement, “Against a persistently challenging macroeconomic backdrop, Continental ended the third quarter o...
    Stellantis asks owners to stop driving select older models with Takata airbags
    Stellantis and the U.S. government have asked the owners of 276,000 select older vehicles with Takata airbags to stop driving after the airbags exploded in three vehicles, killing the drivers, CNBC reported on 3 November, citing a report from the Associated Press. The vehicles cited are Dodge Magnum wagons, Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars and Chrysler 300 sedans from the 2005 through 2010 model years. “Left unrepaired, recalled Takata air bags are increasingly dangerous as the risk...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 7 November 2022
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    Magna’s Q3 FY 2022 net sales up 17% y/y to USD9.3 billion
    Magna has reported third quarter net sales at USD9.3 billion with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 17% compared to USD7.9 billion in the third quarter of 2022 for the three months ended 30 September 2022, according to a filing by the company on 4 November. Income from operations before income taxes increased to USD400 million for the third quarter of 2022 compared to USD27 million in the third quarter of 2021. Net income was reported at USD289 million for the third quarter of 2022 compar...
    NXP’s Q3 FY 2022 revenue up 20.4% y/y to USD3.45 billion
    NXP has reported third-quarter revenue at USD3.45 billion with year-on-year (y/y) growth of 20.4% compared with USD2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2021 for the three months ended 30 September 2022, according to a filing by the company on 31 October 2022. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter grew 24% to USD1.9 billion compared with USD1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2021. “NXP delivered quarterly revenue of USD3.45 billion, an increase of 20% year-on-year and above the mid...
    Buick launches all-new Century MPV with enhanced interior features in mainland China
    Buick has launched all new model year (MY) 2023 Century MPV with improved and intuitive in-vehicle features, the automaker said in a press release on 3 November. Cesar Toledo, general director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, said, “Buick is the pioneer and ongoing leader in the luxury MPV segment in China. Our successful GL8 family has continued to raise the bar over the years.” Significance: The MY 2023 Century features in-vehicle partition wall with an integrated 32” slidi...
    Adient’s Q4 2022 net sales up 31.76% y/y to USD3.65 billion
    Adient has reported fourth quarter 2022 net sales at USD3.65 billion, up 31.76% year-on-year (y/y) from USD2.77 billion from the previous year for three months ended 30 September, according to a filing by the company on 4 November. Operating income for the quarter was reported at USD138 million. Net income for the quarter was reported at USD45 million. Doug Del Grosso, president and CEO, said, “Adient’s unwavering focus on our strategy throughout FY 2022 enabled the company to drive ...
    Aptiv’s Q3 FY 2022 revenue up 26% y/y to USD4.6 billion
    Aptiv has reported third quarter 2022 revenue of USD4.6 billion, up 26% year on year (y/y) from USD3.6 billion in the year-ago period, for the three months ended 30 September, according to a filing by the company on 3 November 2022. Net profit was reported at USD286 million, up 233% y/y from USD86 million, for the third quarter of 2022. Third quarter adjusted operating income was reported at USD525 million., compared to USD256 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Operating Income margin...
    Covestro to showcase advanced in-vehicle material solutions at Automotive Interiors Expo 2022
    Covestro has announced that it will showcase smart and sustainable material solutions for vehicle interiors at the Automotive Interiors Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, it said in a press release on 3 November. Significance: Covestro will showcase Makrolon Ai polycarbonate edge-lit composite color material that may range from transparent to translucent, allowing for a variety of possibilities for ambient and dynamic automotive interior lighting. The combination of this material with the lightweigh...
    FORVIA launches MATERI’ACT brand to develop, manufacture sustainable materials
    Faurecia, a FORVIA company has launched a new brand MATERI’ACT dedicated to developing and manufacture state-of-the-art sustainable materials, it said in a press release on 3 November. Rémi Daudin, VP, Sustainable Material Division, Faurecia, said, “Rethinking the way we design, manufacture, and use our products is a necessary step in the fight against climate change. Sustainable transformation of businesses is not just about reducing the negative impacts on the environment but also abou...
    UltraSense Systems introduces TouchPoint HMI controllers for in-vehicle applications
    UltraSense Systems has introduced portfolio of TouchPoint HMI controllers to enable automakers that seek to offer smart surface human-centered machine interface experiences for enhanced in-vehicle applications, it said in a press release on 27 October. Mo Maghsoudnia, Founder and CEO of UltraSense Systems, said, “TouchPoint HMI controllers are the most capable and feature rich of any industry touch solution, that breaks new ground in enabling automakers to rapidly develop smart surfaces fro...
    Cooper Standard’s Q3 2022 net sales up 24.76% y/y to USD657.15 million
    Cooper Standard has reported third quarter 2022 net sales at USD657.15 million with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 24.76% compared to USD526.69 million in third quarter from the previous reporting period for the three months ended 30 September 2022, according to a filing by the company on 1 November. Operating loss for third quarter 2022 was reported at USD10.06 million. Net loss for the quarter was reported at USD32.68 million. Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard, said,...
    Gentherm’s Q3 2022 revenue up 36.80% y/y to USD332.96 million
    Gentherm has reported third quarter 2022 revenue at USD332.96 million with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 36.80% compared to USD243.83 million in third quarter from the previous reporting period for the three months ended 30 September 2022, according to a filing by the company on 2 November. Operating income for third quarter 2022 was reported at USD22.82 million, compared to USD20.70 million. Net income for the period was reported at USD9.82 million. Phil Eyler, the Company's President and...
    Analog Devices supplies matrix LED display technology for AUO’s automotive windscreen display portfolio
    Analog Devices has announced that AUO Corporation will integrate Analog Devices’ matrix LED display driver technology in their automotive widescreen display lineup, according to a press release published by Analog Devices on 2 November. Simon Hsu, head of Automotive Business Unit at AUO, said, “To help us maintain our leadership position in the market as one of the world’s top automotive display manufacturers catering to some of the largest OEMs, ADI's local dimming automotive display d...
    Gentex to showcase connectivity and other automotive products at SEMA Show 2022
    Gentex Corporation will showcase its automotive product portfolio including car-to-home automation, connectivity, as well as digital rearview mirrors for passenger vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 1 November. “Although we’re primarily a tier-1 automotive supplier, we also support the aftermarket as well as the professional racing industry. Over the years, we’ve provided digital rearview mirrors to professional race teams around the world. This not on...
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