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    BMW drops plan to charge subscription fee for Apple CarPlay
    BMW has decided to remove the subscription fees for Apple CarPlay in vehicles in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 5 December. According to the report, UK cars running BMW's latest operating system for its infotainment system will offer acc...
    Faurecia collaborates with Devialet to develop high-quality sound solutions for automakers
    Faurecia has announced a partnership with Devialet to develop premium audio solutions for use in vehicles, the company said in a press release on 4 December. The partnership brings on board Devialet’s expertise across acoustic architecture, loudspeakers and signal processing and Faurecia’s overa...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Mobileye maps 28,000 miles of roads in Barcelona to enhance safety
    As a part of its Autonomous Ready initiative to enhance the safety of streets, Mobileye collects data from 28,000 miles of Barcelona’s streets, the company said in a press release on 3 December. 400 vehicles were equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect retrofit advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). ...
    Avanci announces new patent license agreement with Volvo for connected cars
    Avanci has announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Volvo Cars for 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents, the company said in a press release on 3 December. The agreement takes the total number of auto brands licensed through the Avanci marketplace to 14. “We are very pleased to ...
    Tata Motors, Google collaborate to launch Tata Altroz Voice BoT
    Tata Motors has announced a collaboration with Google to launch a voice bot for its Altroz hatchback, the automaker said in a press release on 3 December. The Tata Altroz Voice BoT is designed to guide customers on the car’s features and specifications and is useful in the entire process of boo...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    CES 2020: Rinspeed to showcase MetroSnap modular urban mobility concept
    Swiss automotive manufacturer and tuning firm Rinspeed will be showcasing its inexpensive swapping system for the vehicle bodies, called MetroSnap, at the CES 2020 event in Las Vegas, US. The company has reportedly filed for a patent protection regarding this concept. The MetroSnap concept vehi...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Cerence extends collaboration with Daimler for MBUX multimedia system
    Cerence has announced a ‘continued innovation and development collaboration’ with Daimler for its Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system, a company press release dated 3 December showed. Cerence’s artificial intelligence technology powers the MBUX system. “MBUX remains one...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    FCC proposes to reallocate spectrum used for DSRC for Wi-Fi and C-V2X purposes
    The Federal Communications Commissions has proposed reallocating spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X) purposes, it said in a release on 20 November. The spectrum is currently being used for a service called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC)...
    New Genesis G90 sedan features OTA wireless updates for maps and software 
    The 2020 G90 is the first Genesis vehicle to offer over-the-air wireless updates for maps and software, the company said while unveiling its flagship sedan at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on 20 November. It features a 12.3-inch display navigation system that integrates touchscreen controls and ...
    03-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Airgain to provide C-V2X connectivity for Didi Chuxing AV pilot in Shanghai
    Airgain has announced that it has been selected by Didi Chuxing to deliver cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connectivity for an autonomous vehicle pilot in Shanghai, a press release dated 2 December showed. Airgain’s MULTIMAX FV ITS 3-in-1 antenna provides two high gain directional antenn...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    Naim supplies in-car sound system for MY2020 Bentley Flying Spur
    Bentley has announced that audio systems maker Naim will supply the in-car sound system for its Flying Spur model year (MY) 2020 edition, the press release by the British carmaker on 29 November stated. The Flying Spur features Naim for Bentley sound system with 21 speakers and 2,200-watt amplifi...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Toyota, Nishi-Nippon Railroad begin full-scale operation of ‘my route’ multi-modal mobility service in Japan
    On 28 November, Toyota Motor and Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) started full-scale operation of multi-modal mobility service ‘my route’ for smartphone in Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City in Japan, the Japanese automaker said in a press release last week. The two companies have launched the m...
    Vodafone Italia demonstrates 5G use cases for automotive applications
    Vodafone Italia has showcased four new 5G projects in the automotive sector along with assisted driving solutions on the 5G network, a company press release showed. Vodafone demonstrated the development of adaptive cruise control systems and information sharing on the road ecosystem around the ve...
    JLR to offer software OTA update on every new model
    Jaguar Land Rover has said that all models will have software over-the-air (OTA) capabilities as standard, a company press release dated 28 November showed. It is part of JLR’s on-going transformation in connected services. Customers will receive software updates in the future without visi...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    SEAT announces V2I communication project in Barcelona
    SEAT has announced a project in collaboration with the Spanish Traffic Authority, the Barcelona City Council, and Electronic Trafic (ETRA). The project connects vehicles with traffic lights and the traffic control center, which enables drivers to anticipate the status of traffic lights. In a...
    Mercedes GLB comes equipped with MBUX infotainment system
    Mercedes-Benz has added the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system to the GLB compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), the German automaker said in a press release. The system features as standard two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touch screen and ha...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Faurecia targets sales of USD22.9 billion in 2022
    Faurecia has announced its new financial targets for 2022 during a ‘Capital Market Day’ event held in Paris, France, on 26 November, the company said in a press release. The French supplier expects its sales to grow above 5% between 2019 and 2022 and reach EUR20.5 billion (USD22.9 billion) ...
    Mercedes-Benz to recall 24,226 vehicles in US to update communication module software
    Mercedes-Benz will recall 24,226 vehicles in the United States to update communication module software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2013-2017 AMG GT, MY 2016-2017 AMG GT S, ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    European Union Agency for Cybersecurity publishes report on security of smart cars
    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) published a report on the cybersecurity of smart cars on 25 November. The agency took stock of all existing standardization, legislative and policy Initiatives and said that the report is aimed to serve as a reference point to promote cybersecur...
    Tata Motor’s upcoming Nexon EV to offer over 30 connected car features
    The Nexon, Tata Motors’ upcoming electric vehicle (EV), will carry more than 30 connected car features, according to information on the automaker’s website. The features include location-based services, vehicle health monitoring, alerts, safety, and security. Tata adds that the EV will offer pre...
    28-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Xpeng Motors, Alipay collaborate to develop in-car payment functions
    Xpeng Motors has signed an agreement with Alipay to jointly develop in-car payment functions, the Chinese automaker said in a press release on 27 November. The service will be implemented in Xpeng’s upcoming sports sedan model, the P7. Xpeng and Alipay’s user accounts are expected to be conne...
    Renault’s new Espace crossover features EasyLink multimedia system
    Renault has unveiled its Espace crossover with EasyLink multimedia system, the French automaker said in a press release. The Renault EASY CONNECT ecosystem is made up of apps such as MY Renault, the new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and connected services such as automatic updates and remote v...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    HERE to provide VST Mobility with mapping and location services
    HERE Technologies has announced that VST Mobility has selected the company as its mapping and location services provider to support the launch of Eclipse, a vehicle tracking unit that is an advance GPS and GPRS terminal with embedded eSIM and IRNSS chipset for effective fleet management.  VS...
    Honda’s new City sedan features latest generation of Honda CONNECT infotainment system
    Honda has launched the fifth generation of its entry-level sedan City in Thailand with the latest Honda CONNECT infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 25 November. It includes premium functions such as a multi-information display (MID) with illumination, 8-inch advanced touch di...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz to equip new V-Class with MBUX multimedia system
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will integrate its MBUX infotainment system in the all-new V-Class multi-purpose van (MPV) from December 2019, a company press release dated 26 November showed. The V-Class’ MBUX operating concept will have a high-resolution, 7-inch or 10.25-inch touchscreen ...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Buick launches Encore GX with added safety and connectivity features
    Buick has launched its Encore GX SUV with a plethora of safety technologies, driver assistance and convenience features, the company said in a press release on 19 November. The Encore GX will come equipped with the latest infotainment systems and connectivity, compatible with Apple CarPlay and An...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    ARC Europe partners with HERE Mobility to offer MaaS solutions
    ARC Europe and HERE Mobility have announced a partnership to offer Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions in the context of roadside assistance, the companies said in a press release on 25 November. The objective of the collaboration is to issue personalized digital MaaS solutions in order to kee...
    MY2020 Honda HR-V features ‘Honda Sensing’ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies
    Honda has equipped select trims of the model year 2020 HR-V crossover for the US market with ‘Honda Sensing’ suite of safety driver assist technologies, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The Honda Sensing suite includes adaptive cruise control (ACC), collision mitigation br...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Cubic Telecom partners with Etisalat to launch 5G based multi-model transportation solutions
    Global connectivity management software provider Cubic Telecom has teamed up with UAE's telecom group Etisalat to launch 5G based multi-model transportation solutions, Cubic Telecom said in a press release on 20 November. The companies aim to launch the new solution in 2020. The solution will b...
    INTEGRITY Security Services issues DriveOhio V2X certificates for entire Ohio state
    INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS) has said that it has delivered the world's first production-grade hosted Security Credential Management System (CMS) to serve DriveOhio's Connected Vehicle and Traffic Management Systems, according to a press release on 20 November. The DriveOhio CMS will provide...
    Keysight achieves 3GPP validation for C-V2X radio frequency conformance test case
    Keysight Technologies has announced that it has achieved 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) validation for cellular vehicle-to-everything communications (C-V2X) radio frequency (RF) conformance test case, a company press release showed on 21 November. The test case validation was achieved ...
    Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach, AMG models feature NVIDIA’s AI-powered MBUX infotainment system
    NVIDIA has said that Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach AMG models feature its AI-powered MBUX infotainment system, according to a company blogpost on 22 November. The latest addition takes the total number of Mercedes models equipped with MBUX to 20, including the all-electric EQC SUV. MBUX can...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    Navinfo to supply map data and services to Huawei Technologies
    Chinese navigation map developer NavInfo will supply HD (high-definition) map data and services to Huawei Technologies, Caixin reported on 21 November, citing a regulatory filing by Navinfo with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. According to the agreement, NavInfo will help Huawei with testing and ver...
    New MY2021 Kia Seltos SUV features advanced connectivity, safety and driver assistance features
    Hyundai has announced that its model year (MY) 2021 Kia Seltos is packed with connected technology features and the ‘Kia Drive Wise’ suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), according to a company press release on 21 November. The car will be available with a 10.25-inch high-resolu...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Eyesight Technologies’ DriverSense driver monitoring solution to detect cell phone usage and smoking
    Eyesight Technologies has announced that new features for the company’s DriverSense and FleetSense solutions will detect driver distraction as a result of cell phone usage and smoking, a company press release dated 21 November showed. The latest update makes driver monitoring in order to recogn...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    HERE joins the 5G Automotive Association
    Mapping and location services provider, HERE Technologies has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), the company said on November 21. “Joining the 5GAA signifies our commitment to emerging technologies that will improve mobility around the world. 5G will usher in the future of the automot...
    Volkswagen’s Car.Software organization to operate as independent business unit from Jan 2020
    German carmaker Volkswagen has said that its Car.Software unit will operate as an independent business from January 2020, according to a company press release dated 21 November. The Car.Software organization will centralize the units within the group. Initially, around 3,000 digital experts from ...
    CES 2020: Faurecia to showcase advanced solutions for ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and sustainable mobility
    French supplier Faurecia will showcase its latest solutions for the ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and Sustainable Mobility at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, in January 2020, the company said in a press release last week. The company will demonstrate its solutions at two booths locat...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Faraday Future’s new FF 91 electric luxury car features advanced connectivity solutions
    Faraday Future has unveiled a host of advanced connectivity features in its new FF 91 luxury electric vehicle (EV), according to a press release dated 19 November. The company says that the FF 91 can provide a full suite of office-level connectivity, including rear monitors with conference-callin...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    TCS, Qualcomm develop innovation hub to explore possibilities of 5G in various industries including automotive
    Tata Consultancy Services has announced the launch of an innovation hub in India in partnership with Qualcomm, the company said in a press release on 20 November. The new hub, located in Hyderabad, will be used to build domain-specific solutions in artificial intelligence (Al), internet of things (l...
    Immersion signs licensing agreement with Continental for using haptics in automotive interfaces
    Immersion Corporation has signed its licensing agreement with Continental that provides the Germany-based supplier access to its patented touch feedback technology, also known as haptics, for use in automotive interfaces, the company said in a press release on 20 November. Continental has been using...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Continental’s supervisory board approves global structural program “Transformation 2019-2029”
    The supervisory board of German automotive components supplier Continental AG has approved the company’s global long-term restructuring program called Transformation 2019-2029, which was announced at the end of September. In a press statement issued on 20 November, Continental said that its s...
    SupplierInsight Webinar: Ambient Lighting – Changing the cabin concept
    Watch an on-demand replay now Sascha Klapper will discuss the industry trends and present the new global forecast for the Ambient Lighting market. Focus of the webinar will be the positioning, optical technology, optical principles and dynamic functions of the current and future Ambient Lighting ...
    20-Nov-2019 News Webinars
    BMW extends INRIX driver services for BMW ConnectedDrive  
    INRIX has announced the extension of its agreement with BMW Group to provide INRIX driving services, including real-time parking, traffic, and travel alerts, a company press release on 18 November showed. BMW ConnectedDrive with real-time traffic information is powered by the INRIX network, and i...
    Porsche Informatik adopts Dynatrace’s software intelligence platform to accelerate software innovation
    Dynatrace has announced that Porsche Informatik, a unit of Porsche Holding Salzburg, has deployed the Dynatrace Software Intelligence Platform to accelerate software innovation, a press filing on 19 November showed. Porsche Informatik selected Dynatrace to provide comprehensive and unified observ...
    Ford debuts next-generation SYNC communications system in Mustang Mach-E EV
    US carmaker Ford has showcased the all-electric Mustang Mach SUV with its latest SYNC 4 infotainment system, according to a company press release on 17 November. This will be Ford’s first model containing the new-generation system and will be available from late 2020. Ford has integrated the Ma...
    18-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Pirelli develops smart tyres that transmit road condition data via 5G network
    Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli announced on 14 November that its tyres have transmitted data regarding road surface conditions that was captured by its intelligent tyres over the 5G network. A demonstration conducted by Pirelli showed that a vehicle fitted with the company's Cyber Tyre, which is ...
    18-Nov-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 18 November 2019
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    TomTom, University of Amsterdam open research lab to develop AI-based HD maps for self-driving vehicles
    Location technology specialist TomTom and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) announced on 14 November the launch of a new public-private research lab called Atlas Lab. Atlas Lab will work on using artificial intelligence (AI) for making advanced, highly accurate, and safe high-definition...
    Hyundai develops new infotainment system
    Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a new infotainment system featuring augmented reality (AR)-based navigation and an in-car payment system, the company announced on 11 November. The latest system, which is based on the ccOS (Connected Car Operating System), features a touch pad with hand...
    18-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Panasonic’s H1 net profit down 11.2% y/y to USD934.3 million
    Panasonic has reported a 11.2% year-on-year (y/y) fall in first-half net profit at JPY100.9 billion (USD934.9 million). According to its financial statement filed last month, Panasonic posted net sales of JPY3.84 trillion, down from JPY4.01 trillion last year. For the second quarter ended 30 Sept...
    5GAA showcases ready-to-deploy C-V2X use cases in Turin
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has showcased some ready-to-deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases In Turin, Italy, the group announced via a press release dated 14 November. 5GAA members including Audi, Continental, Ericsson, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Harman Samsung,...
    Wirecard partners with HERE Mobility to develop payment and geolocation services
    Wirecard has collaborated with HERE Mobility to jointly develop integrated B2B2C payment and mobility services, the company said in a press release on 11 November. Wirecard and HERE Mobility will partner on multiple projects to capitalize on the payment and geolocation services both companies alread...
    Automotive cyber-security company SafeRide becomes strategic partner of Auto-ISAC
    The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) has announced that automotive cyber-security company SafeRide Technologies has become its strategic partner, according to a press release dated 11 November. SafeRide will look to utilize its expertise to help the Auto-ISAC pr...
    Tata Communications collaborates with Microsoft to develop connected car applications
    Tata Communications has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to develop new, innovative connected car applications, according to a company press release on 13 November. Tata’s MOVE platform deals with IoT connectivity and network intelligence. By combining this platform with the Microsoft...
    Preh to downsize workforce as part of cost-cutting measure
    Preh announced on 12 November that as a part of its cost-cutting measure, it would reduce up to 77 jobs at its Bad Neustadt site. The company also said that in view of the continuing high cost pressures, the site at Jönköping would be closed by the end of the year and that all activities woul...
    Hitachi Automotive Systems, a global mega supplier in the making
    Automakers and suppliers are joining forces to deal with the immense challenges created by megatrends such as connected cars, electrification, and autonomous driving. Today, there are hardly any automakers which are not investing in these fields. For new innovations with regards to these megatrends ...
    BMW supports harmonization of industry standards for digital vehicle access
    BMW has announced an update to its Digital Key technology with greater interoperability, the automaker said in a press release on 12 November. The second generation of an NFC-based digital key ecosystem has been announced for late 2019. A key feature of the new version is the use of a security ch...
    Continental’s Q3 sales up 3% y/y to USD12.1 billion
    Continental has reported 3% year-over-year (y/y) increase in sales to EUR11.1 billion (USD12.1 billion) in the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the company said in a press release on 12 November. Adjusted for change in scope of consolidation exchange rates, sales dropped slightly, by 0.3% y/y....
    ETAS and BlackBerry QNX to jointly develop safety-critical platform for connected and autonomous vehicles
    BlackBerry has announced that its unit BlackBerry QNX and Bosch’s unit ETAS have collaborated to develop a safety-critical platform for connected and autonomous vehicles, according to a company press release on 12 November. This solution combines BlackBerry QNX’s real time operating system (O...
    NXP develops UWB-based chip for car access by smartphones
    NXP has unveiled a new ultra-wide band (UWB) automotive IC, the company said in a press release on 12 November. The NCJ29D5 enables secure handsfree smart access supporting the car connectivity standardization. Along with the launch of the IC, NXP, BMW Group and Continental among others are joint...
    13-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Continental‘s new server concept to be used by Volkswagen for its upcoming ID. EV
    Continental has announced that its server will go into production at Volkswagen as an in-car application server (ICAS1) and will be used for its upcoming ID. electric vehicle (EV), according to a press release on 12 November. ICAS1 concept offers numerous connectivity features including installat...
    Council of the European Union to mandate presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022
    The Council of the European Union voted to adopt regulations to mandate the presence of advanced safety systems in automobiles by mid 2022, according to a press release on 11 November. The new rules state that all motor vehicles (including trucks, buses, vans, and sport utility vehicles) wil...
    Hyundai develops ‘Road Noise Active Noise Control’ system to reduce noise in vehicle cabin
    Hyundai has developed a Road Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) system which reduces noise within the cabin of a vehicle, according to a company press release on 11 November. The company said that the RANC will be applied to an upcoming Genesis sedan. RANC is a modified version of the company’s ...
    12-Nov-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 11 November 2019
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    Sailun, FAW starts construction of connected vehicle proving ground in China
    Sailun Group and auto maker FAW Group has begun the construction of a connected vehicle proving ground in Dongying, according to a report by Tire Business on 6 November. The project is named East China Intelligent Connected Vehicle Proving Ground and has an investment amount of USD396.2 million e...
    Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, Ashghal collaborate for V2X pilot, smart mobility solutions
    Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) has announced a collaboration with Ashghal, which is the public works authority of Qatar, for innovations on smart mobility, according to a press filing last month. QMIC will work with Ashghal to provide technical consulting, data analytics, and smart mobi...
    Vaisala to provide data for Renovo’s connected and autonomous vehicle platform
    Vaisala has announced it will be providing data to the Renovo Platform for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), according to a company press release on 6 November. Initially, Vaisala’s road surface state dataset will be made available through Renovo’s system. The partnership will enable t...
    Garrett Motion reports marginal drop in sales of 0.4% y/y to USD781 million during Q3 2019
    Switzerland-based automotive supplier firm, Garrett Motion, has released its financial results for the third quarter of 2019 in a press statement issued on 8th November. The company has registered a marginal drop in its third quarter 2019 sales, which stand at USD781 million, and represent...
    Lexus announces integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in eight model lines in Australia
    Lexus has said that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will become standard on eight model lines in Australia, according to a company press release on 8 November. Lexus also confirmed that owners will be supported by a smartphone integration dealer-upgrade program. Lexus offers car owne...
    11-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your co...
    Metawave unveils platforms for economical 5G deployment in automotive sector
    Metawave has announced the foray into the 5G market with the Metawave TURBO and ECHO low-cost analog solutions, the company said in a press release last month. Metawave is currently deploying these platforms in partnership with leading US and Japanese carriers and infrastructure companies operating ...
    08-Nov-2019 News New Products
    O2 signs agreement with Smart Mobility Living Lab to provide 5G connectivity for connected and autonomous vehicles testing
    O2 has signed an agreement to provide 5G connectivity for the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles in the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) in London, the telecoms services provider said in a press release on 4 November. O2’s 3.4GHz 5G-ready spectrum will allow OEMs, and autonomous/ADAS ...
    Ford to equip most vehicles in US with advanced over-the-air update capability from 2020
    Ford has announced that from 2020, it will begin equipping most redesigned vehicles in the US with advanced over-the-air update (OTA) technology in a move that would reduce dealer trips, the automaker said in a press release on 30 October. Ford expects to deliver the first updates about six ...
    06-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Acura integrates Android Auto via OTA in all MY2019 and 2020 Acura RDX vehicles in US
    Acura has integrated Android Auto in all its model year (MY) 2019 and 2020 RDX vehicles in the United States via an over-the-air update (OTA), it said in a press release on 4 November. The third generation RDX customers will be able to use the True Touchpad Interface home screen System Update but...
    06-Nov-2019 News New Products
    INFINITY unveils new infotainment system for key MY2020 vehicles
    INFINITI has developed a new-generation infotainment system for its key 2020 model year (MY) vehicles, the automaker said in a press release on 1 November. The INFINITI InTouch will enable vehicles with navigation to become a Wi-Fi hotspot, with up to seven devices able to connect at any one time...
    06-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Faurecia teams up with Aptoide to develop android apps market solutions for automotive industry
    Faurecia and Aptoide have announced the creation of a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to develop and operate Android app Store solutions for the global automotive market, according to a press release filed on 5 November. The Aptoide app store offers one million Android apps covering a variety of use cas...
    Spirent, Midlands Future Mobility collaborate for commercial use case testing of 5G network
    Spirent Communications has announced an expansion of its collaboration with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick via the Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) initiative in the UK, the company said in a press release on 31 October. MFM and Spirent will deploy 5G digital twi...
    5GAA issues feedback on call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from BEREC
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) issued feedback on a call for inputs on the impact of 5G on regulation from Body of European regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in a press release on 28 October. It has issued the following recommendations: 5GAA considers the availability...
    Veoneer’s CTO says automotive-focused software will drive future profits
    Automotive-focused software will be the driving force for future profits of Swedish supplier Veoneer, the company's chief technology officer (CTO) Nishant Batra said, as reported by Automotive News Europe on 4 November. “An industry that was traditionally building engines and chassis is now spe...
    05-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    Automotive AI company Cerence appoints Prateek Kathpal as chief technology officer
    Cerence Inc has announced the appointment of Prateek Kathpal as the chief technology officer (CTO), the company said in a press release on 1 November. Kathpal will be responsible for Cerence’s technology vision, core products and product roadmaps and will also serve as head of Professional Se...
    Aisin Seiki announces plan to merge with Aisin AW
    Japanese auto components and transmission manufacturer Aisin Seiki has announced a plan to merge with their automatic transmission production brand, Aisin AW, in a press statement released on October 31st. The planned management integration is being done in order to adapt to automotive industry disr...
    Porsche invests in Israeli start-up Tactile Mobility
    Porsche has made a minority investment in Tactile Mobility, the automaker said in a press release on 29 October. Union Tech Ventures and other existing investors will also participate in the investment round. Tactile Mobility plans to use the funds primarily to strengthen its development and ...
    05-Nov-2019 News Investments
    SiriusXM, Nissan North America extend agreement through model year 2028
    SiriusXM has announced the extension of an ongoing agreement with Nissan North America through the 2028 model year (MY), according to a company press release on 31 October. Under the extension, Nissan and its INFINITI division vehicles will offer SiriusXM with 360L, SiriusXM's next-generation i...
    Harman enters new partnership with Volkswagen
    Harman Kardon has entered into a new partnership with Volkswagen (VW) under which the Stamford-based company will provide branded audio solutions for VW vehicles worldwide, according to a press release filed by the company on 28 October. The audio partnership debuted with the global launch of t...
    Toyota, Weathernews join forces to improve accuracy of weather forecasts and increase driver safety
    Toyota announced that it has begun a verification test with Weathernews in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi in which the conditions of roads and their surroundings are ascertained using the operating status of windshield wipers and weather data, the company said in a press release on 1 November. The ...
    SiriusXM’s Q3 net income declines 28.2% y/y to USD243 million
    SiriusXM’s net income declined 28.2% year-on-year (y/y) to USD243 million in the third quarter ended 30 September, the US-based company said on 31 October. Total revenue increased 37.1% y/y to USD2 billion. Revenue on pro forma basis increased 7% y/y.  SiriusXM recorded income before inc...
    Aisin Seiki reports 52.9% y/y drop in H1 net income to USD281.3 million
    Aisin Seiki’s net income declined 52.9% year-on-year (y/y) to JPY30.4 billion (USD281.3 million) in the first half ended 30 September, the company said on 31 October. Revenue dropped 4% y/y to JPY1.91 trillion, mainly due to a decline in automatic transmission sales in China. In the first hal...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 4 November 2019
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    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Subaru unveils all-new Levorg prototype
    Subaru is showcasing its all-new Levorg prototype at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, the company said in a press release. The prototype is powered by a newly developed 1.8L horizontally opposed direct-injection turbo engine. According to Subaru, the new Boxer turbo engine balances acceleration a...
    01-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Winbond Electronics, Karamba Security collaborate to develop embedded security software for automotive, other industries
    Karamba Security has announced a collaboration with Winbond Electronics to enhance embedded software security in automotive and other connected industries, according to a press release on 23 October. Under the partnership, Karamba will offer enhanced hardware security with the use of Winbond’s sec...
    Fujitsu’s H1 profit slumps 21.5% to USD589.5 million
    Fujitsu has reported a 21.5% fall in first-half net profit to JPY63.66 billion (USD589.5 million) in a company press release on 29 October. Revenue came in at JPY1.829 trillion from JPY1.835 trillion a year earlier. First-half operating margin stood at 3.9% compared with 5.2...
    Garmin Q3 net income rises 23.7% to USD227.9 million
    Garmin reported a 23.7% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net income for the quarter ended 30 September, the company said on 30 October. Net income came in at USD227.9 million while net sales stood at USD934.4 million, a growth of 15.4% from the previous corresponding period. The company reported an...
    Ford unveils next-generation SYNC 4 infotainment system
    Ford has unveiled the next-generation of its SYNC communications and entertainment system, the American carmaker said in a press release on 30 October. Ford claims that the SYNC 4 has twice the computing power of SYNC 3 to help make navigation, music and vehicle-smartphone connection a lot faster. ...
    31-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Honda agrees to merge three affiliate suppliers with Hitachi Automotive Systems to create new mega supplier
    Honda has concluded a basic merger agreement with Hitachi Ltd to merge its three affiliated suppliers—Keihin Corporation, Showa Corporation and Nissin Kogyo Co Ltd—with Hitachi Automotive Systems to create a global mega supplier with consolidated sales of JPY1.7 trillion (USD15.6 billion), ...
    LG Electronics collaborate with Qualcomm to further develop webOS connected car infotainment system
    LG Electronics (LG) and Qualcomm Technologies, a unit of Qualcomm Incorporated, have jointly announced a collaboration to further develop webOS Auto, LG’s connected in-vehicle infotainment system, according to a press release filed on 30 October. In addition to developing and commercializing a ...
    Importance of over-the-air (OTA) software updates
    With the increasing adoption of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and growing levels of autonomy, automakers are incorporating various softwares for controlling telematics control units (TCUs), and for electronic control units (ECU’s). As the automotive industry is transitioning from ...
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