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    Solid-state batteries: SSB is not as easy as ABC
    Hard to believe, but the lithium-ion battery,  which has been synonymous with the auto industry’s electrification phase, not to mention the proliferation of personal electronic goods, is ripe for redevelopment. There have been different chemistries coming in and out of vogue, mainly involving the choice of cathode material, but the fundamentals have remained in place since the first commercialization in 1981. Now, development is advanced for one of the most fundamental elements of the ...
    Four factors shaping the battery metals market
    Amid persistent macroeconomic uncertainty, spot demand for battery metals has waned over 2023, contributing to a general weakening of metals prices, down from record price highs in 2022. But the horizon for energy transition-related demand has arrived, spurred forward by various government initiatives that have supported plug-in electric vehicle uptake to decarbonize the transport sector and a focus on renewable energy sources. Batteries are the most expensive component of electric vehicle...
    Magna partners with Telia and Ericsson for 5G innovation in ADAS technology
    Magna has joined NorthStar - Telia Sweden and Ericsson's 5G innovation program, it said in a press release on December 4. Telia and Ericsson have built a dedicated, private 5G network at Magna's test track in Vårgårda, Sweden, where new ADAS solutions in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity are being trialed. As part of NorthStar, Magna will have access to 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology with low latency gigabit speeds for the ongoing research into jo...
    Virtual Internet begins distribution of Virtual 5G for Android Auto
    Virtual Internet has launched Virtual 5G for Android Auto to bring 5G Mobile Broadband service, it said in a press release dated December 1. Virtual 5G is reportedly the first to provide 5G service to the automotive sector. Virtual 5G for Android Auto is compatible with both new and existing vehicles equipped with Android Auto, requiring no hardware changes. It enables unlimited number of occupants the ability to connect to the internet through cell towers, unlike connected cars, which are li...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 4 December 2023
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    Startup Sibros partners with Accolade Electronics to deliver automotive embedded hardware systems
    Sibros has partnered with Accolade Electronics to enhance the capabilities of connected vehicles in India, it said in a press release on Nov. 30. The partnership will enable Sibros to deliver its connected vehicle solutions via integration with Accolade's embedded hardware systems, using the efficient and reliable real-time operating system, FreeRTOS. The collaboration will optimize power efficiency, reduce hardware costs and speed up deployment processes. The integration of FreeRTOS will all...
    BYD chooses AWS as preferred cloud provider for connected vehicle platform
    BYD, the world's leading manufacturer of new-energy vehicles (NEVs), has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider for its connected vehicle platform. BYD sells more than 5 million NEVs across 70 countries and regions, and AWS provides a scalable, reliable and secure foundation for the automaker's core operations, according to a company press release on Nov. 30. Using AWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon EKS and Amazon CloudFront, BYD built a connected vehicle ...
    Porsche appoints Nazif Mehmet Yazici as CEO of Engineering Services North America
    In a press release on Nov. 30, Porsche Engineering announced Nazif Mehmet Yazici as the new CEO of its new North American subsidiary based in the Los Angeles area. Porsche Engineering Services North America, the latest subsidiary of the international technology services provider, focuses on vehicle and software development for market-specific functions and digital services, including their verification, validation and quality assurance. Yazici began his tenure at Porsche AG in 2007 as a qu...
    Automotive Grade Linux unveils new UCB 16 AGL in-vehicle platform
    Automotive Grade Linux has announced that the latest version of the AGL platform, UCB 16 — codenamed Prickly Pike — is available for download, in a blogpost on Nov. 28. It has been developed by AGL member companies. The Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open-source software platform that aims to become the industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument-cluster applications. UCB 16 includes an operating system, board-support package, middleware, applicat...
    Volvo, Smart Eye collaborate on AI-based driver monitoring system for safety
    Smart Eye, a leading developer of AI-based driver monitoring technology, has announced that its premium driver monitoring system (DMS) software is included in the new Volvo EX90, Volvo Cars' all-electric flagship sport utility vehicle (SUV). The DMS is a key component in the Volvo EX90's driver understanding system (DUS), which will provide a deeper understanding of the state of the driver to enhance traffic safety, a BUSINESS WIRE release said Nov. 29. The system uses dual cameras ...
    Stellantis, Foxconn JV MobileDrive opens new office in Bengaluru, India
    MobileDrive, a joint venture between Stellantis and Foxconn, has opened a new research and development (R&D) center in Bengaluru, India, Autocar reported Nov. 28. The company is hiring for new positions in the office to collaborate with R&D teams based in Taipei, Taiwan, and Shenzhen, mainland China. MobileDrive India will focus on developing software for digital cockpit solutions, including AI-enhanced, in-vehicle infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) solutions f...
    Holo signs agreement with largest new-energy vehicle company in China, expected to revolutionize industry
    MicroCloud Hologram Inc. (Holo), a provider of Hologram Digital Twins Technology, announced that its subsidiary has signed an agreement to provide a common streaming media control system for China's largest new-energy vehicle (NEV) company. The agreement is expected to bring a breakthrough in the NEV business. The NEV company, which is the largest in China and worldwide in terms of sales volume, has sold over 2.3 million cars in 2023, and has a presence in over 70 countries and regions global...
    Panasonic launches virtual cockpit solution on AWS Marketplace, accelerating vehicle development cycles
    Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America has launched a virtual replica of its Digital eCockpit Solution, called Virtual SkipGen (vSkipGen), on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. This new offering allows automotive developers and vehicle system validation teams to work in parallel, shifting the development life cycle left and reducing time to market, said a PRNewswire release dated Nov. 28. VSkipGen leverages industry-standard VirtIO-based device virtualization technology, pr...
    Cerence’s FY 2023 revenue falls 10% YOY to $294.5M
    Cerence has reported a 10% year-over-year fall in revenue for fiscal 2023 at $294.5 million, according to a company press release dated Nov. 27. Net loss for the period narrowed to $56.3 million from a loss of $310.8 million last year. Gross margin was 69.1% versus 72.4% last year. Its revenue for the fourth quarter grew 39% year over year to $80.8 million. “We finished the fiscal year strong with revenue for the quarter and fiscal year above the high end of the guidance range. Accordingly,...
    Meridian's DSP technologies enhance EV's immersive audio experience
    Meridian, a leader in automotive audio technology, has selected and tailored a suite of digital signal processing (DSP) technologies for its latest electric vehicle Kia EV9, designed to provide an immersive and captivating listening experience, the company said in its latest November press release. The company's RE-Q technology intelligently and discreetly optimizes the audio system to the precise acoustics of the vehicle cabin, while Digital Precision maximizes the signal-to-noise ratio to p...
    Harman acquires Roon to expand music-streaming platform
    Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has acquired Roon, a music management, discovery and streaming platform for music enthusiasts. Roon offers a rich interface for browsing and discovering music, compatibility with almost any audio device and a playback engine designed to deliver the best possible sound, the company announced Nov. 27. The acquisition will allow Roon to operate as a standalone Harman business with its existing team while continuing to serve ...
    Inrix launches Inrix IQ Mission Control for accurate traffic insights
    Inrix, a global leader in mobility data and analytics, has launched Inrix IQ Mission Control, an innovative transportation application in its Inrix IQ suite. Mission Control analyzes and transforms vast amounts of data generated from hundreds of millions of connected devices into actionable insights, providing accurate, cost-efficient and reliable traffic insights in any size city, the company said Nov. 27. The cloud-based solution offers detailed visibility into traffic and roadway condition...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 27 November 2023
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    Android Auto rolls out new design for Google Maps
    Google Maps is receiving a new facelift on Android Auto, with changes to the navigation screen, 9to5Google reported Nov. 6. The estimated travel time is now listed at the top in bold text, followed by distance and estimated time of arrival (ETA) below. The buttons for stopping navigation, looking at alternate routes, searching for additional locations and viewing stops on the route have also been redesigned and are now less crowded. The new design complements the recent sidebar update on Andr...
    Austrian city of Graz trials smart traffic monitoring project
    According to a report published on Nov. 24, Graz, Austria, has initiated a trial of a Smart Traffic Monitoring Platform (TMP) developed by LMT, a traffic solutions provider. This innovative system aims to gather real-time data on traffic at a busy central intersection, with the intention of analyzing the information to enhance conditions for cyclists and promote eco-friendly transportation. LMT's TMP utilizes a fully GDPR-compliant video system, equipped with cutting-edge edge computing ...
    Legible partners with Faurecia Aptoide for seamless infotainment integration
    Legible Inc., a digital content platform and eBookstore, has partnered with Faurecia Aptoide Automotive to provide its app for infotainment systems in cars globally. Faurecia Aptoide is the leading automotive apps market, providing infotainment solutions to over 3 million vehicles in 2023, with projected growth to 20 million vehicles by 2025, according to a press release from BusinessWire dated Nov. 23. Legible's app will offer a seamless integration of its vast digital library, providing use...
    Stellantis opens immersive audio lab in India to enhance vehicle audio experience
    Stellantis, a leading automaker, has established an immersive audio lab in Bangalore, India, to develop unique audio strategies and roadmaps for its brands. The lab, which is claimed to be the first of its kind in India, focuses on audio reference, production and quality assurance, Mobility Outlook reported Nov. 23. Speaking on the opening of the new lab, Yves Bonnefont, chief software officer at Stellantis, emphasized the importance of audio in customer satisfaction and enjoyment o...
    Native Voice collaborates with Walmart for in-vehicle voice AIs
    Native Voice has collaborated with Walmart to integrate its library of voice AIs into vehicles, it said in a press release dated Nov. 7. The partnership will allow drivers to access voice-enabled AI on the road through the Onn. Wireless FM Transmitter, which offers seamless voice access to services such as “Hey iHeart,” “Hey TuneIn,” and “Hey AccuWeather,” along with voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant. The integration of Native Voice's conversational AI library with t...
    Salesforce unveils Automotive Cloud innovations for personalized in-car experiences
    Salesforce has introduced new innovations in its Automotive Cloud platform for automotive companies to use data and AI to provide personalized in-car experiences and manage fleets, it said in a press release dated Nov. 7. The platform will consolidate the automaker's data to power new features that provide a real-time, contextualized view of what is going on inside a vehicle. The new innovations include Connected Vehicle Visualization, which provides a real-time visualization of a vehicle's c...
    Škoda Auto launches Pay to Fuel service in Europe
    Škoda Auto announced the expansion of its digital services to include Pay to Fuel. After refueling, drivers can pay via credit or debit card from the car’s infotainment screen. This service is now available in six European countries, and there are plans to include more countries and fuel stations in the future, it announced in a press release on Nov. 22. The stations supporting Pay to Fuel are listed in the in-car navigation. After choosing one of these, the vehicle automatically recognize...
    Point One Navigation releases Atlas real-time inertial navigation system
    Point One Navigation has introduced the Atlas Inertial Navigation System (INS), a product that offers high accuracy and affordability for autonomous vehicles, mapping and other applications, according to a press release on Nov. 14. The Atlas INS represents a significant leap forward in real-time precision location technology, providing ground-truth level accuracy in real time without the need for extensive post-processing. Previously, legacy INS solutions required extensive post-processing to...
    What’s the fuss about What3Words?
    Founded in 2013, What3Words is a geocoding application that divides the world into a grid containing 57 trillion 3-meter by 3-meter squares and assigns each square a unique three-word address instead of alphanumeric coordinates. Each of the three words in a What3Words address corresponds to a specific square on the map, and the order of the words is important for accuracy. The words are randomly assigned to each square, but the system uses an algorithm to ensure that similar-sounding words ar...
    Volkswagen India introduces new Sound Edition Taigun and Virtus
    Volkswagen India has introduced the Sound Edition on its GNCAP 5-Star safety rated lineup of Taigun and Virtus models, it said in a press release on Nov. 8. The Sound Edition features a sub-woofer, amplifier and a specially-tuned audio system that offers a unique acoustic experience. The Sound Edition on Taigun and Virtus will also get features such as electric front seats, puddle lamps, footwell illumination and Sound branding on front A-pillar tweeters. The Volkswagen Sound Edition ...
    Intellias to showcase advanced in-vehicle tech at CES 2024
    Intellias, a software-engineering partner for the automotive industry, will showcase its expertise in human-machine interface (HMI), digital cockpit and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) integration technology at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024, said a PRNewswire release on Nov. 21. The company will unveil the next generation of its IntelliKit, a portable, fully integrated digital cockpit, which is based on Qualcomm's SA8295P fourth-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Pl...
    Cipia returns to CES 2024 with in-cabin automotive solutions showcase
    Cipia, an AI and computer vision-based, in-cabin automotive solutions provider, is set to return to the 2024 Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2024) with a booth and demo car at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) North Hall, the company said Nov. 21. The company will showcase its latest innovations, including advancements in its market-leading Driver Sense, a driver monitoring system (DMS); and Cabin Sense, an interior and occupancy monitoring system (OMS); which was recently awarded a d...
    Eye-Net Mobile to join Software République consortium
    According to a press release on Nov. 20, Foresight Autonomous Holdings announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile, has signed an agreement to join Software République. Eye-Net will join the ecosystem of partners through Software République’s Incubation Program. Software République is a European innovation ecosystem for intelligent, secure and sustainable mobility, founded by Dassault Systèmes SE, Eviden, Orange SA, Renault Group, STMicroelectronics NV and Thales Gro...
    ParkMobile to launch mobile app for on-demand parking in Quakertown, Pa., in early 2024
    ParkMobile will soon introduce its mobile app for on-demand parking in Quakertown, Pa., allowing drivers to pay for parking digitally through the ParkMobile app or web browser. The app will be available in early 2024, covering 1,209 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout the town, according to a company press release on Nov. 20. According to David Hoyt, managing director of ParkMobile, the goal of the app is to make cities more livable by enabling cities to better manage thei...
    Mubadala Capital leads strategic recapitalization of Reimagined Parking
    Reimagined Parking, formerly known as Reef Parking, has undergone significant changes to position itself for continued growth. Mubadala Capital, a global sovereign investor with over $280 billion in assets, has led a strategic recapitalization of the company. As part of the changes, Mubadala Capital has become the new controlling shareholder, and key additions have been made to the senior management team, a PRNewswire release dated Nov. 20 said. The company has appointed Russ Pillar as its...
    Blackshark.ai raises funding for GEOINT and 3D mapping technology
    Blackshark.ai, an AI geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) company, has successfully raised $35 million in its Series A extension round, with existing investors and new partners joining the funding, according to a press release on Nov. 16. The company, known for creating the first 3D digital twin of the Earth for Microsoft's Flight Simulator, aims to democratize high-frequency 3D mapping applications across various sectors. The funding will be used to support technology developments, and bolster...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 20 November 2023
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    Panasonic and Apollo partner for Panasonic Automotive Systems business
    Panasonic Holdings Corp. (PHD) has signed a memorandum of understanding with an affiliate of Apollo Global Management to become a strategic partner in the Panasonic Automotive Systems (PAS) business, a company press release dated Nov. 17 said. Under the agreement, funds managed by Apollo will acquire a portion of PHD's ownership of PAS. The companies will continue discussions with the intention of finalizing the details of the agreement by March 31, 2024. PAS provides advanced technologies, i...
    Car Connectivity Consortium and FiRa Consortium partner on UWB technology used in CCC Digital Key
    The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and the FiRa Consortium have formed the joint ultrawide-band (UWB) MAC PHY working group (JUMPWG) to develop and maintain UWB technology specifications for use in the CCC Digital Key, it said in a press release dated Nov. 8. The working group will be led by Jinjing Jiang from member company Apple. The goal of the JUMPWG is to advance the development of UWB technology. The CCC Digital Key uses UWB technology combined with Bluetooth Low Energy to pr...
    Sibros, Cubonic partner to accelerate autonomous driving, enhance fleet efficiency
    Sibros and Cubonic have formed a partnership to speed up the development of autonomous driving and connected ecosystems for last-mile transportation, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. Sibros' Deep Connected Platform will enhance Cubonic's bespoke electric light-commercial vehicles' operational efficiency, safety and user experience by providing live data collection, over-the-air software updates and real-time remote diagnostics. Benefits of the partnership include ensuring vehi...
    Panasonic, Fisker collaborate on sustainable audio system for electric SUVs
    Panasonic Automotive, a division of Panasonic Corp. of North America, has collaborated with Fisker Inc. to launch the Fisker Pulse audio system powered by ELS Studio 3D on the all-new 2023 Fisker Ocean Extreme and Fisker Ocean One, according to a PRNewswire press release dated Nov. 17. The system features 15 high-performance speakers and brings Panasonic's studio-quality sound to the all-electric Fisker Ocean sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is described as The World's Most Sustai...
    Obigo partners with 3SS for in-vehicle entertainment apps and services
    Obigo and 3SS have collaborated to preintegrate 3Ready Automotive, a video entertainment platform, with the Obigo embedded in-car browser, according to a press release on Nov. 16. The combination enables auto manufacturers, content providers and consumers to benefit from a preintegrated and preverified in-car entertainment solution. Original equipment manufacturers will be able accelerate time to market and provide consumers with an entertainment hub featuring customized content. The 3Re...
    RanLOS unveils new Compact Antenna Test Range solution for full-vehicle antenna testing
    In a white paper dated Nov. 8, RanLOS unveiled a new Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) solution for full-vehicle antenna testing over-the-air (OTA) measurements to assess the quality of a communication system in vehicles. The system measures various aspects of antenna radiation patterns, including the quality of the wireless connection. It uses a radio communication tester to simulate wireless communication with a vehicle under test, providing a throughput graph that presents...
    RanLOS and Anritsu unveil 5G vehicle over-the-air test solution
    RanLOS and Anritsu have collaborated to develop an integrated portable antenna test system for measuring the performance of 5G antennas in vehicles. The solution combines Anritsu's MT8000A 5G network simulator with RanLOS' system, according to a press release on Nov. 9. The solution is designed to evaluate the throughput and antenna radiation patterns of 5G antennas under static and dynamic conditions, and is suitable for assessing the performance of antennas on various types of transpor...
    Microchip releases latest TrustAnchor security integrated circuit
    Microchip Technology has unveiled its latest TrustAnchor Security integrated circuit (IC), the TA101, to address intricate automotive and embedded security scenarios, according to a press release on Nov. 15. This release aligns with the growing connectivity and technological advancements in vehicles, necessitating enhanced security measures. Additionally, new cybersecurity standards from both governmental and automotive original equipment manufacturer sources now incorporate larger key sizes and...
    Great Wall Motor partners with Douyin to drive digital transformation and enhance smart mobility
    Great Wall Motor, a leading Chinese automaker, has entered into a strategic partnership with Douyin Group, a social media giant, to enhance its business in the digital and smart mobility era. The two companies will collaborate in nine areas, including big data, cloud infrastructure, smart driving and onboard functions, China Daily reported Nov. 14. According to the report, Great Wall Motor aims to leverage Douyin's expertise in user-data security and customer insights to create more aligned c...
    Jabil expands operations in Mexico with new production facility
    Jabil Inc. announced the opening of its third production facility in Chihuahua, Mexico, marking a significant milestone in the company's growth and commitment to the region. The new plant spans over 250,000 square feet and will support Jabil's customers across various industries, including energy, automotive, healthcare, digital print and retail, it announced Nov. 16. Victor Brizuela, Jabil's vice president of operations for Latin America, expressed the company's excitement about the opening,...
    ParkMobile partners with Purdue University to simplify parking payments for students and visitors
    ParkMobile, a leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, has partnered with Purdue University in Indiana, US, to integrate its mobile parking payment solution across the university's campus. With this partnership, students and visitors can now pay for parking spots via the ParkMobile app or web browser, according to a company press release on Nov. 16. The app provides a "How to use ParkMobile" video and a live map showing all ParkMobile parking spots on campus....
    Iteris gets $13.3 million contract from San Francisco Bay Area
    Iteris has been awarded a $13.3 million contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to continue providing operational support in the San Francisco Bay Area (aka the Bay Area), US, it said in a press release on Nov. 14. The contract extension runs through June 2027 and builds upon a partnership that began in 2020. Iteris will provide managed services for the real-time operations of MTC's 511 Traveler Information and Bay Area Express Lanes Operations Programs. These progra...
    Mercedes-Benz expands autonomous parking tech to new models, saving drivers time and comfort
    Following with the introduction of the S-Class, EQS and EQE saloons, German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz has now made its highly automated parking function, Intelligent Park Pilot (SAE Level 4), available for the new E-Class saloon and Estate, the EQE sport utility vehicle (SUV) and the EQS SUV, the company said Nov. 13. This feature allows drivers to drive into a car park, exit their vehicle and send it to a prebooked parking space via smartphone, eliminating the need to search for a parki...
    KPIT to acquire 13% stake in N-Dream for €3 million
    KPIT, in a press release on Nov. 9, announced that its board of directors approved the initial strategic acquisition of 13% shareholding in N-Dream AG (N-Dream), a cloud-based game aggregation platform company with an option to increase the shareholding further. The company is based in Switzerland. KPIT will pay €3 million for the 13% stake. N-Dream is in the in-vehicle gaming space offering a cloud-based game aggregation platform including data to automotive original equipment manufac...
    Four startups join Software République Incubation Programme
    Software République has announced that four new startups have joined the incubation program, according to a company press release on Nov. 9. The four startups are: Embodme, which tackles hygiene issues in vehicles or shared screens with a technology that can integrate into screens at pixel level or any other surface to make it interactive. Eye-Net, which uses advanced algorithms and predictive models to warn vulnerable people of potential dangers nearby in real time, with the aim ...
    Here Technologies appoints Mike Nefkens as CEO
    Here Technologies has appointed Mike Nefkens as its new CEO effective Jan. 2, 2024, it said in a press release on Nov. 9. Nefkens brings over three decades of experience in technology, IT, software, cloud services, internet of things (IoT) and automotive industries. He previously served as president and CEO of Resideo Technologies and was a longtime executive at Hewlett-Packard. Nefkens currently acts as a senior advisor and CEO coach at Boston Consulting Group. “I am honored t...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 November 2023
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    EasyPark Group to expand reach with acquisition of global mobility player Flowbird Group
    EasyPark Group, a leading mobile paid parking provider, aims to acquire Flowbird Group, a global mobility player offering integrated parking and transportation solutions. The acquisition will expand EasyPark Group's reach to thousands of new locations worldwide, enabling the company to deploy its award-winning consumer and business-to-business services. Flowbird Group operates under several brands, including Flowbird, YourParkingSpace, TPark, Extenso Cloud and Yellowbrick, providing multiple ...
    Pioneer supplies display audio units and premium audio systems for Toyota Yaris Cross SUV in Thailand
    Pioneer has been supplying Toyota Motor Thailand Co. Ltd. with display audio units and premium audio systems, according to its press release dated Nov. 8. The display audio units and premium audio systems are factory-installed in the new Toyota Yaris Cross SUV, which was launched in Thailand in October 2023. The Pioneer Display Audio features a large 10.1-inch screen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Pioneer Premium Sound System consists of six branded speakers. Durin...
    Harman acquires Flux Software Engineering to expand immersive audio offerings
    Harman Professional Solutions, a global leader in audio, lighting and video and control technologies, has agreed to acquire Flux Software Engineering (Flux::), a pioneer in immersive audio production, audio processing plug-in design and audio analysis. The acquisition will expand Harman Professional's offerings across various applications with cutting-edge immersive technology and establish a foundation for future innovation by combining Flux::'s team with Harman Professional's hardware and s...
    Tomtom’s Junction Analytics now on Azure Marketplace for traffic insights
    TomTom has announced that its Junction Analytics, a suite of traffic analytics products, is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, in a press release dated Nov. 7. This marks the first of four road analytics products to be made available on the platform. TomTom's Junction Analytics provides insights into road transportation and traffic demand, helping to reduce congestion, emissions and improve mobility. The product suite leverages historical and real-time traffic data from over 60...
    CerebrumX Labs, Guidepoint Systems partner for seamless fleet management solution
    CerebrumX Labs Inc., an AI-driven automotive data platform company, has announced a strategic collaboration with Guidepoint Systems, a global provider of vehicle telematics and software as a service (SaaS) for automotive original equipment manufacturers, dealerships, rental agencies and commercial fleet managers. The partnership aims to transform fleet management and dealer operations by offering a seamless and hassle-free solution for inventory management without the need for additional ha...
    Continental to localize production of connected mobility solutions in India
    Continental is set to expand its research and development and manufacturing efforts in India to meet the growing demand for connected technologies, Autocar Professional reported Nov. 7. The company is collaborating with local original equipement manufacturers to deliver customized solutions and is investing in localization to offer globally proven technologies at an affordable price. Continental is expanding its production line for connected technologies, integrating smart manufacturing techniqu...
    Foresight provides outlook on ongoing automotive projects
    In a press release dated Nov. 1, Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. has provided an update on its operations and presented a revised business roadmap. In the long term, the automotive industry is the largest target market for Foresight, and the company has been engaged in POC projects with Hitachi Astemo Ltd. and ZF Friedrichschafen AG. Negotiations are underway for the next phases of these projects, which may materialize in both the medium and long terms. Current projects costs are covered...
    Eye-Net's location service to enhance connectivity and collision prevention in Softbank's MEC infrastructure
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., an Israeli company specializing in automotive vision systems, has announced the successful completion of the first phase of a multiphase project with SoftBank Corp., based on a press release dated Nov. 6. The project involves the deployment of Eye-Net Mobile Ltd.'s innovative location service within SoftBank's multi-access edge computing (MEC) infrastructure. SoftBank anticipates the integration of Eye-Net's location service to improve connectivit...
    Sleepy Hollow modernizes parking payments with ParkMobile app
    Residents and visitors in Sleepy Hollow, NY can now pay for parking using the ParkMobile app. ParkMobile has partnered with the Village of Sleepy Hollow to modernize its parking payment system. The app allows users to easily pay for parking using their mobile device, eliminating the stress of finding and paying for parking, according to a company press release on Nov. 6. Residents and visitors can now pay for parking at 743 parking spaces throughout the town via the ParkMobile app. Accordi...
    Fastned launches Android Auto app for finding fast-charging stations
    Fastned has unveiled its new station finding app for Android Auto, according to a press release dated Oct. 23. The launch follows its integration with the Apple CarPlay app earlier this year. Fastned has developed its own Android Auto app, which will contribute to an even easier charging experience. Electric vehicle drivers can now find Fastned stations, check the actual pricing and check real-time charger availability directly within their EVs' infotainment system. Android Auto allows Android u...
    TPEM to build EVs on JLR’s EMA platform
    Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. (TPEM) and Jaguar Land Rover PLC (JLR) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the licensing of JLR’s Electrified Modular Architecture (EMA) platform for a royalty fee, Tata Motors Ltd. announced Nov. 2. TPEM and JLR are 100% subsidiaries of Tata Motors. TPEM plans to use JLR’s EMA platform, which includes its electrical architecture, electric drive unit (EDU) and battery pack and manufacturing know-hows for the development of its...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 06 November 2023
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    Quectel achieves automotive functional safety and cybersecurity-management system certifications
    Quectel Wireless Solutions has achieved ISO 26262:2018 Functional Safety Process certifications from Bureau Veritas (BV) for its robust functional safety-management process system, it said in a press release dated Nov. 1. Additionally, Quectel's LG69T automotive-grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module has received certification for meeting the stringent requirements of ISO 26262 ASIL B metrics. “Securing ISO 26262 certifications marks a significant milestone in Quectel's comm...
    Gentex to showcase connected solutions at SEMA Show 2023
    Gentex will showcase its growing automotive product portfolio at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2023, according to a press release dated Oct. 31. The solutions by Gentex include car-to-home automation, connectivity, e-concierge, digital vision products and dimmable devices. Additionally, the company will also showcase its Type-R Series mirror, a limited edition, lightweight, minimalist automatic-dimming rearview mirror designed for custom car builds, which debuted...
    Aptiv reports 11% YOY increase in revenues to $5.1 billion in Q3 FY'23
    Aptiv PLC, a global technology company focused on making mobility safer, greener and more connected, announced its third-quarter fiscal year 2023 results with a revenue growth of 11% year over year to $5.1 billion. This growth consisted of 10% in Europe; 10% in North America; 2% in Asia, which was flat in China; and 12% in South America, the smallest region; the company said in a press release dated Nov. 2. The third-quarter's income was $1,629 million, compared to $2...
    SiriusXM’s Q3 revenue relatively unchanged year over year at $2.27 billion
    SiriusXM has reported a 0.3% year-over-year fall in revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 to $2.27 billion, according to its press release on Oct. 31. Net income was reported at $363 million, compared to $247 million last year. Revenue from SiriusXM fell 1% to $1.7 billion for the third quarter while revenue from Pandora and Off-platform revenue rose 3% year over year to $418 million. For fiscal 2023, SiriusXM expects revenue of approximately $9 billion, adjusted EBITDA of about $2.75 ...
    L&T Technology accelerates transition to smart vehicles with AWS generative AI
    L&T Technology Services (LTTS), a leading global digital engineering and research and development (R&D) services company based in India, announced that it is leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help global automotive manufacturers accelerate the transition toward software-defined vehicles (SDVs) using generative AI, according to a company press release dated Oct. 31. SDVs rely heavily on software to control and manage their operations, including performance and comfort, with ...
    KPIT Q2 FY 2024 revenue up 51.7% YOY to $145 million
    KPIT Technologies, an independent software integration partner to the automotive and mobility ecosystem for software-defined vehicles, announced its second-quarter fiscal year 2024 financial result on Oct. 30. The company reported revenue of $145.2 million, a year-over-year growth of 51.7%; and profit after tax of $16.8 million, up 68.7%. The company said it has had 13 consecutive quarters of steady revenue and EBITDA growth. It has witnessed broad-based growth across practices and verticals,...
    Denso Q2 FY 2024 YOY revenues jump 16.3% to $23.5 billion
    Japanese mobility supplier Denso recorded a 16.35% year-over-year jump in its consolidated revenues to ¥3,513.5 billion (about $23.5 billion) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024. The consolidated operating profit stands at ¥211.8 billion, a 36.3% increase from the previous year, the company said in a press release on Oct. 31. In key geographies including Japan, revenue increased to ¥2061.2 billion, up 18.5% from the previous year, and operating profit was ¥85.2 billion, down 6.4% fr...
    Upstream Security, ABeam Consulting partner to enhance connected vehicle data security
    Upstream Security, a leading provider of cybersecurity and data-management platforms for connected vehicles, has partnered with ABeam Consulting, a global business and digital transformation consulting firm, to offer advanced data-driven and cybersecurity solutions. The partnership aims to empower mobility stakeholders to effectively unlock the power of their data and leverage it to deliver advanced analytics and data-driven solutions, according to a company press release on Oct. 31. The part...
    Mercedes-Benz expands partnership with Qt Group to accelerate software-defined vehicles
    German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz has expanded its partnership with Qt Group to leverage the Qt framework, design, development and quality assurance tools to support building its highly anticipated operating system (OS) — MB.OS — across its cars' models and displays. Qt’s support will enable cross-platform development and shorten time-to-market, a company press release dated Oct. 31 said.  The OS is a new architecture that advances the software-defined vehicle concept...
    Yahoo partners with Xperi to bring Yahoo content to BMW in-car screens
    Yahoo has partnered with Xperi to bring its video content to Xperi's DTS AutoStage Video Service, it said in a press release dated Oct. 30. Through this partnership, Yahoo video content from Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports and In the Know will be available to BMW drivers in the US, UK, South Korea, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. Xperi’s entertainment platform will first be deployed in the all-new BMW 5 Series and future BMW models, bringing Yahoo content to the in-car entertainment experience f...
    Porsche expands partnership with Google
    Porsche and Google are expanding their collaboration to integrate Google services into Porsche vehicles, according to an official press release on October 30. The expanded partnership will go into effect in the middle of the decade. It will include Google Maps, Google Assistant and a variety of apps available through the Google Play Store, all accessed through the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. “We’re excited to partner with Porsche on their goal to bring innovative and he...
    New-age in-car navigation experiences—branded and personalized
    The future of automotive in-cabin experiences is being increasingly driven by digitization and user personalization. The industry has already seen how customized driver/passenger profiles enriched with insights from AI-driven analytics can pre-set functions such as temperature, seat and steering adjustment, audio volume, radio station choices, and even navigation recommendations. The current state of embedded in-car navigation For in-car navigational purposes, usually the default routing o...
    5GAA hosts event at University of Michigan showcasing cutting-edge technologies for vehicle connectivity
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) hosted an event at the Mcity Test Facility at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., showcasing the potential of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in enhancing road safety, according to a company press release on October 26. The event featured live demonstrations and a static showcase, highlighting the capabilities of C-V2X direct communications and mobile network communications. The live demonstrations were organized by Qualcomm, ...
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    NXP adds new Wi-Fi 6E solution to automotive wireless connectivity portfolio
    NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a new automotive wireless connectivity solution for dual Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connections inside the car, according to a press release dated October 24. The AW693 targets telematics and in-vehicle infotainment applications and is protected by NXP's integrated EdgeLock secure subsystem, which provides key management, firmware authentication, secure life-cycle management and anti-rollback protection. The AW693 is part of NXP's complete portfolio of automotive ...
    New Harman subwoofers offer deep bass with increased flexibility
    Harman International Industries has launched four new subwoofers, the JBL Club and Infinity Reference, designed to deliver deep and punchy bass in any vehicle audio system. The new subwoofers feature Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI) technology, allowing users to select either 2- or 4-ohm settings, and are compatible with sealed and bandpass box configurations, the company said in a press release dated October 25. The JBL Club series subwoofers feature a proprietary Poly woofer cone and a s...
    Xpeng unveils fifth-generation smart cockpit operating system — XOS Tianji
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker XPeng Inc. revealed a series of innovative technological milestones and pioneering industry accomplishments at its fifth annual Tech Day held in Guangzhou, China. Displaying its top-notch developments based on its robust in-house, full-stack research and development (R&D) capabilities, especially more mature applications of large models in the front-end business and back-end R&D process, 2023’s event featured the latest advancements across Xpeng’s XNGP&...
    CEA-Leti launches research and development program to enhance cooperation between autonomous vehicles via vehicle-to-everything
    According to a press release on October 17, CEA-Leti, a research institute, has announced a new research and development (R&D) initiative to enhance vehicle automation and cooperation through advancements in vehicular wireless communications. The initiative builds upon the institute's participation in three EU H2020 projects, which have consolidated their expertise in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technologies and standards. The focus of the project is to evaluate and demons...
    ParkMobile starts operation in the city of Cleveland
    In another step toward greater expansion, ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, is now available in the city of Cleveland. This will allow customers to use the ParkMobile app or web browser to pay for on-demand parking at on-street parking spaces throughout Downtown Cleveland, a company press release said October 23. To pay for parking via the ParkMobile app or website, users will enter the zone number or scan the QR code found on the signs...
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    General Motors, Honda plan to introduce self-driving vehicle service in Japan by 2026
    General Motors, Cruise and Honda have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to set up a new joint venture company to launch a driverless ride-hail service in Japan starting in early 2026, GM announced October 18. According to the press note, the opportunity for the ride-hail service in Japan is massive as the country has the potential to be one of the largest driverless ride-hail markets in the world. Moreover, the region also has a growing need for new forms of transportation, with ongo...
    Hyundai Group to offer digital key features across Hyundai, Kia and Genesis users
    South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group announced October 18 that it will collaborate with smartphone platform companies to allow a wider variety of iOS and Android phone users to gain digital access to Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brand vehicles via the Digital Key 2 convenience feature. The Group said its Digital Key 2 is one of the first services in the automotive industry to support cross-platform compatibility for contactless sharing of digital key capabilities between smartphones. In the...
    Transurban and partners demonstrate connected autonomous vehicles on Virginia Express Lanes
    Transurban North America, alongside its partners from the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Crash Avoidance Metrics Partners, conducted demonstrations of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) on its 395 Express Lanes near Washington, DC, according to a press release on October 16. The trials and demonstrations conducted by the company and its partners were funded in part by a $7.5 million grant from the US Transportation Department. The Trans...
    Volvo’s EX30 with Google built-in passes new European General Safety Regulation
    Volvo’s in-vehicle speed limit-announcing safety feature in collaboration with Google has received the European General Safety Regulation (GSR) certification, The Verge reported October 16. The technology, known as Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA), uses Google Maps data to accurately display the current posted speed limit on the instrument display at all times and warns drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit. “You need to know things about the road network that you cannot see to kn...
    TomTom’s Q3 revenue rises 6% YOY to €144 million
    TomTom has announced its third-quarter 2023 results, highlighting significant growth in its Location Technology and Automotive businesses, it said in a press release on October 13. The company's revenue increased by 6% to €144.1 million, with Location Technology revenue up 10% to €119 million and Automotive operational revenue growing by 13% to €85 million. Net cash stood at €325 million. For full year 2023, TomTom reiterated their guidance with revenue expected to grow to between €...
    Nissan launches updated Rogue with Google built-in
    Nissan has announced that its new model year 2024 Rogue will offer a range of technology features, including a new infotainment system with Google built-in, Amazon Alexa Built-in and SiriusXM 5, it said in a press release dated October 16. The vehicle also comes with a range of available advanced safety and drive assistance features. With the Google built-in, the system seamlessly integrates well-known Google apps, allowing drivers to use them without pairing or plugging in a phone. The Rogue al...
    Indian government panel wants vehicle-to-everything offering tied to safety rating – report
    An Indian government panel has recommended that automakers should incorporate connected car technology, such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), to improve road safety in the country, Reuters reported October 11. The panel suggested that V2X technology can help communicate between vehicles and external systems, such as traffic lights, to prevent accidents. The panel's recommendations are based on the understanding that most traffic issues occur due to non-line-of-sight scenarios, and V2X technolo...
    VinFast integrates What3words into its Vietnamese virtual assistant
    What3words has partnered with VinFast to enhance navigation experience, it said in a press release dated October 9. VinFast has integrated What3words into its brand new VF8 and VF9 electric vehicles, allowing drivers to type or speak a What3words address into the car's navigation system to reach any three by three meter location accurately. “Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to experience what Vietnam has to offer: its bustling cities, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant culture. It als...
    Chinese automakers Nio and Geely seek edge through smartphones integration with vehicles
    Nio and Geely Holding Group, two Chinese automakers, are placing their bets on smartphones that integrate seamlessly with their cars to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market, a report in Nikkei Asia said October 12. Nio's Founder and CEO William Li stated that Nio drivers are looking for a smartphone that connects smoothly with their vehicles. However, the company is only selling its recently announced Nio Phone in China, and it only supports newer vehicl...
    FirstFleet selects Motive to enhance driver safety and operational efficiency
    Motive, a fully unified Integrated Operations Platform for the physical economy, has announced that FirstFleet has selected Motive to increase road safety, compliance and operational efficiency for FirstFleet and its drivers, according to a press release on October 12. FirstFleet, a Dedicated Contract Carriage service provider, operates across the US and has a workforce of over 4,000 employees. The partnership provides FirstFleet with access to Motive's AI Dashcam and safety data, as well as ...
    SoundHound AI voice-enables Vehicle Intelligence domain for hands-free access to car manual
    SoundHound AI Inc., a global leader in voice AI, on October 12 announced a new Vehicle Intelligence domain that lets users of its in-vehicle voice AI platform access the car manual using natural speech. The new domain follows the recent launch of SoundHound Chat AI for automotive, which is currently being piloted in vehicles. The company’s voice-enabled Vehicle Intelligence domain uses AI and large language models (LLMs) to provide answers to almost any question about a car’s functionalit...
    Stellantis to double software engineers count in India – report
    Accelerating its India capabilities, which has been made the global competence center for the development of new-age cockpits, Stellantis plans to hire about 1,100 software engineers in the next 12 to 18 months, said the company's Chief Software Officer Yves Bonnefont. MobileDrive, its equal joint venture with Foxconn for the development of cockpit software, has also set up a new office in Bengaluru, India, and aims to hire about 100 software engineers by the end of 2023, to leverag...
    GM stays focused on software standardization to offer superior and faster technology
    To standardize software interfaces to securely access vehicle systems from anywhere in an original equipment manufacturer's vehicle ecosystem, General Motors announced October 12 that it is contributing a vehicle services definition called uServices. It said this standardized interface and associated programming model enables efficient development of distributed software required by software-defined vehicles (SDVs). The automaker joins the Connected Vehicle Systems Alliance (COVESA), a global...
    Pricol, TYW partner to enhance Indian driving experience with advanced tech solutions
    Pricol Ltd., a leading automotive technology company in India, announced a technology and supply partnership with Heilongjiang Tianyouwei Electronics Co. Ltd., (TYW), a company for advanced technologies in driver information system solutions for Indian vehicle-makers across various vehicle segments. Pricol has entered into a cooperation agreement for technology and supply of parts and systems with TYW for advanced technologies in driver information system solutions including e-cockpit, h...
    Elektrobit launches Theming Engine, a new software capable of fully customizing a vehicle’s user interface
    Elektrobit in a press release on October 10 announced the Theming Engine, a new software capable of fully customizing a vehicle’s user interface (UI) at any point during the life of the vehicle — without the need for a software engineer. The software allows automaker, fleet managers, rental car operators and shared mobility service providers to personalize the look and feel of a vehicle on the fly, providing opportunities for revenue generation, improved customer satisfaction and enhanced...
    Flexcar selects Octo Telematics to enhance their car subscription experience
    Octo Telematics has partnered with Flexcar, a smart car subscription service, to enhance vehicle condition monitoring, maintenance and safety. Flexcar aims to provide a seamless and touchless experience for drivers by leveraging Octo's connected vehicle capabilities. The partnership will enable Flexcar to quickly identify and remediate maintenance and collision events, ensuring a world-class customer experience. Octo's technology will also provide real-time diagnostics to ensure vehicles...
    Wind River Linux chosen by Hozon for intelligent security vehicle platform development
    Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems, announced October 10 that Hozon New Energy Automobile Co. Ltd. has selected Wind River Linux to develop the Hozon Automotive Intelligent Security Vehicle Platform. Hozon, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, aims to create a high-performance framework for software-defined vehicles with Wind River's help. Avijit Sinha, chief product officer at Wind River, expressed excitement about the collaboratio...
    Genesis offers complimentary telematics suite for model year 2023 and later models
    Genesis Motor America has announced that its comprehensive telematics suite, Genesis Connected Services, is now offered complimentary for all original owners or lessees of 2023 and newer model years, in a press release dated October 10. The safety, maintenance, convenience and remote features included in the Genesis Connected Care, Remote and Guidance subscription packages are now available for free on a non-trial basis to new buyers with Genesis Connected Services. Existing first owners of 2...
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