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    Semiconductor supply constraints expected to resolve by second half of fiscal year 2021
    With demand falling for most part of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carmakers and tier-1 suppliers have reduced their inventory. Automotive semiconductor vendors have canceled orders to external foundries, while internal capacity was halted or slowed either intentionally or as a result of reduce...
    OEMs launching 5G-enabled cars years before the technology goes mainstream 
    The introduction of 5G telecommunication services is going to be a game-changer for the automotive industry. Its low latency properties will drive growth in connected and autonomous vehicle markets while enabling data and signal sharing in real time, which is crucial for maintaining safety in t...
    UK, EU reach post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    The United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) have reached a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 24 December, just a week before the UK will officially exit the 27-nation bloc, according to a press release by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU. Once ratified by both sides, th...
    German court refers Nokia-Daimler patent licensing dispute to European Court of Justice
    The Duesseldorf Regional Court in Germany has referred a patent licensing dispute between Nokia and Daimler to the European Court of Justice, Reuters reported on 26 November. The dispute is regarding royalties for technology used in navigation systems, vehicle communications, and autonomous vehicles...
    FCC votes to open 5.9 GHz spectrum for nonautomotive use
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band, a press release dated 18 November read. The rules allow for the adoption for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, within the said spectrum. The plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850–5.895 GHz) for un...
    German government to provide additional USD3.56 billion support for auto industry
    The German government has announced that it will be providing a further EUR3 billion (approximately USD3.56 billion) in support to the German automobile industry, which has been struggling. According to a report filed by Germany-based news channel Deutsche Welle on 18 November, this will bring the t...
    FCC proposes new draft rules to make lower portion of 5.9 GHz band available for Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has proposed a new draft allowing the lower spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band be available for unlicensed services such as Wi-Fi, according to a press release issued by the group on 28 October. The Commission will vote on these new rules at...
    Regulation: Australia proposes mandatory fitment of AEB on all new cars within two years
    The Australian government has proposed a mandatory fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all new cars sold in Australia within two years, Motoring reported on 16 October. The proposal is a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS proposes the introduction of an Australian Design Rule...
    Automakers urge US Federal Trade Commission to seek appeal against Qualcomm ruling
    Automakers have urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to appeal against a favorable court ruling for Qualcomm, Reuters reported on 25 August. Tesla, Ford, Honda, Daimler along with Intel and MediaTek are in support of the FTC. In 2017, FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm in a federal dis...
    Nokia wins ruling against Daimler on mobile technology at Mannheim court
    Nokia won a ruling in a patent dispute with Daimler over mobile technology in cars, Bloomberg reported on 18 August. The court at Mannheim, Germany, ruled that Daimler violated Nokia’s mobile-technology patents. Daimler said that it would appeal the decision. The court in Mannheim stated that Daim...
    Automakers, suppliers may avoid compliance penalties under new USMCA trade deal for one year
    Automakers and their suppliers may avoid penalties for violating compliance for up to one year under the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), Reuters reported a US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) official as saying. The new trade agreement, which replaces the 26-year-old North America ...
    Japan and Britain aim to finalize trade deal by end of July
    Japan and Britain are aiming to close a new trade deal by the end of July 2020, and Japan will attempt to secure at least the same tariff levels for automobiles that it has in its existing trade pact with the European Union, said Hiroshi Matsuura, the chief negotiator for trade talks with Britain, a...
    REGULATION: UN releases two new regulations on vehicle cyber security and software updates
    The United Nations has announced two new regulations on automotive cyber security and software updates, a press release on 25 June read. The regulations, which will apply to passenger cars, vans, trucks, and buses will come into effect from January 2021. The regulations, adopted by World Forum fo...
    Transportation groups in US call for review of FCC’s proposal on reallocation of spectrum in 5.9 GHz band
    Transportation groups in the United States have urged a Senate panel to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the proposal to reallocate a part of the 5.9 GHz band for broadband use, TT News reported on 23 June. The call to the Senate to act was led by the Intelligent T...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier industry aims to reduce dependence on mainland Chinese imports
    The Indian auto component industry is working on steps to reduce import dependence on China and focus more on localization, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI) citing industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). The domestic automotive industry is ...
    Vietnam ratifies trade agreement with EU
    Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) on June 8 2020. The ratified FTA will cut or eliminate 99% of tariff on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the 27-member bloc, according to a report by Reuters. The European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreemen...
    UK designates 300 km of roads for testing connected, autonomous vehicles
    The United Kingdom has designated about 300 km (188 miles) of road in the West Midlands for testing connected and autonomous vehicles later in 2020, Autocar reported on 19 May. The planned route, stretching from Coventry to Birmingham, takes in a variety of different settings, including inner-c...
    Alliance for Automotive Innovation proposes plans to utilize 5.9 GHz spectrum for transportation
    The Alliance for Automotive Innovation have reached a consensus on using the 5.9 GHz Safety Spectrum band for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies: Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) and Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC). In a regulatory filing with the Federal Communication Comm...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Japan’s Aichi Prefecture to support Toyota suppliers with emergency loans
    Hideaki Ohmura, the governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced plans to offer JPY400 billion (USD3.72 billion) in emergency loans for struggling small and midsize companies, Reuters reported on 23 April. The emergency loan is expected to help several suppliers of Toyota Motor who are under pr...
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    Malaysia launches National Automotive Policy 2020
    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the country’s new National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) on February 21 at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) office in Kuala Lumpur, malaysian-based newspaper The Star reported. The new policy, an enhanc...
    SAE, ISO publish draft of new standard for automotive cybersecurity engineering
    SAE International has collaborated with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to publish a draft of a new standard for automotive cybersecurity engineering, a press release dated 12 February read. The ISO/SAE 21434 Standard is expected to ensure a structured format to integrate cy...
    eSync Alliance becomes associate member of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association
    The eSync Alliance has announced that it has formally joined the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) as an associate member, a press statement read on 16 December. The eSync Alliance is an open consortium for standardizing over-the-air (OTA) vehicle updates and diagnostic data gathering platf...
    FCC votes to split 5.9 GHz band for C-V2X, Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to split the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) uses, in a statement made on 12 December. Of the 75 MHz in question, the commission proposed to allocate the lower 45 MHz spectrum of the band for unlicen...
    Nokia, Daimler, and other automotive suppliers agree on mediation to resolve technology licensing dispute
    Nokia, Daimler, and certain car parts suppliers have agreed to an independent mediation to resolve their technology licensing dispute, Reuters reported on 12 December. Nokia and the German automaker have been at odds over royalties regarding technologies in navigation systems, vehicle commun...
    Denso agrees to pay USD19 million to settle class action lawsuits in Canada
    Denso Corporation and some of its consolidated subsidiaries have entered into a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in putative class action lawsuits in Canada, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 9 December. The company agreed to pay approximately JPY2.1 billion (USD19 million). ...
    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)...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Two US senators question cybersecurity vulnerabilities of connected cars
    Two US senators have raised concerns about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of internet-connected cars with the country’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a letter dated 22 August. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal asked whether the NHTSA has been notified abo...
    V2X regulatory review
    Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication technology—a key enabler of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) —allows cars to communicate with their surroundings and makes driving safer and more efficient. V2X helps to optimize traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and lessen the environme...
    EU members vote against new rules that support Wi-Fi-based technology for V2X communication
    The European Union (EU) member states have voted against a proposal by the European Commission (EC) to make Wi-Fi technology as the basis for vehicle communications, Bloomberg reported last week. Germany, France and Italy along with 18 others EU countries voted against the EC proposal, paving the wa...
    2019 TU-Automotive Detroit
    TU-Automotive Detroit is one of the most influential automotive technology events globally and a platform where some of the most innovative minds in vehicle connectivity, mobility and autonomy converge each year. The event is well known for its expert panel discussions and also provides a great oppo...
    SK Telecom, Seoul Metropolitan Government sign MOU to develop HD Map technology for autonomous driving
    SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul Metropolitan Government to develop real-time update technology for HD maps for use in autonomous driving, the company said in a press release on 23 May. As part of the MOU, the two partners will install 5G advanced driver assistanc...
    FCC delays review of spectrum assigned to vehicle communication
    Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has postponed a planned review of a band of spectrum currently reserve for the automotive industry for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, Reuters reported on 16 May. Ajit Pai, chairman of FCC was scheduled to begin a comprehensive review of 75 megaher...
    O2’s 5G network to support connected and autonomous vehicle testing in UK
    O2 will be the network provider of 5G connectivity for the testing and development of connected and autonomous (CAV) technology at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire (United Kingdom), the company said in a press release. The UK-based telecom company will make available its 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz sp...
    Daimler, Bury, ask EU antitrust regulators to probe Nokia patents to car communications
    German electronics firm Bury has asked European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to investigate Nokia’s licensing practice on patents related to car communications, Reuters reported on 9 April. “Nokia refuses to license mobile components. Instead, Nokia insists on indirect licensing of the entire...
    EU lawmaking committee votes against EC push for Wi-Fi based car standard
    A committee of European Union (EU) lawmakers has rejected a proposal by the European Commission (EC) to make Wi-Fi-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication as standard in vehicles, Reuters reported on 8 April. The EC’s preference for the Wi-Fi based IEEE 802.11p (also known as Dedicated Sho...
    V2X hardware: Platform-agnostic design the way forward
    Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication technology, an indispensable part of an intelligent transportation system (ITS), enables cars to communicate with their surroundings and makes driving safer and more efficient. In addition, V2X helps to optimize traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and l...
    BlackBerry receives Canadian government funding to develop software systems for connected and automated vehicles
    Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has announced an investment of CAD40 million (USD30.2 million) in BlackBerry QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, to develop software systems for connected and automated vehicles, according to a press release from the Prime Minister on 15 February. The inves...
    Automakers, others extend support for 5GAA ‘waiver request’ with FCC to allow C-V2X in 5.9 GHz band
    Automakers, tier-1 suppliers, and information and communication technology (ICT) companies have extended support for the 5G Association’s (5GAA’s) ‘waiver request’ that seeks permission to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication technology in a portion of the 5.9 GHz band...
    5GAA joins ARCADE to promote deployment of connected and automated driving on European roads
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has joined the Aligning Research & Innovation for Connected and Automated Driving in Europe (ARCADE), a project funded by the European Commission (EC), that is working for coordinated deployment of connected and automated driving on European roads and beyond,...
    UK outlines new cybersecurity standard for self-driving vehicles
    The UK government has announced its first cybersecurity standard for self-driving vehicles, Gov.UK said in a press release on 19 December. The British Standards Institute (BSI) published the cybersecurity standards after extensive consultation with industry players, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford...
    UK government awards USD23.1 million to four consortia for self-driving technology testing and development facilities
    The UK government has awarded a total of GBP18 million (USD23.1 million) to four consortia to deliver self-driving testing and development facilities in the country, according to a press release by Meridian Mobility on 22 November. The four new projects, which are part of the Center for Connected an...
    Ridecell gets permit to test self-driving vehicles in California
    Ridecell has announced that its self-driving vehicle division Auro has been granted a license to test self-driving vehicles on public roadways in California, United States, the company said in a press release. “Receiving a California autonomous testing permit signals an important expansion of our ...
    US DOE awards USD3 million to Virginia Tech for EV charging infrastructure cybersecurity
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Virginia Tech a grant of USD3 million for research on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure cybersecurity, according to a press release by Virginia Tech. The grant is a part of USD80 million investment by the DOE on advanced technology...
    Singapore’s antitrust watchdog fines Grab, Uber over proposed merger
    The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has issued an ‘Infringement Decision’ against Grab and Uber in relation to Grab’s takeover of Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia earlier this year, according to a press release by CCCS on 24 September. The country’s competition w...
    New York City introduces cap for ride-hail vehicles
    Last week, the New York City Council passed a regulation on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to cap the number of for-hire vehicles on the road for a year, reports The New York Times. The regulation also allows New York to set a minimum pay rate for drivers. “We are pausing t...
    Boston allows nuTonomy to test self-driving vehicles across city
    US city Boston has allowed nuTonomy, a self-driving start-up acquired by Aptiv last year, to expand testing of test self-driving vehicles across the city, according to a press release by the City of Boston government. The city government said that nuTonomy has been testing self-driving vehicles on s...
    Japanese government backs 3D mapping system developed by Mitsubishi Electric
    The Japanese government is backing a three-dimensional (3D) mapping system developed by Mitsubishi Electric, The Associated Press reported on 14 June. The 3D map developed by the Japanese company includes various details, such as trees and pedestrians and claims to be off by no more than 25 centimet...
    UK government provides USD40 million funding for development of autonomous vehicles
    The Center for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CCAV), along with Meridian Mobility and Innovate UK, is offering UK businesses and research organizations up to GBP30 million (USD40 million) to advance their facilities for the development of autonomous vehicles, GOV.UK said in a press release last w...
    EU publishes guideline for safe, clean, and connected mobility
    The European Commission (EC) has announced the third and final set of measures for safe, clean, and connected mobility. To promote safe mobility and reduce traffic accidents on European roads, the Commission has proposed that new models of vehicles come equipped with advanced safety features, s...
    Didi Chuxing gets permit from California DMV to test self-driving cars on public roads
    Didi Chuxing has become the latest company to receive permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads, according to the California DMV website. The state transport regulator has given the permission to DiDi Research ...
    China to allow testing of intelligent connected vehicles on any road in the country
    The Chinese central government has directed all provincial and city governments to arrange road tests for intelligent connected vehicles (ICVs), including self-driving vehicles, from next month, Xinhua News Agency reported last week. The Chinese Ministries of industry and information technology, pub...
    California PUC's proposal may pave way for self-driving car testing with passengers
    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a proposal that would pave the way for self-driving car companies to transport passengers without a backup driver in the vehicles, Reuters reported last week. The proposal is seen as a step in the direction for commercialization of autonom...
    California DMV begins accepting applications for testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has begun accepting applications for testing fully autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads, Road Show reported on 2 April. The transportation regulator has outlined the requirements necessary to secure permit for testing such vehicles, incl...
    Philippines to probe Grab’s move to buy Uber’s Southeast Asian business
    The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is looking at the planned acquisition of Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia by Grab, which was announced last week, the country’s antitrust regulator said in a press release on 2 April. The regulator will examine if the merger of the two players in th...
    Regulators in Singapore, Malaysia investigate Grab-Uber merger deal in Southeast Asia
    The planned merger of Uber’s Southeast Asia business with rival Grab appears to have hit a regulatory roadblock with competition authorities in Singapore and Malaysia now looking into the deal for any infringement of the Competition Act, The Straits Times reported on 31 March. Last week, the Compe...
    eCall fitment to become mandatory on EU vehicles from 31 March
    Vehicle manufacturers in the European Union (EU) will have to equip their new types of cars and vans with an automatic emergency call system, also known as eCall, as mandatory fitment with effect from 31 March. The eCall system will enable automatic dialing of 112, a standard emergency number across...
    Baidu to test self-driving cars in Beijing
    Beijing has given Baidu permission to test self-driving cars on the city’s public roads, Reuters reported last week. According to the report, the Chinese technology company will now be allowed to test its self-driving cars on 33 roads spanning 105 kilometers in relatively less populated subur...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Israeli court bans Uber ride-sharing service amid lack of proper insurance
    An Israeli court on Monday (27 November) has banned the international ride-sharing service Uber from operating in Israel as the company uses drivers reportedly lacking proper licenses and insurances, the Jerusalem Post reported. The Tel Aviv District Court said the US-based ride-hailing company has ...
    Indian government considers making fitment of airbags, speed alert, parking sensors mandatory in vehicles from July 2019
    The Indian government is considering making fitment of airbags, seatbelt reminders, alert system for speeds beyond 80 kilometer per hour (kph) and reverse parking alert as well as manual override over the central locking system  for emergency, mandatory in new vehicles, reports Times News Netwo...
    HERE partners with DARS to improve highway safety in Slovenia
    HERE Technologies has partnered with DARS, a company that manages extensive network of motorways in Slovenia, to deliver advanced safety messaging services for road users in the country, the company said in a press release on 30 October. Under the agreement between the two companies, DARS will use H...
    Israel opens new highway exclusively for autonomous cars testing
    Israel has opened a highway exclusively for companies testing autonomous vehicles, financial daily Globes reported last week. The 1.5 kilometer stretch of Road 531, with three lanes in both directions, and linking Road 2 (the coastal highway) with Road 20 (the Ayalon highway), north of Tel Aviv, wil...
    GENIVI Alliance unveils ‘Vehicle Domain Interaction Strategy’
    The GENIVI Alliance has introduced a ‘Vehicle Domain Interaction Strategy' aimed at developing open standard interfaces and codes that will bridge the multiple in-vehicle software domains, the Alliance said in a press release last week. The strategy is mainly based on a key market trend of system ...
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    UK regulator TfL revokes Uber’s license to operate in London
    UK government regulator Transport for London (TfL) has declined to renew Uber’s private hire operator license, which expires on 30 September, to operate in London, TfL announced in a press release on 22 September. Giving a reason, the regulator said, “TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited i...
    China sets up connected network of 167,000 EV charging stations
    China has set up one of the largest connected electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world with 167,000 stations, reports news People's Daily. The entire network has been connected to the telematics platform of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). According to the report, SGCC has coop...
    Samsung Electronics receives permit to test autonomous vehicles in California
    Samsung Electronics has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in California (United States), according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. With this the South Korean company has joined an expanding list of automakers, suppliers, technology companies a...
    LG Electronics, SK Telecom receive permits to test autonomous cars on public roads in South Korea
    South Korean technology company LG Electronics has received permission to test autonomous cars on public roads of South Korea, reports The Korea Herald. “We received the approval to test self-driving from the government on July 7 after applying for permission in May,” an LG official was quoted a...
    SAIC, AImotive get California DMV’s approval to test self-driving cars
    SAIC Motor has received approvals from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test self-driving cars on the state’s public roads, according to California DMV’s website. The DMV has given permission to test self-driving cars to SAIC Innovation Center, a company established by the Ch...
    Bosch software may have been used for FCA, VW defeat device, says a study
    Robert Bosch Gmbh created the software that enabled Volkswagen to evade diesel emission standards for years, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (United States) and Ruhr-Universität Bochum in (Germany). Further, the year-long study also concludes that the ...
    Skoda launches Superb, Superb Combi with ‘automatic emergency call’ feature
    Skoda has launched Superb sedan and Superb Combi estate with new features, the Czech carmaker said in a press release last month. The company will offer the new models with ‘Care Connect’ as standard. One of the key features of Care Connect is ‘automatic emergency call’ which automatically a...
    EDITORIAL – Policy may be fueling automakers' optimism for EVs
    There is a palpable excitement in the automotive industry regarding the advent of electrified vehicles (EV), which are seen as a sustainable mode of transport in the long run. Different stakeholders—from governments, automakers and component suppliers to charging infrastructure companies and power...
    Mitsubishi Electric to pay CAD13.4 million fine for infringement of Canadian Competition Act
    Mitsubishi Electric has been fined CAD13.4 million (USD10 million) by Ontario's Superior Court of Justice after the Japanese auto parts supplier pleaded guilty to three counts of rigging bids, according to a company press release yesterday (26 April). Canada's Competition Bureau says the company ...
    UK consortium to test driverless cars in 2019
    The Driven Group, a consortium of the UK-based technology companies, plans to test a fleet of autonomous cars on UK roads by 2019, BBC reported on 24 April. The test cars will have SAE Level 4 autonomy and will be able to perform all driving functions and monitoring of road conditions independently....
    Apple receives California DMV permit to test self-driving cars
    Apple has received permission from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test self-driving cars on the state’s roads, Reuters reported on 14 April. The state DMV updated its website last week adding Apple as the latest company in the list of around 30 companies that are eligible for...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    Volvo Cars CEO calls for safety-data sharing between government and auto industry
    Volvo Cars’ CEO Hakan Samuelsson has called for increased sharing of traffic safety related data between governments and car manufacturers, to help improve road safety, according to a press release issued by the Sweden-based automaker on 3 April. According to Samuelsson, sharing anonymized data...
    SupplierInsight Exclusive: Assessing Brexit’s impact on the UK’s supply chain
    The prospect of the UK pursuing a “hard Brexit” approach, meaning leaving the single market and reverting to WTO tariff schemes, raises questions on the competitiveness of UK auto manufacturing in the long run, given the inter-twined nature of both the outbound and inbound logistics supporting t...
    Australian court classifies Uber “taxi service”, drivers liable to pay tax
    A federal court in Sydney (Australia) has classified Uber’s ride-sharing service as “taxi services”, when it comes to paying tax, according to media reports in Australia. The court ruling means Uber’s driver partners will now have to pay goods and services tax (GST) of 10% like other cab dri...
    SwRI to receive DOE grant for connected and automated vehicle technology
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded USD2.9 million in funding to a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop connected and automated vehicle technologies that would help vehicles improve fuel economy by more than 20%, SwRI said in a press release on Monday (13 February). ...
    New York Senate passes bill to legalize ride-hailing apps outside New York City
    On Monday (6 February), the New York State Senate passed a bill which could make operations of ride-hailing services outside New York City legal, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The bill was approved in the Senate by 53-5. It now needs to be cleared by the state Assembly where a similar ...
    Germany, France plan transnational self-driving test zone
    Germany and France plan to test self-driving vehicles on a section of road linking the two countries, reports Deutsche Welle quoting the German transport ministry. The route stretches around 70 kilometers (43 miles), from Merzig in Germany's western Saarland state to Metz in eastern France. It is ai...
    New automotive cybersecurity bill introduced in the US – report
    Last week, two members of the United States of House of Representatives, Ted W Lieu (Democratic, Los Angeles) and Joe Wilson (Republican, South Carolina), introduced ‘The Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017” also called SPY Car Study Act, according to a press release issued by Lie...
    Uber pulls out self-driving test in US state of California, will test in Arizona instead – report
    Uber has ended its San Francisco, California (United States) test of self-driving vehicles, according to several media reports. The decision to withdraw follows the state revoking registration of the company's 16 test vehicles, and having objected to Uber testing the vehicles without getting a permi...
    China to set national V2V communication standard for autonomous vehicles after 2018
    China will review the standards for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication in 2018 and lay out a common national standard after that, Reuters reported on 21 December citing Fu Yuwu, chief of Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE-China). V2V communication, along with vehicle to infrastructure...
    Uber records losses of more than USD800 million in third quarter – report
    Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies recorded losses of more than USD800 million in the third quarter of 2016, reports Financial Times citing people familiar with its financial performance. According to the report, a price war with rival company Lyft in the US market and heavy spending on new init...
    EDITORIAL – NHTSA’s voluntary guidelines on distracted driving garner mixed response
    Using phones for calling, texting and adjusting a vehicle’s radio or infotainment system while driving are fast emerging as one of the major factors resulting in distracted driving accidents across the globe. According to distraction.gov, an official US government website for distracted driving, 3...
    Japan, EU in trade talks on auto components – report
    Trade delegations from Japan and the European Union (EU) are holding talks this week to reach a broad free-trade agreement which will include sections focused on the automotive sector, reports Reuters citing the Nikkei. The newspaper has said that Japan is seeking cuts on EU tariffs on vehicles and ...
    US regulators issue proposed rules for making V2V communications standard
    US regulatory agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 150. This would require all new light vehicles (LVs) to be capable of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications a...
    Belgium’s Flanders selects HERE to deploy C-ITS solution to improve road safety
    The Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works has selected HERE to deploy a Cooperative Intelligence Transportation System (CIT-S), which is aimed at improving road safety and transport efficiency, according to a press release by HERE on 12 December. HERE will provide real-time safety alert info...
    ACEA, CLEPA join hands on secure and safe access to vehicle data
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) have joined hands to find solutions for secure and safe access to vehicle data to interested market participants, according to a press release by ACEA. The two Europe-based associ...
    NHTSA issues guidelines to reduce distracted driving
    On Wednesday (23 November), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released proposed guidelines to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic device in vehicles, according to a press release by the US-based safety regulator. The proposed guidelines, whi...
    US safety regulator issues non-binding guidance on auto cyber-security
    US regulatory agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a non-binding set of guidelines on best practices for auto companies to address cyber-security concerns. In the document, 'Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles', the NHTSA says, "Vehicles are cyber...
    EU launches automated driving platform C-ROADS
    The European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the European Union (EU), along with the representatives of 12 EU member states and industry launched a connected and automated driving program called C-ROADS, according to a press release by the EC week. The C-ROADS platform will collect real-time d...
    European Automotive and telecom industries come together to form Automotive-Telecom Alliance
    Automotive and telecom industries in Europe have come together to form Automotive-Telecom Alliance, according to a press release by European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA). The Alliance comprises six major sectoral associations and 37 companies including automakers, suppliers, telecom ...
    US DOT awards more than USD45 million to three “Connected Vehicle Deployment Program” sites
    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than USD45 million to New York city, Wyoming, and Tampa, Florida to initiate the second phase of the ‘Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program’, reports Green Car Congress. The DOT selected the three sites in September 2015 ...
    Continental, ZF, Harman and Cummins join Auto-ISAC
    The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), a secure platform for sharing, tracking and analyzing intelligence about cyber threats and potential vulnerabilities, continues to expand its presence beyond automakers. According to a press release, four key suppliers—Continental...
    China to introduce regulation on car-hailing services in November
    The Chinese government has released new rules to regulate the car-hailing and taxi market in China, state media report. The regulations issued by the central government were released on 30 July and will be effective from 1 November. According to the regulations, the onus lies with car-hailing platfo...
    Japan, Europe to connect GPS systems to develop self-driving vehicles
    In a bid to speed up development of self-driving vehicles, Japan and the European Union (EU) plan to integrate their global positioning systems (GPS), reports Nikkei. As part of the plan, Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the EU's Galileo will be linked starting from 2018. The systems...
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