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    CEVA launches high-performance sensor hub DSP architecture for automotive applications
    CEVA has announced the availability of SensPro, a high-performance sensor hub DSP architecture for a range of sensor processing and sensor fusion workloads for contextually aware devices, a company press release on 7 April read. The architecture and cores will be made available for general licensing...
    09-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear publishes ‘Safe Work Playbook’ to address challenges related to resuming operations
    Lear has published ‘Safe Work Playbook’, an interactive guide on steps and best practices for health and safety procedures, cross-functional teamwork, operating disciplines, and training for employees in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press re...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    ‘Multi-Car Collision Avoidance’ project in UK aims to prevent motorway pileups
    The Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has initiated a new project to prevent motorway pileups, IoT Tech News reported on 27 March. The project, called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA), is led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, We...
    Cognitive Pilot develops miniature radar sensor for autonomous vehicles
    Cognitive Pilot has developed a miniature radar sensor for autonomous vehicles, it said in a press release. According to the company, the Cognitive Mini Radar can provide accurate velocities, direction, and coordinates of objects, even in harsh weather conditions such as rain and snow at both day an...
    07-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Autonomous driving startup Helm.ai raises USD13 million
    Helm.ai, which develops autonomous vehicle technology, has raised USD13 million, Tech Crunch reported on 26 March. Its investors in the seed round includes A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, and SV Angel. Angel investors included are Berggruen ...
    07-Apr-2020 News Investments
    Nuro secures permit to test autonomous vehicles Texas, US, without human controls
    California-based robotics firm Nuro has secured a permit to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas, US without human controls, according to a company press release on 6 February. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approv...
    Foresight Autonomous announces additional features to its C-V2X solution
    Foresight Autonomous has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile has integrated additional features to its Eye-Net Protect cellular-based vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) accident prevention solution. In a press release dated 6 April, Foresight said that the advanced features will...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mayo Clinic in US state Florida uses autonomous vehicles to transport test samples
    The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has partnered with Beep, an autonomous shuttle fleet service provider, and NAVYA, a provider of autonomous driving systems, to use autonomous vehicles to facilitate the safe transport of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests collected at a drive-th...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft raises USD24 million in seed funding
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft has raised over USD24 million in seed funding. According to a company press release on 3 April, the investors include IDG Capital, Vision+ Capital, and Tide Capital. Significance: The company will use the capital to further develop its large-scale intelligent sim...
    Denso, Tokyo Institute of Technology set up ‘Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center’ 
    Denso Corp has announced that it has established the Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center jointly with Tokyo Institute of Technology, a company press release on 1 April read. The research center will promote joint research with the support of Tokyo Tech’s open innovation platform from r...
    INVESTMENT: NXP Semiconductors invests in Fabless semiconductor company Kalray
    NXP Semiconductors has invested EUR8 million (around USD9 million) in Kalray, a company press release on 2 April read. Using NXP’s automotive solutions and Kalray MPPA (Massively Parallel Processor Array) intelligent processors, the companies will develop safe, reliable, and scalable solution...
    06-Apr-2020 News Investments
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 April 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso’s US plant to produce face shields for healthcare workers
    Denso has announced that its manufacturing facility at Tennessee, US, will be producing thousands of face shields to help protect health care workers from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Initially Denso’s employees in Tennessee designed, produced, and donated 30 prototype...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Autonomous vehicle startup Phantom AI raises USD20 million in series A financing round
    Developer of a vehicle-agnostic autonomous driving platform Phantom AI has raised USD22 million in Series A financing, according to a company press release on 2 April. The funding round was led by Celeres Investments with participation from Ford Motor Company and KT as well as existing investors Mil...
    06-Apr-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: SMMT urges UK government to introduce measures to support automotive suppliers
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has requested that the UK government immediately introduce measures to supports auto parts suppliers whose business have been severely hit due to comprehensive production suspensions at their customers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, R...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker (updated on 6 April)
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Foresight Autonomous, FLIR Systems enter agreement for development of QuadSight vision system
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings has signed an agreement with FLIR Systems under which the parties will develop, market, and distribute Foresight’s QuadSight vision system, combined with FLIR Systems’ infrared cameras, to a wide range of prospective customers. According to a press release dated ...
    LILEE Systems launches TransAir SDR-2400 communications for V2X applications
    LILEE Systems has launched a proprietary software-defined radio for V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communications, the company said on their website on 31 March. The TransAir SDR-2400 has been implemented and proven in V2X communications systems of multiple, successful autonomous bus pilots. TransAir S...
    02-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nexteer produces protective masks and face shield headbands
    Nexteer Automotive has announced that it will be using its 3D printers in Michigan, United States, and Tychy, Poland, to make plastic protective masks and face shield headbands to help medical professionals fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 1 Ap...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Volvo Cars, Veoneer agree to restructure Zenuity JV
    Volvo Cars and Veoneer have entered into a nonbinding agreement to split their 50:50 automated driving joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two companies said in separate press releases on 2 April. As part of the agreement, Veoneer will integrate and operate the current business of the JV focused on the...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo set up task force for production of respirators
    Respirator maker Air Liquids has teamed up with auto parts manufacturer Valeo, automaker PSA, and electrical equipment company Schneider Electric, to produce some 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May, to help coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Val...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Melexis launches MLX91377 ASIL-ready Hall sensor IC for electric power-assisted steering
    Melexis has unveiled the MLX91377 ASIL-ready Hall sensor IC, it said in a press release on 31 March. The Hall sensor ICs are suitable for use in safety-critical automotive systems such as electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). The MLX91377 can operate at a temperature of up to 160°C with low o...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    DEKRA picks Keysight's end-to-end test solutions to certify 5G (NR) and V2X devices
    Keysight Technologies, has announced that DEKRA has selected its end-to-end test solutions to certify 5G new radio (NR) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) devices, a company press release on 24 March read. Certain DEKRA labs will use Keysight’s suite of 5G network emulation solutions to support co...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian automotive suppliers’ association ACMA seeks government relief
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) has sought relief measures for the local auto component industry to withstand the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the association said in a press release on 27 March. According to the association, which has...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 March 2020
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    Continental participates in Series A funding round at lidar startup Blickfeld
    Continental has invested in Munich-based lidar startup Blickfeld, according to a press release on 20 March. Blickfeld has completed its Series A financing round, which was led by the venture capital unit of Continental together with Wachstumsfonds Bayern, which is managed by Bayern Kapital, with par...
    30-Mar-2020 News Investments
    Nexteer 2019 sales drops 19% y/y to USD3.58 billion
    Nexteer Automotive has reported its annual results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019.  According to a company press release on 29 March, revenues in 2019 declined 8.6% year on year (y/) to USD3.58 billion. Net profit also fell by 38.7% y/y to USD232.4 million, largely reflecting the im...
    Savari collaborates with MobiledgeX to enable enhanced C-V2X use cases for automotive OEMs
    Savari has announced a partnership with MobiledgeX to develop enhanced cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases for automotive OEMs, fleet management, and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) partners, a company press release dated 26 March showed. The partnership will enable Savari’s emergency...
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    JOINT VENTURE: Aptiv, Hyundai Motor Group complete establishment of autonomous driving JV
    Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) have completed the formation of their previously announced autonomous driving joint venture (JV), the two companies said in a joint press release on 26 March. The 50:50 JV, whose name will be announced later, will be headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, US, wit...
    ZF 2019 sales drop marginally y/y to USD40.9 billion
    ZF’s sales declined 1% year-over-year (y/y) to EUR36.5 billion (USD40.9 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the automotive supplier said in an annual press conference in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 26 March. Adjusted for currency and merger and acquisition (M&A) effects, sa...
    CEVT, Momentum Dynamics unveil high-power wireless charging system
    Momentum Dynamics, a provider of high-power wireless charging for EV, and CEVT, a subsidiary of Volvo’s parent Geely, have jointly unveiled a high-power wireless charging system, according to a press release on 27 February. The companies demonstrated the new charging system on a passenger vehicle ...
    26-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Eyesight Technologies, Ariel University collaborate to study drivers state behind the wheel
    Eyesight Technologies has announced a collaboration with Ariel University, under which the university’s ‘Mobile Laboratory’ (M-Lab) will provide Eyesight with unique datasets to study the state of drivers behind the wheel. Eyesight Technologies will use M-Lab’s field tests and data from t...
    ADASKY wins contract to supply thermal cameras for AV
    ADASKY announced that it has won a strategic contract to supply its thermal cameras for an autonomous vehicle (AV), a company press release on 23 March read. ADASKY said its Viper thermal camera is a high-resolution, thermal perception system and can recognize pedestrians at distances over 2...
    24-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Aptiv to draw USD1.4 billion on revolving credit facility
    Aptiv has announced several measures to enhance its financial flexibility and liquidity amid uncertainty due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 23 March. The company has decided to draw down all the remaining amount, approximately US...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Veoneer expects plants to operate at 20–30% of capacity in next 2–4 weeks in Europe, North America
    Veoneer has said that it anticipates its production facilities in Europe and North America to operate in the range of 20–30% of capacity for two to four weeks owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It also expects temporary facility closures. Based on that, it expe...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations in Europe, North America
    Major German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that the company is suspending many operations in Europe and North America over the coming days due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement from Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch suspends production at German plants
    Bosch has announced suspension of production at its German locations due to a reduction in customer demand as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Germany-based supplier said in a press release on 20 March. The company informed that starting 25 March, it will drastically...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Qualcomm to demonstrate benefits of multicast communication in 5G C-V2X
    Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate benefits of reliable multicast communication in the 5G C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) ecosystem, a company press release on 19 March. The advantage that multicast communication will bring with distance-based groups and sensor sharing introduced...
    Changan’s UNI-T features AI-chip intelligent vehicle system, Level 3 autonomous driving system
    Changan Automobile has said that its recently launched UNI-T SUV model comes with an AI-chip intelligent vehicle system and the L3 autonomous driving system, a press release dated 18 March read. The screen is coupled with the fatigue and facial recognition system for the driver, which allows precise...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai launches Elantra with advanced connectivity features
    Hyundai has launched its Elantra model with enhanced connectivity features, which include keyless entry and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the South Korean automaker said in a press release on 18 March. The new Elantra has two 10.25-inch screens with the cluster’s utility, driver assi...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Melexis, Eyeware partner to develop advanced driver monitoring system
    Melexis has announced a partnership with Eyeware to develop an advanced driver monitoring system (DMS) which uses Eyeware’s attention-monitoring technology, a company press release on 17 March showed. The attention-monitoring technology uses Melexis’ new MLX75027 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors ...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    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...
    Toyota partners with Chinese start-up Momenta to develop HD map platform in China
    Toyota Motor Corp has collaborated with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to create a high-definition (HD) mapping platform for autonomous vehicles in China, Reuters reported on 18 March. Toyota’s research arm Toyota Research Institute is developing the Automated Mapping Platform to ...
    Autotalks’ V2X solution passes dual-band Wi-Fi precertification
    Autotalks has completed Wi-Fi 5 precertification for its evaluation kit based on the second-generation vehicle-to-everything (V2X) dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) chipset, the company said in a press release on 17 March. The testing was done by an authorized test laboratory of the Wi-Fi Alliance, using A...
    REGULATION: NHTSA issues proposal to modernize occupant safety standards for vehicles without manual controls
    The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposal to modernize several Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in automated vehicles that do not have manual controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, the US-...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo, Cruise, Argo, Pony.ai suspend autonomous vehicle tests
    Self-driving technology companies, including Waymo, Cruise, Argo, and Pony.ai have suspended autonomous vehicle (AV) testing that involves backup drivers, as the self-driving firms are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 18 March. ...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota’s TRI-AD, Dynamic Map Platform collaborate to build proof of concept aimed at HD map update
    Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced a partnership with Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) to build a proof of concept (PoC) applying the technologies of both companies starting April 2020, a company press release dated 17 March showed. The idea of the PoC is to sh...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Velodyne says no disruption to order receipt, shipments yet
    Velodyne has announced that there has been no disruption its order receipt, shipments, and customer service as of now owing to the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the company's press release on 16 March. Velodyne says it continues to manufacture new produc...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Next-generation SEAT Leon features advanced driver assistance technologies
    The all-new SEAT Leon features advanced driver assistance (ADAS) technologies including Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Emergency Assist, Travel Assist, and Side and Exit assist, according to a company press release on 16 March. These features together can pr...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Auto suppliers in Hubei province resuming production in orderly manner, says minister
    According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 13 March, the vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Xin Guobin, has stated that automotive components and parts manufacturers based in the Hubei province are resuming manufacturing operations in an orderly...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    INVESTMENT: Baidu begins construction of autonomous driving test track in Chinese city Chongqing
    Chinese internet giant Baidu broke ground on its new autonomous driving test track in Chinese city Chongqing, according to a report by Chinapev.com on 11 March. Baidu and Chongqing Yongchuan District Government jointly established the Baidu Western Autonomous Driving Open Test Base project. The proj...
    16-Mar-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Disruption in auto parts import from China to affect vehicle production in India, says industry association
    According to a press statement issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on 11 March, Rajan Wadhera, the president of SIAM, stated that automotive manufacturers in India import roughly 10 percent of the raw materials that are required for manufacturing processes from China. ...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    POLICY: China’s MIIT seeks public opinion on Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles
    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is seeking public opinion on the proposed “Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles,” Gasgoo reported on 10 March. The draft document will be available for to the public until 9 April 2020. Once fully approved, China’s own sta...
    Changan Automobile to begin production of L3 autonomous car this month
    Chinese automaker Changan Automobile has started mass production of its level 3 autonomous driving car model UNI-T, Xinhua News Agency reported on 12 March. According to the report, Changan Automobile's mass-produced UNI-T model equipped with L3 autopilot systems uses five millimeter-wave ...
    Uber restarts testing of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco
    Uber has resumed the testing of self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads in San Francisco in California, United States, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle on 12 March. Starting 10 March, two Volvo XC90 self-driving Uber cars started traveling ci...
    Autonomous delivery vehicle start-up Neolix raises USD29 million in Series A funding
    Neolix Technologies, a China-based self-driving logistics startup, has closed an approximately CNY200 million (USD29 million) series A+ financing round last month, according to a report by Venture Beat on 11 March. Neolix’s latest funding round saw participation from Addor Capital and existing bac...
    Mitsubishi Electric develops MEMS lidar solution for autonomous vehicles
    Mitsubishi Electric has developed a compact microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based light detection and ranging (lidar) solution, according to a company press release on 12 March. The new lidar solution irradiates objects by laser and uses a dual-axis (horizontal and vertical) MEMS mirror to scan...
    12-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    Qualcomm says multiple products with 9150 C-V2X platform gets European RED certification
    Qualcomm has received a big boost to produce C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) products in Europe after getting certification from the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED), a company press release on 10 March revealed. The company said that its multiple C-V2X products from leading automo...
    Elmos develops CMOS-based 3D ToF imager for object and gesture recognition in vehicles
    Elmos Semiconductor has developed a CMOS-based 3D time of flight (ToF) imager for applications in the vehicle interior and exterior, the company said in a press release on 10 March. The E527.31 has a normal operating mode and a sleep mode to reduce power consumption. Applications in the inte...
    11-Mar-2020 News New Products
    HERE Technologies collaborates with TrianGraphics to showcase 3D modelling of road networks
    TrainGraphics is using HERE's HD Live Map to enhance the rode module of its 3D Terrain Generator Train3DBuilder, the Netherlands-based mapping and location services provider said in a press release last week. HERE Technologies' HD Live Map is a cloud-based service that supports connected advanc...
    10-Mar-2020 News New Products
    TRI-AD completes proof of concepts on HD map building for surface roads
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced that it has successfully completed proof of concepts, showing high-definition map building for surface roads with relative accuracy of less than 50 centimeters, a company press release on 10 March showed. TRI-AD verified that b...
    M&A: Luxoft to acquire AI mobility systems developer CMORE Automotive
    Luxoft has reached an agreement to acquire CMORE Automotive, a Germany-based company specializing in the development and validation of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven mobility systems, DXC Technology, the parent company of Luxoft, said in a press release on 5 March. CMORE operates a network of a...
    Real-Time Innovations joins Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
    Real Time Innovations (RTI) has joined the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), the US-based company specializing in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity said in a press release last week. As a member of AVCC, the company brings on board its expertise in autonomy. RTI has coll...
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
    10-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    SiLC Technologies raises USD12 million in seed funding round
    SiLC Technologies, a silicon photonics startup, specializing in photonic sensor and 3D imaging applications, has closed a USD12 million seed funding round, Venture Beat reported on 4 March. The funding was led by Dell Technologies Capital. Decent Capital, ITIC Ventures, and several other investors a...
    INVESTMENT: Geely forays into satellite production to facilitate highly autonomous and connected driving
    Geely Holdings Group has started construction of an intelligent satellite production and testing center in Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, China, the Chinese automotive group said in a press release last week. The new facility, to be operated under Geely Technology Group, will include a modular sat...
    09-Mar-2020 News Investments
    SEAT partners with Eyesight Technologies for driver monitoring system
    SEAT has announced a collaboration with Eyesight Technologies to develop driver monitoring systems, a company press release from February showed. The advanced technology studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It has also tied up with Israe...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 March 2020
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    EMG collaborates with Continental for connected car services
    eMapgo Technologies (Beijing) Co (EMG) has entered into a strategic partnership with Continental’s unit Continental Holding (China) to promote cooperation in China's smart city, smart mobility, and connected vehicle services, a company press release on 5 March read. EMG will provide map data (i...
    Waymo unveils fifth generation of self-driving system ‘Waymo Driver’
    Waymo has unveiled the fifth generation of its self-driving system Waymo Driver, featuring a combination of hardware, software, and computing system to help vehicles drive autonomously, the company said in a blog on its website. The system features more advanced set of hardware including c...
    06-Mar-2020 News New Products
    StradVision to develop animal detection software for ADAS systems
    StradVision has announced that it is developing animal detection capabilities for its SVNet software used in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, a company press release on 5 March read. If the computer detects an animal in the path, the software would allow automake...
    06-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Tesla installs older chips in new cars in China due to supply chain issues
    Tesla has installed older control chips in new Model 3 vehicles in China as a result of supply chain difficulties due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak , BBC reported on 4 March. The chip is used by the car's autopilot system. BBC reported that owners of the Model 3 discovere...
    05-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Continental’s sales up marginally to USD60.7 billion in 2019
    Continental has reported a marginal growth of 0.2% year on year (y/y) in its sales to EUR44.4 billion (USD60.7 billion) for the full year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 5 March. However, during the full year, Continental recorded a net loss of EUR1.2 billion as compa...
    Southwest Research Institute develops motion prediction system for automated vehicles
    Southwest Research Institute has developed a motion prediction system, improving pedestrian detection for automated vehicles, the institute said in a press release on 24 February. The system, a computer vision tool, uses a deep learning algorithm to predict motion by observing real-time biomech...
    Mercedes-Benz new E-Class features next-generation driving assistance systems
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that its new E-Class Saloon and Estate has been given comprehensive updates including the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, a company press release on 3 March showed. The new E-Class comes with Active Brake Assist as standard and some ...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    REGULATION: Cruise receives CPUC permit to transport passengers in self-driving vehicles in California
    Cruise Automation, a self-driving company owned by GM, has gotten permission by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), to carry passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California, Tech Crunch reported on 24 February. Cruise must update the CPUC with data about any incidents, the...
    DS Automobiles unveils DS 9 premium sedan with plug-in hybrid powertrain
    French premium carmaker DS Automobiles has unveiled its newest premium sedan, the DS 9. In a press release issued by the Groupe PSA-owned auto manufacturer on 24 February, the company has stated that its new flagship sedan will be driven by the E-TENSE plug-in hybrid powertrain. Initially, poweri...
    03-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Waymo raises USD2.25 billion from external investors
    Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Alphabet, has raised USD2.25 billion in its first external financing round, the company said in blog on its website on 2 March. The financing round was led by Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Mubadala Investment Company. Apart from thes...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 02 March 2020
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    COVID-19 outbreak: Geneva International Motor Show is cancelled
    The 90th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), which was scheduled to be held from 5–15 March 2020 at Geneva, Switzerland, has been canceled due to confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Switzerland. In a press release issued on 28 February, the organizers of the eve...
    02-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Oxbotica, Cisco collaborate to solve AV data challenge with OpenRoaming platform
    Oxbotica has announced a collaboration with Cisco to demonstrate how OpenRoaming platform can guarantee secure sharing of high-volume data by connected and autonomous vehicles (AV) while on the move, a company press release on 27 February showed. The collaboration will allow Oxbotica customers to...
    REGULATION: China delays mass production of conditional AVs until 2025
    China expects automakers to begin mass production of vehicles with SAE Level 3 automated driving capability, also known as "conditional automation" by 2025, Caixin Global reported on 25 February, citing a development plan jointly released by the country’s National Development and Reform ...
    Waymo joins Cruise in opposing California’s reporting requirement on self-driving vehicles
    Waymo is the latest company to raise concern about California’s mandatory reporting requirement for companies testing self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads saying such test data is not accurate or relevant in measuring performance or progress, Reuters report on 27 February. The Calif...
    Toyota invests USD400 million in Chinese self-driving startup Pony.ai
    Toyota has invested USD400 million in self-driving startup Pony.ai, the China-based company said on 26 February. The latest investment takes Pony.ai’s worth to just over USD3 billion. Strengthened ties will enable deeper integration of Pony.ai's autonomous driving system with Toyota's robu...
    27-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Challenges for deploying autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing service
    Cruise Automation, a company majority owned by General Motors (GM), unveiled its first fully autonomous electric car ‘Origin’ in January, for use in ride-sharing service. The production-ready Origin is a driverless shuttle and features no conventional controls and supports like steering wheel, p...
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in automated driving platform developer UISEE
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), the corporate venture capital unit of German supplier Bosch, has invested in China-based UISEE, a provider of turnkey solutions for automated driving (AD), according to a company press release on 26 February. “As one of the leading automated driving companie...
    27-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Velodyne to supply Puck lidar sensors to Idriverplus
    Velodyne Lidar has announced a sales agreement with Idriverplus for Puck sensors over three years, a company press release on 26 February showed. Idriverplus will use the lidar sensors for commercial autonomous vehicles, including street cleaners, passenger cars, and logistics vehicles. “Their ...
    Continental, Micron collaborate to develop advanced machine learning automotive applications
    Micron and Continental have announced a collaboration agreement under which the German supplier will adapt Micron’s deep learning accelerator for advanced machine learning automotive applications, a company press release on 25 February showed. The two companies will develop an application-speci...
    NHTSA orders suspension of EasyMile’s driverless shuttles after passenger injury in Ohio
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a temporary suspension of passenger operations on 25 February, for all autonomous electric shuttles from EasyMile in the US after a passenger in Columbus, Ohio, got injured when one of the pilot vehicles made an emergency stop, ...
    Maxim develops high-bandwidth lidar ICs for self-driving cars
    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. has developed a new high-bandwidth lidar ICs—MAX40026ATA, MAX40660 and MAX40661—for self-driving cars, according to a company press release on 25 February 2020. The MAX40026 high-speed comparator and the MAX40660/MAX40661 high-bandwidth transimpedance amplifiers e...
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    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...
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle begins operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous electric shuttle has commenced operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt, in Germany, the French driverless shuttle manufacturer said in a press release on 24 February. The driverless shuttle service is operated by Südwestfalen autonom & mobil (SAM). The shuttle will ...
    HELLA unveils new 77 GHz radar technology
    HELLA has announced that it will begin production of its 77-GHz radar technology in spring 2020, a company press release on 20 February showed. The sensors will be initially made in Germany, followed by China and the US. The sensor’s design enables its integration into the vehicle body and allo...
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    Valeo reports 43% y/y decline in FY2019 net income to USD350 million
    Valeo’s net income declined 43% year over year (y/y) to EUR313 million (USD350 million) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the company said in a press release on 20 February. Sales increased by 2% y/y to EUR19.5 billion. Original equipment (OE) sales increased by 1% y/y to EUR16.4 billi...
    Visteon’s FY2019 net income drops by more than half y/y to USD70 million
    Visteon has reported a 57% year-over-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD70 million in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the company said in a press release on 20 February. Sales declined marginally, by 1.3% y/y, to USD2.98 billion, primarily due to lower vehicle production volumes and t...
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