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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Startup Livox Technology releases automotive-grade lidar HAP
    Livox has unveiled its first automotive-grade lidar HAP, the startup said in a press release on 14 April. The HAP passed over 70 automotive-grade reliability tests, such as Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), mechanical engineering, and environmental reliability among others. Livox is set to de...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Navya, REE Automotive partner to develop Level 4 autonomous system
    Navya, a leading company in autonomous driving systems, and REE Automotive, an innovator in e-Mobility, announced an agreement to develop a Level 4 autonomous system including REE corner technology and Navya self-driving solutions. The press release was announced on 19 April in REE's company we...
    Vayyar Imaging receives FCC Waiver, JP certification for in-cabin 4D imaging radar
    Vayyar Imaging, a global leader in 4D imaging radar, announced in a company blog post dated 19 April, that it became the world's first and only company to comply with in-cabin radio frequency standards worldwide, after receiving the FCC waiver for operation of 60 GHz radar inside US vehicles The ...
    Volvo Cars, DiDi partner for autonomous driving test fleet
    According to a company press release dated 19 April, Volvo Cars, a global leader in automotive safety, and DiDi Autonomous Driving, the self-driving technology arm of DiDi Chuxing, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement on autonomous vehicles for DiDi’s self-driving test fleet. The XC9...
    Continental unveils new long-range automotive radar sensors
    Continental has announced that it will be displaying its sixth generation of long-range radar and surround radar at Auto Shanghai, a company press release on 14 April read. Production is scheduled to start in 2023. Both sensors share a software and hardware platform, reducing costs, and testing and ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Autonomous truck technology startup TuSimple raises USD1 billion through IPO
    TuSimple Holdings Inc., a self-driving truck technology startup company, has announced that it has raised gross proceeds of USD1.08 billion through an initial public offering (IPO). According to a press release issued by TuSimple on 15 April, the company stated that its common stock has commenced tr...
    19-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways pub...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 19 April 2021
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    Infineon launches XENSIV™ MEMS microphone for high-performance, low-noise automotive applications
    Infineon Technologies AG announced the launch of the XENSIV™ IM67D130A. It is the first microphone in the market to be qualified for automotive applications, which will help simplify the design-in efforts for the industry and reduce the risk of qualification fails. The XENSIV MEMS microphone IM...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz EQS offers Drive Pilot automated driving tech
    Mercedes-Benz EQS has announced the lauch of the DRIVE PILOT system enabling driving in highly automated mode at speeds of up to 60 km/h in heavy traffic or congested situations. The launch is expected in early 2022 in Germany.  The EQS is prepared for Automated Valet Parking (AVP,...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    UK's Ocado invests USD13.8 million in autonomous delivery vehicle startup Oxbotica
    British online grocer Ocado plans to invest USD13.8 million in autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica. The company aims to reduce the cost of last-mile delivery and other logistics. Oxbotica's co-founder Paul Newman said, "By combining both companies' cutting-edge knowledge and resources, w...
    Marelli, WHST collaborate on radar solutions aimed at ADAS applications
    Automotive supplier Marelli and a high-tech radar company headquartered in Wuhu mainland China, Wuhu SensorTech Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (WHST) have signed an agreement focused on radar sensors, devoted to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applic...
    Honda, AutoX partner on autonomous driving research in mainland China
    Honda China is collaborating with AutoX on autonomous driving research in mainland China through vehicle testing on public roads. The company plans to equip the ACCORD and the INSPIRE vehicles with the AutoX autonomous vehicle technology. Through the test, Honda aims to deepen understan...
    AV startup WeRide receives California permit to test autonomous vehicles
    WeRide, the mainland Chinese autonomous vehicle startup has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. Backed by Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, the company is also testing its autonomous vehicles in mainland China’s southern city of Guangzhou. WeRi...
    Lidar startup Innoviz Technologies introduces new InnovizTwo lidar sensor
    Israel-based Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has unveiled its InnovizTwo lidar sensor performance.The new generation achieves a 30 times performance improvement over InnovizOne, in addition to a 70% cost reduction, which...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Continental, Amazon Web Services to launch platform for automotive software
    Continental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have partnered to work together on automotive software, Continental announced in a press release on 15 April 2021. Under the long-term collaboration, AWS is serving as the preferred cloud provider. Under the collaboration, Continental is providing the mobili...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota, Apex.AI collaborate to develop autonomy stack for vehicle development platform
    Apex.AI has announced a partnership with Toyota to develop and deploy a production-ready autonomy stack for Toyota’s vehicle development platform Arene, for modern software development tools and best practices, according to a 14 April press release. Toyota’s Woven Planet is using Apex.OS softwar...
    Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free driving in Mustang Mach-E
    Ford unveiled BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system that is SAE Level 2 driver-assist technology, similar with Tesla Autopilot.  Via over-the-air software updates, BlueCruise will be offered later this year on the 2021 F-150 and the 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the...
    ZF to supply mainland Chinese OEM with 4D Full-Range Radar
    ZF is to begin supplying its Full-Range Radar technology to mainland Chinese SAIC Motor Corporation from 2022. The Full-Range Radar technology perceives vehicle surroundings in four dimensions, including height, making it similar in capability to optical sensors, such as cameras and lidar. I...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Toyoda Gosei to display steering wheel concept
    Japan-based Toyoda Gosei company will exhibit products for electrified vehicles and products related to autonomous driving in mainland China, at the Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 12 April. The company will showcase a concept steering wheel module, which offers h...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volvo, Faraday Future select NVIDIA DRIVE Orin technology for next-gen autonomous driving
    Volvo Cars and Faraday Future are expanding their collaboration with NVIDIA to use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to power the autonomous driving. Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, will deploy the NVIDIA Drive Ori...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: XPeng to debut new P5 lidar-equipped smart EV
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker XPeng Inc. will showcase its third production EV model, the XPeng P5 smart sedan equipped with lidar at the Auto Shanghai 2021 in Guangzhou, China, according to a press release on 12 April. XPeng claims that P5 is the world’s first mass-produced smart EV equippe...
    Israel's Cipia wins DMS orders from Chinese OEM
    Cipia, formerly Eyesight Technologies, an AI computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions provider, announced that the company was selected by one of China's largest OEMs as driver monitoring system (DMS) supplier. The 2 new design wins build on Cipia's successes in the global DMS market, m...
    GM’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, to deploy robo-taxis in Dubai in 2023
    General Motors' majority owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary plans to begin deploying its robo-taxis in Dubai beginning in 2023. San Francisco-based Cruise has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to be the exclusive provider for self-driving taxis and r...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Huawei to invest USD1 billion in EV, autonomous vehicle research
    Chinese technology company, Huawei, has announced that it will invest USD1 billion on the research of electric vehicle (EV) technologies and autonomous driving vehicles. According to a report filed by business news agency Bloomberg on 12 April, this investment has the objective of enabling the compa...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Velodyne, Ansys collaborate to enhance autonomous driving hazard recognition
    Velodyne and Ansys are developing software models of next-generation automotive lidar sensors to substantially improve hazard identification capabilities for highly advanced autonomous vehicles. The collaboration incorporates Velodyne's lidar design into Ansys' virtual sensor suite. It expedite...
    indie Semiconductor launches ultrasonic automotive parking-assist solutions
    indie Semiconductor, which is currently in the process of merging with Thunder Bridge Acquisition II, Ltd., has launched a family of high-performance sensing solutions supporting automotive parking-assist applications, according to a company press release on 12 April. Leveraging its mixed signal, di...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Intel Mobileye to supply self-driving system for Udelv's autonomous delivery vehicles
    Intel Corp.’s Mobileye division announced plans to launch driverless delivery trucks by 2023 in partnership with autonomous vehicle delivery company Udelv Inc. Under the partnership, Mobileye’s self-driving system, known as Mobileye Drive, will provide the autonomous driving technology for Ud...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 12 April 2021
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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    Cadence provides automotive-optimized digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process
    Cadence Design Systems has announced the availability of automotive-optimized Cadence digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process technology, according to a company press release on 8 April. The flow used high-performance Cadence Tensilica ConnX B10 digital signal processor (DSP) for aut...
    TomTom, NNG demonstrate real-time transmission of external data for automated vehicles using TPEG technology
    Traveller Information Services Association (TISA) members TomTom and NNG showcased the possibility and benefits of sending real-time data specifically generated to supplement the onboard sensor data of an autonomous driving vehicle from an emergency vehicle. In the live demonstration, the data tr...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Insight LiDAR launches “Gesture Detection” sensing technology for autonomous vehicles
    Autonomous vehicle technology company Insight LiDAR announced Insight 1600 as the first LiDAR with the combined high resolution and velocity detection to enable pedestrian gesture recognition. VP of Business Development Greg Smolka explains, “When humans drive, we’re constantly scanning the envi...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota unveils new Mirai, Lexus LS models with advanced driver assistance technologies
    Toyota Motor Corp unveiled new models of Lexus and Mirai in Japan, equipped with Level 2 autonomous system. The new driving assist technology, or Advanced Drive will help in limiting the car in its lane, maintaining the distance from other vehicles, and changing lanes under the driver...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    ECARX, Arm China JV to launch 7nm chip for smart car technologies
    ECARX, an auto tech startup backed by Geely's chairman and Baidu, plans to supply products with 7 nanometers (nm) chip as early as next year through its joint venture (JV) with Arm China, its chief executive told Reuters. As cars get smarter, chips have become a key component in products from sen...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Schneider invests in autonomous trucking technology startup TuSimple
    Freight transportation company, Schneider National Inc. of Green Bay, is investing in TuSimple, a San Diego autonomous technology company. Schneider president and CEO Mark Rourke will join TuSimple’s newly established Executive Advisory Board.  TuSimple develops a commercial-ready, fu...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving Automated driving sits at the forefront of vehicle technology and presents an opportunity for brand differentiation in a crowded market. As automakers, suppliers, and mobility provi...
    07-Apr-2021 News Webinars
    StradVision partners with European OEM and tier-1 supplier for ADAS
    StradVision, a pioneer in AI-based vision processing technology for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), has announced two new partnerships to expand its global footprints. StradVision is partnering with a leading German OEM to supply augmented reality to the Navig...
    Self-driving sensor startup Innoviz completes SPAC merger with Collective Growth Corp for USD1.4 billion
    Innoviz Technologies, the Israeli provider of solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has completed its merger with Texas-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Collective Growth Corporation and will begin trading under the ticker symbols INVZ and INVZW at a valuation of USD1.4 ...
    07-Apr-2021 News Mergers
    Magna launches camera-based Driver Monitoring System to reduce distracted driving
    Magna developed a market-ready Driver Monitoring System (DMS), which combines its expertise in cameras and mirrors. It is integrated into an interior mirror and meets global regulations related to the detection of distracted driving. The system utilizes camera-based technology to monitor the driver...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Waymo CEO John Krafcik resigns
    Waymo’s CEO John Krafcik has announced his resignation, according to a company blog post on 2 April. Krafcik will continue to serve as an advisor to Waymo but Dmitri Dolgov and Tekedra Mawakana will serve as co-CEOs. Dolgov is one of the founders of the Google self-driving car project and Mawakana...
    Applus+ Idiada announces construction of CAVWAY to develop and test autonomous and connected vehicles
    Applus+ Idiada has announced the construction of the CAVWAY facility in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 29 March. The facility will be used for the development and testing of autonomous and connected vehicles and features. The facilities are expected to be operative in th...
    Deepen AI, WMG and University of Warwick introduce safety pool scenario database for automated driving systems
    Deepen AI and WMG, University of Warwick launches the Safety Pool Scenario Database which claims to be the largest public repository of scenarios for testing AVs in the world. The database provides a diverse set of scenarios in different operational design domains (ODDs or simply put, operating cond...
    Startup Uhnder joins Automotive Safety Council
    Uhnder has announced that it has joined the Automotive Safety Council (ASC) to help advance safety standards and guidelines for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, according to a company press release on 31 March. “We are pleased to join a leading automotive indus...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 5 April 2021
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    Foretellix partners with HiRain for verification and validation of automated driving systems in mainland China
    Jingwei HiRain and Foretellix announced a new partnership to accelerate the distribution and adoption of Foretify, Foretellix's verification and validation platform. It aims to enable the mass deployment of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle systems in mainland Chi...
    KelRide on-demand shared ride service obtains EUR10.9 million funding from German government
    The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure officially approved a EUR10.9 million funding to KelRide, a project that will introduce an autonomous, on-demand transport service in the Kelheim district, north of Munich. For the first time in Germany, fully automated buses would ...
    02-Apr-2021 News Investments
    US-based startup WaveSense raises USD15 million
    US-based startup WaveSense has raised USD15 million in funding, according to a company press release on 30 March 2021. The round was led by Rhapsody Venture Partners and Impossible Ventures. WaveSense has developed Ground Positioning Radar™ (GPR), a precise and reliable vehicle positioning syst...
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus raises USD107 million
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus has raised USD107 million in a Series C round, according to a press release on 10 March 2021. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Insight Partners. Optibus also received funding from existing investors including Verizon Ventures, Pitango, New Era Capit...
    Optimus Ride, Polaris partner to launch fully autonomous GEM EVs
    Autonomous shuttle startup Optimus Ride and power sports vehicle manufacturer Polaris are teaming up to codevelop fully autonomous Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) electric vehicles (EVs). Under this joint development agreement, an exclusive line of Polaris GEM low-speed electric vehicles (LSVs) will...
    AVSC publishes best practice for measuring safety performance metrics in automated driving system vehicles
    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) has announced the availability of its sixth-best practice titled, Metrics and Methods for Assessing Safety Performance of Automated Driving Systems (ADS), SAE International said in a press release on 25 March. The publication will provide the first indu...
    BlackBerry launches 'BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund' to drive innovation in vehicles
    BlackBerry has launched ‘BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund’ to help companies accelerate innovation and bring new products and applications to the market using its intelligent vehicle data platform, BlackBerry IVY, the company said in a press release on 25 March. BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud...
    Foresight ADAS/AV thermal camera auto calibration enables accurate 3D perception
    Foresight Automotive, part of the Thermal by FLIR program and an automotive vision systems innovator, has developed the automotive industry’s first 3D perception system through its QuadSight, a multi-spectral vision solution, FLIR said in a press release on 29 March. The solution contains two F...
    31-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Motional selects Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric SUV for use in robo-taxi service
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has selected the all-new Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) as its vehicle platform for its robo-taxi service, the company said in a blog on 30 March. Motional will equip IONIQ 5 with ...
    Toyota Woven Capital invests in AV startup Nuro’s Series C funding round
    Woven Capital, L.P., a USD800 million global investment fund that supports growth-stage companies in mobility, made an equity investment in Nuro, a robotics company providing autonomous delivery. This marks the first investment from Woven Capital, which was established in January 2021 as the investm...
    29-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Marelli makes top management appointments for electrification, ADAS, and electronics
    On 26 March, Marelli announced a few key appointments for its electrification, ADAS and electronics divisions. Joachim Fetzer will be appointed as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO), while Hannes Prenn will join as EVP and CEO of the Electric Powertrain business. The new appointments are...
    ACQUISITION: Cognizant acquires ESG Mobility to expand its connected, autonomous, and EV businesses
    Cognizant has acquired ESG Mobility for an undisclosed sum, the company said in a press release on 25 March. ESG Mobility provides digital automotive engineering research and development (R&D) for connected, autonomous and electric vehicles. Cognizant will employ the services of around 1,000 eng...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 29 March 2021
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    AImotive integrates Khronos Group’s Vulkan API into next-generation simulation tool aiSim
    AImotive has integrated Khronos Group’s Vulkan application programing interface (API) to improve raytracing performance in its next-generation automated driving simulation tool, aiSim 3.0, the company said in a press release on 24 March. Use of Vulkan Ray Tracing extension improves simulation perf...
    29-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Lidar startup Baraja raises USD30.7 million in new funding round
    Baraja has raised AUD40 million (USD30.7 million) in a new funding round, Australia-based lidar sensing technology startup said in a press release on 24 March. The latest funding round was led by existing investor Blackbird Ventures and and saw participation from new investors including Hitachi Cons...
    29-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Faraday Future raises USD100 million following SPAC merger agreement
    Faraday Future, a California-headquartered global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, announced that it has raised approximately USD100 million in debt financing commitments led by Ares, along with existing lender Birch Lake and other lenders joining the debt financing round. According...
    29-Mar-2021 News Investments
    SAE, AVCC collaborate to develop of autonomous and assisted driving solutions
    The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) has announced a partnership with SAE International, under which the organizations will work toward developing autonomous and assisted driving solutions. In a press release dated 24 March, AVCC said that the two establishments will share technic...
    Innoviz releases InnovizAPP advanced perception platform for autonomous vehicles
    Lidar specialist Innoviz Technologies has launched an automotive perception platform InnovizAPP for autonomous driving applications, the company said in a press release on 25 March. The advanced perception platform includes hardware and software that enable autonomous vehicles to identify and classi...
    26-Mar-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Automotive chip shortage - do we ever learn?
    Watch an on-demand replay now  AutoTechInsight Webinar: Automotive chip shortage - do we ever learn? Phil Amsrud and Jeremie Bouchaud will present on the origin of the chip shortage and will explain the specifics of the automotive chip supply chain. IHS Markit will also analyze best pract...
    24-Mar-2021 News Webinars
    Startup Affectiva receives six new patents for advanced in-cabin sensing
    Affectiva has received six new patents in the past three months for advanced in-cabin sensing capabilities to improve vehicle safety and the occupant experience, it said in a press release on 23 March. The new patents will add to Affectiva Automotive AI’s capabilities. Affectiva’s in-cabin sensi...
    Autonomous vehicle technology startup Momenta raises USD500 million in new financing round
    Momenta has completed a new financing round, raising a total USD500 million, China Daily reported on 19 March. The latest funding round was led by Toyota, Bosch and Chinese automaker SAIC Motor. In addition, Mercedes-Benz and Chinese technology company Tencent participated in the latest funding roun...
    Continental Engineering Services expands presence in Europe with three new facilities
    Continental Engineering Services (CES), a subsidiary of Germany-based automotive supplier Continental, has announced plans to establish three new sites in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy, the company said in a press release on 18 March. The company’s new facility in Burgess Hill, the UK, wi...
    23-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Supra
    The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra is assembled at Toyota's facility in Graz #2, Austria. Output of the new version of the sports grand tourer is expected to peak at more than 8,800 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car ...
    China Automotive Systems updates new proprietary EPS
    China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has updated its new electric power steering (EPS) product offering, according to a company press release on 22 March. The new EPS system has been developed based on the company’s proprietary technologies. CAAS has begun mass production of this product for new vehicl...
    23-Mar-2021 News New Products
    SK Holdings, Geely agree to invest in new mobility investment fund
    South Korea-based SK Holdings and Chinese automotive group Zheijiang Geely Holding Group have agreed to set a USD300 million new mobility investment fund, Reuters reported on 18 March. The fund will invest in high growth potential companies in the field of emerging technologies such as autonomous dr...
    Xpeng starts 3,657-km autonomous driving expedition in mainland China
    Xpeng has commenced a 3,675-km autonomous driving expedition in mainland China, using a fleet of its automated P7 electric cars, the company said in a press release on 19 March. The expedition will showcase the capability of Xpeng’s Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) in complex driving scenarios on Chi...
    Human Horizons begins HiPhi X electric SUV series production in mainland China
    Human Horizons has commenced series production of its HiPhi X electric SUV at its smart factory ‘the HiPhi Plaza’ in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, mainland China, the company said in a press release on 18 March. The Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup will begin delivery of its pr...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 22 March 2021
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    Foresight Autonomous sells QuadSight four-camera vision system prototype to Japanese supplier
    Foresight Autonomous has announced the sale of a prototype of QuadSight four-camera vision system to a Japanese tier-1 supplier of stereo vision systems for the automotive industry, according to a company press release on 19 March. The supplier will test the QuadSight thermal stereo capabilities to ...
    Luminar to supply lidar sensors and software to power automated driving in SAIC’s R-brand vehicles
    Luminar Technologies has entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese automaker SAIC Motor to supply SAIC’s new R-brand electric vehicles (EVs) with its Iris lidar sensor as well as components of the Sentinel software system, the company said in a press release on 18 March. SAIC will beg...
    Arbe Robotics to become public via merger with Industrial Tech Acquisitions
    Arbe Robotics has entered into a business combination agreement with Industrial Tech Acquisition In., a NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), to become a public company, the Israel-based 4D imaging radar startup said in a press release on 18 Mach. Upon closing of the agreement, t...
    ZF FY 2020 sales declines by 10.7% y/y to USD40 billion
    ZF has reported 10.7% year-over-year (y/y) decline in sales to EUR32.6 billion (USD40 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2020, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 19 March. The company generated 46% of its 2020 sales from Europe. North America and Asia-Paci...
    Velodyne demonstrates lidar-based pedestrian automated emergency braking
    Velodyne has demonstrated via a video how its lidar-based pedestrian automated emergency braking (PAEB) solution offers optimal performance in all conditions, according to information via a company press release on 18 March. The test results showed that a PAEB system using radar and a camera-ba...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Einride, SKF partner to test autonomous, electric transport in Sweden
    Global automotive bearings supplier SKF and Sweden-based tech firm Einride, have signed a pilot agreement to test the latter’s autonomous, electric truck for transporting goods on public roads between SKF’s factories in Gothenburg, Sweden, says a company press release on 16 March. Significanc...
    Foretellix, Humanetics demonstrate toolchain for ADAS, autonomous driving system
    Foretellix has teamed up with Humanetics, a US-based company specializing in active safety testing equipment and services, to demonstrate a joint tool chain that bridges the gap and allows for correlation between virtual and physical testing, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 16 Ma...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen is betting big on software to outpace rivals
    German automaker Volkswagen is focused on developing its own software ecosystem in a bid to overtake rivals, including Tesla. CEO Herbert Diess told CNBC that it wants to “get close and then overtake” the electric vehicle (EV) maker, while ruling out any potential tie-ups. In the annual media co...
    Continental to make Autonomous Mobility independent business area in 2022
    Continental has announced an organizational realignment of its business with systems for advanced driver assistance and automated driving, elevating it into an independent business area from 1 January 2020, the company said in a press release on 16 March. The independent business area, to be called ...
    WeRide unveils ‘WeRide Master Platform’ to support series production of Level 4 autonomous vehicles
    WeRide has unveiled ‘WeRide Master Platform’ (WMP), a core autonomous driving technology platform to support series production of Level 4 autonomous vehicles (AV), the company said in a blog. The WMP platform comprises four key parts: sensor integration solution, WeRide ONE Algorithm, automatic ...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Audi A3
    The fourth-generation 2020 Audi A3 is assembled at Audi's facility in Ingolstadt #1, Germany. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 59,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaw...
    ACQUISITION: Cruise acquires autonomous mobility startup Voyage
    Cruise, an autonomous driving company backed by General Motors (GM), has acquired US-based Voyage Autonomous, Oliver Cameron, cofounder and CEO of Voyage confirmed in a blog on 15 March. “I am delighted to share that Voyage is being acquired by Cruise! Together, we will deliver on the promise...
    Velodyne Lidar appoints Jim Barnhart as COO
    Velodyne Lidar has appointed James L. Barnhart as its new chief operating officer (COO) with immediate effect, the company said in a press release on 15 March. Barnhart has replaced Rick Tewell who has joined AEye, a US-based company also specializing in lidar, as COO. As COO of Velodyne, Barnhar...
    AEye appoints Rick Tewell as COO
    AEye has appointed Rick Tewell as the chief operating officer (COO), according to a 15 March press release issued by the company. Tewell will oversee operations, focusing on industrialization and commercialization of AEye’s active LiDAR system. Prior to his new role, Tewell served as the COO at...
    Veoneer launches collision mitigation technology on Polestar 2 EV
    Veoneer has supplied collision mitigation technology to the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV), helping it receive a five-star rating in Euro NCAP's safety test, according to a company press release on 15 March. Significance: The fully electrical Polestar 2 outperformed the 13 vehicles that Euro NC...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 15 March 2021
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    Aeva completes merger with SPAC; shares to begin trading on NYSE from 15 March
    Aeva has completed its previously announced merger with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), to become a public company, the company said in a press release on 12 March. The merger was approved by InterPrivate’s shareholders in a special meeting held on 11 ...
    Ouster closes business combination with SPAC; shares comence trading on NYSE
    Lidar supplier Ouster has completed its previously announced business combination with Colonnade Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), to become a public company, the US-based lidar company said in a press release on 11 March. The merged company will operate as Ouster Inc....
    Luminar partners with Volvo’s Zenseact to deliver full-stack autonomous system for series production vehicles
    Luminar Technologies has partnered with Zenseact, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volvo Cars, to deliver full stack autonomous system for series production vehicles, the company said in a press release on 11 March. Luminar’s full-stack autonomous solution includes its Iris lidar sensor, perception so...
    12-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Melexis to use Chronoptics’ Time of Flight 3D camera technology in automotive applications
    Melexis entered into a license agreement with Chronoptics under which the microelectronics company will use Chronoptics’ multipath and linearity error correction technologies in automotive applications exclusively, the company said in a press release on 4 March. Applications include ADAS for auton...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Augmented reality - A new frontier for automotive head-up displays
    Watch an on-demand replay now  AutoTechInsight Webinar: Augmented reality: A new frontier for automotive head-up displays This webinar will provide context by reviewing the global trends driving the market for head-up displays. Trends will be considered amongst the backdrop of curren...
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    Cipia wins order for supplying driver monitoring system to Chinese-US OEM JV
    Cipia, formerly known as Eyesight Technologies, has been selected by a Chinese-US automaker joint venture (JV) to supply driver monitoring system (DMS) for their five upcoming models in mainland China, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 9 March. For this project, Cipia will collabor...
    GlobalFoundries ties up with Bosch to develop automotive radar technology
    GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with German automotive supplier Bosch to develop automotive radar chips, Reuters reported on 9 March. GlobalFoundries will make high-frequency radar chips for Bosch at the facility in Dresden, Germany. “This is a great example of automotive going to t...
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    Continental’s FY 2020 sales declines 15.3% y/y to USD46.3 billion
    Continental has reported a 15.3% year-on-year (y/y) decline in sales to EUR37.7 billion (USD46.3 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020, the German car parts supplier said in a press release on 9 March 2021. The company posted minus EBIT of EUR718.1 million, compared with minus EBIT of ...
    BlackBerry partners with Desay SV Automotive for dual-screen virtual smart cabin domain controller
    BlackBerry has announced a partnership with Desay SV Automotive to develop a dual-screen virtual smart cabin domain controller, according to an 8 March press release. The technology will leverage QNX Hypervisor and the QNX Real-time Operating System (RTOS) and will be available in Chery's Tiggo 8 Pl...
    Volkswagen launches ACCELERATE strategy to become software-driven mobility provider
    Volkswagen has launched ACCELARATE strategy to increase digitalization, new business models and autonomous driving, it said in a press release on 5 March. Software integration into vehicles and digital customer experience will become core competencies while the German carmaker also aims to make auto...
    ACQUISITION: GM’s Cruise is in talks to buy autonomous vehicle startup Voyage
    Cruise, a majority-owned autonomous driving subsidiary of General Motors (GM), is in talks to acquire Voyage, a California, US-based that offers autonomous transportation to retirement communities, Bloomberg reported last week citing people familiar with the development. The two companies are report...
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