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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Mercedes-Benz upgrades GLE and GLE Coupé with latest connected and autonomous technologies
    Mercedes-Benz has installed the second generation of the  Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system in the GLE and GLE Coupé, it said in a press release dated 31 January. The driver and central displays each measure 12.3 inches while the central display can also be operated directly as a touchscreen while wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto are now available. The appearance can be individualized with a total of three display styles (classic, sporty, and discreet) and...
    P97 Networks partners with Visa to enhance in-car payment experience
    P97 Networks has announced a partnership with Visa to deploy its token technology which can be used for in-car payments, according to a company press release on 31 January. The partnership will enable electric vehicle (EV) charging payments across public networks. The first step in this cooperation is the launch of P97 Network's enhanced network token services to securely connect millions of digital wallets and connected cars. “This collaboration underscores the powerful security that token...
    CES 2023: An overview of UI/UX solutions
    Following limited participation in the last few editions due to the impact of COVID-19, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was back in full swing this year. Automotive companies showcased new concepts and products with a huge chunk dedicated to UI/UX. Displays New and innovative displays were showcased by many big suppliers. Continental displayed its curved ultrawide display, which has a width of 1.29 m, curving from one A-pillar to the other. The 47.5-inch Thin Film Tr...
    Faurecia-Aptoide partners with Catappult to launch app distribution service for vehicles
    Faurecia-Aptoide has partnered with Catappult to launch an app distribution service for cars, it said in a press release dated 30 January. Developers can use Faurecia-Aptoide's app store technology to distribute their games and apps in cars. Developers will be able to design and finetune apps and games for cars, while manufacturers will be able to customize their app stores. “A game-changing solution that allows the automotive industry to offer a much richer, more personalized experience to...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Google rolls out new update for Android Auto
    Google has begun rolling out its Android Auto version 8.7, Times of India reported on 25 January. The latest update removes the Wireless Android Auto Toggle. Google has also renamed the Silent Notifications option to Play Conversations Chime. However, Android Auto 8.7 does not feature the “Coolwalk” redesign. The Coolwalk UI is currently in Beta, and its registration programs are already closed. It is a prerelease version with incomplete software. Coolwalk is a major UI revamp of Android ...
    BMW announces interior updates for spring 2023
    BMW has announced feature updates for Spring 2023, which includes both the interior and exterior, it said in a press release dated 25 January. Among the new additions, the extended Parking Assistant Professional available for BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App via a smartphone. The BMW 4 Series...
    Innovobot Labs collaborates with TDK, Microchip Technology, and BOE Varitronix to develop haptics technology
    Innovobot Labs has announced a partnership with TDK, Microchip Technology, and BOE Varitronix to develop a next-generation reference design for automotive displays, according to a company press release dated 4 January. Under the agreement, TDK will supply its patented PowerHap actuators, BOE Varitronix will provide screen and related controllers, while Microchip Technology will add its haptics electronics system, including amplifiers and microcontrollers. Innovobot Labs will develop the overa...
    Porsche develops new infotainment system for sixth-generation 911
    Porsche has unveiled retrofit infotainment systems for sixth-generation 911 including model year (MY) 2005-2008 generation 997, Boxster and Cayman generation 987 for MY 2005-2008 and the first-generation Cayenne for MY 2003-2008, it said in a press release dated 19 January. “There is huge demand for contemporary networking of our timeless classics. And soon after the successful launch of the infotainment systems for retrofitting, we received corresponding queries from owners of early 911 ge...
    BMW unveils new M3 CS with latest-generation iDrive based on Operating System 8
    BMW has unveiled its new M3 CS model with the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8, it said in a press release dated 25 January. It includes BMW Curved Display for the cockpit. A 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches are housed together behind a curved glass surface. The information display’s graphical layout and M‑style content features all driving-related data and vehicle status and settings i...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    TactoTek partners with Kojima to develop Smart 3D surfaces using IMSE technology
    TactoTek has signed a licensing agreement Kojima Industries (KIC) to develop smart surfaces using its In-mold structural electronics (IMSE) technology, it said in a press release on 18 January. IMSE allows for the development of Smart 3D surfaces and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) used in smart in-vehicle interfaces with a combination of intelligent light and touch functions. “This is a big step forward for TactoTek into the Japanese automotive segment and especially in the ecosystems aroun...
    BMW issues OTA upgrade for 4.7 million vehicles
    BMW Group has announced that it will update software in its vehicles with BMW iDrive Operating System 7 and 8 via over-the-air (OTA), according to a company press release dated 20 January. At present, a about 4.7 million BMW vehicles are upgradeable. The Remote Software Upgrade is currently available in over 30 models. Customers will be able to see the software status in the settings menu of their vehicle under Remote Software Upgrade and can search for available upgrades. Significance: Ne...
    Garmin partners with Atari to bring in-vehicle gaming
    Garmin has partnered with Atari to being in-vehicle embedded gaming, it said in a press release on 4 January. The announcement was made at CES 2023 earlier this month a Las Vegas. This was part of its Unified Cabin Experience, which included navigation and audio solutions, among many others. The integration transforms the entire vehicle into an arcade, allowing for family-friendly gaming without a data connection. Significance: David Lowey of Atari said to GamesBeat that the demo used Centipe...
    ParkMobile expands operations to Manhattan, Kansas
    ParkMobile has expanded its services to the city of Manhattan in Kansas, it said in a press release on 17 January. Through the ParkMobile app, users will be able to pay for on-demand parking at over 450 off-street parking spaces in the brand-new Aggieville Parking Garage. “We are excited to introduce ParkMobile in our newly constructed Aggieville Parking Garage as we continue to improve the Aggieville Business District. The app will make parking more seamless, further enhancing the guest ex...
    Parkmobile changes name to EasyPark
    EasyPark Group has announced that Parkmobile has changed its name and looks, including all graphics, to EasyPark, in a press release on 19 January. This follows the acquisition of PARK NOW Group by EasyPark Group in June 2021 from BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG. The acquisition of PARK NOW Group also included the Parkmobile app. The new Parkmobile brand and app is visible for Parkmobile users.  “At EasyPark we always work towards our vision to make cities more livable. This migratio...
    Mercedes-Benz unveils CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation
    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation and optional immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos, it said in a press release dated 18 January. The vehicles also feature free-standing double screen, a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch display as standard, while two 10.25-inch displays with a wide-screen are also optionally available. There are three options: Classic, which provides all relevant driver information; Sporty, with a dynamic rev counter;&nbs...
    Hyundai unveils new KONA model with Digital Key 2 Touch
    Hyundai Motor has unveiled details of its new generation KONA subcompact sport utility vehicle (SUV) for South Korea, according to a company press release dated 18 January. The vehicle comes with a 12.3-inch integrated dual screen display. The first-row’s relaxation comfort seat option is optimized for ‘weightless’ body pressure distribution to help alleviate fatigue after long-haul driving. Users can lock, unlock, and start using the Digital Key 2 Touch, which uses near-field comm...
    BMW to offer Bundesliga in-car app via OTA in 7 Series models
    BMW has partnered with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to test Bundesliga content in a vehicle in a pilot application, according to a company press release on 18 January. Selected content from the Bundesliga will be made available via an app on the BMW Curved Display. The pilot is initially scheduled to run until end-March 2024. The in-car app will be installed over-the-air (OTA) in the new BMW 7 Series. Initially available only in Germany, other countries in Europe, America, and Asia will soon ...
    LG, Magna to develop autonomous driving-infotainment solution proof of concept
    LG Electronics (LG) announced a technical collaboration with Magna to develop a proof of concept for an automated driving-infotainment solution, aimed at providing differentiated customer experiences and enabling readiness for the future of mobility, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. LG and Magna will investigate the technological viability of combining LG's infotainment capabilities with Magna's Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies. LG...
    CES 2023: Google rolls out new Android Auto update
    Google has rolled out new updates to its Android Auto service at CES 2023, it said in a blogpost on January 5. Google announced that the new design prioritizes three goals for drivers—navigating, communicating with friends and family, and playing music or podcasts. Since Android Auto is compatible with all major carmakers, the split screen layout is now adaptable to different screen sizes. Google has also expanded its key sharing feature, which will soon be available with Samsung and Xiaomi...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Pricol showcases next-gen automotive technologies
    Pricol displayed multiple next-generation automotive products and technologies at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, The Economic Times reported on 13 January. The company displayed its heads-up display (HUD), e-cockpit, disc brake, round TFT instrument cluster, TFT smart clusters, end-to-end telematics solutions, and battery management system (BMS), along with its existing range of automotive products. “We are glad to present our product portfolio at the Auto Expo 2023. We take imm...
    Hella’s HY 2022 sales up 25.7% y/y to USD4.12 billion
    HELLA has reported a 25.7% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales for the first half at EUR3.82 billion (USD4.12 billion), according to a financial filing dated 13 January. Its adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at EUR162 million compared with a profit of EUR149 million last year, while the adjusted EBIT margin was 4.3% compared with 4.9% a year ago. “After a strong start to the fiscal year, we accelerated our successful business development even further in the second qu...
    CES 2023: AUO showcases Micro LED automotive display technology
    AUO has showcased Micro LED display technology in automotive applications at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 9 January. AUO Micro LED displays feature high brightness, high contrast, wide color range, and fast response time. AUO Micro LED immersive Cockpit Display solution features high transmittance optical film. Its 14.6-inch Rollable Micro LED display panel features 2K resolution with 202ppi pixel density, 40mm in curvature radius rollable display, suitable for fixed s...
    CES 2023: Appotronics showcases immersive multi-window laser-powered display solution
    Appotronics has showcased its immersive multiwindow laser-powered display solution at CES 2023, according to an official press release dated 12 January. The car, in which Appotronics’ solution was showcased, is the world's first car with immersive display capabilities on all four side windows, with users having the option to display content on both sides of the windows with ALPD display devices hidden inside the cabin. “Bringing this advanced laser technology to CES is a ground-breaking m...
    Cipia announces new design win for ‘Driver Sense’ DMS
    Cipia has announced that the company had secured a design win with an additional Chinese OEM together with tier-1 HiRain, according to a press release on 15 January 2023. Cipia's Driver Sense Driver Monitoring System (DMS) will be incorporated into a pickup truck model that will be sold in South America, Australia and New Zealand. Cipia's DMS will run on an OmniVision system-on-chip (SoC). The model is expected to start production in 2023. This is Cipia's first design victory with bot...
    HARMAN to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences to Ferrari
    HARMAN has signed a multiyear, multifaceted partnership with Ferrari to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences, it said in a press release on 13 January. Ferrari will use HARMAN Ready Upgrade hardware and software for optimal cabin experiences across the entire vehicle lineup. “HARMAN Automotive and Ferrari share an expertise, tenacity and innovation mindset tailor-made for activating a new era of driving. I have no doubt this combination will deliver experiences that will excite c...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Mahindra & Mahindra selects startup Sibros to provide OTA update solutions
    Sibros has announced a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) for over-the-air (OTA) update solutions that will be deployed on Born Electric portfolio of electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs), according to a company press release on 12 January. Sibros will deploy its Deep Logger and Deep Updater in-vehicle and cloud products on Mahindra’s INGLO EV platform and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud. “The Sibros platform was purpose built for the future of connected vehicles by p...
    CES 2023: Marelli displays MInD-Xp Cockpit DCU platform powered by Rightware’s Kanzi One
    Marelli will display MInD-Xp Cockpit DCU platform utilizes Rightware’s Kanzi One at CES 2023, according to a blog post dated 7 January. The platform runs on a Qualcomm 4th generation Snapdragon 8295 processor and uses seven displays, eight cameras, sensors and data sources, integrated and synchronized with Kanzi One. “User-friendly visual interfaces are easy to deploy on MInd-Xp thanks to native compatibility with the Kanzi One automotive HMI toolchain by Rightware. Even o...
    CES 2023: HERE unveils automated mapping technology for rapid development of digital maps
    HERE Technologies has unveiled UniMap at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 4 January. UniMap is a highly automated mapping technology that enables quick development of digital maps and location products. The tool will be available for selected customers in 2023, ahead of a full roll out by 2024. “Ever since we started out mapping California in the mid-1980s, we’ve been seeking to shrink the time it takes to detect a real-world change, reflect it in the map and get it in...
    BYD to deploy Cerence’s conversational AI in EVs globally
    Cerence has announced that BYD will deploy its conversational AI in electric vehicles worldwide, in a press release dated 9 January. By deploying Cerence Assistant, BYD will be able to offer a user friendly in-car experience. Initial models will include multilanguage capabilities, with additional languages to be rolled out in the future. “We understand what automakers are up against when it comes to creating unique in-car systems that build brand loyalty while still enabling access to the s...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    Cerence partners with startup what3words for voice-powered navigation solution
    Cerence has extended its partnership with what3words to supply voice-powered navigation solution, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The number of cars on the road with the companies’ joint solution has doubled in two years. “Navigation is one of the most often-used functions of the in-car assistant, so an accurate, easy-to-use experience is critical to user perception and adoption of automotive voice technology. By bringing the power of voice to what3words’ incredibly innovati...
    Mapbox to offer cloud navigation solution to Toyota Motor Europe
    Mapbox has announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Europe to offer cloud navigation powered by Mapbox Dash, according to a company press release on 4 January. Customers driving Yaris, Yaris Cross, and Aygo X models in Europe will be able to access lane-level navigation, parking search including real-time parking availability, speed limit and speed camera warnings. In an upcoming pilot, Toyota drivers will be able to pay for parking and fuel via their infotainment system. “Our goal is to p...
    CES 2023: Visteon showcases range of digital cockpit technologies
    Visteon will showcase a range of digital cockpit technologies at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 5 January. With an immersive user experience, using consumer technologies, active privacy, and sunlight readability, the display solutions use very low power. The company will showcase two digital cockpit platforms, the Lightscape Panorama Display and the Command & Control Display. “Vehicles and mobility are rapidly changing, and Visteon is developing the technology that will allo...
    Volvo launches Google Assistant-based services via latest OTA
    Volvo has announced that its latest over-the-air (OTA) update, with over one million installations, will include the ability to issue voice commands through Google Assistant-enabled devices, according to a press release dated 5 January. This will allow drivers to warm up their car and among other abilities, and a wider introduction of Care Key technology. Volvo also introduced integrated connectivity in Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Iceland. “Thanks to over-the-air updates an...
    CES 2023: Continental showcases curved display with invisible control panel
    Continental has showcased its curved ultrawide display at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 5 January. With a width of 1.29 m, curving from one A-pillar to the other, the 47.5 inch TFT display is illuminated by more than 3,000 LEDs on a 7,680 by 660 pixel active area. Volume production of the Curved Ultrawide Display is planned for 2025. “The Curved Ultrawide Display creates a driving experience that users can fully immerse themselves in. The high intensity and quality ra...
    Dirac, BlackBerry QNX partner to advance in-car audio solutions
    Dirac has announced that it has partnered with BlackBerry QNX to integrate Dirac’s Dirac Opteo Professional solution into the QNX® Acoustics Management Platform to make it easier and more affordable for automakers to digitally upgrade the performance of sound systems in high-end vehicles, according to Dirac’s press release on 5 January 2023. The two companies have already begun work on the first implementation in a high-end electric vehicle (EV) for a leading European manufacturer. ...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    EVgo partners with Amazon to enable payments for charging using Alexa
    EVgo has partnered with Amazon, under which customers will be able to pay for charging using Alexa, it said in a press release on 5 January. Drivers will also be able to ask Alexa to help find and navigate to nearby electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The companies plan to roll out the in-vehicle functionality to Alexa-enabled vehicles as well as automotive accessories such as Echo Auto later this year. “We want Alexa to be useful for customers in their everyday lives, and EV char...
    Visteon partners with Qualcomm to develop high-performance cockpit domain controllers
    Visteon has tied up with Qualcomm to develop high-performance cockpit domain controllers, it said in a press release on 4 January. The controller will enable automakers to build next-generation cockpits. “The automotive cockpit is emerging as a critical competitive battleground for the industry, and Visteon’s SmartCore software platform offers a complete solution to address the consumers’ demand for a user experience that matches their expectations. The combination of Visteon’s SmartC...
    Cadence announces Tensilica HiFi DSP IP supporting Dolby Atmos for vehicles
    Cadence Design Systems has announced that Cadence Tensilica HiFi DSP IP now supports Dolby Atmos for cars, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. Cadence has optimized Dolby car experience technology to run on the Tensilica HiFi DSP for audio playback of Dolby Atmos for cars. Offloading Dolby Atmos to the low-energy, high-performance Tensilica HiFi DSP enables system-on-chip (SoC) providers to offer automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers a more energy-efficient implementation without a...
    CES 2023: Panasonic updates SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment system
    Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has updated its SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system enabling simultaneous access to Siri or Alexa, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The company was demonstrating the solution at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Access can be gained by just stating “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”. “Our latest integration with Amazon’s SDK builds on our strong multiyear relationship and collaboration to elevate ambient digital experiences across differ...
    CES 2023: Garmin to demonstrate latest in-cabin solutions
    Garmin is set to demonstrate its latest in-cabin solutions at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 4 January. The emphasis will be on technologies that unify multiple domains, touchscreens, and wireless devices on a single system-on-chip (SoC). It will showcase four infotainment touchscreens, instrument cluster, cabin monitoring system, wireless headphones, wireless gaming controllers, smartphones, and numerous entertainment options, which are all powered by a single Garmin mu...
    CES 2023: HARMAN showcases advanced in-cabin technologies
    HARMAN unveiled its latest in-cabin innovations for meaningful automotive experiences to drivers, passengers, and other road users, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. The HARMAN EXPLORE showcase, on display during CES 2023 in Las Vegas, features demonstrations of new products. On display during the HARMAN EXPLORE 2023 Showcase, HARMAN will feature the following interactive automotive demonstrations: Ready Upgrade: Just like a smartphone needs software updates to ensure users a...
    CES 2023: HARMAN unveils HARMAN Ready Vision AR HUD hardware and software products
    HARMAN has unveiled HARMAN Ready Vision, a set of augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD) hardware and AR software products for driver safety and awareness at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 4 January. Ready Vision will display turn-by-turn directions on the windshield, using computer vision and machine learning for 3D object detection. It will deliver collision warnings, blind spot warnings, lane departure, lane change assist and low speed zone notifications. “Ready Vision ...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    GEO Semiconductor, OMNIVISION partner on RGB-IR solution for automotive cabin monitoring systems
    GEO Semiconductor and OMNIVISION has announced a demonstration for simultaneously capturing and processing high-quality color (RGB) and infrared (IR) automotive interior video from a single sensor at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. This solution combines OMNIVISION's OX05B1S 5MP RGB-IR image sensor, which delivers high performance and sensitivity in all lighting conditions, with GEO's forthcoming GW6 Intelligent Camera Video Processor, which gives t...
    CES 2023: NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service to be available in vehicles
    NVIDIA announced at CES 2023 that the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service will be available in vehicles, according to a 3 January press release. It will not need any special equipment. Hyundai, BYD and Polestar are the first automakers working with NVIDIA to integrate GeForce NOW in their vehicles. Drivers and front seat passengers can access games while parked or charging, and those in the rear seat passengers can access games anytime on the road. “We are excited to offer our custom...
    Quest Global collaborates with TomTom for digital cockpit solutions
    Quest Global has partnered with TomTom, under which it will act as a key integration partner to deliver software and applications for TomTom's digital cockpit platform, a company press release dated 3 January read. “We are excited to partner with TomTom as a trusted integration partner for their advanced and scalable Digital Cockpit platform. As a leading engineering services company, we have the distinct advantage of meeting the technical needs of TomTom and its clients thanks to our globa...
    OpenSynergy unveils new feature for automotive virtual platform COQOS Hypervisor SDK
    OpenSynergy has announced a new feature of its automotive virtual platform COQOS Hypervisor SDK, in a 30 November press release. OpenSynergy designed the new feature to function with chronVIEW, a tool to visualize and analyze hardware traces, developed by OpenSynergy’s partner INCHRON. “In the end, it's all about how quickly and easily the application of the product works in the everyday development. Customers have signaled to us that they wanted more support in this field. This feature i...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 2 January 2023
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    Cosworth introduces AliveDrive infotainment solutions
    Automotive engineering firm Cosworth has introduced its infotainment solution called AliveDrive, it said in a press note on 15 December. AliveDrive can be customized for any automotive manufacturer and incorporates sensors such as HD cameras, GPS, IMU and microphones, on-vehicle processing units, software, iOS & Android applications and Cosworth’s Toolbox analysis software. AliveDrive is connected via a cloud-based ecosystem. “We are constantly looking for ways of helping manufacturer...
    Breaking down UI/UX consumer survey 2022
    The annual consumer survey conducted by S&P Global in 2022 yielded some interesting results on consumer sentiment related to in-vehicle displays, speech, touch, and other human-machine interface (HMI) products and technologies, such as wireless charging. Let us first look at the methodology used. The 20-minute survey was shared with more than 8,000 respondents, aged 18 and older and with access to internet. It was evenly split across eight countries, namely the United States, Japan, South...
    Zunder integrates CarPlay and Android Auto for charging services
    Zunder has launched CarPlay and Android Auto services, which will allow customers to charge their vehicles, it said in a press release on 29 December. The new functionality will enable customers to start and end a charging session, load a summary (metrics and data when the session ends), get a GPS route to the charging station, and check charging stations near the current location. Significance: For Zunder CarPlay, customers can start charging by clicking on the charging station and selecting...
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive partners with Vector Unit to enhance in-vehicle entertainment
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive app store has announced a partnered with Vector Unit to bring a new in-vehicle gaming experience, according to a company press release on 13 November. This will enable occupants a chance to play Beach Buggy Racing game in their car, directly on the infotainment system. “Partnering with Vector Unit is incredibly exciting as Faurecia Aptoide is creating a diverse and complete connected automotive environment. Bringing Beach Buggy Racing on board to allow vehicle us...
    CES 2023: LG Display to showcase cutting-edge automotive displays and solutions
    LG Display will present next-generation automotive displays and sound technologies at CES 2023 in as Vegas next month, it said in a press release on 28 December. LG Display its key technologies such as P-OLED and LTPS (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) LCD, especially for the vehicles of the future. “We will continue to innovate through differentiated technologies like our automotive displays – a core component of future vehicles – to provide unmatched and unprecedented mobility ...
    Tesla launches Steam gaming integration in Model S and Model X
    Tesla has integrated Steam platform in its Model S and Model X electric cars, Electrek reported on 13 December. The system is integrated and connects to two touchscreens inside the vehicles to play games and other functions. Steam’s catalogue of thousands if video games can be accessed now by Tesla customers. Significance: Tesla has been involved with in-vehicle gaming for a while with numerous games in its video game platform called Tesla Arcade inside its vehicles. With gaming and connect...
    EV startup AEHRA unveils new dashboard-width in-vehicle HMI screen
    AEHRA has unveiled interior details of its new sport utility vehicle (SUV), in a press release dated 21 December. Its unique full-dashboard-width human machine interface (HMI) screen can be adjusted according to driving state. “With the screen fully extended, the occupants can relax and enjoy a movie, perhaps when the car is charging or when a parent is waiting to pick up a child from school or a party. And for those who have work to do, the screen and the spacious interior afford the perfe...
    CES 2023: Neonode, EPICNPOC to showcase multimodal automotive HMI development platform
    Neonode has partnered with EPICNPOC to develop a multimodal HMI development platform, it said in a press release on 23 December. The platform combines contactless touch input with graphical user interfaces, script recognition, voice interfaces, gesture sensing, audio, and lighting for use in vehicle cockpits. Neonode's patented contactless touch technology is integrated into EPICNPOC's catalog of plug-n-play components. EPICNPOC will be demonstrating Neonode technology at CES 2023. “The int...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 December 2022
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    Aptiv completes Wind River acquisition
    Aptiv has completed the acquisition of Wind River, it said in a press release on 23 December. The transaction is valued at USD3.5 billion, instead of the initial purchase price of USD4.3 billion agreed to in January 2022. “The automotive industry in particular continues to be transformed by the accelerated shift to software-defined vehicles. Empowering our customers to capitalize on this transition requires not only a next-generation hardware architecture, but also a cloud-native software a...
    CES 2023: BHTC and Corning collaborate to showcase integrated dashboard solution
    Behr-Hella Thermocontrol (BHTC) has tied up with Corning to develop an integrated dashboard solution, which enables seamless display integration, it said in a press release on 23 December. The partnership will combine BHTC’s HMI expertise and Corning’s glass products to create next generation infotainment systems. The companies will showcase the technology at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January. Significance: BHTC’s 15-inch OLED display, combined with Corning’s ColdForm technology, enabl...
    BMW enables sharing of Digital Key between iPhone and Android devices
    BMW Group has announced that the BMW Digital Key can be shared across platforms between iPhone and Android devices, in a press release on 21 December. The keys could previously be shared only via Apple iMessage. Customers will no longer need a specific app or a set method of transmission, with the keys allowed to be passed on from the wallet using the native “share” function known from many apps. The solution is a result of a partnership between BMW, Apple, Google, and Samsung under the u...
    GM extends Altia’s contract for HMI solutions in MY 2024 Chevy Silverado EV
    Altia has announced that General Motors has extended its partnership with the company under which the automaker will continue to leverage Altia’s human-machine interface (HMI) solutions for model year (MY) 2024 Chevy Silverado electric vehicle (EV), according to an official announcement on 28 November. “Altia is proud of our partnership with GM’s Design Team—and we’re excited to be a part of their evolution toward an all-electric fleet. General Motors is leveraging Altia...
    CES 2023: Automotive Grade Linux to demonstrate infotainment and instrument cluster technology
    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) will demonstrate infotainment and instrument cluster technology developed collaboratively by the AGL community at CES 2023 in the Las Vegas next month, an official press release dated 20 December read. Additional open-source automotive demos will include Amazon Web Services (AWS), EPAM, Igalia, Panasonic, Renesas, and VNC Automotive. “We have been working on software defined vehicles for the past eight years, bringing together automakers, suppliers and tech comp...
    Bose to supply sound system to Volvo Cars
    Bose has announced that it will supply sound system for Volvo Cars, starting with the recently unveiled Volvo EX90, according to a company press release on 20 December. The Bose-equipped vehicle model will be available by early 2024. Bose will supply a 14-speaker sound system to enhance the in-cabin experience. “Teaming up with Volvo Cars is a major milestone for us. We share many common characteristics—from our long-standing commitment to delivering incredible consumer experiences to our...
    CES 2023: Bridgestone to display digitally connected tires and air springs for EVs
    Bridgestone will display various automotive tire technologies and materials at CES 2023 in Las Vegas next year, it said in a press release on 19 December. Among the demonstrations, Bridgestone will display “Smart Corner” digitally connected tires and air springs for electric vehicles (EVs), in which vehicle performance, efficiency, safety, and comfort will be enhanced through sensor-enabled tires and air springs. Bridgestone will also display its digital concierge for personal and fleet v...
    CES 2023: Continental to showcase new mobility solutions
    Continental has announced that it will demonstrate the future of mobility through its latest technologies at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a press release on 15 December 2022. At CES 2023, the company will highlight two sustainable solutions originating from its tire business: the ContiTread EcoPlus Green and Conti Urban. Both commercial vehicle tires demonstrate the leading edge of Continental when it comes to sustainability. Continent...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 December 2022
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    Bosch Global Software Technologies opens smart campus in Hyderabad, India for smart mobility
    Bosch Global Software Technologies has inaugurated its new smart campus in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, which will focus on automotive engineering and digital enterprise, Business Standard reported on 14 December. The company aims to raise the workforce of 3,000 professionals by 2025 for the center. “We believe that with our presence in Hyderabad, BGSW will be able to bring software centric innovation to products for both Indian and global markets of Bosch,” said Kiran Sundara R...
    Ficosa collaborates with LeddarTech to develop smart parking assistant
    Ficosa has partnered with LeddarTech to develop and commercialize a smart automatic parking assistant, it said in a press release on 15 December. Ficosa will integrate LeddarVision software into its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for parking. “LeddarTech is committed to delivering the most scalable and flexible software solution that enables the highest performance ADAS and AD features for the automotive industry. Our agreement with Ficosa will accelerate the deployment and adopt...
    CES 2023: AGC to exhibit far infrared camera-compatible windshield
    AGC will exhibit its far infrared (FIR) camera-compatible windshield at CES 2023 next month at Las Vegas, US, it said in a press release dated 8 December. The windshield will feature a special glass that allows far-infrared rays to penetrate. It will also display glass composition and processing technologies, which offer the optical capabilities needed to mount and deploy the cameras and the lidar components for autonomous driving. “CES is one of the world's most influential technology trad...
    TomTom partners with AWS, Meta, and Microsoft to form Overture Maps Foundation
    TomTom has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Meta, and Microsoft, to form the Overture Maps Foundation, in a press release dated 15 December. The foundation will look to develop interoperable open map data under the governance of the Linux Foundation. “Collaborative mapmaking is central to TomTom’s strategy. The Overture Maps Foundation provides the framework to accelerate our goals. Overture’s standardization and interoperable base map is fundamental to bringing g...
    Cerence partners with iHeartMedia and Radioline to deliver radio and podcast content to automakers
    Cerence has partnered with iHeartMedia and Radioline to bring enhanced, conversational artificial intelligence (AI)-powered-powered access to radio and podcast content to automakers and mobility OEMs, according to a company press release dated 14 December. “With the wide variety of content available to drivers on a minute-by-minute basis, radio and podcasts are still a critical piece of the in-car entertainment experience. By partnering with iHeartRadio and Radioline, we bring the same glob...
    Visteon partners with AWS to enable vehicle connected services platform
    Visteon has collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver AllGo connected vehicle technology using AWS’ cloud capabilities, it said in a press release on 6 December. The collaboration will see Visteon use AWS technologies solutions across Internet of Things (IoT), storage, and compute categories and secure cloud environment to handle critical connected vehicle activities. “This collaboration is an important step toward using AWS technologies and cloud systems to improve capabilit...
    Honda’s MY 2023 Accord features in-built Google services
    Honda has unveiled the all-new 2023 Accord with Google built-in, it said in a press release on 13 December. For the standard on the top-line Accord Touring, apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps, among others on Google Play app store, are available with Google built-in. "For Honda customers, vehicle connectivity is becoming essential, providing features and services that deliver intuitive, easy-to-use and access functions that makes time spent in vehicles more fun and productive. Our longst...
    Parkopedia collaborates with Desay for parking solutions to mainland Chinese automakers
    Parkopedia has partnered with Desay to provide solutions such as parking data and in-vehicle QR code parking payments to mainland Chinese automakers, it said in a press release dated 6 December. “It is an honor to partner with Desay SV to provide our suite of connected parking services to Chinese automakers and their drivers. The growing trend of driver-centric connected experiences means that parking information is an essential service by drivers of electric and connected vehicles. As a ke...
    Hyundai showcases gesture-controlled door handle by Somalytics
    Hyundai showcased Somalytics SomaControl Door Handle at the Hyundai Open Innovation Lounge, it said in a press release on 6 December. The product was shown as a prototype of future gesture-controlled door handles. The car handle was developed with Hyundai partner SL and enables Somalytics' new capacitive sensor technology SomaCap, which allows users to open and close the door with simple left-right hand gestures. “Our team was honored to be invited to participate with Hyundai in the develop...
    Subaru to bring what3words voice entry in Japanese with Crosstrek SUV
    Subaru has announced that its Crosstrek sport utility vehicle (SUV) will feature location technology from what3words, in a press release dated 6 December. Subaru Crosstrek drivers in Japan will be able to easily navigate to any precise 10ft x 10ft location using just three words. Subaru becomes is the first automaker to bring Japanese language in the solution, allowing drivers to input a what3words address via voice or text. The system can also work offline. “The new Crosstrek was...
    Diodes develops dual-channel USB Type-C protocol decoder for in-vehicle charging
    Diodes Incorporated has developed a highly integrated dual-channel USB Type-C protocol decoder for in-vehicle charging, it said in a press release dated 6 December. The AP43776Q supports USB power delivery 3.1 standard power range and programmable power supply as well as Quick Charge QC5, fast charging protocols. It also supports legacy battery charging 1.2 and is optimized for multiport automotive USB device charging systems. The decoder features a built-in microcontroller unit with 12kB of ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 12 December 2022
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    Parkopedia enables in-vehicle parking payments feature in new BMW vehicles
    Parkopedia has announced that a new BMW parking payments feature uses Parkopedia’s In-vehicle Payment Platform to enable parking payment experiences for BMW drivers with a BMW Operating System 7 and 8 in available in Germany and Austria, according to a press release on 7 December 2022. The function is engaged over-the-air (OTA) overnight, with no action required by the driver. When the driver arrives at the designated parking site, Parkopedia's highly integrated payment platform enables for...
    CES 2023: Hyundai Mobis to unveil new technologies for purpose-built mobility
    Hyundai Mobis has announced that it will demonstrate its products in its largest exhibition space ever at CES 2023, where it will unveil a new convergence technology optimized for purpose-built vehicle (PBV), according to a press release on 5 December 2022. Hyundai Mobis will debut its new PBV concept cars, M.Vision TO and M.Vision HI, with the theme "Hi! For a Better Tomorrow!" "TO" denotes going "toward" the future, while "HI" signifies 'a humanity-oriented' driving experience.  Hyunda...
    Volkswagen to unveil second generation ID.3 in spring 2023
    Volkswagen has announced that the second generation of its ID.3 vehicle will be launched in spring, 2023, according to a company press release dated 2 December. The new ID.3 will be equipped with the latest software generation, improving system performance and will be able to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. The standard equipment package will include a display with a diagonal measurement of 12 inches, a removable luggage compartment floor and a center console with two cup holders. “Part...
    CES 2023: Continental to unveil Scenic View Head-up Display
    Continental is set to showcase its Scenic View Head-up Display (HUD) at the CES 2023, it said in a press release on 1 December. The Scenic View HUD does not project the display onto the transparent area of the windshield. It reflects information for the driver with a high light intensity onto a specially coated, black-printed area along the lower edge of the windshield. “With the Scenic View HUD, we are setting a new trend and enabling completely new design options for vehicle designers. We...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 5 December 2022
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    Software firm CARIAD to acquire paragon semvox
    CARIAD has announced that it is set to acquire artificial intelligence (AI) company paragon semvox, in a press release dated 1 December. The transaction is expected to close by the spring of 2023. Following the acquisition, Currently, CARIAD will retain the over 140 employees who currently work at the semvox sites in Limbach and Nuremberg. The paragon development teams in India and mainland China will also continue to support semvox. “With today's signing of the purchase agreement regarding...
    Otonomo expands new fleet services to enhance user experience
    Otonomo Technologies has developed a new set of capabilities to support fleet operators, it said in a press release dated 1 December. The new services available through the Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform will allow fleet managers greater self-service and ease-of-use, resulting in a customized user experience. “Fleet management is a vital business function for many organizations today, from car rental businesses to fleet management companies, mobility-as-a-service [MaaS] providers...
    FAW Hongqi unveils ‘hands on/off detection’ steering wheel for automated vehicles
    FAW Hongqi R&D Center announced that the Hongqi steering team of the FAW New Energy Development Center's chassis development division had developed the Hands On/Off Detection (HOD) steering wheel technology that debuted in China, according to FAW Hongqi R&D Center’s WeChat press release on 28 November 2022. To determine whether the vehicle is under driver control (driving autonomously or manually), the HOD technology detects and indicates whether the driver is turning the steering w...
    Car Connectivity Consortium hosts second Plugfest to test CCC Digital Key implementations
    Car Connectivity Consortium hosted its second Plugfest, it said in a 15 November press release. The event saw the participation of more than 50 attendees who tested their CCC Digital Key implementations with other players in the automotive and mobile space. Attendees participated in validating test cases, tools, and requirements in a collective effort to achieve interoperability across all vehicles and mobile devices. “To ensure a future where vehicle-to-device connectivity is effortles...
    Cerence’s FY2022 revenue falls 15.3% y/y to USD327.9 million
    Cerence has reported a 15.3% year-on-year (y/y) fall in full year (FY) 2022 revenue at USD327.9 million, according to a company press release on 29 November. Net loss for the period came in at USD310.8 million compared to a profit of USD45.9 million last year. Gross margin was 72.4% versus 77.3% last year. “Our fourth quarter operating results were better than expected, and as committed, included no contribution from fixed contracts. Most importantly, our bookings at USD684 million represen...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 28 November 2022
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    Continental opens automotive technical center in Bengaluru, India
    Continental has inaugurated its EUR119 million (USD123 million) campus for its Technical Center India in Bengaluru, according to a company press release on 23 November. The 1-million-square-feet TCI will do research and development (R&D) services for all five automotive business areas for Continental including autonomous mobility, architecture and networking, safety and motion, smart mobility, and user experience. “Technology and its multiplier effect drive business transformations, com...
    Grammar develops center console for smart #1 all-electric SUV
    Grammar has announced that it has developed the center console for smart Automobile’s #1 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a company press release on 24 November. The cockpit features distinctive lines, individual ambient lighting while both air conditioning outlets are at the center console. “With this contour and seamless connection, we are picking up on a key design feature in the exterior and interior, supporting the brand's approach of setting new trends in design, t...
    LG Display develops new thin actuator sound solution for automotive industry
    LG Display has developed a thin actuator sound solution for in-vehicle applications, it said in a press release on 21 November. The solution will be commercialized in the first half of 2023. The solution uses LG Display’s film-type exciter technology, which enables the device to vibrate off display panels and various materials inside the car body for a rich, 3D immersive sound experience. It is 150mm x 90mm in size, with a thickness of 2.5mm and a light weight of 40 grams. “We have transf...
    Navigation startup what3words launches app in Vietnam
    what3words has announced the launch of its app in Vietnamese, according to a company press release dated 8 November. This will allow Vinfast, who has a tie up with the navigation startup, offer drivers Vietnamese what3words address to seamlessly navigate to any 3m x 3m square location. “With our focus on the customer, Vinfast is committed to bringing a transportation experience that is sustainable and smart through advanced technology and ground breaking solutions. We are delighted to work ...
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