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    Recent earthquake in Taiwan put semiconductor industry to test
    Taiwan's semiconductor industry is a global powerhouse, home to industry leaders like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), MediaTek, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and more. These companies are crucial contributors to the global supply of advanced semiconductor chips, which serve as vital components in numerous technological devices, including automobiles. On April 3, 2024, Taiwan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 25 years, registering a magnitude of 7.4 off the island...
    Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
    We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
    Honda’s Georgia Transmission Plant rolls out 5-millionth transmission
    Honda Transmission Plant-Georgia (TMP-G) celebrated a major milestone with production of the 5-millionth automatic transmission since the plant began production in 2006, a company press release on April 11 said. The plant capitalizes on its success as a key global source of Honda automatic transmissions. TMP-G is also taking steps toward the electrified future by partnering with Honda supplier, Hitachi Astemo Americas Inc., to install a new line to build e-axles, an essential component of ele...
    Panasonic Energy launches new R&D facility to develop battery production processes in Japan
    Japanese battery-maker Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd. has completed the construction of a new battery production development facility within its Suminoe factory in Osaka, Japan, the company announced April 11. According to Panasonic, the all-new, cutting-edge facility, dedicated to next-generation battery manufacturing, is aimed at bolstering the company’s manufacturing competitiveness and expanding its global production capacity. It is slated to serve as a hub for the development of pro...
    BASF to begin change negotiations at its precursor cathode active materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland
    BASF, a leading global supplier of advanced cathode active materials (CAM) for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries market, announced April 11 that it plans to commence change negotiations at its precursor CAM plant in Harjavalta, Finland, from April 15. The decision to initiate these negotiations was because of the lengthy permitting process with unclear outcomes, leading to an unpredictable time frame for receiving a final, unappealable permit, the company said. It added that as a result of t...
    Honda's Scenic Audio app empowers blind and visually impaired with AI-powered narrations
    Honda has developed an innovative app called Honda Scenic Audio, which is the world's first AI-powered accessibility app designed to enhance the driving experience for the blind and visually impaired. The app uses AI technology to create and narrate nuanced real-time scenic audio descriptions of the world outside the car window, providing a more immersive and inclusive experience for passengers. The app was developed in partnership with Perkins School for the Blind's Howe Innovation Center an...
    Indian charging startup Simactricals raises 7.5 million rupees
    Simactricals, an Indian charging startup, has secured 7.5 million rupees (about $90,000) in funding for its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles, Outlook Business+Money reported April 11. The company has raised the funds through the SanchiConnect pre-seed cohort program. Additionally, the company has also secured 4.4 million rupees in government grants. Simactricals has also announced the development of its wireless charging system. According to the report, the sy...
    Materi'act introduces a sustainable car interior featuring Ocean Bound Plastics
    Materi'act and Forvia have developed a new compound material called NAFILean Vision, which incorporates up to 20% recycled Ocean Bound Plastics (OBP) for sustainable car interior applications. The bio-based fillers used in the material are derived from oyster shell particles and can help decarbonize plastics by combining low-carbon recycled plastics and renewable bio-based fillers that sequester CO2. The use of recycled OBP reduces the need for post-processing with paint or film in ...
    Kongsberg Automotive wins €105 million contract for fluid-transfer assemblies in heavy-duty trucks
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has won a contract worth over €105 million in estimated lifetime revenue for metal and plastic fluid-transfer assemblies used in heavy-duty truck engines. The five-year contract was awarded by a Europe-based global original equipment manufacturer and will be engineered according to the customer's requirements, and manufactured and supplied by KA's plants in Epila, Spain; Brzesc Kujawski, Poland; and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Production is set to begin in 2026...
    Infineon’s AURIX TC4x MCU for embedded AI application development receives safety assessment from Fraunhofer IKS
    In a press release on April 10, Infineon Technologies announced the launch of the AURIX TC4x microcontroller (MCU) family, which meets the AI-specific safety requirements to achieve SAFE AI compliance, as proposed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS. The MCUs, with their ASIL-D compliant AI-accelerator (PPU), provide a platform for developing embedded AI-based use cases and automotive applications such as motor control, battery management system (BMS)s, vehicle motion contro...
    Continental and Brabus completes endurance test of MaxContact MC7 sports tire
    Continental and Brabus have successfully completed the new MaxContact MC7 sports tire to an exceptional endurance test. On the legendary supercar Brabus 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition "1 of 25," the tire, which was specially developed for the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), showed what it is capable of in terms of maximum control and steering precision with a torque of up to 900 Newton meters (Nm).  The test took place on the Contidrom circuit, the tire manufacturer's test track near Hanover. Th...
    Toyota Ventures raises another $300 million to expand investments in early stage statrtups
    Toyota Ventures, the early-stage venture capital arm of Toyota, has raised $300 million in new funds to expand its investments in startups developing disruptive technologies and business models that are powering the transition to electric mobility and increasing software capabilities in cars, the company announced on April 10. The new funding comprises two $150 million funds — Toyota Ventures Frontier Fund II (TVFF II) and Toyota Ventures Climate Fund II (TVCF II). The addition of these two...
    University of Bologna opens E-cells lab, supported by Ferrari
    The University of Bologna (Italy) has opened an all-new E-cells laboratory with an aim of promoting research and development (R&D) in electrochemistry, build knowledge of the materials and the chemical and physical properties of lithium cells, according to a press note issued by the supercar company Ferrari on April 8. Ferrari, which is supporting the University lab through its expertise, said that it strongly believes in the great value the project holds for the local region, and for the...
    EVgo expands Autocharge+ to over 50 electric cars
    EVgo Inc., one of the leading public charge point operators (CPOs) in the US, announced on April 9 that more than 50 EV models are now eligible for its seamless Autocharge+ feature. The Autocharge+ feature offers a convenient charging experience to the customers by eliminating the need to open an app, swipe a credit card, or tap an EVgo program (RFID) card to initiate a fast charging session on the EVgo network. EVgo said that most EVs with CCS connectors support the Autocharge+ feature, i...
    HysetCo raises €200 million in latest funding round with Hy24 as leading investor
    HysetCo, a French company that operates in the hydrogen mobility space, closed a funding round of nearly €200 million to accelerate the decarbonization of urban transport in France, the company announced on April 10. The funding round, which was led by Hy24, a leading clean hydrogen infrastructure fund, also saw participation from Raise Impact and Eiffel Investment Group, among other parties. HysetCo said that following the latest funding round, Hy24 becomes the majority shareholder and ...
    ParkMobile expands mobile parking payments to Florence, Alabama
    ParkMobile, a provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, is expanding its mobile parking payment solution to Florence, Alabama. Beginning April 15, drivers in Florence will have the option to pay for parking using ParkMobile's convenient mobile app or website. The app or website allows users to enter the zone number or scan the QR code located on signs within the parking lot, choose the desired parking duration, and touch the "start parking" button to begin the parking session. Acco...
    SEG Automotive deepens localization efforts in india's EV market
    In an effort to accelerate the localization of key components in India's electric vehicle (EV) market, SEG Automotive, a manufacturer of e-motors, generators and starters, is intensifying its localization journey. The company has over 125 local suppliers for the housings and copper windings of its products, with over 90% localization levels. While importing components at current volumes may be cheaper, localization acts as a key enabler in initiating talks with potential customers. SEG Automo...
    Maruti Suzuki expands manufacturing capacities at Manesar plant
    Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India’s leading passenger vehicle manufacturer commissioned another vehicle assembly line at its Manesar facility. This assembly line has been added to the existing Plant-A of the three manufacturing plants at Manesar, the company said in an April 9 press release.  The new vehicle assembly line has the capability to manufacture 100,000 units per annum. With this additional assembly line, the total manufacturing capability at Manesar stands at 900,000 vehicl...
    General Motor’s self-driving vehicle arm Cruise to resume robotaxi tests after pedestrian accident
    According to a report published by The Verge on April 10, General Motor's Cruise has announced the resumption of tests for its fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona, without passengers on-board. The company plans to start with human drivers behind the wheel and no autonomous driving mechanisms engaged. This comes after a series of incidents involving Cruise's autonomous vehicles in California, including one that ran over a pedestrian and dragged them 20 feet, and another that collid...
    Kia 2024 CEO Investor Day: Kia announces roadmap to its 2030 goals
    South Korean carmaker Kia Corp. organized its 2024 CEO Investor Day in Seoul, South Korea, on April 5, sharing updates on its future strategies, goals for 2030, business roadmap to achieve those, as well as financial targets through the decade, according to a press release dated April 5. At the CEO Investor Day, Kia updated its mid-to-long term business strategy with a focus on electrification and its Platform Beyond Vehicle (PBV) business. The company reiterated its 2030 annual sales target ...
    Infineon expands automotive offering with programmable high-voltage PSoC 4 HVMS family for smart sensing applications
    In a press release on April 8, Infineon Technologies has introduced the PSoC 4 HVMS family of automotive microcontrollers, designed to address the growing demand for highly integrated integrated circuits (ICs) with small form factors in the automotive industry. The new microcontrollers integrate high-voltage features, advanced analog features and ISO 26262 compliance, making them suitable for a range of applications, including touch-enabled human-machine interfaces (HMIs), steering wheel cont...
    Marelli to showcase innovations at the Beijing Auto Exhibition, highlighting China focus
    Marelli, a leading mobility technology supplier, will showcase its latest innovations at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition from April 25–May 4. The company's booth will offer an invitation-only, curated experience that introduces guests to its approach to Design-Led Innovation. Marelli will highlight its technology, with a particular focus on the China market, where it has a long-standing presence, a company press release stated April 8. The booth will take visitors through th...
    Vattenfall InCharge to manage, expand public EV charging points in The Hague
    The Municipality of The Hague in the Netherlands has awarded the management and maintenance of its 5,400 public charging points to Vattenfall InCharge, the company announced April 3. In addition to the management and maintenance of public electric vehicle charging points, Vattenfall InCharge will also expand the city’s EV charging network by 3,200 charging points over the next four years, it said. The new charging points are prepared for smart charging technologies and will feature easy ...
    Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India opens regional office in Prague
    Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India (VWITS) is opening a regional office in Prague in cooperation with Škoda Auto, the Czech carmaker announced March 28. The new facility in Prague is expected to strengthen collaboration and create new links with specialists in India, where VWITS operates one of its largest global IT centers. The strategic partnership and further development of in-house expertise underline Škoda Auto’s efforts toward advancing digitalization, a key element of Ško...
    Osprey Charging Network hits milestone of 1,000 EV charging stations across UK
    Osprey Charging Network, one of the UK’s leading and fastest-growing electric vehicle rapid-charging network, has hit a milestone of having a network of more than 1,000 operational public EV chargers across the country, Osprey announced April 3. According to the company, in the past 12 months, it has launched flagship EV charging hubs in key UK locations such as Devon, Cumbria, Essex, Dunbartonshire, Carmarthenshire and Nottinghamshire. These hubs are not only strategically positioned but a...
    Indian government grants 75 million rupees to Remine India to set up lithium-ion battery, e-waste recycling facility
    The Technology Development Board (TDB) of the Ministry of Science & Technology has provided financial assistance of 75 million rupees (about $1 million) to Remine India to set up a recycling facility for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and e-waste, according to an official press statement on April 2. The total cost of the project is 150 million rupees. The facility will be established at Eldeco, SIIDCUL Industrial Area in Sitarganj in Uttarakhand state, India. The project aims to recycle L...
    AGL showcases latest demos at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany
    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) will showcase its latest demos featuring the AGL platform at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, from  April 9–11. Features include: AGL vehicle-to-cloud: A new end-to-end car-to-cloud demonstration that shows how AGL can be used for fleet management and remote diagnostics. Two electronic control units (ECUs) feed data to the AGL reference hardware gateway demo and then to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. AGL infotainment with Toyota Flutter E...
    Tesla to unveil autonomous robo-taxi on Aug. 8, focusing on EV innovation
    Tesla will unveil its long-awaited robo-taxi on Aug. 8, according to Elon Musk's recent post on X. The forthcoming autonomous vehicle is built on Tesla's next-generation vehicle platform. This comes after the company canceled plans to develop a more affordable electric vehicle, reportedly in the $25,000 price range. Musk informed employees that he wants to focus entirely on an autonomous vehicle that will make other vehicles obsolete, based on a report published by The Verge on April 6. ...
    Mainland China's Zeekr renews plans to raise up to $500 million in US IPO – report
    Zeekr, the high-end electric vehicle brand under mainland Chinese automaker Geely, has revived its plans to raise up to $500 million through an IPO in New York, as disclosed by two sources familiar with the matter, according to a report published by Reuters on April 3. In November 2023, the company had postponed its listing ambitions to secure approximately $500 million owing to disparities in valuation expectations between investors and the company, as reported by Reuters, citing insider inf...
    LG Uplus Sporki to be available in Toyota's car infotainment
    South Korea's LG Uplus Corp. announced that its sports community platform Sporki will be featured in Toyota Connect, the U+Drive-based infotainment system of Toyota Korea, The Korea Economic Daily reported March 22. According to the news report, Sporki is accessible in all Lexus and Toyota models equipped with Toyota Connect, including the Lexus LS, Lexus UX, Highlander, RAV4 and Crown. With the in-vehicle Sporki service, users can enjoy watching four major sports: Baseball, soccer, voll...
    Vestel aims to reach billion-dollar market cap in EV charging and automotive electronics within three years
    Vestel Mobility, a subsidiary of Turkish technology giant Vestel, aims to reach a billion-dollar market cap within the next three years by focusing on charging stations and automotive electronics in the electric vehicle industry. Vestel CEO Ergün Güler highlighted the growing demand for EV charging stations, predicting that the global market will reach $440 billion by 2030. Vestel has already installed over 180,000 EV charging sockets in Turkey and Europe, and plans to expand its product li...
    ZF opens new campus in Monterrey, Mexico; expands North American operations
    ZF, a global technology company, has opened a new campus in Monterrey, Mexico, which houses four corporate function hubs for North America and the company's first research and development center in the country. The campus is located within the FINSA Guadalupe Industrial Park and covers an area of 43,294 square meters. The new building completes the Monterrey campus, which is a strategic complex for the leading automotive technology company at a regional and global level. The campus featu...
    Lumileds' Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier effectively filters seasonal allergens for cleaner air
    Lumileds, a leading lighting solutions company, has introduced the Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier to help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms for vehicle occupants. The compact and powerful air purifier effectively filters out airborne allergens, including pollen and mold, that can pass through standard cabin filters. The Philips GoPure GP5212 can filter particles as small as .015 microns, providing cleaner, healthier and fresher air in minutes. The advanced filtering technolog...
    Tesla begins production of right-hand drive cars in Berlin for export to India
    US electric car manufacturer Tesla has started producing right-hand drive cars at its Berlin factory in Germany for the purpose of exporting them to India, according to a news report published by the Hindustan Times on April 4. The report cited unnamed sources aware of the company’s plans. It further mentioned that Tesla is sending a team in the third week of April to India to look for potential sites for its planned EV factory. Reportedly, Tesla is working on export as well as local man...
    AVL tops Austrian patent list for second year in a row with focus on sustainable mobility innovations
    AVL List GmbH has emerged as the top inventor in Austria for the second consecutive year, with 21 new patent applications in the fields of sustainable mobility and stationary technologies. The company, based in Graz, holds two-thirds of the patents filed in 2023, with a significant portion of the applications related to fuel cell and electrolysis innovations. AVL's patent applications in 2023 increased by over 11% compared with the previous year, with a focus on electrification, battery, e-ax...
    eSentire opens tech innovation center in India to accelerate cybersecurity capabilities
    ESentire, a leader in managed detection and response (MDR), has opened a Technology Innovation Center in Bengaluru, India, under the legal entity eSentire India Private Limited. The center will expand eSentire's global footprint and provide access to a pool of exceptional engineering talent with expertise in cybersecurity, generative AI, and low-code orchestration and automation. The focus of the center will be to accelerate the capabilities of eSentire's Atlas XDR Cloud Platform across three...
    Skoda updates MySkoda app with new features, improved functionality and enhanced customer experience
    Škoda has updated its MyŠkoda app with new features and improved functionality, making it compatible with all current models. The app now serves as a unified platform for owners of all Škoda models, offering seamless vehicle access and introducing new smart services like Pay to Park and Pay to Fuel. The integration of Powerpass into the app provides an end-to-end solution for Enyaq and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivers, granting access to over 660,000 charging points across Eu...
    GAC Aion plans to enter Indonesia with a local EV plant
    GAC Aion, the electric vehicle unit of mainland China’s leading carmaker GAC Group, plans to enter the Indonesian market with an EV factory, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 3. As such, GAC Aion has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Indonesia's Indomobil Group on April 2, marking its official entry into the local market, the report said, adding that GAC Aion will cooperate with Indomobil in areas including vehicle manufacturing, vehicle sales and service...
    BMW begins construction work of its battery plant in Straßkirchen, Germany
    German luxury-car maker BMW has commenced construction work at its new battery assembly plant in Straßkirchen, Germany, according to a news report published by online news portal Electrive on April 3. Citing local news publications, the report said that the carmaker submitted an application to the local district office for an early start of construction work that was approved last week. Citing a report published by Bayerischer Rundfunk, the site manager at BMW’s upcoming battery plant t...
    Canoo enters Middle East with a new sales agreement
    US commercial electric-vehicle maker Canoo Inc. has signed a vehicle sales agreement with Jazeera Paints, a pioneering paint manufacturer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Canoo announced April 2. Under the sales agreement, Jazeera Paints will initially purchase 20 EVs from Canoo and integrate them into its fleet in 2024, with the option to expand the purchase up to 180 additional vehicles. According to Canoo, this agreement taps into the Saudi ...
    Winbond issues statement on earthquake impact on operations in Taiwan
    In the wake of the powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Taiwan's eastern region on April 3, Winbond, a major semiconductor manufacturer, has announced that its swift evacuation procedures ensured the safety of all personnel, avoiding any injuries, the company said in a press release on April 3. Despite the seismic event triggering self-protection mechanisms in certain machinery at Winbond's CTSP Fab and Kaohsiung Fab facilities, the company reported no significant disruptions to its ...
    Honda's Ohio, US, plant celebrates 15-millionth vehicle, prepares for BEV production
    Honda's Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) in Ohio, US, celebrated the production of its 15-millionth vehicle, marking a significant milestone in the plant's 40-year history. This plant, Honda's first auto manufacturing facility in North America, is now set to take the company into the next phase of its history as it prepares to produce the first Honda battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in North America. In October 2022, Honda injected a $700 million investment into its Ohio auto operations, establishin...
    ParkMobile to modernize parking in Radnor, Pa.
    ParkMobile, a provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of the EasyPark Group, is set to modernize parking in Radnor, Pa. The ParkMobile app will soon be available for use at over 900 on-street and off-street parking spaces across the town. Users will be able to pay for parking digitally by entering the zone number indicated on nearby signs into the app or a mobile web browser. The goal is to make cities more livable by improving traffic flow and driver experi...
    Next.e.GO NV files for insolvency amid EV industry challenges
    Next.e.GO NV has announced that it will file an application with the competent district court in Aachen, Germany, to open insolvency proceedings, in a press release dated April 2. The move comes in response to recent adverse developments and challenges faced by the electric vehicle industry, including volatility in capital markets and unfavorable market conditions. The press release stated that despite efforts by the company, it was unable to secure alternative funding as required under local...
    TSMC takes precautionary measures amid Taiwan's worst earthquake in 25 years
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the leading global producer of advanced semiconductor chips, halted certain chip manufacturing equipment and evacuated personnel following the most powerful earthquake to strike the island of Taiwan in 25 years, according to a Bloomberg report on April 3. As the primary contract chip manufacturer for tech giants such as Apple Inc. and Nvidia Corp., TSMC relocated staff from specific areas and is evaluating the repercussions of the 7.4 magnitude q...
    Delaware, Ohio, to modernize parking permit system with Parkmobile app
    Residents and visitors in Delaware, Ohio, will soon be able to reserve their monthly parking passes through the ParkMobile app or website. ParkMobile, a provider of smart parking and mobility solutions, is modernizing the parking permit system in Delaware. Drivers will also be able to pay for parking at over 300 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout the town through the app or website. According to David Holler, vice president of Sales at ParkMobile, the company is working toward...
    Argus Cyber Security expands in North America with new penetration testing lab in Detroit
    Argus Cyber Security, a leading provider of automotive cybersecurity solutions, has expanded its presence in North America by opening a new penetration testing lab in Detroit. The lab aims to cater to the growing demand from local original equipment manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers for cybersecurity penetration testing services. With the increasing complexity of modern vehicles, OEMs are looking to meet regional regulation requirements and protect their products against cyberthreats. Penetr...
    US investigates Stellantis 2022 RAM truck models over K1 snap ring transmission failures
    The US Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has opened a preliminary evaluation of a failure of the K1 snap ring in Chrysler-parent Stellantis' year 2022 RAM 3500, 4500 and 5500 trucks, Reuters reported March 29, quoting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ODI has received 82 complaints alleging loss of motive power due to an internal transmission failure of the K1 snap ring, the NHTSA said. Of these complaints, 16 describe a complete loss of motive power at speed...
    KB Autotech to supply over-the-air ventilation seat controller
    KB Autotech has announced that it will begin supplying its over-the-air (OTA) ventilation seat controller in North America in April 2024, following its product win from Adient in 2023, Maeil Business Newspaper reported March 27, 2024.  The controller extends the OTA function to the Ventilation Seat Controller (SHVU), allowing for the latest version of seat control software to be maintained through wireless communication. With the rapid change in the automobile market toward electric vehi...
    Hyundai debuts 2025 Tucson at New York Auto Show, gets updated ADAS
    Hyundai has unveiled the new 2025 Tucson at the New York Auto Show, with refreshed exterior styling, new features and updated safety attributes. The premium midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) will go on sale in the US later in 2024, and in other international markets including India in 2025, according to a report published by Express Drives on March 28. Exterior updates include a new front grille with the parametric jewel theme and updated signature LED daytime running lights, reprofile...
    ZF's CeTrax Lite electric drive meets soaring demand in light commercial vehicles
    In April 2023, ZF began volume production of its CeTrax Lite electric drive for light commercial vehicles (LCVs), with demand exceeding expectations owing to increased orders from Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu. The CeTrax Lite is an all-electric drive with a peak output of 150 kW that sits centrally in the vehicle frame, replacing the conventional transmission in combustion vehicles. Isuzu has been using the CeTrax Lite to power its latest generation of light d...
    US NHSTA probes complaints of Ford pickups downshifting without warning
    The US auto safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation on a complaint that more than 540,000 Ford pickup trucks can abruptly downshift to a lower gear and increase the risk of a crash. In documents posted on its website, the NHTSA said that it opened the investigation after receiving 86 consumer complaints about the problem with the trucks' automatic transmissions, Business Standard reported, quoting news agency Associated Press, o...
    C2A Security experiences surge in growth with 10 new partnerships in 2023
    C2A Security, a leading provider of DevSecOps platforms, has seen significant growth in its customer base and partnerships in 2023, with over 10 customers and partners signing commercial agreements with the company. The company's EVSec risk-driven product security platform has gained traction in the automotive industry as it rushes to meet cybersecurity regulations, such as the UN Regulation No. 155 and ISO/SAE 21434. The company's platform automates archaic manual processes and enables cross...
    Marelli's innovative lighting platform enhances vehicle safety and efficiency in China
    Marelli, a global automotive supplier, has developed an innovative lighting domain control unit platform in China, which can control vehicles' front lights, rear lights and 360° lighting features. The platform is designed to integrate with software-defined vehicle architectures and supports over-the-air updates and continuous deployment of new features. Marelli has also introduced the "MCU Less" intelligent driver concept, which enables the centralization of lighting software into domain ele...
    LG Magna receives cybersecurity management system certification, positions itself as reliable vehicle component supplier
    LG Magna, a joint venture between LG Electronics and Magna International, has received Cyber Security Management System (CSMS) certification from TÜV Rheinland, it said in a press release dated March 21. The certification indicates compliance with vehicle cybersecurity regulations and the implementation of a comprehensive security system. The certification comes as automotive cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important, with the WP.29 UNECE R155 regulations set to take effect in July 20...
    Tasking to showcase embedded automotive software at Embedded World 2024
    According to a press release on March 12, Tasking will showcase its latest tools for developing high-performance, safe and secure embedded automotive software at Embedded World 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany, from April 9–11, 2024. The company's booth will feature its comprehensive toolset, known as Compile, Debug, Analyze, which covers the entire software development process. Tasking's focus on safety and security-compliant development is a key factor in its success, with certified tools ...
    Goodyear opens Luxembourg simulation center to revolutionize tire design and development
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has opened its Simulation Center in Luxembourg, a state-of-the-art facility designed to revolutionize tire design and development. The center features a DiM250 Dynamic Driving Simulator developed by VI-grade, enabling Goodyear's team to test and validate tire models for cars that do not yet exist, resulting in faster production and tailored tire modifications to suit each vehicle's needs. The center's virtual-tire development process has already been successfull...
    GM, Ford likely to reroute Baltimore shipments after bridge collapse
    US automakers General Motors (GM) and Ford will reroute affected shipments after a bridge collapse in the Port of Baltimore. The Port of Baltimore is the busiest US port for car shipments, handling at least 750,000 vehicles in 2023, according to data from the Maryland Port Administration. Motor vehicles and parts accounted for 42% of all Baltimore port imports, Reuters reported March 26.  "We expect the situation to have minimal impact to our operations. We are working to re-route any ve...
    Primearth EV Energy to be renamed as Toyota Battery Co.
    Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. plans to change the name of Primearth EV Energy Co. Ltd. (PEVE) to Toyota Battery Co. Ltd. from Oct. 1, 2024, the company announced March 27. The name change has to be officially approved by PEVE’s annual general meeting of shareholders, scheduled in June 2024. The name change announcement comes soon after Toyota acquired Panasonic’s 19.5% stake in PEVE to make the latter a wholly owned company. The move, announced by the automaker on March ...
    Renault’s EV unit Ampere to set up a battery-cell lab in France
    French carmaker Renault’s electric vehicle division Ampere Cars plans to build a battery-cell laboratory at the parent company’s Technical Centre in Lardy, Essonne, in France, Ampere announced March 25. The foundation stone was laid by the company and the construction work of the innovation battery-cell laboratory has already begun, the company said, adding that the lab is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2025. The upcoming battery-cell lab is expected to pla...
    Battery startup LiNa Energy secures £3.5 million in latest funding
    UK-based battery technology startup LiNa Energy has secured £3.5 million as its latest funding, as it plans to scale its pilot facility, the company said March 20. It said Jacob Wolff-Petersen led the funding round, which comprises £2.7 million in equity and an £815,000 grant from the Future Enterprise Investor Partnership administered by Innovate UK. The funding will enable the building of an automated solid-state electrolyte manufacturing line at the company’s first pilot-scale prod...
    Pateo secures about $208 million funding for intelligent domain control products development
    Pateo, an automotive intelligence industry player, has recently secured a new round of financing worth 1.5 billion yuan (about $208 million), it said in a press release dated March 26. The funds will be used for research and development of a new generation of intelligent integrated domain control products and accelerate the full-stack technological innovation of intelligent driving domain controllers. The new generation of automotive intelligent integrated domain control products include...
    SnappOS showcases dynamic theming engine for car user interface
    Snapp Automotive's SnappOS, a take on Android Automotive, showcases a dynamic theming engine that allows for in-depth and impressive themes for the car's user interface (UI), which can be changed on the fly. Built with JetPack Compose, Snapp Automotive can create a new theme for a car in about two weeks using this specialized engine. The theme can be changed by the user from their phone without disrupting the in-car UI, which can also change base on the car's state, such as reo...
    Ford eyes Indian market with plans for localized EV production
    Kay Hart, president, International Markets Group of Ford Motor Co. visited India to assess the company's next step after the government announced its new electric vehicle policy. Sources suggest that Hart discussed the company's plans regarding the Maraimalai Nagar factory on the outskirts of Chennai, India, which the company had previously put off selling. Ford is reportedly evaluating re-entering the Indian market and exploring the possibility of localizing EV platforms in India t...
    TDK expands 100V automotive MLCCs with highest capacitance in 2012/3216 sizes
    As reported in a press release on March 26, TDK has expanded its CGA series of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to 2.2 microfarad (μF) in 2012 size (2.0 mm [length] x 1.25 mm [width] x 1.25 mm [height]) and 4.7 μF in 3216 size (3.2 mm [length] x 1.6 mm [width] x 1.6 mm [height]), with the highest capacitance, as 100V products for automotive applications. Mass production of the product series begins in March 2024. Many automotive manufacturers are adopting a 48V electrical arc...
    Tesla offers one-month free trial Full Self-Driving Beta on new and existing vehicles in US
    According to a report published by TechCrunch on March 26, Tesla is offering a one-month free trial of its $12,000 Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software to all customers in the US, provided they have a compatible vehicle and hardware. The intensified campaign to promote FSD Beta software, an enhanced iteration of Tesla's standard Autopilot system, is occurring at a pivotal juncture for the company. As the first quarter of 2024 draws to a close, Tesla traditionally employs extensive measures, ...
    Infineon to present solutions for smart cars at Embedded World 2024
    According to a press release on March 25, Infineon Technologies AG will showcase its innovative semiconductor solutions at Embedded World 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany, to support and drive the decarbonization and digitalization of various industries. The company will highlight its high-quality microcontrollers, sensors, security and connectivity solutions, which play a crucial role in various applications, including electric vehicles. Infineon will highlight its proven technologies as a leading...
    Northvolt begins construction work at its upcoming gigafactory in Heide, Germany
    Swedish battery-maker Northvolt has started construction work at its planned gigafactory — Northvolt Drei — in Heide, Germany, the company announced March 25. The event marking commencement of construction work was attended by the senior leadership team along with some of the leading politicians representing local communities from the region. German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck and German Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein Daniel Günther, ...
    Lucid Group raises another $1 billion from a Saudi Arabian investor
    US-based premium electric-car maker Lucid Group Inc. announced March 25 that it has entered into an agreement with its majority stockholder, Ayar Third Investment Co., an affiliate of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), to purchase $1 billion of a newly created series of convertible preferred stock via private placement, subject to customary closing conditions. The electric-vehicle maker said that it intends to use the net proceeds from the newly raised capital for general corporate purposes, w...
    SoundHound ai unveils Iris voice assistant for safe, informed driving in Japan
    SoundHound AI announced that its voice assistant with integrated ChatGPT will be the first to go into vehicles in Japan, in a press release dated March 25. The assistant, called Iris, will be available in Stellantis DS Automobiles in Japan starting this month. SoundHound Chat AI Automotive became the world's first in-vehicle voice assistant with integrated generative AI when it was launched in April 2023. The technology uses a proprietary approach to reduce the risk of "AI hallucinations" and...
    Continental leads public-private partnership project that enhances translated AI Knowledge for safer autonomous driving
    Continental AG (Continental) has led the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, enhancing KI Wissen (translated AI knowledge) to make autonomous driving safer and more reliable, according to a press release on March 22. Starting in January 2021, this project is part of the VDA Leitinitiative (lead initiative by the German Association of the Automotive Industry). Its aim was to explore how established knowledge like traffic regulations, mathematical-physical principles or social norms can b...
    BYD enters Greek passenger car market with two new models
    BYD has officially entered the Greek passenger car market with the launch of two new models - the Yuan PLUS (BYD ATTO 3) and the Seal in Athens, Greece, according to a report published by Pandaily on March 22. The event was a joint venture between BYD and the Sfakianakis Group, a leading Greek dealership established in 1958. The launch took place at the historic Zappeion Palace in Athens, marking a significant milestone in BYD's European expansion strategy. The company plans to introduce addi...
    Hyundai plans to nearly double its ultra-fast EV charging network in South Korea by next year
    Hyundai Motor Group plans to nearly double its ultra-fast EV charging network across South Korea over the next one year, according to a news report published by the Korea Economic Daily on March 24. Citing the automaker, the report said that Hyundai plans to expand its existing fast charging network of 286 chargers to 500 EV chargers by next year. Hyundai E-pit, the carmaker’s ultra-fast charging station, is equipped with an EV charger offering a maximum output of 350 kW, which can repor...
    Kia appoints new senior chief designers as heads in Europe, China
    Korean automaker Kia Corporation has announced the appointment of new senior chief designers Oliver Samson and Seungmo Lim as respective heads of its Europe and China Design Centers, effective April 1, Autocar Professional reported on March 26. The new roles will see Samson and Lim lead their teams in collaborating and competing with the brand’s other globally located regional Design Centers to develop the next generation of Kia designs, concepts, materials, and models. This work is crucial...
    Bosch, Lennox, Samsung eye Johnson Controls HVAC business ‒ report
    According to a Reuters report dated March 23, Robert Bosch GmbH, Lennox International, and Samsung Electronics are among the industrial firms competing to acquire heating and ventilation assets worth over $6 billion from Johnson Controls International, quoting sources. The report further added that Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls has been working with its advisers to sell its residential and light commercial businesses, including a U.S. business and a 60% stake in an air-conditioning venture...
    ZF LIFETEC rebrands, eyes growth in safety equipment market
    ZF Group, a leading automotive supplier, has rebranded its Passive Safety Systems division as "ZF LIFETEC". The new branding is part of the company's legal separation of the Passive Safety Systems division, which was initiated in October 2022. ZF LIFETEC aims to further increase sales and profitability as a standalone business driven by megatrends in the automotive industry and increasingly stringent safety regulations. The company has achieved sales of around €4.7 billion in 2023 and is on...
    Aptiv breaks ground on new connector system factory in China
    Technology supplier, Aptiv announced the opening of its connector system factory in Wuhan China on March 21, the ground-breaking ceremony was held at the same time, reported by Shanghai Metal Market quoting Gasgoo. As per Aptiv's engagement in Wuhan dates back to 2007 when its electrical systems division established a branch in the WEDZ. This facility has been instrumental in providing wiring harness products and services to major automotive manufacturers like Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automo...
    Stellantis plans to lay off about 400 employees in its transition toward EVs
    According to a news report by CBS News, Jeep maker Stellantis is laying off about 400 white-collar workers in the U.S. as the automakers making their progress from combustion engines to electric vehicles. The company formed in the 2021 merger between PSA Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler said the workers are mainly in engineering, technology, and software at the headquarters and technical center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, north of Detroit. Affected workers were being notified starting Friday mornin...
    Nokian Tyres adapts production of passenger car tires at its factory in Nokia, Finland
    In a press release on March 22, the ongoing political strikes affecting ports and transportation in Finland have led to Nokian Tyres’ inventories of tires filling up, as the company cannot deliver tires to its customers. Consequently, Nokian Tyres will adapt production at the Nokia passenger car tire factory in Finland for at least two weeks, based on the current information.   Nokian Tyres plc has also commenced and concluded change negotiations concerning all its production empl...
    Smart eye secures major contract for driver monitoring system in medium-duty trucks
    Smart Eye, a leading developer of Driver Monitoring System (DMS) technology, has signed a major contract with a major European commercial vehicle manufacturer to deliver its fleet driver monitoring system to two medium-duty truck models. The estimated revenue for the order is SEK 150 million, based on product life cycle volume projections. This is Smart Eye's largest contract to date for its AIS driver monitoring system, with an estimated value of SEK 150 million ($42 million) and possible ad...
    BASF breaks ground on methyl glycols plant in China, expanding brake fluids capacity
    BASF has broken ground on a methyl glycols (MG) plant at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China, with an annual capacity of 46,000 metric tons. The new facility is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for brake fluids in the region and is expected to start operations by the end of 2025. The plant will be the only fully backward integrated methyl glycols plant into a steam cracker in China, serving the fast-growing brake fluids market. According to Bir Darbar Mehta, Senior Vice President,...
    Cerence's CaLLM gains early traction with global automakers
    Cerence has said that it is working with three major global automakers as the first customers for its NVIDIA-powered CaLLM (Cerence Automotive Large Language Model) solution, in a press release dated March 21. Unveiled at CES 2024 in January, CaLLM is designed to provide a full, end-to-end solution supporting automotive functions, features, and requirements, and is deeply customizable for automakers through training, fine-tuning, and bespoke applications. “Working with NVIDIA, we are h...
    Nexen Tire consolidates European operations in Czech Republic - report
    Nexen Tire is reportedly consolidating its bases in Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy into a single entity in the Czech Republic, a Business Korea article on March 21 read. The move aims to streamline operations by centralizing dispersed bases within Europe. The company's decision is likely driven by the expansion of its Czech factory, which was completed last year at an investment of KRW1.2 trillion (US$895.19 million). The integration of underperforming German and Italian subsidiaries with...
    EVgo deploys its first prefabricated fast EV charger in League City, Texas, US
    EVgo Inc., one of leading charge point operators (CPO) in North America, has deployed its first fast charging station using the company’s new prefabrication approach at the Bay Colony Town Center in League City, Texas, the company announced on March 21. The said EVgo EV charging station is the first of several slated to open this year leveraging the company’s prefabrication process, which is expected to reduce station construction costs by an average of 15% at eligible sites. According...
    StoreDot opens its Advanced Technology Campus in California
    Israel-based fast charging battery technology company StoreDot has officially opened its all-new Advanced Technology Campus in Irvine, California, the company announced on March 21. The 5,800 square foot state-of-the-art facility will serve as StoreDot's North American research and development (R&D) hub, strengthening its presence in the region and bringing it closer to major automotive customers and manufacturing partners. That said, the facility’s location provides StoreDot access ...
    Rivian EV owners get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network in North America
    US electric-vehicle maker Rivian said March 18 that its customers can now have access to the Tesla Supercharger network and will start receiving North American Charging Standard (NACS) DC adapters in April. The opening of the Tesla Supercharger network will provide Rivian customers with access to Tesla’s large network of more than 15,000 charging stations across North America. However, access to the Tesla Supercharger network will require an adapter at first. Rivian plans to provide...
    Shanghai launches 5G-A IoV testing area for self-driving vehicles
    Shanghai has launched a new testing area for self-driving vehicles, which includes the world's first pilot road using 5G-Advanced Internet of Vehicles (5G-A IoV) communications, Yicai Global reported March 20, attributing the information to Shanghai Observer. The new testing area, located in the Jinqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone, covers a total length of 205 kilometers and includes Shenjiang Road, Hunan Highway and Lianggang Highway in Shanghai. The 5G-A IoV technology offer...
    Foresight’s Eye-Net wins follow-up order from top Japanese OEM
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile Ltd. (Eye-Net), has received an additional order for a paid development project from a leading global Japanese vehicle manufacturer, following the successful completion of the first two phases of a paid proof-of-concept (POC) project, according to a press release dated March 19. The company reported that on Feb. 28, 2023, the parties engaged in a paid POC p...
    LeddarTech concludes licensing arrangement with Renesas
    According to a press release on March 20, LeddarTech has announced the conclusion of a long-term licensing agreement with Renesas Electronics America Inc. to commercialize the LCA2 and LCA3 programmable system-on-chip (SoC) product families. The agreement is a result of LeddarTech's strategic transition to a pure-play automotive software company, focusing on its AI-based low-level fusion and perception software for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. Under t...
    WeRide showcases autonomous Robobus at Nvidia GTC, highlighting innovative urban transportation solutions
    In a press release announcement, WeRide said that it will be showcasing its flagship Robobus at Nvidia GTC, highlighting its autonomous driving achievements and the latest research. The Robobus, powered by Nvidia Drive, is designed for open urban roads and complements city mass-transit systems, with a focus on microtransit public transportation. Leveraging Nvidia's high-performance, software-defined AI-in-vehicle compute platform, WeRide's Robobus meets the highest level of system safety...
    Talking Heads: Apple shifts gears
    After a decade of unannounced efforts, Apple has reportedly abandoned Project Titan, its ambitious plan to develop electric vehicles. Initially, the project aimed to create an EV to rival Tesla, later shifting focus toward a self-driving car to compete with Google's Waymo. However, it eventually returned to its original focus: An EV with driving-assistance features. As a result, some of its 2,000 employees will transition to Apple's AI division, though layoffs are expected.  In the lates...
    Audi upgrades the infotainment system for Q2 and SQ2 models with enhanced display and safety features
    Luxury-auto maker Audi has announced an upgrade to its infotainment system for the Audi Q2 and SQ2, effective immediately. The new system includes a high-resolution, 8.8-inch Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch display, an Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch instrument display and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Additionally, the upgraded models will now come standard with safety features such as traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning and rear-park assist. The Audi ...
    Marelli opens Interior Innovation Center in Japan to accelerate sustainable, customer-comfort focused design
    Marelli, a global automotive supplier, has opened an Interior Innovation Center in Yoshimi, Japan, to accelerate the design and development of next-generation vehicle interiors. The new facility combines the expertise of engineers, designers and other professionals to create innovative solutions that prioritize sustainability and customer comfort. The Interior Innovation Center adopts a hybrid team structure, integrating various disciplines to foster collaboration and creativity. The facility...
    Fisker to raise funds and pause production
    Fisker is set to pause production of its electric vehicles for six weeks and raise up to $150 million in funding, Reuters reported March 18. The EV maker is under a cash crunch. The report added that none of Fisker’s Ocean sport utility vehicles (SUVs) were produced in January, while its manufacturing partner Magna's Austrian unit made about 1,000 vehicles between Feb. 1 and March 15. Fisker delivered about 1,300 vehicles in 2024, and the value of inventory of completed vehicles was more th...
    Worksport integrates gallium nitride tech for efficient, high-performance power electronics
    Worksport has announced a strategic move to integrate gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors into its upcoming product offerings, in a press release dated March 13. This marks a significant departure from the silicon-based semiconductors used by major chip manufacturers. By using GaN technology, Worksport aims to enhance efficiency, performance and reliability in its power-electronics solutions. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, embracing emerging technologies such as GaN wil...
    Plastic Omnium opens new plant and R&D center in Pune, India
    Plastic Omnium recently broke ground on its fifth manufacturing plant and inaugurated a new Technical Centre in Pune, India, Autocar reported March 15. The new facility, spanning 10 acres and spread over 20,000 square meters in phase one, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to meet the increasing demand for innovative automotive solutions. The Technical Centre will enable engineers and researchers to collaborate on projects focused on sustainability and environmentally friendly sol...
    Hankook Tire to showcase latest EV tires at Electrify Expo
    Hankook Tire & Technology (Hankook Tire) has announced its participation in 2024's Electrify Expo in the US, where it will showcase its full line of electric vehicle tires at select cities and will sponsor the Demo District at all Electrify Expo events, according to a press release on March 15. In addition to showcasing its iON tire range, Hankook Tire will sponsor Electrify Expo's Demo District, designed to provide hands-on experiences with EVs. By supporting this initiative, Hankoo...
    Waymo One to offer fully autonomous ride-hailing service in four cities starting 2024
    Waymo has announced that its driverless robo-taxi service, Waymo One, will begin offering rides to the public in four major cities across the US. From March 14, the service will be available to select members of the public in Los Angeles and, later in 2024, Waymo plans to launch it in Austin, Texas, according to a press release on March 13. In Los Angeles, the Alphabet subsidiary will begin offering rides in a 63-square-mile area from Santa Monica to Downtown LA, scaling its operations o...
    Kongsberg Automotive wins a new contract to supply rotary actuators for EVs
    Zurich-based supplier of driveline components Kongsberg Automotive (KA) announced March 14 that it has won a contract to supply a new rotary actuator for electric vehicles to an undisclosed company. The estimated lifetime revenue from the new contract is worth €40 million, it said in a note. KA said that the actuator will be developed in Mullsjo, Sweden, in collaboration with its plant in Shawinigan, Canada, and produced and supplied from the company’s Vrable, Slovakia-based producti...
    TE Connectivity announces intent to change place of incorporation from Switzerland to Ireland
    The board of directors of TE Connectivity has unanimously approved a proposed change of the company's place of incorporation from Switzerland to Ireland. Shareholders will be asked to vote in favor of the proposal at a special general meeting of shareholders in Zurich. If approved, TE expects to implement the change in 2024, as published in a press release on March 14. TE Connectivity does not anticipate any material change in its operations or financial results as a ...
    Upstream Security joins European automotive supplier association CLEPA
    Automotive cybersecurity specialist Upstream Security has joined the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) as a new member, it said in a press release dated March 14. Upstream provides a cloud-based data management platform purpose-built for connected vehicles, delivering automotive cybersecurity detection and response, and data-driven applications. CLEPA represents over 3,000 companies supplying advanced components and innovative technology for safe, smart and sustainable...
    BP Pulse eyes EV charging infrastructure for heavy commercial vehicles
    BP Pulse, BP’s electric vehicle charging business arm, has acquired the freehold of one of the largest truck stops in Europe, the Ashford International Truckstop in Kent, UK, as part of its strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of electric truck (EV) charging infrastructure, the company announced March 14. Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, Ashford International Truckstop is close to Dover, the UK’s busiest ferry port, and LeShuttle Freight via the Eurotun...
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