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    Regulus Cyber collaborates with Harman for automotive cyber security
    Regulus Cyber has, on 6 April, announced a collaboration with Harman for a software-based cyber-security solution designed to protect GPS in automotive use cases. It will be part of Harman’s risk management solution to vehicle manufacturers and mobility companies called solution Harman Shield. ...
    Bean Tech selects Cerence ARK to build AI-powered assistant for Great Wall Motors 
    Cerence has announced that Bean Tech has selected Cerence ARK (AI Reference Kit) to build AI-powered automotive assistants for Great Wall Motors, a company press release on 8 April stated. Cerence ARK is an automotive solution that combines AI-powered voice assistant features such as wake-up...
    EVBox and and has·to·be sign EV charging roaming agreement
    EVBox and has.to.be have signed an roaming agreement for electric vehicle (EV) charging services, EVBox announced in a press release on 7 April. Under the agreement, both companies will grant each other access to their charging networks that are spread throughout Europe. “We at EVBox are on a m...
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    Fortescue, ATCO partner for hydrogen refueling infrastructure deployment in Australia
    Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) and ATCO Australia have partnered to explore deployment of hydrogen vehicle fuelling infrastructure in Western Australia, Fortescue announced in a press release on 6 April. The two companies will collaborate to build and operate a combined hydrogen production and r...
    Enovix raises USD45 million for developing 3D silicon lithium-ion battery
    Enovix has secured USD5 million in funds for developing and commercializing its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. The company informed that the funding sources include a major new strategic investor, current investors (including T. J. Rodgers and Y...
    ‘Multi-Car Collision Avoidance’ project in UK aims to prevent motorway pileups
    The Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has initiated a new project to prevent motorway pileups, IoT Tech News reported on 27 March. The project, called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA), is led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, We...
    Volkswagen receives 20,000 orders for all-electric e-up!
    Volkswagen (VW) has received 20,000 orders for its all-electric e-up! model in Germany over the first three months of 2020, the automaker announced in a press release on 30 March. Significance: The increased demand comes after VW updated the e-up! for the 2020 model year in 2019 with a much longe...
    Chinese EV battery supplier Farasis receives regulatory approval to raise USD479 million
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Farasis Energy has received regulatory approval to raise approximately CNY3.4 billion (USD479 million) in an initial public offering (IPO) on China's Nasdaq-like STAR board, according to a Reuters report on 2 April citing a statement by the Shangh...
    Foresight Autonomous announces additional features to its C-V2X solution
    Foresight Autonomous has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile has integrated additional features to its Eye-Net Protect cellular-based vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) accident prevention solution. In a press release dated 6 April, Foresight said that the advanced features will...
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft raises USD24 million in seed funding
    Autonomous vehicle startup Qcraft has raised over USD24 million in seed funding. According to a company press release on 3 April, the investors include IDG Capital, Vision+ Capital, and Tide Capital. Significance: The company will use the capital to further develop its large-scale intelligent sim...
    Denso, Tokyo Institute of Technology set up ‘Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center’ 
    Denso Corp has announced that it has established the Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center jointly with Tokyo Institute of Technology, a company press release on 1 April read. The research center will promote joint research with the support of Tokyo Tech’s open innovation platform from r...
    EV startup e.GO Mobile applies for protective shield procedures
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup e.GO Mobile has applied for protective shield procedures to order self-administration at the Aachen District Court, the company announced in a press release on 2 April. "This is another challenge from the outside in the only five-year history of e.GO. Our mainly st...
    Audi plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2025
    Audi is planning to launch 20 all-electric models globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. These upcoming  all-electric vehicles will be underpinned by four distinct platforms—Modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo), J1: The performance electric platform, Modula...
    PARTNERSHIP: General Motors, Honda to jointly develop two all-new EVs for Honda
    General Motors (GM) and Honda have partnered to jointly develop two new electric vehicles (EVs) for Honda, the companies announced in a joint press release on 3 April. The two new EVs will be based on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. The exteriors and interiors of t...
    Toyo Tire and JAOS enter strategic partnership
    Toyo Tire Corporation has signed a strategic partnership agreement with JAOS Corporation, the Japanese tire-maker announced in a press release on 2 April 2020. The two companies have signed a partnership agreement for building a mutually complementary relationship of their strengths, and furthe...
    Foresight Autonomous, FLIR Systems enter agreement for development of QuadSight vision system
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings has signed an agreement with FLIR Systems under which the parties will develop, market, and distribute Foresight’s QuadSight vision system, combined with FLIR Systems’ infrared cameras, to a wide range of prospective customers. According to a press release dated ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Rivian suspends operations at all facilities
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has suspended all operations to protect its employees and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic since the third week of March. However, the company’s employees are still working remotely from home and making ...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Arconic completes separation into two standalone companies
    Arconic Inc. has completed its separation into two standalone companies—Arconic Corporation and Howmet Aerospace Inc, the company announced in a press release on 1 April. Howmet Aerospace will include Engineered Products and Forgings businesses (engine products, fastening systems, engineered struc...
    Koito completes absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito has announced the completion of its absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 1 April. The company informed that post merger, there will be no change to Koito’s company name, head office address, name ...
    24-Autohof opens new EV charging park in Germany
    24-Autohof, IONITY, and TESLA have jointly opened a new electric vehicle (EV) charging park in Lutterberg, Germany, on 27 March, 24-Autohof announced in a press release on its website. The EV charging park can accommodate up to 20 vehicles charging simultaneously. The four ultra-fast charging statio...
    ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox form alliance for EV charging solution
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging-service providers ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox have formed an alliance to support the roll out of consumer-centric EV policies in Europe. ChargePoint announced in a press release on 31 March. Named ‘ChargeUp Europe’, the alliance was launched during the REVOLUTI...
    DEKRA picks Keysight's end-to-end test solutions to certify 5G (NR) and V2X devices
    Keysight Technologies, has announced that DEKRA has selected its end-to-end test solutions to certify 5G new radio (NR) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) devices, a company press release on 24 March read. Certain DEKRA labs will use Keysight’s suite of 5G network emulation solutions to support co...
    Powercell receives order for PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch worth USD1.2 million
    Powercell has received an order for its PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch, the company announced in a press release on 30 March. The order is worth SEK11.5 million (USD1.1 million). Powercell said that it expects the order to have a positive financial impact during the first quarter 2020...
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    BYD plans to offer EV components to other automakers
    BYD is planning to offer various electric vehicle (EV) components to other EV makers, Singapore-based The Business Times reported on 30 March, citing BYD founder Wang Chuanfu. BYD will use brand name FinDreams for its parts business. "BYD will open its technology and products to the whole world...
    MERA, Mocana, Osaka NDS join Automotive Grade Linux
    Automotive Grade Linux has announced that MERA, Mocana, and Osaka NDS has joined the consortium, a press release dated 27 March read. MERA is a software development company using open source software in industries like ICT, Industrial internet of things (IoT), Automotive, and FinTech. “...
    Savari collaborates with MobiledgeX to enable enhanced C-V2X use cases for automotive OEMs
    Savari has announced a partnership with MobiledgeX to develop enhanced cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases for automotive OEMs, fleet management, and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) partners, a company press release dated 26 March showed. The partnership will enable Savari’s emergency...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renesas says Malaysian operations running at limited capacity
    Renesas Electronics has provided an update on its Malaysian and Chinese operations on 26 March. The company says its Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. unit has partially resumed operations on 21 March, while Renesas Semiconductor KL Sdn. Bhd. partially resumed operation from 26 March, and I...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    LG Chem raises USD520 million from EIB for EV battery plant in Poland
    LG Chem has raised EUR480 million (USD520 million) in a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Poland, EIB announced in a press release on 26 March. The loan will be given to LG Chem’s Polish subsidiary LG Chem Wroclaw Energy to suppor...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear withdraws guidance for financial year 2020
    Owing to the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Lear has withdrawn its guidance for the financial year 2020, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. The company will provide more information in its first-quarter 2020 earnings call. Lear has also announced sever...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler Group suspends guidance for financial year 2020
    Schaeffler Group has suspended its guidance for the financial year 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. Schaeffler said that a package of measures is being implemented to manage the crisis and a new guidance is expec...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Adient outlines measures to counter business uncertainty
    Adient is taking several measures in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to protect its people and business, CEO Doug Del Grosso said in a letter posted on the company’s website. “As the pandemic spreads around the world, the automotive industry is among those being impa...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    India-based Lithium Urban partners with Fourth Partner Energy for EV charging services
    Commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies has partnered with renewable energy solutions provider Fourth Partner Energy to build charging infrastructure in India, Autocar Professional reported on 19 March. The two companies formed a joint venture (JV) called Shuchi An...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gentherm withdraws FY 2020 outlook, provides updates on liquidity
    US-based thermal management firm, Gentherm, has announced the withdrawal of its outlook for the fiscal year 2020 in light of the uncertainties posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As a safeguard against the pandemic, Gentherm has reportedly drawn an additional USD169 million on...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Polestar starts production of Polestar 2 in China
    Polestar has officially started production of the Polestar 2, its second all-electric performance car model, in Luqiao, China, the company said in a press release on 24 March. “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. ...
    Eyesight Technologies, Ariel University collaborate to study drivers state behind the wheel
    Eyesight Technologies has announced a collaboration with Ariel University, under which the university’s ‘Mobile Laboratory’ (M-Lab) will provide Eyesight with unique datasets to study the state of drivers behind the wheel. Eyesight Technologies will use M-Lab’s field tests and data from t...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Vishay expects operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia and France
    Vishay Intertechnology has said that due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company will face operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia, and France, which will impact deliveries on a series of products. It added that its plants in China continue to return t...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Grupo Antolin begins production of protective masks, medical gowns
    Grupo Antolin has launched several initiatives to begin production of medical equipment and address the shortage of protective equipment in Spanish hospitals amid sharp increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases in the country, the Spain-based automotive supplier said in a press...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford, 3M partner with GE and UAW to manufacture medical equipment
    Ford is joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare to assist in the manufacture of medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders, and patients fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Ford said in a press release on 24 March 2020. Under ...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Elmos Semiconductor to reduce work time at production facilities by up to 50%
    Elmos Semiconductor will reduce work time by around 50% for certain production related operations initially, the company said in a press release on 23 March. The decision comes following the uncertainty over demand after OEMs and other suppliers have suspended operations due the coronavirus disease ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Aptiv to draw USD1.4 billion on revolving credit facility
    Aptiv has announced several measures to enhance its financial flexibility and liquidity amid uncertainty due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 23 March. The company has decided to draw down all the remaining amount, approximately US...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: paragon to reduce production at German plants
    paragon has announced that it will temporarily reduce production at its manufacturing sites in Germany to a minimum following the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 19 March showed. The action comes following moves by automotive manufacturers to close their plan...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automakers, suppliers offer help to build medical ventilators
    The automotive industry is collaborating to help medical equipment suppliers ramp up production of medical ventilators to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported last week. Last week, General Motors (GM) partnered with Ventec Life Systems to increase the product...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Veoneer expects plants to operate at 20–30% of capacity in next 2–4 weeks in Europe, North America
    Veoneer has said that it anticipates its production facilities in Europe and North America to operate in the range of 20–30% of capacity for two to four weeks owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It also expects temporary facility closures. Based on that, it expe...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Nissan plans to offer all-electric powertrain in all upcoming models in Japan
    Nissan is planning to offer all-electric powertrains in all its upcoming models, both new and redesigned, in Japan, from 2020 onward, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 14 March. According to the report, Nissan is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the second half of...
    Nissan, partners complete V2G trial project in Germany
    Nissan, TenneT, and The Mobility House have completed a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 March. As part of a showcase project (SINTEG) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, batteries from all-electric ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association in US seeks government aid
    The trade group for US auto parts makers has asked the government for emergency grants and tariff relief to help combat the adverse economic impact due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 20 March. The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres enters employee cooperation negotiations on planned temporary layoffs in Finland
    Nokian Tyres has announced that it has entered into negotiations for temporary layoffs in Finland in the light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, a company press release on 18 March showed. Nokian cites a decrease in demand in the European car and tire markets as the reason be...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Qualcomm to demonstrate benefits of multicast communication in 5G C-V2X
    Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate benefits of reliable multicast communication in the 5G C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) ecosystem, a company press release on 19 March. The advantage that multicast communication will bring with distance-based groups and sensor sharing introduced...
    Goodix announces commercialization of automotive fingerprint authentication solution
    Goodix’s has announced the commercialization of its fingerprint authentication solution for automobile, a company press release on 18 March showed. Lynk & Co will showcase various high-tech Goodix designs on its all-new coupe SUV. The automotive fingerprint authentication solution enables s...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to shut down plant in UK for two weeks
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has said that production at its Goodwood-based manufacturing plant will be suspended from March 23 for two weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 18 March, the company added that company the suspension will be followed by an alr...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Porsche to stop production for two weeks in Germany
    Porsche has said that it will suspend operations in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig in Germany for two weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 18 March showed. The plants will be closed from 21 March. The carmaker added that it is preparing for a decline in...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Autoliv to adjust production, take cost reduction actions
    Autoliv is proactively taking measures to minimize any consequences for customers and mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the company, the Swedish supplier of vehicle safety systems said in a press release on 19 March 2020. In response to this, Autoliv is...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota partners with Chinese start-up Momenta to develop HD map platform in China
    Toyota Motor Corp has collaborated with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to create a high-definition (HD) mapping platform for autonomous vehicles in China, Reuters reported on 18 March. Toyota’s research arm Toyota Research Institute is developing the Automated Mapping Platform to ...
    Autotalks’ V2X solution passes dual-band Wi-Fi precertification
    Autotalks has completed Wi-Fi 5 precertification for its evaluation kit based on the second-generation vehicle-to-everything (V2X) dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) chipset, the company said in a press release on 17 March. The testing was done by an authorized test laboratory of the Wi-Fi Alliance, using A...
    BMW confirms Android Auto with OTA updates for Australia by second half of year
    BMW has said that a full wireless version of the smartphone mirroring function with over-the-air updates (OTA) will be available in Australia by the second half of this year, Carsguide reported on 14 March, quoting BMW Australia product planning executive, Prabs Datar. “Any [BMW] already on the...
    FCA picks Cerence Drive for voice recognition in Uconnect 5 platform
    Cerence has announced that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has selected voice recognition–technology Cerence Drive for the new Uconnect 5 global platform, the company said in a press release on 17 March. Customers can access Uconnect 5 by a voice command that corresponds to the brand like “He...
    Faurecia joins eSync Alliance to standardize OTA updates and data gathering
    Faurecia has joined the eSync Alliance, the company said in a press release on 17 March. The alliance seeks to standardize the over-the-air (OTA) updates build on the connected car data services ecosystem. Faurecia's vision for the Cockpit of the Future is to provide a more versatile, predictive, an...
    Peugeot to offer additional subsidy for purchase of all-electric cars in UK
    Peugeot has announced that it will offer a subsidy of GBP500 (USD607) to add to the updated Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) of GBP3,000 for its all-electric models in the UK, according to a company press release on 16 March. The additional subsidy will be given for all orders and registrations before the 3...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo, Cruise, Argo, Pony.ai suspend autonomous vehicle tests
    Self-driving technology companies, including Waymo, Cruise, Argo, and Pony.ai have suspended autonomous vehicle (AV) testing that involves backup drivers, as the self-driving firms are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 18 March. ...
    18-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    USABC grants USD4.5 million to Microvast for development of advanced EV battery technology
    United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded USD4.5 million to Microvast for developing low-cost, fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) batteries, USABC announced in a press release on 17 March. The funding will share 50% of the cost of the 36-month project that began earlier this...
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers seeks extension for NEV subsidy program to arrest slowdown
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has requested the government to extend the new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidy program to delay the slowdown in the industry, China Daily reported on 16 March, citing Shi Jianhua, the association's deputy secretary-general. According to the repo...
    Toyota’s TRI-AD, Dynamic Map Platform collaborate to build proof of concept aimed at HD map update
    Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced a partnership with Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) to build a proof of concept (PoC) applying the technologies of both companies starting April 2020, a company press release dated 17 March showed. The idea of the PoC is to sh...
    Hyundai starts production of Kona Electric at Czech plant
    Hyundai Motors has started production of its all-electric Kona Electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) plant in Nosovice, Czechia plant, according to the company's press release on 16 March. The plant is set to produce over 35,000 units of the Kona E...
    COVID-19 pandemic: UAW, GM, Ford, FCA form task force to protect manufacturing and warehouse workers
    GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have teamed up with the United Auto Workers (UAW) to set up a coronavirus task force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse workers working at all three automakers, Ford said in a press release on 15 March. The task force will ...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Magenta Power partners with HPCL to install EV chargers in India
    Magenta Power has partnered with HPCL to install street-lamp-integrated electric vehicle (EV) chargers, ‘ChargeGrid Flare’, in India, Autocar Professional reported on 16 March. The chargers are expected to be launched by April this year. In the first stage, the EV chargers shall be installe...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Velodyne says no disruption to order receipt, shipments yet
    Velodyne has announced that there has been no disruption its order receipt, shipments, and customer service as of now owing to the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the company's press release on 16 March. Velodyne says it continues to manufacture new produc...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    SiC power semiconductors manufacturer UnitedSiC announces distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics
    UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, has announced a distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, according to a company press release on 16 March 2020. The new partnership will provide Digi-Key customers with worldwide, 24-hour availability of UnitedSiC’s ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Beijing Hyundai resumes manufacturing at Chinese plants
    The joint venture (JV) of the Hyundai Motor Company and BAIC Motor Co., Beijing Hyundai, has announced that manufacturing operations at three of its production facilities in China have been restarted, despite the continued spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Fermata Energy receives safety standard certification for V2G charger system
    Fermata Energy has received new North American safety standard, UL 9741, certification for its bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging system, the company announced in a press release on 12 March. “By unlocking the full potential of electric vehicles, Fermata Energy is helping to accelerate t...
    Renault, MG Motor offer additional subsidies for EVs in UK
    Renault is planning to offer a top-up on the newly updated Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) of GBP3,000 by GBP500 for all New ZOE, the company announced in a press release on 12 March. The top-up will be offered until 31 March 2020. “We welcome the longer term stability of yesterday’s announcement and, ...
    BMW to end production of i8 plug-in hybrid sports car
    BMW is planning to stop the production of its plug-in hybrid sports car i8, Autocar reported on 11 March, citing a confirmation from BMW. The production is expected to cease by the middle of April. Significance: The i8 was the first model by BMW under its ‘i’ label. The production versio...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Disruption in auto parts import from China to affect vehicle production in India, says industry association
    According to a press statement issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on 11 March, Rajan Wadhera, the president of SIAM, stated that automotive manufacturers in India import roughly 10 percent of the raw materials that are required for manufacturing processes from China. ...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    LEVC to deliver 100 TX electrified taxis in Azerbaijan
    The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is set to deliver 100 TX model taxis to Baku Taxi Service LLC, a government-backed taxi operation in Azerbaijan, the company announced in a press release on 6 March. The 100 TXs, painted in ‘Tupelo Red’, will be used as a premium transport option for vi...
    Tritium to supply EV chargers to Pod Point in UK
    Tritium, a major global provider of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology, has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Pod Point, a United Kingdom–based provider of EV charging solutions, for the supply of EV chargers to the latter, Tritium said in a press release on 9 March 2020. A...
    Changan Automobile to begin production of L3 autonomous car this month
    Chinese automaker Changan Automobile has started mass production of its level 3 autonomous driving car model UNI-T, Xinhua News Agency reported on 12 March. According to the report, Changan Automobile's mass-produced UNI-T model equipped with L3 autopilot systems uses five millimeter-wave ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: China Automotive Systems announces updates on production resumption in China
    Power steering components and systems supplier China Automotive Systems, Inc. has announced that it has resumed operations at its facilities in China. According to a press release from the company dated 10 March, China Automotive Systems has restarted full operations at its manufacturing plants...
    13-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Uber restarts testing of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco
    Uber has resumed the testing of self-driving vehicles with a backup driver on the state’s public roads in San Francisco in California, United States, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle on 12 March. Starting 10 March, two Volvo XC90 self-driving Uber cars started traveling ci...
    Autonomous delivery vehicle start-up Neolix raises USD29 million in Series A funding
    Neolix Technologies, a China-based self-driving logistics startup, has closed an approximately CNY200 million (USD29 million) series A+ financing round last month, according to a report by Venture Beat on 11 March. Neolix’s latest funding round saw participation from Addor Capital and existing bac...
    BMW launches intelligent network of EV chargers in Brazil with start-up INCHARGE
    The BMW Group do Brasil, in partnership with a Brazilian startup INCHARGE, has announced the launch of a platform with premium services for users of the charging network, according to a BMW press release on 10 March 2020. The system will initially be available as a pilot project at 30 recharging poi...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Brembo warns more restriction in Italy could hit global automotive industry
    Italy put the entirety of Northern Italy under quarantine on 8 March until next month to prevent  the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus. However, the Italian government has allowed people to travel for work, manufacturing plants to continue operating, and for go...
    11-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    PSA forms partnerships for EV charging services across Europe
    Groupe PSA has formed a number of partnerships for the installation of charging stations in various countries in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. For hardware solutions, PSA has partnered with EVBox, Delta Electronics, Enel X, Pod Point, and Juice Technology. For installa...
    Qualcomm says multiple products with 9150 C-V2X platform gets European RED certification
    Qualcomm has received a big boost to produce C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) products in Europe after getting certification from the European Radio Equipment Directive (RED), a company press release on 10 March revealed. The company said that its multiple C-V2X products from leading automo...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Ferrari confirms ‘operational continuity’ at Maranello plant in Italy
    Sports carmaker Ferrari has confirmed operational continuity at its Maranello plant in Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy, where the Italian government announced more stringent measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the company said in a press release on 9 March. “Ferrar...
    11-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Novelis establishes aluminum recycling system in Germany for automotive industry
    Novelis has set up a new aluminum recycling system with one of its automotive customers in Lower Bavaria, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 2 March. "Sustainability is at the core of our business, and that is also true for many of our customers, which is why we are partnering to c...
    ThunderSoft, GAC R&D center to jointly develop intelligent connected vehicle platform
    ThunderSoft have announced a partnership with Guangzhou Automobile Group Automotive Engineering Institute to establish a joint innovation center for intelligent vehicle software (GAC R&D Center), the company said in a press release on 4 March. The companies will jointly develop an Intellige...
    PowerCell partners with Swedish Electromobility Center
    PowerCell Sweden AB has signed an agreement to join the Swedish Electromobility Center (SEC), according to a company press release on 10 March. PowerCell is joining the center “to contribute to both an increased knowledge about, and increased Swedish efforts within, the fuel cell technology.” ...
    Marelli to relocate North American headquarters to Southfield, US
    Marelli will relocate its North American headquarters to Southfield, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 9 March 2020. To this end, the company has signed a multiyear lease and will occupy nearly 200,000 square feet of the brownfield site in Southfield, with room to grow. The three-story b...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Pirelli says business activities remain unaffected
    Following the lockdown imposed over most of Italy by the country’s government, Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has stated that all of its business activities remain unaffected and will carry on as usual. The Italian automotive market accounts for nearly 6% of the total revenues of the Pirelli...
    10-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 outbreak: STMicroelectronics does not expect material disruption to operations in Italy
    In light of the restrictions imposed by the Italian government in an effort to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics has said that it does not see any material disruption to operations in the country and that it is running regularly. ...
    10-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    TRI-AD completes proof of concepts on HD map building for surface roads
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced that it has successfully completed proof of concepts, showing high-definition map building for surface roads with relative accuracy of less than 50 centimeters, a company press release on 10 March showed. TRI-AD verified that b...
    Real-Time Innovations joins Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
    Real Time Innovations (RTI) has joined the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), the US-based company specializing in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity said in a press release last week. As a member of AVCC, the company brings on board its expertise in autonomy. RTI has coll...
    SiLC Technologies raises USD12 million in seed funding round
    SiLC Technologies, a silicon photonics startup, specializing in photonic sensor and 3D imaging applications, has closed a USD12 million seed funding round, Venture Beat reported on 4 March. The funding was led by Dell Technologies Capital. Decent Capital, ITIC Ventures, and several other investors a...
    Volkswagen, Centrica enter into EV charging partnership in UK
    Volkswagen has partnered with Centrica to install electric vehicle (EV) home charging stations and provide after-sales services to Volkswagen Group customers across the UK, Centrica announced in a press release on 4 March. The deal will see Elli, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, work exclusively wi...
    ZSW kicks off ZellkoBatt project to optimize large-format Li-ion cells for automotive applications
    The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has announced the initiation of the ZellkoBatt project to optimize large-format lithium-ion cells for automotive applications, and to reduce costs of components and the manufacturing processes. ZellkoBatt is intended to ex...
    SEAT partners with Eyesight Technologies for driver monitoring system
    SEAT has announced a collaboration with Eyesight Technologies to develop driver monitoring systems, a company press release from February showed. The advanced technology studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It has also tied up with Israe...
    EMG collaborates with Continental for connected car services
    eMapgo Technologies (Beijing) Co (EMG) has entered into a strategic partnership with Continental’s unit Continental Holding (China) to promote cooperation in China's smart city, smart mobility, and connected vehicle services, a company press release on 5 March read. EMG will provide map data (i...
    BASF, Fortum, Nornickel sign agreement for battery recycling cluster in Finland
    Germany’s BASF, Finland’s Fortum, and Russia’s Nornickel have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, to cater the electric vehicle (EV) market, Fortum and Nornickel said in separate press releases on 6 March. Fortum said “This would enable...
    PARTNERSHIP: Lion E-Mobility, Sogefi sign agreement to develop 'Light Battery' for EVs
    Swiss firm Lion E-Mobility AG and Italian supplier Sogefi have signed an agreement for the joint development of the "Light Battery" concept, which is made up of cylindrical cells that make it highly cost competitive and safe at high-energy densities. These light batteries make use of a standardiz...
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