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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
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    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    EV battery startup SES raises USD139 million in series D funding round, led by General Motors
    SES, a US-based startup engaged in the development of next generation Li-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), has raised USD139 million in a Series D funding round, according to a press release on 19 April. This funding round was led by General Motors (GM). Other investors inclu...
    LIZHI partners with WM Motor for in-car audio solutions
    LIZHI has announced a partnership with WM Motor under which the automaker will integrate LIZHI's audio product into its in-car system for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a 19 April press release. The in-car audio product has been officially launched on the WM W6 model. “We are excite...
    Synopsys partners with Renesas to develop DSO.ai design system for automotive chip design
    Synopsys announced the adoption of Design Space Optimization AI (DSO.ai) by Renesas into its automotive chip design environment, according to a 15 April press release. This will allow Renesas augment its ability to search design spaces for better performance-power-area (PPA) solutions and explore a ...
    Hyundai seeking to build partnership with Samsung SDI for EV batteries
    Hyundai Motor is looking to build a partnership with Samsung SDI, as it shifts to eco-friendly vehicles in the future, reports The Korea Times. Significance: The partnership comes at the right time as Hyundai Motor plans to source EV batteries and automotive components, while Samsung is a strong ...
    XPeng, Zhongsheng Group sign MoU to accelerate smart EV adoption in China
    XPeng Inc., a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an automobile dealership group in China called Zhongsheng Group, according to a press release on 15 April. The partnership aims to provide both XPeng’s smart EV products and Zhongsheng’s ...
    Asahi Kasei relocates European headquarters to Düsseldorf, Germany
    Asahi Kasei Europe has relocated its office and research and development (R&D) functions to its new base at Düsseldorf Harbor in Germany, according to a company press release on 13 April. The new headquarters includes office spaces, a showroom for automotive materials and an R&D center, whi...
    Marelli, WHST collaborate on radar solutions aimed at ADAS applications
    Automotive supplier Marelli and a high-tech radar company headquartered in Wuhu mainland China, Wuhu SensorTech Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (WHST) have signed an agreement focused on radar sensors, devoted to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applic...
    Volkswagen Group Components expands battery systems production in Braunschweig, Germany
    The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle (EV) generation. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 April, the site will be able to fit up to 500,000 batteries a year in vehicles ...
    Toyota, Apex.AI collaborate to develop autonomy stack for vehicle development platform
    Apex.AI has announced a partnership with Toyota to develop and deploy a production-ready autonomy stack for Toyota’s vehicle development platform Arene, for modern software development tools and best practices, according to a 14 April press release. Toyota’s Woven Planet is using Apex.OS softwar...
    S.E.A. Datentechnik partners with ZOX for V2X services in mainland China and Taiwan
    S.E.A. Datentechnik has announced a partnership with ZoX Technologies as a regional integration partner for mainland China and Taiwan, according to a company press release on 14 April. This will extend the S.E.A. vehicle-to-everything (V2X) partner network for global customer support. ...
    GAC unveils sponge silicon electrode technology on GAC Tech Day
    GAC has a sponge silicon electrode technology on GAC Tech Day 2021, according to a company press release on 13 April. The company has put in “years of research” to develop and patent the “sponge silicon negative plate battery technology”. The battery makes the silicon negative sheet inside t...
    Honda debuts 'e:PROGRESS' domestic intelligent charging system in UK
    Honda has introduced its first energy service for Europe with the debut of its domestic intelligent charging solution e:PROGRESS in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 14 April. The system, exclusively offered to Honda e customers, will be available in the UK now. The automak...
    Nikola, Iveco, OGE to accelerate deployment of hydrogen storage and refueling infrastructure
    Nikola Corporation, IVECO, and OGE announced that they have signed a letter of intent for a collaboration to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via pipeline network from production sources to hydrogen-fueling stations in support of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Accord...
    FM Logistic India deploying its first batch of EVs in Bangalore
    FM Logistic India is deploying its first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru for the intracity last-mile delivery, Business Standard reported on 12 April. The first batch comprises 3-wheelers from with a load capacity of 500 kg.  The vehicles need about ...
    GPS Insight becomes telematics solution partner for Amerisure FleetAlliance program
    GPS Insight has announced a partnership with Amerisure to provide telematics solution for the Amerisure FleetAlliance program, according to company press release on 13 April. The partnership follows the results of a two-year safety study. The study showed that Amerisure policyholders using GPS Insig...
    HERE adds CustomWeather to HERE Marketplace
    HERE has announced that CustomWeather has joined the HERE Marketplace, according to a company press release on 12 April. CustomWeather offers software developers access to sets of weather and climate data. “Location and weather data are two of the most important pieces of information in busines...
    EV charging startup SemaConnect joins ChargeHub Passport
    ChargeHub by Mogile Technologies Inc., a leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service that displays data on more than 100,000 public charging stations in North America, announced that it has added SemaConnect its EV charging payment solution—ChargeHub Passport, according to a company press releas...
    Multiple US labs work together to introduce HT-PEM fuel cells
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Advent Technology Holdings Inc., Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work over the next few years to bring to market high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells to convert hydrogen and other renewa...
    Automakers struggling with pandemic-induced rubber plant shutdowns
    Automakers have begun struggling with rubber supply shortage issues, even as they work around COVID-19 pandemic-related plant shutdowns in terms of the global chip shortage, according to an article from Automotive News Canada dated 13 April. Significance: The rubber shortage is blocking...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: XPeng to debut new P5 lidar-equipped smart EV
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker XPeng Inc. will showcase its third production EV model, the XPeng P5 smart sedan equipped with lidar at the Auto Shanghai 2021 in Guangzhou, China, according to a press release on 12 April. XPeng claims that P5 is the world’s first mass-produced smart EV equippe...
    Polestar unveils ‘0 Project’ to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Polestar has unveiled the 0 Project in a bid to create a climate-neutral car by 2030, it said in its annual review on 7 April. The 0 project will drive ‘design towards zero’ focus by eliminating emissions rather than offsetting by planting trees. “Offsetting is a cop-out. By pushing ourselv...
    Comau provides battery manufacturing line for UK Battery Industrialization Centre
    Comau has been selected by the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to develop and deploy a semi-automated battery module and battery pack assembly line for the publicly-funded ‘open-access’ battery production development facility, according to a press release on 8 April 2021. The facilit...
    LG Energy, SK Innovation reach USD1.8 billion EV battery case settlement
    LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation announced that they have agreed to settle all legal disputes, which began in April 2019, relating to electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the United States and South Korea. In a press release issued on 11 April, the companies stated that the two companies agreed to...
    Renault, STMicroelectronics and others create ‘Software République’ intelligent mobility ecosystem
    STMicroelectronics has partnered with Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, and Thales to jointly create ‘Software République’, an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility, the company said in a press release on 9 April. The ecosystem will develop products and services using artificial in...
    Cadence provides automotive-optimized digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process
    Cadence Design Systems has announced the availability of automotive-optimized Cadence digital full flow for Samsung Foundry’s 14LPU process technology, according to a company press release on 8 April. The flow used high-performance Cadence Tensilica ConnX B10 digital signal processor (DSP) for aut...
    FLEETCOR invests in Mina, UK for charging solutions
    FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a global business payments company, has announced a minority investment in Mina, a cloud-based digital software platform that simplifies charging and payments management for commercial fleets with electric vehicles (EVs), FLEETCOR said in a press release on 8 April. ...
    Honda, Verizon test connected safety technologies for vehicles using 5G at Mcity
    Honda has announced a partnership with Verizon to test vehicles with connected safety technologies at University of Michigan's Mcity test bed, according to a company press release on 8 April. The two companies will research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing could...
    SiriusXM extends partnership with JLR in the US until 2026
    SiriusXM has extended its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the company said in a press release on 8 April. The companies will expand the factory installation of SiriusXM's audio entertainment service, which will become a standard feature in all JLR models in the United States beginning with...
    Continental to test tires in dynamic driving simulator
    Continental is investing in a state-of-the-art dynamic driving simulator to develop its premium tires for the original equipment (OE) business more efficiently, sustainably, and precisely in line with customer requirements in the future, the German supplier announced in a press release on 7 April 20...
    Europcar Mobility Group to accelerate roll-out of connected vehicles program
    Europcar Mobility Group has announced that it is accelerating the roll-out of its connected vehicles program, according to a company press release on 6 April. Free2Move joins the program and will offer access to vehicle telemetry data such as geolocation, fuel level, mileage, and maintenance alerts....
    Audi partners with Blue Bird, Temple, and Applied Information to deploy C-V2X for school zone safety
    Audi of America has partnered with Blue Bird, Applied Information, and Temple to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for safety around school zones, the company said in a press release on 30 March. The Fulton County School System in Atlanta, US has also joined the project, with ...
    German startup betteries raises EUR2.1 million seed investment
    Berlin-based startup betteries has successfully closed its EUR2.1 million (USD2.5 million) in seed funding round led by impact funds Factor[e] Ventures and Beyond Black, according to a company press release on 29 March 2021. “This seed round is far from transactional. The partnership and suppor...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: HELLA to present lighting and electronic innovations
    Germany-based lighting and electronics expert HELLA will showcase solutions for the mobility of the future at the upcoming Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which will be held from 19–28 April. According to a company press release 5 April 2021, HELLA will present various elect...
    Great Wall Motor to develop international hydrogen supply chain ecosystem
    Chinese carmaker, Great Wall Motor (GWM), has announced that it will build an international supply chain ecology integrating the hydrogen "production-storage-transportation-refueling-application" and connect the downstream industry chain, accelerating the commercial popularization of hydrogen energy...
    Renesas to shift chip production to Ehime facility in Japan after fire incident
    Renesas Electronics will reportedly shift some production to a factory in Ehime prefecture in Japan, Reuters reported on 6 April, citing the country’s public broadcaster NHK. This comes after a fire damaged Renesas’ Naka factory in northeast Japan. Significance: Earlier in March, operations a...
    Porsche, Shell to establish high-performance charging network in Southeast Asia
    Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging network. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 6 April, the companies will jointly set up 12 charge points at six Shell stations located along Malaysia’s North-South highway, o...
    OPEN Alliance SIG officially incorporated
    OPEN Alliance SIG has been officially incorporated, according to a press release dated 6 April. BMW, Bosch, Broadcom, Continental, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, Marvell, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen, and Volvo Cars are the companies involved. The al...
    Croatian car parts maker AD Plastik secures new contracts from AvtoVAZ, Nissan, VW, PSA
    AD Plastik has secured new deals in Russia from AvtoVAZ worth EUR10.4 million (USD12.3 million), according to a company press release on 6 April. The project is expected to last eight years. In addition, the company has secured deals worth EUR6.2 million in Russia from Nissan and the Volkswagen Grou...
    US auto industry group seeks government help amid chip shortage
    The Alliance for Auto Innovation, a US-based industry group has urged the Joe Biden-led government to step in and help with the current global semiconductors shortage, Reuters reported on 6 April. The group warned the global semiconductor shortage could result in the production cut of 1.28 million v...
    Applus+ Idiada announces construction of CAVWAY to develop and test autonomous and connected vehicles
    Applus+ Idiada has announced the construction of the CAVWAY facility in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 29 March. The facility will be used for the development and testing of autonomous and connected vehicles and features. The facilities are expected to be operative in th...
    Startup Uhnder joins Automotive Safety Council
    Uhnder has announced that it has joined the Automotive Safety Council (ASC) to help advance safety standards and guidelines for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, according to a company press release on 31 March. “We are pleased to join a leading automotive indus...
    WiMi Hologram Cloud’s EV holographic AR product gets FCC approval to enter US market
    WiMi Hologram Cloud has announced that its electric vehicle (EV) holographic augmented reality (AR) product ‘WiMi HoloAR HUD’ has received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the US market, according to a company press release on 1 April. FCC tested and certif...
    Mercedes-AMG unveils new powertrain electrification strategy
    With the future electrification of the drivetrain, Mercedes-AMG is leveraging expertise gleaned from the Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 31 March, the company stated that its new drive strateg...
    Covestro completes first consulting project on CMF trends for Guangzhou Automobile Group
    Covestro is strengthening its color, material, and finish (CMF) capabilities. By way of this, the material supplier has completed its first consulting project on CMF trends and material design for the Advanced Design Department at the Research and Development Center of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co....
    EV charging startup ChargePoint, NATSO to deploy over 4,000 charging stations across US by 2030
    ChargePoint has announced that NATSO and the company, as a part of the National Highway Charging Collaborative, has funded more than 150 DC fast-charging spots with additional access to more than 1,500 publicly available DC fast-charging spots for consumers on ChargePoint’s existing network. Th...
    BMW signs USD334.5 million contract to source lithium from Livent
    BMW has announced that it will source lithium from US-based Livent, according to a company press release on 30 March. The multiyear contract, which is worth around EUR285 million (USD334.5 million), will begin from 2022, in which Livent will supply lithium directly to BMW Group’s battery cell manu...
    US-based startup WaveSense raises USD15 million
    US-based startup WaveSense has raised USD15 million in funding, according to a company press release on 30 March 2021. The round was led by Rhapsody Venture Partners and Impossible Ventures. WaveSense has developed Ground Positioning Radar™ (GPR), a precise and reliable vehicle positioning syst...
    bp joins BMW, Daimler Mobility as investor for Digital Charging Solutions
    BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have joined bp in a drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle (EV) charging more convenient and simpler for EV owners. According to a press release issued by BMW on 30 March, the company stated that the three companies will b...
    My BMW app updated with new functionalities
    BMW has updated its My BMW app with new functions from March, the German automaker said in a press release on 31 March. The app will now be available in Japan, Australia and 10 other countries and be rolled out in the USA and Canada from mid-April. The software architecture of the app has been devel...
    Cerence Drive AI platform is part of Android Automotive OS
    Cerence has announced the availability of Cerence Drive conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform on Android Automotive OS, according to a company press release on 30 March. This will enable automakers the ability to build custom conversational assistants on top of the Android Automotive ...
    Teijin Ltd., Applied EV team up to develop LS-EV prototype with polycarbonate resin glazing
    Teijin Limited has announced that together with Applied Electric Vehicles (Applied EV) it has developed a highly energy-efficient low-speed electric vehicle (LS-EV) prototype for autonomous driving systems and other mobility applications for zero-emission mobility, according to a company press relea...
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus raises USD107 million
    Israeli mobility startup Optibus has raised USD107 million in a Series C round, according to a press release on 10 March 2021. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Insight Partners. Optibus also received funding from existing investors including Verizon Ventures, Pitango, New Era Capit...
    KUKA receives major order for body-in-white engineering and assembly
    KUKA has secured an order for body-in-white (BIW) components engineering and assembly from a global automaker, according to a company press release on 31 March 2021. The company said the order is in the mid-double-digit million euro range. For the automotive industry, KUKA offers engineering, pro...
    AVSC publishes best practice for measuring safety performance metrics in automated driving system vehicles
    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) has announced the availability of its sixth-best practice titled, Metrics and Methods for Assessing Safety Performance of Automated Driving Systems (ADS), SAE International said in a press release on 25 March. The publication will provide the first indu...
    BlackBerry launches 'BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund' to drive innovation in vehicles
    BlackBerry has launched ‘BlackBerry IVY Innovation Fund’ to help companies accelerate innovation and bring new products and applications to the market using its intelligent vehicle data platform, BlackBerry IVY, the company said in a press release on 25 March. BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud...
    Motional selects Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric SUV for use in robo-taxi service
    Motional, the autonomous driving joint venture (JV) between Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Aptiv, has selected the all-new Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) as its vehicle platform for its robo-taxi service, the company said in a blog on 30 March. Motional will equip IONIQ 5 with ...
    Argus collaborates with Microsoft for automotive cybersecurity
    Argus Cyber Security has collaborated with Microsoft Azure IoT to provide automakers monitor, detect, and mitigate cyberattacks in the cloud, it said in a press release on 30 March. Argus has joined the Microsoft partner network. This collaboration provides vehicle manufacturers easier access to sec...
    AKKA renews partnership with Ford for verification and validation of infotainment system
    AKKA has renewed its partnership with Ford, covering the verification and validation of features and functions in infotainment systems, it said in a press release on 30 March. AKKA will support Ford with analysis of fault management and of tests up to protocol level in the infotainment space, w...
    Dodge announces software upgrade of Charger and Challenger to enhance security, prevent theft
    Stellantis-brand Dodge has announced a software upgrade designed prevent theft of its Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V-8 or supercharged 6.2L HEMI V-8 engines, a 22 March press release read. The software update will limit the vehicle’s engine speed to idle (675 rpm) a...
    bp pulse, The EV Network collaborate to roll-out ultra-fast charging hubs in UK
    The EV Network (EVN) and bp pulse have signed an agreement to expand ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the United Kingdom, bp announced in a press release on 29 March. The two companies will expand the EV charging infrastructure with a series of new charging hubs. As per th...
    Ford, HP collaborate to transform 3D waste into injection molded auto parts
    Ford announced its collaboration with HP to innovatively reuse spent 3D printed powders and parts, closing the loop and turning them into injection molded vehicle parts, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. Ford’s team created this solution that produces zero waste at its Advanced Ma...
    SP Group, Chevron Singapore join hands to offer fast EV charging
    SP Group (SP) and Chevron Singapore Pte. Ltd., which operates the Caltex refuelling stations in Singapore, have announced a partnership to offer fast electric vehicle (EV) charging at selected Caltex service stations, SP said in a press release on 22 March 2021. The move will see fast chargers at...
    2021 Bangkok Motor Show: Great Wall Motor premiers Haval H6 hybrid SUV
    Great Wall Motor (GWM) hosted the world premiere HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show, along with showcasing others such as ORA Good Cat, ORA Black Cat, POER EV, and “Concept H”, according to a press release on 23 March. The All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV will be launche...
    Hercules Electric Vehicles opens USD20 million Series A funding round
    Hercules Electric Vehicles is opening a USD20 million Series A investment round managed by CMD Global Partners, a boutique investment bank, according to a company press release on 24 March. The company is currently scouting locations for production of its components, including solid-state batteries....
    EV startup Arrival goes public via SPAC; first EVs to be launched in fourth quarter 2021
    EV manufacturing startup Arrival announced that it has become a publicly listed company trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market with its Ordinary Shares and Warrants listed under the new ticker symbols “ARVL” and “ARVLW,” respectively. According to a press release issued by...
    SAE, AVCC collaborate to develop of autonomous and assisted driving solutions
    The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) has announced a partnership with SAE International, under which the organizations will work toward developing autonomous and assisted driving solutions. In a press release dated 24 March, AVCC said that the two establishments will share technic...
    Volkswagen sets up new AI unit in Detroit, US
    Volkswagen (VW) has set up an artificial intelligence (AI) unit in Detroit, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The research and development (R&D) center develops and operates AI solutions, feeds them with data from across the company, and retrain the algorithms wit...
    Audi, EOS expand use of metal 3D printing applications
    Owing to its partnership with EOS, Audi has moved entirely to additive manufacturing for selected tool segments for hot forming at its Metal 3D Printing Centre in Ingolstadt, Germany, dispense with conventional production methods in these cases, according to a press release by EOS on 18 March. Si...
    Geely Auto unveils new premium EV brand ‘Zeekr’
    Geely Auto has announced the formation of Zeekr Company Limited, a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in Mainland China that will serve the growing global demand for premium electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 23 March. Geely Automobile Holdings...
    European Commission plans to impose antidumping duties on certain aluminum products from mainland China
    The European Commission has pre-disclosed on March 15 that intends to impose provisional antidumping duties ranging between 19.6% and 47.3% on certain flat rolled aluminum products from Mainland China, according to a press release by Hydro, a leading industrial company on 22 March 2021. The dutie...
    EV startup Rimac opens R&D center in Warwick, UK
    Rimac Automobili opened a new research and development (R&D) office in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 23 March. The company’s new office is based in Warwick Enterprise Park and is planned to employ 30 people by the end of 2021. Rimac currently employs nearly 1,000 ...
    Germany to provide USD6.5 billion funding to ramp up EV charging infrastructure
    Steffen Seibert, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said a statement that the country will provide USD6.5 billion of funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, reports Handelsblatt. The funds will be made available till 2024. Significance: Germany has been taking strides t...
    ŠKODA to invest USD2.96 billion on future tech over next five years
    ŠKODA Auto, part of the Volkswagen Group, announced plans to invest around EUR2.5 billion (USD2.96 billion) over the next five years on future technologies, with more than half going to electric vehicle (EV) investment, according to a Reuters report on 24 March 2021. The Czech automaker plans ...
    Opel upgrades battery center in Rüsselsheim, Germany to cover eCMP models
    Stellantis-owned German carmaker, Opel, has announced that it is upgrading its battery center in Rüsselsheim, Germany. According to a press release issued by Opel on 23 March, the center, which was established 10 years ago, now has the capability to check and, if necessary, repair the batteries of ...
    Panasonic partners with McAfee for vehicle cybersecurity
    Panasonic will collaborate with McAfee to build a vehicle cybersecurity operation center, according to a Nikkei report on 23 March. The companies are expected to start operations from the center by around 2024. The center will monitor vehicles on behalf of automakers. Among other areas, McAfee will ...
    Startup Affectiva receives six new patents for advanced in-cabin sensing
    Affectiva has received six new patents in the past three months for advanced in-cabin sensing capabilities to improve vehicle safety and the occupant experience, it said in a press release on 23 March. The new patents will add to Affectiva Automotive AI’s capabilities. Affectiva’s in-cabin sensi...
    Garmin to integrate Alexa Custom Assistant into in-vehicle infotainment systems
    Garmin has announced a partnership with Amazon under which it will integrate Alexa Custom Assistant into its in-vehicle infotainment systems, a company press release dated 23 March read. The Alexa Custom Assistant technology will be available on Garmin’s latest infotainment solutions, which are bu...
    BorgWarner launches new electrification strategy, aims to grow EV revenues to 45% by 2030
    US-based automotive powertrain components supplier, BorgWarner, has unveiled its new strategy for accelerating electrification. In a press release issued by the company on 23 March, BorgWarner stated that has launched its new ‘Project CHARGING FORWARD’, which aims to raise the company’s electr...
    HELLA partners with connected vehicle data provider Wejo
    HELLA has entered a partnership with connected vehicle data provider Wejo to further improve the performance of sensors based on data from millions of vehicles, the German electronics and lighting specialist announced in a press release on 23 March 2021. The relationship also aims to potentially dev...
    Goodyear partners with EV rental company UFODRIVE to improve fleet performance
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber company today announced a strategic partnership with electric vehicle (EV) rental company UFODRIVE, aimed at improving EV fleet performance, according to company press release on 23 March. The companies aim to integrate their complementary mobility solutions, which include...
    Autonomous vehicle technology startup Momenta raises USD500 million in new financing round
    Momenta has completed a new financing round, raising a total USD500 million, China Daily reported on 19 March. The latest funding round was led by Toyota, Bosch and Chinese automaker SAIC Motor. In addition, Mercedes-Benz and Chinese technology company Tencent participated in the latest funding roun...
    Volkswagen brand to stop development of new ICEs
    Germany-based automaker, Volkswagen, has announced that it will no longer develop new internal combustion engines (ICEs). According to an interview published by German news publication Automobilwoche on 21 March, the company has stated that it will continue to further develop existing ICE lines...
    Hyundai to establish high-speed charging infrastructure with new ‘E-pit’ brand in South Korea
    Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, will establish its own high-speed charging infrastructure under a new brand name ‘E-pit’ for the group’s electric car models in South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported on 23 March. Hyundai and Kia’s customers will be able to ...
    CBAK Energy signs MOU with Hydrogen Energy Company to develop hydrogen fuel cells
    Chinese lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturer and electric energy solution provider, CBAK Energy Technology has signed a memorandum of cooperation with an unnamed, leading European hydrogen energy group with 100 years of operation history to promote the development of hydrogen fuel cells, accord...
    BMW, PG&E expand smart EV charging partnership
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the BMW Group in a press release on 22 March, an expansion of their partnership focused on smart charging electric vehicles (EVs) with excess renewable energy to support grid reliability. The companies will work together to send signals to participants...
    Renault, Solvay, Veolia partner to recycle end-of-life EV battery materials
    Groupe Renault, resource management firm, Veolia, and Solvay, have announced their partnership to enable closed-loop recycling of EV battery metals in Europe according to a press release on 18 March. The three partners are actively engaged in an experimental phase of setting up a pre-industrial demo...
    Swedish startup Charge Amps raises USD15 million
    Charge Amps AB, a Swedish developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, has raised USD15.3 million (SEK130 million), the startup said in a press release on 19 March 2021. The round was led by Swedbank Robur via its equity funds, Microcap and Ny Teknik. In addition, Swedbank Robur has purcha...
    SEAT, Iberdrola, Volkswagen sign strategic alliance to push electrification in Spain
    Volkswagen Group (VW) and its Spanish car unit SEAT have partnered with electric utility company Iberdrola to promote electrification in Spain, SEAT said in a press release on 15 March. As part of the collaboration, the three companies have agreed on supply of renewable energy in the electric vehicl...
    Taiwan-based Delta Electronics to bolster EV component business
    Delta is betting big on its electric vehicles (EVs) components business, Bloomberg reported on 17 March. It will look at opportunities by investing in Taiwanese companies specialized in software and mechanical parts for EVs, as an addition to its power-focused business. “Our EV-related business...
    SK Holdings, Geely agree to invest in new mobility investment fund
    South Korea-based SK Holdings and Chinese automotive group Zheijiang Geely Holding Group have agreed to set a USD300 million new mobility investment fund, Reuters reported on 18 March. The fund will invest in high growth potential companies in the field of emerging technologies such as autonomous dr...
    Xpeng starts 3,657-km autonomous driving expedition in mainland China
    Xpeng has commenced a 3,675-km autonomous driving expedition in mainland China, using a fleet of its automated P7 electric cars, the company said in a press release on 19 March. The expedition will showcase the capability of Xpeng’s Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) in complex driving scenarios on Chi...
    Rivian plans to install 3,500 fast chargers across US, Canada by 2023
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian plans to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging network called ‘Rivian Adventure Network’ comprising 3,500 fast-chargers and 10,000 Level 2 chargers at more than 600 sites across the United States and Canada, the company announced in a press release on 18 ...
    HELLA commences production of 48V DC/DC converter in mainland China
    HELLA has commenced the series production of its latest 48V DC/DC converter at Shanghai Electronics plant in mainland China, the German electronics and lighting specialist announced in a press release on 18 March. "Against the background of ever tightening emission targets, we see an increasingly...
    Human Horizons begins HiPhi X electric SUV series production in mainland China
    Human Horizons has commenced series production of its HiPhi X electric SUV at its smart factory ‘the HiPhi Plaza’ in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, mainland China, the company said in a press release on 18 March. The Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup will begin delivery of its pr...
    Foresight Autonomous sells QuadSight four-camera vision system prototype to Japanese supplier
    Foresight Autonomous has announced the sale of a prototype of QuadSight four-camera vision system to a Japanese tier-1 supplier of stereo vision systems for the automotive industry, according to a company press release on 19 March. The supplier will test the QuadSight thermal stereo capabilities to ...
    Nidec to supply electric powertrains for Foxconn’s EV initiative
    Japanese supplier, Nidec Corp. and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group’s automotive division, Foxtron Vehicle Technologies, have announced an agreement wherein Nidec will be supplying electric powertrain systems for Foxconn’s electric vehicle (EV) initiative. According to a press release issue...
    Arbe Robotics to become public via merger with Industrial Tech Acquisitions
    Arbe Robotics has entered into a business combination agreement with Industrial Tech Acquisition In., a NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), to become a public company, the Israel-based 4D imaging radar startup said in a press release on 18 Mach. Upon closing of the agreement, t...
    Velodyne demonstrates lidar-based pedestrian automated emergency braking
    Velodyne has demonstrated via a video how its lidar-based pedestrian automated emergency braking (PAEB) solution offers optimal performance in all conditions, according to information via a company press release on 18 March. The test results showed that a PAEB system using radar and a camera-ba...
    UK government further slashes subsidies on electrified vehicles
    The UK government has updated the grant scheme for electric cars, vans, and trucks to target less expensive models, according to a press release on 18 March. From 18 March 2021, the government will provide grants of up to USD3,486 (GBP2,500) for electric vehicles (EVs) priced under USD49,505 (G...
    Goodyear, Voyomotive to pilot tire monitoring solutions in United States
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is collaborating with connected car technology firm Voyomotive to pilot tire monitoring services in the United States, according to a company press release on 18 March.  The service is being provided to Voyomotive consumer and fleet customers, th...
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