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    Upstream Security joins Microsoft Intelligent Security Association to enhance automotive cyber security
    Israel-based automotive cybersecurity firm Upstream Security has joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, a company press release on 24 February showed. Upstream Security also integrated its Upstream C4 platform with Microsoft Azure Sentinel, enabling detection, investigation, and solu...
    Scientists develop graphene-based supercapacitor that safely charges at high speeds
    Scientists from University College London and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have collaborated to develop a new graphene-based supercapacitor that can safely charge at high speeds, the Tech Explorist reported on 22 February, quoting the Nature Energy journal. The device is in the prototype stage...
    Varroc Lighting reports fire accident at Indian plant
    Varroc Engineering has reported a fire at its Hinjewadi automotive lighting plant in Pune, India. According to a BSE filing by the company, the fire occurred at Varroc Lighting Systems India Private Limited, a plant that manufactures lighting products for four wheelers in India. “The fire incidenc...
    Audi partners with Ericsson for 5G-based pilot project
    Audi has partnered with Ericsson to work on a new 5G-based pilot project in human-robot interaction, the German carmaker said on 18 February. One of the first instances to be displayed will be an automation application connected via 5G, with a focus on personal safety. The companies will be showi...
    STMicroelectronics collaborates with TSMC to supply GaN devices
    Germany-based STMicroelectronics has announced a collaboration with TSMC to develop Gallium Nitride (GaN) process technology and the supply of discrete and integrated GaN devices, a company press release on 20 February read. STMicroelectronics’ GaN products will be manufactured using TSMC’s G...
    Mobile security firm Trustonic joins Car Connectivity Consortium
    Mobile security company Trustonic has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), a company press release dated 18 February showed. Trustonic will work toward the development of digital key specification. “Connected car innovations like digital keys are hugely exciting. They deliver conv...
    Honda announces major changes to organizational and operational structures to improve efficiency
    Honda has announced certain changes to its organization and operations in Japan to improve efficiency, according to the company’s press release on 18 February. Currently, the company’s automobile business operates in a collaborative structure where each area of sales, engineering, or production,...
    Opel to return to Japanese market next year with three models
    German carmaker Opel has announced that it will reenter the Japanese car market next year. In a press release issued on 18 February, the Groupe PSA–owned automotive firm has stated that it will be launching three new models in Japan in 2021 to start with—the Opel Grandland X compact sp...
    EESL partners with BSNL to set up 1,000 EV stations in India
    State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for installing charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). As per the MOU, EESL will set up public EV charging stations at 1,000 BSNL sites in a phas...
    Bosch, ZF join Open Manufacturing Platform
    German auto parts manufacturers ZF Friedrichshafen and Bosch are joining the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) in a bid to accelerate and scale the development of manufacturing applications, ZF announced in a press a release on 19 February. OMP’s aim is to enable faster and more cost-effective inn...
    OPEN Alliance’s membership grows to over 400; strengthens expertise in automotive ethernet
    The OPEN Alliance has announced that its membership has grown to over 400 members as it seeks to bring together expertise on automotive ethernet, a press release on 13 February showed. Not just OEMs and tier-1 suppliers, but also from sectors like testing and advanced application/technological ...
    Renesas Electronics, Panthronics collaborate for solutions in connected IoT and wireless charging
    Renesas Electronics has announced a tie-up with Panthronics AG for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, consumer and industrial markets, a company press release on 13 February revealed. The idea behind the collaboration is for the solutions to reduce size, lower power consumption and offer OEMs faste...
    Renesas Electronics, 3db Access partner for UWB solutions
    Renesas Electronics has announced a collaboration to develop ultra-wideband solutions with 3db Access, a company press release read on 17 February. Renesas will license 3db’s UWB technology to provide secure access solutions for connected vehicle applications, connected smart home, Internet of Thi...
    Tata Power plans to install 700 EV charging stations in India by 2021
    Tata Power plans to increase its network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to 700 by next year, reports Press Trust of India, citing a company official. Currently, Tata Group has 100 fast-charging stations across various cities, including in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, and...
    Pirelli inaugurates new tire development simulator in Milan
    Pirelli has inaugurated a new tire development simulator at the company’s research and development (R&D) division in Milan, Italy, the tire-maker announced in a press release on 12 February 2020. The company claims that its new simulator will help reduce tire development time as well as the nu...
    Avis India partners with quikk for e-mobility services
    Car rental service provider Avis India has partnered with quikk India to offer corporate electric mobility services, ET Auto reported on 17 February. Under the partnership, Avis India and quikk India have developed an integrated artificial intelligence (AI)-based model that integrates transportation...
    MAN Truck & Bus wins order for 100 eTGE electric vans from DPD
    MAN Truck & Bus has won an order to supply 100 eTGE electric vans to delivery company DPD in the United Kingdom, according to a press release by DPD. DPD will take the delivery of the first 100 eTGE's when they roll off the production line from June 2020. "MAN Truck & Bus UK is delighted to ...
    Tata Elxsi’s software to power Tata Motors connected vehicle platform
    Tata Elxsi has announced a partnership with Tata Motors to develop their connected vehicle platform for Nexon's range of electric cars, a company press release on 16 February read. The two companies have developed a cloud-based IoT platform with a common standard technology stack which can be sca...
    COAST Autonomous, DG Cities collaborate on connected and automated vehicles
    COAST Autonomous has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DG Cities to provide solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs), the US-based company said on 5 February. COAST and DG will offer a framework approach to design spatial planning and the built environment, digital infrast...
    Peugeot to offer 6-months free charging subscription for new EV buyers in UK
    In a press release dated 12 February, Peugeot announced that it will offer 6-months free charging subscription to Polar Plus for buyers of new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) in the United Kingdom. “With more than 7,000 public charging points across the UK, Peugeot's collaboration ...
    Samsung SDI to source Cobalt from Glencore
    Samsung SDI has signed a five-year agreement with Glencore to source cobalt hydroxide between 2020 and 2024, Glencore announced in a press release on 10 February. Under the terms of this supply contract, Glencore will provide up to 21,000 tonnes of cobalt contained in cobalt hydroxide. The cobalt wi...
    Maserati announces development and production plan for new electrified vehicle range
    Maserati has announced that all new Maserati models will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems, according to a company press release on 14 February. Maserati said that all the new models will be 100% developed, engineered and built in Italy. The company announced that its electrificat...
    Lexus begins local production in India
    Lexus has commenced the local production of its cars at an assembly plant near Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, the company said in a press release. The premium car brand of Toyota began local production with assembly of its ES300h luxury hybrid sedan last month. Lexus plans to make the locally produced...
    ChargePoint partners with NATSO to expand EV charging network in US
    ChargePoint has partnered with National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) in expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the US, the company announced in a press release on 6 February. ChargePoint informed that over the next decade, the collaborative will leverage USD1 billion in ...
    Ford to introduce 18 new EVs in Europe by end of 2021
    Ford is planning to introduce 18 new electrified vehicles (EVs) in Europe by the end of 2021, the company announced in a press release on 13 February. Ford said that it will offer electrified options on all future passenger vehicles. The company also announced plans to install 1,000 charging st...
    Ford introduces FordPass connected car technology on all models in India
    American carmaker Ford has launched its connected car technology FordPass in India, the Economic Times Daily reported on 13 February. The service will be available on all Ford models in the country. The automaker also says that all BS-VI Ford models will come with a factory-fitted cloud-connected...
    UltraSoC partners with PDF Solutions to predict and prevent chip failures
    UltraSoC has collaborated with PDF Solutions to predict and prevent chip failures, the company said in a press release on 13 February. The solution will leverage information from UltraSoC’s hardware-based behavioral monitors with PDF Solutions’ machine learning and analytics platform t...
    Fiat Chrysler selects IDEMIA’s Dakota eSIM and subscription manager platform ‘Smart Connect’
    IDEMIA has announced that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has picked its eSIM and subscription manager platform ‘Smart Connect’, a company press release on 10 February showed. The DAKOTA eSIM will be integrated directly into new FCA vehicles. The solution gives the automaker the option to cho...
    CSG collaborates with Telstra for connected car solutions across Asia Pacific
    CSG has collaborated with Telstra to provide billing and provisioning services for Telstra’s suite of IoT connected solutions across Asia-Pacific, the Nasdaq listed company reported on 11 February. CSG’s solutions will support the delivery of IoT-based connectivity to provide telemetry managemen...
    Hyundai Group, Canoo to jointly develop new EV platform
    Hyundai Group and electric vehicle (EV) start-up Canoo have partnered to jointly develop a new EV platform, Canoo announced in a press release on 11 February. The platform will be based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design and will underpin upcoming Hyundai and Kia models. As part of the colla...
    EESL announces new tender to procure 1,000 EVs
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in India has opened a new tender to procure 1,000 electric vehicles, Autocar Professional reported on 10 February. The tender is for electric sedans with over 180 kilometers range. These should include 750 EVs with three-year warranty, along with a three-yea...
    Bosch displays connected vehicle solutions at Bosch Connected World
    Bosch has exhibited connected vehicle systems at the Bosch Connected World, according to a press release dated 12 February. It also exhibited connected solutions for industrial, agriculture and buildings markets. It has been producing robust electronics architecture for vehicle computers. The tie...
    Nokia, SoftBank Corp collaborate to test 5G technology for connected cars
    Nokia has announced a partnership with SoftBank Corp to test 5G technology for connected car services, a company press release read on 11 February. SoftBank used Nokia’s 5G equipment to install non-standalone 5G networks for connected vehicle testing at a Honda Research and Development site in Kam...
    Lumax Auto signs MOU with Ananda Drive Techniques to make motors, controllers for EVs
    India-based Lumax Auto Technologies Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ananda Drive Techniques, China, to manufacture powertrain products for electric vehicles (EV) including automotive motors and controllers, according to a regulatory filing by Lumax on 7 February. The M...
    Volkswagen Group Components partners with E.ON for ultrafast charging
    Volkswagen Group Components has partnered with E.ON for setting up an ultrafast charging infrastructure, Volkswagen (VW) announced in a press release on 11 February. The two companies will present a prototype of a new, flexible ultrafast charging station in the German city Essen later. "The flexi...
    Shell to double ultrarapid EV chargers in Germany
    Shell is planning to double the number of ultrarapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers by adding 100 more chargers in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 4 February. The company will also expand its network with hydrogen filling stations, up from the current 80 stations. "In addit...
    Hyundai expands partnership with US DOE for fuel-cell technologies
    Hyundai has strengthened its partnership with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to support the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 February. Under the partnership, Hyundai will provide the DOE with five NEXO fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) ...
    Aptiv, Lyft provide 100,000 commercial robotaxi rides in Las Vegas
    Aptiv, in collaboration with ride-hailing service provider Lyft, has offered a total of 100,000 commercial robotaxi rides in its self-driving vehicles in Las Vegas, US, the company announced on 11 February in a blog post on its website. About 98% of the passengers who participated in the r...
    ams to enter into ‘Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA) with Osram
    Austria-based sensor specialist ams has announced its firm intention to implement a ‘Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA) between its wholly-owned subsidiary ams Offer GmbH and Germany-based Osram Licht AG in the context of its acquisition of the latter, ams said in a press...
    Nissan completes 230-mile journey in autonomous mode in UK
    Earlier this month, a modified Nissan LEAF self-driving electric car completed a 230-mile journey autonomously in the United Kingdom. The autonomous drive from Cranfield in Bedfordshire to Sunderland was part of a UK-based project HumanDrive, which was led by Nissan as part of a consortium. ...
    Tata Power to set up 50 EV chargers in and around India’s capital New Delhi
    Tata Power is planning to install 50 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in and around India’s capital city New Delhi, Press Trust of India reported on 4 February. Tata Power has partnered with EV cab operator Prakriti E-Mobility for the project. The companies will set up 30 slow chargers and five fast...
    ClipperCreek cumulatively sells 90,000 EV chargers
    ClipperCreek has cumulatively sold 90,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers to date, the company announced in a press release on 4 February. The 90,000th charger produced and sold was its HCS-D40P  plug-in Dual EV Charging Station. “This may put us in first place position in North America by the...
    Arconic boards approves separation of company
    Arconic has announced that its board of directors has approved the completion of the company’s separation into two independent, publicly traded companies, according to a company press release on 6 February. The separation is scheduled to become effective on 1 April 2020. The split will see two com...
    Electrify America to open 400th public EV charging station in US
    Electrify America will open its 400th electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the United States, the company said in a press release on 4 February 2020. “We are laser-focused on providing our customers with a high-quality charging experience. Today’s drivers need assurances that they will h...
    OpenSynergy collaborates with GlobalLogic, Mobica to develop automotive virtualization technology
    OpenSynergy has announced a partnership with GlobalLogic and Mobica to develop automotive virtualization technology, a company press release on 6 February read. OpenSynergy focuses on an automotive virtual platform based on VIRTIO technology, complementing the features of the COQOS Hypervisor SDK...
    5GAA signs five international MOUs
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Italian Ministry of Technological Innovation and Digitalisation, Spanish Directorate-General of Traffic (DGT), German Federal Highway Research Institute...
    Telenav to supply connected-navigation software and services for MY2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV
    Telenav announced on 6 February, that it would be supplying connected-navigation software and services for the infotainment system in model year (MY) 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV. Telenav will provide navigation, traffic, and Yelp point-of-interest content. Passengers can search for destinatio...
    Waitomo, Hiringa Energy partner to set up hydrogen refueling stations in New Zealand
    New Zealand energy companies Waitomo Group and Hiringa Energy have teamed up to develop New Zealand’s first nationwide hydrogen refueling stations network, according to a press release. The companies have already finalized initial locations for the stations, with plans for a further 20 stations to...
    Mitsubishi partners with Ovo Energy for EV charging in UK
    Mitsubishi Motors has partnered with Ovo Energy for electric vehicle (EV) charging for the former’s Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the United Kingdom, the automaker announced in a press release. As per the agreement, the new Outlander PHEV customers will receive free charging ...
    Hydro-Québec partners with Mercedes-Benz to develop solid-state battery technologies
    Canada-based Hydro-Québec has partnered with Mercedes-Benz to develop solid-state battery technologies, the company announced in a press release on 4 February. Hydro-Québec and Mercedes-Benz researchers will cooperate to test new materials under field conditions to accelerate the development cycle...
    ThunderSoft, Didi Chuxing collaborate to develop automotive OS products and solutions
    ThunderSoft has announced a collaboration with Chinese transportation platform Didi Chuxing to build intelligent automotive operating system (OS) products and solutions for OEMs and tier-1 suppliers, a company press release dated 4 February showed. The partnership will see the development of inte...
    Ford Motor joins OmniAir Consortium
    Ford Motor has joined the OmniAir Consortium, an industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles, a press release dated 3 February read. “We are excited to have a world-class company like Ford as OmniAir’s newest member. Ford’s exper...
    Telefónica, Dekra collaborate top open R&D lab in Malaga for V2X testing
    Telefónica has unveiled an R&D laboratory with Dekra in Malaga to develop connected driving in the Andalusia Technology Park, the company said in a press release on 3 February. The Regional Government of Andalusia and Malaga City Council gave the necessary permissions to develop and use the inf...
    ON Semiconductor announces plans to sell manufacturing facility in Belgium
    ON Semiconductor is looking to sell its manufacturing facility in Oudenaarde, Belgium, a company press release dated 3 February revealed. ON is seeking partners willing to enter into an arrangement to facilitate the transition of products from the Oudenaarde facility to other facilities The Ou...
    NewMotion and Fortum enter EV charging interoperability agreement
    NewMotion, a provider of smart charging solutions, has partnered with Nordic clean energy company Fortum on an electric vehicle (EV) charging interoperability agreement, NewMotion said in a press release on 3 February. With this agreement, NewMotion becomes the first external mobility service provid...
    Maruti collaborates with four start-ups under Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab program
    Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has short-listed four new start-ups under its Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab (MAIL) program, the leading Indian carmaker said in a press release on 3 February. These four start-ups are Dave.AI, Rezo.AI, Fabrik and ElectreeFI. Of the four start-ups, Dai...
    Adient sells premium seating business Recaro
    Adient has sold its premium automotive seating brand Recaro to Raven Acquisition, a US-based investment company, Crain’s Detroit Business reported on 31 December. The transaction became effective on 1 January 2020. Recaro has operations at three locations, one each in Europe, the United States ...
    Škoda establishes ‘Škoda Auto DigiLab’ unit in India’s Pune city
    Škoda has announced the establishment of its Auto Digilab in the western Indian city of Pune, a company press release on 31 January revealed. It will be the company’s fourth such lab following those based in Prague, Tel Aviv and Beijing. The center will develop digital and mobility solutions f...
    Aston Martin postpones electrification plans
    Aston Martin has announced that it has postponed its electrification plans by a couple of years, according to a company press release on 31 January. Investment in electric vehicles will be delayed beyond 2025. Aston Martin’s all-electric brand, the Lagonda, will now not be relaunched before 2025. ...
    Hydro-Quebec acquires patents by Dr. John B. Goodenough for solid-state lithium-ion batteries
    Hydro-Quebec has signed an agreement with The University of Texas at Austin to acquire the patents by Dr. John B. Goodenough related to developments of solid-state lithium-ion batteries, the company announced in a press release on 31 January. These patents relate to a new type of electrolyte to be u...
    Nissin Kogyo raises equity stake in two JVs to 74%
    Nissin Kogyo has completed the share purchase of 74% in two joint ventures (JV). According to a press release on 31 January, Nissin Kogyo will hold 74% of Veoneer-Nissin Brake Systems Japan Co Ltd. (VNBJ) and Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems (Zhongshan) Co Ltd. (VNBZ) shares respectively, and ...
    Royal Mail partners with EDF for EV charging infrastructure
    Royal Mail Group Ltd. (RMG) has signed a deal with UK-based EDF for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, EDF announced in a press release on 29 January. The three-year partnership will see installation of EV charging points by EDF. The company will also be responsible for associated maintenance and...
    EV start-up Arrival to deliver 10,000 electric vans to UPS
    Delivery company UPS has ordered 10,000 electric vans from electric vehicle (EV) startup Arrival, the company announced in a press release on 29 January. Both companies are codeveloping the electric delivery vehicles for UPS. The companies will collaborate to develop a wide range of EVs with Advance...
    EESL partners with BHEL for EV charging network in India
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), a leading engineering and manufacturing company, to set up public charging network for electric vehicles (EV) at highways across India, Autocar Professional reported on 30 January. The companies have signed...
    Siemens and Arm collaborate to support development of complex electronics systems for vehicles
    Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced that it has collaborated with Arm to develop a platform, which will guide OEMs and suppliers, to efficiently develop and market the product much faster, the company said in a press release on 6 January. Siemens’ PAVE360 applies high-fidelity mod...
    Koito announces absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has announced an absorption-type merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary, KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 30 January. The merger would be effective 1 April 2020. The merger is an absorption-type merger in which Koito is the s...
    Porsche installs 100,000 EV chargers across 10 countries
    In a press release dated 29 January, Porsche announced that it has, to date, installed 100,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across 10 countries. These include  AC and DC charging points in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Ki...
    Alpiq launches subscription-based e-mobility services in Germany, Italy
    Swiss utility company Alpiq has launched a subscription-based e-mobility service called ‘Juicar’ in Germany and Italy, the company announced in a press release on 28 January. The services will include doorstep-delivery of EV, home charging, public charging and motor vehicle tax to insurance and ...
    BMW to launch MINI Sharing in South Africa
    BMW’s MINI car brand has announced plans to launch ‘MINI Sharing’ car-sharing service in South Africa later this year, the company said in a press release on 27 January. The company’s car-sharing service will enable even non-MINI drivers to get behind the wheel of a MINI car with just a few ...
    Lincoln partners with Rivian to develop new EV
    American automotive brand Lincoln has partnered with electric vehicle (EV) start-up Rivian a develop a new EV, the company announced in a press release on 29 January. The new EV will be based on Rivian’s skateboard platform. “Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move towar...
    Volkswagen sets up mobile charging stations in German city Wolfsburg
    Volkswagen (VW) deployed new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Wolfsburg, Germany, according to a report by Electrek on 24 January. The DC chargers, equipped with battery energy storage, are the mobile charging stations produced by the Volkswagen Group Components subsidiary. The first stati...
    Subaru, Aria Systems extend collaboration on connected car monetization
    Aria Systems has announced a collaboration with Subaru under which Aria’s cloud billing and monetization platform which powers the in-vehicle connectivity platform Subaru Starlink, will be used in additional models, a company press release dated 28 January read. “Any automaker seeking to gene...
    TomTom to supply maps, navigation and live services for FCA's Uconnect 5 infotainment system
    TomTom will supply maps, navigation and live services for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) next-generation Uconnect 5 infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 27 January. Customers who will buy the upcoming Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia and Ram Trucks veh...
    Tata Group companies to collaborate to develop EV ecosystem in India
    Tata Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate holding company, aims to set up a complete electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in India. To this end, Tata Group companies are collaborating to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) and batteries, set up charging stations and build a battery recycling plant,...
    Audi, Traffic Technology Services to launch Traffic Light Information facility in Dusseldorf
    Audi has announced a partnership with Traffic Technology Services, under which the automaker will introduce its Traffic Light Information service at Düsseldorf in Germany, a press release dated 28 January read. By the end of the month, Audi drivers will have access to information from 150 traffi...
    Audi launches kWh-based pricing for e-tron Charging Service
    Audi has announced a kilowatt-hours (kWh)-based pricing to its e-tron Charging Service that allows customers to charge their cars at charging stations operated by IONITY, the German carmaker said in a press release on 27 January. IONITY, a high-power charging (HPC) provider, is a joint venture betwe...
    Tenneco continues to look for strategic alternatives of powertrain technology, DRiV business units
    Tenneco has been reviewing strategic alternatives for its Powertrain Technology and Aftermarket and Ride Performance (DRiV) business units to maximize shareholder value, the US-based automotive supplier reconfirmed in a press release on 27 January. In addition to its current plan to spin off the DRi...
    Japan Display cancels capital and business alliance with Suwa
    Japan Display terminated its capital and business alliance agreement (CBAA) with Suwa Investment Holdings earlier this month after two parties failed to reach a final agreement on investment by 31 December 2019, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The Japanese display company is ...
    E-mobility sector round-up – 2019
    The electrification of transportation segment has been one of the megatrends for a couple of years, and 2019 was no different. The number of new electrified models showcased and launched during the year was high, and so were the investments announced by automakers, suppliers and technology stak...
    Johnson Matthey joins Global Battery Alliance
    Battery material company Johnson Matthey has joined the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), the company announced in a press release on 24 January. Johnson Matthey will help to establish a sustainable battery value chain. “Johnson Matthey is very pleased to support the 10 principles of the GBA, which u...
    Fiat ends production of 1.3L diesel engine in India
    Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has ended the production of its 1.3L Multijet diesel engine in India, Autocar India reported on 24 January, citing a company statement. Fiat said that Parts will be available at all FCA authorised workshops for the next 10 years for any Fiat vehicle equipped wit...
    Nissan and Uber partner for electric mobility in London
    Nissan and ride-hailing service provider Uber have partnered to expand the number of electric cabs in London, the automaker announced in a press release on 24 January. Under the partnership, 2,000 all-electric 40kWh Nissan LEAF will be introduced for drivers who use the Uber app in London. Nissan wi...
    Uber brings self-driving cars to Washington DC
    Uber has started testing its self-driving cars on public roads in Washington DC, United States, on Friday (24 January), according to a Reuters report last week. The company is using its self-driving car fleet, with human drivers, to collect data for future deployment of fully self-driving cars. Uber...
    LG, Microsoft to build automotive infotainment systems, management systems
    LG Electronics has announced a partnership with Microsoft to develop automotive infotainment systems and management systems, a press release dated 9 January showed. LG will utilize the Microsoft Azure and artificial intelligence (AI) services. LG’s infotainment systems will integrate virtual pe...
    ams investors approve capital increase for Osram acquisition
    Austrian sensor specialist ams AG announced that the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting has approved the capital increase in form of an up to EUR1.6 billion rights issue to fund its all-cash takeover of Germany-based lighting major Osram Licht AG, according to a company press release on 24 Ja...
    Lattice Semiconductor’s Diamond FPGA design and verification software gets key safety certifications
    Lattice Semiconductor has announced that its Diamond FPGA (field-programmable gate array) design and verification software environment has received IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety standards compliant certification, a company press release dated 23 January read. Lattice Diamond design so...
    Volkswagen, Skoda to expand WeShare car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020
    Volkswagen (VW), in collaboration with Skoda, will expand its WeShare electric car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020, the automaker said in a press release on 23 January. The company will launch WeShare in Prague, Czech Republic and Hamburg, Germany, in the spring this year, followed ...
    Karma Automotive joins Alliance for Automotive Innovation
    Karma Automotive has joined the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the EV maker announced via a press release on 22 January. “Being part of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation significantly amplifies Karma’s voice supporting policies that encourage the technical excellence needed to build...
    Toshiba delivers 'H2One' Hydrogen Station Unit to Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has delivered ‘H2One™ Station Unit’ to the Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council, according to a company press release on 23 January. The system started operations at the Toyama City Environment Center in Toyama Prefecture, Ja...
    Renault initiates INCIT-EV project for developing innovative EV charging solutions
    In a press release dated 22 January, Renault announced that it had launched its INCIT-EV project, along with 32 other partners, to develop innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. Spanning the 48 months from January 2020 through December 2023, the INCIT-EV will focus on seven E...
    Qualcomm, Audi, Virginia DOT to deploy C-V2X communication on northern Virginia roads
    Qualcomm will deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) in Northern Virginia in collaboration with Audi and Virginia Department of Transportation, the company said in a press release on 22 January. The companies will use the spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band which the Federal Communications Commis...
    Hyundai aims to broadly adopt A2B technology for its audio connectivity and infotainment applications
    Analog Devices has announced a collaboration with Hyundai Motor under which Hyundai will launch an all-digital road noise cancellation system, a company press release dated 22 January read. The system will use Analog Device’s automotive audio bus (A2B) technology. According to Analog, its A2B t...
    Energy company Total to install up to 20,000 EV charging stations in the Netherlands
    French energy company Total has been awarded a contract from ‘Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric’ (MRA-Electric) to install and operate up to 20,000 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in the Netherlands, according to a company press release on 22 January 2020. The energy major will ins...
    Nissan starts sales of MY2020 Nissan LEAF EV in US
    Nissan has started sales of MY2020 LEAF electric vehicle (EV) in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 January. The automaker has improved model year 2020 LEAF with added safety and convenience features, including standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology. In additio...
    Synopsys joins Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
    Synopsys has joined the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), a consortium established last year to accelerate deployment of safer and affordable autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release on 16 January. As a member of AVCC, the company will contribute to the development of a...
    Mercedes-Benz Vans delivers 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has delivered 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon which have been deployed in Munich, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. Merecedes-Benz Vans said that more vehicle deliveries are planned for the future in order to further expand Amazon's electrically ope...
    Automotive cybersecurity start-up Cybellum joins ‘CVE Numbering Authority’ program
    Cybellum, a start-up developing automotive cybersecurity risk assessment solutions, has joined the CNA (CVE Numbering Authority) program, it said in a press release on 15 January. The company will disclose, report and assign CVEs to vulnerabilities. Cybellum’s automotive risk analysis solutions...
    Canadian Tire Corporation to install EV fast charging stations at 90 sites in Canada by end-2020
    Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has announced plans to install electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at 90 of its retail locations by the end of 2020, according to a press release on the website of Electrify Canada on 15 January 2020. CTC will work with FLO, Electrify Canada, Natural Resource...
    EconCore signs license agreement with Kotobukiya Fronte for automotive interiors
    EconCore, a developer of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has signed a license agreement with a Japanese automotive tier-1 supplier Kotobukiya Fronte, according to a company press release on 20 January. Kotobukiya Fronte is currently using EconCore’s honeycomb technology f...
    PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary receives first order for S2 fuel cell stack
    PowerCell Fuel Cell (Shanghai) Co Ltd, PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary, has received its first order for S2 fuel cell stack from a new Chinese customer, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The stack will be delivered to the customer in February and will be used to test and valid...
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