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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Auto industry CEOs urge Congress to pass semiconductor funding in the US
    According to a report published by Alliance for Automotive Innovation on 22 June 2022, over 20 CEOs representing automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and innovators have urged for faster passage of a bipartisan bill, the CHIPS for America Act, that includes funding to increase domestic capacity...
    IIHS survey finds consumers prefer partial automation equipped vehicles with appropriate safeguards
    According to a press release on 23 June 2022, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) survey has found that car drivers prefer partial automation that comes with appropriate safety systems such as driver monitoring systems. “Automakers often assume that drivers want as much technology...
    India plans to introduce new passenger vehicle rating system with safety assist technology tests
    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has planned to introduce a safety rating system, Bharat New Car Assessment Program (BNCAP) for passenger cars to encourage manufacturers to provide advanced safety technologies and boost the "export worthiness" of vehicles produced in the country, ...
    Einride secures approval from NHTSA for new purpose-built vehicle in the US
    Einride announced that it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on US public roads. With this approval, Einride will carry out a public road trial to support operational flows for clie...
    GM-backed startup Cruise begins monetizing autonomous vehicle rides in the US
    Autonomous ride hailing company Cruise has officially started charging for the autonomous vehicle rides in San Francisco, according to a report published by The Verge on 23 June 2022. The company has said that the Northwest neighborhood of San Francisco is where "most passengers" are no...
    NHTSA proposes event data recorders to collect 20 seconds of pre-crash data
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a proposal to require automakers to collect more crash data from event data recorders (EDRs), also known as black boxes, according to a report published by Reuters on 23 June 2023. The safety agency has suggested that black ...
    Hesai to lead ISO automotive lidar working group for research work on automotive lidar tests
    Mainland China–based lidar technology startup Hesai has said that it is going to act as the group leader in the ISO Working Group (ISO/TC22/SC32/AHG1) for research work on automotive lidar tests, and Valeo acts as the deputy group leader, according to a press release on 22 June 2022. All parties w...
    IIHS recommends adoption of new ADAS-enabled road safety features for elderly
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has encouraged the use of turn assistance safety functions in vehicles, particularly for elderly drivers who might benefit from advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) features meant to assist vehicles drive through junctions, according to a report ...
    Micron receives ISO 26262 ASIL-D functional safety certification
    Memory solutions company Micron has announced that the company has received International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D certification of memory for its low-power double data rate 5 (LPDDR5) DRAM, it said in a press release on 20 June. The solu...
    NHTSA amends side impact protection testing rule to improve child safety seat
    The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule that enhances the protection of children during side-impact collisions by updating testing criteria for child safety seats, the safety regulator said in a press release on 22 ...
    Government of New South Wales to increase investment in expanding EV charging network
    The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced that it will increase its investment in expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging network with an additional AUD38 million (USD26.35 million), according to a press release by NSW government on 20 June. Matt Kean, Treasurer and Minister for Energy,...
    Japan plans to allocate USD3.6 billion subsidy for TSMC
    The central government of Japan has planned to allocate up to JPY476 billion (USD3.6 billion) for a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. subsidiary to use in funding the ongoing construction of a plant in southwestern Japan, according to a report published by THE JAPAN TIMES, on 18 June 2022. T...
    Lidar technology startup Vueron Technology secures permit for lidar-only AV testing in the US
    Lidar autonomous vehicle technology startup Vueron Technology has obtained an autonomous vehicle permit that uses only one lidar sensor in California, according to a press release on 17 June 2022. Vueron was granted lidar-only autonomous vehicle testing licenses by the California Department of Motor...
    NHTSA releases initial data on safety performance of automated driving systems
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the first round of data it collected through its Standing General Order issued last year, as well as initial accompanying reports summarizing this data, as part of the US Department of Transportation's efforts to improve roadway safety...
    US, other countries establish minerals security partnership to secure critical materials
    The United States of America and its key partner countries have established the ‘minerals security partnership’ (MSP) with an aim of securing the supply of critical minerals and materials, the US Department of State said in a media note on 14 June 2022. The ambitious new initiative to bolster...
    US DoT proposes to set up regulations on minimum standards for public EV charging stations
    The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced a ‘Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’ (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, the US DoT said in a st...
    Siemens to supply ultra-fast chargers for UAE’s first EV charging corridor
    German technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, and transport Siemens AG plans to supply ultra-fast chargers to the United Arab Emirates for its first EV charging corridor, the company announced on 10 June 2022. The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has selected Siemens te...
    NHTSA upgrades probe on Tesla’s Autopilot
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to upgrade its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with Autopilot autonomous driving feature, Reuters reported on 9 June. According to the article, NHTSA said the upgrade is to extend the existing crash analysis, evaluate additional dat...
    China’s Shenzhen plans to double semiconductor production by 2025
    Shenzhen, China's southern tech city, intends to double the value of its existing semiconductor industry in three years as part of a larger effort to boost the country's fundamental technology self-sufficiency, according to a report published by South China Morning Post on 2 June 2022. Shenzhen, ...
    European Parliament supports ban on sale of ICE cars and vans by 2035
    The European Parliament announced on 9 June 2022 that the members have voted in favour of European Commission’s revised proposal on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. In a plenary vote, the members of European Parliament (MEPs) ad...
    Dellfer's cybersecurity solution receives ASIL-D certification
    US-based cybersecurity company has announced that its ZeroDayGuard Platform received ISO 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL-D) certification, according to a press release published by the company on 6 June. Ken Wante, VP, Engineering, Dellfer, said, “With the achievement of ISO 262...
    US safety regulator NHTSA to publish new data on autonomous vehicle crashes
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has planned to reveal new data this month, giving the public its first extensive look into car incidents incorporating automated-driving technology, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal on 3 June 2022. In 2021, the NHTSA...
    TÜV SÜD, AVL ZalaZONE partner to support OEMs in ADAS and AV type approval process
    TÜV SÜD has formed an extensive partnership with AVL ZalaZONE, which manages proving grounds in the Hungarian town of Zalaegerszeg, to support customers in the type approval process, extending from the early development stage of automated vehicles, according to a press release by TÜV SÜD on 1 Ju...
    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s study reveals high-frequency hazard lighting provides increased safety
    A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has revealed that more sharp and visible hazard lighting improved advanced warning to oncoming drivers, enabling quicker driver responses to prevent crashes, it said in a press release on 1 June. The study was commissioned by the...
    ASAM releases 'blueprint' for safer, reliable autonomous vehicle testing
    The Association for Standardisation of Automation and Measuring Systems (ASAM) has published a report providing an overview of different test methods for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) and their interaction, according to a press release on 30 May 2022. The re...
    Hyundai Motor to limit Genesis G90’s Level 3 ADAS speed to 60 km/h in Korea
    Hyundai Motor Company has said that it will limit the autonomous driving speed of the Genesis G90, a level 3 self-driving car to be released within 2022, to 60 km/h, according to a report published by Business Korea on 30 May 2022. The G90 will be available with Level 3 autonomous driving technol...
    German court bans sales and production of connected Ford vehicles
    A court in Germany has banned the sales and production of Ford connected cars, Reuters reported on 21 May. The decision is part of a lawsuit over the violation of wireless technology patents. While the verdict by the Munich regional court is not legally binding and can be appealed, an EUR227...
    Germany allocates over USD310 million to support hydrogen-based mobility solutions
    The German Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, BMDV, plans to invest up to EUR290 million (USD310 million) to set up an Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen (ITZ), which will support the companies developing hydrogen-based mobility solutions, the ministry announced on 25 May 202...
    Euro NCAP publishes third round of crash test results for 2022
    Euro NCAP has announced its third batch of safety results for 2022 with the KIA EV6, the Mercedes C-Class, Volvo C40 Recharge, and Volkswagen's new Multivan receiving the highest five-star rating, according to a press release on 25 May 2022. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308, are both received...
    UK to review Newport Wafer Fab takeover by China’s Nexperia
    The acquisition of the country's largest semiconductor producer Newport Wafer Fab by Nexperia, a Dutch subsidiary of China's Wingtech Technology, for GBP63 million (USD79 million) last year has prompted a complete national security review by Britain's business secretary, according to a report publis...
    Baidu secures new batch of driverless licenses to offer ride-hailing services in China
    China-based technology company Baidu has announced that Beijing officials have granted a new batch of driverless permits to the firm, which has been authorized to deliver driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in the city beginning in April, according to a report published...
    Lidar Coalition Policy Summit to discuss potential life-saving benefits of lidars
    The Lidar Coalition is conducting its first Policy Summit to address the potential life-saving advantages of lidar technology and its role in decreasing highway fatalities at a time when politicians and regulators are absorbing worrisome new statistics on the rise of traffic fatalities, according to...
    Department of Motor Vehicles revokes Pony.ai’s permit to test AVs with driver in California
    Pony.ai's license to test its autonomous car technology with a driver was withdrawn by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday for failing to monitor the driving histories of the safety drivers listed on its testing permit, according to a report published by TechCrunch on 25 May 2022....
    UK launches USD50 million competition to support autonomous vehicle technology
    The government of the UK is speeding the deployment of self-driving buses, shuttles, and delivery vehicles onto British roads with a GBP40 million (USD50 million) fund that may help generate thousands of jobs, according to a press release by GOV.UK on 23 May 2022. A new government competition is ...
    AV technology startup Gatik plans to expand its operations in the US
    Gatik has announced that it will be expanding operations to Kansas following the signing of Senate Bill 313 into law by Governor Laura Kelly, according to report published by Business Wire on 20 May 2022. The law allows fully autonomous vehicles to operate on public highways in the state, clearin...
    NAVYA welcomes regulatory updates to support mass deployment of autonomous vehicles
    NAVYA, a supplier of autonomous mobility solutions, appreciates the progress made in the legislation regulating autonomous vehicles, which facilitates the industrial scale deployment of autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 19 May 2022. On 29 April, the US Senate approved the ...
    South Korea to test 5G-V2X related projects from 2023
    South Korea will begin testing 5G-V2X projects from 2023, DigiTimes reported on 17 May, citing Korean-language media ET News. Bids for cooperative autonomous vehicle infrastructures and service research projects are now open. Korea Expressway Corporation intend to begin official regulations for 5G-V...
    California Public Utilities Commission approves three vehicle-grid integration pilot programs for PG&E
    In an attempt to accelerate EV adoption among the citizens, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved three vehicle-grid integration (VGI) pilot programs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), CPUC said in an official statement released on 5 May 2022. The CPUC said ...
    EV charging network operator EVgo signs public-private partnership with City of Portland, US
    EV charging network operator EVgo Inc. has signed a public-private partnership with the City of Portland, US to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on city-owned property, the company said on 10 May 2022. Under the said partnership, EVgo will install eight direct current fast c...
    European Parliament votes to ban combustion engine-powered cars, vans from 2035
    The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted in favor of the European Commission’s proposed ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered cars and vans from 2035 in Europe, according to a press announcement made by the E...
    Israeli Ministry of Transport and Road Safety to allow autonomous parking
    Israel's Ministry of Transport is expected to approve the use of autonomous parking for vehicles that support automated park functionality, according to a report published by Israel Business Arena on 9 May 2022. Currently, regulations prohibit a car from driving without a human driver; but, fol...
    IIHS plans to evaluate automatic emergency braking systems at higher speed levels
    The Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) is considering ways to encourage OEMs to develop automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems that will prevent front-to-rear collisions at higher speeds, according to a press release on 5 May 2022. As part of this initiative, the IIHS is discontinuin...
    Amprius Technologies bags battery contract from US Advanced Battery Consortium, DOE
    California-based manufacturer of high-energy-density lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries Amprius Technologies announced on 3 May 2022 that it has received a USD3 million contract from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for l...
    NGen Canada announces new projects to support zero-emission vehicle manufacturing ecosystem
    Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen Canada), an industry-led community working to set up advanced manufacturing practices, has announced a series of new innovation projects to support the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing ecosystem in Canada, it said on 3 May 2022. The industry c...
    EV maker Rivian to receive USD1.5 billion in incentives from Georgia, US
    Electric vehicle (EV) maker Rivian will receive USD1.5 billion in incentives from the state of Georgia, United States, to build its planned USD5.0 billion EV production plant in the region, said a report filed by news agency Associated Press on 3 May 2022. The news agency has cited officia...
    US DOE announces USD45 million funding to support development of EV batteries
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced USD45 million in funding to support and nurture the domestic development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles (EV) through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), according to a press release published by ARPA-E on 3 May. US Se...
    South Korea plans to invest USD318 million in building EV, FCEV charging infrastructure in 2022
    South Korea aims to invest KRW397.5 billion (USD318 million) this year in the development of charging stations for electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, according to a report published by Yonhap News Agency on 26 April 2022. According to First Vice Finance Minister Lee Eog-weon, the government ...
    CharIN, VDA Germany partner to accelerate expansion of EV charging infrastructure
    The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) e.V., which is global association with over 250 members dedicated to promote interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging vehicles, has signed a partnership agreement with the German Association of the Aut...
    Government of India aims to roll out first indigenous chipsets by 2023–24
    The government of India has set a timeline to commercially roll out the first indigenous chipsets by 2023–24 under the Digital India RISC -V programme, according to a report published by ETAuto on 27 April 2022. According to the Minister of State for Electronics and IT, the Digital India RISC-V...
    Saudi Arabia to purchase 100,000 EVs from Lucid Group over 10 years
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid Group has signed an agreement with the Government of Saudi Arabia, under which the government will purchase up to 100,000 vehicles over a 10-year period, the company said on 26 April 2022. Saudi Arabia has given an initial commitment to purchase 50,000 elec...
    Pony.ai secures permit to offer autonomous taxi service in China
    China-based autonomous driving technology company Pony.ai announced that the company is going to offer driverless robo-taxis general public in Beijing, China for the first time, according to a report published by Business Wire on 27 April 2022. Pony.ai was one of two robo-taxi operators awarded a pe...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: UK Government to increase tariffs on Russian rubber imports
    The UK Government announced via press release on 25 April that it had introducing new trade sanctions on a number of Russian products to support Ukraine during its ongoing conflict with Russia. According to the press release, the government was increasing tariffs by 35 percentage points on R...
    Germany launches ‘Battery Pass’ project to create digital identities of batteries
    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has formally announced its ‘Battery Pass’ project along with the names of the eleven consortium members, Circulor said in an official note on 25 April 2022. UK-based Circulor, which is a leading sustainable supply chain trac...
    Japan revises traffic law to add rules for autonomous vehicles
    The Japanese government enacted a legislation on last week that will establish new standards for next-generation mobility, including unmanned self-driving cars, and automated delivery robots, according to a report published by THE JAPAN TIMES, on 19 April 2022. The bill to amend the current road ...
    Thailand plans to promote zinc-ion battery technology, set up pilot battery plant
    Thailand plans to promote zinc-ion battery technology to support the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, according to a report filed by the Bangkok Post on 21 April 2022. The country plans to set up a zinc-ion pilot battery plant to develop and nurture the zinc-ion battery technolo...
    UK regulators will allow drivers to watch TV in autonomous vehicles
    The UK regulators have proposed new updates to the Highway Code that will allow drivers to watch television in autonomous vehicles, according to a report published by BBC on 20 April 2022. The reforms will require drivers to be ready to retake control of their vehicles when requested, the government...
    INTERVIEW: Dr Steve Binks, Director, Regulatory Affairs, International Lead Association (ILA)
    Lead battery production in the European Union represents about 90% of EU use of the lead metal, according to a position paper released by the International Lead Association (ILA) recently. In an interview with IHS Markit, Dr Steve Binks, Director, Regulatory Affairs, ILA, explained how ECH...
    Florida Department of Transportation to commence autonomous vehicle pilot program
    The Florida Department of Transportation has planned to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot program in Altamonte Springs, Florida, US, according to a news report published by Orlando Business Journal on 12 April 2022. The city is looking for a partner to run the program, which will be expanded in ...
    HCL cofounder says India's chip manufacturing push timely amid global supply disruptions
    According to HCL cofounder Ajai Chowdhry, India's manufacturing push, backed by favorable regulations, is opportune and positions the country well to seize a major opportunity in the electronics hardware industry amid COVID-19-induced supply chain disruptions, according to a report published by Pres...
    Russia plans to manufacture 28 nm chips locally by 2030
    The government of Russia has planned to invest around USD38.3 billion in developing the domestic microelectronics industry, according to a blog post by TECHSPOT on 16 April 2022. This investment will be used for four major purposes: the development of local semiconductor fabrication technology, the ...
    US automotive supply chain stressed as truck drivers block Texas-Mexico border crossings
    In the context of the ongoing blockage by the truck drivers at the US-Mexico border, a recent note published on its website by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) said that the situation is critical for North American automotive component suppliers and that the protest can disrupt th...
    Italy to invest over USD700 million per year in promoting BEVs, PHEVs
    Italy plans to invest EUR650 million (more than USD700 million) per year over a period of three years from 2022 to 2024 to provide incentives on the purchase of electric, hybrid, and low-emission vehicles, an official note published by the Italian government’s Ministry of Economic Development...
    Canada allocates over USD2 billion to make EVs affordable, charging network
    The Government of Canada is allocating more than CAD3 billion (USD2.38 billion) in funding to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) more affordable and build a national network of EV charging stations, the government note said on 7 April 2022. The measure to promote EVs was announced as part of the Bud...
    US NHTSA to probe LG Energy Solution over recent EV battery recalls
    US auto safety agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the South Korea’s LG Energy Solution's high-voltage EV batteries after internal failures in these batteries were reported to have caught fire in several vehicles, risking lives of the pass...
    Beijing enhances policy support for autonomous shuttle testing on public roads
    Chinese authorities have released regulations for trial implementation to provide policy support for upcoming road tests of autonomous buses and shuttles in Beijing, according to a news report published by China Daily on 1 April 2022. According to the Beijing municipal working office of the high-...
    US White House warns on semiconductor supply chain risks
    The United States lawmakers attended a classified briefing on 6 April at the White House on the dire risks to the US economy from semiconductor supply chain issues as the administration pushes Congress for USD52 billion in funding to subsidize production, according to a report published by Reuters o...
    Bridgestone secures US Department of Energy’s grant to advance guayule natural rubber research
    Bridgestone Americas has received a research grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute to advance its optimization of guayule, an alternative and more sustainable source of natural rubber for tire production, according to an official press release on 30 March 2022. ...
    Semiconductor Industry Association provides recommendations for CHIPS for America Act
    Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has submitted comments to the United States Department of Commerce on 25 March in response to a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the implementation of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, according to the S...
    Spain plans to invest USD12.4 billion to develop microchips and semiconductors
    Spain has planned to invest EUR11 billion (USD12.4 billion) in the development of microchips and semiconductors, according to report published by Bloomberg on 4 April 2022. The new investment aims to modernize its tourism-dependent economy. "We want our country to be at the vanguard of industrial...
    Minda Industries expects India’s PLI scheme to accelerate its capex for FY 2023
    The Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, has selected Minda Industries for incentives under its production linked incentive (PLI) scheme, Autocar Professional reported on 4 April. The Indian supplier expects to accelerate the company’s planned capex of INR6 billion (USD79.1 million) ...
    US Department of Transport announces new CAFÉ standards for model year 2024–26 cars
    The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring that cars deliver more miles per gallon (mpg), reducing transportation emissions while saving consumers money on 1 April 2022. According to ...
    Ireland unveils national EV charging infrastructure strategy
    Ireland’s Department of Transport has launched ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022–2025’ wherein the country aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by setting up an EV charging ecosystem to support 194,000 electric cars and vans by 2025, according to a...
    European Union launches public consultation on rules for drivers' data accessibility
    The European Union has launched a public consultation to formulate rules to ensure fair access to drivers' data, Reuters reported on 31 March. The move could pit insurance companies against automakers. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said the continent’s auto indus...
    US’ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says many SUVs performed poorly in first seat belt reminder evaluations
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) introduced a new rating program for seat belt reminders, and in its first round of tests conducted on small and medium utility vehicles, only Subaru Ascent and Subaru Forester earned a "good" rating, according to a press release published by IIHS on ...
    Analog Devices’ wireless battery management system achieves ISO/SAE 21434 cybersecurity certification
    Analog Devices announced that its Wireless Battery Management System (wBMS) has achieved ISO/SAE 21434, the highest standard of automotive cybersecurity engineering and management certification, according to a press release published by the company on 31 March.   The wBMS network provides ro...
    NHTSA to review Pony.ai’s autonomous vehicle crash reporting compliance
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will review start up technology firm Pony.ai in regard to compliance with reporting NHTSA about its autonomous vehicle crashes, according to a report published by Reuters on 29 March 2022.   Earlier this month, Pony.ai agreed to reca...
    US Senate approves USD52 billion chip bill to bolster semiconductor manufacturing
    The US Senate has again approved a USD52 billion chip bill to provide subsidies for semiconductor chip manufacturing, according to a report published by Reuters on 29 March 2022. In June, the Senate passed semiconductor legislation that included USD190 billion in funding to boost American domesti...
    AVL, Cybellum partner to provide cybersecurity services to automotive industry
    AVL has partnered with Israel-based cybersecurity company Cybellum Technologies under which the collaboration will support manufacturers and suppliers to comply with the upcoming United Nations Economic Commission (UNECE) WP.29 R155 and R156 regulations as well as the ISO/SAE 21434 standard, accordi...
    UK government aims for 300,000 EV public charging points by 2030
    Unveiling its ‘Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy’ on 25 March, the UK government said that it aims to ensure 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) public charging points across the country by 2030. The UK’s 2030 EV charging infrastructure ambition is equivalent to almost 5 times the number of f...
    IIHS, HLDI call on federal regulators to mandate pedestrian AEB that works at night
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) filed a petition to federal regulators to mandate manufacturers to equip Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems capable of detecting passengers in low light or dark conditions as well as in daylight, acco...
    Government of India selects four companies for incentives under PLI scheme for batteries
    The Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, has selected four companies for incentives under its production linked incentive or PLI scheme for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage, making way for setting up 50 GWh of battery capacity in the domestic market, the Union Ministry sai...
    Messring introduces child presence detection dummy for in-vehicle testing
    Testing specialist Messring has developed a child dummy that enables functional testing of in-vehicle child presence detection (CPD) systems, according to a press release published by the company on 22 March. Dr. Igor Doric, executive director of Messring Active Safety, said, “With the inclusio...
    US Department of Energy launches lithium-battery workforce initiative
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a national workforce development strategy for lithium-battery manufacturing and plans to invest USD5 million in supporting up to five pilot training programs on the same, the government body announced on 18 March 2022. The DOE said that the nationa...
    Waymo ready to roll out driverless self-driving vehicle services in San Francisco
    Google’s self-driving unit Waymo said that it is ready to roll out self-driving vehicle services without an onboard safety driver in San Francisco, according to a report published by Reuters on 22 March 2022. Waymo started offering free autonomous rides in August in San Francisco with a safety ...
    Industry associations call for robust policy framework to accelerate zero-emission mobility in Europe
    The automotive, energy generation, electricity, and charging infrastructure industries have issued a joint appeal urging the European Parliament and Council to adopt a robust, interconnected policies to accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Ass...
    Malaysian government plans to set up 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025
    According to a press release by Bernama on 16 March, the Malaysian government plans to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2025 under the Low Carbon Mobility Development Plan 2021–2030 (LCMB). The initiative was revealed by the deputy minister of international trade and indus...
    US House of Representatives introduces new bill to support semiconductor manufacturers
    The United States House of Representatives has presented a new bill, the Facilitating American Built Semiconductors (FABS) Act, to introduce a tax credit to encourage semiconductor manufacturing, research, and design in the US, according to a press release on the official website of US Representativ...
    NHTSA’s occupant safety standards finalized for vehicles without steering wheels
    The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a rule updating the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in order to ensure the safety of occupants in automated vehicles, the agency announced on 10 March 2022. New rules, which were first p...
    Tesla informs US lawmakers Autopilot needs 'constant monitoring'
    In response to lawmakers who have questioned the marketing of the Autopilot technology, US-based premium electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla tried to defend the safety benefits of its Autopilot and full self-driving (FSD) capability systems, as reported in Bloomberg on 8 March 2022. The company acknow...
    Oklahoma bill allows autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads
    According to a news report by Nexstar Media on 7 March, Oklahoma Senate passed Senate Bill 1541 with a 44-1 vote to allow fully autonomous vehicles on public roads within the state. Bill 1541 was authored by Senator Paul Rosino, who said that the bill would keep Oklahoma competent and relevant with ...
    Toyota-backed self-driving startup Pony.ai to recall autonomous driving software
    Toyota-backed self-driving startup Pony.ai agrees to recall a few versions of its autonomous vehicle driving software, according to a report published by Reuters on 9 March. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggested Pony.ai recall its autonomous driving software suspecting a m...
    General Motors-backed Cruise seeks NHTSA approval to commercialize Cruise Origin
    General Motors and Cruise have filed a petition to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeking approval to bring GM’s Cruise Origin, an autonomous EV, into commercial service, the company said in its blog on 18 February. Cruise Origin is a shared electric autonomous mobility veh...
    The US Department of Transportation proposes significant updates to its safety rating program
    The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed various safety improvements for its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), according to a press release published by NHTSA on 2 March 2022. These updates will help improve the safety of roads in t...
    California state issues ‘drivered deployment permits’ to Cruise and Waymo for autonomous passenger service
    California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued Drivered Deployment permits to Cruise and Waymo to allow for autonomous vehicle passenger service with a safety driver present in the vehicle, its official statement read on 28 February. “Cruise and Waymo are authorized to collect fares from...
    StradVision attains ISO 26262 certification
    StradVision obtains International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 26262 certification for its camera perception software SVNet from TÜV Rheinland, a third-party testing and certification company, according to a press release published by StradVision an 23 February. StradVision CEO Junhwan...
    Is the European Commission’s proposed Chips Act a lost chance to secure chip supplies?
    The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council to establish a framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem or Chips Act, just like the US government’s recent policy on semiconductors, aims at securing strategic supp...
    Norway grants over USD11 million to support sustainable battery production
    The Norwegian government’s Green Platform initiative has granted around NOK100 million (USD11.19 million) to support the research project named ‘Sustainable Materials for the Battery Value Chain’ where Elkem and its subsidiary Vianode are among the industry partners, Elkem said on 17 February ...
    Government of India’s guidelines drive installations of new public EV charging stations
    In a note released on the press information bureau (PIB) on 19 February 2022, the Government of India said that aggressive efforts undertaken through various implementing agencies have resulted in rapid growth in the deployment of public EV charging infrastructure. It said that there has been additi...
    Think tank Niti Aayog to publish India’s EV battery swapping policy in three months
    The Indian government-backed think tank Niti Aayog plans to publish the national battery swapping policy within the next three months, CEO Amitabh Kant told the Times of India (TOI) in an interview published on 7 February 2022. Earlier on 1 February 2022, while presenting the Union Budget for 2022...
    NHTSA issues final rule allowing ABD headlights on new vehicles
    The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a final rule allowing OEMs to install adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights on new vehicles, according to a press release published by NHTSA on 15 February. Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA...
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