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ETAS, BlackBerry QNX partner for safety-critical software solutions in automotive industry
ETAS GmbH and BlackBerry QNX have signed a partnership to sell and market software solutions to automakers and their suppliers, simplifying the development of safety-critical functions for software-defined vehicles (SDVs). The partnership combines ETAS' middleware RTA-VRTE based on AUTOSAR Adaptive and QNX® Operating System with ETAS' automotive firewall and host-based intrusion detection technology. This integrated solution provides a high-performance and safe foundation for the development...
General Motor’s self-driving vehicle arm Cruise to resume robotaxi tests after pedestrian accident
According to a report published by The Verge on April 10, General Motor's Cruise has announced the resumption of tests for its fleet of self-driving taxis in Phoenix, Arizona, without passengers on-board. The company plans to start with human drivers behind the wheel and no autonomous driving mechanisms engaged. This comes after a series of incidents involving Cruise's autonomous vehicles in California, including one that ran over a pedestrian and dragged them 20 feet, and another that collid...
European Commission approves €267 million in state aid to support Volvo Cars’ new EV plant
The European Commission has found that Slovakia's €267 million state-aid to support Volvo Cars’ EV plant is in line with EU State aid rules, the Commission announced on April 8. The said aid is aimed at supporting the establishment of a new EV manufacturing plant in Valaliky, near Košice in Eastern Slovakia. Earlier, Slovakia had notified the European Commission of its plan to grant €267 million to support Volvo Cars’ EV factory, which will be the Swedish carmaker’s third produc...
Tesla to unveil autonomous robo-taxi on Aug. 8, focusing on EV innovation
Tesla will unveil its long-awaited robo-taxi on Aug. 8, according to Elon Musk's recent post on X. The forthcoming autonomous vehicle is built on Tesla's next-generation vehicle platform. This comes after the company canceled plans to develop a more affordable electric vehicle, reportedly in the $25,000 price range. Musk informed employees that he wants to focus entirely on an autonomous vehicle that will make other vehicles obsolete, based on a report published by The Verge on April 6. ...
Honda’s Georgia Transmission Plant rolls out 5-millionth transmission
Honda Transmission Plant-Georgia (TMP-G) celebrated a major milestone with production of the 5-millionth automatic transmission since the plant began production in 2006, a company press release on April 11 said. The plant capitalizes on its success as a key global source of Honda automatic transmissions. TMP-G is also taking steps toward the electrified future by partnering with Honda supplier, Hitachi Astemo Americas Inc., to install a new line to build e-axles, an essential component of ele...
GAC Motor unveils all-solid-state battery, plans commercialization in two years
GAC Group, a leading automaker in mainland China, has unveiled its solid-state battery technology, with plans to introduce electric vehicles powered by these batteries in two years, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 12. The company unveiled its innovative battery technology at GAC Tech Day 2024 on April 12, the report mentioned. Citing the GAC Group, the report said that the new innovative solid-state battery is developed using the automaker’s third-generation spo...
Panasonic Energy launches new R&D facility to develop battery production processes in Japan
Japanese battery-maker Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd. has completed the construction of a new battery production development facility within its Suminoe factory in Osaka, Japan, the company announced April 11. According to Panasonic, the all-new, cutting-edge facility, dedicated to next-generation battery manufacturing, is aimed at bolstering the company’s manufacturing competitiveness and expanding its global production capacity. It is slated to serve as a hub for the development of pro...
BASF to begin change negotiations at its precursor cathode active materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland
BASF, a leading global supplier of advanced cathode active materials (CAM) for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries market, announced April 11 that it plans to commence change negotiations at its precursor CAM plant in Harjavalta, Finland, from April 15. The decision to initiate these negotiations was because of the lengthy permitting process with unclear outcomes, leading to an unpredictable time frame for receiving a final, unappealable permit, the company said. It added that as a result of t...
Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
Policy environment will have an effect on how fast we invest: Voltera
Established in 2022 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Voltera develops, owns and operates charging and refueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicle fleets. Owned by EQT, a Swedish global investment organization, Voltera delivers turnkey fleet EV charging infrastructure for customers by acquiring real estate, setting up power connections, procuring chargers and charge point operation software, and operating and maintaining it. Voltera is working on a multibillion-dollar plan to ac...
Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
Inside the Nissan Ariya's minimalist cabin
It offers front- or all-wheel drive options with a choice of battery sizes and delivers impressive horsepower. But what of the interior?  We take a closer look. Inside story The cabin features a sleek and cohesive design with a dashboard that extends into the doors. Two large digital displays, for instruments and infotainment, provide a futuristic and high-tech feel. The use of plush materials throughout the cabin adds a touch of luxury and comfort, including an Alcantara suede cov...
Convenient and personalized in-car features – upping the UX ante
Looking at the automotive user interface and experience (UI/UX) trends today, drivers and passengers are loving the idea of remaining engaged throughout their journey in a more convenient and personalized way. By offering unprecedented personalization with its ability to learn from user behavior, AI and machine-learning tools are helping vehicles morph from a transportation mode into an extension of the drivers’ digital lifestyles. From predictive navigation systems and virtual personal ass...
Nvidia GTC 2024: Accelerating automotive innovation through AI
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2024 is a premier technology conference that took place March 18–21, 2024, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. GTC serves as a platform for developers, researchers, engineers and innovators to explore the latest advancements in GPU technology and its applications across various industries such as AI, autonomous vehicles and more. The conference featured keynote presentations, technical sessions, hands-on workshops and demonst...
Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
Policy environment will have an effect on how fast we invest: Voltera
Established in 2022 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Voltera develops, owns and operates charging and refueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicle fleets. Owned by EQT, a Swedish global investment organization, Voltera delivers turnkey fleet EV charging infrastructure for customers by acquiring real estate, setting up power connections, procuring chargers and charge point operation software, and operating and maintaining it. Voltera is working on a multibillion-dollar plan to ac...

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