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WiTricity announces licensing agreement with Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology
WiTricity has entered a licensing agreement with China-based Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology to develop and commercialize wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging systems for the Chinese EV market, the company said in a press release on 20 March. VIE will be able to sell wireless charging system, based on WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology to leading...
22-Mar-2019
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Volkswagen, Northvolt form European Battery Union consortium with other partners
Volkswagen (VW) Group has teamed up with electric vehicle (EV) battery supplier Northvolt and other European companies to establish the European Battery Union (EBU) consortium to conduct joint research in EV battery technology, the German automaker said in a press release on 21 March. The consortium, to be headed by VW and Northvolt, will conduct research activities c...
22-Mar-2019
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Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras in new vehicle to detect intoxication, distraction
Volvo Cars has announced plans to equip its all-new vehicles with in-car cameras to detect intoxication and distraction, the Swedish carmaker said in a press release on 20 March. According to the carmaker, in-car cameras and other sensors can help the vehicle to monitor the driver and allow it to intervene if an intoxicated or distracted driver fails to respond to warning ...
22-Mar-2019
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Renault begins large-scale pilot schemes in Europe for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging
Renault has started two large-scale pilot schemes for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging using its electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe, the French automaker said in a press release on 21 March. The French automaker began these pilot schemes in Utrecht, Netherlands, in collaboration with ‘We Drive Solar’ and on Porto Santo Island, Portugal, in association with energy supplier...
22-Mar-2019
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Ferrari to recall 2,150 vehicles in North America over issue with fuel vapor separator
Ferrari is recalling 2,150 vehicles in North America over an issue with fuel vapor separator, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 14 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017 LaFerrari Aperta, MY 2018–19 488 GTB, GTC4Lusso T, GTC4Lusso, 488 Spider, 812 Superfast, and MY 2019 488 Pista vehicles. The recall...
22-Mar-2019
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Mercedes-Benz to recall 95,694 vehicles in China due to defective steering rack
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 95,694 vehicles in China to fix faulty steering racks, according to a report by Xinhua News on 17 March citing China's State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall affects C-class, E-class, and GLC SUV models manufactured in China between 18 October 2016 and 13 April 2018. Significance: The defective steering racks may affect the nor...
22-Mar-2019
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Goodyear plans to modernize two plants in Germany, cut around 1,100 jobs
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has said that the company has approved plans to modernize tire plants in Hanau and Fulda, Germany, over the coming two to three years to increase capacities for larger-rim-diameter consumer tires, according to an 8K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 18 March. The plan will result in the elimination of about 1,100 jo...
22-Mar-2019
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Qingdao Doublestar plans to acquire Chinese tire-maker Hengyu Technology Group
Qingdao Doublestar Group plans to acquire Chinese tire-maker Shandong Hengyu Technology Group, a diversified producer of passenger car, truck, bus, and industrial tires, European Rubber Journal reported on 18 March. The investment into Hengyu Technology will go through Doublestar’s Jilin Jixing Tire subsidiary. Significance: European Rubber Journal reported that Hengy...
22-Mar-2019
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JBS Couros unveils new sustainable leather concept at APFL fair in Hong Kong
Brazil-based leather processing company JBS Couros has unveiled a new sustainable leather concept called ‘Kind Leather’ at the APFL fair in Hong Kong, the company announced in a press release on 18 March. JBS said the new sustainable leather range is the result of its two years’ research and development (R&D) to address current and future consumer requirements. ...
22-Mar-2019
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DuPont to expand production of Kapton polyimide film and Pyralux flexible circuit materials in US
DuPont Electronics & Imaging has announced that the company is investing USD220 million to build new production assets at its Circleville, Ohio, plant in the United States, according to a company press release on 6 March. The new assets will help the company expand production of DuPont Kapton® polyimide film and Pyralux flexible circuit materials to meet growing deman...
22-Mar-2019
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ROHM unveils new automotive-grade SiC MOSFETs
ROHM has unveiled new automotive-grade silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors), according to a press release on 19 March. With the launch of the new SCT3xxxxxHR series, ROHM now offers the industry’s largest lineup of AEC-Q101-qualified SiC MOSFETs offering high reliability required for automotive onboard chargers and DC/DC conv...
22-Mar-2019
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South Korean government orders eight automakers to recall 73,512 vehicles over faulty parts
The South Korean government has ordered eight automakers to recall a total of 73,512 vehicles in the country over faulty parts, reports the Maeil Business newspaper on 14 March. The recall impacts both four-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles. The automakers include Mercedes-Benz Korea, Porsche Korea, BMW Korea, Audi Volkswagen Korea, Renault Samsung Motors, and Sports Motor ...
22-Mar-2019
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Goodyear, Envoy Technologies join forces for new pilot program for shared, on-demand EV fleets
Goodyear has teamed up with Envoy Technologies for a new pilot program for shared, on-demand electric vehicle (EV) fleets, the US-based tiremaker said in a press release on 21 March. The pilot, already launched earlier this year, aims to minimize operational downtime for EV fleets through timely maintenance of tires. Under the pilot program, Envoy is using Goodyear’s ...
22-Mar-2019
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Bosch deploys ‘wrong-way driver alert system’ in 13 European countries
Bosch is expanding the deployment of its ‘wrong-way driver alert system’ in Europe, the German supplier said in a press release on 21 March. The company, which started offering its cloud-based technology through integrating it into the radio apps of the German broadcasters Antenne Bayern and Rock Antenne in early last year, has already roped in 15 navigation, streaming...
22-Mar-2019
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Volvo Cars to introduce ‘Care Key’ on all cars as standard feature
Volvo Cars has introduced ‘Care Key’, a new safety feature that enables Volvo car owners to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members, and friends, the Swedish carmaker said in a press release on 20 March. The new feature allows Volvo car owners to set limitations on their cars’ top speed before lending their cars to others, including to younger or ...
22-Mar-2019
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Toyota, Suzuki expand scope of strategic cooperation
Toyota and Suzuki have agreed to further expand the scope of their strategic cooperation, the two automakers announced in a joint press release on 20 March. Apart from bringing together Toyota’s expertise in vehicle electrification and Suzuki’s strengths in technologies for compact vehicles, the two partners intend to grow their presence in new fields, including g...
22-Mar-2019
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Ford to invest USD850 million in Michigan plant in US to produce battery electric vehicles
Ford has announced plans to invest USD850 million in its Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan (United States) through 2023 to produce battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the US automaker said in a press release on 20 March. As part of the investment, the automaker will add a second shift at the plant. In November 2018, Ford had cut the number of shifts at the Flat Rock ...
21-Mar-2019
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Ford recalls 27,609 vehicles in North America over issue with door latch
Ford is recalling 27,609 units of model year (MY) 2017–19 Lincoln Continental vehicles in North America over a door latch issue, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 11 February. Significance: In these vehicles, the door latch pawl motors may not function properly, possibly resulting in a door latch not fully e...
21-Mar-2019
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Ford recalls 4,212 vehicles in North America over issue with instrument cluster display
Ford is recalling 4,212 vehicles in North America over an issue with the instrument cluster display, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 11 February. The recall, which began 8 March, covers model year (MY) 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles...
21-Mar-2019
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ON Semiconductor unveils new SiC MOSFET for automotive applications
ON Semiconductor has unveiled a new silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) device—NVHL080N120SC1, the company announced in a press release on 18 March. The new AEC-Q101 automotive grade NVHL080N120SC1 device is suitable for areas such as automotive DC-DC and onboard charger applications for electric vehicles (EVs) as well as sola...
21-Mar-2019
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Ferrari to recall 582 vehicles in North America over issue with door lock mechanism
Ferrari will recall 582 units of vehicles in North America over an issue with door lock mechanism, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 14 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017–19 GTC4Lusso and MY 2018–19 GTC4Lusso T vehicles. The recall is expected to begin on 14 April. Significance: In the ...
21-Mar-2019
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Polyplastics develops new materials for EV applications
Polyplastics Co., Ltd. has developed innovative resin products for applications in the electric vehicle (EV) market, the company announced in a press release on 19 March. The company’s new DURANEX polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) CG7030 and DURAFIDE polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) 6150T73 materials are targeted for engine peripheral parts such power control units (PCUs). ...
21-Mar-2019
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WeRide displays SAE Level 4 sensor suite at NVIDIA GTC 2019
WeRide is demonstrating its SAE Level 4 (L4) sensor suite and precommercial solutions at the 2019 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC), currently being held in San Jose, California (United States), the China-based self-driving start-up said in a press release on 18 March. The company is also displaying its latest L4 autonomous vehicle model, the Nissan LEAF 2 at the even...
21-Mar-2019
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Applied Information joins 5GAA as C-V2X infrastructure technology provider
Applied Information has joined 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), an association of automotive and information and communication technology (ICT) industries to promote next-generation 5G applications in vehicles, the US-based company said in a press release. The association is currently promoting development and deployment of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communica...
21-Mar-2019
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RoboSense supplies lidar for GACHA driverless shuttle
China-based RoboSense is supplying its all-weather lidar solution for GACHA driverless shuttle bus, the company said in a press release on 15 March. The driverless shuttle was jointly developed by Muji, a Japanese lifestyle brand, and Sensible 4, a Finland-based autonomous driving company. RoboSense’s cold-resistant 16-beam mechanical lidar perception system helps GACHA ...
21-Mar-2019
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Hitachi Automotive Systems strengthens organizational structure
Hitachi Automotive Systems has announced plans to strengthen its global organizational structure, the Japanese supplier said in a press release last week. Effective 1 April, Hitachi Automotive will reorganize its comprehensive business into four divisions: Powertrain & Safety Systems Division, Chassis Division, Software Division, and Aftermarket Division. The Powertrai...
21-Mar-2019
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Ford recalls 2,992 vehicles in North America over transmissions issue
Ford Motor has issued a recall for nearly 2,992 vehicles in North America to fix faulty transmissions, according to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall is for 2019 Ranger vehicles manufactured between 4 June 2018 and 9 January 2019 and are equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions. According to the NHTSA notice,...
21-Mar-2019
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NewMotion's EV charging network crosses 100,000 charging point mark
Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company NewMotion has announced that its EV charging network has crossed the 100,000 charging point mark. According to a company press release on 13 March, the charging points are spread across 28 countries in Europe and are being used by more than 170,000 registered NewMotion charge card holders. “Reaching this milestone ...
21-Mar-2019
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Sono Motors unveils first images of Sion all-electric vehicle
Sono Motors has unveiled the first images of the production version of its all-electric vehicle Sion, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The company also informed that it has received approximately 9,500 partially paid preorders for the Sion, which will be launched at a price of EUR25,000 (USD28,406). “After unveiling our first prototype in s...
21-Mar-2019
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Utility company ScottishPower to enter EV charging business in 2019
Utility company ScottishPower is planning to enter new public electric vehicle (EV) charging service in the United Kingdom in 2019, the company announced in a press release late last month. The company will start installation of fast charging stations across the United Kingdom at strategic commercial locations from winter 2019. "Now that we have sold our gas power ...
21-Mar-2019
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Indian government sets up panel for monitoring of projects under phase 2 of ‘FAME India’ scheme
The government of India has approved setting up of an interministerial empowered committee, called ‘Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee’ (PISC), to monitor projects under the second phase of its 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India’ (FAME India) scheme, according to a government notification on 11 March. The committee will be ...
21-Mar-2019
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Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could be taken away from it, especially around the materials and lightweighting ...
20-Mar-2019
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Microsoft launch ‘Alliance Intelligent Cloud’ connected vehicle platform
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) has launched ‘Alliance Intelligent Cloud’, a new platform that will enable Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in their vehicles, the automotive alliance said in a press release today (20 March). The platform, jointly developed by RNM and Microsoft, will be deployed utilizing cloud, artificial intell...
20-Mar-2019
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Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) partners with NVIDIA to develop, train, and validate autonomous vehicles
Toyota has expanded its cooperation with NVIDIA in the field of autonomous driving. At the 2019 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California (United States) this week, Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker, announced a new collaboration to use NVIDIA Drive Constellation virtual reality simulation to develop, tr...
20-Mar-2019
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Yandex, Hyundai Mobis sign MOU to jointly develop control systems for Level 4, Level 5 autonomous vehicles
Hyundai Mobis has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russia-based Yandex for the joint development of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous driving platform, the company said in a press release today (20 March). The two companies are aiming for fully autonomous driving for use in unmanned mobility services such as robotaxis. Hyundai Mobis and Y...
20-Mar-2019
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BorgWarner appoints Kevin A. Nowlan as new CFO
BorgWarner has appointed Kevin A. Nowlan as the executive vice president and the new chief financial officer (CFO), the company announced in a press release on 19 March. The appointment will be effective from 1 April 2019. Most recently, Nowlan served as senior vice president and CFO at Meritor, a position he held since 2013, and also as president of the Trailer ...
20-Mar-2019
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Auto Shanghai 2019: XPENG Motors to unveil new production EV
Electric vehicle (EV) start-up XPENG Motors is set to unveil its new production EV at the 2019 Auto Shanghai in China, according to a company press release on 19 March. Codenamed E28, the vehicle will be a high-performance coupe and will also feature XPENG's in-house next-generation autonomous driving and intelligent connected vehicle technologies. The E28 is scheduled to ...
20-Mar-2019
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NVIDIA unveils ‘Drive AP2X’ Level 2+ automated driving solution
NVIDIA has introduced ‘Drive AP2X’, a complete automated driving platform that enables Level 2+ autonomy, at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California (United States), the company said in a blog. The new platform comprises NVIDIA Drive AutoPilot software, Drive AGX, and Drive validation tools. It incorporates Drive AV autonomous driving software and Dr...
20-Mar-2019
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SK Innovation starts construction of battery plant in US
South Korean battery maker SK Innovation has started construction of its electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Georgia, United States, the company announced in a press release on 19 March. SK Innovation is investing USD1.67 billion in the new plant, which is expected to have a production capacity of 9.8 GWh beginning in 2022 and generate 2,000 jobs by 2025. “Tod...
20-Mar-2019
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Jaguar Land Rover installs 166 smart EV chargers in UK
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has installed 166 smart electric vehicle (EV) chargers at its Gaydon engineering center in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 19 March. The 7 kW AC smart chargers will be available to all JLR employees and will be able to add 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) of range to an all-electric Jaguar I-PACE every hour and 176 miles in...
20-Mar-2019
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Denso joins ‘Digital Olfaction Automotive Consortium’ as founding member
Automotive solutions supplier Denso has joined Digital Olfaction Automotive Consortium (DOAC) as a founding member, the company announced in a press release on 19 March. The partnership with DOAC is expected to support Denso's advanced research and development (R&D) strategy, actuate system-level approach to olfaction, and address and improve air quality problems or ba...
20-Mar-2019
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LANXESS to present new material solutions for automotive applications at VDI PIAE in Germany next month
LANXESS will present its new material solutions for automotive applications with a focus on electromobility at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” in Mannheim (Germany) next month, the company announced in a press release on 18 March. “Our focus this year is on new applications in electromobility and cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66 compo...
20-Mar-2019
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Volkswagen recalls 1,504 vehicles in Australia over issue with rear seat welding
Volkswagen (VW) is recalling 1,504 vehicles in Australia over an issue with welding of rear seat, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 7 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018–19 Golf. Significance: The ACCC notice states that the welded connection of the rear seat bench in the affected vehicl...
20-Mar-2019
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GM recalls 68,189 vehicles in Australia over airbag issue
General Motors (GM) is recalling 68,189 vehicles in Australia over an airbag issue, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 7 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2005–09 Holden AH Astra 3-door Hatch, 5-door Hatch, Wagon, Convertible, and MY2006–09 HSV Astra VXR. Significance: In the affected vehi...
20-Mar-2019
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Falken Tyre Europe appoints Yutaka Kuroda as CEO and chairman
Falken Tyre Europe has appointed Yutaka Kuroda as CEO and chairman of the company, effective 1 March, according to a company press release on 19 March. Kuroda replaces Mitsuteru Tanigawa, who has been CEO at Falken Tyre Europe since January 2018. Tanigawa will also assume the role of senior executive officer in the Asia Pacific region for parent company...
20-Mar-2019
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Gestamp inaugurates new plant in Mexico
Gestamp has inaugurated a new plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, to manufacture chassis parts, the company said in a press release on 19 March. The company is investing EUR74 million (USD86 million) in the new plant, which is expected to create over 300 jobs. The new plant, spanning across more than 140,000 square meters, will be equipped with state-of-the-art machinery fo...
20-Mar-2019
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ZF acquires 60% share of autonomous mobility solutions company 2getthere
ZF has acquired 60% stake in the Netherlands-based autonomous mobility solution provider 2getthere, the company said in a press release on 19 March. Established over 35 years ago, 2getther offers driverless electric transport systems at airports and business and theme parks in several major cities including Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore. The company claims to ha...
20-Mar-2019
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Velodyne showcases lidar solutions for rich perception data collection on NVIDIA Drive platform
Velodyne has announced that its surround view lidar solutions for collecting rich perception data in testing and validation are available on the NVIDIA Drive autonomous driving platform, the company said in a press release on 18 March. The data allows full, 360º perception in real time, facilitating highly accurate localization and path planning capabilities. The US-...
19-Mar-2019
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European Commission approves acquisition of Magneti Marelli by KKR
The European Commission (EC) has approved the acquisition of Magneti Marelli by the global investment firm KKR, the Commission said in a press release. The Commission examined the acquisition under the simplified merger review procedure and concluded that the proposed transaction would raise “no competition concern as the parties have a limited position in the marke...
19-Mar-2019
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GM recalls 18,574 vehicles in North America over issue with fuel tanks
General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for 18,574 vehicles in North America due to defective fuel-level sensor in the front tank, according to United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The vehicles impacted include 3,809 GMC Sierra 3500 trucks, and 14,765 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks produced between 26 September  2015 and 6 October 201...
19-Mar-2019
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Hyundai Kia invests USD300 million in Indian ride-hailing service provider Ola
Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has reached a strategic partnership with Indian ride-hailing service provider Ola, the Korean automotive group said in a press release today (19 March). Under the agreement, Hyundai and Kia – the two automakers of HMG – have agreed to collaborate on developing fleet and mobility solutions, building electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastr...
19-Mar-2019
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Over 30 companies express interest in German government’s call for EV cell production
The German government has received interest from over 30 companies for its electric vehicle (EV) battery cell production funding program,  according to a press release by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on 18 March. The ministry will invest EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) in the funding. "Germany and Europe need innovative and environmentally fri...
19-Mar-2019
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TomTom shareholders approve sale of Telematics business to Bridgestone
In an extraordinary general meeting held on Monday (18 March), TomTom’s shareholders voted in favor of the previously announced sale of its Telematics business to Bridgestone Europe, the Netherlands-based supplier said in a press release. The company also received approvals for the distribution of the majority of the net proceeds from the deal to its shareholders through...
19-Mar-2019
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Hyundai launches Nexo FCEV in Canada through car-sharing
Hyundai has launched its Nexo fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in Canada by collaborating with Modo, the first Vancouver-based carsharing co-operative, the automaker announced in a press release on 18 March. Modo will make two Nexo vehicles available for consumer use in the coming weeks through its carsharing services in Vancouver. Hyundai claimed it will be the first aut...
19-Mar-2019
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Fisker unveils design of new all-electric SUV concept
Fisker Inc. has unveiled a design of an affordable all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept which will be priced below USD40,000, the company announced in a press release on its website. The SUV will be equipped with an over-80 KWh lithium-ion battery pack and is expected to have a range of around 300 miles (483 kilometers). It will be available in four-wheel drive...
19-Mar-2019
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Endesa partners with Galp to set up five fast EV charging points in Spain
Endesa has partnered with Portuguese energy company Galp to set up five electric vehicle (EV) fast charging points in Spain, the company announced in a press release late last month. All charging points will have 50 kW charging power and will feature three different plugs in order to be able to provide service to all models of electric cars in the market. The first chargin...
19-Mar-2019
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Valeo opens R&D test lab facility in India
Valeo has opened a research and development (R&D) test lab in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India), ETAuto reported on 18 March. The French automotive supplier invested INR250 million (USD3.6 million) in the 15,000-square feet test lab facility, which is the company’s second R&D unit in Chennai. “The growth potential of the Indian auto sector and the availability of ...
19-Mar-2019
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Vibracoustic supplies three-chamber air suspension system for New Porsche Cayenne
Vibracoustic is supplying its newly developed switchable air springs with a three-chamber concept for New Porsche Cayenne as an option, the company announced in a press release on 23 January 2019. Vibracoustic explained that by switching individual air chambers on and off, the air springs can be set to four different stiffness levels depending on the driving situation. ...
19-Mar-2019
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GM recalls 26,772 vehicles in North America over issue with EPS assist system
General Motors is recalling 26,772 vehicles in North America over an issue with electric power steering (EPS) assist system, according to a notice on the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 7 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2016-2018 Cadillac CTS, and 2017 Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Corvette vehicles. S...
19-Mar-2019
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TDK launches new series of DC-DC converters for automotive applications
TDK has launched the new FS series of µPOL DC-DC converters suitable for various applications including automotive, according to a company press release on 18 March. The company claims that the new DC-DC converters are the industry’s most compact and highest power density point-of-load solutions for applications such as big data, machine learning, artificial intelligenc...
19-Mar-2019
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Asahi Kasei to boost LIB separator production in Japan, US
Asahi Kasei plans to invest JPY30 billion (about USD268 million) to expand manufacturing capacity for Li-ion battery (LIB) separator at its plants in Japan and the United States, the company said in a press release on 15 March. The Japanese supplier will increase production capacity for Celgard and Hipore LIB separator at its plants in North Carolina (United States) and Sh...
19-Mar-2019
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Hella Pagid expands product portfolio to include brake pads for electric, hybrid vehicles
Hella Pagid, a joint venture between TMD Friction and Hella, is expanding its product portfolio with a range of disc brake pads for electric and hybrid vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 18 March. "Electrification in the automotive industry continues to advance at a steady pace. With the expansion of our product range, not only are we in tune with this t...
19-Mar-2019
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Calsonic Kansei appoints Dr. Detlef Juerss as chief technology & engineering officer
Calsonic Kansei has appointed Dr Detlef Juerss as chief technology & engineering officer (CTEO), the company announced in a press release on 15 March. Dr. Juerss will also serve as the chief commercial officer (Non-Japan) and global sales co-leader. Dr. Juerss will report directly to Beda Bolzenius, CEO, Calsonic Kansei. The appointment will be effective from 1 April 2...
18-Mar-2019
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Honda recalls 4,455 Acura vehicles in North America over fuel tank issue
Honda has recalled nearly 4,455 units of Acura ILX vehicles in North America to fix a deformed fuel tank, according to United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall will impact Acura ILX vehicles produced between 2014 and 2019. The recall of the vehicles started on 8 March. Significance: The deformed fuel tank raises the height of...
18-Mar-2019
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Fortum plans to install 700 EV chargers in India by 2020
Fortum is planning to install around 700 electric vehicle chargers in India by 2020, Business Standard reported citing Awadesh Jha, vice president (charge & drive and sustainability), Fortum India. “We are constantly evaluating the Indian market for charging infrastructure. On our radar are the advanced cities with higher per capita incomes and people with greater di...
18-Mar-2019
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Skoda Auto plans to install 7,000 EV chargers in Czech Republic by 2025
Skoda Auto is planning to install a total of 7,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the Czech Republic by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 15 March. Skoda will be investing around EUR32 million in this initiative. The chargers will be installed at Skoda plants and nearby areas. While 3,600 charging points will be located at the plants, another 3,100 charg...
18-Mar-2019
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Nissan LEAF's cumulative sales cross 400,000 globally
Nissan has announced that cumulative sales of its all-electric hatchback LEAF models have crossed 400,000 units globally, according to a company press release on 5 March. The company has also announced that it will launch the LEAF in  six new markets in Latin America in the first half of this year and seven in Asia and Oceania by the end of the year. “This m...
18-Mar-2019
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LORD Corporation invests USD16 million to expand operations in Germany
LORD Corporation is planning to invest EUR14 million (USD15.8 million) to expand its operations in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 14 March. LORD Corporation is adding 3,200 square meters of production and office space to the existing plant in Hückelhoven, Germany. The construction of the new facility has started and is expected to start operating mid...
18-Mar-2019
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Grammer’s 2018 revenue rises 4.2% y/y to USD2.1 billion
Grammer has reported a 4.2% year-on-year (y/y) growth in revenues to EUR1.86 billion (USD2.1 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018, according to a press release on 18 March. The company’s operating profit before currency-translation effects and other non-recurring or exceptional effects (operating EBIT) amounted to EUR76 million, down 5% y/y. The operating ...
18-Mar-2019
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Grammer’s supervisory board appoints Jurate Keblyte as CFO
At a meeting on 15 March, the supervisory board of Grammer decided to appoint Jurate Keblyte as chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 August 2019. Most recently, Keblyte served as CFO of KUKA Robotics, where she was responsible for business development. “Grammer has gained in Ms. Keblyte an experienced expert in finance and controlling as a new member of the Exec...
18-Mar-2019
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AGC inaugurates anechoic chambers in Belgium for development of automotive on-glass antennas
AGC Inc. has inaugurated anechoic chambers in Gosselies (Belgium) for the development of automotive on-glass antennas, according to a company press release on 18 March. The new facility will be used for developing and testing AGC technology for windows with built-in antennae, in response to the growing demand for connectivity. The company invested around EUR10 million (USD...
18-Mar-2019
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Porsche recalls 226 vehicles in Australia over software issue
Porsche is recalling 226 units of Panamera (971) vehicles in Australia over a software issue, according to a notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 17 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles, due to an issue with the car's software, the red brake wear warning light i...
18-Mar-2019
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FCA to recall 862,520 vehicles in US over emissions issue
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the United States over an emissions issue, according to a press release on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website on 13 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2016 Dodge Journey, MY 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 / Dodge Avenger, MY 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber, and MY 2011-201...
18-Mar-2019
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SupplierInsight Weekly – 18 March 2019
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18-Mar-2019
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US state Arkansas approves bill to allow testing of self-driving vehicles
Last week, the US state of Arkansas approved a bill that will allow testing self-driving vehicles on its roads, The Associated Press (AP) reported on 12 March. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Mathew Pitsch, was approved by 25-7, with three not participating. It will now be sent to Governor Asa Hutchinson for signature. A spokesman for Governor Hutchinson said he ...
18-Mar-2019
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Desay SV completes acquisition of antenna technology company ATBB
Desay SV Automotive has completed the acquisition of antenna technology company Antennentechnik ABB Bad Blankenburg GmbH (ATBB), the company announced in a press release on 14 March. With the acquisition, ATBB has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Desay SV. “Desay SV's vision is to be the preferred partner of global automotive industry through innovation and supplying ...
18-Mar-2019
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Benteler's 2018 revenue up 2.7% y/y to USD9.2 billion
Benteler has reported the highest level of revenues in the company’s history in the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018. According to a company press release on 15 March, the company posted a 2.7% year-on-year (y/y) growth in 2018 revenues to EUR8.07 billion (USD9.2 billion). In 2018, EBIT amounted to EUR119.3 million, down from EUR206.8 million reported in the previous f...
18-Mar-2019
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Leoni unveils measures to improve business performance
Leoni has announced certain measures to improve its overall business performance. According to a press release on 17 March, Leoni has applied certain immediate measures to stabilize its business; the company also presented the cornerstones of its ‘VALUE 21’ performance and strategy-enhancement programme.  Overall, Leoni is facing continued challenging market envir...
18-Mar-2019
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Tesla unveils Model Y compact SUV
Tesla has unveiled Model Y, a new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a driving range of 300 miles (483 kilometers), according to Tesla’s website. The vehicle will be available in four variants: ‘Standard Range’ with 230 miles range (rear-wheel drive), Long Range RWD with 300 miles range (rear-wheel drive), Long Range AWD with 280 miles (dual-motor all-wheel dri...
18-Mar-2019
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US DOT seeks public comment on GM’s petition to deploy self-driving cars without steering wheels
The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on General Motors’ (GM) petition to approve deployment of a limited number of self-driving cars without steering wheels or other human controls, NHTSA said in a press release on 15 March. Apart from GM, the US safety regulator is also seeking...
18-Mar-2019
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Leoni’s 2018 sales up 3.6% y/y to USD5.8 billion
Germany-based Leoni has reported a 3.6% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to EUR5.1 billion (USD5.8 billion) for the financial year ended 31 December 2018, according to a company press release on 17 March. Despite higher sales, Leoni witnessed a 36.5% y/y drop in EBIT to EUR144 million and 49.7% y/y decline in consolidated net income to EUR73 million. The company also rec...
18-Mar-2019
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Ficosa plans EUR500 million investment to bolster position in vision, connectivity, safety and e-mobility systems
Ficosa plans to invest EUR500 million (USD566 million) over the next four years in areas such as vision, connectivity, safety and electromobility, the Spain-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 15 March. “Some years ago, we set our sights on technological products with high value added for the automobile and made a firm commitment to our transformation. T...
18-Mar-2019
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innogy Polska to launch electric car-sharing service in Poland next month
innogy Polska, a subsidiary of Germany-based energy group innogy, plans to launch an electric vehicle (EV) car-sharing service in Warsaw (Poland), according to the company’s press release on 12 March. innogy plans to deploy 500 BMW i3 all-electric cars in its car-sharing service, beginning next month. “We are developing new business models for our company which also gr...
18-Mar-2019
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Tenneco's net income up 3.6% y/y to USD369 million in 2018
Tenneco has reported a growth of 3.6% year-on-year (y/y) in its net income to USD369 million during the full year ended 31 December 2018, according to a company press release on 14 March. Revenue for the full year increased 26.8% y/y to USD11.8 billion which includes Federal-Mogul revenues since 1 October. Excluding the acquisition and the impact of currency exchange rates...
15-Mar-2019
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Karma Automotive to invest USD7.5 million in new test labs in US
Karma Automotive is planning to invest USD7.5 million to set up new test labs at its headquarters in California, United States, according to a company press release today (15 March). The labs will be used as a testbed for a variety of product-development activities including evaluating the performance and durability of electric motors, generators, and range-extended powert...
15-Mar-2019
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KIA partners with Amazon home-charging solutions for EVs
KIA has partnered with Amazon to provide its plug-in vehicle (PEV) customers with easy, one-stop shopping for a home charger and installation services, the automaker announced in a press release on 14 March. “Home-charging can’t get any easier than this. Being able to order a Level 2 charger and installation through Amazon further demystifies and simplifies the experie...
15-Mar-2019
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Groupil Industrie partners with Geotab for EV connectivity solutions
Groupil Industrie has partnered with Geotab for sourcing electric vehicle (EV) connectivity solutions, Geotab announced in a press release on 14 March. Under the partnership,  Goupil Industrie will have access to both technical vehicle and battery management data via Geotab’s connected fleet management platform to help improve the performance of its suite of manufac...
15-Mar-2019
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LANXESS reports USD492.9 million net income for FY 2018
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has reported a more than fourfold year-over-year (y/y) growth in net income to EUR431 million (USD492.9 million) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018, the company said in a press release on 14 March. Sales for the period grew 10.2% y/y to EUR6.5 billion. Higher sales helped the company post 9.8% y/y increase in EBITDA pre exception...
15-Mar-2019
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JEC World 2019: SABIC launches new thermoplastic composite tape for vehicle panels
SABIC has introduced UDMAX tape, a new unidirectional, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite for producing lightweight, cost-effective and recyclable vehicle panels, at JEC World 2019 in France, according to a company press release on 14 March. SABIC said the new material is designed to replace traditional panels made of metal and thermoset materials for interior and ex...
15-Mar-2019
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Continental announces personnel changes
Continental has appointed Nikolai Setzer as spokesman for the company’s Automotive Board and will be in charge of maintaining a unified business strategy in this area, effective 1 April, according to a company press release on 14 March. Presently, Setzer is responsible for the Tire division and Corporate Purchasing. In his new role, Setzer’s responsibilities will compr...
15-Mar-2019
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FCA recalls 47,771 units of Chrysler Pacificas in US over steering glitch
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling nearly 47,771 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans in the United States over a steering glitch, FCA said in a press release on 14 March. The recall covers model year (MY) 2018 Pacificas produced between 1 November 2017 and 1 March 2018. The recall also involves 2,239 vehicles in Canada, 226 in Mexico and certain market...
15-Mar-2019
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Mercedes-AMG to add PHEV variant to all its models
Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand Mercedes-AMG will offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of all its models in the future, Autocar reported on 14 March citing Frank Overmeyer, Mercedes’ head of external affairs for emissions. The PHEV variants of Mercedes-AMG will be equipped with performance-tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s ‘EQ Power’ system. According to th...
15-Mar-2019
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Auto Shanghai 2019: Karma to showcase new EV concept co-developed with Pininfarina
Karma Automotive is planning to showcase a new electric vehicle (EV) concept which has been co-developed with Pininfarina at the 2019 Auto Shanghai in China next month, the company announced in a press release on 11 March. Karma Automotive will also showcase a next-generation luxury electric Revero and an all-electric Karma Vision concept at the show. "Karma is united i...
15-Mar-2019
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Toyota to invest USD13 billion in US for electrification, production expansion
Toyota will invest nearly USD13 billion in its US operations by 2021. According to a company press release today (15 March), the investment will go towards increasing production capacity and building expansions at Toyota's unit plants in Huntsville, Alabama, Buffalo, West Virginia, Troy, Missouri and Jackson, Tennessee, and also towards adding new electrified models to the...
15-Mar-2019
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Audi plans to launch 30 electric models by 2025
Audi has expanded its electromobility program and is now planning to launch 30 all-electric models by 2025, the automaker said in a press release on 14 March. By end of 2020, Audi is aiming at launching a total of 12 electrified vehicles, covering every segment. The company will also look to using synergy potential within the Volkswagen Group to a much greater extent ...
15-Mar-2019
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Ford’s new Mustang Shelby GT500 features 3D printed parts
Ford’s new Mustang Shelby GT500, which goes on sale this summer, will feature 3D printed parts, according to a company press release on 13 March. Ford claims the 2020 Shelby GT500 is going to be the quickest-accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and use of 3D printing. The company used 3D printi...
15-Mar-2019
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JEC World 2019: Solvay, Magneti Marelli present thermoplastic composite steering knuckle
Solvay and Magneti Marelli showcased a jointly developed thermoplastic composite steering knuckle prototype at JEC World 2019 in France earlier this week, Solvay announced in a press release on 13 March. Solvay said that the component prototype is the first of its kind in the field of suspensions and the result of a close collaboration between the two companies. Solvay pro...
15-Mar-2019
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Excelfore’s eSync platform to enable OTA updates for Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving project
Baidu has selected Excelfore’s eSync platform to provide over-the-air (OTA) updates and data gathering for its Apollo autonomous driving project, according to a press release on 14 March.  "With OTA updates and data gathering becoming increasingly important, particularly for autonomous vehicles, we see eSync as a valuable addition to the Apollo Project and its adopt...
15-Mar-2019
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ZF establishes AI and cyber security research center in Germany
ZF is establishing a new technology center for artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity in Saarbrücken, Germany, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company plans to hire around 100 experts in Saarbrücken to accelerate the development of new “digital networked and automated mobility solutions”. Two-thirds of the new staff will be AI specialist...
15-Mar-2019
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EDITORIAL: New regulations to increase global demand for advanced emergency braking systems
Two key regulatory developments last month are expected to significantly increase the demand for advanced emergency braking systems (AEB), also known as automatic emergency braking, in some markets. First, 40 countries, including the European Union (EU) and Japan, agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation that seeks to make AEB mandatory in new cars and light commercial ...
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