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Lion Smart to supply 'LIGHT' battery to Fox Automotive
German battery systems manufacturer LION Smart has signed a contract with Fox Automotive Switzerland AG to supply its ‘LIGHT’ battery, the company announced in a press release on 4 December. The LIGHT battery will be equipped in Fox Automotive’s MIA all-electric small car. The development contract includes the adaptation and integration of the LION LIGHT Battery into...
10-Dec-2018
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EV charging company FreeWire raises USD15 million in Series A funding
Electric vehicle (EV) charging solution company FreeWire has raised USD15 million in Series A funding, the company announced in a press release on 4 December. The funding round was led by BP Ventures, and included Volvo Cars Tech Fund, Stanley Ventures, Blue Bear Capital, Oski Clean Energy Partners, Strawberry Creek Ventures, Spike Ventures, TRIREC, and others. “It is...
10-Dec-2018
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BMW appoints Alejandro Vukotich as senior VP of Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department
BMW has appointed Alejandro Vukotich as senior vice president of the company’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department, effective 1 January 2019, according to a company press release on 7 December. Vukotich will replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has been in charge of the department since its inception in May 2016. Vukotich has 19 years of experience...
10-Dec-2018
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Toyo Tire & Rubber announces organizational changes
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd. has announced certain organizational structure and personnel changes, according to a company press release on 6 December. Under the organizational changes, the company has decided to change its corporate name from Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. to Toyo Tire Corporation, effective 1 January 2019. In addition, the tire-maker announced ce...
10-Dec-2018
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Audi recalls 12,523 vehicles in Australia over airbag issue
Audi is recalling 12,523 units of Audi A4 and A6 over a front passenger airbag issue, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 9 December. The recall affects A4 models sold from 1 December 2004 through 1 February 2009, and A6 models sold between 1 July 2004 and 1 April 2011. Significance: According to the A...
10-Dec-2018
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Energy group CEZ plans to set up EV charging network in European countries
Energy company CEZ Group is planning to set up an electric vehicle (EV) charging network in European countries, Reuters reported on 6 December citing Tomas Chmelik, head of clean technologies at CEZ. CEZ Group will first widen its network in its home country, Czech Republic, and later expand into other countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. CEZ ...
10-Dec-2018
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StreetScooter gets approval for large series production of all-electric van 'Work'
Deutsche Post DHL’s (DPDHL) electric van brand StreetScooter has received EC vehicle type approval from the German motor transport authority KBA for large series production of its basic ‘WORK’ all-electric delivery van, the company announced in a press release on 7 December. The approval for series production also applies to other EU countries and to Switzerland and ...
10-Dec-2018
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NSK to absorb consolidated subsidiary NSK Overseas Holdings
NSK is set to absorb and merge its consolidated subsidiary NSK Overseas Holdings (NOH), the company announced in a press release on 6 December.  NSK informed that the merger will be completed on 1 March 2019. Significance: NOH has been serving as the holding company for major NSK Group companies both inside and outside Japan, its main function being to administer a...
10-Dec-2018
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EV Motors India plans to install 6,500 EV charging points in India over five years
EV Motors India is planning to install nearly 6,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across India in the next five years, The Economic Times reported late last month. The company is expected to invest nearly USD200 million in the project. The chargers will be installed in partnership with DLF, ABB India and Delta Electronics, and will be networked and connected to clo...
10-Dec-2018
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CES 2019: Schaeffler to showcase e-mobility solutions
Schaeffler will showcase a range of e-mobility solutions at the 2019 CES next month in Nevada, United States, the company announced in a press release on 7 December. The display will include a hybrid module, e-axle and a 1,200hp Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept car. “Electric mobility is one of the key forward-thinking topics at CES 2019. Schaeffler will showcase exhibit...
10-Dec-2018
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Tower International signs agreement to sell European operations
Tower International, a US-based supplier of automotive structural metal components, has entered a stock purchase agreement relating to sale of all of its European operations to privately owned French automotive supplier Financière SNOP Dunois S.A. (FSD), according to a press release by Tower International on 7 December. Tower International’s European operations include ...
10-Dec-2018
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ABLIC launches cell battery monitoring IC for automotive application
ABLIC has launched a new series called ‘S-19192’ cell battery monitoring integrated circuits (IC) for automotive applications, according to a company press release today (10 December). The new S-19192 series is a 3-serial to 6-serial cell battery monitoring IC with robust standalone monitoring capable of operating without microcontroller software. The new product can o...
10-Dec-2018
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Dräxlmaier expands US plant to meet rising demand for automotive interiors
German automotive parts supplier Dräxlmaier Group has announced completion of a USD42.7 million expansion project at its manufacturing facility in Duncan, South Carolina (United States), according to a news release on the South Carolina Department of Commerce website on 4 December. The expansion created about 460 new jobs. The investment included purchase of additional eq...
10-Dec-2018
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Grammer to establish new tech center in India
Interior parts supplier Grammer has signed a contract with AllyGrow Technologies, an India-based engineering service provider, to establish a new tech center in Pune, India, according to a press release last week (7 December). The new center, to be called ‘AllyGram Systems and Technologies’, will provide engineering services for Grammer’s global sites. The center, wh...
10-Dec-2018
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10-Dec-2018
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Continental opens new research lab for dandelion rubber in Germany
Continental has officially inaugurated its new research laboratory called ‘Taraxagum Lab Anklam’ in Anklam, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany) for research on production of rubber from dandelion, according to a company press release on 6 December. The new lab will focus on the cultivation and processing of the Russian dandelion for use as a substitute raw material...
10-Dec-2018
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Rohde & Schwarz, Huawei conduct precision latency measurement trial for C-V2X communication
Rohde & Schwarz and Huawei have successfully conducted field tests of cellular-based 5G V2X latency measurements in Munich (Germany) and Shanghai (China), the Germany-based company said in a press release on 5 December. The initial measurements showed that it is possible to achieve delays in the millisecond regime in a 5G network, demonstrating a superior latency perfo...
07-Dec-2018
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Honda R&D Americas expands workforce in US state Ohio
Honda R&D Americas (HRA) is expanding its center in Raymond, Ohio (United States), according to a press release. The planned expansion is expected to result in 175 new high-tech jobs. “As Honda takes on new challenges to meet the future needs of our customers, we continue to build a next-generation workforce by investing in our associates, our operations and our comm...
07-Dec-2018
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Skyworks introduces new connectivity solution for automotive applications
Skyworks Solutions has unveiled a suite of next generation SkyOne Ultra 3.0 devices designed specifically for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The company’s new wireless solutions, based on Skyworks’ SkyOne cellular platform, deliver robust, low-latency, high bandwidth long-term evaluation (LTE) connectivity. According to Skyw...
07-Dec-2018
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ZF to invest USD907 million in German transmission plant over next four years
ZF will invest EUR800 million (USD907 million) in its plant in Saarbrücken, Germany, over the next four years, the company announced in a press release on 7 December. The investment will be used towards production plants and systems, infrastructure, and its supplier network, for transitioning the plant from conventional to electric car drives. In total, ZF is planning to ...
07-Dec-2018
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SK Innovation to invest USD1.67 billion in new EV battery plant in US
South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation is planning to open a new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Georgia, United States, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. SK Innovation will invest USD1.67 billion for the new plant, which is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs. The construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in 2019. According ...
07-Dec-2018
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Volkswagen plans to invest USD10.2 billion towards electromobility
Volkswagen (VW) brand is planning to invest EUR9 billion (USD10.2 billion) towards electromobility by 2023, the company announced in a press release on 6 December. The investment will be used for both, developing new models and upgrading production facilities for electric vehicles (EV). In total, the Volkswagen brand will invest over EUR11 billion in e-mobility, digitaliza...
07-Dec-2018
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Mitsubishi sells 5,052 units of Outlander PHEV in 2018 YTD in Canada
Mitsubishi sold 5,052 units of Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) during January-November 2018 in Canada, news website Green Car Congress reported on 4 December. According to the report, 47% of Outlander PHEV sales accrued from Québec, the second biggest province in Canada. This is also the first time that sales of Outlander PHEV has crossed the 5,000 units ...
07-Dec-2018
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BMW’s EV sales in November drop 15% y/y to 2,314 units in US
BMW Group has reported a 15% year-on-year (y/y) fall in sales of electrified vehicles (EV) in the United States to 2,314 units in November, according to a company press release on 3 December. Sales of BMW and MINI electrified vehicles, which include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV), accounted for 7.7% of the German automaker’s t...
07-Dec-2018
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Skoda partners with Israeli kinetic energy storage start-up Chakratec
Czech auto brand Skoda has partnered with Israel-based kinetic energy storage start-up Chakratec to test innovative electric car charging technology, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. Chakratec has developed an innovative kinetic energy storage technology, with unlimited high-power charge and discharge cycles. “With our increased engagement in I...
07-Dec-2018
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Oerlikon Graziano showcases hybrid and electric technologies at 2018 CTI Symposium
Oerlikon Graziano has showcased its hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) technologies at the 2018 CTI Symposium in Berlin, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. The display included Oerlikon’s hybrid rear axle module ‘H-RAM’, EMR3 single-speed transmission for battery electric vehicles, its 4SED 4-Speed, twin-motor, electric drive and modular t...
07-Dec-2018
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Opel to start taking orders for all-electric Corsa, Grandland X PHEV in first half of 2019
Opel will start taking orders for its new all-electric Corsa and Grandland X plug-in hybrid  sport utility vehicle (SUV) during the first half of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 6 December. Opel will also launch the new all-electric Vivaro midsize van and all-electric version of Mokka sub-compact SUV in 2020. “Opel is going electric! We made this a...
07-Dec-2018
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Samsung signs MOU with Korea Transportation Safety Authority to build 5G-V2X test zone
Samsung Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) to collaborate on development of telecommunication technology that will enable autonomous driving, the South Korean electronics company said in a press release on 6 December. As part of the agreement, Samsung and KOTSA will build 4G LTE (long-term evalu...
07-Dec-2018
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Delphi Technologies, Valeo join Auto-ISAC
Delphi Technologies and Valeo have joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) as new members, Auto-ISAC said in a press release on 6 December. According to Auto-ISAC, the joining of these two suppliers exemplifies its continued efforts to promote collaboration between suppliers and automakers to deal with the growing threat of cyberattacks in...
07-Dec-2018
Analysis
Trends in the wiring harness industry
Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer, auxiliary lights, dashboard controls, and the emissions system, to name bu...
07-Dec-2018
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Daimler, BMW to establish new mobility company early next year
Daimler has provided an update on the planned establishment of the new mobility company that the company agreed to form with BMW in March this year. According to a press release by the German automaker yesterday (6 December), the joint mobility company, in which both automakers will have an equal stake, will be established in 2019. Earlier, the two partners had planned to ...
07-Dec-2018
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Getaround launches peer-to-peer car-sharing service in US city Denver
Getaround has launched its car-sharing service in Denver, Colorado (United States), the company said in a press release on 6 December. The company’s peer-to-peer car-sharing platform will allow residents in Denver, who need a car to move across the town or for a trip to the mountain, to rent one in their neighborhood. The platform will also help car owners, who want...
07-Dec-2018
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Denso invests USD100 million in start-ups to accelerate development of new mobility solutions
Denso has invested around USD100 million over the past four years in start-ups as part of its strategy to strengthen presence in the fields of secured connectivity, electromobility, autonomous driving and shared mobility services, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 6 December. The company has invested in start-ups working on sensors, semiconductors and cybers...
07-Dec-2018
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Borealis expands polyolefins production capacity in Belgium
Borealis is expanding its polyolefins (PP) capacity in Belgium to address rising demand from European customers, according to a company press release yesterday (6 December). The company is increasing PP capacity by 80 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) at its plant in Kallo, Belgium. Borealis expects the added capacity to come on stream mid-2020. In addition, the company has a...
07-Dec-2018
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Kumho Tire supplies OE tires for BMW G30 5 Series
South Korean-based Kumho Tire began supplying its high-performance ECSTA PS91 tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the BMW G30 5 Series model from October, Yonhap News Agency reported on 5 December. The tire-maker will supply tires for the BMW G30 5 Series for the duration of its production, according to the report. Significance: The ECSTA PS91 tire delivers a h...
07-Dec-2018
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Hyundai recalls 1,173 vehicles in Australia over door latch issue
Hyundai is recalling a total of 1,173 vehicles in Australia over a door latch issue, according to a report by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 5 December. The recall affects 1,044 units of iLoad vehicles and 129 iMax vehicles. Significance: According to the ACCC recall notice, in the affected vehicles, the locking mechanism on the rear slid...
07-Dec-2018
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BMW recalls 58,254 vehicles in Australia over airbag issue
BMW is recalling 58,254 units of model year (MY) 2012 – 2017 F Series over an airbag issue, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 6 December. Significance: According to the ACCC notice, in the affected vehicles, an older airbag inflator can be affected by high temperatures and humidity over time, causi...
07-Dec-2018
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 5,149 vehicles in Australia over airbags issue
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 5,149 units of E Class Sedan, Cabriolet and Coupe in Australia over issues with driver and passenger front airbags, according to a report by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 2 December. The recall includes vehicles sold between 1 May 2009 and 19 September 2011. The recall affects 4,103 units of MY 2010 and 2011 E Cla...
07-Dec-2018
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Toyoda Gosei develops ‘AC register with LED illumination’
Toyoda Gosei has developed an ‘air conditioner (AC) register with LED illumination’, according to a company press release on 6 December. The new vent register, which is being used on the Lexus UX model, features LED illumination to improve the night visibility of the knob that adjusts the direction and strength of air flow. The vent register uses a wireless power trans...
07-Dec-2018
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Jaguar’s self-driving car will keep steering wheels, says design head
The driverless cars from Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Jaguar brand will keep steering wheel, Ian Callum, design director for Jaguar-brand vehicle, said at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday (5 December), reports The Korea Herald. “I think it will be a long time before you see an autonomous car from Jaguar without a steering wheel,” Callum was quoted s...
06-Dec-2018
Analysis
Electrification of automotive water pumps and rising demand for auxiliary coolant pumps
The internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion system technology driving the global transportation industry and has remained so for the better part of the century since the dawn of the automobile. The ICE generates the power required to drive the wheels using the energy derived from the combustion of fuel (gasoline/diesel or alternative fuels) within the c...
06-Dec-2018
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GO-JEK launches ride-hailing app in Singapore
GO-JEK has launched its ride-hailing app in Singapore, The Straight Times reported last week. The app is currently in beta version, implying there can still be some changes and tweaks made. During the beta trial, only rides beginning and ending in the eastern and south-central part of Singapore will be available. The Indonesia-based ride-hailing service provider is gearing...
06-Dec-2018
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Bosch partners with Veniam on V2X communication
Bosch has partnered with US-based Veniam to ensure seamless vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The German supplier has developed a central connectivity unit for V2X data communication that can communicate, using a wide variety of communication standards such as dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) or cellular ...
06-Dec-2018
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Honda partners with four venture capital firms to push innovation
Honda Innovation, a R&D unit of Honda based in Silicon Valley (United States), has agreed to support early-stage innovation through investing in four venture capital (VC) firms, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The four VC companies in which Honda has agreed to invest are 360 Capital Partners, JB Nordic Ventures, SOSV and Yunqi Partners. France-based ...
06-Dec-2018
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Electrify America, Simon launch 350 kW EV charging station in California
Electrify America has installed its first 350 kW electric vehicle (EV) charging station at San Francisco Premium Outlets, a luxurious shopping mall owned by the real estate firm Simon Property, in California (United States), the company said in a press release on 5 December. The ultrafast 350 kW chargers can recharge an EV at 20 miles a minute providing 200 miles of drivin...
06-Dec-2018
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Alpine, Alps Electric planned merger receives shareholders’ approval
The merger of two Japanese suppliers, Alpine Electronics and Alps Electric, received approval at Alpine's extraordinary shareholders' meeting on 5 December, according to a press release by Alpine. As per the share exchange agreement between the two companies, Alps Electric will become the wholly owning parent company and Alpine will become a wholly owned subsidiary. Alp...
06-Dec-2018
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Siemens acquires COSMA to strengthen presence in automotive electrical system designing
Siemens has acquired COMSA Computer und Software GmbH, a Germany-based developer of software for electrical systems design and wire harness engineering, according to a press release on 3 December. COMSA will join the Mentor business, part of Siemens PLM Software. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the transaction. "The acquisition of COMSA is part of Siemens' ...
06-Dec-2018
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GF Casting Solutions to divest two European automotive iron casting plants
In a bid to focus more on light metal casting such as aluminum and magnesium, GF Casting Solutions, a division of Georg Fischer (GF), has decided to reduce its presence in iron casting in Europe by divesting two automotive iron casting plants, according to a company press release on 6 December. The two plants are located in Singen and Mettmann (Germany). The company divest...
06-Dec-2018
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CES 2019: Continental to present intelligent door systems
Continental will present its intelligent door systems at the CES 2019 next month in Las Vegas (United States), the company said in a press release on 5 December. The company will showcase intelligent door brake system and smart autonomous door system. In addition, Continental will demonstrate its obstacle detection functions that helps improve safety in road traffic scenar...
06-Dec-2018
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Grammer builds new corporate headquarters and technology center in Germany
On 4 December, interior parts supplier Grammer laid the foundation stone for its new corporate headquarters and technology center in Ursensollen, Germany, according to a press release. Grammer is investing approximately EUR40 million (USD45 million) in two phases to establish the new office. The company had earlier broken ground on its new headquarters and tech center in M...
06-Dec-2018
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Magna opens new mechatronics engineering center in China
Magna has opened a new mechatronics engineering center in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province (China), according to a company press release on 5 December. The center will design and develop smart mechatronics products for both Chinese and global markets, including Magna’s SmartAccess, an intelligent electric-powered car door solution. The company plans to hire over 100 software and...
06-Dec-2018
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Ficosa, Karamba Security collaborate on cybersecurity
Ficosa has partnered with the Israel-based cybersecurity specialist Karamba Security to harden its telematics control unit (TCU) and keep vehicles protected from cyberattack, Karamba said in a press release on 5 December. Through Onboard Ventures, an open innovation initiative promoted by Ficosa and Ideno, the Spanish supplier has selected Karamba’s Carwall hardening sof...
06-Dec-2018
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LG Electronics, Audioburst team up for next-generation in-car infotainment systems
LG Electronics has partnered with Israel-based Audioburst to build the next-generation in-car infotainment systems, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The solution, which is still in stealth mode, is built upon Audioburst Deep Analysis application programming interface (API), to give vehicle users new ways to access and explore voice search and content. The...
06-Dec-2018
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Waymo launches self-driving vehicle ride-hailing service ‘Waymo One’ in Arizona
Waymo has officially launched its first commercial self-driving ride-hailing service ‘Waymo One’ in Phoenix, Arizona (United States), the company said in a blog posted on Medium on 5 December. “Today, we’re taking the next step in our journey with the introduction of our commercial self-driving service, Waymo One. We’ll first offer Waymo One to hundreds of e...
06-Dec-2018
Analysis
Is there a future for PHEVs?
Introduction For some time now, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have been viewed as a bridge between conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles and pure electric vehicles (EVs). They have witnessed sustained growth over the past five or so years as products have come to market since they offer owners both the consistency of conventional drive...
06-Dec-2018
Analysis
Lightweighting in BIW Component Systems
The body-in-white, or BIW, forms one of the most critical vehicle component systems in defining both the final external contour of a car and determining its crash worthiness. Acting as the basic skeleton of the car to which the other component systems are bolted/mounted, the BIW needs to perform varied functional strength characteristics. It needs to have enough strength-b...
05-Dec-2018
Analysis
Advancements in composite seat structures and scope for mass production
Advancements within the automotive technology space are not only limited to the electronics penetration in components. Another area that has garnered substantial pace in the last decade is the advancement of material sciences – a major contributor in revolutionizing the development of ‘new-age’ automotive components. By altering the DNA of automotive components which...
05-Dec-2018
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LA Auto Show 2018: Porsche unveils next-generation 911 with advanced infotainment and connectivity technologies
Porsche has presented its next-generation 911 sportscar at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States, the German carmaker said in a press release last week. The company’s eight-generation sportscar comes equipped with advanced infotainment and connectivity technologies. The new 911 sports a brand new digital cockpit, featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen with intelligen...
05-Dec-2018
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Ricardo to collaborate on new energy vehicle development in Chinese city Shangrao
Ricardo has agreed to collaborate on new energy vehicle (NEV) development in Shangrao city, Jiangxi province (China), the company said in a press release on 4 December. The company’s announcement came after its chief operating officer (COO) Mark Garret attended a government-industry meeting, which was attended by Chengzu Ma, Shangrao secretary of the municipal Communist ...
05-Dec-2018
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Hyundai enters agreement with EVGo for fast charging
EVgo has entered a multi-year contract with Hyundai and Kia to provide on-board, real-time access to its electric vehicle (EV) charging stations information in the United States, the company said in a press release on 4 December. From spring 2019, Hyundai and Kia EV drivers will be able to access EVgo charging station location information through their vehicle’s connecte...
05-Dec-2018
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inDriver ride-hailing service enters US market
Ride-hailing service provider inDriver has officially launched its operations in New York City, United States, the company said in a press release on 4 December. The company has initially started operations in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island boroughs of New York. In addition, the service will also be available to passengers in Manhattan for longer rides thro...
05-Dec-2018
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Nuance opens mobility user experience lab in Germany
Nuance Communications has opened its first European mobility user experience (UX) lab in Germany, the US-based company said in a press release last week. The lab called Design, Research, Innovation and Vehicle Experience (DRIVE) Lab, is based at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, the capital city of the German state of Saarland. ...
05-Dec-2018
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Hyundai MNSOFT teams with Netradyne to develop HD maps
Hyundai MNSOFT, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor specializing in navigation solutions, has partnered with the US-based Netradyne to develop high-definition (HD) maps for self-driving vehicles, Netradyne said in a press release on 4 December. The partnership will allow Hyundai MNSOFT to leverage Netradyne’s crowd-sourced deep vision technologies for the development of HD map...
05-Dec-2018
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Visteon supplies all-digital cluster for new DS 3 Crossback SUV
Visteon is supplying its all-digital instrument cluster for PSA’s DS 3 Crossback SUV, the company said in a press release on 4 December. Visteon’s 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) cluster is a key component of the DS 3 Crossback cockpit, providing high quality graphical information with animation and 3D content. The cluster also integrates the latest features in perso...
05-Dec-2018
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Audi plans USD15.9 billion investments on electromobility, digitalization and autonomous driving over next five years
Audi plans to invest EUR14 billion (USD15.9 billion) through 2023 in electromobility, digitalization and autonomous driving, the company said in a press release on 4 December. The premium car brand of the Volkswagen Group (VW) will invest in property, plant and equipment as well as research and development (R&D). Overall, the company’s total projected expenditure for...
05-Dec-2018
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thyssenkrupp Materials Services appoints Klaus Keysberg as CEO
Klaus Keysberg, who is currently serving as chief financial officer (CFO) of thyssenkrupp Materials Services unit, will become the division’s CEO from 1 January 2019, the company said in a press release on 4 December. Keysberg will succeed current CEO Joachim Limberg, who will retire on 31 December. Keysberg has been a member of the board of the business area since 20...
05-Dec-2018
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Wind River partners with Renesas to develop connected, autonomous driving solutions
Wind River has partnered with Renesas Electronics to accelerate development of solutions for connected, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving programs, according to a press release on 4 December. The collaboration also includes plans to pre-validate Wind River software with the latest Renesas R-Car systems-on-chip (SOCs). “Connected and aut...
05-Dec-2018
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Volvo, Suzuki, Ford recall vehicles in North America
Volvo, Volkswagen, Ford and Suzuki Motor are recalling a total of 71,435 vehicles in North America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Volvo is recalling 17,548 units of model year (MY) 2017-2019 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country. In the affected vehicles, the software installed in the v...
05-Dec-2018
News
AGC develops synthetic fused silica glass antenna for 5G communication system
AGC has developed a synthetic fused silica glass antenna for 5G communication systems, according to a company press release on 29 November. The company claims that the new glass realizes both transparency and low transmission loss. The company said it plans to continue research and development (R&D) aimed at practical use applications that include vehicle-mounted, indo...
05-Dec-2018
News
Sumitomo Rubber supplies Dunlop brand OE tires for new Lexus UX
Sumitomo Rubber Industries is supplying its high-performance Dunlop brand tires as original equipment (OE) for Toyota’s Lexus UX, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. The company is supplying Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT tires for Lexus UX model, which went on sale last month. The tire-maker is supplying tires in 225/50RF18 95V size. Significan...
05-Dec-2018
News
Constellium supplies aluminum solutions for new Audi A6
Constellium is supplying aluminum automotive body sheets for the new Audi A6, the lighweighting solutions provider said in a press release on 4 December. Constellium said it is the primary supplier of automotive body sheets for both closures and inner parts of A6 model. The company is supplying Securalex® P6, a high-tech crash absorption alloy, for the hood of the Audi A6...
05-Dec-2018
News
EDITORIAL – Acquisition of Clarion will strengthen Faurecia’s capability in cockpit system integration
Current automotive industry trends such as connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electromobility are expected to usher in sweeping changes in how vehicles are purchased and used. One area that is expected to see new use cases due to these trends is vehicle interior. In fully autonomous vehicles, for example, steering wheel and pedals will no longer be requi...
05-Dec-2018
Analysis
Standardizing ADAS Packages
Introduction The automotive ecosystem has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years as crashworthiness is superseded by crash avoidance. One major element of this trend is the wider availability and increasing adoption of active safety systems in passenger vehicles. The growing demand for advanced driver assistance systems is fueled by rising awareness of occupant safe...
05-Dec-2018
Analysis
In-car displays: curvature drives innovation
As the global automotive industry continues to delve deeper into shared mobility and autonomy, the in-vehicle Human Machine Interface (HMI) is set to assume a more important role than ever. The HMI today is already responsible for addressing the information, communication and entertainment needs of the passengers, while also meeting safety requirements. As automakers focus...
04-Dec-2018
News
Porsche launches “Porsche 360+” lifestyle assistant app
Porsche has launched a new lifestyle assistant app called “Porsche 360+”, the sportscar maker said in a press release. According to the company, the new app acts as a digital personal assistant and helps Porsche owners deal with their day-to-day and exclusive requests. Porsche is initially offering the new app as a pilot project to the 911 users only and charging a mon...
04-Dec-2018
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NavInfo builds high-definition map of Singapore for autonomous vehicles
NavInfo is building high-definition (HD) map for autonomous vehicles in Singapore, The Star reported on 26 November citing an interview with Li Yang, deputy manager of automated driving research department at the Chinese mapping solution provider. The company plans to complete HD mapping in Singapore in 2019.     Significance: HD mapping is considere...
04-Dec-2018
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Ford develops smart solution to predict traffic incidents
Ford has developed a smart solution that could help identify where traffic incidents are likely to occur, the automaker said in a press release last week. The city authorities can use this solution to take pre-emptive action and avoid accidents, the automaker claimed. Ford Smart Mobility, the dedicated mobility unit of the US automaker, tracked nearly 1 million kilomete...
04-Dec-2018
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Dongfeng Yueda Kia recalls 68,567 vehicles in China over engine issue
Kia Motors’ Chinese joint venture Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors has recalled 68,567 vehicles to fix faulty engines, news website Global Times reported on 24 November. The recall is for KX5 automobiles equipped with GAMMA 1.6L T-GDI engine manufactured between 19 January 2016 and 30 October  2018. The company will update the ECU software of the defective engines and inst...
04-Dec-2018
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LG Chem plans to expand EV battery production capacity in Poland
South Korean battery maker LG Chem is planning to invest KRW651.3 billion (USD579.5 million) in LG Chem Wroclaw Energy, its wholly owned subsidiary in Poland, to expand electric vehicle (EV) battery production in the country, The Investor reported on 29 November, citing a company announcement. According to another report by the news website, the investment will go towards ...
04-Dec-2018
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Engenie partners with Marston’s Inns and Taverns to install 400 rapid EV chargers in UK
Engenie has collaborated with Marston’s Inns and Taverns to install 400 rapid EV chargers in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 30 November. Each site will allow three cars to be charged simultaneously. The entire network will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Two Engenie chargers will be installed at each of the following Marston’s...
04-Dec-2018
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Volkswagen to install 2,400 EV charging points at Tesco sites in UK
Volkswagen has partnered with Pod Point, a UK-based electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company, to install 2,400 electric vehicle (EV) charging points at 600 Tesco sites across the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 30 November. The installation is expected to be completed in the next three years. The charging bays will be based in Tesco...
04-Dec-2018
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Volkswagen plans to offer bigger battery in next generation e-UP in Europe
Volkswagen is planning to offer a bigger battery in the next-generation e-UP in Europe, news website InsideEVs reported on 1 December citing Matt Renna, vice president of Volkswagen North American Region. The car is expected to cost around EUR18,000 (USD21,000). Significance: Volkswagen e-UP is one of the most affordable electric cars and competes with the likes of Niss...
04-Dec-2018
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Ford to start trial of plug-in hybrid Transit van in Germany
Ford is set to start the trial of its plug-in hybrid van Transit Custom in Cologne, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 28 November. Supported by the City of Cologne, from spring 2019, Ford will operate a fleet of 10 Ford Transit Custom PHEVs with regional companies in the city to investigate the extent to which PHEVs can help achieve urban air quality goa...
04-Dec-2018
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Mobileye selects Amazon Web Services as public cloud provider for autonomous vehicles
Mobileye has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a preferred public cloud provider for its autonomous vehicle business, AWS said in a press release on 26 November. The Israel-based company, which specializes in developing chips for autonomous vehicles, is currently running its core workloads on AWS for greater speed, agility and compute power. Mobileye plans to utilize t...
04-Dec-2018
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STMicroelectronics unveils two new image sensors for driver monitoring system
STMicroelectronics has introduced two new automotive global shutter image sensors, the VG5661 and VG5761, for use in driver monitoring systems, the company said in a press release on 3 December. According to the company, unlike the rolling shutter, which continuously reads data directly from pixels one row at a time, global shutter captures the data at all pixels simultane...
04-Dec-2018
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Grupo Antolin partners with Walter Pack to develop decorative part for automotive business
Grupo Antolin has entered into a strategic partnership with Walter Pack to develop decorative parts business for automotive interiors, the Spanish supplier said in a press release on 3 December. Walter Pack, also based in Spain, specializes in design and production of high quality decorative technical surfaces and parts. As part of the strategic partnership, Grupo Antolin ...
04-Dec-2018
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CES 2019: Yandex to showcase self-driving car
Yandex has received a license to operate its self-driving car in Nevada, United States, first time outside Russia, the company said in a press release on 28 November. The Russian company will demonstrate its self-driving car on the public roads of Las Vegas during the week of the CES 2018, next month. Yandex will offer public rides in its self-driving during the show. ...
04-Dec-2018
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CES 2019: LeddarTech to demonstrate next-generation lidar solutions
LeddarTech will showcase its next-generation lidar solutions at the CES 2019 next month in Las Vegas (United States), the company said in a press release on 3 December. The company’s next-generation lidar solutions are based on its LeddarEngine and deliver range of more than 200 meters. LeddarTech will also officially display the production samples of its LeddarCore LCA2...
04-Dec-2018
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Punch Powertrain supplies CVT for Ford Territory in China
Punch Powertrain is supplying its continuously variable transmission (CVT) for Ford Territory in China, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. Ford introduced the new sport utility vehicle (SUV) with Punch Powertrain CVT at the 2018 Auto Guangzhou. “The automatic transmission version of the vehicle is equipped with VT5 – a next generation CVT by Pun...
04-Dec-2018
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Kreisel launches advanced EV fast-charger 'Chimero'
Austrian company Kreisel has launched a new plug & play electric vehicle (EV) fast-charger called ‘Chimero’, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. The integrated charger gets either AC charging at 22 kW with a type 2 connection or DC charging at 160 kW with a CCS connection or optional CHAdeMO, integrated emergency power function, advertising spac...
04-Dec-2018
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ABB showcases latest EV charging solutions at ABB Customer World China 2018
ABB has showcased its latest electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions at the 2018 ABB Customer World China (ACW 2018), the company announced in a press release last month. At the event, ABB highlighted its digital portfolio integrating medium-voltage and low-voltage switchgear, and DC and AC EV chargers. Chargers on display included the latest AC charger, 180kW DC fast cha...
03-Dec-2018
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German consortium developing bipolar batteries for long-range EVs
A German consortium, which includes thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, is developing bipolar batteries for long-range electric vehicles (EV), Fraunhofer Institute announced in a press release on 26 November. The batteries employ a unique stacked layout and higher storage capacit...
03-Dec-2018
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Honda plans to stop diesel car sales in Europe by 2021
Honda is planning to stop sales of all diesel models in Europe by 2021, Automotive News Europe reported on 28 November citing Dave Hodgetts, managing director for Honda in the United Kingdom. “By 2021, Honda will have no diesel models on sale in Europe when it replaces the current Civic compact. Every single model change from now on will not have a diesel," Hodgetts was ...
03-Dec-2018
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BMW develops new technology to automatically switch hybrids to electric-only mode in polluted cities
BMW has developed a new technology to automatically switch hybrid vehicles to run on electric-only modes in polluted cities, Reuters reported on 29 November citing Klaus Froehlich, board member for development at BMW. The automaker is currently demonstrating the technology to local authorities in some German cities. “The car automatically switches off the combustion engi...
03-Dec-2018
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BorgWarner to showcase hybrid and EV solutions at CTI Symposium 2018 in Germany
BorgWarner will showcase its combustion, hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) solutions at CTI Symposium 2018 in Germany this week, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. BorgWarner’s display will include P2 hybrid module, integrated Drive Module (IDM), and power electronics products. “Innovation in electric propulsion is progressing at a breathtaking ...
03-Dec-2018
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Cadillac introduces CT6 sedan with new powertrain in China
General Motors’ Cadillac brand has launched its CT6 sedan with new powertrain in China, the company announced in a press release on 30 November. The sedan comes with a 2L turbocharged engine with an optimized single-cylinder architecture design. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 350 Nm of peak torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm, an...
03-Dec-2018
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SKF, Daimler settle dispute over automotive bearing
Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF has settled a legal dispute with Daimler in the regional court Nuremberg-Fuerth in Germany, according to a press release by SKF on 30 November. The dispute was regarding damage claims resulting from the European Commission’s decision in 2014 on the violation of European competition rules with respect to automotive bearings. Both companies...
03-Dec-2018
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LA Auto Show 2018: Lincoln showcases MY 2020 Aviator Grand Touring PHEV
Lincoln has showcased model year (MY) 2020 Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2018 LA Auto Show in the United States, the company announced on its website. The full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) is powered by a 3L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and together with the electric propulsion, the vehicle can develop around 450hp and 813 Nm of to...
03-Dec-2018
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Polestar 2 first vehicle from Volvo Cars to feature Google Android OS
Volvo Car’s Polestar 2 will be the first model from the Swedish carmaker to come equipped with infotainment systems based on Google’s Android Auto operating system (OS), Road Show reported last week citing the company’s R&D head Henrik Green. Polestar is the performance electric car brand of Volvo. The company unveiled the Polestar 2 all-electric sedan, the secon...
03-Dec-2018
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Qualcomm establishes USD100 million investment fund to push AI development
Qualcomm has launched a USD100 million fund that will invest in start-ups working on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, the US-based chipmaker said in a press release on 28 November. The new fund called “Qualcomm Venture AI Fund” is part of Quantum Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of the US chipmaker. Qualcomm Venture AI will invest in start-ups work...
03-Dec-2018
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