FCA US has invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The all-new facility, which begins testing programs in September, features a dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre safety-feature evaluation area and a high-tech command center.
Mando, a global auto parts manufacturer of the Halla Group (CEO Chung Mong-won), announced that it acquired the autonomous vehicle testing permit in the state of California in the United States, becoming the first Korean automobile company with the license.
TomTom announced that its real-time and historical Traffic data, Speed Profiles, and map elements will be integrated into rideOSâ€™ innovative routing platform for self-driving vehicles to improve predictive analytics.
Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc., the pioneers behind the worldâ€™s first Doppler lidar for automotive applications, confirmed that their system exceeded expectations in real-world scanning and mapping across the Bay Areaâ€™s busy highways and on the congested streets of San Francisco.
Groupe PSA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Silicon Valley start-up SoundHound Inc., an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language voice recognition technology, to benefit the next generation of Groupe PSA vehicles
During German Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s visit to Africa, Volkswagen signed two memorandums of understanding with the governments of Ghana and Nigeria. The stated goal is to build plants in both countries and to explore the development of new mobility solutions in Ghana.
Delta, a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, announced that it has commenced work on a trend-setting research program, with 50% cost-share by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop a solid-state transformer (SST)-based extreme fast EV charger (XFC) with industry-leading capacity up to 400 kW to provide capable EVs a 180-mile range with less than 10 minutes of charging.
The Munich-based LiDAR start-up Blickfeld has increased its seed funding to $â€‰10 million. All existing investors Fluxunit, OSRAM Ventures, High-Tech GrÃ¼nderfonds, Tengelmann Ventures, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners participated in the round. The new financial resources will be used for the first series production and to further strengthen the team.
Audi Brussels begins mass production of the Audi e-tron. The brandâ€™s first all-electric SUV has a range suitable for everyday use. With a charging capacity of up to 150 kW at quick-charging stations, it is ready for the next long-distance stage in about 30 minutes. Audi will present the unveiled electric car for the first time at its world premiere in San Francisco on September 17.
NVIDIA has joined prior backers Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, and GSR Ventures, as well as new investor Robert Bosch Venture Capital and invested in DeepMap, a company providing HD Mapping solutions.
Following the announcement of the name change planned for 2019, from Daimler Financial Services AG to Daimler Mobility AG, Daimlerâ€™s mobility division continued on its growth trajectory in July. With car2go, moovel, mytaxi/Intelligent Apps, the mobility portfolio in the segment of Daimler Financial Services counted 24.4 million customers as of July 30, 2018.
The @CITY research initiative brings together 15 partners from the automotive industry, component supply industry, software development and universities. The two partner projects @CITY and @CITY-AF aim to develop concepts, technologies and prototype applications to enable automated driving in complex urban areas.
According to reports, Didi Chuxing, the largest ride sharing company in China, has temporarily suspended its carpooling service. The company, which was already facing considerable backlash from customers due to extremely long wait times, was forced to take this decision after a passenger was killed in one of its vehicles.
Wipro, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has announced that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) to spearhead the development of blockchain standards and drive blockchain adoption in the transportation industry.
Wind River, an IoT software company delivering safety-critical domains including automotive, announced collaboration plans with Hyundai Autron to develop a software framework for safe, automated and autonomous driving leveraging intellectual property from Wind Riverâ€™s automotive software portfolio and the Hyundai Autron Odin product offering.