China’s leading mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing announced
that it has upgraded its autonomous driving unit into an independent
company to focus on R&D, product application, and business
development related to autonomous driving technologies.
Preparing for the market launch of high-output charging, Daimler Buses
has equipped its Mannheim bus plant with a central charging station for
the fully-electric eCitaro. It can also be used to provide the newly
released eCitaro with electricity via a pantograph.
The automotive industry is one of the key sectors of Europe’s economy
and its largest manufacturing industry, providing over 12 million direct
and indirect jobs and representing about 5.6% of the EU workforce. It
is also a leading source of technology development, giving rise to
innovations that benefit many other sectors.
Arriving in showrooms in January, Vauxhall’s new Grandland X Hybrid4 is
now available to order, priced from £35,590 ($43,908) on-the-road and
bringing with it significant cost benefits for business drivers.
The new minibus for HEAT (Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation),
Germany’s unique research and development project to integrate an
autonomous shuttle bus into regular street traffic has been revealed.
New technologies require new ways of thinking and working, including in
quality management. That’s why, in preparation for its next step into
electromobility, Porsche has created an extensive new training programme
and adapted its processes.
A second version of the Audi e-tron charged with opening up the benefits
of the first fully electric Audi to a wider audience has been confirmed
for series production and will launch in the UK in 2020.
Indian auto major, Tata Motors is planning to launch four new EV models
in the country in the coming 12 to 18 months. N Chandrasekaran,
Chairman, Tata Motors revealed the company’s plans at the 74th Annual
Avis Budget Group announced a partnership with Otonomo, the leading
automotive data services platform, to unlock new avenues for value
creation from the data generated by its connected fleet. The fleet will
cover an estimated 4 billion road miles this year and is anticipated to
generate over 7 billion road miles of data with its fully connected
fleet in 2020.
Recogni Inc., the designers of a vision-oriented artificial intelligence
platform for autonomous vehicles, announced $25 million in Series A
financing led by GreatPoint Ventures with participation from Toyota AI
Ventures, BMW i Ventures, Faurecia, Fluxunit (VC arm of lighting and
photonics company OSRAM), and DNS Capital.
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. announced a partnership for
collaboration with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform that
brings together the best startups with the world’s largest corporations.
Didi Chuxing, a leading multi-modal transportation platform, and BP, one
of the world’s leading fuels retailing and convenience business
company, announced that they have agreed to form a new joint venture to
build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in China.
Human Horizons has launched a premium all-electric smart brand, HiPhi,
with the vision to change human mobility and define a new breed of
vehicles. In addition, the first production-ready prototype vehicle,
HiPhi 1, was revealed.