With the hand-over of the first fully electric Freightliner eM2, Daimler Trucks has started day to day-operation testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the United States. On December 20th, 2018, Daimler’s subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) handed over the first medium-duty Freightliner eM2 to US customer Penske Truck Leasing Corporation in Los Angeles.
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort
developing an open source platform for in-vehicle technology, has
announced that BearingPoint, BedRock Systems, Big Lake Software,
Cognomotiv, and Dellfer have joined AGL and the Linux Foundation.
Ottopia, a technology company focused on remote assistance for
self-driving cars, announced that it has closed $3 million in seed
funding. The round was led by MizMaa Ventures with participation from
Glory Ventures, Plug and Play and NextGear.
Pointer Telocation Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and operator of
Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and Pricol Limited, a manufacturer of
automotive components for the global automotive market announced that
they intend to enter into a joint venture to provide advanced telematics
and IoT solutions in India and other countries in South East Asia.
Enel X installed and activated at Q8’s Rho Sud service area the first
charging station on the Italian motorway network. Following the signing
of the agreement between Enel X and Q8, drivers can travel between Turin
and Milan with their electric cars without having to exit the motorway
to recharge their vehicles.
NIO Inc., a pioneer in China’s premium electric vehicle market, launched
the NIO ES6 during the annual NIO Day celebration. This
high-performance long-range electric SUV starts at a pre-subsidy price
of RMB358,000 ($50,120), and is available for pre-order via the NIO app,
with delivery to start in June 2019.
The BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint
mobility company, following approval by the responsible competition
authorities. The basis for this is the approval of the US competition
authorities, which was received on December 18, 2018.
The Volkswagen Group acquired a majority stake in the Swedish telematics
specialist “WirelessCar” from Volvo with a view to making further
advances in fleet connectivity. The Volkswagen Group is acquiring a
75.1% stake in WirelessCar. Completion is expected in the first half of
2019 and is subject to approval from antitrust authorities.
Luminar announced its collaboration with Autonomous Intelligent Driving
GmbH (AID) to provide the forward-facing high fidelity and long-range
LiDAR technology and accelerate plans towards AID’s first fully
autonomous deployments in 2021. AID plays a key role as the urban
autonomous driving technology supplier for the Volkswagen Group,
including brands like VW, Audi and Porsche.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., an innovator in automotive vision
systems, announced the signing of a non-binding Development and
Investment Agreement with RH Electronics Ltd., a primary contractor in
the manufacturing and assembly of electronic systems.
The European Union has chosen the MOBILus consortium, made up of the
city of Barcelona, SEAT and 46 other cities, businesses and universities
in 15 European countries, to develop the Knowledge and Innovation
Community (KIC) on Urban Mobility, the initiative that is tasked with
developing innovations in urban mobility in the European Union.
Since early November, the cars chauffeuring the management board members
of Robert Bosch GmbH have been running on fully renewable diesel. Known
as “C.A.R.E. diesel,” this fuel is synthesised mainly from by-products
and waste materials.
Karamba Security, a provider of end-to-end automotive cybersecurity
prevention solutions, announced the appointment of longtime Ford Motor
Company financial executive Neil M. Schloss to the company’s board of
directors as an independent director. Schloss officially joined the
board December 2, 2018.
DeepMap, a provider of high-definition (HD) mapping and localisation
technology for autonomous vehicles, announced licensing deals with
Swedish trucking company Einride and San Francisco-based new mobility
platform provider Ridecell.