Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, announced the
launch of its services in three new cities in the UK namely Liverpool,
Birmingham, and Reading, after local councils granted the platform with
both Taxi and Private Hire licenses.
Sony Corporation and NTT Docomo, Inc. announced that they will jointly
trial Sony’s conceptual driverless vehicle, the New Concept Cart SC-1,
which leverages 5G mobile technologies for various remotely controlled
MONET Technologies Inc., a joint venture between SoftBank Corp. and
Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it has concluded an agreement
for a capital and business partnership with Hino Motors, Ltd. and Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. to increase the value of its MaaS business and enhance
mobility service levels for users.
Spirent Communications plc, a leading provider of automotive
connectivity & autonomy test solutions, announced that Spirent
solutions have been selected by Jaguar Land Rover to verify
next-generation automotive Ethernet in-vehicle networking.
Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group announced the formation of a
50-50 globally focussed joint venture to own, operate and further
develop smart, the pioneer of small urban vehicles, as a leader in
ChargeWheel, a company providing clean, on-demand mobile charging hub
for micro-mobility fleets and electric vehicles, announced that it has
secured $1 million in seed funding from Right Side Capital. An
additional multimillion-dollar funding round is expected to close later
UK’s largest universal rapid charging hub for electric vehicles has been
inaugurated by Milton Keynes Council and BP Chargemaster. The hub is
operating on Polar, the largest public charging network in the UK, and
is located within a minute’s drive of the M1, just off junction 14 at
Milton Keynes Coachway.
Clean-energy company Fortum has formed a cooperation with the City of
Oslo and the American company Momentum Dynamics to build a wireless
fast-charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.
Seat presented its electric strategy which, until the beginning of 2021,
will include six electric and plug-in hybrid models. The electric
version of the Mii and el-Born will be the brand’s first two fully
electric models, while the new generation Leon and the Tarraco will
feature a plug-in hybrid version.
A German research network with reputable research institutions,
universities, IT companies and also companies from the automotive
industry has developed a near-series fusion platform with open
interfaces (Open Fusion Platform, abbreviated to OFP). It enables
automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to cost-effectively
integrate highly and fully automated driver assistance functions for the
purposes of automated driving.
Ford will reveal significant electrification, commercial vehicle and SUV
news as part of the company’s vision for a new era of mobility at a
special “Go Further” experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on April 2.
Renovo, a global autonomous vehicle software company and creators of the
AWare platform, announced that Tony Posawatz, the President of Invictus
iCAR LLC and former General Motors executive has been elected to the
Renovo Board of Directors. Coming on the heels of recent expansion into
Europe, the addition of Mr Posawatz to the Board of Directors signals
the strong momentum at Renovo.
With a widespread public expectation that autonomous vehicles will offer
comfort levels approaching those of a living room environment, Ricardo
is developing new technology to minimize the risks of motion sickness,
which promises benefits too for conventionally-driven vehicles.
Hiyacar, the peer to peer car sharing platform dubbed the Airbnb for
cars has announced its partnership with Continental, a specialist in
automotive safety. Continental powers hiyacar’s keyless technology
ELIX Wireless, a developer of low-EMI, safe wireless charging technology
for eMobility, announced the grand opening of its China engineering
centre located in Zongshen Power’s state-of-the-art campus in Chongqing.