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.
Jaguar Land Rover has fitted â€˜virtual eyesâ€™ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.
Having announced their first ever publicly available self-driving pilot programme in Frisco, Texas, a few weeks ago, Drive.ai signed a contract initiating a one-year self-driving programme for the City of Arlington.
CHAdeMO Association announced their decision to jointly develop the next generation Ultra-Fast charging standard with China Electricity Council, Chinaâ€™s official association of utilities in charge of their national regulations and standards related to electricity. Two entities will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on August 28th in Beijing, China, to kick-start their collaboration.
Swedenâ€™s first high-power charging (HPC) station was opened by Fortum Charge & Drive in partnership with McDonaldâ€™s. The station is located at McDonaldâ€™s in Kristinehamn, some 270 kilometres west of Stockholm and midway between Oslo and Stockholm.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Uber Technologies, Inc. announced that they have agreed to expand their collaboration with the aim of advancing and bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale.
Volkswagen is speeding up the development of its ecosystem with its own software know-how and the strength of external partners. The automobile is expected to evolve into a central hub in the Internet of Things.