Xevo Inc., a provider of connected car software and smart automotive user experiences, announced that its SmartDeviceLink (SDL) smartphone-and-vehicle-linking technology has become available in entry head unit models as an embedded solution in Toyota vehicles in Japan in early December.
Unity Technologies, creator of a widely used real-time 3D development
platform, announced a collaboration with Baidu Inc., China’s leading
Internet Giant, to develop a real-time simulation product that creates
virtual environments allowing developers to test autonomous vehicles in
simulated real-world situations.
Nuance Communications, Inc., introduced new innovation in its Dragon Drive platform that transforms it into a conversational, humanised mobility assistant that will be core to the digital, button-free car of the future.
Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor launched the second EV model under its new NEV brand, ORA, at the in Beijing. The subsidised price of the new model, ORA R1, ranges from RMB59,800 to RMB77,800 ($8,680 to $11,293).
Cohda Wireless has been announced as a key partner in the largest C-ITS
(Cooperative Intelligent Transport System) trial in Australia to date.
The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, being delivered by the Queensland
Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will involve around 500
public and fleet vehicles which will be retro-fitted with Cohda
Wireless’s On-Board Unit (OBU).
Innoviz Technologies, a provider of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software, announced a host of milestones it has achieved including expansion into four new countries, enhanced manufacturing abilities, significant personnel growth and more, aligning with the company’s mission to provide LiDAR solutions that are available and affordable at a massive scale.
HAAS Alert, a Chicago-based startup building the real-time roadway hazard streaming data service, and Zenuity, a Sweden-based ADAS and automated driving (AD) software company, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance their respective automotive product offerings.
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.