In April 2019, PAL-V and Royal NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre) signed
a MoU for a mutual cooperation to develop an autonomous eVTOL flying
car. Both companies are aiming for a market introduction of the flying
car within 10 years.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced that it will utilise
HARMAN (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new “ecosystem”
that will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.
As part of the launch of first High Power Charging Stations in Belgium, EUROP-E project announced its financial closing as the largest EU co-funded EV charging infrastructure project to-date. The EUROP-E network will cover main routes across 13 EU countries, enabling electric vehicles to navigate the vast distances from Poland to Portugal and from Sweden to Italy.
Tesla has made changes to Model S and Model X that allow them to travel unprecedented distances without needing to recharge, beating their own record for the longest-range production EVs on the road. The EV maker claims to have accomplished this without increasing the cars’ battery size, proving that expertise in system-level design can make cars dramatically more efficient.
Delivering on its commitment to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure at its facilities, Penske Truck Leasing has opened commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations with 14 high-speed chargers at four of its existing facilities in Southern California.
The eSync Alliance announced that Mobica, a global software services company, has joined to become one of its newest members. Companies in the eSync Alliance include Alpine, Excelfore, Hella, Molex and ZF, amongst others.
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. (“TRI-AD”), Toyota’s automated driving software development company, Maxar Technologies Inc. (“Maxar”), a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, and NTT DATA Corporation (“NTT DATA”), a leading IT services provider, announced that they will collaborate on a proof of concept building automated high-definition (“HD”) maps for autonomous vehicles using high-resolution satellite imagery.
IONITY and Austrian electromobility provider, has·to·be, have formed
joint venture to help electromobility achieve a breakthrough in Europe
with a nationwide network of super-fast charging stations. The two
companies have agreed on a long-term cooperation so that the expansion
of the Europe-wide network can proceed according to plan.
Keysight Technologies, Inc. announced that the company’s vehicle-to-everything (V2X) test solution (E6953A DSRC V2X) has earned OmniAir Qualified Test Equipment (OQTE) status from the OmniAir Consortium, the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification for intelligent transportation systems (ITS), tolling and connected vehicles.
BYD debuted its E-Seed GT concept car and Song Pro SUV alongside its all-new e-series models at the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. The company also showcased its latest Dynasty series of vehicles, which were recently unveiled at the company’s spring product launch in Beijing.
Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customise primary functions through a smartphone application – an industry-first innovation.
Aeva, the company building the next-generation sensing system for autonomous vehicles, announced a partnership with AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audi AG and the “centre of excellence” for Volkswagen Group’s autonomous driving system, to bring groundbreaking 4D LiDAR to its autonomous vehicle programme.
At the 2019 Buick brand day event, SAIC GM Buick announced the official launch of the pure electric MAV Buick VELITE 6. The new car has been launched in three models, offering five body colour and two interior colour options at a subsidised price of CNY165,800 ($24,870).
Iteris, Inc., the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced that Transport Canada, Canada’s federal transportation agency, has selected Iteris iPeMS to support its countrywide transportation system’s performance management programme.
Rivian announced an equity investment of $500 million from Ford Motor Company. In addition to the investment, the companies have agreed to work together to develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford’s growing EV portfolio using Rivian’s skateboard platform.
Nuvve Corporation, a leader in vehicle grid integration (VGI) deployments, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have entered into an agreement to demonstrate the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) that are VGI-ready.
Share Now, one of the market leader in free floating car sharing, announced its entry into the Hungarian market by offering its service in Budapest. Starting on April, 29, 240 BMW and Mini models can be rented flexibly and spontaneously in the capital city. In cooperation with the Hungarian investment group Wallis Asset Management Zrt, the car sharing service will be operated for the fourth time in franchise model.
Pony.ai officially announced PonyPilot, a test project for a product-ready autonomous driving fleet within a geo-fenced area in Guangzhou, China. Since establishing its China HQ in Guangzhou in October 2017, Pony.ai has been consistently testing and expanding its autonomous vehicle operations in the city’s Nansha district.
Toyota Motor Corp., Denso Corporation and the SoftBank Vision Fund announced that they will invest $1 billion in Uber Technologies Inc.’s Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG). The investment, in a newly formed ATG corporate entity, aims to accelerate the development and commercialisation of automated ridesharing services.