Eighteen months after start of construction of its intelligent satellite production and testing center in Taizhou, China, Geely Technology Group has begun mass production of commercial satellites. The first set of low-orbit satellites rolled off the production line, marking a new milestone in Geely’s advancement into the commercial aerospace sector.... Read more →


Goodyear and Gatik announced a multi-year collaboration with a goal to advance the development of mobility solutions for the autonomous B2B short-haul logistics industry. The collaboration will contribute to safer, more sustainable goods movement while reducing costs for Gatik’s customers in the B2B short-haul market nationwide. Gatik has established the... Read more →


General Motors announced Ultifi, an end-to-end software platform that it says will unlock new vehicle experiences and connect customers’ digital lives. Ultifi will help enable the frequent and seamless delivery of software-defined features, apps and services to customers over the air. It offers the potential for more cloud-based services, faster... Read more →


Honda and Google to collaborate on in-vehicle connected services

Honda and Google have agreed to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into an all-new model that will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America. Honda and Google have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android platform to automobiles. As... Read more →


Long Beach, Mercedes-Benz partner to improve urban mobility through connected vehicle data

The City of Long Beach, California has entered into a public-private partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, with support from Mercedes-Benz USA Urban Mobility Solutions, and Xtelligent to develop transportation technology systems that will improve urban transportation management and enhance liveability and environmental sustainability in and around the... Read more →


General Motors and Amazon to offer OnStar Emergency Service at home

General Motors and Amazon plan to introduce the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa, a new feature that will provide a voice-enabled connection to Emergency-Certified OnStar Advisors at home through compatible Alexa-enabled devices. The OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa is part of the OnStar Guardian platform, which aims to... Read more →


Stellantis tests two new connected safety notification technologies in North America

Stellantis is exploring two new connected safety notification technologies—Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Safety Cloud—in North America, giving drivers advanced notification warnings of potential hazards in their path. Greater connectivity speeds, improved hardware and expanded software expertise have opened new opportunities for Stellantis with safety systems being one of the... Read more →


Volkswagen introduces Over-the-Air Updates for all ID. models

All Volkswagen ID. models will now receive regular software updates via mobile data transfer. The updates had previously only been available as part of a test phase for customers who had registered with the “ID. First Movers Club”. The “ID. Software 2.3” offers new functions and optimizes existing ones. Networking... Read more →


SAE and ISO publish joint automotive cybersecurity standard

SAE International, in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), published ISO/SAE 21434™ Standard: Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering. The standard helps the industry define a structured process to ensure cybersecurity is incorporated into the design of road vehicles, including systems, components software and connections of any external device... Read more →


In cooperation with Vodafone, Porsche has entered the 5G era at its Weissach Development Center. Real-time mobile communications will now be available with immediate effect for vehicle development at the site. The new technology will ensure the secure and instantaneous transmission of data between car, human and machine. At the... Read more →


GM and AT&T to bring 5G to GM vehicles with enhanced core network; first available in MY2024

General Motors and AT&T will bring 5G cellular connectivity to millions of GM vehicles coming off the assembly line over the next decade in the United States. GM and AT&T are working together to set the benchmark for automotive connectivity with a fifth-generation cellular network architecture to meet the needs... Read more →


U Oregon researchers use machine learning algorithms to provide bicyclists with Green Wave capability; communicating with traffic signals

A team at the University of Oregon is working to give bicyclists smoother rides by allowing them to communicate with traffic signals via a mobile app. The latest report to come out of this multi-project research effort introduces machine-learning algorithms to work with their mobile app FastTrack. Developed and tested... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz is adding additional Car-to-X functions that can detect large potholes. Large potholes are a safety hazard, because if drivers do not recognize them in time, they can no longer take evasive action or reduce their speed. There is also a risk of damage to tires and the suspension system.... Read more →


Arrival co-developing its Automotive Open Data Platform with Microsoft

Arrival, a technology company devloping a new approach to the design and production of electric vehicles (EVs), will be co-developing its digital fleet and vehicle capabilities for the automotive industry with Microsoft. This cloud-based approach using Microsoft Azure will enable advanced uses of telemetry, vehicle and fleet data management across... Read more →


Since the introduction of General Motors’ fleet telematics solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights, fleet managers have received nearly 3.5 million notifications and details of almost 16 million trips covering more than 246 million miles. OnStar Vehicle Insights can now be used with most non-GM vehicles via a plug-in adapter. This means... Read more →


Suzuki and Daihatsu join CJP to apply CASE technologies in mini-commercial vehicles in Japan

Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. have joined the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJP) commercial vehicle project (earlier post) to accelerate their carbon neutrality initiatives in minivehicles through the dissemination of CASE technologies (connected, autonomous, shared and electric) and services. As part of their participation in the project, Suzuki... Read more →


USDOT releases report on smart cities and communities

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released the Putting People First – Smart Cities and Communities report. The report covers the benefits, goals, challenges, and success factors associated with smart cities and communities (SC&C) and gives a glimpse of the path forward. SC&Cs use advanced information and communications technologies... Read more →


Audi is extending its Traffic Light Information (TLI) coverage to Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. An Audi-first in-vehicle technology, TLI communicates between vehicles and traffic signals to provide Time to Green, Green Light Optimized Speed Advisories and can help drivers minimize stop-and-go driving. Audi first brought Traffic Light... Read more →


Lincoln to introduce first EV next year; full portfolio of connected and electrified vehicles by 2030

Lincoln will debut its first global fully electric vehicle next year, the first step toward electrifying its entire portfolio of vehicles by the end of the decade. The new electric vehicle will debut as the brand celebrates its 100th anniversary next year and accelerates growth in North America and China.... Read more →


LDRA, a provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, and OpenSynergy, specialist in embedded automotive software, are partnering to support and promote a defense-in-depth strategy combining hypervisor technology with secure coding techniques. Automotive connectivity is an ongoing concern, with vulnerability to attacks from bad actors being... Read more →


DOE providing $200M over 5 years for EV, battery and connected vehicle projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $200 million in funding over the next five years for electric vehicles, batteries, and connected vehicles projects at DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships to support electric vehicles innovation. The $200 million in funding to national labs, subject to appropriations, seeks to... Read more →


Movandi demonstrates 5G mmWave repeaters for seamless CV2X communications in the car

Movandi, a developer of new 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, announced a successful demonstration of mmWave repeaters, delivering on the promise of seamless 5G cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications for the next generation of connected cars. A Movandi BeamXR powered mmWave repeater installed inside a car enabled greater than 10x performance... Read more →


Audi of America and partners Applied Information, Blue Bird, Fulton Co. School System, City of Alpharetta, and Temple, Inc., have completed a cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected school zone and buses technology initial deployment (earlier post). With the collaboration beginning in 2020, the deployment leveraged C-V2X solutions provided by Qualcomm Technologies... Read more →


Stellantis, Foxconn to form JV to develop breakthrough digital cockpits and personalized connected services

Stellantis NV and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., (Foxconn), together with its subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd., (FIH) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to form Mobile Drive, a 50/50 voting rights joint venture aimed at accelerating development timelines to bring innovative in-vehicle user experiences enabled by advanced consumer electronics,... Read more →


Prototype PNNL, UW webapp predicts parking space availability for delivery drivers

A collaboration between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab has developed a prototype webapp that combines smart sensors and machine learning to predict parking space availability. The prototype is ready for initial testing to help commercial delivery drivers find open spaces without expending... Read more →


Researchers develop algorithms for early detection of mild cognitive impairment and dementia using naturalistic driving data

Using naturalistic driving data and machine learning techniques, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed highly accurate algorithms for detecting mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older drivers. Naturalistic driving data refer to data captured through... Read more →


Suzuki Motor Corporation, Subaru Corporation (Subaru), Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, and Mazda Motor Corporation reached an agreement to develop jointly technical specifications for next-generation vehicle communications devices. They also agreed to promote the common use of communications systems by using connected services to link automobiles and society... Read more →


Continental and Amazon Web Services create platform for automotive software

Continental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will work together going forward within the scope of a new development cooperation. The goal of their long-term collaboration, with AWS serving as the preferred cloud provider, is to develop Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge): a modular hardware and software platform that connects the vehicle... Read more →


NTSB picks mandatory collision avoidance and connected vehicle technologies as one of most wanted transportation safety improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2021 – 2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements; one of the 10 items in the list was “Require Collision Avoidance and Connected Vehicle Technologies on All Vehicles”. These technologies include forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, which can warn the... Read more →


Blue Bird Corp., one of the largest school bus makers in the US, has joined a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Audi of America, Applied Information, and Temple, Inc., to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology aimed at helping reduce vehicle hazards that school children face every year. The Fulton County School System,... Read more →


MIT-spin-off DERQ partners with Control Technologies to expand AI video analytics across US

DERQ, an MIT-spin-off with an award-winning platform powered by patented AI and predictive analytics, is partnering with Control Technologies Group (CT Group), one of the US’ largest distributors of traffic signal control and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) equipment, for a multi-year distribution agreement. CT Group will be distributing DERQ’s leading... Read more →


Isuzu, Hino, Toyota partner to accelerate CASE technologies for commercial vehicles; new JV

Toyota, Toyota’s truck division Hino, and Isuzu are establishing a partnership in commercial vehicles to collaborate in CASE technologies: connected, autonomous, shared and electric driving technologies. The three companies intend to combine Toyota’s CASE technologies with the commercial vehicle foundations cultivated by Isuzu and Hino. Specifically, the three companies plan... Read more →


SwRI receives $5.25M ARPA-E award for NEXTCAR technology

The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) awarded a three-year, $5.25-million contract to Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to continue developing connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies to help passenger vehicles operate more efficiently and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. (Earlier post.) The project is... Read more →


ARPA-E awards $18M to 4 teams to optimize vehicle performance and efficiency; NEXTCAR Phase II

The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $18 million in funding to four projects that will help passenger vehicles operate more efficiently. This funding is part of Phase II of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated... Read more →


Audi is using high-precision swarm data for the first time to improve its car-to-X service “local hazard alerts”. The new version uses a car-to-cloud application that is based on a novel procedure for estimating the coefficient of friction on the basis of the wheel slip. The technology can detect minute... Read more →


Volkswagen is accelerating its transformation into a software-driven mobility provider. With the new ACCELERATE strategy that it has just unveiled, the company will systematically prepare for the profound changes in the automotive industry in good time. In addition to electrification, integration of software into the vehicle and the digital customer... Read more →


Volkswagen gave a first design preview of Project Trinity. The electrically powered sedan is to be built in Wolfsburg from 2026 and is intended to set new standards in terms of range, charging speed and digitization—as well as being able of delivering Level 4 automated driving. The project name Trinity... Read more →


HARMAN acquiring Savari to bolster solutions in automotive infrastructure and connected safety

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is acquiring substantially all the assets of Savari, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based automotive technology company developing vehicle-to-everything communications (V2X) technology in 5G Edge and automotive devices. Savari’s software and hardware... Read more →


Arity partners with Ford to enable more efficient usage-based insurance (UBI) offerings

Arity, a mobility data and analytics company, is teaming up with Ford Motor Company to enable any participating insurer to deliver simple and secure usage-based insurance (UBI) programs to eligible connected Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners. Usage-based insurance programs give drivers access to personalized driving data directly from the vehicle... Read more →


Torc Robotics has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS), Inc. as its preferred cloud provider to handle the scale and speed needed for data transfer, storage, and compute capacity as the company prepares to deploy its fleet of next-generation self-driving test trucks in New Mexico and Virginia. With the growth in... Read more →


IMS launches Vehicle Data Exchange to provide complete connectivity service for accessing vehicle data

IMS, one of the world’s top three providers of connected car data solutions to insurers, mobility operators and governments, launched the IMS Vehicle Data Exchange, a new service which provides live, real-time access to vehicle insights and mobility data from OEM-embedded hardware and any aftermarket device, including the only one-stop... Read more →


Ford and Google enter 6-year strategic partnership

Ford and Google announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the transformation of Ford’s customer experience. Ford also named Google Cloud its preferred cloud provider to leverage Google’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). As part of this new, six-year partnership—and beginning in 2023—millions of future Ford... Read more →


Ridar Systems and HERE Technologies signed a partnership agreement to begin integrating HERE location technology into Ridar’s cloud-based mobile solution. This collaboration will allow Ridar Systems to identify better the location of two-wheelers in order to provide a more accurate position to drivers. Motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and other forms of... Read more →


At its virtual Automotive Redefined: Technology Showcase, Qualcomm Technologies introduced the 4th Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms. The automotive digital cockpit is evolving to a zonal (domain) electronic/electrical (E/E) compute architecture, driven by the complexity, cost and need for a central compute consolidation. The 4th Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit... Read more →


GM and Qualcomm extend relationship; next-gen digital cockpit, telematics and advanced driver assistance systems

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and General Motors (GM) announced their continued relationship to deliver digital cockpits, next-generation telematics systems and future advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to upcoming vehicles. For its next-generation vehicles, GM is reworking its in-vehicle experience, using third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms. The high-performance digital cockpit systems... Read more →


LG Innotek has developed a digital car key module with improved location detection precision and security. A digital car key module is a communication component that is installed in a car and allows wireless data transmission between a car and a smartphone. A digital key is a next-generation car key... Read more →


Geely & Foxconn form JV to help automakers transition to new manufacturing processes and business models based on CASE

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) and Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) signed a strategic cooperative agreement that will establish a 50-50 joint venture company to provide OEM production and comprehensive customized consulting services relating to whole vehicles, parts, intelligent drive systems, automotive ecosystem platforms, electric vehicle industry value chain, and... Read more →


Hitachi Automotive Systems, Keihin, Showa, and Nissin Kogyo begin operations as Hitachi Astemo; CASE-driven mobility solutions

On 1 January 2021, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., Keihin Corporation, Showa Corporation and Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd. concluded management integration to form Hitachi Astemo, Ltd., a provider of mobility solutions to the automotive industry. The name “Astemo” is derived from the words “Advanced Sustainable Technologies for Mobility” and describes the... Read more →


Ford partnering with insurance carriers to use embedded vehicle telematics for behavior-based premiums

Ford is teaming up with insurance carriers across the US to help customers save money on premiums based on driver behavior, utilizing its built-in connectivity technology on eligible vehicles. In addition, Ford Insure and Lincoln Motor Company Insure, underwritten by Nationwide, offer a simple way to secure usage-based policies through... Read more →


Buick’s vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology made its debut at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Later this year, Buick will become the first brand in China officially to roll out the market-ready technology on a production vehicle, a Buick GL8. V2X technology has a crucial role to play in improving safety and... Read more →