Daimler Truck and Volvo Group intend to form JV for a software-defined vehicle platform and truck operating system

Daimler Truck and Volvo Group have reached a preliminary agreement to establish a joint venture to develop a common software-defined vehicle platform and dedicated truck operating system, providing the basis for future software-defined commercial vehicles. The intention is to make the new joint venture a leading developer of standardized hardware... Read more →


Honda and IBM to explore R&D of semiconductor and software technologies for future software-defined vehicles

Honda Motor and IBM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their intent to collaborate on the long-term joint research and development of next-generation computing technologies needed to overcome challenges related to processing capability, power consumption, and design complexity for the realization of the software-defined vehicles (SDV) of the... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group collaborates with Dutch Government on smart mobility solutions

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and the Dutch government have agreed to collaborate on facilitating the deployment of smart mobility and connectivity services and features for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The collaborative project between the Group’s Advanced Vehicle Platform (AVP) Division, Kia Connect GmbH, and the Netherlands will enable the... Read more →


BMW Group and Tata Technologies to collaborate on automotive software and business IT solutions; software-defined vehicles

The BMW Group and Tata Technologies, a global product engineering and digital services company, signed an agreement to form a JV with the aim to establish a software and IT development hub with locations in Pune, Bangalore and Chennai, India. The main development and operations activities shall be established at... Read more →


Renault Group and Volvo Group complete creation of Flexis SAS; JV for electric vans based on SDV platform

Following the joint venture binding agreements signed in October 2023, Renault Group and Volvo Group have obtained the required regulatory approvals to launch the new company for the next generation of fully electric vans based on a Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) platform and its dedicated services. (Earlier post.) The new... Read more →


TTTech Auto and BlackBerry QNX expand partnership for future software-defined vehicles (SDV)

TTTech Auto and BlackBerry Limited are expanding their existing partnership to address the growing complexity challenges of software defined vehicles (SDVs). The co-operation will support the native integration of the latest QNX Operating System (OS) 8.0 with TTTech Auto’s scheduling solutions in a single safety-certified product. This will enhance performance... Read more →


NXP Semiconductors announced an extension of its automotive radar one-chip family. The new SAF86xx monolithically integrates a high-performance radar transceiver, a multi-core radar processor and a MACsec hardware engine for state-of-the-art secure data communication over Automotive Ethernet. Combined with NXP’s S32 high-performance processors, vehicle network connectivity and power management, the... Read more →


Panasonic Automotive introduces Neuron high-performance compute system (HPC) to advance to software-defined mobility

At CES 2024, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, a tier-one automotive supplier and a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, announced its High-Performance Compute (HPC) system. Named Neuron, this innovation addresses the rapidly evolving mobility needs anticipated for software-defined vehicle advancements. As vehicles become more software-reliant, vehicle systems... Read more →


IDTechEx is forecasting a 35% CAGR in automotive software-related revenue by 2034, with software-related revenue worth more than US$700 billion annually (US, 2023 prices) by 2034. To put this into everyday terms, IDTechEx forecasts that by 2034, the average new car buyer will be paying ~US$70 per month on software... Read more →


Kia has revealed its Platform Beyond Vehicle (PBV) future strategy at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Kia’s PBV business will initially be based around the introduction of an all-new, modular vehicle, previewed by the Kia Concept PV5. This future vision was presented alongside a multi-phase plan... Read more →


Hyundai Motor talks hydrogen, AI and software-defined vehicles at CES 2024

Hyundai Motor Company presented its vision for a hydrogen-powered, software-driven transformation beyond mobility applications at CES 2024. Hyundai Motor Group has already announced a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, substantiated by a clear RE100 roadmap to use 100% renewable energy in its overseas factories by 2045 and in... Read more →


LG Electronics (LG) will hold a private demonstration for major automakers at CES 2024, introducing a new cross-domain platform integrating Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Automated Driving (AD) and In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) technologies. Developed by LG in collaboration with Magna, the mobility platform is expected to arrive on the market... Read more →


NXP Semiconductors introduced the Trimension NCJ29D6, a fully integrated automotive single-chip Ultra-Wideband (UWB) family combining next-generation secure and precise real-time localization with short-range radar to address multiple use cases with a single system, including secure car access, child presence detection, intrusion alert, gesture recognition and more. Integrated by major automotive... Read more →


Arbe Robotics releases production radar processor

Israel-based Arbe Robotics Ltd. has released the production version of its radar processor, which is used for OEM development projects and B-Sample radars with the production functionality of Arbe Tier-1s. Arbe’s radar processor complements the company’s production chipset portfolio which already includes production RF chips. Arbe’s patented processor chip integrates... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group held the third Annual HMG Developer Conference, Korea’s largest mobility developer festival, and presented its vision for the future transformation of software-defined vehicles (SDVs). To accelerate the transition to SDVs, the Group has held the HMG Developer Conference since 2021 to share the latest research and development... Read more →


At its Next Generation Mobility Day in Shanghai, ZF presented a new, purely electro-mechanical brake system for the first time. Braking force is generated at each wheel by an electric motor—i.e. without a hydraulic system and brake fluid. The brake system was developed at ZF’s development centers in China, the... Read more →


NXP expands S32 platform with motor control solution for software-defined vehicle edge nodes

NXP Semiconductors is expanding its scalable S32 vehicle compute platform with the introduction of the S32M2. The purpose-built motor control solution is optimized for efficiency improvement across vehicle applications such as pumps, fans, sunroof and seat position, seat belt pretensioners, trunk openers and more. Building on the success of the... Read more →


GM joins COVESA to share uServices with the developer community for shared software solution for SDVs

General Motors is contributing a vehicle services definition called “uServices” to the automotive software developer community. uServices aims to standardize software interfaces to access vehicle systems securely from anywhere in an OEM’s vehicle ecosystem. This standardized interface and associated programming model enables efficient development of distributed software required by Software... Read more →


Renault Group, Volvo Group forming new company, to be joined by CMA CGM Group, for SDV electric vans

Volvo Group, Renault Group and CMA CGM Group are partnering to deliver an all-new generation of electric vans and associated services. Renault Group and Volvo Group have signed binding agreements to launch a new company in which they will initially hold respective 50-50 equity stakes. The two plan to invest... Read more →


GlobalFoundries enhances technology platforms to enable critical applications for next generation electric and autonomous vehicles

At its annual Technology Summit this week, GlobalFoundries (GF) announced advancements for two of its technology platforms that will support the growing demand for the technologies needed for autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles. The 40ESF3 AutoPro175 technology will be part of GF’s existing AutoPro platform, which provides GF’s automotive customers... Read more →


Digital Loop accelerates the homologation of vehicle software updates using virtual simulation

A collaboration between Kontrol, dSPACE, FEV.io, TÜV SÜD, Microsoft Germany, T-Systems and Berylls is developing a new digital solution for the approval of updates for software-defined vehicles. The new concept for software-update approval via the mobile network, Digital Loop, will be showcased for the first time at IAA Mobility in... Read more →


Porsche expanding open source software initiative; FOSS

Porsche is expanding its open source initiative and has published a strategic guide to using free and open source software (FOSS). By using open source software, Porsche says it is able to shorten development cycles, reduce costs, promote innovation and talent and improve software quality. Almost two years after the... Read more →


TTTech Auto, a leader in automotive safety software, and ZettaScale Technology, a developer of communication technologies and protocols, have launched Zetta Auto. Zetta Auto is a data-centric communication solution focusing on safe, performant, and predictable Serviced-Oriented Architecture (SOA) communication. Extending the scope of the collaboration, Zetta Auto is also paving... Read more →


NIO opens Berlin Innovation Center focused on in-car AI and user-experience defined vehicle

NIO officially opened its new 1,500 square meter Innovation Center in Berlin, Germany. In response to the need for software that’s central to the user experience, the Berlin Innovation Center will be responsible for the development of new technologies and its respective localisation, testing and validation in Europe. NIO’s new... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group surpassed 10 million global connected car service subscribers this month. The milestone comes one year and 10 months after reaching 5 million subscribers in August 2021. The Group said that this rapid growth supports the acceleration of the Group’s Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV) strategy. Connected car services utilize... Read more →


Luca de Meo to lead Renault’s Ampere EV and software subsidiary

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, will also lead the executive team of Ampere, its electric vehicles and software subsidiary. This will be effective upon completion of the carve-out of Ampere, which is envisioned in H2 2023. Luca de Meo will retain his current responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation are reorganizing their joint research and development (R&D) organization to be able to respond flexibly to the rapidly changing global automotive industry, advance the transition to electrification and accelerate the development of Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs). The new R&D organization will transform from a... Read more →


NXP and TSMC to deliver industry’s first automotive 16 nm FinFET embedded MRAM

NXP Semiconductors is collaborating with TSMC to deliver the industry’s first automotive embedded MRAM (Magnetic Random Access Memory) in 16 nm FinFET technology. As automakers transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs), they need to support multiple generations of software upgrades on a single hardware platform. Bringing together NXP’s high-performance S32 automotive... Read more →


ABI Research: by 2028, automakers will save $1.5B using over-the-air updates to fix recalled cars

By 2028, automakers in the United States will use Over-the-Air (OTA) update capabilities to save US$1.5 billion by remotely implementing fixes to product recalls. According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, performing these legally required software updates in-person costs OEMs half a billion dollars annually. Vehicle recalls due to... Read more →


Bosch and Plus collaborate on assisted driving solution for commercial vehicles

Bosch and Plus are collaborating on assisted driving solutions for commercial trucks. Through a new technology agreement, Plus is offering its PlusDrive solution with the integrated steering system from Bosch featuring hardware and software to deliver driver assistance and partially automated features to commercial vehicles. PlusDrive-enabled L2++ vehicles are equipped... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz EQE and EQS customers in the North America can now opt for more performance with the new Acceleration Increase On-Demand upgrade for select Sedan and SUV models. Optionally available as an Over-the-Air update, this new feature raises the vehicle’s output by up to 80 hp and improves acceleration from... Read more →


Woven by Toyota to accelerate Toyota’s vision for mobility

Woven by Toyota, Inc., a mobility technology subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota”), will play a key role in Toyota’s next generation products and technology as announced by Koji Sato, President and CEO of Toyota, at a recent press event held in Tokyo. (Earlier post.) Toyota’s vision for a mobility... Read more →


Hyundai Motor and Kia to form Model-Based Development (MBD) consortium to boost transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs)

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 17 industry-leading companies, including Hyundai Motor Group affiliates and software development companies, to form the Hyundai Motor Group Model-Based Development (MBD) Consortium. The consortium aims to boost Hyundai Motor and Kia’s competitiveness in vehicle control system... Read more →


Infineon and Delta Electronics to collaborate on electromobility

Infineon Technologies and Delta Electronics are expanding their long-term cooperation from industrial to automotive applications. Infineon and Delta signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will deepen their joint innovation activities to provide more efficient and higher-density solutions for the fast-growing market of electric vehicles (EV). The agreement covers a wide... Read more →


BYD partners with NVIDIA for mainstream software-defined vehicles built on NVIDIA DRIVE

NVIDIA announced that BYD will extend its use of the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin centralized compute platform in a broader range of its NEVs. The enhanced partnership expands BYD’s use of DRIVE Orin (earlier post) across the multiple models in its next-generation Dynasty and Ocean series of vehicles, bringing safe and... Read more →


ZF has begun delivery of its new cubiX intelligent chassis control software. In the beginning of 2023, the first production vehicles with the new ZF cubiX software have been rolling on the roads: The Lotus Eletre electric SUV from the Geely Group has been delivered to the first customers since... Read more →


Volvo Cars to open new software Tech Hub in Krakow, Poland

Volvo Cars plans to open a brand new Tech Hub in Krakow, Poland’s second-largest city. It will be a key software development center and play a crucial role in the company’s strategic ambitions to be a fully electric brand by 2030 and a leader in new technology, not least through... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz previews its in-house developed operating system MB.OS

Mercedes-Benz outlined its plans as the architect of its own operating system MB.OS, which will be introduced mid-decade with the new MMA platform (Mercedes Modular Architecture). MB.OS is designed and developed in-house to retain full control over the customer relationship, ensure data privacy, and to leverage the unique integration of... Read more →


TTTech Auto launches Electronic Controls Design House for safety-certified hardware design & engineering; software-defined vehicles

TTTech Auto has launched the Electronic Controls Design House (ECDH) to help automotive manufacturers transition to the software-defined vehicle. The offering includes off-the-shelf electronic control units and services such as prototype development or design, industrialization, production and logistics of customized hardware. The automotive industry is currently facing a major technological... Read more →


Renault Group and Google announced an expanded partnership aimed at designing and delivering the digital architecture for the “Software Defined Vehicle” (SDV) and accelerating the group's digitalization. The two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components that are dedicated to the SDV and will grow synergies... Read more →


Renault Group and Qualcomm Technologies intend to take their technology collaboration one step further with plans to deliver a centralized compute architecture for Renault’s next-generation of software defined vehicles. Known as “Software Defined Vehicle” (SDV) Platforms, the high-performance automotive platforms would be based on Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions from Qualcomm... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group announced a new global strategy to transform all vehicles to software-defined vehicles (SDVs) by 2025. The initiative, presented during the Group’s Unlock the Software Age global online forum, will give customers the freedom to upgrade the performance and functionality of their vehicles remotely. The Group also shared... Read more →


Volkswagen’s CARIAD and STMicroelectronics to co-develop chip for software-defined vehicles

CARIAD, the software unit of Volkswagen Group, and STMicroelectronics will shortly launch the joint development of an automotive system-on-chip (SoC). Together, CARIAD and ST are developing tailored hardware for connectivity, energy management, and over-the-air updates making vehicles fully software-defined, secure, and future-proof. The planned cooperation targets the new generation of... Read more →


BlackBerry software is now embedded in more than 215M vehicles

BlackBerry Limited announced that Strategy Analytics, a leading independent research firm, has determined BlackBerry QNX software is now embedded in more than 215 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 20 million from the year before. BlackBerry provides safety-certified embedded software for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s including BMW, Bosch, Continental,... Read more →


NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced two new processor families that extend the benefits of NXP’s S32 automotive platform with safe, high-performance real-time processing. The S32Z and S32E processor families help enable the automotive industry to accelerate the integration of diverse real-time applications for domain and zonal control, safety processing and vehicle... Read more →


TTTech Auto and BlackBerry QNX partner to close performance-safety gap for highly automated vehicles

TTTech Auto and BlackBerry Limited will integrate BlackBerry’s QNX Neutrino Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and TTTech Auto’s safe vehicle software platform MotionWise for advanced driver assistance systems and software-defined vehicles. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving systems impose increased functional safety and performance requirements. To address the computing... Read more →


TTTech Auto and ZettaScale Technology partner to advance flexible and reliable software-defined vehicle development

TTTech Auto and ZettaScale Technology are partnering to provide advanced communication technologies for software-defined vehicles. The upcoming software solution will enable flexible and safe application development. It will serve as a foundation to enable the extension of the vehicle life cycle via after-sales application updates. The partnership includes an investment... Read more →


General Motors and Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open-source solutions, will collaborate to help advance software-defined vehicles at the edge. The companies expect to expand an ecosystem of innovation around the Red Hat In-Vehicle Operating System, which provides a functional-safety certified Linux operating system foundation intended for... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz has invested more than €200 million in the Electric Software Hub at the Mercedes Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen. Numerous software, hardware, system integration and testing functions are brought together under one roof. With this step, Mercedes-Benz is intensifying its approach of cross-functional collaboration. The Electric Software Hub accelerates... Read more →


NVIDIA enters production with DRIVE Orin; BYD and Lucid Group as new EV customers; next-gen DRIVE Hyperion AV platform

NVIDIA has started production of its NVIDIA DRIVE Orin autonomous vehicle computer, showcased new automakers adopting the NVIDIA DRIVE platform, and unveiled the next generation of its NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion architecture. The company also announced that its automotive pipeline has increased to more than $11 billion over the next six... Read more →