LF Energy releases CitrineOS 1.3.0 for EV charging management; support for OCPP 2.0.1, OCPI 2.2.1

LF Energy, the open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to accelerate the energy transition, released LF Energy CitrineOS 1.3.0. This new release marks a significant advancement in CitineOS’ implementation of an Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0.1 compliant Charging Station Management System... Read more →


BMW Group and NTT DATA accelerate digital transformation with new IT hub in Romania

The BMW Group is expanding its global network of IT and software hubs with the opening of a new location in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In cooperation with NTT DATA, BMW TechWorks Romania will become the hub for European IT and software projects and will accelerate the company’s digital transformation. NTT DATA... Read more →


Luminar, a leading global automotive technology company, launched Sentinel, its full-stack software suite, following five years of developments in software and AI systems. The Sentinel solution enables automakers to accelerate development of advanced safety and autonomous functionality on vehicles, and includes Proactive Safety, Perception, 3D Mapping and Localization, Simulation, and... Read more →


SODA.Auto launches SDV grant program

SODA.Auto, a developer of software-defined vehicle (SDV) technologies, has launched its SDV Grant Program, a new initiative designed to empower automotive startups driving innovation in the industry. The program will provide five automotive startups with specialized SDV grants, valued £50,000 each (US$63,000), along with access to engineering tools, mentorship, and... Read more →


NTT DATA and DENSO to partner on in-vehicle software for SDVs

NTT DATA Japan Corporation and DENSO Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic partnership for the development of in-vehicle software. The two companies will hire more advanced software engineers and upskill current engineers at both companies to create a globally deployable software-oriented mobility service platform, which will... Read more →


VicOne, a provider of automotive cybersecurity solutions is partnering with Crunch to enhance the security of application programming interfaces (APIs) for the software-defined vehicle (SDV) and broader connected-vehicle ecosystem. Through the partnership, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers achieve differentiating benefits: Quicker and more accurate detection of the latest... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in cloud simulation company Simr

BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Simr, a cloud simulation company that gives engineers a single platform for using any compute resources with any leading simulation tool. The company’s newly launched Simulation Operations Automation (SimOps) platform has the potential to revolutionize how engineers design, verify, and test products by... Read more →


NASA has created a new digital modeling tool for aeronautical engineers to innovate new aircraft designs, building on decades of experience using highly advanced computer code for aviation. Using this tool, researchers can create simulations of conceptual aircraft featuring never-flown technology and receive detailed data about how it would work.... Read more →


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 →


Foretellix and Geely Partner to accelerate AV development

Geely and Foretellix, a leading provider of safety-driven Verification & Validation (V&V) solutions for Autonomous Vehicles (AV), announced a strategic partnership to enable safe large-scale deployment of AVs while reducing Geely’s R&D costs and increasing development efficiency. Foretellix and Geely will collaborate to integrate Foretellix’ Foretify platform with Geely’s development... Read more →


Several air taxi companies are using a NASA-developed computer software tool to predict aircraft noise and aerodynamic performance. This tool allows manufacturers working in fields related to NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility mission to see early in the aircraft development process how design elements like propellors or wings would perform. This... 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 →


Porsche and Applied Intuition announce strategic partnership on software

Porsche AG and Applied Intuition, a Silicon Valley-based vehicle software supplier, announced a strategic partnership. The common goal is the joint development in different fields of automotive software while maintaining software ownership and reducing dependencies on black-box suppliers. This reduces complexity and increases implementation speed. Porsche says that the partnership... Read more →


Toshiba Electronics Europe has updated and extended its design framework for Brushless DC (BLDC) and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) drives, adding new features that automatically capture motor parameters and simplify optimizing settings. By easing these challenges when starting a new project, the latest tools accelerate application development and reduce... 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 →


Neural Propulsion Systems (NPS), a developer of software-defined radar secured a $17.5-million Series B funding round led by Cota Capital with contributions from GM Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Motors and RTX Ventures, the venture capital arm of RTX. NPS will use the investment to further develop and... Read more →


Veracio, an orebody knowledge technology company that formerly operated as Boart Longyear’s Geological Data Services division, is introducing new and refreshed orebody knowledge (OBK) tools—TruScan 2, TruProbe and Strata—to improve, automate, and digitally transform orebody sciences in exploration, resource definition and production globally. TruScan 2, featuring HyperXRF, a mineralogical solution... Read more →


Volvo Cars introducing upgrades to fully electric and hybrid cars

Volvo Cars is introducing a new Performance software pack for the EX40 (formerly named the XC40 Recharge) and EC40 (formerly named the C40 Recharge) Twin Motor variants, and as an upgrade for the previous model year in selected markets. The Performance software pack, which increases power output by 25kW for... Read more →


Renault Group cancels Ampere’s IPO, confirms EV and software strategy

The Renault Group created Ampere, the only European EV and software pure player, with one goal: democratize EV in Europe faster than EV pure players. (Earlier post.) Since the inception, Renault Group’s strategic approach has been to build Ampere as a separate business with a dedicated team on EV and... Read more →


Wabtec’s Trip Optimizer software surpasses 1B miles; 752M gallons of fuel saved

Wabtec’s Trip Optimizer surpassed a major milestone as railroads used the energy-management software to efficiently operate their trains for more than 1 billion auto miles, the equivalent of more than 40,000 trips around the Earth. The 12,000 locomotives worldwide using the Trip Optimizer system accounted for significant reductions in fuel... Read more →


Lotus Robotics showcasing self-driving offerings at CES 2024

Lotus Robotics, the self-driving technology unit of Lotus, is showcasing its latest offerings at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company provides a range of autonomous software and services for businesses wanting to deploy self-driving technology in their operations safely, securely and efficiently. These solutions are... 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 →


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 →


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 →


Volvo Cars opened a new, state-of-the-art software testing center in Gothenburg, Sweden that amplifies our capacity for integrated software testing at all levels. At a size of around 22,000 square meters and representing an initial investment of around SEK 300 million (US$27.3 million), the new software testing center is 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 →


UP.Labs and Porsche launch AI-powered automotive data platform startup Sensigo

At the UP.Summit, UP.Labs, a venture lab working with global corporate partners to unlock the future of transportation and mobility, and Porsche AG launched Sensigo to anticipate and streamline automotive repairs. Sensigo developed an AI-based platform that aims to improve the customer and service technician experience, minimize warranty risk, and... Read more →


Toyota to make Woven a wholly-owned subsidiary to accelerate implementation of software

Toyota Motor Corporation and Woven by Toyota, Inc. (Woven by Toyota) announced that to accelerate the implementation of software in social systems and vehicles, they intend to strengthen their relationship by making Woven by Toyota a wholly-owned Toyota subsidiary. Toyota intends to transition into the phase of accelerating vehicle intelligence... Read more →


Volvo Cars opens new Tech Hub in Singapore

Volvo Cars is opening a new Tech Hub in Singapore, a global hotspot for advanced technology and manufacturing excellence. The new Tech Hub will be a key center for data and analytics, software and advanced manufacturing development in line with Volvo Cars’ ambition to be a leader in new technology... Read more →


WAE Technologies launches Elysia battery intelligence software for the mass market

WAE Technologies (WAE) has launched Elysia, its battery intelligence software offering designed to unlock significant improvements in the life, safety, usable energy, power, and rapid charging times of any battery system. Elysia draws on WAE’s experience in high-performance batteries, gleaned from the sole supply of batteries to electric motorsport series,... 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 →


General Motors acquires battery software startup ALGOLiON

General Motors has acquired substantially all the assets of Israel-based battery software startup ALGOLiON Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was led by the newly formed Technology Acceleration and Commercialization (TAC) organization, a group within GM that works to identify emerging technology that can support GM’s leadership position in... Read more →


BASELABS, the specialist for sensor fusion, is now offering the acquisition of its complete software IP in the field of environment perception for automated driving in ASIL D. In contrast to the previous licensing model, buyers of the IP will be able to use the software without restrictions. The maturity... Read more →


NVIDIA, Rolls-Royce and Classiq design and simulate largest quantum computing circuit for CFD; improving jet engine efficiency

ISC—NVIDIA, Rolls-Royce and Classiq, a quantum software company, have designed and simulated the world’s largest quantum computing circuit for computational fluid dynamics (CFD)—a circuit that measures 10 million layers deep with 39 qubits. Today’s quantum computers support circuits only a few layers deep. Rolls-Royce plans to use the new circuit... Read more →


BMW Group, Meta’s Reality Labs accurately display stable AR and VR content in fast-moving car

The BMW Group Technology Office USA in Mountain View and Meta’s Reality Labs Research have demonstrated for the first time the ability to display stable virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) content accurately to passengers in a fast-moving car, even when making turns, going over speed bumps, and accelerating.... Read more →


Volvo Group is the first truck manufacturer to launch an Augmented Reality (AR) safety app for electric trucks, designed specifically to support first responders in an emergency. The app is developed to deliver instant, valuable information from the electric truck to the emergency services team arriving on the scene to... Read more →


Bosch Ventures closes investment round in automotive middleware provider AutoCore.ai

Innovations in the automotive sphere are increasingly driven by software engineering. One core enabler for this trend is the decoupling of hardware and software through a new generation of automotive middleware products that are now accelerating into stage of automotive mass production. Robert Bosch Venture Capital, the corporate venture capital... Read more →


rFpro collaborating with Sony on high-fidelity sensor models

Simulation software specialist rFpro announced a collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation to develop high-fidelity sensor models integrated into rFpro software. The collaboration will focus on improving the fidelity of simulation solutions to reduce significantly the requirement to collect physical data during the sensor development cycle. It will enable perception... 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 →


WAE introduces Elysia battery intelligence software

Technology and engineering services company WAE Technologies (WAE) launched Elysia, its mass-market Battery Intelligence software offering designed to unlock significant improvements in the life, safety, usable energy, power, and rapid charging times of any battery system. Elysia features state-of-the-art embedded and cloud-based products which together provide customers—including global automotive OEMs,... Read more →


Proterra launches cloud-based EV fleet charging software platform with Delaware Transit Corporation

Proterra announced the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), operator of DART transit services, as its first customer to operate Proterra’s new fully-integrated fleet and energy management software platform, Valence. Valence is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform designed to optimize commercial electric vehicle fleet deployments. Valence provides a comprehensive suite of solutions to... 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 →


U Birmingham spinout About:Energy launches battery design platform

A spinout from the University of Birmingham (UK)—About:Energy—has launched its battery design software platform: The Voltt. The Voltt will shorten R&D timelines, improve battery performance, and reduce development risk for battery cells and systems in automotive, aerospace and niche industries. The Voltt is a comprehensive platform for use in battery... 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 →


Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB SiC Power Simulator that quickly evaluates Microchip’s silicon carbide (SiC) power devices and modules across various topologies before committing a design to hardware. Microchip’s MPLAB SiC Power Simulator is a PLECS (Piecewise Linear Electrical Circuit Simulation)-based software environment designed in collaboration with Plexim (the providers... Read more →


SAKOR Technologies, a recognized leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, is introducing the DynoLAB GenV next-generation test automation controller, which allows even a non-programmer to implement complex test systems and testing standards. Delivering a new benchmark in modularity, performance, robustness, and expandability, DynoLAB GenV is built on the... Read more →