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 →


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 →


GM’s Ultra Cruise ADAS to feature new sensor suite

General Motors’s Ultra Cruise, the company’s next-generation advanced driver assistance system designed to enable ultimately hands-free driving in 95% of all driving scenarios, will have a 360-degree view of the vehicle through a unique sensor suite when it launches on the Cadillac CELESTIQ. Ultra Cruise uses a blend of cameras,... Read more →


NXP to offer Qnovo SpectralX battery management software in e-mobility solutions

Dutch semiconductor designer and manufacturer NXP Semiconductors will offer Qnovo’s SpectralX technology as part of its e-mobility enablement solutions for electric vehicles (EV) in 2023. SpectralX is intelligent battery management system (BMS) software that uses predictive analytics to improve battery performance, range, and safety in several types of EVs with... 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 →


EV AI software company Electra Vehicles raises $21M in a round led by United Ventures with participation from Stellantis

Electra Vehicles, a B2B electric vehicle AI software company headquartered in Boston that produces Cloud and onboard software to optimize the performance of electric vehicle battery systems, raised $21 million in an oversubscribed investment round. The round is led by United Ventures, the Italian venture capital firm specializing in digital... 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 →


Volkswagen’s CARIAD acquiring the Mobility Services Platform business unit of Hexad GmbH

CARIAD, an independent automotive software company in the Volkswagen Group, plans to acquire the Mobility Services Platform business unit of German software development company Hexad GmbH. With this the software company of the VW Group will gain new competencies in the development of cloud services. These services are part 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 →


INFINIQ demonstrates sensor fusion annotation and anonymization technology optimized for autonomous driving at CES

INFINIQ demonstrated its sensor fusion annotation technology at the CES 2023 with lidar and camera sensors. INFINIQ is an AI data service provider that specializes in autonomous driving. It has an end-to-end data platform called DataStudio which includes data collection, data anonymization, and data annotation throughout the whole lifecycle of... Read more →


TTTech Auto, the Vienna-based provider of automotive safety software, is expanding its operations with a dedicated subsidiary in China. The new TTTech Auto branch in Shanghai will bring its expertise and the series proven safe vehicle software platform, MotionWise, to car manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and partners to the rapidly... Read more →


Volkswagen of America is beginning to roll out software updates for the ID.4 EV in the US. New features to enhance the charging experience and further improve system performance will be available on MY21 and certain MY22 vehicles. This first update is a prerequisite for future features. Eligible vehicle owners... 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 →


Rolls-Royce and Classiq collaborate on quantum algorithm design for computational fluid dynamics

Quantum software company Classiq is working with Rolls-Royce to implement novel computational fluid dynamics algorithms. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) deals with heavy, and complex numerical simulations of fluid and gas phenomena. Used in many industrial applications, CFD is key to improving advanced equipment design by, for example, optimizing aerodynamics and... 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 →


Velodyne Lidar has acquired Bluecity, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence (AI) software company, in an all-stock transaction. The addition of Bluecity is expected to be immaterial to operating expenses and cash usage. Bluecity’s executive, software development and sales teams will join Velodyne. Velodyne and Bluecity have been partnering for many years... 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 →


The board of directors of Beglian transportation operator De Lijn has approved the implementation of an €11.2-million integrated charging and depot management system from German supplier PSI eBus. This software package will play a crucial role in steering the e-buses’ charging processes and all movements of all buses in their... Read more →


CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group’s software company, has selected BlackBerry QNX technology as one component of its software platform VW.OS. Announced as part of Volkswagen Group’s NEW AUTO strategy, CARIAD is developing a unified software platform that consists of VW.OS, the Volkswagen Cloud VW.AC and a scalable, unified end-to-end electronic architecture.... Read more →