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Freescale opens Discovery Lab in Toulouse to foster innovation September 17, 2014 Freescale opens Discovery Lab in Toulouse to foster innovation Shortly after the company celebrated the first year of existence of its Austin-based Freescale Discovery Lab, an incubator where inventors of the next big thing pursue high risk, high reward ideas, Freescale has opened a European equivalent. Read more ZF swallows TRW Automotive to form world's second largest supplier September 15, 2014 ZF swallows TRW Automotive to form world's second largest supplier In a megadeal that has been in the offing for several months, automotive parts company ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired US-based TRW Automotive. The move creates the world's second largest automotive suppliers after Robert Bosch GmbH. Read more Parkmobile signs mobile payment agreement with the BMW Group September 15, 2014 Parkmobile signs mobile payment agreement with the BMW Group Parkmobile, a provider of mobile payment solutions to municipalities and parking providers has announced a substantial investment by the BMW Group in Parkmobile. Read more ZF withdraws from joint venture with Bosch September 15, 2014 ZF withdraws from joint venture with Bosch Automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has announced to acquire 100% of ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS), a company focusing on steering systems for cars and commercial vehicles. The company hitherto is a 50:50 joint venture of Bosch and automotive mechatronics provider ZF Friedrichshafen. With the move, ZF Friedrichshafen ... Read more Delphi to supply C2X to GM, starting 2016 September 10, 2014 Delphi to supply C2X to GM, starting 2016 Despite commitments from several OEMs, the exact future of Car-2-X communications (also known as V2X) remains vague. While General Motors recently announced V2X as a series feature for some of its cars and Daimler even mentioned 2013 as start of production, most OEMs cautiously avoid defining an exact ... Read more Baselabs, Tass facilitate virtual testing of ADAS algorithms September 04, 2014 Baselabs, Tass facilitate virtual testing of ADAS algorithms The development of automated vehicle systems and sophisticated driver assistance systems is already taking shape - with the design of virtual test environments for complex sensor fusion scenarios. Against this background two players in the small but promising niche of algorithms and platforms for virtual ... Read more Study challenges Tesla's Gigafactory figures, predicts battery overcapacity September 03, 2014 Study challenges Tesla's Gigafactory figures, predicts battery overcapacity Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk uses to impress the world with bold visions and ideas, and his recently announced plans to build and run a huge factory for traction batteries for electric vehicles gave an impression of the mindset of a man for whom the sky is the limit. But now technology consultant company ... Read more Sensata to pay $1-bn for tire pressure sensor leader September 01, 2014 Sensata to pay $1-bn for tire pressure sensor leader Sensata Technologies Holding NV (Almelo, Netherlands) has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the Schrader group of companies form Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for a total enterprise value of $1.0 billion. Schrader is the global leader in tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS). Read more Schaeffler to boost electromobility by Formula E commitment August 21, 2014 Schaeffler to boost electromobility by Formula E commitment Mechatronics technology company Schaeffler AG highlights its ambition to be conceived in the automotive markets of the future: The company announced a technology sponsorship for the ABT Sportsline racing team in the recently-launched FIA Formula E, the racing formula for electric vehicles. Read more Infineon closes technology gap through International Rectifier takeover August 20, 2014 Infineon closes technology gap through International Rectifier takeover Infineon has announced to swallow International Rectifier for the amount of $3 billion. With the move, the Munich-based chipmaker intends to close its technology gap in the promising GaN segment. In addition, Infineon hopes to better utilize its 300mm wafer fab in Dresden to capacity. Read more
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