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Volvo speeds electrification switchover October 16, 2015 Volvo speeds electrification switchover With a purely electric vehicle, Volvo plans to enter the increasingly competitive e-car fray. In addition, the company disclosed plans to ‘hybridify” its entire fleet and to introduce a modular platform that improves the design scalability. Read more EB takes over Continental’s AR software October 15, 2015 EB takes over Continental’s AR software After the completion of its acquisition by tier one supplier Continental, Elektrobit (EB) will remain a widely independent company. The Erlangen (Germany) based software vendor will provide a broad range of software products to Continental and other customers. In the focus is currently a software that ... Read more First consequences of VW scandal: Brutal cuts in R&D spending October 13, 2015 First consequences of VW scandal: Brutal cuts in R&D spending In the wake of the Dieselgate scandal about manipulated exhaust gas values, Volkswagen sees itself compelled to change some strategic product directions and to drastically cut R&D spending. As a signal for a new start, the company puts more emphasis on powertrain electrification. Read more R&D centre investigates flow cell applications October 12, 2015 R&D centre investigates flow cell applications Nanoflowcell AG, developer of an electric vehicle with “liquid” batteries, has announced to build an R&D centre for its flow cell technology. Construction works will start early in 2016, completion of the “Quant City” is scheduled for 2016. While the focus of the activities will be on further developing ... Read more Standardisation of vehicle data makes progress October 07, 2015 Standardisation of vehicle data makes progress Representatives from electronic map provider HERE and companies active along the automotive value chain have met in Auburn Hills (USA) to push their joint activities to create a global interface format for vehicle sensor data. Such a standard would speed the development of automated driving worldwide. ... Read more BAIC launches R&D centre in Aachen October 02, 2015 BAIC launches R&D centre in Aachen A couple of years ago, European and American carmakers opened R&D centres in China to better align their products to the demand in far east. As the Chinese auto industry gains strength, the story also works the other way around: BAIC opens an R&D centre in Germany. It is already its second one in the ... Read more ST extends ARM licence to ARMv8-R for advanced automotive designs September 30, 2015 ST extends ARM licence to ARMv8-R for advanced automotive designs STMicroelectronics has licensed further ARM 32-bit processor technology for use in real-time safety-related Smart Driving applications. The ARMv8-R architecture combines real-time performance and functional safety features. Read more Tesla promises 1000 km range for e-cars soon September 28, 2015 Tesla promises 1000 km range for e-cars soon One of drawbacks of battery electric vehicles is its rather limited driving range. On one battery charge, no car drives more than some 500 km (310 miles), significantly less than conventional vehicles use to offer. In a Danish TV interview, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced to double the range within ... Read more Dialog to acquire Atmel for USD4.6bn in IoT push September 21, 2015 Dialog to acquire Atmel for USD4.6bn in IoT push U.K.-based Dialog Semiconductor PLC is to buy Atmel Corp. in a $4.6 billion cash-and-stock deal in a move to try and capture a larger slice of the Internet of Things (IOT) market. Read more Autonomous driving not a question of technology, managers say September 11, 2015 Autonomous driving not a question of technology, managers say Drivers who summon their vehicles out of the underground garage with their smartphone and then continue their ride in a laid-back manner while the silicon chauffeur direct the car through the traffic: This scenario could be reality in a few years, shows a representative survey among top managers in the ... Read more
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