TomTom offers semi-integrated navigation for Ford in Europe

TomTom offers automakers an opportunity to provide integrated navigation in lower segment models (Photo: TomTom)

TomTom is expanding its offering of semi-integrated navigation solutions through a partnership with Ford of Europe. The Amsterdam-based navigation systems maker said it will integrate its Go LIVE 1000 and 1005 into Ford models by providing a specially designed cradle for them. The advantage of the semi-integrated approach, which TomTom pioneered with French carmaker Renault, […]

SAP Automotive Symposium – Mainz

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SAP will host its Automotive Symposium in Mainz, Germany, Nov 16 and 17. The business software maker has drafted a program that focuses on how to speed up development and operations, improve intra-company cooperation, and streamline supply chain management. In addition, the two-day conference will look at the new opportunities that come from the growing […]

Los Angeles Auto Show

The LA Auto Show organizers expect more than 50 global and North American product debuts

The Los Angeles Auto Show will open its doors Nov. 18 amid continued optimism that the car industry is heading for continued global growth in coming years. “The automotive industry is gaining momentum,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the LA show.  He said in a press release that he wants the event to be […]

Renault, Nissan, PSA and Mitsubishi develop joint battery recharging standard

Carmakers would like to standardize battery recharging stations for electric vehicles (Photo: Schneider Electric)

Four major carmakers have decided to coordinate development of a technical standard for the recharging of electric-vehicle batteries in Europe. The group, which consists of Renault and its alliance partner Nissan, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors, will develop a technical reference based on the “EV Ready” standard originally developed by Renault and Schneider Electric, a French […]

With RelayRides, GM joins the car sharers

GM is using the RelayRides marketplace to make its first major foray into carsharing (Photo: GM)

General Motors is making its first major foray into car sharing through an agreement with RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace. The US-based automaker said the two companies would use GM’s OnStar onboard telematics system to let GM vehicle owners in the US rent out their cars when they are not using them. The program will […]

Nissan, GE collaborate to speed up EV adoption

Nissan will coordinate joint research from its technical center in Farmington Hills, Mich (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan and GE signed a two-year research collaboration pact to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. The Japanese carmaker, whose Nissan LEAF is one of the first EVs to be available to customers worldwide, is teaming up with GE to more quickly roll out a refueling infrastructure for the new vehicles. Access to battery […]

Japan’s HI Corp joins Genivi

HI Corp aims to improve the automotive HMI with the help of 3D rendering technology (Photo: HI)

HI CORPORATION has joined the Genivi alliance, adding another HMI specialist to the development group. The Japanese maker of mobile 3D graphics is joining an expanding group of carmakers and IT solutions providers who – within Genivi – are developing an open-source in-vehicle infotainment reference platform. Such an architecture is seen as important for the […]

Enersys to build lithium-ion batteries in Germany

The Duracar Quicc! electric minicar uses lithium-ion batteries with cells from LTC (Photo: GAIA)

EnerSys has formalized a joint-venture agreement to produce large-format lithium-ion battery cells in Germany. The US based energy-solutions group said it will have a majority interest in a new joint venture it has formed with GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC). The venture, which is scheduled to start operations […]

At Nissan, researchers hope to develop a mind-reading car

Nissan and the EPFL university are testing mind-reading systems with a wheelchair (Photo: EPFL)

It’s the thought that counts in a new Nissan Europe research project. The Japanese carmaker, together with the Lausanne Technical University (EPFL) is studying whether brain waves can actually direct a vehicle. “After scanning the thought patterns of its driver, the car of tomorrow will be able to predict its next move,” Nissan said in […]

OnStar won’t keep data connection to former customers’ cars

OnStar recently launched an aftermarket solution in the form of a rearview mirror (Photo: GM)

OnStar said Tuesday it was reversing an earlier decision to keep a data connection to customers’ vehicles after the OnStar service is canceled. The GM telematics division had sent e-mails to customers telling them that from Dec. 1 a cancellation of OnStar wouldn’t mean the data connection would be severed, unless a customer specifically asked […]