EV Battery Tech, London

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The annual EV Battery Tech conference will take place in London Feb 28 and 29, 2012. The two-day gathering will focus on  progress made in reducing the costs of electric-vehicle battery systems. A series of industry speakers will look at the latest developments. Key automaker speakers include Kazuo Yajima, head of Nissan’s global battery business, […]

Ford’s 2012 Escape offers range of new IT features

2013 Ford Escape

Ford’s new Escape SUV, which is unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this week, offers a range of IT features designed to show that the US carmaker is committed to spreading electronic innovation throughout its new models. The Escape is an important car for Ford for two reasons. The SUV segment is crucial to […]

US Mazda CX-5 to feature TomTom embedded navigation

The Mazda CX-5 will be shown in Los Angeles this month (Photo: Mazda)

When Mazda shows its new CX-5 at the Los Angeles auto show later this month, the compact crossover SUV will feature a line-fitted navigation system from TomTom, the Dutch navigation systems group said. TomTom said the integration marks the beginning of a new cooperation in North America with the Japanese carmaker. The CX-5 will be […]

Seat to roll out 2 electric cars for testing

The Seat Leon hybrid will be an "all-purpose car" (Photo: Seat)

Seat is getting ready to test two electric prototypes in advance of a full market introduction in 2015. The Spanish carmaker, a member of Germany’s Volkswagen Group, said it will make available for evaluation to government institutions in Catalonia and Madrid early versions of the Seat Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive. […]

German testers find cold weather shortens EV range

The Citroen C-Zero has a shortened electric range in winter, Dekra says (Photo: Citroen)

Electric vehicles have a much shorter driving range when the weather turns cold, according to tests conducted by Dekra, a German testing and certification company. Dekra conducted simulated summer and winter tests on a Citroen C-Zero EV. It found the car had an electric range of 138 km at 22 degrees centigrade. At minus 5, […]

Thai floods drive up hard disk prices

A shortage of hard disks is not expected to increase computer prices (Photo: Samsung)

Flooding in Thailand and resulting plant closures in the country have led to massive price increases for computer hard disks. According to BITKOM, Germany’s high-tech industry association, hard disk prices have risen 80 pc since September alone. BITKOM looked at the prices of 300 hard disks sold in German online shops between September 2 and […]

Alliance formed to advance ethernet for in-car connectivity

The OPEN alliance says ethernet is a cost-effective automotive networking technology (Photo: NXP)

  Carmakers BMW and Hyundai have teamed up with Broadcom, NXP Semiconductors, Freescale and Harman to make ethernet the computer networking technology of choice inside the car. The move comes as the auto industry is preparing for new and more data-heavy applications for tomorrow’s cars. Key among these are camera-based safety and security features, but […]

Harman, Sierra Wireless start LTE infotainment road tests

Sierra Wireless will use its AirPrime wireless modules to get faster connectivity into the car (Photo: Sierra Wireless)

HARMAN and Sierra Wireless are cooperating to make in-car infotainment systems connect faster with the world outside the vehicle. Harman, a large audio and infotainment group, is teaming up with wireless module maker Sierra Wireless to speed up the use of the new, faster LTE -or 4G- mobile communication standard in cars. Road tests of […]

Toyota, Intel join forces on next-generation infotainment

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Toyota and Intel are teaming up to develop the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment systems. Intel, the world’s biggest chipmaker, said the two companies hope to devise new usage models for connecting mobile devices in the car. The cooperation took shape amid expectations that connected cars will be the third-fastest growing technology-powered devices, following smartphones […]

TELEMATICS UPDATE: No role for smartphones in Europe’s eCall

eCall emergency calls need to reach call centers without delay (Photo: EU, ADAC)

MUNICH –Smartphone integration may be one of the hottest issues in automotive infotainment, but the ubiquitous end-user device will not play a role in Europe’s eCall initiative. The EU Commission wants the Europe-wide emergency calling system to be mandatory in cars from 2015. But implementation across all of the bloc’s 27 member nations has been […]