Swiss design consultancy Rinspeed will present a scaled-down version of its Snap concept at CES, Las Vegas, in January: microSNAP has been shrunk to “the dimensions of a Renault Twizy”, the company says, to propose a modular micro-mobility solution for last-mile applications. Like the larger Snap, seen in Vegas last year, microSNAP has a skateboard Read More..
Californian electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive, founded 2009, has hit the headlines this week with the unveiling of two tough-looking, load-carrying, active-outdoors models: the R1T, a five-seater pick-up truck, and the R1S, a seven-seater SUV [pictured]. These are both to be built in the USA in Normal, Illinois, and are based on a skateboard chassis Read More..
The eighth-generation Porsche 911, unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show, is more powerful and performance-oriented than ever – and its onboard technology has also been boosted. By Paul Fisher. However, those expecting a Porsche 911 ready for the digital and EV age will have been disappointed and it poses questions about the long-term future of Read More..
Veniam, a young provider of networking software for connected vehicles and mobility systems, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s long-established Denso. The planned joint project will explore the integration of Veniam’s intelligent data networking features into Denso’s communication management systems: this will, says Veniam, “improve the ability of vehicles to move large amounts Read More..
Visteon Corporation has held an inauguration ceremony for a new 6,500 sq-m facility in Karlsruhe, Germany, its lead technology hub for Europe. This technology centre will host advanced development of vehicle cockpit electronics, and will lead the development of the Visteon DriveCore autonomous driving platform [under testing, pictured]. The new facility will house 500 employees Read More..
Ford, Honda and Volkswagen have demonstrated or announced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) trials this week. These are all intended to explore technologies to ease traffic congestion, smooth out traffic flow and increase safety and efficiency; and while they currently involve alerts (and later, interventions) to human drivers, in the longer-term the technologies will be applicable Read More..
The Harman Spark connected-car device is being offered to drivers in the US to enable location-based services, a 4G LTE wifi hotspot for up to eight devices, remote diagnostics, emergency crash assistance, in-app payments, geofencing, remote monitoring of the vehicle, parking reservations and more. It is marketed via telecomms provider AT&T at $79.99 with service Read More..
Groupe PSA has started a connected-car demonstration programme in Wuxi, China, to showcase the application of wireless LTE-V2X vehicle-to-infrastructure communications on a city level. The project involves over 100,000 commercial users; 13 typical scenarios; over 600 communication base stations; and 226 road intersections; and covers an area of 170 sq km. The demonstration is supported Read More..
Toyota’s North America R&D team members are being invited to connect up their cars to the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE), led by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The AACVTE is trialling the latest wireless DSRC 5.9GHz V2X system and is asking over 1800 Toyota employees plus their families in Read More..
Luxoft, a global IT service provider based in Zug, Switzerland, has acquired Objective Software GmbH, a 20-year-old consultancy with its headquarters in Munich, Germany plus offices in Turin, Italy; Luxembourg; and Wroclaw, Poland. Objective specializes in software development for the automotive industry, with a focus on connected cars and autonomous drive. Objective’s portfolio of IP Read More..