Rising costs, concerns over cyber security, and emerging innovation hubs may eventually limit how much automotive companies grow and invest in northern California. Some estimates value Silicon Valley’s technology ‘ecosystem’ – the businesses, venture capitalism and education institutions that power its growth – at nearly $3 trillion. With the direction of mobility and manufacturing heading towards Read More..
As the relationship between Detroit and Silicon Valley matures, automotive manufacturers are increasingly connecting IT projects out west to their global operations. While remaining in ‘research’ mode for projects is a feature of virtually all Silicon Valley-based automotive centers, the work done here also benefits from having access to the engineers, facilities and capital Read More..
Carmakers are expanding technology and IT offices in Silicon Valley, and tasking them with functions that are different from the roles played by traditional R&D centers Silicon Valley has a long history in the transport industry stretching back nearly a century, notably in aerospace, aeronautics and defense. Along with the private sector, government and military Read More..
Honda Motor and Hitachi Automotive Systems plan to jointly develop electric motors in a joint venture they plan to establish by July of this year. AÂ name for the venture hasn’t yet been decided. Hitachi will be the majority owner with a 51 pc stake. The move underlines Honda’s commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) as expectations Read More..
(Bloomberg) –Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it is talking to Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., to try to strike a deal that would put its self-driving technology into some of the Japanese automakerâ€™s cars. Both companies stressed that the talks are about research, rather than full production vehicles, at this Read More..
Google has joined forces with several global automakers to extend its Android mobile ecosystem to the car. The search group has teamed up with Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia to form the “Open Automotive Alliance,” (OAA) a global partnership designed to bring the Android platform into the car this year already. As Read More..
Honda will start trials of a new micro-sized electric vehicle this autumn to see what kind of role such a vehicle can play in tomorrow’s urban transportation environment. The trials of Honda’s “Micro Commuter Prototype Beta” will be conducted jointly with the Japanese city of Saitama. The city hopes the vehicle can be used especially Read More..
Honda will show a car concept at the Shanghai auto show that will indicate the direction of a new model it will be launching in the important Chinese market at a later date. The Japanese car group said its Acura brand will show a global concept as well as a Chinese version of its next-generation Read More..
Honda next year will start testing a new “Micro Commuter” prototype, an electric vehicle for the Japanese market that could transport one driver Â and two children. The Japanese carmaker, which first unveiled the concept at the Tokyo Motor show in 2011, said Â so-called “demonstration testing” will look at how the vehicle performs in everyday short-distance Read More..
Four Asian carmakers plan to start selling fuel-cell electric vehicles in the Nordic countries in the 2014-2017 period. The four – Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai – signed a memorandum of understanding with several organizations to lay the groundwork for the market introduction of the vehicles. The agreement was signed with public and private organizations Read More..