With the car undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 130-year history, companies such as materials maker Covestro hope to capitalize on the fresh opportunities emerging in the automotive supply chain. Covestro, a 2015 spin-off from German chemicals group Bayer, makes advanced polymers and high-performance plastics for a range of industries. Up to one-fourth Read More..
As head of future solutions at the core Interior Division of Continental, Ralf Lenninger looks at the big trends that are not only reshaping the car business but also are redefining the roles that traditional automotive supplier groups such as Continental need to play. The transformation of the auto industry is forcing suppliers to be Read More..
Audi’s AID (Autonomous Intelligent Driving) subsidiary, formed in 2017 to supply autonomous technologies to the Volkswagen Group brands, will leverage LiDAR technology from Luminar for its first on-road deployments of autonomous vehicles in 2021. It will source forward-facing high-fidelity and long-range LiDAR from Luminar, which is also participating in AID’s program for full-stack development. AID 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..
Volvo Cars is showing no actual cars at the Los Angeles auto show (now known as Automobility LA) this week – it has instead elected to “demonstrate its vision” for the future of mobility – but it is exhibiting the LiDAR sensor and perception technology it is leveraging for autonomous driving. This has been developed Read More..
Chinese LiDAR developer ABAX Sensing has completed a follow-on round of financing, led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC). Other investors include China tech firm Orbbec and GSR Capital. RBVC’s managing director, Dr Ingo Ramesohl, said in a statement that this “underlines our excitement in the disruptive approach of ABAX for the next-generation LiDAR”. ABAX has Read More..
Blickfeld wants to give autonomous vehicles the gift of sight. Using cheaper components and deploying micromechanics to reduce size and weight, the Munich-based startup hopes to play an important role in speeding up the mass-market rollout of driverless cars. Once Level 5 autonomy comes into play, fully automated driverless cars will need 360 degree vision Read More..
The newly-founded Volvo Cars Tech Fund has invested in Luminar, which develops lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles. The move by the Swedish carmaker builds on an existing collaboration with the start-up, which has facilities in Palo Alto, California, and Orlando, Florida. “Luminar represents exactly the type of company and technology we seek to invest in, Read More..
Byton has unveiled a concept previewing its second car, the K-Byte sedan, in advance of CES Asia in Shanghai. This is the result of a partnership with autonomous driving technology firm Aurora, and the two companies claim that they will have a fleet of level 4-capable vehicles ready for testing by the end of 2020. Read More..
Israeli LiDAR and computer vision technology provider Innoviz Technologies is partnering with HiRain Technologies to supply autonomous driving systems to Chinese carmakers. Beijing-based automotive electronics supplier HiRain is integrating Innoviz’s MEMs-based solid-state LiDAR into its products, which are developed with an eye to mass production. It is supporting Levels 1-3 of driving assistance; developing higher-level Read More..