Volkswagen will launch a fleet of shared electric vehicles in Germany next year, with international roll-out of its car-sharing services from 2020. Expanding Volkswagen’s ‘We’ customer platform, the mobility service will focus initially on cities in Europe, North America and Asia. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member for sales, said at an event in Berlin Read More..
The first European on-road trial of a shared mobility service using autonomous vehicles is beginning near Rouen, France. The partners in this Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab initiative are Groupe Renault, Métropole Rouen Normandie, Transdev Group and Matmut, and the on-demand service will be open for public use from September 2018. The service will use four Read More..
PSA Group is suspending all joint venture activity in Iran, following the withdrawal of the US government from a three-year-old multilateral pact aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The agreement, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed on July 14 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Read More..
A non-profit consortium involving major carmakers, suppliers, IT firms, start-ups and other transportation stakeholders has been announced to explore the application of blockchain technology in a digital mobility ecosystem. Founding members include BMW, Bosch, Ford, General Motors, Groupe Renault, ZF, Accenture, Context Labs and IBM. The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) aims to connect mobility Read More..
Renault is buying a 35 pc stake in Autonomous Vehicle Simulation (AVS), a move that will help it in efforts to develop and test autonomous vehicles. AVS was formed together with Oktal, a unit of French high-tech engineering company Sogeclair. Its technology will complement theÂ SCANeRTM simulation software already used by Renault and its alliance partner Read More..
Renault plans to acquire a French R&D division from Intel, giving the French carmaker deeper expertise in key digital technologies. The R&D unit specializes in embedded software, which is important for the development of connected and autonomous cars. Renault said the acquisition, set to be finalized this year, will bring more than 400 software experts Read More..
Renault has opened a so-called “Open Innovation Lab” in Paris in a bid to speed up new-mobility research and step up cooperation with French startup companies. The carmaker already runs similar innovation labs in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. The Paris facility, which is called “Le Square,” will be an experimental lab thatÂ will work closely Read More..
The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which brings together stakeholders in the global connectivity revolution, will take place in Barcelona Feb. 27 through March 2. The annual gathering, the world’s largest meeting place for the mobile industry, features both an exhibition and a conference program. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended MWC and 2,200 Read More..
The annual CES exhibition, the first major consumer electronics exhibition of the year, officially starts in Las Vegas on January 5. But press events already beginÂ on January 3, when electric-vehicle startup Faraday Future and several other companies plan toÂ announce new-product unveilings. CES, the world’s biggest technology, has in recent years featured a growing automotive presence, Read More..
Renault has entered into a strategic partnership with French computer vision specialist Chronocam to get advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) ready for autonomousÂ driving. Chronocam Â develops biologically inspired vision sensors and computer vision technologies for the auto industry. Renault earlier announced it had participated in the Paris-based startup’s 15 million dlr round of funding. Chronocamâ€™s vision Read More..