Dragos Muciuca has worked in Silicon Valley for 20 years, starting in the early days of BMW’s technology office scouting for new technology and startups. He went on to work in a range of engineering and R&D roles, including at Lockheed Martin and Apple, before joining Ford in Palo Alto in 2015. As technical leader Read More..
SF Motors is to add a new research and development facility in Milpitas, California, to bolster its ties with tech talent and suppliers in Silicon Valley. This will be at the new McCarthy Creekside industrial park, and will become operational by the last quarter of 2018 for prototyping and manufacturing of batteries and electric powertrains, Read More..
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) has joined the Plug and Play innovation platform, which describes itself as ‘Silicon Valley in a box’: its network brings together start-ups, investors, corporations and key stakeholders. Specific benefits for YFAI will be in areas including proof of concept tests, pilot projects and deal flow sessions with start-ups, it believes. “This Read More..
Robert Bosch has opened a new 104,000 square-foot Research and Technology Center (RTC) in Sunnyvale, California, in a move to further strengthen the German automotive supplier group’s ties with the regional high-tech industry. Bosch said the 40 million dlr facility is home to 200 team members, a number that can grow to 300 over time. The Read More..
Schaeffler has opened an office in Silicon Valley, hoping to foster tighter relationships with the regional high-tech industry as the auto industry changes. The large German automotive supplier said the San Jose office will work with start-ups and other technology partners to improve existing products and define and develop new tools and methods. Philip George, Read More..
Autonomous-vehicle technology start-up Aurora raised 90 million dollars in a financing round led by two venture capital companies, Greylock Partners and Index Ventures. Aurora was co-founded by Chris Urmson, the former Google executive who spearheaded that company’s autonomous car initiatives. Urmson now is CEO of Aurora. Reid Hoffman, Greylock partner and one of the co-founders Read More..
Ralf Lenninger has taken over as head of Continentalâ€™s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) business, succeeding Seval Oz, a high-profile former Google executive the German automotive supplier recruited in 2014. Oz has now left the company. Lenninger, previously senior vice president of Continentalâ€™s Interior Electronic Solutions (IES) business, assumed his new duties October 1. He will Read More..
Ford Motor, setting an ambitious new-mobility target, wants to have autonomous vehicles on the road in a ride-sharing or ride-hailing service by 2021. The US carmaker said last week that it is investing in or collaborating with four startups to speed up autonomous-vehicle development. It also is expanding its Silicon Valley R&D operations for the Read More..
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has launched a campaign to make Â his state the global leader in mobility innovation, The campaign, called â€œPlanet M,â€ is designed to attract fresh business investment to a state that has traditionally been the center of the US automotive industry. Michigan has been battling to preserve its automotive prominence as foreign Read More..
Future connected cars USA, a conference on the connectivity revolution in the car industry, will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center May 10-12. The conference theme is “Maximizing revenues from futureÂ technologies and anticipating industry disruption.” The three-day event will feature sessions on autonomous drive, building partnerships to benefit from the Internet of Things Read More..