By some accounts, subscription is on the verge of doing for the whole economy what Netflix and Spotify have done to DVDs and CDs — supplant ownership with access to an ever-refreshing supply for a monthly (or weekly) fee. The auto industry is not immune to the trend, but so far the traditional retail model Read More..
The Volkswagen Group is to take over WirelessCar, a Swedish telematics specialist, from Volvo, buying a 75.1pc stake to support its connected vehicle ecosystem. WirelessCar, founded in 1999 and based in Gothenburg, has developed a series of in-car services such as billing and concierge, safety and emergency, and remote diagnostics and breakdown: 3.5million cars worldwide 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..
Volkswagen Group is to establish a self-driving Mobility as a Service (MaaS) venture in Israel with partners Mobileye and Champion Motors. It will provide a fleet of electric vehicles for the New Mobility in Israel operation; Mobileye will provide its Level 4 AV hardware, map data, safety software and driving policy technology; and Champion Motors Read More..
MUNICH – Jensen Huang isn’t bothered by the differences between the five levels of autonomy that the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined for driverless cars. “As long as it works,” the Nvidia CEO told reporters here Thursday. Huang, who was in town for the chipmaker’s GTC Europe developer conference, said he expects Read More..
Nvidia’s Drive AGX Xavier technology will provide the Swedish premium car group with a computing platform that offers more power for advanced driver assistance systems and the flexibility to upgrade the car’s functions if and when needed. Nvidia’s technology will deliver “Level 2+” automated driving features, indicating it will offer more than today’s traditional ADAS 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..
Volvo Cars is to embed Google Assistant voice controls, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Android-based Sensus infotainment system. The Swedish carmaker also said its vehicle would in future start sharing data with trucks made by AB Volvo, a separate company. Volvo says that, by embedding Google technology, it Read More..
Both Volvo Cars and General Motors have announced the addition of the Amazon Key app to their respective connected services in the USA. This will be available to customers in 37 US cities and their surrounding areas, with more locations to follow. For Volvo customers, Amazon Key links Amazon Prime membership accounts with the Volvo Read More..
BMW, Daimler, Audi and Volvo have all announced that Tmall Genie, Alibaba AI Labs’ smart voice assistant, will be integrated into their digital ecosystems for Chinese consumers. Users with Tmall Genie-equipped devices at home will be able to remotely access information or data relating to their car such as fuel levels or whether its doors Read More..