Startups & Venturing

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    Faurecia invests in PowerSphyr to enhance cockpit connectivity tech

    2018-05-14T13:03:00Z

    Source: Faurecia PowerSphyr’s wireless charging pad is compatible with different devices Faurecia has made an investment in Silicon Valley start-up PowerSphyr, a provider of wireless charging solutions that can be applied to many types of electronic devices as well as sensors and actuators. These will ...

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    GM using Autodesk software, AI and cloud computing for vehicle lightweighting

    2018-05-09T12:47:30Z

    3D-printed seat bracket Image: GM General Motors has described how it is using generative design software from Autodesk in its next-generation lightweighting programme, and how this is helping the development of more efficient alternative-propulsion and zero-emission vehicles. Using cloud computing and AI-based algorithms, multiple permutations of a component can ...

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    Amazon Key unlocks Volvo and GM vehicles for parcel deliveries

    2018-04-30T11:50:26Z

    Amazon Prime in-car delivery (Image: Volvo) 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 ...

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    Former Opel CEO Neumann joins Evelozcity

    2018-04-27T13:48:13Z

    Karl-Thomas Neumann will join the EV start-up in May (Photo: Opel) Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is joining the senior management team of electric-vehicle startup Evelozcity. Neumann will be in charge of mobility and will develop the company's connected car strategy, launch mobility concepts and oversee customer experience, branding ...

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    SF Motors to open new Californian R&D center

    2018-04-27T11:17:27Z

    Trial production of the SF5 (pictured) and SF7 will start later this year (Image: SF Motors) 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 ...

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    DENSO takes stake in On The Road to accelerate IoT for mobility services

    2018-04-24T12:03:38Z

    Denso is paying 160 million yen for a 15% stake in On the Road (Image: Denso) DENSO Corporation has taken an equity stake in On The Road Co. Ltd., with a view to accelerating development of technologies for Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Its investment of around 160 million ...

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    Local Motors partners with Robotic Research to optimize development and production

    2018-04-23T08:39:19Z

    Local Motors designed the Olli autonomous shuttle bus to be 3D printed [Image: Local Motors] Local Motors is partnering with Robotic Research, best-known for its work for the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, to further develop Olli, its autonomous-driving shuttle bus. They will collaborate on integrating new ...

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    BMW i Ventures invests in Mapillary for HD maps and open-source imagery

    2018-04-19T11:55:37Z

    Swedish start-up Mapillary has built a sharing platform for imagery, map data BMW’s i Ventures spin-off has invested in Swedish HD mapping provider Mapillary, which has developed a platform utilizing user-generated street-level imagery to produce map data at scale. Images can be uploaded by any device, and data from ...

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    ViaVan ridesharing launched in London, European roll-out continues

    2018-04-18T09:42:23Z

    ViaVan is a joint venture between Mercedes and US tech start-up Via (Photo: Daimler) ViaVan, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and US tech start-up Via, has gone into operation in the center of London following its European launch a few weeks earlier in Amsterdam. New York-based Via has ...

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    US Toyota, Lexus models will have DSRC connectivity from 2021

    2018-04-17T13:41:18Z

    Car-to-car communication is designed to prevent traffic accidents (Illustration: Infineon) Toyota and Lexus will use Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems to connect cars in the US, starting with the 2021 model year. The goal is to adopt the car-to-car communication protocol across most of the brands' models by the ...