Startups & Venturing

The latest news and developments for startups, corporate venturing and incubation for automotive and mobility technology

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At ZF, a broad focus on a wide range of automotive technologies

2019-07-19T13:45:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

ZF Friedrichshafen’s new technologies are designed to support the further automation of the mobility experience on various fronts, but the large German automotive supplier doesn’t see full autonomous driving on public roads anytime soon. In the meantime, it works to improve conventional vehicles, while at the same time developing tomorrow’s mobility.

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Karl-Thomas Neumann to leave Canoo EV startup

2019-07-18T16:46:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Karl-Thomas Neumann is leaving the management team of Canoo, the electric vehicle startup previously known as Evelozcity.

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Volkswagen makes Dresden a center for its industrial cloud

2019-06-24T21:21:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen has opened a new IT center today at its factory in Dresden, Germany that is set to play an important role in the carmaker’s cloud, hardware and software applications, in particular across digital assembly and logistics processes.

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Renault, Nissan partner with Waymo to explore driverless mobility services

2019-06-21T07:14:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Renault and Nissan have signed an agreement with Waymo to jointly explore the feasibility of driverless mobility services.

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Ford tackles last-mile delivery challenge with pedestrian couriers, algorithms

2019-06-19T13:29:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Ford’s European smart mobiity boss, Sarah-Jayne Williams, explains how a last-mile delivery pilot project yielded several positive insights

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-29T10:43:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of innovation in areas like machine learning and cyber security – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools.

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Watch: How Faurecia invests in startups

2019-05-28T23:37:00+01:00

Faurecia Ventures is the company’s corporate venturing division, searching out next generation digital and mobility technology.

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Faurecia invests in Israeli cyber security firm as part of digital and connected service push

2019-05-28T18:22:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The French-based automotive supplier has invested in GuardKnox to help secure vehicle connectivity and data processing.

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Watch: Ford's home delivery robot

2019-05-22T23:30:00+01:00

A human-like robot delivers home parcels – and draws on the hardware and sensors of self-driving vehicles to do it.

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Come and knock on my door: Ford's home delivery robot

2019-05-22T22:25:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford and Agility Robotics have developed a robot that delivers home parcels – and draws on the hardware and sensors of self-driving vehicles to do it.

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IT and software keep Daimler ahead in China

2019-05-18T13:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The vehicle manufacturer has a dedicated IT organisation in Greater China, led by Stefan Eberhardt, which is focusing on front-end development, improving digital customer experiences and benefiting from the country’s huge tech and startup scene – all of it strategic to Daimler and Mercedes-Benz growth in the world’s largest market.

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Porsche acquires majority in software company Cetitec

2019-05-09T12:45:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Porsche is acquiring a majority stake in German software company Cetitec. The sports car maker said the move acknowledges the growing importance and complexity of software and electronics in vehicles.

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Renault and partners in pact with Plug and Play China

2019-05-09T10:49:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi are strengthening their commitment to invest in innovative companies in China.

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Borgwarner forms battery JV with Romeo Power

2019-05-08T08:56:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Borgwarner plans to enter into a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology to manufacture battery packs for electric vehicles.

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VW plans supply chain project using blockchain technology

2019-04-29T09:29:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen plans a pilot project that will use blockchain technology to gain greater transparency in its global supply chain.

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Analysis: Dual role for Porsche CIO Ulbrich combines IT operations and digital strategy

2019-04-12T12:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Mattias Ulbrich’s dual role, and the departure of previous CDO and head of Porsche Digital, Thilo Koslowski, suggests that digital transformation at many OEMs might be most effective by those with hands-on IT roles.

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Daimler in focus: Development speed, open architecture and connecting with customers

2019-04-11T14:24:00+01:00By Hilmar Dunker, Ralf Bretting

Daimler’s global chief information officer, Jan Brecht, speaks to automotiveIT about speed, data, open-source software and other corporate IT priorities.

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Analysis: Covestro sees new automotive opportunities as cars evolve

2019-04-09T17:37:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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.

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AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.

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Byton completes cold-weather tests of M-Byte prototype

2019-04-03T11:42:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Electric-vehicle startup Byton said it has completed cold-weather testing of its M-Byte prototype.

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