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Autoliv buys lidar expertise

Automotive safety company Autoliv buys lidar and time-of-flight cameras from Swedish firm Fotonic i Norden, according to Vehicle Electronics. The acquisition represents a transfer of certain intellectual property rights, development and prototyping assets and development resources. ‘Lidar and time-of-flight cameras are important sensors to make autonomous driving a reality,’ said Johan, president of Autoliv Electronics. […]

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Germany sees EV growth

EV growth in Germany, a country that we associate to diesel, is encouraging other markets in Europe which are trying to convert drivers to the technology. In August, the first month of scrappage incentives, Electric vehicles recorded a growth of 143.2% year-on-year and have increased their sales by 135% in the first eight months of […]

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Accelerate the connected car with Meridian

Meridian is a partnership between the CCAV, the Automotive Council and Advanced Propulsion Centre that aims to accelerate the connected car testing and development in the UK. It creates a community that will fill the gaps in the supply chain and strengths the UK. Its goal is to bring together established UK startups, OEMs and […]

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Opel to share engines with PSA

Following the acquisition of Opel by the PSA Group, a number of plans have been put together to cut costs, according to Autovista Group. Several key decisions must be made in order to bring the company back to profit, after its 210€ million loss in Q2 2017. One area that can save money is in […]

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Tesla quarterly sales results on Carandus

Tesla quarterly sales results are the manufacturer’s best in company history after it closed out the third quarter with 26,150 units sold, according to Green Car Reports. Despite the figure’s cause for celebration, the figure may be interpreted as a downside by some since the third quarter’s sales in 2017 just inched past Q3 2016 […]

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Autonomous Motorbike – a step forward

A research project between AutoRD and Imperial College London has produced a development platform for an autonomous motorbike, according to Vehicle Electronics. The prototype can only follow a predetermined path but is designed so that future autonomous technologies can be tested. AutoRD technician Alexander Ross-Martin said that the company would be looking to experiment with […]

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Toyota enters joint venture to develop electric vehicles

Toyota has entered into a joint venture partnership with Japanese manufacturer Mazda and parts supplier Denso to develop ‘basic structural technologies for electric vehicles ’, according to Autovista Group. The group will form a new company, EV C.A. Spirit Co., and each will provide engineers to ensure efficient uptake of technology and integration into each […]

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Dyson to build a fully electric car

Technology company Dyson, known for its home care products including vacuum cleaners and fans, has announced plans to build a fully electric car by 2020, bringing to reality a project that owner and inventor James Dyson has stated is a long-term ambitions, according to Autovista Group. The company plans to spend around £2 billion on […]

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Uber loses licence to operate in London

Uber is to lose its ability to operate in London, with the city’s transport authority stating that it was ‘not fit and proper to hold a private hire vehicle license’, according to Autovista Group. Uber has 40,000 drivers in the city, with around 3.5 million users, taking around a third of the market share for […]

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Mild hybrids offer easy bridge to electrification

Manufacturers are turning to 48-volt mild hybrid systems to ensure they can meet strict emissions targets with their existing fleets while they continue an electrification process, according to Autovista Group. Valeo and Delphi highlighted their 48-volt systems adding some electric power to traditional petrol engines, meaning car makers can adopt them without the need to […]

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