Newsletter #70 - March 2022

Ford to split its EV operations into a separate business unit 03/02/2022: Read more

There's a new Ford in town — two, to be exact. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker this morning confirmed recent reports that it would split its electric vehicle and internal combustion operations into two separate business units within the company, with "Ford Model e" heading up EV development and "Ford Blue" driving traditional vehicles. 

Stellantis and LG Energy will build $4.1B EV battery plant in Windsor 03/24/2022: Read more

Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, and LG Energy Solution today announced they have executed binding, definitive agreements to establish a $4.1 billion large-scale, domestic, electric-vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Windsor.

Volvo invests $1 billion to implement mega casting method in EV production 03/02/2022: Read more

Volvo is investing approximately $1 billion in its plant in Torslanda, Sweden, which is the automaker’s largest factory. The investment targets producing "next-generation electric cars more efficiently." 

GM and POSCO Chemical to build $400M battery material facility in Quebec 03/08/2022Read more

General Motors Co. in Detroit and POSCO Chemical announced they are collaborating with the governments of Canada and Quebec City to build a new facility for the manufacturing of electric vehicle battery materials at an estimated cost of $400 million.

Ontario official envisions end-to-end EV supply chain 03/16/2022Read more

Ontario’s minister for economic development, job creation and trade says his conservative government will push for the province to become an end-to-end electric-vehicle maker – from battery-mineral production to parts and auto assembly.

Stellantis reveals Jeep and Ram EVs supporting new strategy  03/03/2022: Read more

Stellantis N.V. unveiled in a presentation earlier this week what it says is a bold strategic plan for the rest of the decade to be “second to none” in value creation for all stakeholders. With Dare Forward 2030, the company wants to become the industry champion in the fight against climate change, reaching carbon net-zero emissions by 2038, with a 50% reduction by 2030.

GM increases ownership stake in Cruise with $3.45B investment  03/21/2022: Read more
General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced it is acquiring SoftBank Vision Fund 1’s equity ownership stake in Cruise, an autonomous vehicle company in San Francisco, for $2.1 billion.

U.S. eliminates human controls requirement for fully automated vehicles – 03/10/2022: Read more
U.S. regulators issued final rules eliminating the need for automated vehicle manufacturers to equip fully autonomous vehicles with manual driving controls to meet crash standards.

Automated long-haul trucking could leave hundreds of thousands without jobs 28/03/2022:  Read more

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh offers insight of how and where automation might replace operator hours in long-haul trucking.

Momentum builds for Nvidia’s GPU and AI solutions  03/22/2022: Read more
At its 2022 GTC conference this week, Nvidia today announced the start of production of its Drive Orin autonomous vehicle computer, showcased new automakers adopting its Drive platform, and unveiled the next generation of its Drive Hyperion architecture.

John Deere's new autonomous tractor could be the future of farming  03/19/2022: Read more
The company said by the fall, between 10 and 50 autonomous tillage machines will be running, primarily in the upper Midwest.

Expanding ADAS roles for radar and cameras 03/2022: Read more

Cameras and radar have become so widely used in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) that it'd be easy to label them as commodities. The well-known technologies, in use in the automotive space now for decades, are often considered only placeholders for lower-level autonomy while the industry waits for significant lidar price reductions. But cameras and radar systems continue to evolve rapidly and may even supplant the need for lidar.

USA’s largest public autonomous shuttle deployment announced in Jacksonville  03/03/2022: Read more
Florida’s Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has announced that is has selected the Balfour Beatty Vision 2 Reality (V2R) team and autonomous vehicle (AV) solutions provider Beep to deliver  its new public AV service.

Actronika's Skinetic haptic vest is now available on Kickstarter!  03/10/2022: Read more
"The new generation of immersive VR is here... We have been hard at work over the last few months for this day: the launch of our Skinetic haptic vest, allowing users to feel all sensations in VR as if they were in the real world!"

Ubimobility-EV 2022 09/26/2022-10/14/2022: Register
Business France created Ubimobility-EV, a unique immersion program for electric vehicle technologies. With the assistance of the automotive, transportation, IT industries and clusters, Business France scouts out the leading French mobility startups with electric vehicle and related technologies.

Electrification 2022 International Conference & Exposition  – 06/28/2022-06/30/2022: Register
Electrification 2022 will bring together thought leaders and innovators from across the electrification spectrum, providing you with a wide range of opportunities for education and collaboration to help advance your organization’s initiatives.

ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo and Conference – 09/07/2022-09/08/2022: Register
Using the hugely successful formula that has been applied to the annual international event held in Europe, UKi Media & Events has announced that ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo & Conference will head to the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA on September 7 & 8, 2022.

The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo  09/13/2022-09/15/2022: Register
The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo is the only trade show and conference dedicated to the drive train and power system EVs and HEVs.

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