TSMC has become a critical supplier for major automakers in the US, Japan and Europe. According to Jerry Wang, chairman of the Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan boasts leading electronics components and ability in system integration in addition to a complete semiconductor ecosystem. The companies' mastery will benefit future car development.
Leading semiconductor companies like NXP, Nvidia and MediaTek are working on using AI in future smart cockpits. Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), which is experienced in system-in-package (SiP) technology, recently said it is collaborating with automotive SoC solution providers to develop automotive compute SiP/SoM modules. The solution will help car OEMs and tier-1 suppliers accelerate smart cockpit development.
The Chinese government aims to stimulate its economy by encouraging more people to buy cars, especially EVs. The country announced a series of measures on July 20, including enhancing charging infrastructure and offering charging fee discounts.
Foxconn has developed multiple partnerships as it scales up its semiconductor and EV businesses. The company recently announced a collaboration with US-based semiconductor company Analog Devices (ADI). The pair signed an MoU about jointly developing a new-generation digital cockpit platform and high-performance battery management system.
Toyota announced an updated business plan for battery EVs after the new leadership took office. According to sources, automotive suppliers will not ignore the opportunities that Toyota can create for them while the carmaker has been falling behind Tesla, BYD or Volkswagen in growing its EV business.
Taiwan has the highest density of motorcycles in Asia. With the public, industry, and government prioritizing the safety of road users more, motorcycle IoT has become a unique topic in Taiwan's smart transportation development. Tien-Pen Hsu, executive director of the Taiwan Telematics Industry Association (TTIA) and lead researcher for the "Motorcycle IoT Collaborative Safety and Service Diffusion Experiment Research Project," stated that in terms of Taiwan's traffic environment, motorcycles have more urgency for IoT connectivity than cars.
Volkswagen has doubled down to grow its charging capability in the world's largest EV market. The automaker's China division announced on July 3 that it plans to increase capital investment in local charging service provider CAMS by CNY800 million (US$112 million) and launch a pilot charging program.
After surveying and analyzing the showcases at Taipei AMPA & Autotronics Taipei 2023 and E-Mobility Taiwan 2023 held in mid-April, DIGITIMES Research found that this year's event featured a growing number of high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor applications that significantly boost electrical vehicle (EV) efficiency, while the development of automotive electronics including mmWave radars, head-up displays (HUDs) and rear seat entertainment (RSE) systems are targeting mainly high-end applications, according to DIGITIMES Research's latest report covering the show.
Swedish electric performance car brand Polestar announced on June 19 that it will establish a US$200 million joint venture with China-based technology company Xingji Meizu Group. The duo aims to develop an automotive operating system for Polestar cars sold in China.
When product autonomy is considered in the long run, it's not surprising to see carmakers and smartphone manufacturers in China vying to cross over into each other's market. However, as seen with Nio, Xiaomi, and Huawei, making a smart car completely in-house with only either the car owner base or the smartphone technology may not be the best market penetration strategy.
Germany-based automaker Mercedes-Benz recently obtained its second permit in the US for its L3 autonomous driving technology, Drive Pilot. As 2025, thought to be a watershed year in L3 autonomous vehicles, draws closer, global production plans for these vehicles remain sparse due to strict regulatory constraints on these advanced systems.
Samsung Electronics will enter its first collaboration on automotive semiconductors with Hyundai Motor, as its latest automotive processor, Exynos Auto V920, has been selected to power the Korean automaker's next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, according to Korean media reports.