Friday 8 December 2023
Flying car innovation soars: Bellwether and UK-Taiwan partnership advance eVTOL technology
Intelligent transportation is emerging as a global trend and a revolutionary force in the field. Bellwether Advanced Mobility Solutions (BAMS), a subsidiary of the UK-based Bellwether Industries, is developing a new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) transport vehicle designed for urban mobility. The aircraft is anticipated to become widely available by the year 2030.
Tuesday 28 November 2023
EV saves 2024: Taiwan-based electronics ODMs and OEMs look to EV for growth potential
As the consumer electronics market witnesses inertia, companies are looking to non-consumer products for growth opportunities, and among these products are automotive applications. This sector has attracted the attention of Taiwanese OEMs like Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) and Pegatron, alongside ODM Quanta Computer (Quanta). It has become clear that these three companies regard the EV sector as a major growth driver.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
The current state and future of autonomous driving technology
In less than 40 years since the inception of the first self-driving car, we have witnessed significant progress and changes in the automotive industry. However, the journey toward the widespread adoption of fully autonomous driving still has its last mile to cover. While the industry focuses on commercially viable, limited advanced driver-assistance systems, the ultimate goal is to achieve truly hands-free, fully autonomous driving.
Friday 17 November 2023
AUO drives the future of smart mobility with innovative MicroLED displays
Taiwanese panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) is making a significant foray into the automotive market with innovative smart cockpit solutions featuring MicroLED display technology. The company's recent acquisition of Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH (BHTC) and its upcoming inaugural appearance at CES 2024 are key milestones in this strategic expansion.
Thursday 16 November 2023
India postponed localization deadlines for EV charger components
Despite efforts to encourage local manufacturing for electric vehicle (EV) chargers through local sourcing requirements, India postponed the localization date for half of the EV charger components in the latest notification, signaling difficulties for indigenization.
Monday 13 November 2023
EV scale-up requires public, private sectors collaboration
Southeast Asia is rising in the global EV market, especially with more China-based carmakers entering the region. Shuji Kimura, senior transport specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential for ramping up the Southeast Asian EV sector.
Tuesday 7 November 2023
China aims to become humanoid robotics industry leader by 2027
Although the Made-in-China 2025 Plan has yet to be completely achieved, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China recently released a new document with the title of "Guidance for Humanoid Robotics Innovation Foundation Development", aiming to establish an innovative ecosystem for humanoid robotics by 2025.
Friday 27 October 2023
Foxconn-backed MIH licenses Project X to M Mobility
Open EV consortium MIH announced on October 26 that it will license the hardware and software platforms of Project X to commercial EV solutions provider M Mobility. MIH unveiled the concept car of Project X and secured a license partner within a short time, showing its ambition for commercialization.
Friday 27 October 2023
Denso doubles down on semiconductor business with US$3.3 billion investment
Leading automotive tier-1 supplier Denso announced on October 26 that it will invest about JPY500 billion (US$3.3 billion) in scaling up the semiconductor business. The company also plans to accelerate the development of electronic platforms and over-the-air technology.
Thursday 26 October 2023
Toyota CEO sees EVs as missing piece for world's top carmaker
How's this for a difficult job: taking over from the founder's grandson, who led the family business to the very top of its industry, and who's still very much in the mix as paradigm-changing disruptors force the company to transform.
Wednesday 25 October 2023
MIH unveils new smart mobility solution at Japan Mobility Show
To assist the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain ecosystem in gaining an edge in the fiercely competitive market, the MIH Consortium, in addition to actively promoting an open platform and standardized modules, continues to introduce innovative solutions to meet market demands. During the Japan Mobility Show held on October 25, MIH unveiled its new smart mobility solutions: Project X and Project Y, which will comprehensively cover new trends in urban living, including People Mover and Goods Mover.
Wednesday 25 October 2023
Car applications become AUO's third-largest product line and the firm's big-name partners unveiled
AU Optronics (AUO) has been actively positioning itself in the automotive market as automotive applications becoming the third largest product line at AUO, surpassing LCD monitors and reaching more than NT$10 billion (around US$309.87 million) in single-quarter revenue.
Monday 23 October 2023
Top 3 Japanese carmakers to demonstrate BEVs, full-solid-state batteries at Japan Mobility Show
Leading Japan-based automakers will exhibit their latest technology at Tokyo's upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023. Nissan will showcase an EV powered by its full-solid-state batteries, Toyota will demonstrate its multi-purpose concept battery EV, and Honda plans to introduce the large-sized fuel-cell truck it co-develops with Isuzu to the public.
Thursday 12 October 2023
US sanctions to hinder SenseTime's automotive business growth
China-based image recognition technology company SenseTime is ramping up its automotive sales as self-driving develops. The effort is critical to SenseTime because China's sluggish real-estate market has caused a revenue decrease in the company's smart city business.
Wednesday 11 October 2023
BOS Semiconductors partners with Tenstorrent to develop automotive SoC
South Korea-based fabless startup BOS Semiconductors announced a partnership with Canada-headquartered Tenstorrent on October 10. The two companies will co-develop system-on-chip semiconductors for automobile and car parts manufacturers.
Thursday 5 October 2023
Reliance showcases swappable battery for dual-use in green push
India-based Reliance Industries showcased its swappable battery for home use and mobility as the conglomerate goes on track to build a vertically integrated green business, but India's ability to reduce its reliance on China remains to be an issue.
Thursday 5 October 2023
Gogoro Network aims for 90% penetration rate in Taiwan, supporting smart city solutions
Taiwan-based Gogoro held an event for its Gogoro Network on October 3. Henry Chiang, general manager of Gogoro Taiwan, said the company aims to increase the penetration rate of Gogoro Network in Taiwan to 90% in 2024. It will continue efforts in virtual power plants, smart parking posts and uninterruptible power supply systems for traffic lights.
Tuesday 3 October 2023
AUO to acquire BHTC for EUR600 million, expanding global positions in smart mobility ecosystem
AUO Corporation announced on October 2 that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which AUO will acquire 100% equity interest in the German company Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH (BHTC) at an enterprise value of EUR600 million (US$628 million). AUO continues to implement its biaxial transformation strategy, expand applications in vertical markets, and establish the value chain ecosystem.
Monday 25 September 2023
Qualcomm CCO Jim Cathey and Gogoro CEO Horace Luke team up to build new two-wheel mobility experience
Qualcomm recently announced that it will be launching a computing platform for motorcycles and various other types of mobile vehicles and that it will be collaborating with several companies, including Taiwan's Gogoro.
Wednesday 13 September 2023
CATL chairman conveys critical messages at IAA Mobility 2023
Leading Chinese EV industry players BYD, CATL and Horizon Robotics participated in the IAA Mobility 2023 in Germany last week. Robin Zeng, CATL's founder and chairman, mentioned the sustainability of batteries and said the company already operates four zero-carbon battery plants. His remarks were viewed as a response to the European Union's new Batteries Regulation.
Wednesday 30 August 2023
India relaxes requirements for low-emission vehicle manufacturing incentive scheme
India announced a relaxation of rules for the low-emission automobile and its components incentive scheme, which is expected to provide some relief for the applicants to make EVs or fuel cell EVs.
Tuesday 29 August 2023
Xpeng to buy Didi's smart EV project, entering mass market in 2024
China-based EV company Xpeng announced that it will acquire the smart EV project of Didi Global, a local ride-hailing leader. Xpeng also said it aims to launch a new vehicle model priced around CNY150,000 (US$20,582) in 2024 under a strategic partnership with Didi.
Tuesday 22 August 2023
Kymco sets up two-wheel EV joint venture with Arun Plus
To expand the market for electric two-wheelers abroad, Taiwanese motorcycle brand Kymco and Kymco Capital have partnered with Arun Plus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thailand's state-owned petrol company, PTT, to establish a new joint venture. This new entity, with a capital of THB600 million (about US$17.05 million), will be responsible for building the two-wheel EV industry and supply chain in Thailand.
Friday 18 August 2023
Immersion cooling technology on race cars: interview with XING Mobility CEO Royce Hong
Applications such as electric vehicles and energy storage have gradually seen material demands. However, whether the two applications can be operated safely and effectively depends on the battery. Many industry leaders in Taiwan have been investing in those fields or cross-domain developments for many years. Among them, Taiwan startup XING Mobility has not only written a new chapter for battery cooling technology but also successfully found a new breakthrough for Taiwan manufacturers in the international market competition.
Friday 18 August 2023
Gogoro partners with India's Swiggy for last-mile sustainable mobility solutions
Swiggy, an India-based online food delivery platform, revealed a collaboration with Taiwan-based Gogoro, with the latter providing its battery-swapping technology for last-mile deliveries.
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