How are automotive enterprises leveraging R&D service providers? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)
DXC Technology has signed an agreement to support BMW’s autonomous vehicle development via the High Performance D3 platform. Using DXC’s digital solution, BMW will be able to collect, store and manage vehicle sensor data in seconds rather than days or weeks, resulting in faster autonomous drive development cycles.
Ricardo partners with Geely on development of advanced hybrid transmission specifically designed for range-extended plug-in hybrid.
Siemens is intensifying its cooperation with the EDAG Group in order to further promote industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) and to make engineering and production processes more efficient. The “NextGenerationSpaceframe 2.0” intelligent modular system features a combination of bionically designed and additive manufactured nodes and high-strength, energy-absorbing aluminum extrusion profiles. The concept offers extremely flexible manufacturing, enabling it to support the growing number of vehicle derivatives while still taking economic aspects into account.
Startup company ElectroMobility Poland (EMP) and the Warsaw subsidiary of the globally operating EDAG Group entering into a general cooperation covering the development of three electric vehicles. EDAG Polska was nominated as the local partner, and will assume responsibility for the complete development of the vehicle bodies, including production engineering
Tata Technologies has inked a pact with China’s FutureMove Automotive to develop connected mobility solutions for automotive manufacturers in China and other markets.
LTTS secured multimillion-dollar deals with two leading automotive manufacturers, one in the space of Hardware-in-Loop simulation testing and the other involving Autonomous Level 2 and 3 support for multiple OEM programs centered around systems engineering, software development, integration & testing.
Tata Elxsi licenses AUTOSAR Adaptive to Great Wall Motors, China’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturer
With millions of vehicles connected in North America, Autonomic (a Ford subsidiary) partners with Fujitsu to expand cloud mobility services to new regions to further ride sharing, fleet management, and autonomous car routing services
Amazon Web Services has secured a multi-year deal to provide underlying support for a Ford-backed bid to create an open cloud platform to accelerate the development of connected car services
Tata Elxsi announced today that it is developing an Autosar-compliant Smart Gateway module for GAC Motors R&D Center. This module will feature in their new range of EVs expected to launch in the second half of 2020.
A leading multinational carmaker has partnered with KPIT for Powertrain domain.
One of the renowned Tier1 manufacturers has partnered with KPIT for Powertrain Control/Testing
A global truck-maker confirmed extension of Diagnostics technology product support by KPIT for US geography.
For a leading Tier 1 supplier in Infotainment space, KPIT will be managing Enterprise Diagnostic Licenses (10 years)
American based Global Commercial Vehicle manufacturer contracted KPIT for Powertrain
A multinational components manufacturer (driveline) extended its relation further with KPIT for Powertrain domain.
Semcon is part of a new functional safety partnership with a global vehicle manufacturer. This two-year project aims to use quality-assured system solutions to ensure that the autonomous vehicles of the future are reliable. Besides functional safety software solutions, this contract also includes strategic consulting to ensure that safety becomes a natural element in all software development, working methods and management decisions relating to the autonomous vehicles of the future.
Semcon has initiated a multi-year partnership with leading agricultural equipment manufacturer, AGCO. As part of the collaboration, Semcon will develop and produce a variety of technical documentation for AGCO’s aftermarket, including operator’s manuals, installation instructions and service and repair instructions.
Dassault Systèmes announced that the in-house LCI (Cooperative Innovation Laboratory) of Groupe Renault used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to transform its innovation processes to the cloud and introduce Renault EZ-FLEX, an electric experimental vehicle aimed to understand the last-mile delivery of goods in future smart cities.
How are automotive enterprises organizing their R&D? ( GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)
How DENSO is preparing it self for EVs? 1. Committing investment of $1.6 Billion for next three years on EV products. 2. Establishing the Electrification Innovation Center at DENSO’s Anjo Plant in Anjo, Aichi, Japan, The Electrification Innovation Center will conduct advanced R&D, develop and test prototypes. 3. DENSO and Toyota have officially agreed to consolidate their electronic component businesses within DENSO, and Toyota’s Hirose Plant will be transferred to DENSO
Hyundai teams up with Tencent to develop self-driving car software.
Daimler Trucks buys a majority stake in self-driving tech company Torc Robotics.
Toyota to share its hybrid vehicle patents with other manufacturers royalty-free.
Toyota‘s new R&D centre in Japan features a Nurburgring-inspired test track
Apple invents a Radar system built into the bottom of a Vehicle to accurately assess road conditions to keep a Vehicle Stable
Volkswagen will let other companies use its MEB electric-car platform. By selling more MEB chassis kits, it can amortize the cost of developing the new battery-electric technology. The first such partner is Aachen, Germany-based e.Go Mobile, which will use MEB to make a new electric car. Volkswagen says it expects a “first wave” of 15 million vehicles to be built on the MEB platform.
Toyota is investing $ 15M in Airbiquity for over-the-air updates
Groupe Renault’s Design Department, already present in France, Romania, South Korea, Brazil and India, is pursuing its strategy of international expansion with the opening of a new design center in Shanghai. The new Renault Design Center Shanghai will imagine and design future Groupe Renault models directly addressing the expectations of Chinese customers.
BWI Group is constructing its R&D Center in Karakow, Poland.
Osram Continental , the 50/50 joint venture between Osram and Continental, has officially opened its new location in Guadalajara, Mexico. This facility is an important addition to its global R&D initiatives focused on intelligent automotive lighting solutions.
Nissan and its alliance partner Renault established an R&D centre in Shanghai to focus on technologies used in autonomous driving, connected vehicles and electric vehicles
China’s BYD to build the 4th EV Plant for US$ 1.5 Billion. The new facility in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND) to roll out 400,000 vehicles/year. BYD also said it would establish an R&D centre at the facility at a later stage.
Tritium, EV charger manufacturer launches electric vehicle R&D centre in Brisbane
Nexen Tire opens $178 million global R&D center in Seoul
Aptiv opens China autonomous R&D center
Tesla by bringing chip R&D and design (SoC) inside, has leapfrogged competition by four years. The Tesla FSD is an automotive grade computer powered by two custom SoCs (system-on-chip). The SoCs leverage commodity ARM CPUs and GPUs but are augmented by a Tesla-designed neural net accelerator capable of performing 147 trillion operations per second—sufficient for full-autonomous driving, according to Tesla Will more enterprise follow this R&D strategy?
Daimler will convert Portland factory to make electric trucks
Swedish luxury electric carmaker Polestar, which is jointly owned by Volvo Cars and its Chinese parent Geely, is setting up an R&D center in Britain to develop future passenger cars. Polestar intends to initially employ 60 engineers in Britain and expand its team over the rest of the year.
Geely has opened a new research and development facility at Raunheim, Germany, to accelerate innovation in new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology. The Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) facility, close to Frankfurt airport, is expected to employ around 300 engineers and technology specialists. Geely claims that the new centre will have a particular focus on developing premium electric cars
SEAT will open a research and development center in the Chinese city of Hefei in the Anhui Province. The Hefei location is the the one rumored Volkswagen has chosen to build an electric car plant, following an investment of $750 million. The R&D site will be in charge with developing small electric cars, mobility solutions, components, but also technologies for automotive applications.
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, (“TRI-AD”), Toyota’s automated driving software development company, Maxar Technologies, and NTT DATA announced they will collaborate on a proof of concept building automated high-definition (“HD”) maps for autonomous vehicles using high-resolution satellite imagery. This is an important move toward advancing TRI-AD’s open software platform concept known as Automated Mapping Platform (“AMP”) and help realize the scalability of autonomous driving.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has undertaken to power its on-board Uconnect vehicle platform using technology from Google (Android) and Samsung to deliver enhanced connected vehicle capabilities across all its new vehicle models by 2022.
BMW and JLR announce collaboration for EVs.
Toyota, Subaru, Suzuki, and Mazda throw their combined 16 million might behind EVs
Volvo Trucks teams up with NVIDIA to develop self-driving trucks
Waymo becomes a technology provider for Auto OEMs and going for regional partnerships. Renault for France and Nissan for Japan.
Volkswagen launches its software unit with 5000 people which will develop software platform vw.os. The in-house software will increase to 60% by 2025 from current 10%.
Integrated multimodal autonomous transportation is a possibility. Volvo Trucks collaboration with ferry and logistics company DFDS.
Michelin may look at introducing tyre as-a-service to Indian truck owners. It already offers this service in other countries and about 10% of its revenue comes from this business model. The interesting part is that how this business model is trickling down both by geography and product line. Michelin started tyre as a service for aircrafts and racing cars first. Later it moved to trucks and in future it might move into cars.
An important milestone towards self-driving taxis by Uber and its engineering partner Volvo Cars. This new third-generation vehicle has steering and braking systems designed for computer, rather than human control.
FCA to tie up with Aurora for autonomous technology.
Nokian Heavy Tyres completes construction of new R&D center in Finland.
Israeli startup Ottopia a company that focuses on remote assistance for autonomous vehicles, will collaborate with DENSO for a teleoperation solution. Teleoperation is the use of a system or a machine at a distance, similar to the phrase “remote control.” Ottopia, with the support of leading autonomous vehicle, network, and cybersecurity experts, claims to provide the safest, most scalable, and cybersecure teleoperation on the market.
Operation of automated vehicles poses new challenges to road network design. Vehicles are designed for ideal road conditions. Yet these are not available . A virtual traffic simulation should help identify and evaluate the most problematic routes.
Nissan and Renault have opened a research center in Israel to develop next-generation vehicle technologies with local startups. The center will work with Israeli companies on developing improved sensors for self-driving vehicles. Other projects include use of artificial intelligence and cyber security in cars.
Ford’s R&D presence in Ottawa has doubled from 150 employees in 2017 to roughly 300 today. There is a room for another 300 employees. In Ottawa center, vehicles go-through in-house testing as well as software developers run simulations and collect data.
Faurecia invests in GuardKnox to reinforce the cybersecurity of the connected car
Ford to open an Innovation Center in Israel
Michelin and GM to launch airless, puncture-proof tires
Carraro invests in new R&D center in Italy. The new site will allow the off-highway transmissions and drive supplier as well as specialized tractor manufacturer to increase testing by 80%, as well as providing improved synergy in fittings due to the high flexibility of configurations and standardization of testing equipment. Thanks to fully electronic control rooms, the time spent testing will be reduced with improved safety standards.
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) is boosting the juice for its production and research and development (R&D) center in Germany as demand swells in Europe and competition heats up at home. The company announced that it will increase investment in a facility planned for the central city of Erfurt from the earmarked 240 million euros ($272 million) to up to 1.8 billion euros
Naver LABS — a R&D subsidiary of South Korea’s dominant internet portal and search engine Naver Corp. — is developing a solution for a more precise and detailed map that is crucial for autonomous driving and automated environments. Precise and robust localization is a significant task for autonomous vehicles and Naver aims to implement algorithms to estimate where vehicles are with an error of less than 10 centimeters. Naver LABS said it plans to develop a detailed map of over 2,000 kilometers of roads in Seoul and the surrounding capital area by the end of the year.
Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, is announcing the creation of a global center of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R&D center in Bavans, France. Faurecia aims to invest in research and development in new-generation high-pressure tanks that are more efficient and lighter, as well as in a test center to characterize these tanks.
Mercedes-Benz is partnering with Xiaomi to build the XiaoAi voice system into its vehicles,
Volkswagen launches its software unit with 5000 people which will develop software platform vw.os. The in-house software will increase to 60% by 2025 from current 10%
Siemens introduced the PAVE360 pre-silicon autonomous validation environment. PAVE360 provides a comprehensive environment for multi-supplier collaboration across the automotive ecosystem for the development of next-generation automotive chips.
ZF plans to acquire 90 percent of Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH. The company and its 35 employees have decades of experience in image-based 3D systems for the recording and analysis of human movement. This knowledge is highly valuable in the development of systems for occupant recognition. These systems are a fundamental element for integrated safety in autonomous driving.
Renesas Electronics has established the “Automotive Electronic Joint Laboratory” with SAIC Volkswagen. The SAIC-Volkswagen-Renesas Joint Laboratory will accelerate research and development efforts to support emerging automotive electronics applications, starting with cockpit and vehicle control, for the Chinese automotive market.
How are automotive service providers developing their solutions and capabilities?
AKKA, unveiled its latest creation, the “Smart Bertone”, an innovative electric concept-car made by AKKA. Based on the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive model, AKKA has given the Smart Bertone the ability to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds with a new KERS kynetic energy recovery system.
EDAG launches EDAG BFFT Electronics brand and bundle all its divisions and competencies in the electrics/electronics area under the new brand to form a strong globally active team of almost 1,500 employees at 15 locations around the world. In addition to classic electrics/electronics issues, the EDAG Group will also be strongly positioned in the current sector transformation process in the future fields of highly automated driving, connectivity, e-mobility, digitisation and mobile services, enabling the development of new standards for mobility solutions.
EDAG starts construction of new development center in Munich. About 600 EDAG engineers will move to the new building. With more than 1,000 employees, Munich is one of the world’s largest locations in the EDAG Group
SEGULA Technologies opens its first center in Japan in Yokohama, a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. SEGULA Technologies will deliver a full range of services in Japan, mainly within the Automotive and Rail sectors, covering the full scope of skills from design to manufacturing engineering. The company will collaborate with the biggest players in the automotive industry, especially Japanese and Asian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier1/2 suppliers. Rail companies will also be amongst its main customers.
FEV opens a mobility center in Pune, India which will pave the way for advanced technologies in the Indian market. In addition to state-of-the-art BS6 powertrain test benches and the virtual calibration platform “VCAP”, the center also has a new NVH test bench. The already existing facilities, such as powertrain, vehicle roller with PEMS, HiL and friction test benches are thus ideally complemented. FEV now has a total of 20 test benches at its Pune location. Additional battery and EDU test benches are planned in a second expansion step until 2021. FEV plans to increase its India headcount from 270 to 500 in next few years.
Escenda Engineering, the Swedish arm of Tata Technologies, announced a strategic tie up with Annevo, a full-service digital innovation consultancy. Global collaboration to offer full stack of end-to-end engineering capabilities and digital solutions for automotive manufacturers in Sweden and worldwide.
Automotive industry news
Car firms pulled almost 13 models off the road in FY19 in India because of market condition and regulatory norms.
Norway’s capital Oslo will become the first city in the world to install wireless charging systems for electric taxis, hoping to make recharging quick and efficient enough to speed the takeup of non-polluting cabs. The project will use induction technology, with charging plates installed in the road at taxi ranks linking to receivers installed in the vehicle, Finnish utility Fortum said.
Ford launches pilot site to shop used vehicles online
Ola is in talks with India’s top auto makers to procure custom-made electric and connected vehicles as the ride-hailing platform plots an aggressive expansion into eco-friendly modes of transport.
CNH Industrial announced the release of its first 3D printed spare parts. These four parts for buses and agricultural equipment. The parts, each 3D printed from an industrial polymer, can be printed in just 24 to 36 hours, perfect for fulfilling urgent orders.
Ricardo is developing a new technology that will minimise the risk of motion sickness in autonomous vehicles, a system that will hold benefit for conventionally driven vehicles as well.
Electrifi is becoming the first company to manufacture cars in Ireland since Ford closed its manufacturing plant in Cork almost 40 years ago. Revival of manufacturing!
Self-driving Cars Are Starting to Ply Israeli Roads in Their First Trials. Already a world auto-tech R&D power, Israel is now beginning to serve as a test track for the technology thanks to government support/p>
Mandatory safety features in all vehicles in Europe will benefit tier 1 suppliers. It may create demand of value engineering for engineering service providers.
There are 436 EV manufacturers registered in China. How many will survive?
Why Toyota is giving royalty free access to its hybrid vehicle patents? To increase diffusion of hybrid technology. Toyota has 80% market share but overall market is not growing as fast as EVs. Toyota will also supply hybrid components and systems.
Automotive OEM TVS Motor Company picks 14% stake in IIoT platform firm Altizon Systems for $2.5 Million.
CK Holdings Co Ltd, a holding company of Calsonic Kansei Corporation has completed the acquisition of Magneti Marelli S.p.A. from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA). Formation of 7th largest automotive supplier with $15 Billion+ revenue.
NIO has laid off 70 employees and shut down a facility in Silicon Valley. Is it the beginning of the end of Chinese Auto OEM’s fascination of Silicon Valley R&D centers.
Details of FCA Renault merger. World’s 3rd largest Auto OEM with 8.7 million vehicle sales and Euro 170 Billion revenue. #1 in Latin America, #2 in Europe and #4 in North America. Euro 5 billion savings without any plant closure. R&D 30% saving, Procurement 40% saving, Manufacturing and Tooling 20% saving. Larger alliance of FCA Renault Nissan, Mitsubishi will have 15 million vehicles
Mahindra plans localization of its vehicles in Africa to save on duty and increase sales in Africa. It already has a manufacturing unit in South Africa. It now plans to set up contract manufacturing units in Sudan and Kenya.
Chinese automotive companies are investing in India. After SAIC‘s $800 million investment, Great Wall set to pump in over $1 billion.
FCA withdraws bid for Renault
Convergence between automotive and aerospace. Ford looks to airlines for AV strategy.
Shenzhen’s public transport goes full electric with 16000 buses and 12000 cabs
A hydrogen refueling station exploded in Norway. Now, Toyota and Hyundai are both halting sales of fuel cell vehicles in the country.
Toyota to invest $2 billion in Indonesia as electrification accelerates.
Lightyear unveils world’s first long range solar car.
Automotive resources: consultant/ analyst updates
Roland Berger: Success factors for automotive footprint optimization (Link)
McKinsey: Recharging economies: The EV-battery manufacturing outlook for Europe (Link)
McKinsey: Automotive software and electrical/electronic architecture: Implications for OEMs (Link)
McKinsey: A new look at autonomous-vehicle infrastructure (Link)
McKinsey: How will changes in the automotive-component market affect semiconductor companies? (Link)