How are automotive enterprises leveraging R&D service providers? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)
Segula integrates Opel’s Russelsheim, German center with 2000 people
Akka Tech secured $13 million ADAS deal with a German OEM
Volkswagen and BMW OEM accounts are growing double digit for Akka Tech
Ricardo to support design and development of 650cc motorcycle for China’s Zongshen
LTTS is the engineering partner for the autonomous vehicle program of an European carmaker with an objective to improve the accuracy and precision of machine vision and scene recognition algorithms.
LTTS secured a multi-year contract to develop the active safety management platform for a US based Auto OEM major.
ÅF received several orders for automated production lines for Volvo Cars in both Olofström and Torslanda.
ÅF was given an extension on the flexible research and development project for Volvo Cars, on which we are working on body, chassis, exteriors, interiors, climate systems and mechanical architecture and integration in Sweden and China.
Minda will purchase KPIT’s business related to telematics hardware products consisting VTS – AIS 140, OBITS (On Bus Integrated Telematics Systems complying to UBS-II specifications), and telematics products for School buses. Minda will be a preferred supplier to KPIT for other telematics hardware products.
Ricardo and McLaren renew engine supply agreement.
Tine Norway and Semcon working on electric motors for dairy trucks.
Karma Automotive and Pininfarina form partnership. First collaborative outcome expected in Q2 2019
Allygrow and Grammer setup autodesign center
The BMW Group has signed on KPIT and TTTech as technology partners for its autonomous driving platform. The aim of the collaboration with KPIT and TTTech is to press ahead with the scalable autonomous driving platform and to work together on the development of Level 3 and Level 4/5 functions (Highway Pilot and Urban Pilot),
The BMW Group has selected the PTC Windchill solution as its PLM backbone for production and sourcing bill-of-material (BOM). Windchill will be the enabler for globally configuring and releasing cars to production.
FEV, a German engineering service provider, is establishing test benches for Bharat VI and EVs to provide service to Indian OEMs and tier 1s. It plans to increase its India headcount from 270 to 500 in next few years
Luxoft is collaborating with Amazon to directly integrate Alexa into vehicle dashboards, infotainment and navigation systems.
Ricardo secures order for large scale EV battery cell test programe from Volvo Cars.
GlobalLogic announce extended cooperation with its long-term partner from the Automotive industry—Elektrobit
EDAG Group was certified by Ford as a QVM partner (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) and as a result is now authorized to modify motor vehicles for persons with reduced mobility
Volvo presented its vision of an autonomous electric mobility solution with the concept car “360c”. The EDAG Group has taken responsibility for the model building of the exterior model of the “360c”
RIO the digital brand of Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be working with EDAG trive.me to launch first manufacturer-independent, cloud-based platform used for the global transport of goods. Experts in front end and back end development, cloud computing and big data will be employed on this project. Securing “over-the-air” update functions is a further important element of this project.
Audi worked with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) in improving its Traffic Light Information system by adding a Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) feature, to help driver’s avoid the frustration of getting stopped by red traffic lights. The system works by suggesting the the optimal driving speed, so that a upcoming traffic signal is more likely to be green as the vehicle approaches. Audi is the first automaker to launch a GLOSA system in the U.S. and it’s just another example of how future vehicles might use connected car technology.
How are automotive enterprises organizing their R&D? ( GICs/ R&D Best Practices)
Nissan will use India as a source of talent for its worldwide operations
Valeo a Euro 18.5 billion global tier 1 automotive supplier has a team of around 1300 engineers in R&D in India and has a clear roadmap to increase the strength to 5000 engineers by 2023 making India as one of its largest R&D hub
Valeo is also expanding its R&D activities in Egypt. It is targeting to have a total workforce of 3000 R&D Engineer by 2021.
Groupe PSA inaugurates the multi-energy powertain R&D center in France with 1300 people and investment of Euro 32 million. This is one of the nine R&D centers of PSA across France, Germany, Morocco, China and Brazil.
Continental Develops Global 5G-Hybrid-V2X Solution. Till dominant standards emerge, flexible platforms are needed for connected vehicles which can provide connectivity by 4G/5G, DSRC and Cellular V2X.
Volkswagen Group – Skoda Auto opening a R&D center in Pune with investment of Rs. 2000 crore for India 2.0 strategy whose target is developing new models for subcontinent with 95% localization. About 250 engineering will work in this center.
Yamaha will exit mass bike segment and will focus on premium bike segment (150 cc, 300 cc) in India. It will also invest Rs 100 crore in its Indian ER&D center
Geely to Collaborate with Qualcomm and Gosuncn on Mass-Produced 5G and C-V2X-Enabled Vehicles
Will logistic companies backward integrate and develop their own electric vehicles? Yamato and DHL are jointly developing a small electric truck for door-to-door deliveries. Plans are to bring 500 of the vehicles to the Tokyo metropolitan area by fall. It will mark the first large-scale EV introduction by a major Japanese logistics company. StreetScooter, a DHL group electric vehicle developer, will manufacture the vehicle itself, while Yamato is responsible for a refrigerator-freezer cargo box to be attached to it.
Hyundai & Kia invest $300m in Ola, develop cars for ride hailing market
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WiTricity acquires Qualcomm’s automotive wireless charging platform. The acquisition instantly turns WiTricity into the leader in automotive wireless charging.
Amazon confirmed it was the leading contributor to a $700 million round of investment in 10-year-old electric truck start-up Rivian
Amazon invests in self-driving car startup Aurora Innovation
Dynamic Map Platform — which counts Toyota, Honda, Nissan, among its investors — plans to buy Detroit-based Ushr in a deal estimated at nearly 20 billion yen ($181 million). Leading players in HD Maps are HERE, Google, Chinese players Baidu, Alibaba and Japanese player Dynamic.
Ford and VW announced partnership
Work force cuts. Tesla cuts 7% of its workforce. Big production and employee cuts (5000) at JLR. General Motors will cut 14000 jobs and close 7 factories.
2018 is the year when fossil vehicle sales officially started decreasing In China, Europe, & USA
Toyota finally caves and announces cars with Android Auto compatibility
GM Working On Electric Pickup Truck With Tesla Powertrain
Two years after its equity investment in the start-up, Groupe PSA is strengthening its expertise and reaffirming its strategy in new mobility solutions by acquiring TravelCar. TravelCar offers parking and car rental solutions. With 5,000 partner car parks and tens of thousands of cars available for rental, it has already attracted more than a million users in more than 60 countries. Its services are available via a single digital platform.
Top 29 global automakers are investing $300+ billion in electric vehicles, with more than 45 percent of that earmarked for China.
Over-the-air update strands NIO electric car on a highway in China
World’s first factory 100%-dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. by Waymo in Michigan
Ford turns profitable in India after two decades of operations. The strategy involved local sourcing, platform sharing, and technology partnerships.
Maruti and Toyota will collaborate on technologies and also sell each other’s car in their showrooms. Toyota should get boost with Maruti’s network.
Tata Power plans to setup 1000 EV charging stations in Delhi region with the investment of $10 million. India currently has 500 EV charging stations but will require 200,000 EV stations in next 5-10 years. Total investment in EV charging stations will be about $2 billion spread over next 5-10 years.
Hyundai plans $6.7 billion investment to boost fuel cell output
Daimler, BMW will invest $1.13 billion in mobility JV to rival Uber
Daimler, BMW join forces to develop self-driving cars
After JV, R&D partnership, platform sharing M&A looks next logical step for BMW and Daimler.
Tesla will close most of its stores and will do sale online. An important point is that instead of sales, Musk is focusing on service and after sales. Service team now directly reports to him. When you have a good brand, focus should be less on sales and more on customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers will increase your brand and dissatisfied customers will dilute it.
Daimler Trucks buys a majority stake in self-driving tech company Torc Robotics
ZF to acquire Wabco for $7 billion.
Tata Technologies opens VAVE Lab in Detroit.
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