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Business

BMW Hikes Battery Cell Orders to €10.2 Billion

BMW AG has awarded orders for $11.3 billion worth of battery cells for electrified vehicles over the next 12 years.

Production

Renault Samsung May Slash Production by 50%

South Korea’s Renault Samsung Motors Co. is struggling to avoid cutting its production 50% after losing a key supply contract with Nissan Motor Co.

Design

Williams Engineering Touts Dual-Chemistry Battery

U.K.-based Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd. is developing a next-generation battery that uses two types of lithium-ion cells to improve performance.

Holographic Startup Lands Funding

Light Field Lab Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup which is developing hologram technology that doesn’t require virtual reality headsets, has raised $28 million in Series A funding.

Hybrid

VW Says Its EV Battery Needs Are Secured through 2023

Volkswagen AG says it has lined up sufficient supplies of batteries for its electric vehicles for the next four years.

Electronics

FCA Launches Telematics Services Platform

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is updating its Uconnect infotainment and telematics system so users can access third-party service providers.

Sales

SUVs Claim 42% of Sales in South Korea

SUV/crossover vehicles captured a record 42% of South Korea’s passenger car market through the first five months of the year.

Interiors & Electronics

Report: VW, Samsung Reassess Battery Deal

Volkswagen AG may revise its €50 billion ($56 billion) battery sourcing strategy for electrified vehicles because Samsung Electronics Co. can’t meet demand forecasts, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Renault Unveils Russian-Built Crossover Model

Renault SA has unveiled the production version of the Arkana, a small SUV/crossover vehicle it developed primarily for the Russian market.

Toyota Tops Carmakers in 2018 Patents

Toyota received an automotive industry-best 2,500-plus patents in the U.S. last year, according to Harrity & Harrity LLC.

Business

BorgWarner Forms JV with Battery Startup

BorgWarner Inc. and Romeo Systems Inc., a California-based battery startup, are forming a joint venture to supply integrated battery systems for electrified vehicles.

Labor

Renault Samsung Idles Plant Over Labor Dispute

South Korean carmaker Renault Samsung Motors Co. has suspended production at its factory in Busan for three days after months of partial strikes staged by its unionized workers.

Connectivity

FCA to Blend Google, Samsung In-Car Connectivity Platforms

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has chosen connectivity platforms from Google and Samsung for its vehicles worldwide.

Propulsion

Tesla Trumpets Level 4 Autonomy by 2020

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla Inc. will have completely driverless taxis operating in the U.S. next year.

Interiors & Electronics

VW Partners with Trustonic on Digital Key Tech

Volkswagen AG is partnering with U.K.-based Trustonic Ltd. on a digital key technology that allows users to unlock/lock and start their vehicle via a smartphone app without having a physical key.

Production

Renault May Cut Production in S. Korea

Renault SA says its Renault Samsung Motors Co. unit will likely slash production in South Korea unless months of labor strikes end soon.

ExxonMobil Joins IBM Quantum Computing Group

Oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. has joined IBM Corp.’s Q Network consortium that aims to use quantum computing to develop products and processes.

Business

Harman to Produce Lidar for Innoviz

Innoviz Technologies Inc. has formed a partnership with Stamford, Conn.-based Harman International Industries Inc. to produce the Israeli startup company’s InnovizOne solid-state lidar system for carmakers.

Autonomous Vehicles

About Autonomy: Three Views

Yes, there will be more autonomous technology coming at an ever-increasing rate. Which means all the more considerations must be taken into account.

Production

Renault Opens Its First Test Center in Asia

Renault SA has opened a vehicle test facility in Daegu, S. Korea, its first such center anywhere in Asia.

Batteries

Samsung Plans Battery Plant in Michigan

California-based Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. plans to open a $63 million battery plant outside Detroit.

Economics

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Invests in Battery Tech Startup

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has made an unspecified investment in Enevate Corp., an Irvine, Calif.-based startup specializing in next-generation lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles.

Connectivity

Europe Poised to Approve Wi-Fi Over G5 for Connectivity

The European Commission is preparing to unveil draft legislation next month that would approve vehicle connectivity that uses high-speed wi-fi technology rather than next-generation cellular networks.

Business

EU Eases Funding for European Battery Push

The European Union is loosening anti-competitive rules to allow member countries to fund battery research and build giant factories to make batteries for electric cars, the Financial Times reports.