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Business

BMW Sues A/C Suppliers for Price Fixing

BMW AG is demanding $155 million in damages from two suppliers of air-conditioning systems, claiming they conspired to rig prices.

Business

Denso Ups Investment in Radar Startup

Metawave Corp., a Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in advanced radar and 5G technologies, says it has completed its Series A funding round.

Intelligent Transportation

Carmakers to Test Blockchain Payment Tech

Next month BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Renault will begin testing a blockchain-based identification system for automatic payments for parking and road tolls.

Mobility

Consortium Targets Software Standards for Self-Driving Cars

A new group called the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) aims to develop common software platforms and open standards for autonomous vehicle systems.

Hybrid

Mazda EV Will Get Get Tokyo Reveal

Mazda Motor Corp. will take the wraps off its first electric vehicle at next month’s Tokyo auto show.

Denso, BlackBerry Launch Integrated HMI

Denso Corp. and BlackBerry Ltd. are launching an integrated digital cockpit system that allows multiple human machine interface (HMI) devices to share a single microcontroller.

Business

Korea Fines 4 Japanese Suppliers for Price Fixing

Four Japanese auto suppliers have been fined a combined 92 billion won ($76 million) by South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission for rigging bid prices on electrical components sold to Korean carmakers.

Mobility

DiDi Chuxing Spins Off Robotic-Car Unit

Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing Technology Co. has set up its autonomous driving operations as a separate company in a bid to bolster investment in the unit.

Production

Denso Opens Mobility Innovation Lab in Seattle

Denso Corp. has opened an Innovation Lab in Seattle, Wash.,  that will develop advanced mobility technologies and services.

Design

Toyota, Denso to Form Chip Design Venture

Toyota Motor Corp. and affiliate Denso are creating a joint venture to develop next-generation processors for sensors and power controllers used in connected and self-driving vehicle systems.

Business

Denso, Honeywell Aim to Propel Air Taxis

Denso Corp. is working with Honeywell International Inc. to develop hybrid-electric and fully electric propulsion systems for future flying cars and air taxis.

Propulsion

Denso Touts Improved Alternator Diode

Denso Corp. and partner Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device Ltd. have developed a new diode technology that they say can improve an alternator’s power generation efficiency by 6%.

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

Denso Leads $20 Million Funding Round for E-bike Startup

Denso Corp. and Innovest Global led a $20 million first funding round for California-based e-bike startup Bond Mobility Inc.

Business

Denso’s Fiscal-Year Profits Plunge

Denso Corp. ended its fiscal year on March 31 with more revenue but less profit as its ramped up spending on advanced mobility technologies.

Mobility

Uber Sheds Self-Driving Tech Unit, Lands $1B Investment

Confirming earlier reports, Uber Technologies Inc. has made its autonomous vehicle systems unit a separate subsidiary.

Business

Uber’s Self-Driving Tech Unit Worth $7.3 Billion?

Uber Technologies Inc.’s autonomous-car unit would be valued at $7.3 billion under a proposed new investment deal.

Electronics

Denso to Invest $1.6 Billion in Electrified Products

Denso Corp. plans to invest 180 billion yen ($1.6 billion) over the next three years to support the development and production of components and technologies for electrified vehicles.

Design

IAV N. America Taps Former AVL Exec as President

IAV Group has named Mike Kenhard president of its Automotive Engineering unit in Northville, Mich.

Business

Toyota, Denso, Toyota Tsusho Invest in Airbiquity

Toyota Motor Corp. along with its Denso Corp. and Toyota Tsusho Corp. affiliates, have invested a combined $15 million into Airbquity Inc., a Seattle-based telematics company. 

Mobility

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.

Business

Denso Invests in Edge-Computing Startup

Denso Corp.’s Nsitexe Inc. subsidiary has acquired an unspecified stake in Quadric.io, a Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that specializes in edge computing.

Materials & Lightweighting

Tech: Flexible CNB Film, Bio-Composite Bumpers, and Additive Manufacturing

Canatu keeps self-driving sensors warm. A biodegradable bumper. Cadillac’s eye on the road. And MIT ADAPTing to Additive Manufacturing.

Business

The Challenge of China

In late November the New York Times ran a 20-page special report in a Sunday edition titled “China Rules.” If you know anything about the state of publishing—especially newspapers—in this age of reading things on screens, you probably know that running 20 pages, of which only one was an ad, and a house ad at that, is no small undertaking.