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Hyundai Readies Improved Noise-Canceling Tech

Hyundai Motor Co. says it has developed a more effective active noise cancellation system to reduce noise in a car's passenger compartment.

Autonomous Vehicles

Electric Mini Breaks Cover

BMW AG’s Mini car unit took the wraps off the all-electric variant of its Cooper SE small car this week in Germany.

Electronics

FCA Adds Uconnect Market: Shopping on the Road

While there are several people who are concerned that their car will be hacked in a way analogous to that executed by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek of a reporter’s Jeep Cherokee for an article in Wired, let’s face it: he was a reporter for Wired who was writing about what those guys could do, not some random person who was on their way to work.

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.

Connectivity

Harman Launches Dual-Mode Telematics Device

Harman International Industries Inc. has developed a new telematics transceiver that can work over cellular and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) networks.

Business

Israeli Lidar Firm Lands $130 Million in Funding

Israel’s Innoviz Technologies Inc. has secured $132 million in its Series C funding round.

2020 Subaru Legacy Adds Tech, Turbo Engine

Subaru Corp. says its redesigned Legacy midsize sedan is lighter, faster, quieter and more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.

Hybrid

2020 BMW 7 Series Sports Massive Grille, Hybrid Option

BMW AG’s freshened 7 Series fullsize sedan features a new front end, updated powertrain options—including a plug-in hybrid variant—and a host of driver-assist technologies.

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.

Automation/Robotics

What’s Behind the Auto Supplier Mega Mergers?

Intel and similar companies know they have the opportunity to claim a whole new level of relevance in the automotive market, as software and automation claims a greater share of the future automobile.

Economics

Porsche, Hyundai Invest in Augmented Reality Developer

WayRay SA, a Lausanne, Switzerland-based developer of holographic augmented reality head-up display systems, has raised $80 million in its latest funding round.

Bimmer 8 Performance Coupe to Start at $113,000

The first variant of BMW AG’s all-new 8 Series coupe, the M850i xDrive, will be priced at just under $113,000 when it debuts in the U.S. in December.

Lear Hires Absmeier as Chief Tech Officer

Lear Corp. has appointed John Absmeier to the newly created position of chief technology officer, effective June 18.

The Volvo XC40: A New SUV for a New Generation

Volvo Cars has been through a lot of changes in the past 20 years. And lately, it has been driving many changes based on its SPA and now CMA vehicle architectures.

Lidar Startup Touts Cost, Performance Gains

Luminar Technologies Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, says it has lowered production costs for its next-generation lidar sensors by more than 80% to well below $1,000.

Business

Former Bosch Starter/Generator Business Gets New Name

China's Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery (ZCMM) Group and China Renaissance Capital Investment say they have completed the purchase of Robert Bosch GmbH’s former starter and motor generator division and renamed the business SEG Automotive.

Interiors

The 2018 Kia Stinger: Banishing the Whispers

Kia Motor America’s COO and EVP Michael Sprague knows that even though the company has put out award-winning cars that sometimes create whole new niches (he cites the Soul of 2009, which has gone on to become one of the company’s biggest selling marques—in 2016 it outsold all other vehicles in the lineup), there are still those whispers: “Yeah, but it’s still a Kia.” He believes the Stinger is going to put an end to that.

Autonomous Vehicles

Baidu, BlackBerry to Team on Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry Ltd. and China’s Baidu Inc. have agreed to partner on software systems for self-driving vehicles.

Electronics

Samsung, Renovo Team Up on Autonomous Vehicle Tech

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is working with Renovo Motors Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in software for self-driving vehicles, to develop technology that will be used on a fleet of autonomous vehicles Samsung plans to test on California roads.

Harman Updates OTA Tech

Harman International Industries Inc. is launching version 11 of its Remote Vehicle Updating over-the-air (OTA) software technology.

Autonomous Vehicles

UPDATE: Samsung to Create Autonomous-Tech Unit, Launches Startup Fund

Samsung Electronics Co. is launch a new business unit and separate venture capital fund to strengthen its capabilities in self-driving vehicle technologies.

Autonomous Vehicles

Samsung to Test Autonomous Vehicle Tech in S. Korea

Samsung Electronics Co. has been given government permission to test self-driving technologies on public roads in South Korea.

Business

Harman, Baidu to Partner on Cloud-Based AI Tech in China

Harman International Industries Inc. and Baidu Inc. have agreed to jointly develop cloud-based artificial intelligence systems for the Chinese auto market.

Connectivity

Harman Launches Updatable Mapping System

Harman International Industries Inc. says it has developed a dynamic mapping technology that automatically updates cloud-based navigation systems based on traffic signs and other real world information collected from vehicles as they’re being driven.