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Intelligent Transportation

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Business

Hitachi, Honda Merge 4 Partsmaking Units

Hitachi Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. are creating a new company that combines four of their automotive and motorcycle components businesses.

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.

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%.

Hybrid

The Incredible Impact of Electrification

There is no denying that vehicle electrification will change the automotive industry. In fact, it can be argued that electrification will be the biggest disruption in the history of the automotive industry.

Business

Faurecia Makes Tender Offer for Nav System Supplier Clarion

French auto supplier Faurecia SA says it will make a tender offer tomorrow to buy audio and nav system supplier Clarion Co. from Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd.

Production

Subaru Resumes Production After 12-Day Disruption

Subaru Corp. has relaunched production in Japan after defective parts from a sole source shut down the company’s main plant on Jan. 16.

Business

Faurecia to Buy Controlling Stake in Audio Supplier Clarion?

France’s Faurecia SA reportedly plans to take a majority stake in Japanese audio and navigation system supplier Clarion Co. Ltd.

Car/Ride Sharing

Honda Drops Resistance to Outside Tech

Honda Motor Co., struggling with the monumental costs of technologies to electrify, connect and roboticize its vehicles, is giving up its go-it-alone heritage.

Business

Honda Targets Tech Tie-Ups Over Cross-Equity Deals

Honda Motor Co. plans to accelerate its recent push to partner with other companies on emerging technologies—but don’t expect any equity deals with other carmakers.  

Hybrid

Hitachi-Honda Venture to Make EV Motors in China

A joint venture set up in July between Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. is building a facility in Guangdong, China, to develop and produce motors for electric vehicles.

Internet of Things

Toyota, Hitachi Team Up on Internet of Things

Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. plan to jointly create a new production system based on an Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Hybrid

Honda EV to Debut in Frankfurt

Honda Motor Co. will take the wraps off its Urban EV concept model next month at the Frankfurt auto show.

Business

Honda, Hitachi Launch EV Motor Venture

Today Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. launched their previously announced joint venture company to develop and produce electric motors for hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

Subaru Mulls Supplier Switch for Autonomous-Vehicle Cameras

Subaru Corp. is evaluating Autoliv Inc. along with current supplier Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. to supply stereo cameras for its next-generation EyeSight technology for automated vehicle systems, Bloomberg News reports.

Hybrid

Honda, Hitachi Partner on EV Motors

Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. are launching a joint venture in July to develop and make motors used to propel electric and hybrid cars.

Autonomous Vehicles

Bosch, Toyota Lead Patent Applications for Self-Driving Cars

Bosch has filed the most patent applications (2,710) related to autonomous vehicle technologies since 2010, according to a study by Grunecker Patent Attorneys.

Electronics

Three More Suppliers to Plead Guilty in U.S. of Price Fixing

Japan’s Elna Co. and Rubycon Corp. and Samoa’s Holy Stone Holdings Ltd. have agreed to plead guilty of conspiring to fix prices on electronic capacitors sold in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Business

Renesas Electronics May Buy U.S. Chip Maker

Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. is in negotiations to buy California-based chip maker Intersil Corp. for an estimated 300 billion yen ($3 billion), according to media reports.

Business

Hitachi Automotive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing, Again

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of at least $55 million for fixing prices on shock absorbers it sold to Suzuki and Toyota, the U.S.

Honda Partners with Hitachi on New Breathalyzer Technology

Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Ltd. have developed a prototype breathalyzer system to help prevent drunk driving.

Steel

Honda Laser System Cuts Steel Blanks at Production Line Speed

Honda Motor Co. is implementing a high-speed laser system that can cut sheet steel into blanks quickly enough to keep up with assembly line production speeds, The Nikkei reports.

Business

EC Fines Two Japanese Suppliers for Price Fixing

The European Commission has levied a combined €138 million ($150 million) in fines against Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. for conspiring to fix prices on automotive electrical components in Europe between 2004 and 2010.

Business

Ex-Hitachi Exec Gets 15-Month Prison Sentence for Price Fixing

Takashi Toyokuni, a former manager with Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd., has pleaded guilty and sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison for conspiring to fix prices on multiple components supplied to Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota.