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What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.

Business

Honda on Alert Against Cyber Attack

Computer breach cuts production in North America. Europe and Japan also affected.

Business

Putting Computers to Work Against COVID-19

VW and Denso have teamed up with quantum computer specialist, D-Wave, to support medical researchers

Labor

Ford Techs Get Virtual Reality Training on Mustang Mach-E

Using high-tech gaming systems to speed maintenance and repair training

Mobility

Quantum Shortcuts Around Traffic

The best way to get around traffic isn’t always to follow “real time” GPS directions.

Sales

Frankfurt Auto Show Attendance Plunges 31%

Attendance at the just-ended Frankfurt auto show—considered one of the world’s premier events of its kind—plummeted 31% to 560,000 people, according to trade group VDA.

AI

Neumann Joins Apex.AI Board

Longtime industry veteran Karl-Thomas Neumann has joined the board of directors of Apex.AI Inc., a San Francisco-based startup that specializes in open-source software for self-driving vehicles.

BMW, Microsoft Converse on Voice Control Tech

BMW AG is working with Microsoft Corp. to create an open platform to enhance the “natural” conversation capabilities of the carmaker’s new personal assistant and other voice-actuated systems.

Production

BMW, Microsoft Team on Digital Manufacturing Platform

BMW AG and Microsoft Inc. plan to develop a digital platform for “smart” factories.

AI

Fujitsu Touts Faster Deep Learning

Japan’s Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. claims its latest artificial intelligence software enables the world’s fastest machine learning processing.

Business

Microsoft Connectivity Tech to Debut Later this Year

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will launch the first applications of Microsoft Corp.’s cloud-based connectivity vehicle technology later this year.

Mobility

VW, Microsoft Expand Cloud Partnership Beyond Europe

Volkswagen AG and Microsoft Corp. are expanding the cloud-computing partnership they announced last September to China and North America.

Connectivity

TPM Comes to Cars

If you are reading this on a contemporary computer running Windows 10, there is a TPM running—a Trusted Platform Module—which is, according to Microsoft a “secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations.” At its most basic it is a means by which there are “keys” that allow digital access.

Design

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.

Car/Ride Sharing

VW Brand Predicts €1 Billion Revenue from Online Services

Volkswagen AG’s VW brand says it expects to generate €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in annual revenue by 2025 from the global wireless services network it is building.

Car/Ride Sharing

VW Buys Volvo Truck’s WirelessCar Unit

Volkswagen AG has agreed to buy 75% of truckmaker AB Volvo's connected vehicle services unit for 1.1 billion kronor ($122 million).

Hybrid

Apple Poaches Another Tesla Exec

Apple Inc. has hired designer Andrew Kim, a senior design manager at Tesla Inc. for the last two years.

AI

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Invests in Chinese Autonomous Tech Startup

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is making an unspecified investment in WeRide.ai, a Chinese startup company specializing in autonomous vehicle technology.

Autonomous Vehicles

Chinese Autonomous Driving Tech Startup Raises $1 Billion

Momenta, a Beijing-based startup specializing in autonomous vehicle software, says it has secured more than $1 billion in its latest funding round.

Business

Microsoft Invests in Grab Ride-Hailing Service

Microsoft Corp. is making an unspecified investment in Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. as part of a deal that includes collaborating on big data and artificial intelligence systems.

Bimmer 3 Series Gets More Tech, New Look

BMW AG says its goal in developing the redesigned 3 Series sedan was for the car to be the “sportiest sedan” in its segment and raise the bar on driving dynamics.

Connectivity

VW, Microsoft Team on Global Mobility Cloud

Volkswagen AG and Microsoft Corp. have announced a strategic partnership to develop a comprehensive “industrial automotive cloud” for all future VW digital services and mobility offerings.

AI

BMW Reveals In-Car Personal Assistant System

BMW AG says its new Intelligent Personal Assistant technology will use artificial intelligence to build a digital persona with which drivers can interact.

Car/Ride Sharing

Car-Sharing and Ride-Hailing are Transforming Ownership Models

“With this shift, we believe the auto industry will go through disruptive change over the next 5-10 years and beyond.”