Interiors & Electronics

New Defender: The SUV with Two Brains

Said to be the first vehicle with two embedded modems


LG Touts 5G Module

LG Group’s Innotek unit has developed the first 5G automotive module using Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 5G chip.

Autonomous Vehicles

BMW to Debut 5G Tech in iNext EV

BMW AG plans to equip the production version of its Vision iNext electric concept vehicle with fifth-generation (5G) communications capability when the model launches in 2021.


EU Rejects Wi-Fi-Based Car-to-Car Communications

Member nations of the European Union voted earlier today against endorsing a short-range wi-fi system for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, buoying backers of a cellular-based alternative.


Consortium Demos Connected Vehicle Tech in Berlin

The 5G Automotive Assn. (5GAA) demonstrated a variety of connected vehicle technologies this week in Berlin, using a mix of cellular-based and dedicated short-range communication systems.


Marvell Buys Rival In-Vehicle Ethernet Supplier

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has agreed to purchase Aquantia Corp., a rival Silicon Valley ethernet specialist, for about $450 million.


Chinese Firm Licenses WiTricity Wireless Charging Tech

Boston-based WiTricity Corp. has agreed to license its wireless charging technology for electric vehicle batteries to China’s Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology Co. for local applications.


Geely to Launch 5G Connected Cars in 2021

China’s Geely Automobile Holding Co. says it will offer vehicle-to-everything communications in production vehicles starting in 2021.

Car/Ride Sharing

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.


WiTricity Buys Qualcomm’s Wireless Charging Business

Boston-based WiTricity Corp. has acquired Qualcomm Inc.’s Halo wireless charging business for an unspecified amount.

Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Aims to Launch V2X Tech in 2022

Ford Motor Co. plans to equip all of its new vehicles in the U.S. with vehicle-to-everything communication capability starting in 2022.


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.


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.


Qualcomm Ends Bid for NXP

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. has dropped its $44 billion bid to purchase rival semiconductor supplier NXP Semiconductors NV after China failed to grant regulatory approval of the deal amid growing trade tensions with the U.S.


Group Unveils Standards for “Digital Key” Tech

A group has developed first-round specs for a system that enables consumers to use smartphones and other digital devices to lock, unlock and start a vehicle.


Ford Teams with Panasonic and Qualcomm on V2X Tests

Ford, Panasonic and Qualcomm will begin testing vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technologies this summer in Colorado.

Autonomous Vehicles

BlackBerry Inks Software Deal with JLR

Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry Ltd. says it has signed a deal to supply software to Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. for use in next-generation autonomous and connected vehicles.


Broadcom Drops Qualcomm Bid

Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom Ltd. has abandoned its $117 billion bid for U.S. rival Qualcomm Inc. two days after President Donald Trump cited national security issues and blocked the sale.


Trump Blocks Qualcomm Takeover Bid on National Security Grounds

President Donald Trump has prohibited a proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. by Singapore rival Broadcom Ltd., citing U.S. security concerns.


Qualcomm Hikes Bid for NXP

Qualcomm Inc. has raised its bid to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $44 billion in an effort to block its own acquisition by Broadcom Ltd.

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.


Partners to Test V2X System in San Diego

AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm plan to begin testing so-called vehicle-to-everything communications in connected cars later this year in San Diego.


LG Electronics, Qualcomm Connect on 5G V2X Tech

LG Electronics Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. have agreed to jointly develop so-called vehicle-to-everything and fifth generation (5G) cellular-based technologies for next-generation connected vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

NXP Touts Scalable Computing Platform for Next-Gen Cars

NXP Semiconductors NV is launching an integrated microcontroller/microprocessor (MCU/MPU) platform that promises to provide as much as a tenfold performance boost and reduce development times for connected, electric and autonomous cars.

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