Automotive Safety and Security Online is developing quickly. Now a single-day occasion, on June 30, to make it simpler to attend dwell, we’ve a new interview with Continental’s Catalin-Stefan Ionescu. He’ll converse on the occasion, and our Q&A permits you to be taught extra about his work and autonomous car testing security, and provides a sneak preview of his discuss.
Our latest Top Five takes a take a look at a few of the most vital international EV Platforms starting to roll out. From the VW MEB to Hyundai-Kia’s E-GMP, we profile the specs and particulars of platforms that characterize a mixed funding of over $160bn.
Right here’s a few different tales that caught our eye:
Audi opens Silicon Valley ADAS R&D heart
Audi has announced the opening of a brand new automated driving improvement workplace in San Jose. Referred to as A2D2, the workplace is at the moment hiring as much as 60 engineers to work on synthetic intelligence, software program improvement, and Silicon Valley startup collaborations.
The Middle is concentrated totally on ADAS options for the North American market, as Audi believes this leads the world in its demand for Stage 2-3 driver help and autonomous programs. A2D2 has its personal fleet of Audi Q7 SUVs liveried with QR codes so onlookers can scan them and be despatched to a website for updates on the challenge’s progress.
The Q7 fleet will likely be used to collect knowledge for the event of “numerous cloud-based automated driver-assistance features deliberate for introduction by 2023.”
VW will increase its funding in solid-state battery developer QuantumScape
In the meantime, the primary Volkswagen Group has just announced a brand new, extra funding of $200m in US battery specialist QuantumScape. The latter agency is growing next-generation solid-state batteries, and the VW Group is the biggest automotive shareholder within the agency, having beforehand invested $100m.
The 2 corporations have been in collaboration since 2012, and formalized the solid-state battery three way partnership in 2018 that will allow industrial-level manufacturing of solid-state batteries for Volkswagen. The batteries in improvement are the identical dimension as present lithium-ion packs, however with a lot shorter charging instances, whereas additionally they supply a variety comparable with standard ICE automobiles.
As a part of the brand new deal, each corporations confirmed that they’d construct a pilot manufacturing unit to assist scale up manufacturing.
Arrival builds a bus
Arrival has announced the arrival of its new zero-emissions bus. The Arrival Bus is at the moment in improvement, and, whereas particulars are at the moment below wraps, apart from photos of the screen-filled car and its related aesthetic to its beforehand introduced Van, the agency claims the Bus will price an analogous quantity to a traditional ICE car, however with a lot decrease working prices over its lifetime.
A part of Arrival’s mannequin is to construct native Microfactories – 1,000 are deliberate globally by 2026 – that permit for native diversifications to merchandise, whereas promising to maintain prices down. The agency has additionally confirmed it’s engaged on growing vehicles for sharing, taxis, buses, supply robots, and charging stations.
The Arrival Bus follows the announcement of the Arrival Van, which helped the UK-based agency appeal to €100m in funding from Hyundai-Kia to make use of its EV skateboard chassis for a brand new PDV, and an order for 10,000 vans from UPS in a deal value $400m.