Technology Bulletin

    • The First Cars Using Microsoft Connected Vehicle P...
    • Mar 26, 2019
    • "The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive alliance announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. It is a new platform that is enablin... View More

      "The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive alliance announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. It is a new platform that is enabling the three car-makers to deliver connected services in vehicles sold across 200 markets. Microsoft said that these cars will be the first vehicles powered by the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform available to consumers at scale. The Alliance Intelligent Cloud can connect the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance vehicles with future smart cities infrastructure and potential future partners. Interestingly, Microsoft seems to be winning in competition with Amazon in this cloud automotive market, having already partnered with Volkswagen, Toyota, Volvo, BMW, LGE, and others for the development of connected cars. The reason why major auto OEMs tend to choose Microsoft as a partner rather than Amazon is presumably because of the worry that Amazon could break into the market and show up as a competitor someday. In fact, Amazon has been investing in electric vehicles and self-driving cars aggressively it seems to have influenced the competitive landscape." - Liz Lee

      (Source: ZD Net)

    • Yandex and Hyundai Mobis Join Forces on Autonomous...
    • Mar 26, 2019
    • "Yandex, Russia’s top technology company, has signed a deal with Hyundai Motor Group to develop self-driving car technologies, as the two firms race ... View More

      "Yandex, Russia’s top technology company, has signed a deal with Hyundai Motor Group to develop self-driving car technologies, as the two firms race to catch up with Alphabet’s Waymo, Tesla and General Motors. The race to build fully autonomous cars is forcing traditional carmakers to partner with tech groups that are keen to share expertise and develop joint platforms. This is Yandex’s first partnership with a carmaker. Hyundai is making up for its weakness in the autonomous space and taking the right steps in pursuing this kind of partnership with foreign technology companies. The venture plans to have 100 vehicles running within the year in Russia and other countries where Yandex has a license to operate autonomous cars." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Tech Crunch)

    • Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Shave off Costs of De...
    • Mar 26, 2019
    • "Using common platforms and aggregates from current products, the VW Group has reduced development costs by 30% across its planned electric vehicle portfol... View More

      "Using common platforms and aggregates from current products, the VW Group has reduced development costs by 30% across its planned electric vehicle portfolio. Audi is looking to price EVs at par with the models its offers with a turbodiesel engine. VW is looking to introduce the Golf-size EV model I.D. in Europe for under €30,000. Volkswagen has deployed a shared platform strategy for years on across its global line-up. This is how VW remains in the black even after incurring penalties over US$30 billion post-dieselgate. Tesla, with its limited and exclusive EV model range, doesn’t have such cost-sharing options." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Auto News)

    • Facebook May Be Looking to Replicate a Major Featu...
    • Mar 19, 2019
    • "Facebook recently announced that it would build more ways for people to interact through its platforms. As an extension of this ambition, Facebook is repo... View More

      "Facebook recently announced that it would build more ways for people to interact through its platforms. As an extension of this ambition, Facebook is reportedly developing its own digital currency, known as the Facebook Coin, which allows users to transfer money through WhatsApp. However, the view from experts is pessimistic because Facebook does not have necessary business infrastructure. In addition, Facebook Coin seems to have a disadvantage as the company still has a hangover of mistrust emanating out of the allegations against the company over the last few years. This move is indicative of the popularization of blockchain. Another important point to determine Facebook’s success is that it will have to pull iPhone users away from iMessage to achieve the goal of building a whole suite of messaging-based services that would compete with popular iOS apps. Interestingly that goal puts Facebook, for the first time, in direct competition with Apple." - Liz Lee

      (Source: CNBC)

    • Europe Selects V2X Technology...And It's Not Cellu...
    • Mar 19, 2019
    • "The European Commission (EC) has set out its plans to implement new information and safety systems for vehicles based on a standard called ITS-G5, which i... View More

      "The European Commission (EC) has set out its plans to implement new information and safety systems for vehicles based on a standard called ITS-G5, which is related to the 802.11 WiFi standards. The GSMA has thrown up its hands in horror because it fully expected that cars would implement cellular-V2X technology based on LTE and then 5G. However, C-V2X standards based on 4G and 5G are not yet ready for the prime time. In the interim, the EC has come down in favour of the boring but mature ITS-G5 standard that has been developed with ETSI for many years. Despite being related to WiFi, it is a capable technology and is optimised for vehicle use. And in the longer term, as 4G and 5G C-V2X standards mature, they too will be incorporated into traffic management and driver information systems, but it may take until the mid-2020s before this occurs." - Peter Richardson

      (Source: European Commission)

    • Taiwan ODMs Keep Diversifying Production to Southe...
    • Mar 19, 2019
    • "Vietnam is emerging as a preferred manufacturing destination as ODMs are diversifying their production and reducing dependency on China. Vietnam has signe... View More

      "Vietnam is emerging as a preferred manufacturing destination as ODMs are diversifying their production and reducing dependency on China. Vietnam has signed the most FTAs with the trade partners and its strong export policy has made it a preferred destination for investment. Other countries like Philippines and Indonesia are also strengthening their investment policies in a bid to attract ODMs to set up their units." - Tarun Pathak

      (Source: Digitimes)

    • Claro (America Movil) Acquires Nextel in Brazil
    • Mar 19, 2019
    • "America Movil (AMX) announced that it will pay US$905 million to buy 100% of Nextel Brazil. The acquisition is pending to regulatory approval. Claro, the ... View More

      "America Movil (AMX) announced that it will pay US$905 million to buy 100% of Nextel Brazil. The acquisition is pending to regulatory approval. Claro, the Brazilian subsidy of America Movil, is the second biggest operator in Brazil and closed 2018 with 24.6% market share. Nextel on the other hand, is the fifth-largest operator in Brazil with a 1.41% share or 3.3 million users. Nextel also has its own nationwide network and holds valuable spectrum licenses in Brazil. AMX has been looking for growth through acquisitions in the Brazilian market. In 2016, AMX bid for Oi but the acquisition was too large to be approved by the regulators due to market concentration laws. In this case, Claro and Nextel together will still be smaller than Vivo (Telefonica Brazil), which is the market leader. This is AMX’s second major acquisition in this year having already acquired Telefonica’s subsidiaries in Guatemala and Salvador. For NII, Nextel’s parent company, this is the end of its presence in LATAM." - Tina Lu

      (Source: Tech Crunch)

    • NatWest Bank Conducts Trials for Credit Cards with...
    • Mar 19, 2019
    • "Britain's NatWest bank has started a trial for testing credit cards with a built-in fingerprint scanner. NFC will facilitate small value transactions ... View More

      "Britain's NatWest bank has started a trial for testing credit cards with a built-in fingerprint scanner. NFC will facilitate small value transactions in these cards, while fingerprint authentication will be required for high value transactions. In fingerprint-based cards, the biometric data is stored locally on the card, however, users must visit the bank to register the same. This remains a key bottle-neck for adoption. Gemalto, a leader in biometric authentication technology, previously conducted similar trials with other banks. Nevertheless, credit cards are a key growth category for fingerprint component firms. The category provides a tremendous opportunity for growth as the smartphone market slows down." - Hanish Bhatia

      (Source: The Verge)

    • VW Taking a Lead on EVs, with More Models, More Pr...
    • Mar 12, 2019
    • "Volkswagen Group has now announced plans to launch 70 full-electric models over the next 10 years. In Europe, VW's Audi brand has already launched e-... View More

      "Volkswagen Group has now announced plans to launch 70 full-electric models over the next 10 years.
      In Europe, VW's Audi brand has already launched e-tron electric SUV and Porsche will reveal the Taycan, its first electric model, in September. Over the next year, EV launches from the VW brands include a compact hatchback called the I.D. hatchback and an electric crossover called the I.D. Crozz, as well as EVs from the Skoda and Seat stable.
      Keeping the Paris Agreement as the benchmark, VW has its eye on the future and making a commitment to be a zero-carbon footprint company. This is to appeal to an emerging category of environmentally responsible customers.
      " - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Automotive News Europe)

    • Nissan Testing Invisible-To-Visible (I2V) Technolo...
    • Mar 12, 2019
    • "Global automaker Nissan is testing its Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology it showcased during CES 2019. The company has partnered with Japan's Doco... View More

      "Global automaker Nissan is testing its Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology it showcased during CES 2019. The company has partnered with Japan's Docomo - a leader in fifth generation mobile communications technology, for the tests. I2V technology combines the real and virtual world experiences, using information from vehicle sensors and data from the cloud. This helps drivers “see the invisible”, i.e. blind spots such as objects behind a building or around the corner. 
      Nissan envisions future vehicles to be autonomous. While cameras and sensors will help with navigation, cloud connectivity on low latency 5G networks will provide intelligence to identify objects behind the blind spots. This will enable the true autonomous driving experience." - Hanish Bhatia

      (Source: Automotive World)

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