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Soaring transport emissions derail optimal trajectory towards sustainability

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The road to zero emissions from transport is moving farther away despite the rising number of countries and companies pledging to become carbon neutral. Decarbonization of vehicle engines is a critical step towards sustainability, but alone, it is not enough. Carbon neutral production is also needed for zero emissions, in addition to zero waste and…

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The rising demand for faster & cheaper last-mile delivery requires new, innovative technologies

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The demand for last-mile delivery, in other words, the route between the distribution centre and end-customer, has increased considerably in the last decades. The World Economic Forum identifies five key technological and commercial drivers of growth. The rapid urbanization and demographic growth; the increased diffusion of e-commerce facilitated by social media marketing,  the emergence of…

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Tesla drops its charging wall in Europe to boost EV adoption

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The move represents not only an effort to squeeze some hefty access fees out of its rivals but also to increase the utilization of its network, reduce the costs, and make the network more profitable. Earlier this year, Tesla announced plans to open its Supercharger network to non-Tesla vehicles, and now it’s finally happening in…

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Can BYD support the growth of its multi-billion market value?

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BYD scored a 50.2% year-on-year increase in revenues in H1 2021 but profits are in continuous decline Semiconductor business spin-off was suspended; current valuation and future profitability are now in question BYD still maintains considerable electric car (New Energy Vehicle) sales Is BYD’s growth outlook threatened? BYD’s H1 2021 performance BYD Company Limited is engaged…

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Trends and Investment Hotspots In China’s Mobility Ecosystem

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In the first seven months of 2021, investment hotspots in China’s automotive market are mainly concentrated around ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Shared); Chinese tech- companies have been increasingly developing their own core technologies, e.g. semiconductors, and tapping domestic capital markets to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers. NEV start-ups receive large funding from ICT firms.…

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Tesla Outplay Rivals in Charging Its Electric Fleet, Deal With It!

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Tesla’s Network Of Chargers Vs. rivals Charging infrastructure deployment in the US is lagging vehicle sales Among the US Top CPOs, Tesla Supercharger has the largest share of DC-fast electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) Tesla has built more than 6,700 SuperChargers in China Monetize gains from an open and reliable charging platform may offer Tesla…

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Autonomous Parking is now the fastest-growing SAE Lv.3 feature among Chinese Carmakers

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Autonomous Parking features, in which vehicles automatically get to the parking space in the garage, have already been commercialized in China, the world’s leading car market. Automated parking is a significant innovation that generates added value through improved efficiency in parking. With automated parking, the parking process in shared parking areas can be carried out…

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Public Charging Infrastructure in Europe: gearing up for a new phase?

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In 2020, the Electrically-Chargeable Vehicle segment (i.e. BEVs, PHEVs and FCVs) significantly increased its market share against the backdrop of an overall decline in new passenger vehicle registrations, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. EVs accounted for approximately 10.5% of new vehicle registrations in 2020, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), As electric vehicle…

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New Tech-Players and Automakers Transform Autonomous Driving in China

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China’s leading players in autonomous driving technologies, fueled by strong venture-capital investments and favourable government policies, aim to boost their technology (sensors, computing platforms, software, cloud system integration and mapping) in order to narrow the technological gap with their Western rivals. Players like Alibaba, Baidu, DiDi, Tencent and Huawei have invested heavily in Autonomous Driving by…

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“Software On Wheels” To Reshape The Automotive Industry’s Future

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Electrification, automated driving, shared mobility and connectivity push for a more dedicated software development, while a large part of hardware-oriented systems becomes more standardized and commoditized. The growing number of ECUs with sophisticated software leads to significant cost increases, higher in-vehicle software complexity and constraints in the optimization of vehicular functions. Next-generation autonomous vehicles need…

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Chinese Tech-giants’ bets on the smart car-hailing revolution offer great opportunities for driverless shared mobility

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Innovative business models from Chinese tech-giants shape a new battlefield for “smart online travel” Alibaba and Meituan lead “the aggregated” model towards future smart mobility Baidu’s Autonomous Driving-oriented ecosystem leads the “driverless car hailing” operating model Huawei and Tencent lead the “empowerment group” towards “connected car-hailing“ Chinese tech-giants are consolidating the building blocks for smart…

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Changan Vs. Geely: A comparison in Autonomous Driving Readiness

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1. ADAS Strategy Comparison: Winner-Geely Roadmaps to Level 4-Autonomous Driving: Winner-Changan Changan offers Level 3-Conditional Automated Driving since 2020 and plans Level 4 in 2025 Geely, in cooperation with Volvo Cars, aims to have one-third of its sales with full autonomous drive capabilities by 2025. We expect Geely to follow a similar roadmap to Volvo which…

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SAIC, Great Wall and Changan lead Chinese Level 3 Autonomous Parking

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BYD, Changan, Great Wall, Geely, and SAIC have already introduced Self-Parking capabilities that rival the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla Chinese Carmakers leverage their strategic partnerships with foreign OEMs and domestic tech pioneers to fast-track deployment of autonomous parking capabilities 1. SAIC’s Roewe Marvel X and Marvel equipped with Lv.3 “Full-scene Automated Valet…

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How to Solve China’s electric car charging infrastructure bottleneck

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The current number of electric car charging piles is relatively low compared to the government’s initial goal of 4 million stations in 2020 In the coming years, charging network availability may be of greater importance than the actual EV price Heavy investment by public companies, energy providers and automakers aims to tackle the inefficient distribution…

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Barriers in EV Charging Infrastructure to Turn California Green

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The Golden State faces barriers in electric vehicle charging infrastructure which might delay its goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on state roads by 2025 California leads the “race between the states” in public investments in EV charging infrastructure but private players have to explore new streams of earnings California aims to set a Fast…

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Online Car Purchases on the Rise in the U.S

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E-Commerce vehicle sales rise year-on-year as the pandemic reshapes consumer attitude to “digital-first” More Carmakers Copy Tesla’s Online Car Purchase Playbook Online car purchases fueled by e-commerce rise, enabling tech for a better shopping experience & COVID-19 impact The pandemic is pushing carmakers and auto dealerships to rethink their digital retail channels and accelerate their…

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Free-Floating Car-Sharing Fuels Growth to the German market

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Car-Sharing in Germany bounced back in 2021. Both the number of customers and fleets are increasing steadily in Germany. The evolution of Germany’s car-sharing market is a key metric for the rate of consumer transition from car ownership to Mobility-as-a-Service in Western Europe’s leading car market and one of the top hubs for autonomous, electrified…

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Vehicle-to-Cloud-based ADAS the need of the hour

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Cloud-based development of ADAS promises scalability, efficiency, security, and staying always up to date to guarantee that today’s systems will mitigate future accidents in the ever-changing road environment Data-driven and Software-defined cars and Mobility Services could see accelerated deployment by 2025 The role of Cloud computing providers is increasing 4 benefits of Cloud-based platforms for…

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Five New Revenue Pools for Automated Mobility

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ADAS sensors and ADAS features account for the majority of Automated Mobility’s revenues today for carmakers, suppliers, and other stakeholders In the next decades, the progress in Automated Driving technology and its wider adoption will unlock new earnings from novel “features”, and the expansion to new markets, and 8 new industries Winning strategies will leverage…

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Three Takeaways from Top Suppliers’ ADAS Revenues in 2020

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The ADAS market grew in 2020 but how did ADAS revenues evolve in 2020 for major Suppliers? What are the key ADAS technologies experiencing strong demand for Suppliers? Keys to Top-ADAS Suppliers strategy in 2020-30 1. Top ADAS Suppliers saw ADAS order-book grow in 2020 but revenues dropped Major Automotive Suppliers are already generating substantial…

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Carmakers see revenues shrink by $130Bn threatening autonomous roadmaps

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VW Group, Toyota Motors & General Motors collectively lost $94.38 Billion of revenues in Q1-Q3 2020 and push for further transformation Capital constraints faced by carmakers require new strategic approaches in 2021 as the pressure for further investment in autonomy & electrification accelerates Software-based business models, such as vehicle super-computers and SW-defined architectures, camera-based ADAS…

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21% of new cars in Europe to be highly-automated in 2025

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With the ALKS regulation opening the road for Level 3 deployment in 2021, and Autonomous Driving roadmaps largely insulated from the pandemic, “eyes-off the road” technology will be commercialized in Europe and Japan this year Cars equipped with Level 3 features in Europe will more than double between 2021 and 2025 but hands-off functionality will…

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The 12 most important technology partnerships in Connected & Automated Driving in 2020

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2020 witnessed strategic technology partnerships in Lidar, Autonomous Trucks, Autonomous Driving Software, Robotaxis, and 5G for V2X to progress the roadmaps of automotive players to automated and connected driving. Learn who collaborated with whom across the most crucial Automated Driving technology domains, what does it mean for the players, and what is our outlook on…

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3 reasons why China can win the Autonomous Driving race

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Europe and the USA remain the geographies with the highest penetration of Autonomous driving but stricter road safety regulations and lack of standardization could still restrict fast deployment; China’s commitment to Intelligent & Connected Vehicles could fast track regulatory changes to give a head start to domestic brands, while the advanced digital infrastructure and the…

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Top-5 new changes in 2021 transforming Autonomous Driving

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2020 saw the launch of Level 4-Autonomous Driving in Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) from Waymo. But in passenger cars, the level of automation is still Level 2-Partial Automation. Here are the biggest changes in Autonomous driving in 2021: New Autonomous Driving Regulation for Level 3 is coming in 2021 Cyber Security mandates coming from…

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Level 3-Autonomous driving regulation finally coming after 3 years of delay

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After almost 3 years in the making, the amendment of UNECE Reg. No.79-Steering Equipment will allow Level 3 in countries adopting the new rules called “Automated Lane Keeping System” Germany, France, and Japan expected to be among the first. But the USA does not follow the same regulatory framework Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan, and Honda are…

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The first attempt of the European Commission to regulate AI. Will it help build an ecosystem of trust?

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EC’s White Paper or Artificial Intelligence – A European Approach  sets guidelines to establish trust, promote AI and address high-risks AI applicatons Proposed legal requirements for high-risk AI applications-only for the future regulatory framework include: data training and record-keeping, human oversight, information provision when interacting with an AI system, robustness and accuracy EC’s approach is…

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