Mobility Matrix Weekly Dispatch
Here is all that happened in the field of Mobility this week:
▶︎ 𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐠𝐥𝐞’𝐬 𝐢𝐧-𝐯𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥-𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐬
▶︎ 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐚𝐬 𝐕𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐬
▶︎ 𝐆𝐌 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚
▶︎ 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐬-𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐳 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲 (𝐀𝐂𝐂)
▶︎ 𝐄.𝐎𝐍 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐤𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐄.𝐎𝐍 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫
▶︎ 𝐏𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐀𝐑, 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐄𝐱, 𝐀𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐫𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐬
▶︎ 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐄𝐕 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐔𝐒
▶︎ 𝐅𝐨𝐱𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐄𝐕𝐬
▶︎𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐥𝐚’𝐬 𝐅𝐒𝐃 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐚 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞
▶︎𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐝, 𝐀𝐫𝐠𝐨 𝐀𝐈 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞
▶︎ 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐎𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐢
News in Detail:
Honda to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into an all-new models
Honda to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into an all-new model that will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America. The companies have been been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android1 platform to automobiles.
Key functions of Google built-in will be a) Voice assistant: Using Google Assistant installed to the on-board Display Audio, b)Navigation: integrating Google Maps to the vehicle, the familiar and personalized maps, c) In-vehicle apps: With Google Play, users can easily enjoy and download their favorite apps.
Motional expands presence in Las Vegas
Motional plans to expand its presence in Las Vegas before launching its commercial robotaxi service in 2023. According to a report by The Verge, The company is tripling the size of its closed-course testing facility, doubling its operations center, and hiring over 100 new employees. The larger testing facility will allow for “four times” the volume of testing.
GM invests in Momenta
General Motors will invest $300 million in Momenta to accelerate the development of next-generation self-driving technologies for future GM vehicles in China.
The autonomous driving technology company, Momenta, is working on a unique scalable path toward full autonomous driving by combining a data-driven approach with iterating algorithms – referred to as its “flywheel approach” – as well as a “two-leg” product strategy focusing on both Mpilot, its mass-production-ready highly autonomous driving solutions, and MSD (Momenta Self-Driving) targeting full autonomy.
Mercedes-Benz new partner of Automotive Cells Company (ACC)
Stellantis, TotalEnergies and Mercedes-Benz have entered into agreements to welcome Mercedes-Benz as a new partner of Automotive Cells Company (ACC). Founded in August 2020 ACC’s ambition is to become the European market leader for car batteries that allow clean and efficient mobility for all.
E.ON and Volkswagen have launched E.ON Drive Booster
E.ON and Volkswagen have launched E.ON Drive Booster. The product makes fast charging easier and more affordable for operators and customers. As a flexible fast charger, it requires no civil engineering work or adjustments to the grid connection and can charge two electric vehicles simultaneously with 150 kW. This means the expansion of a dense public network of fast-charging stations – as is essential for the future success of e-mobility – can become a reality much sooner than was previously assumed.
PACCAR, FedEx, Aurora launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks
PACCAR has teamed up with Aurora, an autonomous driving technology company, and FedEx, a well known logistics companies, to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations. This is claimed to be one of the first collaboration of its kind between a truck manufacturer, an autonomous technology developer and a logistics providear. Soon, PACCAR’s autonomously enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston, a 500-mile round trip, along the I-45 corridor. The trucks will operate autonomously, with a backup driver for additional safety.
Ford and Redwood Materials work on localising EV supply chain in US
Ford Motor Company and Redwood Materials, a battery materials company, have announced a collaborating. The companies will work together to make electric vehicles more sustainable and affordable for Americans by localizing the complex supply chain network, creating recycling options for end-of-life vehicles, ramping lithium-ion recycling and increasing U.S. battery production. As part of Ford’s plan to invest more than $30 billion in electrification through 2025 and to further advance their joint business opportunities, Ford has invested $50 million in Redwood to help expand Redwood’s manufacturing footprint.
Foxconn to manufacture EVs
Smartphone manufacturing giant Foxconn and PTT PLC, Thailand’s national oil supplier plan to start an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Thailand. According to a report by Tech Crunch, The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on EV production form a JV. PTT owning 60% of the joint venture and Foxconn owning the remaining 40%. The initial production capacity the facility will be around 50,000 units, which is planned to be expanded three times by 2030.
Tesla’s FSD Beta update
Tesla is making software update FSD Beta v10.0.1 more widely available starting September 24. The update offers the owners who have paid for full self-driving (FSD) the beta software through a “beta request button.”
The drivers for this will have to share their driving behavior data with the company that will be monitored for seven days. If the company finds the behavior as good the beta access will be granted.
It is known that Tesla vehicles come standard with Autopilot, which is a set of driver assistance features. FSD allows features such has parking, summon, navigate on Autopilot. The owners have to currently pay $10,000 for this.
The latest FSD Beta is a Level 2 driver assistance system that promises to automate driving on highways and city streets. But the drivers will have to pay attention, ready to take control of the wheel at any moment.
Ford, Argo AI and Walmart to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service
Ford, Argo AI and Walmart are working together on the testing and development of self-driving technology. The companies plan to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service operating in in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
The service will deliver Walmart orders to customers using Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System. Argo’s cloud-based infrastructure, designed to work with business operations, will be used to integrate with Walmart’s online ordering platform to route orders and schedule package deliveries to customers’ homes.
The collaboration is special as it brings together a self-driving technology provider with an automotive manufacturer with one of the world’s largest retailers. The commercial service will be available to Walmart customers within defined service areas of the three markets and will expand over time, with initial integration testing slated to begin later this year.
General Motors invests in Oculii
General Motors has made investment in Oculii through its venture capital arm. The automaker has invested “millions of dollars” in the startup according to a report in Reuters.
Oculii is a U.S. startup maker of software for radar sensors used in self-driving cars. The company is known for its low-cost software that promises to boost the resolution of radars. GM’s intention behind this investment is to scale up its partially automated vehicles and full self-driving cars
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