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No. 101


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1. Volkswagen (VWAGY) & Mobileye to Work on Automated Driving

  • Volkswagen AG (VWAGY) is intensifying its focus on automated and autonomous driving by expanding strategic partnerships and accelerating development efforts.
  • It is deepening its collaboration with Mobileye Global Inc. (MBLY) to introduce new automated driving features in series production vehicles, utilizing MBLY’s SuperVision and Chauffeur platforms.
  • Volkswagen’s Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche brands will integrate these technologies into their model ranges to offer premium-oriented driving features with various powertrain configurations.
  • The enhancements include advanced assistance systems for highway and urban driving scenarios, such as automated overtaking, halting at red lights and stop signs, and navigating intersections and roundabouts.
  • Mobileye will also provide technology components for automated driving to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, aiming for fully automated driving capabilities in the long term.
  • Volkswagen’s subsidiary, Volkswagen ADMT, plans to integrate these components into fully electric development platforms, particularly targeting self-driving ID. 
  • The company aims for a proprietary complete automated driving system developed through its subsidiary, Cariad, to be integrated into the Scalable Systems Platform.
  • The collaboration with Mobileye accelerates deployment of the E3 1.2 architecture, while the long-term goal remains to prioritize in-house automated driving solutions.

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Volkswagen is aggressively pursuing automated driving technology, aiming to integrate it across its various brands and vehicle types. The long-term goal of Volkswagen is to develop its own complete in-house automated driving system.

2. Hyper to build L4 autonomous vehicles with NVIDIA Thor chips in 2025

  • NVIDIA and GAC AION’s Hyper sub-brand announced collaboration during NVIDIA GTC 2024 conference to produce L4 autonomous vehicles.
  • Next-generation L4 autonomous driving cars from Hyper will be powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Thor chips, boasting 2,000 TOPS of computing power, with mass production set for 2025.
  • NVIDIA DRIVE Thor integrates various intelligent functions into a unified AI platform, enabling autonomous driving, automated parking, driver monitoring, and AI cockpit experiences.
  • Hyper will integrate NVIDIA DRIVE Thor into its central in-car computing platform for smart electric vehicle models, enhancing performance compared to NVIDIA DRIVE Orin chip, thus improving safety and driving capabilities.
  • Hyper’s digital chassis, with central computing platforms and domain controllers supported by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC, enables industry-leading intelligent driving systems.
  • Current flagship models, Hyper GT and HT, equipped with LiDAR sensors and NVIDIA DRIVE Orin, achieved L2+ intelligent assisted driving functions on expressways and in some urban areas.
  • Hyper obtained the first batch of L3 autonomous driving road test licenses in China, conducting real-road tests and launching mass-produced models with L3 hardware configurations, like the Hyper GT Advanced Intelligent Driving 3L Edition.

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The use of NVIDIA DRIVE Thor chips with high computing power signifies a commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology for autonomous driving. Integration of advanced AI capabilities into Hyper’s vehicles aims to enhance safety and provide intelligent driving experiences.

3. Stellantis Ventures Invests in Breakthrough, Cost-effective LiDAR Technology for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  • Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of Stellantis N.V., has invested in SteerLight, a developer of high-performance LiDAR sensing technology.
  • SteerLight’s LiDAR employs silicon photonics technology, combining a universal semiconductor material with the speed of photons to sense the environment in three dimensions with higher resolution, precision, and lower production cost compared to existing LiDAR systems.
  • The technology aims to enhance advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving capabilities for future Stellantis brand vehicles.
  • Stellantis prioritizes identifying groundbreaking technologies like SteerLight’s LiDAR to deliver substantial value to customers as part of its Dare Forward 2030 initiatives, with automated driving enhancements being a top priority.
  • SteerLight’s CEO François Simoens highlights the benefit of Stellantis’ recognition and investment in advancing LiDAR technology for industrial and mobility applications.
  • SteerLight utilizes Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR based on silicon photonics technology, offering a robust and compact system with no moving parts, which addresses size and cost challenges of current LiDAR technology for vehicles.
  • Stellantis Ventures, since its inception in 2022, has invested in 12 startups and one mobility fund, aiming to develop cutting-edge technologies that benefit customers and society as a whole.

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Stellantis’ investment in SteerLight underscores its commitment to embracing innovative technologies, particularly in the realm of automated driving and ADAS. The adoption of SteerLight’s LiDAR technology has the potential to significantly improve the performance and cost-effectiveness of advanced driver assistance systems in Stellantis vehicles, enhancing safety and driving experiences.

4.  dSPACE integrates Hesai lidar models into the AURELION sensor simulation solution, accelerating the development of autonomous driving applications

  • Hesai Technology and dSPACE have formed a technology partnership to accelerate the development of ADAS and Level 4 autonomous driving applications.
  • As part of the partnership, dSPACE integrated sensor models from Hesai into its sensor simulation solution, AURELION, facilitating easy access for developers to Hesai lidar models.
  • The integration of Hesai lidar models into AURELION expands testing capabilities and reduces costs for customers in the development and validation phases.
  • AURELION, dSPACE’s sensor simulation solution, generates photo-realistic images for camera simulation in real time and uses ray tracing to calculate realistic raw data for radar and lidar.
  • Hesai lidar products have been widely used in various applications worldwide, including passenger and commercial vehicles with ADAS, autonomous vehicles, and robotic applications like last-mile delivery robots and AGVs.
  • Developers of autonomous driving applications can now utilize high-quality Hesai lidar models on the AURELION platform for development, testing, and validation, reducing costs and speeding up the development process.

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Integration of Hesai lidar models into AURELION enhances the capabilities of dSPACE’s sensor simulation solution, providing developers with access to high-quality sensor models for more accurate testing and validation.

5. Hyundai-backed Motional buys time with a bridge loan

  • Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology startup, has secured a bridge loan to provide temporary financial relief while it seeks longer-term funding options.
  • CEO Karl Iagnemma informed staff through a companywide email that the board of directors approved the bridge financing, allowing additional time for discussions on longer-term funding and strategic direction.
  • The terms and amount of the bridge loan were not disclosed in the email, and Motional did not respond to requests for comment.
  • Motional was formed through a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, but Aptiv announced in January that it would no longer allocate capital to the endeavor, leaving Hyundai as the sole backer.
  • Motional plans to launch a commercial robotaxi service in 2024 and operates autonomous vehicle taxi services in Las Vegas and an autonomous delivery pilot with Uber Eats in Santa Monica.
  • The company has reduced costs by cutting about 5% of its workforce, mainly affecting administrative roles and some employees in Boston, following previous layoffs in December 2022 that affected operations in Pittsburgh.

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Motional’s securing of a bridge loan indicates that it is facing financial challenges and requires temporary support while seeking longer-term funding solutions.

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