Japan plans on eliminating gas powered vehicles by mid-2030s, ramps up renewable energy investments

On Friday, in a significant development, the Japanese government said it aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the country in the next 15 years so as to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” sees an increased adoption of hydrogen in…

Toyota widens procurement for electric batteries with these new deals

The electrification of the auto industry is taking place at a neck breaking speed. Much of its success will depend on cost effective access to batteries which will power these electric vehicles. In a significant development, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to partner with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) to supply and…

Industry veteran Karl-Thomas Neumann joins opensource self-driving vehicle software stratup Apex.AI’s board

Apex.AI aims to make the Robot Operating System (ROS) more robust and failproof so that it can be deployed in commercial self-driving vehicles. Palo Alto, California-based Apex.AI, a company which strives to make open-source self-driving software reliable enough to be commercially viable has hired Karl-Thomas Neumann, an industry veteran who has been the CEO of…

Toyota to expand production of hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles

Given hydrogen’s availability and its weight to storage energy quotient, Toyota believes hydrogen powered fuel cells will play a significant role in the clean-energy-powered auto industry in the coming future. In a significance development, Toyota Motor Corp announced that it plans on increasing investments in its hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles, as design more cost-effective mass-market…

Samsung unveils autonomous driving and infotainment systems at CES 2018

These are truly exciting times for the auto industry: personalized driving, autonomous driving, infotainment systems, Samsung has them all covered. In a significant development that underscores Samsung Electronics Co’s plans in the auto electronics market, the South Korean giant unveiled its first series of components for autonomous driving and infotainment solutions which it co-developed along…

GM’s strategic planning has left Ford far behind in the dust

An analysis of their expenses show, despite similar spending patterns, GM’s resource management and financial planning strategy has resulted in the company releasing far more new and redesigned vehicles than Ford. Although James Hackett spent the whole of last year strategizing on Ford Motor Co’s long-term self-driving car strategy, in his first week as the…