7 British organizations form consortium to develop solid state batteries for EVs

On Thursday, a group of 7 British organizations including startup Britishvolt, battery materials company Johnson Matthey, and Oxford University said, they had formed a consortium to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles. The group plans on building a facility to develop technologies and prototypes for the mass production of solid-state batteries. The consortium also includes…

Ford Motor Co shutters Kansas City assembly plant citing chip shortage

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it will temporarily close its Kansas City assembly plant which builds its best-selling F-150 pickup truck because of a shortage of semiconductor-related parts. The shortage is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Production is slated to resume in August 23, said the U.S. automaker while adding, it…

Vulnerability in BlackBerry’s QNX RTOS impacts cars and medical equipment

In a statement U.S. drugs regulator and a federal agency said, a cybersecurity vulnerability in a software designed by BlackBerry Ltd could put medical equipment and cars at heightened risks and expose highly sensitive systems to attackers. This warning comes in the wake of BlackBerry disclosing that its QNX Real Time Operating System (QNX RTOS) has…

Toyota acquires US map and driverless data provider Carmera

On Thursday Toyota Motor Corp’s research arm said, it had acquired US based map and driverless vehicles data provider Carmera. The acquisition underscores Toyota’s push to bulk up its self-driving arsenal as traditional automakers compete with tech giants in the emerging autonomous vehicles sector. The acquisition will provide Toyota access to real-time, high-definition maps and crowdsourced…

Nissan-backed WeRide receives permit to test passenger vehicles on public roads in California

In a statement California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said autonomous driving startup WeRide has received a permit to test two passenger vehicles on California’s public roads without a safety driver. Nissan and Mitsubishi,backed WeRide, is also testing its driverless vehicle in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Technology and automakers are investing billions of dollars in…

Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor to launch new brand targeting premium segment

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor plans on launching a new standalone brand for electric and smart vehicles in China, as it tries to pursue growth in this burgeoning segment. Inspired by U.S. technology and auto giant Tesla Inc, several Chinese automakers have announced plans…

Uber Technologies Inc sells self-driving unit Uber Advanced Technologies Group to self-driving startup Aurora

In a statement Uber Technologies Inc said, it is selling its autonomous driving unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), to self-driving car startup Aurora; the development underscores Uber Technologies Inc’s drive to accelerate its goal to achieve profitability. According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, the equity deal values ATG at $4 billion,…

Tesla, Uber along with major utilities form lobby group, Zero Emission Transportation Association

In a significant development, a group of major U.S. utilities which includes Uber and Tesla said they are launching a new lobby group which will lobby for national policies to boost the adoption of electric vehicles. The lobby group named Zero Emission Transportation Association, aims to boost the adoption of consumer electric vehicle and encourage…