Qualcomm’s chips will power Renault’s dashboards and infotainment systems in its upcoming Mégane E-TECH Electric

On Monday, in a statement Qualcomm Inc said, it will supply a key chip for the dashboard of Renault SA’s new electric vehicle. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of key semiconductors in mobile phones, has expanded into vehicles with chips that can power dashboards and infotainment systems at the same time. Earlier this year Qualcomm Renault…

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…

General Motors Co working on technology to slash EV battery costs

In a statement General Motors Co’s President Mark Reuss said, the company is testing a variety of battery chemistry technologies and manufacturing processes aimed at slashing the cost of future electric vehicle batteries and reducing its dependence on such price-sensitive metals including cobalt. While speaking at an investor conference, Reuss said “GM is experimenting with…

Luxury EV maker Lucid Motors to go public with $11.75 merger with black check company Churchill Capital IV Corp

In a statement luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors stated, it will go public by merging with blank-check firm Churchill Capital IV Corp in a deal that values the combined company at $11.75 billion. Incidentally, CCIV, which has the backing of Michael Klein, and new private investors are getting shares at different prices: the new…

General Motors and SAIC Motor Corp file joint anti-monopoly complaint against Tencent

On Tuesday, Chinese smart vehicle supplier Shanghai PATEO stated along with General Motors Co’s local venture with SAIC Motor Corp it has filed a joint complaint against Chinese tech giant Tencent to China’s market regulator. In a statement, PATEO said Tencent abused its dominant messaging app’s market position to restrict sales of its products which…

Automakers urge incoming Biden Administration for tax credit, incentives to boost R&D into self driving cars, EVs

On Tuesday, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a major automotive trade association urged U.S. policymakers to back support for electric vehicles (EV), including new incentives to boost up consumer purchases, as well as research and development. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has made boosting electric vehicles a top priority and has pledged to build 550,000 new EV…

Cruise & GM, seek regulatory approval for self-driving vehicles without pedals & steering wheel

In a significant development, self-driving carmaker Cruise stated, along with its majority shareholder General Motors Co, it is seeking U.S. regulatory approval for deploying a limited number of Cruise Origin vehicles which will not feature pedals or steering wheels. At the same time, it plans on withdrawing an exemption petition filed which it had filed…