Japanese carmaker taps Xilinx for driver assisted hands free car driving experience

In a joint statement, Japanese carmaker Subaru Corp and chip maker Xilinx Inc said, the Japanese automaker will use Xilinx’s chip to power a new driver-assistance system which will enable drivers to go hands-free during traffic jams, among other new features. Subaru’s upcoming midsized hatchback Levorg will use Xilinx’s “Zynq” chips to provide a new…

U.S and Japan to collaborate on economic security including 5G technology

On Saturday, the United States and Japan agreed to start a dialogue on economic security which includes 5G mobile networks as well as the export of civilian technology that also has military use, reported Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper. On Friday, the U.S. administration moved to block the global supply of chips to Chinese 5G equipment giant…

Tesla & Panasonic end partnership on solar cells production

On Wednesday, Japanese news daily the Nikkei reported that Tesla and Panasonic are ending their partnership to produce solar cells following the Japanese electronics company ramping up efforts to divest unprofitable businesses. The development comes in the wake of Tesla diversifying away from Panasonic as its sole battery supplier for electronic vehicles after it brought…

Japan approves bill to develop 5G, drone technologies

On Tuesday, Japan’s cabinet approved a bill to support companies to develop secure 5G mobile networks and drone technologies midst a growing alarm from Tokyo policymakers over Chinese influence over the said technologies. The bill aims to provide companies, who want to develop the technologies, funds which will attract low-interest rate from government-affiliated financial institutions…

Japan’s Isuzu Motors likely to enter into alliance with Sweden’s Volvo AB

On Wednesday, Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors disclosed, it plans on tieing up with Sweden’s Volvo AB, in order to deepen its grip on next-generation technologies including electrification and autonomous driving, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported that Isuzu would be holding a news conference at 0600 GMT in Tokyo on an “alliance” without elaborating.

Renaul-Nissan-Mitsubishi reboots alliance eyeing emerging electric vehicle market

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi plan on appointing a general secretary at the helm of their alliance in order to reboot the partnership and boost operations. Renault is in the process of repairing its relationship with its Japanese partners following allegations of financial misconduct its earlier chairman. “This alliance executive will be key for coordinating and…