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Qualcomm kicks its automotive ambitions up another gear, partners with VW and more

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While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP, it’s also driving ahead with developing car technology on its own steam. Today at CES, the chipmaker unveiled several initiatives to drive further into the connected car space, including a partnership with Volkswagen, a connected car trial in Germany, a new class […]

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Continental CEO says jobs will be lost in shift to electric cars

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FRANKFURT — The shift to electric vehicles will cost jobs at Continental, the supplier’s CEO, Elmar Degenhart, told a German newspaper, but he said many of those jobs would be offset by new positions related to electro-mobility. “Due to the low added value, production jobs will be lost,” German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted Degenhart […]

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Apple recruits engineers from Berlin-based automotive mapping firm Here

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Recruits from Here include a director, two product managers, two senior software engineers, and regional map and content lead for eastern Europe, Business Insider said on Wednesday. While some of the defections date back to 2015, and in one case August 2014, one of the senior software engineers —Khang Tran —made the switch just this […]

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BMW teams with IBM’s Watson on driver-assist technology

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IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system is perhaps best known for helping doctors identify cancer treatments and for beating previous champions at “Jeopardy!” Now, it might soon become known in the auto industry for helping to make vehicles safer and more personalized. IBM said today that it has partnered with BMW Group to research how Watson […]

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Elon Musk Tweet Hints About Tesla ‘Master Plan’

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Facing increased scrutiny recently about the safety of the Autopilot feature on his company’s cars, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk over the weekend hinted at a coming announcement about a “Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2.” Tesla Motors’ original master plan was detailed by Musk in a 2006 blog post describing his goal to “help […]

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Nissan to sell stake in key automotive supplier

Nissan to sell stake in key automotive supplier Move forms part of a takeover of component maker Calsonic Kansei by KKR © Bloomberg KKR on Tuesday agreed to pay ¥498bn ($4.5bn) for Calsonic Kansei, a leading automotive component supplier, in a move that breaks the Japanese company’s longstanding and close ties with Nissan. der its […]

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Bosch forays into automotive electronics

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Rapid changes are happening in the world of automobiles and an inter-disciplinary approach is imperative for success, Vice President of Robert Bosch, T V Sriram said at the inauguration of Bosch Centre for Automotive Electronics at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) here. COIMBATORE: Robert Bosch is now moving from being an automotive company to one […]

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Geely prepares launch of new car brand

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A visitor looks at a Geely NL-3 at the Moscow auto show in August. Photo credit: Bloomberg BEIJING — Chinese automaker Geely Automobile is set to launch a new car brand — Lynk & Co — on Oct. 20, sources said, as it seeks to broaden its appeal by tackling the middle market. The brand’s […]

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VW names new crossover ‘Atlas’

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The Atlas, pictured during road tests, will be the first U.S.-built model on VW’s modular transverse matrix platform architecture, known as “MQB.” Series production is slated to begin late this year ahead of its U.S. sales debut next spring. WASHINGTON — Volkswagen has given the name “Atlas” to the new midsize crossover that will shoulder […]

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BMW’s top brass caught in electric divide

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Norbert Reithofer championed the BMW i3, shown here at its world premiere in 2013 in New York. But after lackluster sales, some senior execs are wary of more investment. Tesla envy among German luxury carmakers remains at a fever pitch, as Automotive News pointed out this month. Krueger: The pressure is on. Mercedes-Benz and Audi […]

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