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Keep on Truckin’: AV Logistics Update

As the hype and investment surrounding autonomous vehicles hit a wall in 2022, a few startups faltered while more established companies developing self-driving trucks for logistics applications keep on truckin’.

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A Better Way to Describe Autonomy?

Mobileye’s proposal for a simplified way to describe a vehicle’s level of autonomy falls short of covering the nuances of current vehicles.  This article explores another approach that would add more precision and give OEMs a new way to market their new ADAS and AV features.

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Economist Stays Bullish on U.S., Likes Path of Biden’s IRA

“I don’t know if not cooperating with China in key industries such as microchips and minerals-processing is wise. We all know that China and the U.S. are intertwined in many ways. I think rupturing that would be a tectonic change,” says Paul Gruenwald, global chief economist at S&P Global Ratings.

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Flo Charging’s CPO Yang on Cutting Cost, Time and Adding Advertising

Canada’s Flo Charging is making a big push into the U.S., with a plan to manufacture up to 250,000 chargers by 2028 at a new facility in Michigan.

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Exploring Automotive OS and SDVs With Elektrobit’s Neukirchner

Moritz Neukirchner, head of software architecture at Elektrobit, sheds light on the reasons why a growing number of OEMs are developing their own Automotive OS, explains the components that constitute these OSes and why they are critical for software-defined vehicles, and discusses the future of software development in automotive.

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Automakers Face Cost, Confusion Hurdles With Subscriptions

As automakers introduce more subscription features, how much will vehicle buyers be willing to shoulder every month? And does it differ between those owning or leasing mass-market and luxury models? What will be the biggest impact on the industry and its stakeholders from the increased move by OEMs to jump into subscriptions? And how will it mesh with an aging U.S. car parc? We go in-depth on those topics in this report.

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BEV Range, Performance Improvements: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once

A Wards Intelligence Powertrain Survey confirms BEVs have a number of hurdles to clear before reaching widespread market adoption with technology improvements expected to come from several areas.

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Hyundai’s Mehrotra on Making Some Subscription Features Free

Hyundai’s chief connected-vehicle executive in North America talks subscription fatigue, doing justice to the automaker’s connected investments and how free features could boost used-car sales.

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EV Sales Tracker - US, China, Europe 2022

This market tracker contains analysis of electrified light vehicles BEV, HEV, PHEV in the U.S., China and Europe markets.

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Re-evaluating Phone Projection in the Software-Defined Vehicle Future

General Motors’ recent decision to phase out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its future BEVs, beginning with the ’24 Chevrolet Blazer, to promote the usage of its embedded infotainment systems has triggered a negative response and led other OEMs to reassure their customers of continued support for these projection platforms. However, as software-defined vehicles become increasingly prominent, these OEMs may have to reconsider their backing of phone-projection systems if user engagement with embedded systems remains low.

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Tough Love: Consumer Reports and Wards Rank OEMs’ ADAS

There’s a new ADAS boss in town. Ford tops Consumer Reports’ ADAS test, replacing General Motors, and pushing Tesla further down the pack. Wards provides a sneak peek of our ADAS ranking report along with important points for OEMs and Tier 1s to consider.

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The Battle for Infotainment Operating System Dominance in the Software-Defined Vehicle Era

Major automakers are moving toward open-source infotainment operating systems, such as Android and Linux, to offer a better in-vehicle user experience. To comprehend the current evolving landscape, Wards Intelligence conducted a survey of the automotive industry to determine which infotainment operating system will be dominant in new vehicles in 2025.

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Ford Forms New Subsidiary, Announces Self-Driving Truck

The race is on.  Ford CEO Jim Farley just declared that you should be able to sleep, make a call or do whatever you want while your truck drives for you.  The company’s new Latitude subsidiary is tasked with making this and other marvels happen.

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