Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Didi Chuxing sign MOU to explore new business opportunities


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing (‘DiDi’), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People’s Republic of China.

The memorandum of understanding signed with DiDi underlines the commitment to new mobility services at the Alliance, including the launch of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services, as part of the Alliance 2022 strategic midterm plan launched last year by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Ogi Redzic, senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “The potential business and technology opportunities that we will explore with DiDi are quite promising. This cooperation fits with the Alliance expansion in vehicle electrification, autonomy, connectivity and new mobility services.”

Chen Ting, General Manager for the Express Mobility Group of DiDi Chuxing, said, “Strategic partnerships with the world’s leading industry players like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will enable us to pool our strengths and resources to meet diversified mobility demands and create an open, sharing-based transportation ecosystem, as we innovate vehicles for a future of ridesharing, AI technology and new energy.”

As the world’s largest automotive group in unit sales, the Alliance is accelerating convergence and synergy initiatives in a range of new automotive technologies. By the end of its strategic plan, the Alliance will launch 12 pure electric models worldwide, utilizing common EV platforms and components, while also bringing to market 40 vehicles worldwide with autonomous drive technology and developing robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.

Under the Alliance 2022 strategic plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting that the combined revenues of its member companies will reach $240 billion and that annual unit sales will exceed 14 million by the end of 2022, compared with 10.6 million units sold by its member companies in 2017.

ABOUT RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI:

Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners more than 10.6 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2017. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.

About Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi ), is a major ride-sharing , AI and autonomous technology conglomerate founded by Cheng Wei, providing transportation services for more than 450 million  users across over 400 cities in China. Its headquarters is located in Beijing. It provides services including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride sharing), Didi Chauffer, Didi Bus, Didi Test Drive, Didi Minibus, Didi Luxe, Didi Car Rental,  Didi Enterprise Solutions, and bike sharing to users in China via smartphone application. Didi has over 7000 employess with 40 percent women.

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Subaru of America debuts Limited Edition models to commemorate 50th anniversary

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Subaru of America Debuts 50th Anniversary Editions for 2018 Model Line-up. 
  • Commemorates 50 years in the United States
  • Limited production of each model
  • New Heritage Blue exterior color
  • Based on high-level trim
  • 50th Anniversary badging for exterior and interior
  • Unique wheel finishes

Subaru of America, Inc. debuts 50th Anniversary Edition for each vehicle in its 2018 line-up at the Chicago Auto Show. The limited edition models are based on a high-level trim and come in an all-new exclusive color with unique badging and exterior and interior accents.

Production quantities will be limited to 1,050 for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, while WRX, STI and BRZ will have a combined total of 1,050.

The Anniversary editions celebrate the company’s 50 years in the United States and are immediately recognizable by the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior color; satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. They are further distinguished by unique alloy wheels (excludes BRZ). The exterior side mirrors are also finished in satin chrome (excludes BRZ, WRX, and STI). The cabin in each vehicle features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each of these commemorative models is based on a high-level trim with an extensive list of standard features including EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology (where applicable). All models are on sale now at retailers across the country.

Subaru of America, which has experienced 10 consecutive years of sales growth, was founded on February 15th,1968, and operated for a short time from Balboa Park, CA, before moving to the Delaware Valley. Currently based in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company has grown substantially and will be moving to its new headquarters in Camden, NJ this spring.

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*MSRP excludes Destination and Delivery (D&D) charges. Crosstrek, Forester, Outback D&D is $915. D&D for BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, WRX and WRX STI is $860. Retailers in Alaska are charged an additional $150.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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Nikola Motor Company To manufacture at Buckeye,Arizona

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PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Nikola Motor Company today announced the company has selected Buckeye, Arizona for its Nikola Motor Company hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility. The new 500 acre, one million square foot facility will be located on the west side of Phoenix and will bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024.
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Fully electric hydrogen powered day semi truck

“After 12 months, nine states and 30 site locations, Arizona, Governor Ducey, Sandra Watson and Chris Camacho were the clear front runners. Arizona has the workforce to support our growth and a governor that was an entrepreneur himself. They understood what 2,000 jobs would mean to their cities and state,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder, Nikola Motor Company. “We will begin transferring our R&D and headquarters to Arizona immediately and hope to have the transition completed by October 2018. We have already begun planning the construction for our new zero emission manufacturing facility in Buckeye, which we expect to have underway by the end of 2019.”

Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems and hydrogen stations. The company is bringing the nation’s most advanced semi-trucks to market with over 8,000 trucks on preorder.

Nikola Motor Company selected Buckeye, Arizona due to numerous factors including the state’s pro-business environment, engineering schools, educated workforce and geographic location that provides direct access to major markets.

“Nikola Motor Company’s selection of Arizona demonstrates that we are leading the charge when it comes to attracting innovative, industry-disrupting companies,” said Governor Ducey. “This incredible new technology will revolutionize transportation, and we’re very proud it will be engineered right here in Arizona. I thank Nikola’s CEO Trevor Milton and his entire team for this significant investment in our state.”

Development of the one-million square foot manufacturing plant on a 500-acre parcel at Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway is projected to begin by the end of 2019. The site is at one of the entrances to Douglas Ranch/Trillium, a new master planned community being developed by El Dorado Holdings and JDM Partners; this community is projected to ultimately be home to more than 300,000 residents.

“I’ve worked on many economic development issues in my career, but being part of this team that brings Nikola Motors to Arizona is very satisfying,” said Mike Ingram, Founder & Chairman of El Dorado Partners. “We look forward to announcing additional partners who will join Nikola at Douglas Ranch in the near future as we start to build momentum and unlock its full economic power.”

“Conceived as the prototype “Smart City,” Trillium at Douglas Ranch aligns well with Nikola Motors groundbreaking technology,” said Jerry Colangelo, Co-Founder & Partner with David Eaton and Mel Shultz of JDM Partners. “We look forward to working with everyone here to bring Nikola’s innovative products and their 2,000 professionals into this city of the future, creating a tremendous economic opportunity for Arizona.”

“This is a great day not only for Arizona, but for Buckeye residents,” said Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, a Buckeye native and one of its elected officials for more than 20 years. “As the seventh fastest growing city in the country, Nikola Motor Company is a huge asset which will help us achieve our goal of providing a place where Buckeye residents can live, work and play. Additionally, I wish to thank our partners, El Dorado Holdings, Inc. and JDM Partners from Douglas Ranch/Trillium, who were instrumental in putting this deal together. I look forward to continued success together.”

“It was an absolute honor to help bring together a great company and a great state,” said Tom Stringer, BDO’s Managing Director and Practice Leader for Site Selection and Incentives. Nikola is poised to implement revolutionary solutions to energy independence and environmental sustainability across the transportation spectrum, while Arizona is the perfect partner-location focused on building the energy and tech industries of the future.”

“Arizona continues to prove that our talent, operating environment and quality of life are exactly what business leaders are seeking,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. “The Nikola Motor Company project will be transformative for the West Valley and further advances Arizona’s leadership position in the innovation economy. I thank the Nikola team for their commitment to our state, as well Governor Ducey for his leadership and our many partners who helped make this project a reality.”

“The Greater Phoenix region is elevating its brand as a hub for innovation, and companies such as Nikola have taken notice,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “There were a number of factors that made the region stand out, including a large, skilled talent pipeline that will fulfill the manufacturing and R&D jobs Nikola is adding to the market. I want to thank Buckeye Mayor Meck and his team, as well as our partners at the state, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. I look forward to seeing Nikola’s growth in Greater Phoenix.”

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Scania and Haylion Technologies partner in developing autonomous and electrified vehicles

Scania will collaborate with Haylion Technologies, which focuses on solutions for the Chinese transport industry in the areas of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.top-832399b261e2bdba-org-1760x770

“For Scania, this partnership provides unique opportunities to contribute to as well as to learn from the rapid technology development now taking place in China in these strategic areas. We look forward to combining our knowledge and global perspective with the expertise and ambitions of Haylion Technologies,“ says Mats Harborn, Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office.

Scania and Haylion Technologies will join forces in the field of non-fossil fuel powered, mainly electrified, vehicles, autonomous driving and urban bus transport. The common aim is to expedite the commercialisation of autonomous driving applications and sustainable transport.

“Gaining excellence in skills through collaboration has always been our principle. We recognise Scania’s leading position in the world’s commercial vehicle industry. I believe that our cooperation will further promote and accelerate China’s development of intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Vehicle (IoV),” says Dr Jimmy Hu Jianping, founder and Chairman of Haylion Technologies.

Haylion Technologies has together with Gortune Investment Co. Ltd established a team of specialists in artificial intelligence, automotive manufacturing, communications and public transport. This team focuses on autonomous driving technology, concept verification and its industrialisation. Haylion Techonologies’ main focus is developing comprehensive solutions for public transport by electrified, autonomous and connected buses.

Since the end of 2017, Haylion Technologies conducts trials with intelligent buses on public roads together with the Shenzhen Bus Group named ‘AlphaBa’, which is seen as industry breakthrough.

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Daimler’s mytaxi announces new chief executive officer

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  • Marc Berg joining as new CEO
  • mytaxi has experienced tremendous growth (>300%) over the last 12 months
  • Andrew Pinnington decides to step down as CEO after successful integration and expansion
  • Pinnington will remain on board to ensure smooth transition to new leadership

February 8, 2018, Hamburg: mytaxi announced today that Marc Berg will join as the new CEO, succeeding Andrew Pinnington with effect from April 16 this year.

mytaxi has seen tremendous growth over the past 18 months. In 2017 alone, mytaxi provided 75 million trips (+337%) and increased its active passengers to more than 11 million (+194%). During Pinnington’s tenure, the company grew from a local player in Germany to the European leader in ride hailing services through strategic acquisitions and dynamic growth.

Pinnington decided to step down as CEO after successfully merging Hailo, Clever Taxi and Beat into the mytaxi business, while simultaneously scaling the existing operations. Pinnington will remain in the business to ensure a smooth transition to his successor, Marc Berg.

Berg is currently the CEO, DACH of Klarna Group the leading provider of secured online payment services in Europe. He has held this position since 2016 and during his tenure, the company has seen dynamic growth in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region for which he is responsible. He was also responsible for executing strategic acquisitions while successfully building out the DACH organization. In addition to his banking and e-commerce background, Berg has held various senior leadership positions in other digital and fast-growing companies.

Stephan Unger, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Daimler Financial Services Board Member: “I am happy to have found an experienced strategist and digital executive in Marc. I am confident that Marc will further build on the enormous growth the company has seen over the past year and to further shape the organization to become a global player in the mobility space.

At the same time, I sincerely thank Andrew for growing mytaxi into Europe’s largest ride hailing app and for his leadership as we merged several acquisitions into the mytaxi family. We respect Andrew’s decision and are grateful for his ongoing support as the leadership transitions to Marc at this exciting stage of the company’s development.”

Including Beat and Clever Taxi, mytaxi currently operates in 70 cities in Europe and South America and has more than 120,000 registered drivers. In 2018, it is focused on continuing its growth strategy in relation to cities, customers and drivers. mytaxi is a part of Daimler Mobility Services which is strategically focused on dynamic growth and creating a customer-centric, broad mobility eco-system.

About mytaxi: 

mytaxi was founded in June 2009 and was the world’s first taxi app that established a direct connection between a passenger and a taxi driver. With over 10 million downloads and 120,000 registered taxi drivers, mytaxi is the leading taxi e-hailing app in Europe.

Since September 2014, mytaxi is part of the Daimler Mobility Services GmbH (part of the Daimler Group). In July 2016, mytaxi announced the merger with Hailo, the leading taxi app in the UK and Ireland, an important step to become the leading taxi e-hailing app in Europe. In February 2017, mytaxi announced the acquisition of Beat (previously Taxibeat), the leading taxi app in Greece, available also in Peru and Chile. In June 2017, mytaxi announced the acquisition of Clever Taxi, the leading taxi app in Romania.

With more than 600 employees in the whole entity, mytaxi spans across UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Sweden as well as Greece, Peru and Chile (with Beat) and Romania (with Clever Taxi). In total, it is available in over 70 cities of eleven European and two South American Countries. More information is available at: http://www.mytaxi.com/

Source: Daimler Press Release

Nexteer unveils comprehensive suite of steering technology for autonomous & mixed mode driving

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DETROIT, Mich. – Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, today announces the expansion of its advanced steering technology suite at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Nexteer’s suite serves as the technology base from which the company offers a unique combination of steering innovations addressing the evolving role of technology in a semi- and fully automated world.

“While these industry-leading innovations can each stand on their own merit, the real game-changer is the combination of technologies in a single suite of technologies,” said Jeff Zuraski, Executive Director of Research & Development.

This advanced technology suite features several key components:

  • Steering on Demand™ System
  • Quiet Wheel™ Steering
  • Stowable Steering Column
  • Steer-by-Wire
  • High Availability Electric Power Steering
  • Cyber Security

Steering on Demand™ System

With the press of a button or simply by grabbing the steering wheel, Steering on Demand™ System enables the safe, intuitive transitions of steering control between manual driving and automated driving in vehicles capable of SAE Level 3 and beyond automated driving.

Quiet Wheel™ Steering

Within Nexteer’s technology suite, Quiet Wheel™ Steering enables the steering wheel to remain still during automated driving mode, even while the vehicle is in the process of turning. Quiet Wheel™ Steering eliminates potential distractions and hazards of a fast-rotating steering wheel in front of the driver during hands-off driving, enhancing safety and sense of peace in the cabin.

Stowable Steering Column

Vehicles equipped with Quiet Wheel™ Steering may also be fitted with a “stowable” column that retracts when automated driving is engaged, increasing available space for driver comfort and other activities. This stowable steering column technology gives the driver more control and options with safe, natural transitions between manual and automated driving modes.

Steer-by-Wire: Center Link in Nexteer’s Technology Suite

In Steer-by-Wire, the mechanical connection between the road wheels and the steering wheel is replaced with electronics and actuators on the steering column and rack. This system, supporting both manual and automated driving, opens new possibilities for advanced safety features, vehicle lightweighting and packaging flexibility. Nexteer’s SbW emulates the “feel of the road” and offers a wide performance range – from sporty to luxury.  In addition, the system’s variable steering ratio enhances manueverabiltiy, as well as factors into Nexteer’s SbW steering feel achievement.

“When we started, Nexteer had one simple question: What will people want to experience in steering control during varying stages of semi- and fully autonomous driving? This question led to others as we tried to imagine all the nuances of this unchartered territory,” said Zuraski. “As we painted a clearer picture of the evolving role of steering in a semi- and fully automated world, we started creating solutions that led to our comprehensive suite of technologies.”

High Availability Electric Power Steering (EPS):  Safety-Net is Always On

Nexteer’s high availability EPS is designed for resilient operational availability, using top-rated components that are intelligently optimized through redundancies in torque and position sensors, electronic control units, winding motors as well as dual sets of vehicle power and communication connectors.  In addition, Nexteer’s simultaneous, multi-path processing further enhances the safety net as the industry moves toward varying levels of automation.

Cyber-Secure Advanced Steering  

While Nexteer’s customers incorporate cyber security at the vehicle level, the company takes safety to the next level by integrating multi-layer cyber security at a steering system level for maximum protection.  These cyber security technologies consist of specifically designed hardware modules on the semi-conductor level, as well as a multi-layered cryptographic software structure, that identifies and authorizes information and command flow between the steering system and other in-vehicle or external controllers. As vehicles adopt advanced electronics to enable automated driving, internet connectivity and V2X communication, cyber-secure steering technologies becomes even more critical.

Tech Suite Tie-Ins with Strategic Joint Venture, Partnership

While Nexteer’s steering technology suite addresses current and future needs in lateral control, its R&D joint venture with Continental Automotive – CNXMotion – allows for expanded application by integrating steering with braking solutions.  CNXMotion integrates longitudinal and lateral control technologies while accelerating R&D for both parent companies.  Futhermore, Nexteer and WABCO announced a partnership to develop and supply active steering systems for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles using Nexteer’s Magnetic Torque Overlay (MTO), a breakthrough ADAS-enabling product.  Consequently, Nexteer’s comprehensive technology suite also offers comprehensive applications, including small cars up to Class 8 trucks. 

ABOUT NEXTEER

Nexteer Automotive – A Leader in Intuitive Motion Control – is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving technologies for original equipment manufacturers. The company’s global workforce of over 13,000 serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 24 manufacturing plants, three technical centers and 14 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive’s customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China. www.nexteer.com

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