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CES - AImotive and their vision first approach to autonomous

19 Jan 2018 | Calum MacRae

AImotive is a Hungary-based AI expert that hopes to bring autonomous driving to the masses. Its technology is based on a "vision first" approach. In early January 2018 it raised US$38m in a Series C funding round. At the 2018 CES, just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted to Bence Varga, AImotive's Head of European Sales.


CES - Zenuity on making autonomous driving a reality

18 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Zenuity was formed a year ago as a joint venture of Volvo and Autoliv. Its mission is to help transform the auto industry into the autonomous age by creating and delivering leading advanced driver assistance, automated driving, and cloud-based automotive software. The company is working on developing universal autonomous driving technology that emphasises safety and security. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we met with Dennis Nobelius, Zenuity's president to learn more about the company’s progress to date.


CES - Harman EVP on the next level of car connectivity

17 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Just under a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have already leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward. They used the most recent CES to reveal a variety of novel connected car solutions that support their joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving: connecting the lives of people, whether at home, on the go, or together in the car. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we sat down with Mike Peters, executive vice president and president, Connected Car, Harman to learn more about the company’s showcase.


CES – Luxoft on digital cockpit, autonomous driving and connected mobility services

16 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Luxoft, a global IT service provider, used the most recent CES to demonstrate its latest digital cockpit, autonomous driving and connected mobility services. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at the CES, we caught up with Mikael Soderberg, Senior Director, Technology Strategy and Przemek Berendt, Vice President of Global Marketing, Luxoft to learn more.


LiDAR Q&A with Velodyne

14 Jan 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted with John Eggert, director, automotive sales and marketing, at Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. of San Jose, CA. Velodyne is one of the leading developers and manufacturers of LiDAR sensors and its PUCK sensors have been deployed on numerous autonomous test vehicles. 


LiDAR Q&A with LeddarTech

13 Jan 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Michael Poulin, General Manager, Automotive Solutions, LeddarTech. LeddarTech is a leading player in the development of solid-state LiDAR sensors that the automotive industry needs to bring to market to make L4 and L5 autonomous vehicles an affordable reality. 


CES - Nuance Communications on the future for voice-controlled in-car assistants

11 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Nuance is a developer of conversational and cognitive technologies. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at the CES this week, we spoke to Arnd Weil, VP & General Manager Automotive & Consumer Electronics, Nuance Communications about the company’s Dragon Drive and other technologies. 


CES – Techniplas on the way forward for 3D printing in the auto industry

10 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Techniplas’ CEO, Avi Reichental. The company is using CES this week to showcase a Mini-Cooper that has been gutted and replaced with 3D printed parts, including smart connected products, such as cognitive LED lights that are embedded into the car’s exterior. The car also features high-gloss and scratch resistant surfaces, and an air-water filter system that gives drivers cleaner air to breathe. Techniplas’ technology is also featured in the latest Rinspeed concept car.


CES - Visteon CEO on the prospects for all-digital clusters, AR-HUDs and display audio

9 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Sachin Lawande, President and CEO of Visteon for an update on company’s operations and recent infotainment business wins.


CES - Continental on connectivity, Alexa and a speakerless sound system

8 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we spoke to Dr Karsten Michels, head of Interior Systems & Technology, division Interior, Continental to learn more about the company’s showcase.


CES - Innoviz Technologies’ mission to enable the mass commercialisation of AVs

5 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Initiating just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES this month, we spoke to Omer Keilaf, CEO and Co-founder of Innoviz Technologies just ahead of the official opening in Las Vegas to learn about the company's showcase. Innoviz develops LiDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing solutions to enable the mass commercialisation of autonomous vehicles.


Q&A on automated driving with Toyota

20 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

At Toyota's recent Advanced Technology Seminar in its R&D Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, the company explained its global vision towards ZERO accidents. In a unique double interview, Seigo Kuzumaki, TMC chief professional engineer in charge of safety R&D and government affairs of technology, and Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, detail the automaker's approach with respect to automated driving, a topic that is increasingly taking centre stage in the automotive industry.


Nautilus - does this engine change everything?

12 Dec 2017 | Calum MacRae

just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Nautilus’s CEO and founder Matthew Riley and Mark Glasson the company’s president of Global Automotive to find out more.


Leoni on collaborative robots and becoming a full service provider

30 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we caught up with Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the Wiring Systems Division, Leoni. He explained how increasing data transmission volume is making higher demands of cable assembly. Data protocols and special cables are very complex to produce manually hence automatic manufacture of data cables will become standard.


Q&A with VW Group on quantum computing

7 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group and Google have announced a far-reaching research partnership in quantum computing. Quantum computers are high-performance super computers that function in a completely different way from conventional computers. In this interview, Martin Hofmann, the head of group IT, and Hartmut Neven, the development director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, discuss their companies' goals in the partnership and the way that their collaboration can facilitate future mobility solutions.


Q&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk

3 Nov 2017 | Cat Dow

Software platform developer, Mojio, is set to go from strength to strength, working directly with the mobile carriers to connect our older cars. Cat Dow catches up with Mojio CEO Kenny Hawk on what the team does and its plan for the future.


TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'

25 Oct 2017 | Chris Wright

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.


Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.


Bosch VP on next steps for steering technologies

9 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr Marcus Parche, executive vice president, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering about steering technologies for different levels of driver autonomy, user experience test results, steer-by-wire and further market potential for electric power steering.


SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 



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