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Virtual and augmented reality get COVID-19 boost – should the auto industry embrace this technology?

6 July 2020 | Mike Vousden

Virtual and augmented reality get COVID-19boost –should the auto industry embrace this technology?Virtual reality (VR) and its cousin, augmented reality (AR) were previously niche facets of the gaming industry, but have been growing in popularity since COVID-19 lockdown orders were implemented in many countries as consumers seek out new forms of escapism closer to home. Of the USD300m of non-advertising revenue Facebook reported in Q1 2020, a large proportion of that was driven by the company’s Oculus virtual reality gaming offshoot demonstrating the technology’s growing importance.

Good and bad news and a Defender competitor revealed - the week

3 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp is consolidating here in the UK. It is to close two plants as well as move staff from the Cannock site to the Wolverhampton facility it opened in 2018.

Nissan output woes continue as Mazda picks up - the week

26 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan, despite some product hits in various markets over the last few years - Qashqai in Europe always comes to mind - has struggled of late as well as enduring the long-running Ghosn saga.

Value and future prospects drive Volkswagen interest in Europcar

25 June 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is said to be interested in acquiring French car rental firm Europcar. Why would VW be interested in such a buy? The answer lies in a mixture of the timing of the opportunity and an eye on long-term industrial trends.

Latest interviews

Q&A with Delphi Technologies CEO Richard F. Dauch

19 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

After the break-up of supplier giant Delphi Automotive into Aptiv and Delphi Technologies, Delphi Technologies is in transition as a specialist Tier 1 supplier of propulsion technologies to OEMs. Meeting changing fuel mix and e-mobility market needs are at the top of CEO Richard (Rick) F. Dauch's agenda. Dave Leggett caught up with him in Frankfurt to hear a progress report.

SsangYong UK's MD Nick Laird on the push to double sales

9 September 2019 | Mike Vousden

We sit down with Nick Laird, SsangYong UK's Managing Director at the launch of the new Korando SUV to learn more about the plan to double sales

Latest news

British Gas orders 1,000 Vauxhall electric vans

7 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

British Gas said it had ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from PSA's Vauxhall. It's claimed to be the largest commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order placed in the UK to date.

Hyundai exports first batch of hydrogen powered trucks

7 July 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor this week said it exported its first hydrogen powered trucks from South Korea, a batch of 10 heavy duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) destined for Switzerland.

Karma to expand European retail network

7 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Karma Automotive is to expand its business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

VW starts converting and expanding Emden plant for EVs

6 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said on Monday it had started to convert its Emden plant in Germany to an EV factory with the first electric cars expected off the line there from 2022.

COVID-19 hit US light vehicle sales hard in Q2

6 July 2020 | Bill Cawthon

The year over year deficit in US light vehicle sales widened in the second quarter of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic ruled all three months.

InoBat Auto secures extra EUR10m funding

6 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

InoBat Auto has secured an additional EUR10m (US$11.3m) investment to fund the development of a 100 MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

Global vehicle market to fall by 17% this year

3 July 2020 | Dave Leggett

The world's light vehicle market is forecast by GlobalData, a data and analytics company, to decline by 17.2% to 73.6 million units in 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic fallout.

GM Korea reconfirms Changwon investment plan

3 July 2020 | editorial team

GM Korea Company confirmed its plans to invest KRW800bn (US$667m) over the next few years were still on track despite the difficult trading conditions brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Alphabet GB teams with NewMotion on EV charging

3 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Alphabet (GB) is partnering with NewMotion to provide charge points for Alphabet drivers and customers at home and in the workplace.

BYD delivers 23 eBuses to Unibuss in Oslo

2 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD has delivered 23 12-metre BYD eBuses to public transport operator, Unibuss in Norway.

Germany grants EUR300m to Varta for battery research

2 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Germany has granted EUR300m (US$339m) to battery company, Varta as part of its EUR1.5bn investment in cell research and production.

Hydrogen Mobility Show under way in Seoul

2 July 2020 | editorial team

The world's first hydrogen mobility show got under way on Wednesday (1 July) in South Korea, with the country vying to become a global leader in hydrogen transportation solutions.

Tencent launches new generation autonomous driving software

1 July 2020 | editorial team

Chinese internet giant Tencent this week released its TAD Sim 2.0, the latest generation of its autonomous driving simulation platform designed to help improve the development and testing of autonomous driving systems.

NewMotion teams with Aldi for EV charging points

1 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

NewMotion is to partner with Aldi, to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging points at all new store locations across the UK.

Byton suspends operations for six months, comeback unlikely - report

30 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese luxury SUV EV startup Byton reportedly has suspended operations for six months but is unlikely to resume.

Bridgestone launches intelligent tyre monitoring

30 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Working with Microsoft, Bridgestone has developed a claimed unique Tyre Damage Monitoring System, using the former's Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP).

Daimler Trucks working on fuel cell series production

30 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Truck's Stuttgart site is developing new production facilities for fuel cells as a "technological template for subsequent series production".

CBAK Asia teams with Jiangsu Gaochun Zone for batteries

30 June 2020 | Simon Warburton

Lithium-ion battery manufacturer and electric energy solution provider, CBAK says its wholly-owned subsidiary, China BAK Asia Holdings, has entered into a framework investment agreement with Jiangsu Gaochun Economic Development Zone Development Group. 

Latest issue - just-auto magazine on lightweighting

29 June 2020 | just-auto plus

The latest issue of the just-auto magazine (JAM) has arrived. We take a look at different aspects of automotive lightweighting, material use and sustainability.

Clio topples Golf off Europe top sales perch in May

29 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

For the second time this year, the Renault Clio led the European ranking in May 2020, outselling the popular Volkswagen Golf which usually tops the model sales chart.

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