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Automated Driving

Best Reads of the Week: September 4 – September 8

By Editorial Team on September 8, 2017

Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:

Siemens PLM to Acquire TASS Simulation Software Company


The industrial group Siemens is planning to acquire Dutch self-driving software specialist Tass International with the aim to strengthen its product lifecycle management (PLM) business. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Netherlands-based Tass makes a software that can simulate complex traffic scenarios in automated driving and can replicate the impact of a car crash on a human body. Siemens expects the inclusion of TASS simulation technology in its portfolio to allow it to offer the kind of products needed in today’s rapidly changing auto industry.

NXP and Changan Automobile Cooperate on Infotainment


Dutch global semiconductor manufacturer NXP has entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Chinese automobile manufacturer Changan Automobile. Headquartered in Chongqing, China, Changan Automobile is one of China’s largest car manufacturers and the first Chinese company to achieve long-distance self-driving. The long-term partnership is a multiphase engagement. The first phase is focused on excellence in infotainment, products, solutions and the development of industry standards for future vehicle semiconductors. In the second phase of the partnership, Changan will apply NXP’s Vehicle-to-x (V2X) communication, Near Field Communication (NFC) identification, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and joint R&D to further transform automobiles into mobile information hubs.

Volkswagen Partners with IBM for Vehicle Connectivity Services

Autodeal – Dan Pabustan

German automaker Volkswagen and Information Technology giant IBM announced that they intend to partner together to develop digital mobility services. Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Sales, says: “The objective of the agreement between Volkswagen and IBM, which has initially been concluded for a term of five years, is the development of personalized digital services for the driver, with a view to actively shaping the growing trend towards networking between vehicles and drivers.”

EIT Digital Alumnus Vulog Raises $20 Million

EIT Digital

The French alumni scale-up of the EIT Digital Accelerator, Vulog, has raised $20 Million to accelerate its growth and to open a first office in the United States. Public carsharing is a sector currently undergoing rapid growth. Vulog has built an operating platform that enables operators of carsharing services to launch large-scale carsharing services with fleets of over 250 vehicles. As a shared mobility technology provider Vulog powers some of the most successful services across four continents

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