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  • Audi E-tron electric SUV facility in Brussels, Belgium
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    Galvanising the aftermarket for an electric future

    2019-11-19T17:15:00Z

    The rise in EVs in Europe will have an impact on the aftermarket and the logistics supporting it, not least in the management of replacement lithium batteries

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    Haah announces cloud platform to enhance vehicle sales and distribution

    2019-11-19T16:22:00Z

    Haah Automotive Holdings is using a cloud-based platform powered by Oracle Netsuite to manage sales and distribution of Zoyte vehicles and parts in the US

  • Hyundai truck platooning trial
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    Hyundai successfully trials truck platooning in South Korea

    2019-11-19T15:06:00Z

    Hyundai Motor has successfully conducted its first platooning of trucks on the Yeoju Smart Highway in South Korea to replicate real-world traffic conditions

  • BMW ro-ro
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    BMW gets smarter at vehicle distribution

    2019-11-06T16:24:00Z

    The German OEM, which makes and distributes around 2.5m vehicles per year, is using smart technologies and new strategies to improve its outbound logistics, and to move to a customer-centric approach. Ulrich Kick, senior expert, Vehicle Distribution at BMW Group, outlined these methods at the Automotive Logistics ...

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    Porsche partners with Sap to innovate digital processes

    2019-10-28T15:33:00Z

    Porsche has signed a new strategic partnership with software provider Sap aimed at joint innovation in the digital transformation of its production, logistics and ordering processes…

  • TuSimple Self-Drving Truck 6
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    Oh so simple? US start-up confident of delivering autonomous trucks

    2019-10-28T12:30:00Z

    As the global logistics industry continues moving towards the introduction and use of autonomous vehicles, a growing number of companies are competing for a slice of this burgeoning market. One such firm is Californian start-up TuSimple, which is developing a range of innovative self-driving truck technologies.

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    BMW takes BVL prize for logistics innovation in Germany

    2019-10-28T12:14:00Z

    BMW won this year’s German Logistics Award, which is given by BVL, the German logistics association, at an event at last week’s German Logistics Congress in Berlin…

  • Future EV
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    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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    Electrification poses cost and technology risk for automotive supply chain

    2019-09-19T07:00:00Z

    The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.

  • US light vehicle sales, PWC forecast
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    US automotive market to struggle against backdrop of global challenges

    2019-09-17T17:37:00Z

    US light vehicle sales forecast by PWC, covering 2015-2025 Vehicle sales in the US are predicted to slow down from next year, and with a possible recession on the way carmakers and their suppliers could face a difficult few years, delegates heard at last week’s 20 ...

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    Harmonising the supply chain

    2019-09-17T16:01:00Z

    As supply chains grow more complex, automotive companies need a reliable way to keep track of parts movements and alert them to any delays. Andrew Williams investigates a ‘visibility platform’ from German start-up Synfioo

  • Detroit at night
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    Challenges (and opportunities) for US automotive industry

    2019-09-17T14:25:00Z

    As overall US vehicle sales slow down and EV sales remain stagnant, there are concerns that some OEMs are chasing new-generation technologies at the expense of their existing business – potentially setting up a ‘make or break’ scenario in the near future.

  • Schaeffler AV ceremony China
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    Schaeffler to boost autonomous driving in China

    2019-09-16T14:27:00Z

    Matthias Zink (third from left), CEO Automotive OEM at Schaeffler AG and Hu Zhongxiong, mayor of Changsha (second from right) with German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang. (Image: German Federal Government/Steffen Kugler) Automotive parts and technology supplier Schaeffler has signed an investment ...

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    Daimler tests automated trucks on public roads

    2019-09-11T13:35:00Z

    Daimler Trucks and its newly acquired business, Torc Robotics, which specialises in automated driving technology, have moved to the next stage of their autonomous truck trials in the US. The companies announced that they have been trying out automated lorries with Level 4 technology on highways in ...

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    VW hosts hackathon to develop digital supply chain

    2019-09-11T10:33:00Z

    German vehicle maker Volkswagen (VW) held a hackathon to develop computer-based systems to make it easier to monitor compliance with human rights and environmental protection along complex supply chains. Goods and services involved can pass through up to nine stages in various countries in Latin America, ...

  • Hyundai exoskeleton
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    Hyundai invests in wearable robots

    2019-09-11T09:02:00Z

    The Hyundai Motor Group has developed two wearable robots to assist production line employees. The innovations may also become a revenue stream for the group, which plans to commercialise its production. Company engineers have created what they call a vest exoskeleton (vex), worn like a backpack ...

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    Zenzic maps out the future of autonomous driving in the UK

    2019-09-10T16:03:00Z

    Government and industry partnership Zenzic launched a roadmap for the introduction of self-driving vehicles in the UK at a press conference in London last week. The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap (CAM) to 2030 was created with input from more than 150 organisations to provide a ...

  • Jeff Schipper
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    In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue

    2019-08-20T10:57:00Z

    Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

  • Starsky Robotics truck
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    Loadsmart and Starsky claim autonomous truck first

    2019-08-14T11:25:00Z

    The first dispatch by truck on public road without any human intervention has taken place in Texas, US, say digital freight broker Loadsmart and autonomous truck startup Starsky Robotics. For the initial journey, a lorry picked up a load in Dallas and delivered it the ...

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    BMW employs AI for logistics processes in Europe

    2019-07-17T09:33:00Z

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing role in the logistical aspects of production at BMW’s plants, with the first smart AI control application making its debut at the Steyr engine factory in Austria. BMW is using a camera station at Steyr to identify whether a container ...