Technology Bulletin

    • e.Go Mobile Debut Electric Car with Advanced Conne...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "Cubic Telecom formed a partnership with Aachen-based EV start-up e.Go Mobile to provide a specialized electric vehicle (EV) connectivity solutio... View More
      "Cubic Telecom formed a partnership with Aachen-based EV start-up e.Go Mobile to provide a specialized electric vehicle (EV) connectivity solution (called 'PACE') for its upcoming e.GO Life model. Cubic Telecom’s PACE solution will have real-time monitoring and remote management functions. The solution would help to expand e.GO's fleet in European urban areas." - Anshika Jain (Source: Electrive)
    • Audi Providing 50 e-tron Shuttles at World Economi...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "Audi, as the exclusive shuttle partner for World Economic Forum in Davos since 1987, is providing a fleet of 50 e-tron electric cars for shuttle serv... View More
      "Audi, as the exclusive shuttle partner for World Economic Forum in Davos since 1987, is providing a fleet of 50 e-tron electric cars for shuttle services. The cars are powered by green electricity, through specially installed charging station with IONITY DC fast chargers and AC charging stands. On top of that is a 1.14 MWh/700 kW energy storage system in the form of mobile charging containers. German manufacturer said that so far more than 20,000 reservations were placed for the e-tron." - Prachir Singh (Source: Inside EVs)
    • Bridgestone Europe to Acquire TomTom Telematics fo...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "The proposed acquisition brings together the world’s largest tyre and rubber company with the number one provider of digital fleet solutio... View More
      "The proposed acquisition brings together the world’s largest tyre and rubber company with the number one provider of digital fleet solutions in Europe, creating a leading data platform for connected vehicles and accelerating Bridgestone in becoming a mobility solutions leader in the EMEA region. For TomTom, the sale allows it to enhance its focus and continue investing in map-making systems and navigation software, amid growing competition from Google. Bridgestone has identified digital mobility solutions and fleet solutions as a strategic priority, specifically with fleets growing over individually-owned vehicles. TomTom’s platform enables customers such as commercial fleets, leasing companies and corporate fleets to operate efficiently. Bridgestone will surely leverage on its 2,600 points-of-sale in EMEA, strong brand equity and preferred supplier status with vehicle manufacturers and fleets, to make the new acquisition work." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: The Telegraph)
    • MG Motor India in Alliance with Myles, Offering Su...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "Offering customers an innovative opportunity to experience their upcoming SUV – MG HECTOR, MG Motor India, has announced tying-up with Myles, the ca... View More
      "Offering customers an innovative opportunity to experience their upcoming SUV – MG HECTOR, MG Motor India, has announced tying-up with Myles, the car sharing company from Carzonrent, to provide next-generation mobility and subscription-based solutions to customers. Close on the heels of Nissan’s Kick launch earlier this week, also offering subscription options, MG Motor, true to its futuristic and innovative brand image, is looking to stay well ahead of the pack. The partnership with Myles, with a stated subscriber base of more than one hundred thousand members and already offering a car subscription model targeted at corporate employees, should provide MG India the jump start needed to reach out to a new category of customers, especially millennials, moving straight to an SUV, on flexible plans. Does look like auto OEMs in India are ready to take the leap to subscription-based car programs, if these recent launches are taken as the indicator of things to come." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Economic Times)
    • Germany's Leading Auto OEMs and Suppliers to Partn...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "As Germany's auto stakeholders look to gain an advantageous position in the global race for autonomous vehicles, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler... View More
      "As Germany's auto stakeholders look to gain an advantageous position in the global race for autonomous vehicles, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler/Mercedes Benz, along with component manufacturers Bosch and Continental, are possibly planning an alliance to partner on autonomous driving. Strategic alliances, specifically for research and development, are essential for the advancement of automated driving technology and application, primarily because of the significant investments and resources required. The next wave of consolidation and alliances in the global automotive industry is actually happening." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: The Local)
    • Apple Dismisses Over 200 Employees from Its Autono...
    • Jan 29, 2019
    • "In a rare confirmation, an Apple representative has acknowledged these layoffs, citing internal restructuring being undertaken under the new leadership. I... View More
      "In a rare confirmation, an Apple representative has acknowledged these layoffs, citing internal restructuring being undertaken under the new leadership. In August 2018, Doug Field, a former Tesla VP Engineer and Apple veteran had returned to lead the Titan team, alongside Bob Mansfield. In a similar manner, Apple had cut back on Project Titan in 2016, when hundreds of the team were reassigned/fired, “shifting strategies" shortly after Mansfield took over the reins. Based at a top-secret facility in Sunnyvale, California, Titan had counted well over 1,000 employees at its peak, with experts in automotive hardware/software reimagining automobiles. Apple has been testing prototype technology with a fleet of SUVs, fitted with sensor arrays, GPS equipment andcameras, in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, for a while now. Realizing that the autonomous project is perhaps more distracting than initially thought, Apple may just be cutting its losses. Downsizing Titan now could be a sign that Apple’s management and shareholders are looking to stay focused on profitability/costs, by concentrating on their core products and technology. Based on current business indicators, they also need to go further, and faster, and be two steps ahead of existing competitors. Do believe Apple is focusing on getting its mojo back." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: CNBC)
    • Ericsson Willing to Reduce 5G Royalty Charges for ...
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "Ericsson has announced that it would be willing to reduce its 5G royalty charges to $2.5 per device, half of what it was meant to charge originally, ... View More
      "Ericsson has announced that it would be willing to reduce its 5G royalty charges to $2.5 per device, half of what it was meant to charge originally, i.e $5 per device. The move is to assist smartphone players in emerging countries like India. The intention to reduce the royalty would lower the ASP of 5G phones in emerging markets that are price sensitive. This could accelerate 5G device adoption and eventually 5G network infrastructure in emerging countries." -Shobhit Srivastava (Source: Gadgets Now)
    • EU Digital Tax on Google, Facebook Soon
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "As per the recent comments by finance minister of France, EU is likely to finalize a new tax regime on digital tech companies by March 2019, including Goo... View More
      "As per the recent comments by finance minister of France, EU is likely to finalize a new tax regime on digital tech companies by March 2019, including Google and Facebook. The proposed taxation system would impose 3% temporary turnover tax on companies with 750 million+ euros global turnover and 50 million+ euros in EU sales. The new tax is an attempt to check business model of digital companies, which allows them to take advantage of lower tax rates around the globe. Digital companies profit from selling or advertising to consumers in other countries without paying the same taxes as their domestic counterparts. " - Hanish Bhatia (Source: Bloomberg Tax)
    • Netflix Beats on Subscriber Growth, but Misses Sli...
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "On fundamentals, Netflix had a successful year. The company gave a new metric this quarter estimating they have 10% of US viewership. The other expectatio... View More
      "On fundamentals, Netflix had a successful year. The company gave a new metric this quarter estimating they have 10% of US viewership. The other expectation coming from the sector is an increase in spending. In Netflix's case, this means content spend of over $15b. The strong will become stronger and this will hurt new, small OTT offerings such as Apple, Disney, and AT&T unless their spend is massive." - Jeff Fieldhack (Source: CNBC)
    • Xiaomi Pursuing US$1.46 bn ‘AIoT’ Expansion Strate...
    • Jan 22, 2019
    • "Xiaomi is trying hard to change its positioning as a smartphone OEM to an internet service company. Its stock has plummeted to an all-time low last week w... View More
      "Xiaomi is trying hard to change its positioning as a smartphone OEM to an internet service company. Its stock has plummeted to an all-time low last week when a six-month lockup period following its IPO expired. It is also facing headwinds in the domestic smartphone market and as a result couple of announcements in the past few weeks have been around its ecosystem strategy. We believe that it has identified some good product categories in the IoT space. However, the higher dependency on the home market will remain. To tap markets outside China it needs to identify specific categories and strike relevant local partnerships to succeed" - Tarun Pathak (Source: Asia Times)

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