Vector Informatik GmbH acquired Munich-based Tesis GmbHthat specializes in simulation solutions for virtual road testing – in particular, real time-capable engine and vehicle models.
Over the past two years, the Stuttgart-based tool manufacturer has acquired its US competitor of the same name, Vector, the Swedish software house Arccore and the French company Squoring Technologies as well as Regensburg, Germany, based Timing Architects , an expert for realtime systems test software
Nissan-Renault alliance to join Google on self-driving cars
TOKYO – The alliance of Nissan Motor, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors plans to join Google’s camp for developing autonomous taxis and other services using self-driving vehicles, Nikkei has learned.
The automakers intend to work with Waymo, a Google spinoff that is among the leaders in technology for self-driving cars. The companies are in the final phase of talks, and plan to announce the arrangement as early as spring.
The partnership would unite a car alliance whose global sales totaled 10.8 million automobiles in 2018 with a developer whose self-driving vehicles have traveled over 10 million miles on U.S. public roads as of October. Waymo has forged similar deals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover, but the Nissan-Renault alliance boasts greater scale.
Nissan’s pivot to embrace a major outside partner in self-driving marks an attempt to catch up in a field where the alliance trails rivals. BMW and Ford Motor plan to have fully automated driving systems commercialized around 2021, a year ahead of Nissan’s 2022 goal.
The alliance and Waymo will cooperate in what is known as mobility as a service, or MaaS, a shift from vehicle ownership to the use of on-demand transportation. Possibilities include developing a fleet of driverless taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservation and payments.
Continental’s autonomous vehicle director says he expects the autonomous vehicle market to develop in a ‘two-streamed’ way.
In an exclusive interview with TU-Automotive, Andree Hohm, the component maker’s director of driverless mobility, said between now and 2022, the market would focus on development of technologies that purportedly allow existing, human-driven vehicles to be driven semi-autonomously and on cars that can function ‘driverlessly’. However, he added that it would take a long time for the latter market to become anything more than a niche segment.