Alan Harman


Alan writes about the auto industry in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Asia/Pacific and emerging markets.

Volvo to Co-Develop Autonomous Cars for China 
Chinese internet search provider Baidu will contribute its Apollo autonomous-driving platform and Volvo will provide access to its expertise and advanced automotive technologies.
Volvo Cars Invests in EV Fast-Charging Specialist 
Volvo Cars says FreeWire’s charging stations use low-voltage power, allowing operators to use existing power outlets. Drivers get the benefits of fast charging without having to establish a high-voltage connection to the grid.
U.K. Auto Industry: Let Zero-Emission Target Stand 
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says the government’s 2040 target for banning sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles already was extremely challenging, so an earlier deadline would be nigh on impossible.
Chinese Lidar Company Gets $45 Million in Funding 
The funding will be used to increase RoboSense’s market share and the R&D of autonomous-vehicle technologies, including its solid-state lidar, artificial-intelligence sensing algorithms and other advanced technologies.
Mazda Aims for 100% Electrification By 2030 
Mazda will develop two battery EVs, one powered solely by battery and another that pairs a battery with a newly developed range extender powered by the automaker’s small, lightweight rotary engine.
Geely-Proton JV Hires AI Speech-System Provider 
The JV plans to develop vehicles for sale in Southeast Asia, and the companies say it’s the first time any speech-recognition provider has built artificial-intelligence-powered speech systems specifically for the region.
PSA Deal Designed to Get Owners, Cars Talking 
The French automaker has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Silicon Valley start-up SoundHound, a leader in artificial-intelligence and natural-language voice recognition technology, to benefit the next generation of Groupe PSA vehicles.
Software Helps Cars Feel Their Way 
Tactile Mobility says 95% of data used by smart and autonomous vehicles is visual. However, to mimic and even surpass human driving capabilities, company founder and CTO Boaz Mizrachi says, these vehicles not only must see the road but also “feel” it.
Chip Maker Says It Has Harmonized V2X Systems 
Autotalks is launching what it calls the first global V2X solution, a deployment-ready, second-generation chipset capable of supporting both dedicated short-range communications and C-V2X direct communications at the highest security level.
Study Says U.S. Comes Up Short in EV Uptake 
The report by GoCompare, a financial-services-comparison website, finds only three of 30 International Energy Agency member countries rank below the U.S. in the number of cars per charging point.
JLR Measures Humans’ Trust in Autonomous Vehicles 
Engineers record trust levels in the pedestrian before and after the autonomous pod makes eye contact to find out whether it generates sufficient confidence that it would stop for them.
Australian Technology to Speed Hydrogen to Market 
CSIRO says its membrane technology has the potential to fill the gap in the technology chain to supply fuel-cell vehicles around the world with low-emissions hydrogen sourced from Australia.
Electric Taxis Arrive in Scottish Capital 
The TX is an extended-range electric vehicle with a range of up to 377 miles and a zero-emissions range of 81 miles.
Purdue to Coordinate Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Research 
The Innovation Hub will include multidisciplinary work covering fields including artificial intelligence, systems engineering, cybersecurity, machine learning, advanced sensing technology, human factors and public policy.
Ford, BMW, PSA Join to Demonstrate C-V2X Technology 
Ford says the demonstration showed the road safety and traffic efficiency benefits of using C-V2X for vehicle-to-vehicle collision avoidance, as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity to traffic signals and traffic management centers.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

A thorough examination on the state of the U.S. commercial vehicle market, highlighting risks and opportunities for industry players....More
Sep 18, 2017

Commercial Vehicle Utilization Report  

Commercial Vehicle Brand Utilization Report provides analysis of available data to spot risks and opportunities and help guide business strategy and investment....More
Jun 30, 2017

2017 U.S. Light-Vehicle Equipment Report  

Data and analysis covering five years of equipment take rates for powertrain, ADAS, safety and other major features....More
Market Analysis
Nov 16, 2019

North America Powertrain Plants, 2018  

North America engine and transmission plants by manufacturer and location for 2018. Includes engine and transmission specifications and lists models the powertrain is installed in....More
Nov 19, 2018

U.S. Car and Light Truck Specifications and Prices, '19 Model Year  

U.S. light vehicle specifications and prices by vehicle type, brand, and model line for the 2019 model year. Includes body style, drive type, wheel base, size, weight, standard engine, and transmission....More
Nov 19, 2018

Spain Vehicle Sales, October 2018  

Spain vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for October 2018....More

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