Panasonic can speed up Tesla plant investment if needed

JapanJapan Today — Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan. “We will do our best to move up the schedule if requested,” Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems (AIS) division, told reporters.

Digitimes Research: Car-use image sensor market to grow to US$900 million by 2020, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Sony is the largest CMOS image sensor vendor worldwide and its products mainly go to the consumer sector. Weakening demand for smartphone has impacted the business’s recent performances, but Sony has been strengthening its car-use image sensor technology after acquiring Toshiba’s image sensor plants in Oita, Japan.

Indian phone networks a challenge: Uber CTO

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Uber has set up Asia’s first engineering centre in Bengaluru. The centre, which will focus on localization, is the cab aggregator’s tenth such global unit. Present for the launch was CTO Thuan Pham, a Vietnamese who was among the ‘boat people’ -refugees who fled Vietnam to the USA by boat and ship after the Vietnam War -and who went on to do a BS and MS in computer science and engineering from MIT.

China’s government is taking the electric car market really, really seriously

ChinaTech in Asia — When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), China’s government isn’t leaving anything to chance. Although the market for EVs in China grew 400 percent in 2015, China’s State Council announced plans to ramp development up further with five new measures designed to support the burgeoning industry:

Baidu soft-launches mysterious ridesharing aggregation service (we think)

China.gifTech in Asia — Is Baidu getting into the car booking/car rental game? It’s starting to look that way. On Friday, somewhat out of the blue, some Baidu users got text notifications that led them to this site (works best on mobile). The site is about a promotion for “Baidu Zhuanche” (Baidu Private Car), promising a discount for those who try it out before the end of the month, and service available across more than 20 cities.

Aston Martin Signs Chinese Internet Of Vehicles Deal

China.gifChina Tech News — China’s Letv and the luxury British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin signed an electric car joint venture MOU in Frankfurt, Germany. With each party holdsing a 50% stake, Letv and Aston Martin will work together in manufacturing and engineering. William Ding, co-founder of Letv’s car division, revealed that apart from the substantial capital cooperation, the two parties will also enhance their cooperation in technology, engineering, and service sectors.

Aston Martin Signs Chinese Internet Of Vehicles Deal

Honda CEO says ‘fundamental transformation’ is needed

JapanAuto News — TOKYO — When Takahiro Hachigo was abruptly named Honda Motor Co. CEO last year amid spiraling quality problems, he pledged to revive the troubled automaker through a back-to-basics focus on better cars and streamlined production. Nearly a year later, with Honda still battling quality issues, the veteran engineer is revamping that comeback plan.