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New 2019 Fiat 500X Models Arrive in U.S. from Italy

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The first shipments of the new 2019 Fiat 500X have arrived on U.S. soil at the Port of Baltimore (Maryland). Following Baltimore, additional units will arrive at various ports throughout the country.
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  • First shipments of new 2019 Fiat 500X featuring all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine arrive in U.S. at port of Baltimore
  • Standard all-wheel-drive FIAT small crossover offers refreshed exterior design along with new safety and security features
  • New 2019 Fiat 500X available in three model configurations – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus
  • Starting U.S. MSRP of $25,785 (including destination), 2019 Fiat 500X will arrive at FIAT studios this spring

The first shipments of the new 2019 Fiat 500X have arrived on U.S. soil at the Port of Baltimore (Maryland). Following Baltimore, additional units will arrive at various ports throughout the country.

“Our first batch of new Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2019 Fiat 500X small crossovers are just starting to arrive,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – North America. “Customers will soon be able to experience and enjoy the all-new turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with class-leading torque, standard all-wheel-drive capability, and a host of new safety and technology features.”

Manufactured in Italy at the Melfi assembly plant, the vehicle is powered by an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing 177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of best-in-class torque with engine stop-start (ESS) technology mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. With the introduction of the 1.3-liter engine, FIAT is now the only lineup in the market that provides turbocharged power standard. Wrapped in head-turning Italian design, the vehicle complements the FIAT lineup with standard all-wheel drive.

In addition to new front and rear fascia designs, the new small FIAT crossover offers nearly 70 safety and security features that now include Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist.

The 2019 Fiat 500X is available in three model configurations – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus – and has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,785 (including destination).

The 2019 Fiat 500X will arrive in FIAT studios throughout the country this spring.

Fiat 500X Pop
Starting at $25,785, the Fiat 500X Pop features the all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive capability and the Dynamic Selector System. Classic Italian style is complemented with 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, projector headlamps and new LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps, plus power and heated mirrors with turn signals. Inside, new seating and driver seatback pocket are included as well as a new leatherette steering wheel and gear-shift knob that add a premium appearance.

The new 2019 Fiat 500X Pop receives the latest Uconnect system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Additional standard safety and technology features include a security system, speed control, tire-inflator kit, remote start and a ParkView rear backup camera.

Fiat 500X Trekking
Starting at $27,290, the Fiat 500X Trekking builds on the Pop model and adds a rugged front fascia with black grille and metallic surround, as well as a rear fascia that includes a metallic appearance. Deep tint sunscreen glass, metallic door handles and 17-inch silver aluminum wheels add to the aggressive look while automatic headlamps and cornering front fog lamps provide improved visibility.

Trekking interior features include front and rear premium quilted cloth seats, leatherette door-trim inserts and a multi-position cargo shelf panel for storage convenience. A 3.5-inch color TFT cluster screen provides easy navigation for vehicle information and settings.

Trekking customers also can enjoy a free 12-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio.

Fiat 500X Trekking Plus
Starting at $30,490, Trekking Plus adds additional premium content and style including 17-inch matte black machined aluminum wheels, chromed daylight opening (DLO) molding and LED projector headlamps.

The refined interior includes eight-way, heated and leather power seats with four-way lumbar support, blushed console and door trim, and additional cargo storage. Overhead ambient lighting and door courtesy lamps illuminate side panels and cargo spaces for enhanced visibility.

Trekking Plus models receive the latest generation Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen and navigation radio that offer turn-by-turn navigation directions with outstanding sound from the eight-speaker audio system.

New technology includes ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist sensors along with climate-controlled dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) and an automatic windshield defroster. An electrochromic rearview mirror offers automatic dimming capability for daylight/twilight driving.

 

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Human Horizons Launches a Premium All-Electric Smart Car Brand HiPhi and Its First Production-Ready Vehicle HiPhi 1

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Human Horizons Launches a Premium All-Electric Smart Car Brand HiPhi and its First Production-Ready Vehicle HiPhi 1
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HiPhi is a premium brand created by Human Horizons and enhanced by its users. The first production ready vehicle, HiPhi 1, integrates and develops world leading technologies, establishes a unique design philosophy and embeds sustainability as a core product development principle. HiPhi 1 is targeted at the growing global high technology, luxury market.

Human Horizons pursues a human-oriented philosophy and applies human-centric intelligence to advance the transformation of future human mobility. Its holistic solution consists of the development of smart vehicles, smart transportation and smart cities.

Human Horizons hopes to promote the development of the Vehicle-Road-City ecosystem through perception collaboration, computing collaboration, intelligence collaboration to ultimately transform individual intelligence to swarm intelligence.

Ding Lei, founder of Human Horizons believes that truly smart vehicles should seamlessly connect to the world of the Internet, IoT and IoE. They act as a node within the city linking the vehicle-road-city ecosystem together to enable the free flow of technical data. A smart vehicle will adapt itself and become more intelligent over time.

HiPhi 1 is equipped with more than 500 sensors and the first production car with a 5G-V2X enabled communication network. In addition, HiPhi 1 introduces the world’s first Human Oriented Architecture (HOA), featuring a software-developer enabled platform within the electric and electrical (E/E) architecture which allows functions to be created that are both adaptive and self-learning. Together, these provide a new level of customer experience that can continuously evolve over time. Artificial Intelligence learns and adjusts a substantial number of vehicle parameters based on the occupants’ habits and preferences.

 

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TVS Motor Singapore to Invest US$7 Million in Scienaptic Systems, an AI Powered Decision Platform

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TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TVS Motor Company Limited, India, has signed definitive agreements to invest US$7 million in Scienaptic Systems Inc., a Delaware corporation, headquartered in New York City. TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic. The closing of the investment is subject to obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals.

Scienaptic has combined latest big data technologies and proprietary machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms on its decision platform, “Ether.” Solutions built on Ether enable enterprises to improve risk and credit assessment, monitor evolving fraud patterns, and improve customer journeys and experience. Scienaptic counts several marquee Fortune 100 enterprises as its clients.

Rajesh Narasimhan, Board Member of TVS Motor Company and CEO of TVS Motor (Singapore), stated that, “We evaluated many companies providing big data analytics and risk management solutions and found Scienaptic’s product offerings and solutions with their ability to help organizations leverage actionable insights through the power of a strong analytics platform to be a clear differentiator and a unique proposition. Scienaptic’s end-to-end data analytics solution, with applicability to customers in various industries, has the potential to generate a new profit stream for our group. We are happy to invest in, and strategically partner with, Scienaptic as they continue to pursue bottom-line impact for Fortune 100 companies, and to leverage Scienaptic for our businesses. Our current investment in Scienaptic is part of the initial set of investments being made in strategically relevant digital startups.”

Pankaj Kulshreshtha, Founder & CEO of Scienaptic added, “We are witnessing the adoption of our AI platform at Fortune 100 companies. With the cutting edge instruments on our platform, companies are able to drive adoption of AI in their processes. The investment by TVS enables us to accelerate our sales and product development. We found a significant match in value systems between the two organizations and believe that our collective strengths will enable Scienaptic to grow exponentially and become a global leader in AI-powered decisioning space.”

 

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AI-led start-up UVeye raises $31 million led by Toyota Tsusho, Volvo Cars and W. R. Berkley Corporation

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Israeli company UVeye, which provides sophisticated solutions for automatic external inspection of vehicles, has raised an additional $31 million in funding, led by Toyota Tsusho, Volvo Cars and W. R. Berkley Corporation, bringing total funds raised since 2017 to $35 million.

“This latest investment including leading automotive strategic partners is an important signal that we believe paves the way for UVeye to become the standard of automotive inspection and safety,” said Amir Hever, CEO of UVeye. “We are delighted to have world-class companies in their respective sectors endorse our game-changing auto-scanning solution.”

UVeye’s technology enables vehicle manufacturers, logistic operators, retailers and rental-car companies to carry out automatic vehicle inspection leveraging first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence, purpose-built for vehicles. Importantly, UVeye’s system has proven it can drive higher accuracy and improve efficiency, all with minimal human intervention.

UVeye’s drive-through systems can detect external and mechanical flaws and identify anomalies, modifications or foreign objects – both along the undercarriage and around the exterior of the vehicle. The scanning process completes within a matter of seconds and can be used throughout the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. The technology is being actively deployed today across many use cases, from the vehicle manufacturing line – the moment components are placed on the conveyor belt through end-of-line inspection – to logistics, maintenance and beyond.

Since inception, UVeye has generated millions of vehicle scans across dozens of countries. UVeye’s anomaly detection accuracy rate has exceeded client thresholds in all case studies to date.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Volvo Cars and Toyota Tsusho intend to use UVeye’s inspection systems at various sites internationally, including Volvo Cars factories, dealerships and in the aftermarket. For Toyota Tusho, UVeye also will support distribution to used-car centers and throughout the company’s footprint within the Japanese auto market. UVeye welcomes these new relationships, adding to existing partnerships with Skoda and Daimler, according to Hever.

“Premium quality standards are at the core of the Volvo brand, and we are intrigued by the possibilities that UVeye’s technology offers,” said Zaki Fasihuddin, CEO of the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. “This type of advanced scanning technology could allow us to take the next step in quality.”

According to Mike Nannizzi, director of Fintech investments from W. R. Berkley Corporation:  “When we made our initial investment in UVeye two years ago, we believed its system could have game-changing impact within security and inspection applications globally, and today’s announcement validates that early hypothesis. We congratulate UVeye, Toyota Tsusho and Volvo Cars for building a cohesive partnership with enormous potential.”

 

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