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Unlikely Alliance Join Forces To Keep California In The Lead Of The Electric Car Race

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“World is electrifying, California needs to move forward”; Press Conference with CARB, SoCal Edison and GM

Launch of new public-private partnership and cheeky new awareness campaign to accelerate adoption of electric cars in the Golden State

An unlikely alliance of public and industry leaders joined forces in an unusual show of unity to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in California. This powerhouse of leaders, representing every major player in the transportation sector, announced the public launch of their organization, Veloz, and their first project, “Electric For All,” the largest multi-stakeholder, multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in North America. Veloz also announced major commitments from utilities, Electrify America and the addition of new members including Audi, ChargePoint, Flo, SemaConnect and Webasto.

“The world is moving to electrified transportation, with or without U.S. leadership,” said Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board in today’s press conference. “California cannot afford to take its foot off the accelerator. Today is Clean Air Day – but you wouldn’t know it in many parts of California. Pollution from cars and trucks is choking not just our people and planet, but our economy. But we have an enormous opportunity: Electric car technology is at a tipping point. Veloz – a powerhouse of major players – plans to push it over. That’s the power of Veloz, and the power of California. We must continue to lead the U.S. and in exciting new technologies that will change personal mobility, and our lives, forever.”

“Veloz is working to radically transform mobility in California and take electrification to a new level,” said Veloz executive director Josh Boone. “With our distinct approach, Veloz will inspire Californians to get behind the wheel and into the passenger seat of electric cars.”

Fifty percent of Californians know next to nothing about electric cars. Without desire there can be no demand. That’s why Veloz, a new nonprofit assembling the best and brightest players in the transportation space, is launching a public awareness campaign as one of its first projects. Veloz’s high powered and diverse board and membership of key sector companies, agencies and nonprofits are uniquely able to identify and work to overcome remaining barriers to electrification.

Utilities are a new critical player in the transportation sector, signaling a transformation in the long-standing marriage between the car and oil industries.

Ron Nichols, president of Southern California Edison and a member of the Veloz board announced a group of California private and government utilities are prepared to provide significant funding support in addition to their existing substantial membership commitment for the public awareness campaign as part of a broader group of supporters. “California utilities recognize the vital importance of moving to electrified transportation – for the world, for Californians and for our own bottom lines,” commented Nichols. “We are committed to accelerating the transition to clean energy and electric cars, not just through our individual efforts, but collectively through Veloz because of its powerful membership and unique ability to overcome barriers.”

Electrify America has announced a commitment of $2 million in matching funds to the Veloz campaign. In addition, the company has licensed Veloz’s campaign tagline, “Electric For All,” which appears in Electrify America’s television and radio national advertising spots called the ‘JetStones.’

“Veloz’s ‘Electric For All’ is a powerful message and we wanted to use our resources both directly and through our own campaign to amplify it,” said Richard Steinberg, senior director, marketing, communications and Green Cities. “Electric vehicles are a fun-to-drive choice available to the public right now – joining forces with Veloz to increase ZEV public awareness and adoption is a win-win alliance.”

“Now that Governor Brown and the legislature have set California on a path to an electric grid powered 100 percent by clean energy, transitioning to electric vehicles makes more sense than ever. One of the most significant remaining barriers to adoption of electric vehicles is public awareness. Veloz is an organization expressly designed to tackle that challenge,” said David Hochschild, chair of the Veloz Board. “What the public – even in California – doesn’t realize is that the major barriers to electric car adoption are fast disappearing. This is not your grandfather’s golf cart. I drive a Bolt. These cars are fun, brilliantly engineered and quick. They accelerate and perform better than any gas car I’ve ever owned.”

“The automotive industry will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing. “We believe the future is electric and plan to introduce several new EVs globally over the next few years. The good news is we are overcoming barriers to EV adoption. But public perception still doesn’t match the vehicle and ownership reality. That is why the mission of Veloz is so important and why GM is involved in this effort.”

The “Electric For All” campaign aims to harness this growing momentum, and spark demand among Californians of all demographics and incomes. “Electric should be the car of choice for all, but especially for communities of color, who often breathe the dirtiest air,” said Orson Aguilar, president of The Greenlining Institute. “Low-income communities face a dual burden of unhealthy pollution and high transportation costs, and electric cars are less expensive to own and operate. The Greenlining Institute has long pushed to make electric vehicles accessible and affordable for all, and we look forward to working with Veloz to help make that happen.”

On October 15, Veloz will roll out the first phase of “Electric For All” with its cheeky “Opposites Attract” social and digital media campaign [download campaign creatives] using the power of short form video and memes to communicate directly to target audiences. This will be followed by television, featuring an unlikely but illustrious pair of California leaders. The campaign is laser focused on potential car buyers, and delivering dealer leads. The “Electric For All” website, to be launched formally on the same date, will provide best in class data on electric car makes, models and incentives and access to local dealerships.

To produce the “Electric For All” campaign, Veloz tapped the award-winning, California-based, advertising agency Division of Labor. “The ‘Electric for All’ campaign is a true collaboration between Veloz and all the brands, agencies and partners that helped make this happen. We’re really proud of the work and it’s just nice to be part of something that can have such a big impact on the state of California,” said Josh Denberg, creative director, Division of Labor.

“We are going to track our progress very closely and, if successful, we hope other states and nations will replicate what we’ve done,” said Boone. “The goal is for electric cars to become the new normal. Once Californians know about and experience them, they will fall in love with a better way to drive.”

Veloz membership includes:

  • Newly announced members: Audi, Flo, SemaConnect, ChargePoint and Webasto.
  • Automakers, including GM, BMW Group, Honda, Nissan, Kia, Subaru, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford
  • Electricity providers, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Charging network providers, including EVgo, Greenlots and Electrify America
  • Policymakers representing the California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Transportation, California ISO and other key offices
  • Local government: Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Nonprofit organizations, including the Sierra Club, CALSTART, NextGen Policy Center, The Greenlining Institute and World Resources Institute
  • Others: AECOM, Uber, Lyft, California New Car Dealers Association, Center for Sustainable Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, Hubject, PlugShare and Proterra


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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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