High-tech cars, partnerships driving BlackBerry’s rebirth, exec says


BlackBerry’s growing footprint in the automotive sector is key to the company’s turnaround efforts as it transitions away from smartphones and seeks more joint ventures with automakers and parts suppliers. 

“Are we making partnerships with other companies? Absolutely,” said Kaivan Karimi, head of sales and marketing at BlackBerry Technology Solutions. 

The strategy could be paying off. In the quarter that ended Nov. 30, the Waterloo, Ont., company reported net income of C$59 million ($44 million U.S.) on revenue of C$226 million. That’s up from a net loss of C$275 million a year earlier. The company’s next quarterly report comes this month.

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Just Three Companies at Top of Navigant’s Autonomous-Vehicle Ranking

A year-ago, the research firm listed eight companies or consortiums as top-tier leaders in automated driving, but now says GM Cruise, Waymo and Ford Autonomous have moved ahead.

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What to expect at Tyrexpo Asia 2019 in Singapore

Asia’s most well-attended and go-to sourcing platform revs up momentum this year by co-locating with GarageXpo 2019 and Automotive Aftermarket Asia 2019.

This move brings together an even more comprehensive community of automotive players in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, retreading and fleet operation as well as car workshop owners and aftermarket accessory enthusiasts.

© SingEx | Photography by Lionel Lin

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Tire & Rubber Summit 2019 Will Focus on New Technologies


CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada; March 7, 2019 — The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca ) announces dates for its upcoming Tire & Rubber Summit 2019. This unique and important event will take place on June 11 & 12, 2019 in Toronto.

This Summit will explore the tire and rubber industry’s advances in technology, innovation, regulation and economics through the insights from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who will discuss rubber industry issues from uniquely Canadian perspective.

Driving to the Future

The focus of the Summit will be on the speed of technological advancements in the tire and automotive industries and their effect on product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects.

“This is a unique event in the tire and rubber industry,” says Glenn Maidment, President, TRAC. “When it comes to technology, industries across the globe are living through some very exciting times; and our 2019 Summit will discuss the technologies that are changing how rubber manufacturers do business today and tomorrow: autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning and others.” 

The event will bring together industry professionals and expert panelists to discuss the technologies that reverberate throughout the industry. All the expertise comes from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who together will discuss rubber industry issues from uniquely Canadian perspective.

Find out more about this distinctive industry event @: http://bit.ly/TRS-2019.

About the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada

Founded in 1920, the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC; www.tracanada.ca) is a cornerstone of the national rubber manufacturing industry, serving tire makers, rubber products manufacturers and importers as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of goods and services related to the industry. Over the past century, TRAC has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and became one of the most respected industry organizations worldwide.


Media Contact: Michal Majernik, Email: mmajernik@tracanada.ca, Phone: 519.249.0366

TRAC: www.tracanada.ca; www.betiresmart.ca;Twitter: @TRAC_News

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German industry to invest $68 billion in electric cars and automation


Germany’s car industry is to invest nearly 60 billion euros ($68 billion) over the next three years on electric cars and automated driving, the head of the VDA car industry association said. Increasing the number of electric cars on the road is pivotal to reach ambitious goals in the European Union to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and requires the expansion of charging infrastructure, VDA President Bernhard Mattes said Saturday in a statement.

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Hunter Engineering releases difficult tire and wheel fitment data trends


Hunter Engineering has released data illustrating difficult tire and wheel fitment trends. This data shows a significant shift in growth of difficult tire and wheel assembly fitments throughout the last 15-20 years.

Low-profile (45 series or lower), run-flat, large diameter (wheel size in excess of 20”), and heavy assemblies (overall diameter exceeds 30”) have proved to be difficult to service.

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Goodyear shows Aero concept tire/turbine for flying cars – Autoblog


Far-future-world scenarios generally fit two camps: every city an above-ground landfill filled with grimy famine and high-tech, or a cyber-Bambi Shangri-La drowning in sunshine, leisure time, and ribbons of glass road. Goodyear’s vision for the Aero concept tire is the latter, and if it includes the kind of car that fits Goodyear’s Aero tire, we won’t mind living there. Ultimately, the concept envisions a new way to enable flying cars by turning a passenger capsule into a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.


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NTSB and NHTSA probe two deadly Tesla crashes in Florida – Autoblog


WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities are investigating a fatal Tesla Model S crash in Florida last Sunday that killed the driver and caused a massive fire, the second fatal Tesla crash in the state this week being probed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Saturday.

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U.S. companies put record number of robots to work in 2018 | Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. companies installed more robots last year than ever before, as cheaper and more flexible machines put them within reach of businesses of all sizes and in more corners of the economy beyond their traditional foothold in car plants. Shipments hit 28,478, nearly 16 percent more than in 2017, according to data seen by Reuters that was set for release on Thursday by the Association for Advancing Automation, an industry group based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Canadian Government Announces New Investments In Advanced Vehicle Technologies – Canadian Auto World


The Government of Canada announced it is making significant investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles. To meet that goal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

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