Keeping It Simple

Posted: March 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Carmakers must be able to simultaneously cater to younger buyers who embrace electronic technologies and older customers who may crave simpler controls and the ability to turn off some features entirely. The industry isn’t not quite there, notes Jeff Schuster,...

Progressive Automated Driving

Posted: March 23, 2015 at 1:28 am

Cars are beginning to add features that will eventually lead to fully automated driving, notes Andrew Whydell, director of product planning, Global Electronics, at TRW Automotive. Whydell points out that TRW safety systems such as automatic braking were designed to...

EY: Relevant Content

Posted: March 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

The boom in automotive electronics shows that technology isn’t a limitation anymore. “Everything is possible,” asserts Anil Valsan, Global Lead Analyst, Automotive & Transportation at EY. “It’s a matter of where customers see value and what they are willing to...

Electronics at TRW

Posted: March 4, 2015 at 10:04 am

Carmakers are rapidly integrating more sophisticated electronics to enhance safety and introduce driver aids that could lead to self-driving cars. TRW Automotive is uniquely positioned to help the process, says Tolga Oal, vice president of Global Electronics. He points to the...

Connectivity and the Law

Posted: February 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

Connected vehicles promise breakthroughs in safety and convenience. But they also raise myriad questions about product liability, privacy, cyber attacks and data security. Solutions to some of these issues are already well established, notes Jennifer Dukarski, who specializes in liability...

The Language of Connectivity

Posted: February 11, 2015 at 3:24 am

The emerging world of connected and self-driving cars presents a huge challenge to the auto industry, notes Andrew Smart, who heads SAE’s Society Programs & Industry Relations. SAE’s role is to help set standards for the language and terms vehicles...

Electronic Parking Payments

Posted: February 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Parkmobile enables drivers to use a smartphone or other device to pay for parking without touching a meter, even if the meter is broken, says CEO Cherie Fuzzell. The system debuted in the U.S. in 2009 in Grand Rapids, Mich.,...

Michigan’s Auto Technology Base

Posted: January 26, 2015 at 1:19 am

When it comes to technological prowess in the automotive sector, Michigan has no difficulty proving its leadership. After all, the state is home to 375 automotive R&D centers—more than the rest of North America combined, notes Kevin Kerrigan, senior automotive...

Midmarket Acquisitions

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 1:03 am

Carmakers have significantly stepped up their quest for acquisitions, especially those costing $250 million or less, according to the latest Capital Confidence Barometer from EY. Mark Short, EY’s Global Automotive & Transportation Transaction Advisory Leader, says respondents are targeting acquisitions...

Ricardo Technologies

Posted: January 5, 2015 at 2:35 am

Ricardo Inc. has been helping the auto industry implement innovative ideas for 100 years in engines, transmissions, full vehicles and hybrid/electronics, notes Ali Maleki, the company’s director and business unit leader of intelligent transportation, hybrids and electronic systems. Many of...

Laser-Welded Aluminum

Posted: December 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Making vehicles lighter is a major goal as carmakers strive to build their vehicles that are more fuel efficient. Now they have a new option: a laser welding system from Shiloh Industries Inc. that can combine different strengths and grades...

A Stronger Supply Chain

Posted: December 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

The U.S. auto industry is in good shape, but there still are challenges within the supply base, says Julie Fream, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. Fream notes that OESA helps suppliers not only improve their relationships...

Fuel-Efficient Bearings

Posted: December 8, 2014 at 1:40 am

Reducing friction can be a significant factor in boosting vehicle fuel economy. To help carmakers in North America achieve that goal, Sweden’s SKF Group has relocated some of its expertise in bearing development to its Automotive Development Center in Plymouth,...

Altair’s Enlighten Award

Posted: November 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Carmakers worldwide are looking for ways to improve fuel efficiency by lightening their vehicles. The best of those efforts are honored by the Altair Enlighten Award. Now in its second year, the award is presented by Troy, Mich.-based Altair Engineering...

Two-Truck Platoons

Posted: November 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Denso North America is partnering with Pelaton Technology and other researchers in a U.S. DOT-funded project to test a wireless two-truck “platooning” system. The technology uses radar and vehicle-to-vehicle communications that enable highway trucks to link up electronically so one...

Dana’s Car, Truck Outlook

Posted: November 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Dana Corp. is bullish about 2015. CEO Roger Wood expects a continued robust market for passenger cars and commercial vehicles in North America. He foresees a continued robust Asian market and says Dana anticipates stabilization and mild growth in South...

Moving IT to the Cloud

Posted: November 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

It’s time for manufacturers to move their on-site IT systems to the cloud, according to Infor. The global provider of enterprise software offers solutions that work on the ground, in the cloud or a hybrid of both. But Jeff Rheingans,...

Cars and the Internet of Things

Posted: October 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Tomorrow’s cars will be able to talk to each other and their surroundings. In short, they will become a part of the Internet of Things. The benefit for drivers? They will enjoy safer and more efficient travel and gain such...

Mid-Market Luxury Cars

Posted: October 15, 2014 at 2:18 am

Luxury car makers haven’t been able to coax consumers into buying lower-priced models in the past. But that is changing as the content, style and price of post-recession mainstream midsize cars and small crossover vehicles rise, says Jeff Shuster, senior...

Electric Steering

Posted: October 13, 2014 at 4:06 am

For decades cars have used a hydraulic pump driven by the engine to provide power steering. But at highway speeds the pump draws maximum energy from the engine–just when power assist isn’t needed. Now, says Mike Richardson, chief technology at...

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