Breadcrumb Driving

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

One of the enabling technologies for self-driving cars is the ability of one car to track the path of a vehicle ahead. Denso Corp. is demonstrating this “breadcrumb followOne of the enabling technologies for self-driving cars is the ability of...

C-Suite: Bullish but Wary

Posted: September 22, 2014 at 2:34 am

Two reports from EY find C-suite automotive executives bullish about the industry but mindful of continuing volatility in emerging markets. Changing Lanes reveals auto leaders around the world are eager to distance themselves from rivals through “multi-dimensional” competition, says Randy...

Sorting Powertrain Options

Posted: September 15, 2014 at 2:31 am

Carmakers face an unprecedented array of options as they strive to make vehicles more efficient—and there are no clear winners, says Dave McShane, vice president of business development at Ricardo. With 2,300 employees worldwide, Ricardo’s mission is to help companies...

Isolating Recall Problems

Posted: September 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Dassault Systèmes’ new DELMIA manufacturing systems solution for the shop floor can dramatically reduce the number of vehicles involved in a callback by isolating the source and detailing the scope of the problem, says Peter Schmitt, vice president of sales...

Auto R&D in Michigan

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

The State of Michigan is home to 375 automotive R&D centers, and it draws about 75% of automotive research and product development spending in North America, notes Nigel Francis, who heads the state’s automotive office. Francis says the auto industry’s...

The Mobility Customer

Posted: August 18, 2014 at 1:49 am

Carmakers face the emergence of a new type of customer who wants mobility but doesn’t see car ownership as necessary to achieve it, says Clay Phillips, a former General Motors Co. executive and now independent advisor on advanced mobility. He...

Confidence in the Cloud

Posted: August 11, 2014 at 3:55 am

Companies that continue to manage their own IT systems on site are spending too much for a system that lacks sufficient security, says John Flavin, executive vice president for global manufacturing at Infor, which supplies enterprise software solutions to the...

How Car-to-Car Connectivity Works

Posted: August 4, 2014 at 3:04 am

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems enable cars within about half a mile of each other to swap information about their direction, approaching emergency vehicles, obstacles and any dangerous road conditions they encounter., notes Brian Daugherty, associate director of advanced development and...

Michigan’s Tech Capabilities

Posted: July 28, 2014 at 4:43 am

This fast-paced and highly visual video showcases the state of Michigan’s automotive design, technology, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Produced by the state’s Pure Michigan office, the video describes Michigan’s technological infrastructure and concentration of tech centers.

Linking Transportation Options

Posted: July 20, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Consumers have more choices for personal mobility than ever. But the options still aren’t well coordinated in most places, notes Sue Zielinski, managing director for Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation at the Univ. of Michigan. The good news:...

“Smart” Connected Cars

Posted: July 14, 2014 at 2:23 am

As cars become connected, they will exchange more information with their environment and each other. But the capacity of their data “pipes” will be limited. So they will need smart technologies that can deliver information to drivers when they actually...

Advanced Mobility and Michigan’s DOT

Posted: July 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

A major mission for any state department of transportation is to maximize the efficiency of its existing transportation system, notes Kirk Steudle, director of Michigan’s DOT. As vehicles become more connected, they’ll generate a huge “pipe” of data about traffic...

2014 ITS World Congress

Posted: June 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

The world’s largest transportation technology conference, the ITS World Congress,  is coming to Detroit for the first time this autumn. The theme for the five-day event is Reinventing Transportation in Our Connected World. General Chair Jim Barbaresso says the meeting...

Changing Lanes 2014

Posted: June 16, 2014 at 3:10 am

Successful executives in today’s auto industry must be able to manage the complexities and variables of globalization, notes Mike Hanley, EY’s Global Automotive Leader. In its Changing Lanes 2014 survey of 100 C-suite auto executives worldwide, EY finds five themes...

Intel Invests to Drive Automotive Innovation

Posted: June 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm

A strong partnership between the automotive and technology industries will accelerate innovation toward a future of autonomous driving. To shape these future driving experiences, Intel Corp. has just announced new products, investments and research. Elliott Garbus, vice president and general...

A Better Flywheel

Posted: May 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

Most hybrids use energy stored in a battery to help boost fuel economy. An intriguing option is a lightweight flywheel spinning at 25,000 rpm that stores energy kinetically. For efficiency, flywheels must operate in a vacuum. But to put energy...

Tomorrow’s Engineers

Posted: May 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The auto industry’s technology talent pool continues to lag demand. It’s a problem that will take years to resolve, says Andrew Smart, who heads SAE’s Society Programs & Industry Relations. But Smart points out that SAE is helping to solve...

The New C-Suite Agenda

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

An international panel of EY executives discusses the findings of a recent survey, Changing Lanes 2014-15, that identifies the key challenges facing today’s auto industry. The EY panelists report five recurring themes: • Volatility. Dealing with new sources of volatility...

Factory Starter Kit

Posted: May 5, 2014 at 3:06 am

Infor’s new Automotive Cloud Suite has all the management tools a supplier needs to open a new plant anywhere in the world, says Jeff Rheingans, Infor’s senior director of product development. The cloud-based Infor tool set offers functionality across the...

Challenges to Connectivity

Posted: April 28, 2014 at 2:11 am

Connectivity is bringing more information into our cars, but the messages aren’t being prioritized, notes Doug Patton, senior vice president of engineering at Denso Corp. Patton says the next step is an electronic “information controller” that arbitrates the data flow...

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