The Intel-QNX Partnership

Posted: August 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

As cars become more connected, their capabilities are expanding dramatically. That means adding more computer chips and software. Two giants in those fields, chipmaker Intel Corp. and software developer QNX Software Systems, have collaborated on automotive electronics for years. Now...

Connected-Car Task Force

Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Michigan’s Oakland County is home to offices of 48 of the top 50 automotive suppliers. Recently it set up a Connected Car Task Force to help develop a business model for connected cars and the infrastructure to support them. Deputy...

Interior Trends at JCI

Posted: June 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Auto interiors giant Johnson Controls Inc. is focused on vehicle interior trends in three areas, says Han Hendriks, vice president of sales and innovation. One is the broad range of design challenges for the interiors of small cars in big...

Managing Innovation at Cooper-Standard Automotive

Posted: June 15, 2015 at 1:13 am

Cooper-Standard Automotive uses a new system to filter ideas, quickly identify ones that look promising technically and commercially and rapidly turn them into new products. The company—which supplies carmakers with fluid transfer, sealing and anti-vibration systems—has processed more than 150...

Connected-Car Testing in Michigan

Posted: June 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Two years of testing with nearly 3,000 vehicles in Ann Arbor, Mich., showed that enabling vehicles to communicate directly with each other can reduce traffic accidents. Now the Univ. of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute is helping deploy more such vehicles...

National Renewable Energy Lab

Posted: June 1, 2015 at 12:44 am

The changes coming in personal transportation over the next several years will be a revolution akin to the shift from the horse and buggy to the automobile more than 100 years ago, says Dana Christensen, deputy laboratory director for science...

EY’s 2015 Global Automotive Outlook

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 1:56 am

The global auto market is likely to grow 3.5% to 90 million vehicles in 2015 and continue to expand at least through 2017, says Randy Miller, EY’s Global Automotive and Transportation Sector Leader. Miller expects the South American market in 2015...

EY Changing Lanes 2015-2016

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

EY’s latest global C-suite survey, Changing Lanes, finds automotive executives in agreement about their companies’ biggest challenges: being nimble, innovating faster and solving their talent shortage, says Randy Miller, EY’s Global Automotive and Transportation Leader. But executives also agree their companies aren’t coping as...

Five Steps to Automatic Driving

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 2:24 am

Carmakers envision a five-step process to transform today’s drive-it-yourself cars into vehicles that can automatically take you just about anywhere, notes Carsten Haas, engineering manager for integrated active and passive safety technologies at TRW Automotive. Step-one cars warn you if you...

Self-Driving Car To-Do List

Posted: April 20, 2015 at 1:16 am

Autonomous cars must be able to do four things, says Karl-Heinz Glander, who heads integrated active/passive safety technologies at TRW Automotive. Self-driving systems must detect their surroundings, analyze their environment for dangers, navigate where to go and operate the vehicle’s...

Ricardo at SAE World Congress

Posted: April 13, 2015 at 2:22 am

Ricardo, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is a proud sponsor of the New Tech Hub at the SAE 2015 World Congress in Detroit April 21-23. You’re invited to join Ricardo on April 22 at the Tech Hub...

Driver Monitoring

Posted: April 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Japan’s Aisin Seiki Co., a leader in vehicle sensors and electronics, says its new 3-D monitoring technology can determine if a driver isn’t looking at the road, even if his head is up and he’s wearing sunglasses. Brian Schneble, manager...

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...

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