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...

Shaping Future Mobility

Posted: April 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

A big goal for Michigan economic planners is to position the state to capitalize on its transportation technology know-how for tomorrow’s mobility solutions, says Doug Smith, senior vice president for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The future of transportation isn’t...

Faster, More Effective Collaboration

Posted: April 14, 2014 at 1:59 am

Manufacturers today can solve problems faster and more accurately by collaborating in new ways, says John Flavin, Infor’s executive vice president, Global Manufacturing Solutions. Infor borrows elements of social media so users can create problem-solving mini networks. These circles link...

Monetizing New Mobility

Posted: April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

Advanced mobility concepts present opportunity to make transportation more efficient, reduce its expense and truly integrate the automobile into the human ecosystem, says Jean-Francois Tremblay, Advanced Mobility Group Leader at EY. He notes that companies are testing the financial dimensions...

Michigan’s Personal-Mobility Push

Posted: March 24, 2014 at 1:23 am

Cars will remain the prevalent mode of transportation in North America for many years to come. But Michigan needs to talk less about the “automobile” and more about personal mobility, says Nigel Francis, who heads the state’s automotive office. “The...

Innovation at Magna

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 2:27 am

At Magna International Inc., innovation means invention plus commercialization, says Chief Technology Officer Swamy Kotagiri. That means moving good ideas out of the lab and into widespread use. Kotagiri notes that tier one automotive suppliers are playing an expanding role...

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