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...

Bullish Sales Outlook

Posted: October 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

America’s booming car market appears likely to grow at least through 2015, says Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive. He cautions that interest rates and other risks could temper expansion. But Schuster says the automotive sector...

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...

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