Mobility

PlanetM: Michigan's Mobility Connection

October 22, 2018 at 12:14 AM

Michigan’s PlanetM initiative is a concierge service that links companies and investors with the state’s mobility ecosystem.

New Product

Innovating with IBM’s “Garage Factory”

October 15, 2018 at 1:06 AM

IBM’s Garage Factory concept helps carmakers act like a startup, using fast-paced experimentation and business case analysis to identify promising ideas, then scaling them up for mass-market rollouts.

Tech

Martinrea’s Hybrid-Material Subframe Tech

October 09, 2018 at 10:13 AM

Customers of Canada’s Martinrea International Inc. are moving from standard welded steel or hollow aluminum subframes to the company’s new hybrid system that integrates both materials.

Powertrain

Bentley Drops Bentayga Diesel in Europe

October 03, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Volkswagen AG’s Bentley unit has discontinued the diesel option for its Bentayga crossover vehicle in Europe after two years.

Mobility

The Autonomy Timetable

October 01, 2018 at 12:42 AM

Self-driving cars are coming, but we won’t see significant numbers of them for about 10 years, says Pete Kelly, managing director of LMC Automotive.

EV-Hybrid

Freudenberg Takes on Electrification

September 24, 2018 at 2:58 AM

Freudenberg Group is adjusting its automotive operations as carmakers turn to electrification, notes Matthew Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s e-Mobility business.

Tech

YFAI’s “Smart” Interior Surfaces

September 17, 2018 at 2:16 AM

The next big thing in automotive interiors will be aesthetic surfaces that can double as functional controls, says Nathan Bowen at Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems Co.

Business

OESA Counsels Diligence about Sales

September 10, 2018 at 2:46 AM

The North American auto industry should remain diligent about potential “trip wires” to continued growth, says Mike Jackson, executive director of strategy and research for the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn.

Mobility

Coordinating SNAP and Multi-Modal Transport

September 03, 2018 at 1:02 AM

SNAP is an electrified self-driving shuttle concept from Switzerland’s Rinspeed AG that carries detachable pods aboard a “skateboard” platform that contains the powertrain, battery and electronic controls.

Tech

Adaptive Lighting Moves Inside the Car

August 27, 2018 at 11:59 AM

The technology that enables adaptive headlamps to adjust their beams according to conditions is moving into the passenger cabin, notes Steve Lietaert, president of Hella Corporate Center USA.

Tech

Aligning Virtual Prototyping with Reality

August 20, 2018 at 2:30 AM

ESI Group’s SimulationX virtual prototyping software helps speed product development by enabling more accurate computer simulations, says Alan Arico.

Sales

LMC: Global Car Sales Will Grow 2% in 2018

August 13, 2018 at 2:02 AM

Global car sales this year will expand 2% to 97.5 million units, as gains in most markets offset a slight dip in North America, says LMC Automotive’s Jeff Schuster.