Mobility

Putting a Fine Point on Vehicle Locator Tech

By: Steve Plumb - December 10, 2019 at 1:34 PM

If you want your car to drive itself, it has to know precisely where it is at all times. GPS alone isn’t up to the task, says Mark Vogel of Mitsubishi Electric.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

How LIFT Boosts U.S. Manufacturing

By: Bill Hampton - November 25, 2019 at 12:34 PM

Detroit-based LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) helps develop advanced manufacturing technologies and move them into practical use, says CEO Nigel Francis.

Tech

Next-Gen Lighting Options

By: Steve Plumb - November 17, 2019 at 11:44 PM

Future cars are likely to be equipped with thousands of LEDs that enable everything from glare-free high beams to projected messages that signal the vehicle’s intentions, says Osram Continental’s Julian Dench.

Autonomous Vehicle Technology

ZF Pursues Modular Steps for Autonomy

By: Steve Plumb - November 11, 2019 at 12:06 AM

Passenger vehicles are just beginning to offer limited Level 2 self-driving capabilities, but the commercial vehicle sector is only a few years from introducing far more sophisticated Level 4 systems.

Toyota’s Progressive Approach to Driver Assist

November 04, 2019 at 3:29 AM

  Toyota Motor Corp. is taking a step-by-step approach to advanced driver assist features, says Wayne Powell, vice president of R&D for Toyota Motor North America.

Hybrid Vehicles

Hella Covers All Electrification Bases

By: Bill Hampton - October 28, 2019 at 2:36 AM

Automotive lighting and electronics supplier Hella GmbH offers products for electrified powertrains ranging from stop-start “micro-hybrid” to all-electric systems, says Steve Lietaert, president of the company’s U.S. operations.

EV-Hybrid

Eaton’s eMobility Unit Targets Fast Growth

By: Bill Hampton - October 21, 2019 at 10:33 AM

Eaton Corp.’s year-old eMobility business aims to hike annual sales of electrification products from $350 million in 2019 to $2 billion-$4 billion by 2030, says Scott Adams, who heads the unit’s sales and product strategy.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

Next Frontier for Robots: General Assembly

By: Bill Hampton - September 30, 2019 at 12:22 AM

The next challenge for industrial robots is achieving human-like dexterity, including the ability to handle flexible components such as wiring and fabric, says Fanuc America.

Sales

Global Sales to Fall 3% This Year

September 23, 2019 at 7:46 AM

Global light-vehicle sales will decline 3% this year to 92.1 million units amid ongoing trade tensions and other lingering concerns and uncertainties, says Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasting for LMC Automotive.

Mobility

Retooling Mobility Around Cost, Convenience

By: Bill Hampton - September 17, 2019 at 12:27 PM

By 2030, consumers say their choice of transportation in an era of autonomous vehicles will be defined by cost and convenience, not brand, according to new research by IBM’s Institute for Business Value.

Tech

Smart Doors for Autonomous Vehicles

By: Steve Plumb - September 09, 2019 at 10:14 AM

Continental AG’s new active entry system uses a key fob or smartphone app to recognize your approach, open the correct door and close it when you exit, says Mike Crane, head of Continental’s body and security for North America.

Business

It's Time for the Auto Industry to Think Differently

By: Bill Hampton - September 02, 2019 at 2:29 AM

The auto industry must learn new ways of thinking and behaving to cope with fast-changing technologies, says Carla Bailo, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research.