Automotive Propulsion Systems

Managing a Higher-Voltage Future

By: Bill Hampton - November 05, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Tougher emission regulations and expanding in-car electronics are pushing carmakers into increasingly higher-voltage power systems, notes Mary Gustanski, chief technology officer for Delphi Technologies.

Tech

Autonomous-Vehicle Research at Michigan State

By: Steve Plumb - October 29, 2018 at 2:12 AM

Michigan State University is conducting multi-disciplinary research on autonomous driving that includes a self-driving-shuttle service for students.

Mobility

PlanetM: Michigan's Mobility Connection

By: Bill Hampton - October 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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”

By: Bill Hampton - 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

By: Steve Plumb - 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.

Automotive Mobility

The Autonomy Timetable

By: Bill Hampton - 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.

Hybrid Vehicles

Freudenberg Takes on Electrification

By: Steve Plumb - 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

By: Steve Plumb - 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.

Automotive Economics

OESA Counsels Diligence about Sales

By: Bill Hampton - 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

By: Bill Hampton - 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

By: Steve Plumb - 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.