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.

Hyundai Mobis Steers Toward Redundant Autonomy

August 16, 2018 at 11:33 AM

South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis Co. is developing an electric power steering system with redundant controls to ensure safe operation is maintained in future self-driving vehicles.

Mixed Results in Latest Minivan Crash Tests

August 16, 2018 at 12:31 AM

A trio of 2018 model minivans earning widely varied performance ratings in a tough frontal crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Polestar Tech Sends All-Wheel-Drive to the Rear

August 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Volvo Car Corp.’s Polestar performance unit has updated its Engineered Optimization Accessory software to give all-wheel-drive models a sportier rear-bias feel.

Porsche, Nvidia Team Up on "Speed of Light" Design

August 15, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Porsche is working with chipmaker Nvidia and video game specialist Epic Games on a new design tool that could significantly speed vehicle development and improve real-time modeling capabilities.

Kia Touts Personalized Sound Systems

August 13, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Kia Motors Corp. is developing a zoned audio system that allow each vehicle occupant to listen to different music or conduct separate hands-free phone conversations.

JLR Readies New Platform for Future SUVs

August 13, 2018 at 1:02 AM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s next-generation Defender SUV due by 2021 will debut a modular chassis that will carry two other models during the following three years.

Ford to Pare Platforms from Nine to Five

August 10, 2018 at 1:36 AM

Ford Motor Co., which slashed the number of platforms used to carry its vehicles from 30 to nine during Alan Mulally’s reign as CEO in 2006-2014, now aims to trim that number to five.

Amazon Debuts Alexa Developer Kit for Vehicle Infotainment

August 09, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a kit to help software developers build Amazon’s Alexa voice control feature into their vehicles’ infotainment systems.

Waze to Steer VW Owners to Top U.K. Roads

August 08, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Volkswagen AG is launching a new feature in the U.K. to help direct motorists to the region’s best-rated driving roads.

IIHS Warns on Reliability of Driver-Assist Systems

August 08, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Driver-assist systems that provide automatic steering and braking can be lifesavers, but they also can lead you into a crash, cautions the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Ford Plant Workers Suit Up for Ergonomics

August 07, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Workers at Ford Motor Co.’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, are wearing special body suits to improve manufacturing processes and workstation layouts.