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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    How the software-defined vehicle trend is driving innovation in chassis features
    Steer-by-wire technology (SbW) eliminates the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and steering rack, relying solely on electronic communication. It offers numerous benefits for manufacturers and drivers, including the ability to produce a “dry” chassis without hydraulic fluid. It also opens possibilities for semi-autonomous safety systems and alternative steering controls. The systems are fully redundant, ensuring backup functionality in case of hardware or software failures. Sb...
    Decoding thermal runaway in EV batteries
    In November 2023, Stellantis recalled more than 32,000 of its hybrid Jeep Wrangler SUVs (2021–2024 models of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe sport utility vehicles) because they posed potential fire risk.  As per the company, eight of the hybrid Wranglers caught fire while turned off and parked. Six of them were being charged when the fire began. Similarly, General Motors recalled Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV (all model year till date as of August 2021) due to the possibility of a faulty battery ...
    Interview: Protean Electric on in-wheel motors
    Founded in 2008, Protean Electric is a key player in IWM technology and development. Its core technology centers around in-wheel electric drive solutions, notably the patented ProteanDrive® system. The system has in-wheel motors integrated with power electronics, digital control and a compatible friction brake, and offers advantages such as high torque density, enhanced efficiency and improved vehicle packaging. Protean’s IWMs have been used by Dongfeng Motor in its passenger cars E70 and Voy...
    Tech innovators in the auto space: Q&A with Tencent
    Mainland China's complex road systems, megacities, dense populations, and unique traffic behaviors present challenges for autonomous driving technology development. However, the country also offers rich scenarios, abundant data, and numerous rare and unexpected corner cases that are crucial for the safe and effective evolution of autonomous driving. The Gen-X demographic in mainland China, a significant portion of whom plan to purchase cars with Level 2+ driver assistance functions, provides ide...
    OEMs leverage new front lighting technologies to boost brand identity
    Front lighting in vehicles comprises of headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs), direction indicator lights and front fog lamps. Headlights were the first lights used in a vehicle’s front, with the critical task of illuminating the road environment to help drivers see clearly when driving during nighttime or when visibility is challenged during the day, owing to adverse weather. Over the years, automakers have introduced other front-lighting systems in vehicles that contributed to safer d...
    The geopolitics of semiconductors
    In the latest Talking Heads feature, we spoke with Jeremie Bouchaud and Phil Amsrud, experts in E/E and Semiconductors at S&P Global Mobility. The focus of this discussion is on the pivotal role of semiconductors in today's technology landscape and the challenges arising from geopolitical tensions. We also consider how Mainland China has responded to export bans, leading to disruptions in the global automotive semiconductor supply chain. Click the link above to download the whole article.
    Exploring the interior of the Honda e:Ny1
    Beyond its quirky name, what makes the Honda e:Ny1 interior stand out in the small electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment? Built on Honda's e:N Architecture F platform, the e:Ny1 is priced above its competitors and offered in two specification packs: Elegance and Advance. Both offer a range of features, but the Advance pack enhances the cabin's visual appeal and includes additional features such as a panoramic roof and a heated steering wheel. Advance grade models also feature a panoram...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with NIO
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    Gazing inside the Genesis GV60 using biometrics and a crystal ball
    Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its interior, comparable to German luxury brands. As electric vehicles become more software-driven, automakers must incorporate distinctive features to differentiate their models in a competitive market. The GV60 is the first EV from Genesis and built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. It is available in three different versions: Premium, Sport and Sport Plus. The latter comes with a fun feature on the steering wheel called Bo...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Iflytek
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, such as smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift enco...
    Convenient and personalized in-car features – upping the UX ante
    Looking at the automotive user interface and experience (UI/UX) trends today, drivers and passengers are loving the idea of remaining engaged throughout their journey in a more convenient and personalized way. By offering unprecedented personalization with its ability to learn from user behavior, AI and machine-learning tools are helping vehicles morph from a transportation mode into an extension of the drivers’ digital lifestyles. From predictive navigation systems and virtual personal ass...
    Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
    OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
    Inside the Nissan Ariya's minimalist cabin
    It offers front- or all-wheel drive options with a choice of battery sizes and delivers impressive horsepower. But what of the interior?  We take a closer look. Inside story The cabin features a sleek and cohesive design with a dashboard that extends into the doors. Two large digital displays, for instruments and infotainment, provide a futuristic and high-tech feel. The use of plush materials throughout the cabin adds a touch of luxury and comfort, including an Alcantara suede cov...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with KPIT Technologies
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    What is driving the demand for seat thermal solutions in vehicles?
    The demand for seat thermal solutions is forecast to grow rapidly as automakers focus on delivering more effective, more localized and personal thermal comfort in cabins of new vehicles. Automakers mainly offer heated seats and ventilated seats. However, many vehicles also feature more advanced climate-controlled seats, which can efficiently manage both heating and cooling functions using the same set of components. The seat heat-mat system is the most widely used heated seat solution. It fea...
    As cities turn smart, mobility solutions turn intelligent
    As cities around the world continue to become “smarter,” transportation and infrastructure solutions are becoming “intelligent” as well. While shared, electric and autonomous vehicles continue to disrupt urban mobility, advances such as internet of things, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are creating a mix of connectivity in smart cities that can help reshape the urban mobility landscape. Intelligent transportation solutions – the core of mobility in smar...
    Talking Heads: Apple shifts gears
    After a decade of unannounced efforts, Apple has reportedly abandoned Project Titan, its ambitious plan to develop electric vehicles. Initially, the project aimed to create an EV to rival Tesla, later shifting focus toward a self-driving car to compete with Google's Waymo. However, it eventually returned to its original focus: An EV with driving-assistance features. As a result, some of its 2,000 employees will transition to Apple's AI division, though layoffs are expected.  In the lates...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Foryou General Electronics interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) govern operations, integrate new features and facilitate the addition of novel functionalities through software. This advancement in the automotive industry is paving the way for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. SDVs are evolving through the separation of software and hardware development, similar to smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are creating "walled gardens" for applications, which involves continuous agile software de...
    GenAI continues to gain automotive ground
    Generative artificial intelligence, or simply GenAI, is an AI algorithm capable of generating text, images, audio, video, code or other data using generative models, often in response to prompts. GenAI models learn the patterns and structure of their input training data and then generate new data that has similar characteristics. It is usually built as an additional layer on top of large language models (LLM), to streamline processes, enhance efficiency, automate software, improve performance me...
    GM’s AI-ming high with new connected strategies
    Thanks to the ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution, more intelligent digital technologies—such as AI, machine learning, big data, internet of things, robotics and automation—are being integrated into manufacturing and industrial processes worldwide. For the automotive industry, the impact of AI-driven technologies has been transformational to say the least. Automakers are harnessing AI and ML for just about every facet of their operations, from vehicle manufacturing to sales and even aftersales ...
    INTERVIEW: Factorial Energy on the role of solid-state batteries in EVs
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Siyu Huang, CEO and co-founder of Factorial Energy discusses the challenges and opportunities in the production and implementation of solid-state batteries (SSBs) in electric vehicles (EVs). Huang highlights the importance of collaboration and standardization to reduce costs and enhance sustainability in the supply chain. Huang explains that SSBs have the potential to address the limitations of current lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in EVs, such as r...
    Floor console’s role in redefining in-vehicle experience
    The floor consoles, also called the center console in some markets, is the area in a vehicle’s cabin that generally separates the driver’s seat with the front passenger’s seat. In many vehicles, the floor console appears to be connected to the center of the instrument panel. In other vehicles, there is some gap between the floor console and the instrument panel. Automakers generally do not offer floor consoles in light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The floor console houses the gear shifte...
    Evolving rear lighting in vehicles
    Rear lights in vehicles play a critical role in ensuring safer driving. They help other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, take note of the presence of the equipped vehicle on the road, especially at night or when visibility is compromised. In addition, drivers use various rear lights as a signal to inform other road users about their driving maneuvers such as applying brakes or changing lanes. Over the years, rear lights have also emerged as a key design tool for automa...
    Growing shift seen toward smart in-cabin air purification and filtration systems
    According to the World Health Organization, 99% of the global population lives in places where air pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines. Due to increased air pollution and events like the COVID-19 pandemic, automakers are now more focused on offering in-cabin air that is free of contaminants, viruses and germs. The quality of air in the vehicle cabin is not only crucial for vehicle occupants’ comfort and well-being, but also for their safety. It can also cause certain health issues such a...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    Electric motor market set to rocket: China leads, eAxle drives growth
    Rapid expansion in the electric motor market is on the horizon, driven by the eAxle market and evolving technologies. As original equipment manufacturers increasingly keep design in-house but outsource production, who stands to gain? S&P Global Mobility forecasts a fourfold increase in the electric motor market in the next 12 years, with an expected production of over 120 million motors by 2034. The eAxle market is set to drive this growth, with its motor production share projected to inc...
    Interior Insight: Nissan X-Trail
    Nissan’s fourth-generation X-Trail is offered in both five and seven-seat configurations. We take a closer look inside. Inside story The cabin is cloaked with some premium materials and smart features, with special attention being paid to the ergonomic and tactile quality of the switchgear and buttons to give them a high-quality feel. Nissan’s research shows customers’ preference for easy-to-use core functions, so the X-Trail has simple, intuitive heating/air-conditioning controls, a...
    BorgWarner eyes big share of BEV thermal solutions market
    BorgWarner’s strategy — Charging forward 2027 In 2021, BorgWarner announced its Charging Forward 2027 strategy to aggressively grow its electrification product portfolio via numerous organic investments and acquisitions. As per its strategy, by 2025, the company aims to achieve 25% of total revenues from eProducts meant for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). As per its 2022 annual report, the company has spent 53% of total research and development (R&D) investment in eProduct related ...
    Interior Insight: Honda Civic Type R
    Inside the Honda Civic Type R's cabin, the design closely resembles the standard model but introduces distinctive features. These include a digital dial setup with mode-dependent changes and F1-style gear shift lights, along with Type R-specific elements, such as a teardrop metal gear knob, build number badge and +R drive mode button. Faux suede accents on the steering wheel, gear gater and all-red sport seats, complemented by red trim and ambient lighting, enhance the interior aesthetics. ...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye’s vision for software-defined vehicles
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Mobileye executives discuss the transformations in Software-Defined Vehicles (SDVs) and the impact on vehicle operations. We learn more about how data from automated driving systems underpins live graphics in vehicle visualization, creating advanced alerts for vehicle operators and adding a second layer of defense to collision avoidance applications. The challenges in SDV design are also discussed, with the company highlighting its work with original eq...
    Aehra's EV strategy: Shunning the kilowatt power race for user-focused, smooth journeys
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview with Franco Cimatti, chief engineering officer of Aehra, a Milan-based start-up, he discusses the company's clean-sheet approach to designing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). He also touches on Aehra's positioning, differentiation in the ultra-premium electric vehicle market, the transition from hybrids to full EV solutions, and their partnerships for carbon fiber and battery technology. The discussion delves into Aehra's vision for EV charging, bidirec...
    The dynamic transformation of automotive lighting
    This insight is an edited article by Sascha Klapper, Research & Analysis Manager, S&P Global Mobility, first published in Driving Vision News on Feb. 6, 2024. The automotive lighting industry has evolved from simple lamps to dynamic LED, miniLED, microLED, and even lasers. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have influenced lighting design, with illumination used for fronts, animations, logos and sensor concealment. The competition from mainland Chinese original equipment manufacturers, gro...
    Interior Insight: Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
    Designed specifically for the European market, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake represents the fifth new model to make its debut in the region. The interior has an upmarket vibe, blending soft-touch surfaces with durable switchgear, creating a compelling case in the premium estate car realm. The dashboard layout incorporates physical buttons for climate control, complementing the 10.25-inch touchscreen. Despite the absence of the rotary controller found in newer Genesis models, the G70 demon...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Elektrobit
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    How interior lighting is transforming the in-vehicle experience
    Until late 1990s interior lighting in vehicles mainly comprised map lamps, dome lamps and a few other auxiliary lamps. These lamps generally used when driving at night, helping drivers and other occupants get into car, sit properly and exit from the car safely once the commute is over. Such lights also helped drivers and passengers find something in their vehicles in the event of an emergency. In addition to these basic functional lamps, some premium vehicles also featured reading lamps for rear...
    Role of passive safety systems in ensuring occupant safety in vehicles
    According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest global status report on road traffic safety 2023, around 1.2 million people are killed and as many as 50 million people are injured every year in road traffic accidents worldwide. Occupants in four-wheel-drive vehicles represent the highest percentage of all fatalities, at 30%. This is followed by pedestrians (23%), two- and three-wheeler users (21%), and cyclists 6%. Occupants in commercial vehicles carrying more than 10 people a...
    Navigating the semiconductor shift
    This discussion delves into the nuanced dynamics of the automotive semiconductor sector for 2024, exploring growth projections, product categories driving expansion, and the delicate balance between supply, demand and pricing. From the ascendancy of electric powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to the intricate patterns of memory chip markets, it examines the complexities of the semiconductor landscape. It also encompasses the ramifications of inventory adjustments, the poten...
    Tracking the carbon footprint of electric vehicle batteries
    Those who think it is a case of job done in terms of action on climate change for the auto industry, in the wake of the industry’s rapid adoption of electric vehicles, need to think again. We were gently reminded of this when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its recently released yearbook, highlighted that although businesses, investors and governments are stepping up to take climate action in greater numbers than ever before, it is not enough. The applica...
    CES 2024—connected car and vehicle interface & experience review
    With over 600 mobility exhibitors, the 2024 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) stood up to its image as one of the world's largest and fastest growing global automotive, mobility and transportation events. Exhibits spanned an entire range of mobility solutions, with global unveils highlighting the future of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, software-defined vehicles and flying cars, plus the future of assistive mobility and safety systems. Let’s review some...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with DXC Technology
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Nvidia
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Forvia interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Understanding thermal interface materials
    The thermal management system of an electric vehicle consists of various components such as heat pumps, coolers, radiators, heat exchangers and hoses. However, less attention is given to the thermal interface material (TIM). This crucial component ensures the efficient functioning of the thermal management system by facilitating effective heat transfer.   What is TIM? TIM enables the transfer of heat from a heat-generating surface (heat source) to a heat sink. Generally, there ar...
    Shifting dynamics in the LFP market
    The global electric vehicle (EV) transition faces hurdles due to geopolitical turbulence and vulnerability in the critical raw-material supply chain, risking a slowdown in battery production expansion. Oscillating prices of essential battery metals are putting pressure on supplier and original equipment manufacturer profits, leading to increased component and vehicle prices. Complicating the EV transition is trade friction, evidenced by the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA’s) activities in ...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Red Hat
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Usage-based vehicle insurance—all PAYD up and raring to go!
    Usage-based insurance (UBI), also known as telematics insurance, is a type of automotive insurance that uses real-time information about a driver's actual driving ability and habits to assess actuarial risk. This information is collected via a tracking device, such as a professionally installed black box; an on-board diagnostic (OBD-II) device or dongle; a smartphone; or, increasingly, a car's factory-installed connected platform that connects the car to a local wireless network, enabling data t...
    CES 2024 Preview
    As we kick off the new year, S&P Global Mobility analysts are covering the anticipated trends to expect at CES 2024 in Las Vegas next week. Our team will be on the ground covering the event, with some daily shared content available via our platforms and channels. Additionally, meetings with the team are available if you’ll be at the show; we’d love to connect. Please reach out to your account representative or mobility@spglobal.com to make arrangements for a meeting.  Connected C...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Harman
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Major e-drive component-related developments in 2023
    As 2023 draws to a close, we look at the main developments and market/technology trends during the year that shaped the e-drive components (such as e-motors, inverters) and the e-drive system integration market. 1. The increased focus on silicon carbide (SiC) devices as a way to increase EV range and enable ultra-fast charging. An efficient inverter can increase the range and performance of an electric vehicle without significantly adding to the cost or weight of the vehicle. Owing to this...
    Speech or touch: how consumers prefer to interact with in-vehicle technology?
    Thanks to smart devices becoming integral part of our lives, it is difficult to imagine vehicle cockpits today without touchscreens. The popularity of touch as an input method has also benefited from the ever-increasing size of in-vehicle displays. There is hardly an automaker today that has shied away from offering touchscreens in the dashboard. Even German luxury brands, previously known for a central multifunction controller to control display content, have embraced touch-based controls. T...
    Audi focuses on digitization of lighting systems to support personalization
    Audi has been one of the pioneers in adopting newer lighting technologies that help in safer driving. The Germany-based premium carmaker wears several hats for debuting many lighting innovations in its vehicles, including for being the first carmaker to debut LED daytime running light (DRL), dynamic turn indicators light and full LED headlights. In addition to safety, Audi is using lighting as a design tool to reinforce its brand identity. The company offers its each new model with unique lig...
    Interior Insight: Honda ZR-V
    The Honda ZR-V, positioned between the HR-V and CR-V in the C-segment, introduces notable features in its interior design. The Honda ZR-V made its debut in the UK on July 4, with three variants on offer: Elegance, Sport, and Advance. The cabin is enveloped in soft-touch materials and features a wide upper dash panel. The infotainment system features a nine-inch touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while Advance grades add a head-up display. The wraparound low-set da...
    Thermal fluids: Demand evolution driven by regulation changes
    A lot has been said and written about vehicle thermal management systems and climate control systems. However, we often miss the component that plays a very critical role in the thermal management systems and climate control systems of vehicles — thermal fluids. Thermal fluids are heat-transfer fluids that help to move heat from one location to another, which in turn enables cooling or heating of various parts or components in a vehicle. There are three categories of thermal fluids, i.e., r...
    What makes supplying seats to automakers so complex?
    Automotive seats are becoming more complex as automakers intensify focus on improving safety, comfort, and wellbeing of drivers and other passengers inside their vehicle. A modern seat in a vehicle, depending upon its price positioning, can easily have more than 100 components. This number is set to rise further as seat manufacturers add more functions and features in seats for the next-generation connected, automated electric vehicles (EVs).   Most automakers have already outsourced ass...
    Interior insight: Nissan Juke
    The second and latest generation Nissan Juke retains the motorbike references from the original model, featuring a glossy finish on the center-tunnel top reminiscent of a fuel tank and a cowl above the dials. We take a closer look at the rest of the cabin. Inside story The cabin is predominantly clad in padded materials with metallic knurled knobs, providing a well-crafted feel. Bright color schemes are available for the seats, dash and door panels, offering a departure from the standard b...
    Automotive Supplier Outlook 2024
    The automotive industry grappled with a range of challenges this year, including ongoing supply chain disruptions, chip shortages, rising energy costs, inflation, recession fears, waning consumer demand, a shift towards software and electronics, labor shortages, strike action, and volatile order forecasts. It also faced several geopolitical concerns and challenges, including the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, which resulted in tariffs and trade barriers that disrupted global su...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2024
    As we approach the end of 2023, our “Talking Heads” series delves into conversations with the practice leads at AutoTechInsight. The aim is to explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their respective domains. The automotive industry faces challenges and opportunities shaped by the pandemic and technological advancements. Electrification is a key factor impacting new car prices, especially in Europe. A potential price war among EVs in mainland China is a concern. Afforda...
    Automotive ‘Hypervisor’ market landscape
    The development of automotive hypervisor solutions is being fuelled by an increase in the use of embedded virtualization at the device level to support different operating systems. To support Infotainment multimedia and connected services, as well as safety-critical instrument clusters for electric vehicles and sophisticated safety features with ADAS L0 and L1, primary use cases may be seen in the cockpit domain electronics. Vehicles in the Entry and Mid-Price classes, supported by Chinese OEMs,...
    Digital car keys — the key to user convenience
    The mobility industry is leveraging the cloud and various smart devices to provide a highly secure way of accessing the vehicle — one that features many more functionalities than merely locking or unlocking the doors. As mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) use cases now assume greater significance than ever before, flexible yet secure digital vehicle access systems are swiftly becoming the norm. Digital vehicle keys enable a significantly improved user experience owing to their ease of use, conven...
    What’s the fuss about What3Words?
    Founded in 2013, What3Words is a geocoding application that divides the world into a grid containing 57 trillion 3-meter by 3-meter squares and assigns each square a unique three-word address instead of alphanumeric coordinates. Each of the three words in a What3Words address corresponds to a specific square on the map, and the order of the words is important for accuracy. The words are randomly assigned to each square, but the system uses an algorithm to ensure that similar-sounding words ar...
    INTERVIEW: Steering tomorrow’s car
    The increasing demand for electric vehicles and the need for advanced steering technologies have driven the development of electric power steering (EPS) systems. To learn more, we spoke to executives from Titan, a UK-based specialist in developing steering systems for bespoke and lower-volume manufacturers, covering a range from manual and hydraulic solutions to next-gen electric and steer-by-wire (SBW) systems. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. S&P Global Mobi...
    FCEVs: Gearing up for a new phase in thermal management
    While battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are set to rule the light-vehicle scene, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are starting to carve a decent niche. While absolute volumes will be dwarfed in comparison with BEVs, S&P Global Mobility predicts substantial 33% annual growth in FCEV demand from 2023 to 2029. BEVs are favored for light vehicles due to strict emission regulations and fuel efficiency targets in major automotive markets, but they are not universal replacements for internal c...
    Sustainability taking center stage in OEMs’ vehicle interior trim strategy
    Over the years, quality and functionality of vehicle interiors have emerged as key considerations among new vehicle buyers globally. Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) see this as an opportunity to improve customers’ ownership experience and brand loyalty. This is driving adoption of better interior trim quality even in price-sensitive, volume-segment cars.      Automakers consider interior trim quality in their new vehicles from an early stage of develop...
    Interior Insight – Genesis GV80
    The Genesis GV80 is a large crossover offering seating options for five, six or seven passengers. Designed by Sangyup Lee, formerly of Bentley, it boasts a stylish exterior with a distinctive G-matrix front grill, split LED headlights and elegant curves. Inside story The interior exudes elegance with its rich finishes, including wood trim, metal accents, attention to detail and well-executed assembly. The dashboard's wide-spanning display maintains an upscale and uncluttered look. The spac...
    From matrix beam to micro-LEDs: How ADB headlights in cars are changing
    Inadequate illumination has been one of the key factors of road accidents when driving at night. Although a vehicle’s headlights feature high-beam and low-beam lights, drivers generally refrain from using the high-beam light, fearing this might glare drivers of other vehicles and other road users, causing accidents. For such drivers, adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights came as a big relief. The intelligent headlights automatically adjust their high-beam lights according to driving condition...
    INTERVIEW: Infineon Technologies on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/E) a...
    Climate versus charge: Unravelling the EV range mystery
    The thermal management of electric vehicle batteries is a crucial but often overlooked strategy that can optimize efficiency. Range anxiety remains a dominant theme in electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Much of the approach of the industry to date has been to simply increase battery capacity. There are obvious consequences for resources and cost. Another approach is to step up investment in charging infrastructure. Both methods are akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Less prominent a...
    Interior Insight: Kia Niro
    Kia’s second-generation Niro was launched in July 2022. We take a closer look at this eye-catching model. Available in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and pure electric vehicle (PEV) variants, the second-generation Niro comes in three model grades: 2, 3, and 4. It is assembled at the carmaker’s Kwaseong factory in Asan Bay, South Korea. Inside story At the center of the cabin sits an integrated curved twin-screen display with a touchscreen. Lik...
    New-age in-car navigation experiences—branded and personalized
    The future of automotive in-cabin experiences is being increasingly driven by digitization and user personalization. The industry has already seen how customized driver/passenger profiles enriched with insights from AI-driven analytics can pre-set functions such as temperature, seat and steering adjustment, audio volume, radio station choices, and even navigation recommendations. The current state of embedded in-car navigation For in-car navigational purposes, usually the default routing o...
    In-vehicle commerce and payment platforms—it pays to have one !
    The arrival of the software-defined vehicle, with its high compute power and robust cloud connectivity, is positively impacting many facets of the automotive industry, one of them being in-car commerce. Vehicles have begun to function as mobile wallets as automakers, traditional payment companies, digital infrastructure providers and technology companies come together to seize revenue streams arising out of the connected dashboard. The days of drivers digging out their wallets at a gas station o...
    INTERVIEW: Andersen EV redefines the home-charging experience
    Andersen EV is owned by David Martell, who founded Chargemaster in 2008 before selling it to BP 10 years later. He was an advisor on electric vehicle infrastructure to the UK government’s Transport Department from 1995 to 2000. We caught up with him to learn more about the UK home-charging market. Takeaways: Unlike many competitors in the market, the Andersen A2 focuses on design and aesthetic appeal. The charger integrates smart technology, offering features such as solar compatibili...
    INTERVIEW: How carbon-hybrid wheels are redefining automotive performance
    UK-based Dymag specializes in carbon-hybrid wheels, which feature a carbon-fiber rim combined with a metallic center made of high-strength-formed aluminum or magnesium. These wheels target the luxury-performance market and provide weight savings over traditional aluminum wheels. The company is working with its partner Hankuk Carbon to accelerate time-to-market. To learn more, we spoke to Tom de Lange, CEO of Dymag. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. General S&...
    INTERVIEW: Ambarella on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving (AD), connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/...
    While the industry talks about casting, the play is being rescripted and the staging changed
    Gigacasting is a hot topic in the automotive industry right now. We continually receive calls from clients on the subject, either concerned about how it’ll change their market prospects or warning of the perils of this ‘eggs-in-one-basket’ strategy. They’re right about the perils. It’s a long list. Massive castings can cost up to 10 times more than what they’re replacing. They may have distortion issues, may remove important repair capabilities. What’s more they require intensiv...
    Where is demand for fuel cell thermal components headed?
    According to the current market trends, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) seem to be the preferred technology for zero-emission light passenger vehicles. However, for commercial vehicles (light, medium and heavy) and large passenger vehicles such as buses, battery electric propulsion as a solution may not be an optimal choice due to the need of a large battery, increased driving range and reduced charging time. For such vehicle types, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) emerge as a viable choice ...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle electric/electronic (E/E) arch...
    From code to road: XiL testing's role in vehicle development
    Continuing our series of round tables, S&P Global Mobility held a discussion with three experts about XiL (X-in-the-Loop) testing and its role in the automotive industry, particularly for autonomous vehicles (AVs). XiL testing is driven by the need to integrate various systems in AVs, enabling communication and scalability. The panel discusses how setting up an effective XiL testing environment requires accurate virtual environments, correlated component models and good hardware connectiv...
    Interior Insight: Genesis G70
    The Genesis G70 has a plethora of infotainment and connectivity features. We take a closer look inside this luxury saloon. Genesis is a Hyundai Motor premium brand from South Korea, emerging as a challenger to established rivals like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. The G70 is a facelifted version of a car that has been on sale in the Far East and North America since 2017. In brief The G70 interior is cloaked with soft-touch materials, stitched details and aluminum inserts. The seats come ...
    Interior Insight: Honda Civic
    Honda says its eleventh-generation Civic stays true to the original concept of “a car for all people.” We take a closer look inside this popular family hatchback. In brief The Civic's interior features a clean design with high-quality materials, giving it a premium feel. It is available in three trims: Elegance, Sport and Advance. While lower-spec models have a half-analog display, top-spec versions offer a digital driver's display. All models come with a nine-inch touchscreen, wi...
    Interior Insight: MG HS
    MG, known for sports cars, is targeting mainstream success with the MG HS midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV). We take a closer look inside. In brief The HS interior is wrapped with soft-touch materials, contrasting colors and metallic accents. It features tactile elements like piano key buttons, turbine-design air vents and soft-touch door cards. Rear-seat passengers enjoy reclining seats, twin air vents, two USB ports, and a fold-out armrest with storage space and cup holders. In 2023, t...
    New exterior illumination is redefining vehicle design
    For years, automakers equipped vehicles with lighting systems to perform certain functions: Headlights for illuminating the road in front of the driver and taillights for making the vehicle noticeable for other road users, as well as for helping the driver to inform others about their driving intentions, such as braking, changing lanes, or reversing the vehicle. However, today, automakers offer newer exterior illumination solutions that do not perform any specific tasks except to enhance the ext...
    IAA Mobility 2023: Connectivity and UI/UX review
    The International Motor Show Germany, popularly known as the IAA or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in German, is one of the world’s most keenly observed and influential mobility events. Held from September 5 to 10 in Munich, the 2023 version of the show played host to about 750 exhibitors from 38 countries, showcasing more than 300 world premieres and innovations. Nearly half a million visitors and 3,700 journalists from 82 different countries attended IAA Mobility 2023. Analysts from...
    Tier 1 suppliers on electric and electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, espec...
    Application of surface-heating solutions in EV interiors to heat up
    Range is of utmost importance in battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and automakers are working continuously to improve this feature. However, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems used for cabin-comfort features put a huge strain on the range of BEVs. Unlike internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, BEVs do not have an engine to act as a heat source that can help warm the cabin during cold climatic conditions. To do so, BEVs need to use a direct resistive-heating device, su...
    INTERVIEW: Aptiv on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, including charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as fintech and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially the softwa...
    Shifting gears from Frankfurt to Munich and the race for electric dominance
    Previously known as the Frankfurt Motor Show, the IAA Mobility relocated to Munich in 2021, shifting the focus away from the traditional static motor show to giving practical demonstrations of new technology. While the ritualistic wall-to-wall “thumpin’-and-pumpin’” music inside the Messe Frankfurt every other September is but a distant memory, the sheer range of exciting new electric and autonomous vehicle concepts are still on display in different locations in Germany’s third-largest...
    How is in-cabin experience creating new areas of differentiation and value for vehicle manufacturers?
    As vehicle manufacturers search for ways of making electric vehicles more engaging, the in-cabin experience is becoming the new battleground. In a pair of exclusive interviews, we discuss how sound, real-time displays and haptics are being used to create new areas of value for vehicle manufacturers and how updates from the cloud could introduce new commercial opportunities through the lifetime of every vehicle. We talked with Meridian Audio Chief Executive John Buchanan and Epic Games director o...
    Electrification is driving demand of fixed panoramic sunroofs in vehicles
    The light-vehicle sunroof market has seen robust growth over the past five to eight years. Rising consumer aspiration to have this feature in their vehicles, especially in key markets of mainland China, Europe and North America, has been the biggest growth driver. The trend is expected to continue in the current era of electromobility. However, vehicle electrification is leading to a clear shift in the demand mix of sunroofs. Automakers are preferring to equip their EVs with fixed panoramic glas...
    Global demand for 700 bar hydrogen storage tanks to gain momentum after 2028
    Amid the race for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and combating climate change, research and development (R&D) on hydrogen-powered vehicles are gaining ground, especially around its applications in large commercial trucks and buses. Hydrogen is now increasingly seen as a more practical choice than large batteries for these vehicles. According to S&P Global Mobility, global demand for fuel-cell medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCVs) is projected to exceed 72,000 units by 203...
    Talking Heads: Reimagining production - Tesla's unboxed approach
    During Tesla’s Investor Day earlier this year, the carmaker explained its intention to increase the production of its next-generation electric vehicles and stationary battery storage in order to speed up the world's transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The driving force behind this is its Unboxed Process, a combination of refined manufacturing techniques and strategic process overhauls that will contribute to a substantial production cost reduction and facilitate the profitable build of t...
    Interior Insight – Kia Ceed
    The mid-life updated Ceed hatchback comes in four trim levels with various upholstery options, touchscreens and connectivity features. We take a closer look inside. In brief The Ceed, designed by Kia's European teams in Frankfurt, is produced in Slovakia alongside the Sportage and constitutes about a quarter of Kia's European sales. Built on the K2 platform, it is wider and lower than its predecessor, with improved rear space and cargo capacity. The interior features a modern design with a...
    Interior Insight: Ford Mustang Mach-E
    Once settled in the eight-way, power-adjustable, vegan leather-upholstered and heated driver seat of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, the focal point becomes a 15-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen. We take a closer look inside to see what else appeals. Inside story The minimalist dash means adjusting almost everything via the huge touchscreen. Other interior features include heated and powered driver and front passenger seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windscreen, a wi...
    Interior Insight: Hyundai Ioniq 5
    Eco-friendly materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns and natural wool, are some of the stand-out interior features of the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. Other notable features of the crossover utility vehicle (CUV) include a flat floor, housing the batteries, provides extra legroom and spaciousness. The long wheelbase enabled a 'Living Space' theme with the movable Universal Island center console, allowing more freedom of movement for all occupants. The front seats are po...
    Microoptics demand set to pick up in automotive lighting
    In 2015, BMW presented its 7 Series sedan with Welcome Light Carpet, a new lighting innovation that illuminated the ground on both sides of the car, guiding driver (and passengers) to the doors of the car. The Welcome Light Carpet, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Germany used microoptics lenses in a honeycomb array to create a stripped pattern of light. The tiny projectors were mounted under the body sill below the front door. Fi...
    Vehicles and ChatGPT — a perfect marriage?
    What is ChatGPT? ChatGPT is an AI-powered large language model (LLM) built on a sophisticated neural network developed by Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI. GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, a family of LLMs trained to create or summarize texts, answer questions, translate languages and even write programming code. The dialog format makes it possible for ChatGPT to reply to follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises and reject inappropriate requests. ...
    OEMs adopt new technologies to promote health and wellness inside cars
    Globally, automakers are increasingly offering features that enhance comfort of occupants in vehicles. These include seats with lumbar support and massage systems, as well as heated, ventilated, and climate-controlled seats. While providing comfort is among the key focus areas, many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are now offering solutions aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the driver and passengers. This insight offers a preview of some of the latest innovations in this rea...
    Electrification, emission norms to drive demand for heat pumps
    In battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), range is of utmost importance and automakers are working continuously to improve it. However, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems used for cabin comfort features put a huge strain on range of BEVs. Unlike internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, BEVs do not have an engine to act as heat source that can help warm the cabin during winter months. To warm the cabins in BEVs during winter months/cold climatic conditions, a direct resistive h...
    Interior Insight: Kia XCeed
    The face-lifted Kia XCeed features new LED headlamps, a revised grille and front bumper. We take a look inside to see what is new. Infotainment The XCeed is available in “2,” “3,” “GT-Line” and “GT-Line S” grades. A 10.25-inch touchscreen on the GT-Line, 3 and GT-Line S versions feature Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as standard. The entry-level 2features an 8-inch touchscreen including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A digital 12.3-inch instrum...
    INTERVIEW: ECARX on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially t...
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