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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    S&P Global Mobility forecasts 88.3M auto sales in 2024
    Global new light vehicle sales in 2024 will see a 2.8% increase year-over-year, according to a new forecast by S&P Global Mobility. The light vehicle output recovery continues to feed inventory restocking efforts across many regions, as supply chain and demand is further recovering, supported by lingering pent-up consumer demand. S&P Global Mobility remains wary on recovery prospects, however, with consumer demand challenged by elevated vehicle pricing alongside challenging credit and le...
    German industry proposes new development standard for safe automated driving
    The German automotive industry has developed a new methodology for verifying the safety of automated driving systems in urban environments, following a four-year joint project by 21 partners. The Verification and Validation Methods (VVM) project aims to provide a consistent approach for the industry, closing a methodological gap and securing Germany's pioneering role in international competition, according to a press release on Nov. 21. The project's scenario-based safety verification approac...
    Vishay opens new manufacturing facility to produce power inductors in Durango, Mexico
    Vishay Intertechnology has opened a new manufacturing facility in Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, it said in a press release dated September 7. Initially, the plant will mass-produce power inductors, including electronic components that store and manage energy for handheld devices, computers and automotive electronics. The company has equipment and production lines set up at Vishay La Laguna. It is currently conducting internal and international standards qualifications to allow for the manu...
    New EV motor said to cut need for rare-earth neodymium magnets – report
    A report by Nikkei Asia dated July 24 said Japanese metal-maker Proterial has developed a prototype motor for electric vehicles that uses magnets which do not contain the rare-earth metal neodymium. Neodymium magnets are the most common type currently employed in EV motors, but since the main source of the rare earth is China, stable procurement has been an issue. The new magnet is mainly composed of ferrite. Tests of the prototype have confirmed that the motor output necessary for EVs can ...
    CES 2023: APMA showcases "Project Arrow" Level 3 automated vehicle
    The Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) debuted its Project Arrow electric vehicle (EV) concept at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a report published by CBC News on January 5, 2023. Project Arrow is a high-tech concept car designed to demonstrate the Canadian auto industry's capacity to build EVs. It was created with the help of over fifty local suppliers. The only non-Canadian component on the Arrow is the vehicle'...
    WeRide starts demonstration operations of autonomous driving shuttles in Shenzhen
    WeRide, a company engaged in Level 4 autonomous driving has announced that it has recently obtained the permit for road tests of intelligent connected vehicles in Shenzhen and the permit for demonstration application of intelligent connected vehicles in Shenzhen, according to WeRide’s WeChat press release on 15 December 2022. WeRide will be able to carry out the first human demonstration operation of the micro-circulation shuttle of mass-produced autonomous driving mini-buses in Nanshan Dis...
    Nissan equips new X-Trail with Falken ZIEX ZE310A ECORUN tires
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries announced via press release on 22 August that it had begun supplying its high-performance FALKEN “ZIEX ZE310A ECORUN” tires for factory fitment on Nissan’s new X-Trail. According to the press release, the ZIEX ZE310A feature the following: Outstanding drive performance alongside refined ride comfort A tread pattern that ensures consistent contact pressure for lower rolling resistance A lightweight design for all-around environmental friendliness ...
    Toyota, KDDI strengthen partnership with new business and capital alliance
    Toyota and KDDI Corporation have entered into a new business and capital alliance to strengthen their long-term partnership, the two companies said in a joint press release on 30 October. As part of the new business alliance, Toyota and KDDI will work on new initiatives that go beyond the realm of their core businesses of mobility and telecommunication. The two partners will jointly conduct research and development (R&D) on telecommunication platforms that enable communications between peopl...
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