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    Soft landing for automotive semiconductor industry in 2024
    The automotive semiconductor market grew another 18% in 2023 based on revenue share analysis. A solid performance, but 6 points lower than the previous forecast. What happened? What does it mean for the 2024 outlook and beyond? 2023 was good, but not as good as expected The automotive semiconductor market experienced a more than 25% increase in revenue in both 2021 and 2022, demonstrating significant momentum. Subsequently, in 2023, the market continued its upward trajectory with an increa...
    Seeing the unseen: The power of 4D imaging radar
    Four-dimensional imaging radar is an emerging key technology for autonomous driving, providing real time and accurate insights into the surrounding environment. It complements other sensors such as cameras and is used in conjunction with these in the automotive industry. The 4D imaging radar uses multiple antenna arrays to gather extensive data and generate precise 3D models. It operates at frequencies such as 77 or 79 GHz, enabling split-second reaction times that are required for autonomous ve...
    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...
    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...
    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.
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 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...
    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...
    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: 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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Interview: Inova Semiconductors on the scope of ISELED technology
    Over the past few years, the Intelligent Smart Embedded LED (ISELED) Alliance has grown to over 50 members, with top suppliers such as Valeo, Antolin, Hella, Magna and Renesas, among many others. ISELED is based on smart LED modules, offering smart control and communication of each LED, as well as calibration of color and brightness during LED module production. ISELED technology can be used not just for automotive interior lighting but for external lighting, general transport, aerospace and ind...
    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...
    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...
    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/...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    ROUND TABLE: How AI is reshaping engineering in the automotive industry
    AI can address specific original equipment manufacturer challenges, enabling greater product development efficiency and faster time to market, which are crucial in the highly competitive automotive industry. Marking the first of our series of roundtable discussions with automotive industry specialists, we gathered three experts to learn more about the current and potential use of AI in the automotive industry, covering sales efficiency, potential job creation, regulatory aspects and its role in ...
    INTERVIEW: Lumotive on Light Control Metasurface chipsets for the automotive industry
    Lumotive's optical semiconductor solutions enable advanced sensing and perception capabilities in next-generation consumer, mobility and industrial automation products, such as mobile devices, autonomous vehicles and robots. On July 27, Lumotive announced that it has entered a commercial agreement with camera-module specialist Namuga, which will leverage Lumotive's Light Control Metasurface (LCM) chipsets to develop solid-state lidar module solutions for a range of 3D-sensing applications in aut...
    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...
    INTERVIEW: TriEye on the future of short-wave infrared sensing technology
    Sensing technology that uses short-wave infrared (SWIR) can do a better job than solid state and spinning lidar, and is 10 times cheaper and less complex, according to TriEye. To learn more, we spoke to Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of TriEye. TriEye, a semiconductor startup based in Israel, has launched its Spectrum Enhanced Detection and Ranging (SEDAR) platform. Backed by Intel, Samsung and Porsche, SEDAR uses SWIR technology to provide 2D imaging and 3D-depth sens...
    From spray to films: The art of automotive finishing
    Automotive paint films are made from paint that can be applied in layers without the need for heat; this offers environmental benefits and new aesthetic options compared with traditional automotive paint. They can be applied to various surfaces and provide sustainability benefits by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. To learn more, we caught up with Daniel Bencun, CEO, PPG Advanced Surface Technologies. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation: S&P Global M...
    INTERVIEW: Urbix on graphite and other promising anode technologies
    Graphite has been traditionally used in the automotive sector for brake linings and clutch materials. However, its significance has been increasing due to its crucial role in electric vehicle batteries. Graphite serves as the anode material in these batteries, and there are no viable alternatives. The rising popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles, along with grid storage systems, has triggered a surge in demand and generated new business for Urbix, a graphite processor, says it is helpin...
    INTERVIEW: Marelli on electric/electronic (E/E) 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...
    Interview: Lumileds on LED light and lighting supply chain
    Lumileds, one of the key suppliers of integrated LED solutions and modules for automotive applications, expects the adoption of LED-based lighting to grow in all lighting systems in a vehicle — such as headlights, taillights, ambient lighting and daytime running lights — in addition to many new applications, including grill and logo illumination. In an interview with S&P Global Mobility, Dirk Vanderhaeghen, senior director of global strategic marketing at Lumileds, shared his thoughts on...
    INTERVIEW: Over-the-air (OTA) updates and the automotive industry
    There has been mainstream market emergence of OTA updates in cars in recent years, primarily precipitated by recall and warranty costs and owing to the rapid development of autonomous cars. With the amount of software per car continuing to grow, the number of software-related recalls is also projected to grow significantly over the next decade, thus rendering OTA updates even more critical. To learn more about how the automotive OTA industry is placed currently and is poised to evolve going ...
    Interior Insight: Kia Sportage
    Launched in 2022, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage was designed and developed for the European market. Continuing our series of interior reviews, we take a closer look inside. What is the difference between the European Sportage and the version sold in other markets around the world? A spokesperson for the Korean carmaker said: “When deciding the scope of the design for the Sportage, it was decided that Europe, and indeed the UK, deserved an SUV honed for buyers’ specific tastes. This al...
    INTERVIEW: Charging trends and the 30-minute retail economy
    The current electric vehicle charging infrastructure offering is diverse in terms of product quality, user experience and payment systems. Sometimes chargers are out of service. Sometimes the payment system is down. Given that the EV charging network is still in its infancy, there is plenty of room for improvement. To learn more about tomorrow’s charging infrastructure, trends in the public transport charging space and the 30-minute retail economy, we spoke to Bill Loewenthal, chief product of...
    INTERVIEW: Spotlight on Manganese
    The role of manganese in the battery-material conversation is frequently disregarded, given that it is used in smaller amounts compared with other metals in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its primary function is as a stabilizer in the cathode. However, there is growing OEM and investor interest in manganese. Tesla and Volkswagen have expressed interest in shifting their Li-ion battery designs away from cobalt and nickel and toward manganese. Mainland China dominates the manganese market, accoun...
    INTERVIEW: Continental on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    Original equipment manufacturers are expected to shift to a centralized architecture in an evolutionary manner and in most cases, follow similar steps with only a few variations. According to recent research by S&P Global Mobility, the proportion of vehicles equipped with zonal architecture is anticipated to increase from 2% in 2022 to 38% in 2034, indicating a significant growth in market share over this period. Continuing our series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers about this hot topic,...
    INTERVIEW: Veoneer on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The vehicle architecture is changing from a large distribution of small ECUs with small amounts of processing, memory and control code to a centralized system with fewer, more powerful hardware blocks (domain controllers, center computers) and centralized software code. This supports the software-defined vehicle and manages the increasing traffic caused mainly by sensors for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). To learn more and continue our series of interviews with tier-1 suppliers on t...
    INTERVIEW: Aehra on the opportunities and challenges for a battery-electric vehicle startup
    The switch to electrification means there is an opportunity for startup automakers unburdened by legacy costs and investments to change the way cars are designed and built. “We assessed the waters with a few SPACs and found the level of redemptions, mixed with the cost overburden of being public too soon was entirely counterproductive.” “We see electric mobility as an opportunity, a brand leveller. Where perceptions of certain brands and products may have lagged reality in the past, u...
    INTERVIEW: Vitesco Technologies 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 like 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 the ...
    Interview: Harman on audio and sound technologies
    Audio systems are no longer viewed in a static, “ship it and forget it” way. They can be a continuously updated platform and used to extend the relationship between the consumer and original equipment manufacturer. Immersive audio experiences such as seat-based or headrest-based speakers becoming mainstream applications remains a holy grail pursuit in the automotive audio space. Shared mobility is another driver for development. Providing multiple users their own unique audio experience, w...
    Charging ahead: McLaren Applied on the next ‘wave’ of electrification
    UK-based McLaren Applied is a specialist in vehicle electrification, particularly inverters. It recently struck a deal with STMicroelectronics for the supply of silicon carbide power modules for its 800V inverter. Inverter technology is rapidly adopting silicon carbide semiconductors, and McLaren has turned to the Geneva-based company in the absence of a local supply chain. To learn more about the inverters market and the migration from distributed ECU E/E architecture to a centralized zona...
    INTERVIEW: Can driving simulators reflect reality?
    Driving simulators have always attempted to connect real people with imaginary vehicles. The fundamental principle is not new; however, the technology used to make this happen is a moving target. Since the 1990s, driving simulators have taken on many forms — from small-scale gaming/ entertainment systems to the large-scale systems used by vehicle manufacturers for their product research and development (R&D) activities. The variation in driving simulator designs has mos...
    INTERVIEW: Continental on the HUD market
    Once the domain of jet fighter aircraft, heads-up displays (HUDs) are becoming popular in cars. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is under consideration to prioritize situational and contextual content in augmented reality (AR) HUDs. Regulations could control display content thereby limiting the use cases for AR HUDs. Although HUDs first went into production back in 1988 with GM, the technology had been very slow in gaining traction in the last couple of decades. However, in the l...
    INTERVIEW: Role of leather in sustainable interior design
    Given that passenger wellbeing is high on the agenda, consumers are prioritizing in-vehicle relaxation and seeking comforting tactile and visual cues that can enhance that feeling. Customization is another big trend. OEMs are expanding their luxury offerings to enable customers to express their personalities and lifestyles more visibly. Interior design is also trending toward more digitalized surface qualities, e.g., integrated touch controls, design effects and lighting. The desire to embra...
    INTERVIEW: Sustainable alternatives for in-cabin materials
    Automotive interior design study initially focuses on the use of sustainable materials for “A” surface applications and discovers that there is wider-reaching potential.  Design and engineering consultancy Callum’s recipe for a sustainable car interior includes coffee, lentils, eggshells, rice, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and walnut shells that have the potential to meet car interior production feasibility by 2030.  Like the design of electric vehicles (EVs), con...
    Interview with Harman: Tomorrow’s Driver Monitoring Systems
    OEM interest in driver monitoring systems (DMS) is regulatory driven, currently based on drowsiness distraction and Child Presence Detection (CPD). Consumers want safety and wellbeing experiences in their car, seeking for it to become part of their digital-health ecosystem. Supporting subscriptions is part of Harman’s envisaged business model. The idea of a car watching the driver is not new. Systems that scrutinize the driver’s gaze for signs of drowsiness have been around for year...
    INTERVIEW: Improving brake feel in the electric era
    One of the fundamental differences with EVs, compared with ICE vehicles, is the complex hybrid braking system. The integration of the traditional mechanical brake and the electric regenerative system is incredibly challenging. Ensuring the brake system feels consistent to what consumers have already become accustomed to could become a key purchasing decision. Traditionally, ‘brake feel’ has only been evaluated using subjective opinions but AB Dynamics has developed a means to add crucial obj...
    INTERVIEW: "We are very optimistic about the future," says Glyn Jones, country manager and president of Gestamp India
    Gestamp has been present in the Indian market for over 15 years, operating three manufacturing facilities and a technical center. The Spain-based company showcased several innovative solutions at the Auto Expo 2023. In a conversation with S&P Global’s Om Sharma on the sidelines of the auto show Glyn Jones, country manager and president of Gestamp India, shared his views on the demand scenario for its solutions in the India automotive market. Edited excerpts: Gestamp presence in India ...
    NOVELIC: “ADAS is expected to have high growth rates even in times of crises”
    NOVELIC is a leading self-sustaining provider of mm Wave radar sensors, perception solutions, and full stack embedded systems. It has a large portfolio of mm Wave radar sensors and IPs and develops custom products for automotive, autonomous driving, robotics, Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. At the Auto Expo, S&P Global’s Sr Analyst Rohan Hazarika spoke with Jure Galic, Business Development and Marketing Executive at NOVELIC, about the partnership with Sona Comstar. Edit...
    Talking Heads: CASE on the road to nowhere?
    The CASE megatrends – connected, autonomous, shared and electric – in case you’ve not been paying attention, have been the hot topics of the automotive industry in the past decade. They’ve even given rise to talk of the industry in the whole as the mobility industry rather than the more prosaic automotive industry. But is the CASE narrative running into trouble? Hot on the heels of the news that Ford and VW were exiting their Argo AI autonomous driving technology venture came news out...
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and advancements in machine vision technologies. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are becoming common in high-end cars owing to less cost constraints, however, these features are still finding their ...
    EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
    One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product lineup or develop complete new electric vehicles from the ground up. The clock is ticking at a rapid pace for traditional gas guzzlers, and it will not be long before fossil fuels are buried away by ...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to this change. Rather there have been several significant changes in braking systems in the past decade, where they are not just mechanical components anymore, but married to electronic components to ...
    ZF/Brakes India: Tapping into India’s EPB market
    Parking brakes are not the most “intriguing” component for creative innovations. However, automakers and suppliers have been relatively active throughout the years trying to push for new solutions in this field, according to Paolo Martino, chassis principal analyst at IHS Markit. Parking brakes have evolved from the simple cable-puller type manual brake with a hand lever or a foot pedal, to electric cable puller type that uses an electric switch along with a cable puller unit and a ball-in-r...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Thermal Insights
    The 2017 IAA was paramount for the automobile industry which has been besieged by increasing regulatory pressure to prove their commitment towards reducing vehicular emissions and environmental footprint. The showcased products at the show catered to IC engines, e-mobility and alternative fuel cell technology. Most industry leaders, while agreeing about electrification being the future, believed that the internal combustion engine still had a very important role to play until the transition was ...
    Interview: Jeff Nedwick, Infor
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by talking about how Infor works with automotive suppliers? Jeff Nedwick: That’s our sweet-spot, that’s our target market. We work with some OEMs, Ferrari for example, but [companies like that] are not our core. Most of our customers are tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers. What do you do for those customers? Our latest product is called CloudSuite Automotive. It’s an integrated suite of products specificall...
    Interview: Wil James, Toyota
    The interview took place in January 2017. Julian Buckley: What is your history with Toyota and at TMMK? Wil James: I joined Toyota in 1987, so I’m just going into my 30th year. My background is in mechanical engineering and so I started on the engineering side, but I was able to convince the company to give me a chance as a first-line supervisor. I went on to get supervisory experience in the environmental area, then production control. I moved into manufacturing in 2000, took on the rol...
    Interview: Jim Bovenzi, General Motors
    This interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by getting an outline of your responsibilities? Jim Bovenzi: This is a group we put together about two years ago, we call it Demand and Supply. It's the bridge between the sales and marketing organization and the supply community. I report to Steve Kiefer, senior VP of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain and to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.  Jim Bovenzi, GM (Source: General Motors) Th...
    Interview: Hau Thai-Tang, Ford
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: What are the sourcing differences between volume production and the new GT? Hau Thai-Tang: The GT is actually a unique business model. We've partnered with Multimatic [Motorsports] and they're building the vehicles on our behalf. They've put in all the investment to build a low-volume assembly plant and they took the lead on a lot of the sourcing. We've worked in conjunction with them, but many of the contracts are between M...
    Interview with Hiroshi Kato, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey
    What changes were needed to accommodate the new C-HR at the Sakarya plant? HK: There were a huge amount of changes. As you may know, C-HR is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), however we had to combine the current-platform Corolla with C-HR production. We cannot have a dedicated line to support assembly of the new car, so we had to set up mixed production. We have optimized the equipment, the data control, while also modernizing chassis, final and inspection areas. Hir...
    Interview with Tarcisio Telles, Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast
    Can you give a brief explanation of the relationship between Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast? In June 2015, the owner of Plasticos Mueller, Ricardo Jacob, bought a second plastics company, Tecnoplast. It was a difficult decision, as Brazil was still in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in its history. I was brought in as CEO to help consolidate operations and improve overall performance, using my previous manufacturing expertise. Looking at automotive products, how many OEMs are y...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the company’s chief marketing officer, Ivan Hu, spoke about the changing trends and future prospects of LED market globally. LED has been the fastest growing segment in automotive lighting. How do you s...
    Infiniti VC-T engine - Interview with Alan Raposo, Renault Nissan and Shinichi Kiga, Nissan
    In a roundtable interview, Julian Buckley and other journalists spoke with Renault Nissan’s Alan Raposo, Alliance Global VP, Powertrain and EV Engineering, and Nissan’s Shinichi Kiga, Chief Powertrain Engineer, Gasoline engine project group, about development of the VC-T technology and real-world performance. It has been reported that the VC-T technology has been in development for about 20 years. What is it about the tech that has taken so long to bring it to this point? Alan Raposo...
    Interview with Pam Fletcher, General Motors
    Unlike a lot of electric vehicles, the Ampera-e looks like a standard car. Was the design intended to broaden the appeal of the car? We talked to our customers and did a lot of research. That didn’t start with this car, it goes back to the first-generation Volt.  Our customers were saying they like the way that car looks and that was voiced even more strongly as we went into the second-generation Volt. Customers said they wanted a great car and a great-looking car, so we delivered a se...
    Interview with Paul Williams, Ssangyong Motor UK
    This is the LIV-2, a concept vehicle. Does this represent an all-new model for Ssangyong? PW: Yes, it is. From the ground up, it’s a new model. It’s a concept, but it’s very, very close to the next Y400 Rexton SUV. Let’s start with the platform. Is it modular, in that you can take the various sections and resize them for vehicles of different sizes, segments? It is a new platform, but it has been derived from the current Rexton. That means it’s a body-on-chassis format, quite ...
    Interview with Phil Haydon and David McDonald, Honda
    Is it accurate to say that 40% of output from HUM (Honda UK Manufacturing, Swindon) is now going to North America? Phil Hadon (PH): It will be. When it reaches maximum volume it will be 40%. How has homologation been managed by the suppliers for the new market, looking at such elements as glass, bumpers, lighting? There are some differences from the US-spec to Euro-spec. From the B-pillar forward it’s pretty much common. There are some differences within that, such as the side-turn in...
    Interview with Levant Power: Regenerative damping in EVs
    “EV buyers are looking for the latest technology,” David Hsu, Director Product Management at Levant Power Corporation told IHS SupplierInsight explaining the increasing role of software/controls in improving the driver experience in electrified vehicles (EVs) and the company’s efforts in developing products that meet those demands. The US-based company has developed GenShock, a “smart” suspension energy recovery technology, for semi-active control and on-board electrical genera...
    Interview with Aeristech: Steady state boost with esuperchargers
    With targets for CO2 reduction becoming ubiquitous in inboxes of OEM product managers around the globe, engine downsizing and a resultant requirement for induction boosting using turbochargers is on the rise. Turbocharged engines, however, offer transient gains, and are saddled with complications arising out of factors such as cost, complexity, thermal management and catalyst performance. Electric charge devices have demonstrated they can iron out a number of these issues by providing trans...
    Interview: Judith Richardson, Vice-president Purchasing, Nissan Europe
    Nissan Europe has enjoyed considerable success over recent years. Most recently, demand for the Qashqai crossover has prompted the OEM to spend GBP22 million to expand production across both assembly lines at the Sunderland, UK plant. This will see the SUV manufactured alongside the new Infiniti Q30 hatchback, launched into production in 2015 after a total GBP250 million investment. Looking forward, GBP100 million is supporting development and preparations for production of the second-generation...
    Interview: Amit Jain, Visteon India country lead
    Can you talk about Visteon’s focus areas today? We want to be known as the cockpit electronics user-experience company – delivering a rich, connected cockpit experience. We focus on six product lines: Instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUD), information displays, infotainment, telematics and audio. Today, automakers are still offering these separately; eventually we intend to integrate the functions of these products on a single integrated device, thus offering seamless integrati...
    Interview: Maurice Sessel, President of North America, IAC
    Lately, there has been spate of consolidations (divestments, mergers and acquisitions) in the automotive interior space. What are the key reasons why suppliers are divesting their interior assets?   The interiors segment historically has the lowest profit margins compared to the other vehicle segments (powertrain, chassis, electronics, etc.).  Companies who traditionally carried interiors divisions (Lear, JCI, Magna) no longer saw a strategic reason to continue holding on to ...
    Interview: Jim Harkins Director of the Electric Hybrid Vehicle Group, Engineering Division, at Denso International America
    Can we start by talking about the involvement of Denso in the North American market, what parts are being delivered and current customers? That’s still fairly limited, our predominance has been in the Japanese market, we’ve been involved with Toyota since the original Prius. But that’s expanding, we have production business with Nissan and we have a couple of programs with North American OEMs that we will launch in the future. Is that delivering systems developed from the ground up...
    Interview: Denise Gray, CEO and president of LG Chem Power
    Can you give some background on LG Chem? As you may know, LG Chem is based in Seoul, South Korea. The company has very strong ties with GM, Ford and Chrysler through the USBC – the United States Battery Consortium. The big business propositions are battery cells and related technologies. We have been focused on battery technology for over a decade, since the mid-2000s, when we started doing R&D on that and related cell technologies. I only started with LG Chem Power in September 20...
    Interview: Frank Lubischer Senior vice-president, Global Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Nexteer
    Can we start by getting some background history on Nexteer? What is now Nexteer first introduced electric power steering (EPS) in 1999. That was the first product. At that time we were part of Delphi. In 2010 we were bought by Pacific Century Motors (PCM), based in E-Town, Beijing. Since 2013 we have been publically listed on the Hong Kong Stock Index, 33% public and the remainder owned by PCM. It’s been a bumpy ride. Yes, it has. Like most companies the downturn affected us badly,...
    “The pursuit of [a] vertical integration strategy has helped IAC reduce its dependency on sub-suppliers.”
    SupplierBusiness spoke with, Marcus Nyman, Senior Vice President Commercial for IAC in Europe who is responsible for IAC’s business with Volvo Cars: Nyman oversees the activities of the global CBUs (Customer Business Units) for IAC’s European vehicle company customers, covering Business Development & Management, as well as Programme Management. He also works in close partnership with the other regional IAC commercial leaders to ensure the delivery of seamless services and solutions to IA...
    “Looking at the cost of a vehicle today in the industry, about two-thirds of the added value comes from suppliers.”
    Can you outline the purchasing strategy at Mercedes-Benz? Customers buy a Mercedes-Benz because of the superior innovation and quality experience. This is why our first priorities are to deliver those innovations together with our colleagues from Research & Development, and to ensure top quality across our supplier network. We are also looking at efficiency in the value chain and this comes together with a partnership approach with our suppliers. We routinely ask suppliers for suggestion...
    “We are not looking for the cheapest suppliers, we’re looking at which supplier we have and which is producing the parts we need. ”
    Alpina is only importing about 40 units of the new XD3 SUV into the UK (based on the BMW X3). Why so few, for a market that likes diesels, premium badges and SUVs? The X3 is produced in the United States, in Spartanburg, and the plant is not as flexible as the BMW plants here in Bavaria. It’s not so easy to set up production cooperation with the Americans. [In Germany] the plants have flexible production processes that allow the incorporation of different vehicle types, but it’s not the ...
    “In the case of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, this model is now being produced in Germany, the United States, China and South Africa. To bid for a contract like this, you have to show you can produce in each of these areas.”
    Can you outline the Boysen product range? We are an exhaust systems specialist, this means we develop and produce complete exhaust systems which we then deliver to our customers in the automotive industry via just-in-sequence production and logistics. Therefore our product range includes the complete spectrum of exhaust system components like catalytic converters and all other integral exhaust components, such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) componen...
    “The annual value of the UK component supply contracts for the Discovery Sport and Jaguar XE together is expected to be over £1bn. These have 50-55% UK content.”
    How has JLR and its purchasing policy and organisation changed in the last couple of years? David Allen (DA): I think we have to see everything in terms of the changes which our product launches since then have brought about, as well as the major investments in our facilities. In 2013, we were still in the process of finalising several new products, some of which have since been launched. At that time, supply contracts were still in the negotiation phase, especially in terms of volumes and t...
    Klaus Ziegler, executive vice president of Purchasing, SEAT
    How does Purchasing at SEAT tie in with operations at Wolfsburg and the VW Group? We are part of the metrics organization between the brands and the Group. There are a lot of localized and decentralized decisions made in the regions by the brands. This is balanced by centralized activities in Wolfsburg. In this market we make sure that between the single commodities, the parts business, between the Group and brands, there is a very good network. I think it’s a very transparent process....
    Low-cost sourcing strategies and vehicle connectivity take centre stage at Madrid conference
    Julian Buckley, Senior Editor, Global Component Forecasting, IHS SupplierBusiness Automotive The internationalization and globalization of automotive suppliers remain fundamental to the survival and future success of these companies, according to Rafael Martinez Tomas, head of communications and government affairs at Grupo Antolin. Speaking at the 16th European Automotive Congress (EAC), in Madrid, Spain, Tomas noted that tier companies with a global reach could offer more of what OEM (ori...
    “There are a few instances where the supplier has a virtual monopoly. To some extent, that supplier can actually command the price they want.”
    Stephan Presser, vehicle engineering manager for the new Focus You mentioned that three areas of the car have undergone significant redevelopment, the steering, the stability control system and the NVH characteristics. Were these developed in-house or by suppliers? Suppliers play a major role in developing products for us, to the extent that we have permanent people on site. They could be an interiors supplier, or the supplier that develops the mirrors for us, but it’s only by coincide...
    “I think as industry volume continues to increase in Mexico, across automotive and all other industries, there is some capacity risk in border flow.”
    Have the suppliers delivering to GM had any problems delivering parts for the recalled models? Our suppliers have done an outstanding job in expeditiously supplying the dealers in support of the recalls with continued support in meeting our current production requirements. We’ve worked very closely with our Customer Care and Aftersales organization (CCA), and with our suppliers to satisfy all recall requirements. I have two dedicated people that liaise with my team to identify risk and pot...
    Interview: Bruce G. Warmbold, CEO Americas, Schaeffler Group USA
    How has Schaeffler managed the rapid increase in output volumes needed to support market growth in North America following the downturn? When the downturn happened in 2009 we had to make some adjustments in manufacturing, but we didn’t reduce any investment in R&D. That allowed us to develop products for the market, knowing that CAFE standards were just around the corner and eventually the industry would recover. As a result, we’ve not only achieved improvements in volume, but from 2...
    Continental seeks targeted position in Indian market with new range
    Continental in India is set on the path of expansion for its tire business by leveraging the acquisition of Modi Tyres Company Limited that was completed in 2011. The company’s intentions are evident from its recent initiatives in the Indian market for passenger car and commercial vehicle (CV) tires. Continental began manufacturing radial tires for CVs in the country in early 2014 and entered the Indian passenger car tire market in November 2014, with the launch of two new locally-manufactured...
    “What we’re seeing now, as we work more with One Ford globally and get into more global markets, is a need for us to have a local supply base.”
    Do you use the tendering system to set part prices at Ford, or do you have an internal modelling system that’s used to set prices? For the majority of parts we buy, we have our own cost estimating process within the organization. We generally have an expectation of what the part should cost, with some degree of specificity. So we’ll often do market tests and get quotes from multiple suppliers to confirm our internal expectations. Does Ford dictate pricing to those companies within th...
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds for manual transmission going forward. February – Continental retunes its powertrain strategy Continental splits its Strategy and Technology department two separate entities, in a bid to foc...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues           Click the link above to download this month's issue  
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this seat technology since we last spoke? We have continued to work on this seating technology and refining our innovations in the area of weight saving, comfort, safety and design. We are working to ...
    “If the driver is not looking at the road, we can draw his attention back by alerting him via the other displays in the cockpit.”
    Delphi has a long history in the clusters and displays business. Could you describe Delphi’s current involvement in automotive clusters and displays? We have been involved in displays and clusters since 1928 when AC (one of the companies that eventually came together to form Delphi) invented the first electrical speedometer. We have always been a technology leader, for example introducing the first liquid crystal display in 1984 for the Chevrolet Corvette, and the first Head-Up Display (HU...
    “As a content provider, the OEMs each have their unique way of doing integration. This means we’re more of a neutral third-party broker who brings content into the car.”
    Can you offer some background covering the relationship between Aha and Honda? Honda was our first OEM customer. I think they came on board in 2009 or ’10 and I started working on this in 2011. I think we’ve 10 OEM customers now. Honda was the first to agree to use the system at a time when we were a start-up, so before we became part of HARMAN. Can you explain what comprises the Aha system? HARMAN has a cloud services group and we call the whole thing Aha, but within that there ...
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