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    Rising interest in active dampers despite challenges in achieving precision
    Evolution of active damping systems: The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes driven by safety regulations, emissions standards and consumer demands for comfort. Key trends include a shift to electric mobility, integrated safety features and autonomous driving. This evolution is reshaping the role of active damping systems, which are transitioning from stand-alone to fully integrated and networked systems. As vehicles become more automated, the discomfort and motion sickne...
    How will mainland China’s graphite export curbs impact battery demand
    In an ever-evolving trade war between two of the world’s largest economies, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on Oct. 20, 2023, that it would deploy a temporary export control measure on graphite, a critical raw material used in manufacturing batteries. The measure was later implemented as a state policy on Dec. 1, 2023. Mainland China’s implementation of the graphite export control policy came about four months after it had announced restrictions on exports of germanium and galliu...
    INTERVIEW: Targeting intoxication before ignition: Magna unveils impaired driving prevention technology
    At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024, Magna introduced a breath- and camera-based predevelopment technology designed to prevent impaired driving. The solution represents a significant milestone in the evolution of driver and occupant monitoring systems. The new safety technology determines if drivers are "fit to drive" in a fast, reliable, and affordable way. The integrated solution combines key elements of the interior-sensing system, which utilizes camera technology to detect driver dist...
    INTERVIEW: Being asset light is a huge advantage for us, but also a challenge to scaling: StoreDot
    StoreDot is at the forefront of developing a next-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery that is expected to enable extreme fast charging. The Israel-headquartered startup is developing silicon-based Li-ion batteries that replace graphite from the anode. The company has partnered with some of the leading electric vehicle manufacturers and is already testing its cells with them. StoreDot is on the verge of demonstrating its technology in a production-bound EV model and is expecting commercializa...
    Greater China races ahead in adoption of unbranded high-tech acoustics system
    In the last decade, the automotive industry has seen most of the features inside the cabin taking huge technological leaps, including the audio systems, primarily led by greater connectivity. While demand for in-car entertainment has been as old as the industry, a high-quality sound system is now a prerequisite for car buyers as they are intensely focused on a superior entertainment experience. The modern acoustic system has been gaining prominence, thanks to the advancement of infotainment syst...
    Aptiv’s capital withdrawal puts Motional's robo-taxi ambitions at risk
    Aptiv has announced the discontinuation of capital support for the commercialization of Motional's robo-taxi service set for 2024. Aptiv, involved in a $4 billion joint venture with Hyundai to establish Motional, made the announcement during its fourth-quarter earnings call, highlighting challenges related to the high costs involved, particularly in hardware development, hindering widespread adoption in the on-demand mobility market. Aptiv's Chairman and CEO, Kevin Clark, stated during the ca...
    Aluminum insight tracker: Navigating over 75 components in automotive evolution
    The increasing integration of aluminum in the automotive industry is underpinned by its multifaceted contributions to various critical components. The propulsion systems benefit from aluminum's ability to reduce weight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency in both internal combustion engines and electric vehicles. Additionally, aluminum's formability and strength-to-weight ratio make it an ideal material for lightweight and durable battery casings in energy storage devices. In body structures, alum...
    Connected car technologies: Startups making waves
    The technological advancement of vehicle connectivity in the automotive industry paved the way for a deluge of features, technologies and user-friendly tools inside the vehicle. And the sustained innovation using the internet of things, faster cellular networks and increasing software made connectivity a major trend. This massive boom in connected car technologies is powering the entire ecosystems comprising original Equipment manufacturers (OEMs) suppliers and consumers greatly.  Every ...
    CES 2024: Autonomy technology industry highlights
    CES 2024 focuses on fulfilling past promises in the automotive industry regarding electric vehicles, autonomous capabilities and software-defined vehicles. This year emphasizes a pragmatic approach, showcasing tangible advancements and the maturation of key enablers, rather than introducing a multitude of new promises. The customary display of autonomous vehicles and advancements in automated-driving technology declined this year, indicating a shift toward a more grounded exhibition of substa...
    CES 2024: Review of automotive interior technologies
    The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is an annual exhibition which features a vast spectrum of technologies targeting various industries, including automotive. Held in Las Vegas from Jan. 9 – 12, 4000 exhibitors, of which more than 1000 were startups, participated in the 58th edition of the show. The growth of software-developed vehicle strategies has led to the creation of various interesting in-vehicle technological concepts. The article looks at the several interior products and soluti...
    CES 2024: E/E and semiconductor technology industry highlights
    The high-performance semiconductor platforms showcased at CES 2024 underscore the pivotal role of advanced computing in driving the integration of AI capabilities into the next generation of vehicles. This emphasis on cutting-edge computing lays the foundation for transformative advancements in the automotive landscape. In the short term, the impact and volume of these innovations are expected to center around incremental advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) capabilities. The technical a...
    INTERVIEW: Manufacturing solid-state batteries cost-effectively is the biggest challenge, says Sakuu’s Arwed Niestroj
    Solid-state batteries (SSB) have long been projected as the next big thing in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries that can address most of the technological limitations associated with Li-ion batteries. Many believe that SSBs can change the electric vehicle landscape completely by making EVs a lot more practical and safer. However, the road to mass production of SSBs is still long with several challenges that need to be ironed out. Srikant Jayanthan of S&P Global Mobility spoke with Arwed Niestro...
    Will new FEOC guidelines narrow the funnel for Chinese companies to qualify for IRA tax credits?
    A little over 15 months after the US President Joe Biden signed the US Inflation Reduction Act (US IRA) into law, the government has released guidance on the foreign entity of concern (FEOC), further raising the eligibility criteria for electric vehicles to qualify for a total tax credit of $7,500. On Dec. 1, 2023, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published guidance on compliance with the prohibitions around FEOC in relation to the IRA’s Section 30D Clean Ve...
    Automotive lighting: 2023 in review
    Over the course of 2023, the automotive lighting industry saw many exciting innovations on both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. The growth of autonomous driving, the emphasis on safety systems, as well as the push for the use of sustainable materials and processes led to companies announcing various new projects in 2023. Sustainability In January 2023, Hella unveiled the Nalyses research project to develop climate-friendly automotive headlamps. The German government funded three-...
    Powering the future: The shift from centralized to decentralized automotive power distribution
    The landscape of automotive engineering is currently witnessing a profound transformation in electronic and electrical (E/E) architectures. This evolution is currently traversing through various stages, which range from today’s distributed set of electronic control units (ECUs) to centralized domains and is now embracing the concept of zonal architectures. The surge in vehicle data generation, fueled by the integration of cutting-edge technologies has been a primary catalyst for this shift. As...
    Battery swapping: On a comeback trail?
    Over the years, the opinions on the feasibility of battery swapping technology have ranged from one extreme to the other with some stakeholders being optimistic about its future, and others believing it to be too niche and complicated to be a mass-market solution. The technology has come under spotlight again with Stellantis and Ample announcing a partnership in December 2023 for battery swapping solution. The two companies signed a binding agreement to establish a partnership under which Amp...
    Overcoming range anxiety: Consumers weigh in on acceptable EV charging time and range
    One of the two biggest impediments to a faster uptake of electric vehicles is the concern about charging times. Depending on the type of charger and the charging rate capacity of the EV, charging times can vary from fewer than 30 minutes to several hours. To ascertain what charging times are acceptable to a consumer, S&P Global Mobility conducted a consumer analysis survey in 2023. The methodology followed was the target split of 30/70 for EV/hybrid vehicle owners and non-owners that were...
    Cybertruck's launch marks a turning point for steer-by-wire technology
    The introduction of steer-by-wire (SbW) technology in the Tesla Cybertruck marks a pivotal moment in automotive innovation, propelling the industry into uncharted territory. While this cutting-edge system has been in the works for a decade, its manifestation in the Cybertruck is a bold departure from traditional mechanical steering systems, creating a ripple effect in the automotive landscape. The Cybertruck's SbW technology not only eliminates the direct mechanical linkage between the steeri...
    Nippon Steel's strategic overture in the US with the US Steel acquisition
    In the dynamic realm of the global steel industry, the impending acquisition of the United States Steel Corp. (US Steel) by Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. (NSC) has set in motion a captivating narrative of strategic intricacies, financial dynamics and the nuanced navigation of domestic ownership considerations. This tale unfolds against the backdrop of a steel industry undergoing transformative shifts, reflecting the broader evolution within the global automobile sector. The tale begins in August, w...
    Panoramic HUD: The next big shift in car display
    After decades of slower adoption, head-up displays (HUDs) are now gaining polarity in cars. Factors such as the increasing implementation of human-machine interaction (HMI), the proliferation of digital and connected technologies, and new electric vehicle cockpits that are far more advanced and primarily led by software are the key enablers. Besides, once only restricted to premium and luxury cars, the market growth of HUDs was bolstered by the removal of three main factors — cost, size and en...
    Continental to spin off user experience vertical: A precursor to wider industry consolidation?
    On Dec. 4, 2023, at its annual capital market day, Continental informed investors of its intention to carve off its Automotive User Experience (UX) business into an independent unit to explore new strategic options for its Displays and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Control business. The UX vertical, which comprises display solutions, head-up displays (HUDs) and digital instrument clusters, is a highly attractive business with a stronger order pipeline. In each one of the products, the company co...
    Startups assume key position in next-generation EV battery technology development
    There is a viewpoint that the current generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery for electric vehicles is close to reaching its performance peak and would need to evolve to meet EV owners’ requirements. The advancement of EV battery technology will be one of the keys to making EVs more practical and affordable. Several novel battery technologies are under development currently, and it remains to be seen which one takes the lead. With the automotive industry’s investments already stretched th...
    INTERVIEW: Ethernovia on ethernet communication system for automotive industry
    Ethernovia Inc. develops an ethernet system to process the bandwidth demands of the future. It offers a virtual communication solution that enables the software-defined vehicle (SDV) for future automobile communication. The company was incorporated in 2018 and is based in San Jose, California. Earlier this year, Ethernovia closed a $64-million Series A funding round with investors including Porsche SE, Qualcomm Ventures, AMD and Venturetech Alliance.  In September, the company announced a p...
    Analysis: Why CO2 emissions matter in automotive, EV battery supply chains
    As global leaders recently met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the sidelines of the ongoing COP28 to discuss progress on the race to net zero, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC's) latest yearbook revealed that although businesses, investors, governments and states are stepping up to take climate action in greater numbers than ever before, the efforts are still not at the scale needed to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C within this century. The...
    ADAS evolution in India: a surge in vehicle tech and its market implications
    In the rapidly evolving landscape of automotive technology, the global push toward autonomy has been fueled by a combination of mandatory regulations in Europe and strategic national priorities in Mainland China. As the automotive industry undergoes a transformative shift, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving technologies are at the forefront of this revolution. S&P Global Mobility estimates that by 2035, the market for automated vehicles will witness a surge, w...
    Understanding consumer mindset for automotive displays
    The global automotive industry is currently undergoing a significant transformation with the digitization of cockpits. Digital technologies and software have revolutionized these spaces with advanced features that are not only essential but also key influencers in vehicle purchase decisions. This trend has prompted automakers to continuously innovate and equip their cabins with these advanced features to gain a competitive edge in an intensely competitive market. The growing customer appetite...
    The intelligent transformation of chassis with by-wire systems
    The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transformation, shifting from mechanical to electronic control systems and emphasizing connectivity to the cloud. Intelligent chassis control systems are emerging as a central focus, driven by complexity, integration, higher levels of autonomy and the widespread adoption of electrification. Original equipment manufacturers are adopting by-wire systems to integrate various vehicle systems, reducing costs, and enhancing efficiency. A trend tow...
    Which car features are worth the money? Consumers weigh in on human-machine interface tech
    Increasing digitization and rapidly advancing connectivity have enabled passenger car cockpits toward a giant technological leap. The profound focus on personalization and user-friendly features, with the growing use of software, promises greater in-car entertainment, convenience, comfort and a unique user experience. Car owners crave different attributes and are willing to pay for customization, providing limitless opportunities to automakers. The S&P Global Mobility Annual Human-Machine...
    High installation costs continues to hinder mass deployment of public EV chargers
    Hundreds of thousands of electric vehicle charging stations are needed around the world to support the transition to electric mobility. However, not all countries are moving at the same pace to build public EV charging infrastructure. This is due to many reasons, including the growth rate of EV sales and cost of acquiring and installing charging stations, which can vary significantly in many countries due to state and federal credits, rebates and incentives. For public charging station compan...
    Renesas’ strategy on processor roadmap for next-generation automotive systems on chip and microcontroller units
    In November, Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled its latest automotive semiconductor strategy targeting all major applications across the automotive digital domain. While industry giants like NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Mobileye dominate discussions on next-generation automotive electrical/electronic (E/E) platforms, Renesas has carved out a unique position by announcing its new addition to the R-Car platform, R-Car Gen 5 systems on chip (SoCs) and chiplet options. This comprehensive semiconductor...
    Plastic recycling needs regulation, innovation and collaboration
    The increasing use of plastics in the automotive industry, particularly in the context of electric vehicles, has brought about a complex challenge in the realm of recycling. As the demand for lightweight materials rises, plastics play a crucial role in offsetting the additional weight of EV batteries. Not only do certain high-performance plastics enhance safety in collisions, but they also contribute to the overall efficiency and sustainability of automotive design. Recycling plastics from ba...
    Solid-state batteries: SSB is not as easy as ABC
    Hard to believe, but the lithium-ion battery,  which has been synonymous with the auto industry’s electrification phase, not to mention the proliferation of personal electronic goods, is ripe for redevelopment. There have been different chemistries coming in and out of vogue, mainly involving the choice of cathode material, but the fundamentals have remained in place since the first commercialization in 1981. Now, development is advanced for one of the most fundamental elements of the ...
    Front passenger display: A niche market poised to take off
    Cockpits with advanced user-friendly features and innovative technologies are prevailing norms in the automotive industry. The growing connectivity, high-speed wireless bandwidth, and increasing software content prompted original equipment manufacturers to push boundaries to attract new-age car buyers with distinct features. This trend is further accelerated by the proliferation of electric vehicles that are getting tech-laden cockpits. Among the impressive list of new features finding their way...
    Four factors shaping the battery metals market
    Amid persistent macroeconomic uncertainty, spot demand for battery metals has waned over 2023, contributing to a general weakening of metals prices, down from record price highs in 2022. But the horizon for energy transition-related demand has arrived, spurred forward by various government initiatives that have supported plug-in electric vehicle uptake to decarbonize the transport sector and a focus on renewable energy sources. Batteries are the most expensive component of electric vehicle...
    ZF's pioneering influence in 2023 and beyond
    ZF's steer-by-wire (SbW) innovations and future market projections: ZF showcased advanced X-by-Wire technologies at IAA Mobility 2023, encompassing SbW, brake-by-wire (BBW) and active damping. These technologies collectively create a highly integrated and responsive vehicle control system, marking a significant leap toward software-defined vehicles. ZF’s SbW systems enable full autonomous control for shuttles and robo-taxis, with added features such as retractable steering wheels and imp...
    Precision, strength, sustainability: The trifecta reshaping automotive manufacturing in the 21st century
    The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound transformation, driven by a relentless pursuit for enhanced performance, weight reduction and the electrification of vehicles. This paradigm shift is reshaping materials and manufacturing processes, with notable implications for the entire supply chain. One prominent shift is the anticipated decline in the usage of mild steel, making way for higher-strength materials such as steel alloys, aluminum and advanced composites. Advanced hig...
    Wireless EV charging: Anywhere close to taking off?
    In mid-October, Nikkei reported that Japanese city Kashiwa is testing a technology that will allow electric vehicles (EV) to recharge wirelessly while being driven on public roads. Japan has joined a growing list of countries in Europe, mainland China and North America, where such projects are underway to gauge the safety, reliability and commercialization aspects of the technology. In the Japanese project, where charging coils have been embedded in the road surface at traffic signals, tests are...
    The brakes of tomorrow: From mechanical to electric revolution
    Braking beyond boundaries: The electromechanical brake (EMB) breakthrough The landscape of braking systems in modern automobiles reflects a dynamic interplay between innovation, safety and environmental consciousness. The evolution of brakes, once primarily mechanical, has taken on a new dimension with the infusion of electronic components and a keen focus on intelligent, integrated systems. In the realm of safety, the integration of electronic features, such as automatic braking systems (...
    CATL focuses on innovation and overseas investments to keep growing
    Mainland China-based battery-cell maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) is already one of the leading lithium-ion (Li-ion) cell suppliers to the automotive industry. Established in 2011, CATL catered to more than 29% of the demand of Li-ion batteries from the light-vehicle segment in 2022. The company competes with suppliers such as LG Energy Solution, Samsung SDI and Panasonic. In 2022, CATL Group (including all its joint ventures) supplied more than 187 GWh of Li-ion cells to th...
    Chiplets: Tiny building blocks can make a big difference
    The automotive industry is currently experiencing profound shifts, ranging from electrification to the introduction of innovative vehicle features. Central to these transformations is the escalating importance of semiconductors. Traditional computing capacities housed in electronic control units (ECU) based on microcontroller units (MCUs) are rapidly becoming inadequate in the face of the expanding computational demands brought on by advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), communication proto...
    Will outsourcing gigacasting body sections form an emerging industry in China?
    According to S&P Global Mobility, the production of electric light vehicles in mainland China is expected to exhibit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16% between 2023 and 2030, reaching a total of 19 million units. The electric vehicle industry in mainland China has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, firmly establishing the country as a global leader in the EV sector. China holds the distinction of being the world's largest EV market, contributing to over half of g...
    Review of interior concepts at IAA Mobility 2023
    The IAA Mobility is an annual auto show held in Munich, Germany, encompassing various automotive trends and technologies. Held at the Munich Exhibition Center from September 5 to September 10, the show attracted more than 500,000 people from all over the world. This edition saw more than 300 world premieres and innovations from about 750 exhibitors. While autonomous and electric mobility inevitably grabbed the attention, there were numerous interesting developments covering the vehicle’s inter...
    Battery recycling climbs up the priority list of OEMs
    During the life cycle of an electric vehicle (EV), battery cell manufacturing and raw material mining has the biggest contribution toward CO2 emissions. The other major challenge is with the supply of critical raw materials, such as cobalt, nickel and lithium. As EV uptake picks up pace, production of lithium-ion battery cells will also have to expand in line to meet the demand. This is expected to put huge pressure on the raw material supply chain of these materials. Along with availa...
    Impact of autonomous MaaS deployment on urban mobility
    Autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is a vision of future transport that involves driverless vehicles providing on-demand and personalized transportation services to users. Autonomous MaaS has the potential to offer many benefits, such as lower costs, higher convenience, improved safety, reduced emissions, reduced downtime and increased accessibility. However, there are also many challenges that need to be overcome before autonomous MaaS can become a reality. MaaS and robo-taxis are nonet...
    Can the industry follow Tesla’s transition to 48V architecture soon?
    Recently, Tesla announced that it will transition its electrical and electronics (E/E) architecture from 12V to 48V. The purpose behind this decision is to structurally improve power efficiency and further advance vehicle lightweighting. The decision is in line with Tesla's strategy to pursue architectural and modular innovation, and signifies the strengthening of its component ecosystem. During Tesla's Investor Day in March, the company hinted at the adoption of a 48V-based E/E architecture....
    Can the rise of EVs propel a push toward speakerless audio systems?
    Think of any popular car on sale today equipped with a modern sound system — evidently, mounted with anywhere between 15-20 or more speakers, occupying sizable space and adding considerable weight to the overall vehicle. What if the customer gets the same immersive audio or an even better experience without the speakers? A win-win proposition; however, it appears the industry is taking time for this technological shift toward truly speakerless audio. But can the rise of electric vehicles prope...
    Looming semiconductor talent shortfall indicates a tangled road ahead
    Semiconductor exhibitions recently witnessed a resurgence in participation, with attendee and sponsor numbers surpassing pre-pandemic levels. The TSMC Symposium and SEMICON West are two such notable events that concluded a few months ago revealing several clear industry trajectories. Paramount among these is the automotive sector's emergent dominance within the semiconductor landscape. It is no longer just about in-car entertainment; we are witnessing a seismic shift as vehicles evolve into tech...
    UAW expands strike at GM, Stellantis after a week of standoff with Detroit Three
    After a week into the persisting standoff with the Detroit Three – General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis – the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced on September 22 that it is expanding the ongoing strike to 38 parts distribution locations across 20 states in the US. In its second wave, the UAW strike aims to target the aftersales and service facilities, which is expected to have a direct and immediate impact on the carmaker’s dealerships, and therefore customers. While the UA...
    Could a connected ecosystem revive organic LED exterior lighting?
    Organic LED (next-generation display technology OLED) is finding takers in the automotive industry. From taillights to interior lighting, automakers are warming up to the idea of using OLED as their light-based applications. OLED is made from organic materials such as carbon and uses multiple layers of organic semiconductors. OLEDs contain two electrodes, one of which is transparent. Low voltage (about 4 V) causes the semiconductor layers to emit light. The color depends on the molecules within ...
    6G technology will be game changer for connected and automated vehicles
    The world of cellular communication is entering the advanced fifth generation that promises to take the wireless mobile network to the next level with its low latency and higher speed. The automotive industry, which now heavily relies on connectivity and communications, is going to benefit in the shift toward 5G Advanced and 6G mobile communication technology, much like the previous generations.  The 5G network infrastructure is being set up globally and is expected to reach its full pot...
    Composite adoption poised for strong growth in automotive body-in-white
    The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound transformation driven by evolving consumer preferences and mounting concerns about climate change. Key challenges include reducing vehicle weight, improving crash performance and lowering construction costs. Composite materials, known for their superior strength-to-weight ratio, are emerging as a key solution for designing lightweight automotive components. This shift toward composites is primarily driven by their potential to signifi...
    Electrical steel production in US far from sufficient to support OEMs’ electrification goals
    According to S&P Global Mobility, hybrid and electric light vehicle production in the United States is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% between 2023 and 2030 to 9.8 million units. This is also going to drive demand for EV motors (e-motors) in the country, which we forecast will grow at a CAGR of 20% over the same period to 14 million units. Besides its application in other industries, electrical steel is also used in the manufacturing of e-motors and charger...
    Our battery technology delivers a platform for manufacturing efficient, affordable EVs: OneD Battery Sciences
    S&P Global Mobility: How was OneD Battery Sciences established? Please tell us about the origin of ‘SINANODE’ platform. Vincent Pluvinage: I have lived in the Silicon Valley since 1987, and I have taken a couple of companies public. Since 2001–02, I have been active in Silicon Valley as an investor, mainly focusing on innovative technologies, where I can use my physics and bioengineering background, to bring to market technologies that are well patented. I am an inventor at heart...
    Exploring the future trajectory of drum and disc brake adoption
    The gradual trend toward higher vehicle speeds observed in recent decades has brought about the requirement for novel service brakes. These brakes must possess substantial potency to facilitate rapid deceleration within limited braking distances. Furthermore, they must maintain a compact form factor to seamlessly integrate within the spatial confines dictated by contemporary suspension and steering geometry configurations. Simultaneously, the ongoing shift toward vehicle electrification has u...
    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...
    Legislative changes in Europe can make it a key market for automated driving systems
    The automotive industry has been diligently working toward the realization of fully automated vehicles, ushering in an era of transformative mobility and unprecedented safety on the roads. Although the industry is making progress in ensuring that the technology is secure, the regulation that could enforce safety requirements is largely absent or outdated in many geographies. For better or worse, the same is true for regulations governing the testing and use of autonomous vehicles and mobility...
    Instrument cluster operating system market set to get bigger and competitive
    The instrument cluster (IC) is known for its vital function of providing consistent and accurate information about the vehicle to the driver. The automotive market is now predominantly moving toward analog-digital and fully digital ICs. This trend is driven by an increasingly connected and digital cockpit, propelled by the proliferation of electric vehicles.  According to S&P Global Mobility data, in 2022 the analog IC share of 12% (9.4 million units) is likely to drop to 5.6% (4.9 m...
    NXP Connects 2023: A glimpse into next-gen automotive semiconductor innovations
    NXP Connects is an annual conference organized by tier-1 semiconductor supplier NXP Semiconductors. The conference brings together industry professionals, engineers, designers and technology enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements in the world of semiconductors, embedded systems, and internet of things (IoT) technologies. NXP Connects provided a platform for attendees to gain insights into NXP's cutting-edge products, solutions and technologies. The conference featured keynote presenta...
    The EU aims to build a unified charging ecosystem across the region
    In July, an important piece of legislation related to electric vehicle charging received a boost in Europe. Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved and adopted the new proposed rules under the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). The AFIR, in essence, is the successor to the original Directive 2014/94/EU on alternative-fuel infrastructure, called the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFID). The directive created a framework for deployment of infrastructure net...
    EU's end-of-life vehicle regulation will help build new value chain for recycled materials
    Europe grapples with the management of over 6 million end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) annually, resulting in environmental issues and economic losses. The automotive industry's heavy reliance on primary raw materials exacerbates the problem, necessitating a sustainable solution. To combat this, the EU has unveiled its ELV regulation, revising 3R Type-Approval (3RTA) directives on ELVs and reusability, recyclability and recoverability. The primary goal is to promote circularity by reusing and recycli...
    AC chargers will carry the weight of EV charging demand through this decade
    Access to charging stations is one of the main priorities for electric vehicle buyers. According to the 2022 E-Mobility consumer analysis conducted by S&P Global Mobility in late 2022, most respondents believe that the existing charging infrastructure was insufficient for their charging needs. This opinion differs by country with Japanese respondents coming in at the lowest end with only about 7% believing the infrastructure was sufficient, while those in mainland China were the highest a...
    White paper: Electrification technology in reshaped supply chains for ubiquitous EVs
    With the rapid rates of electric vehicle adoption continuing in major markets globally, legislative agendas supporting aggressive transitions to phase out mainstream internal combustion engine (ICE) usage, and supply chains gearing up accordingly, the narrative around electrification technology is shifting toward one of maturity and scale. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Lightweighting with aluminum to continue strongly until 2030
    The automotive industry's focus on lightweighting with aluminum has become crucial in the pursuit of reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The rise of electrification has further driven the demand for aluminum as it allows for lightweighting electric vehicle components and offsets the weight of batteries. This aligns with the industry's sustainability goals, as aluminum is highly recyclable. One significant factor contributing to the growing usage of aluminum in automobiles is the...
    Is removing AM radio from vehicles a good idea after all?
    Everyone likes a simpler life, not least OEMs that would like to reduce complexity in their in-vehicle audio offering by deleting AM radio reception. AM radio itself harks back to simpler times at the start of the 20th century, but the OEMs’ best laid plans to simplify their offering are under threat of disruption. The AM radio, considered fundamental to America’s National Public Warning System, is now being dropped by automakers in their new electric vehicle (EV) portfolio. Interven...
    Copper's rise in the electric-vehicle era
    The global boom in electric-vehicle production will have a significant impact on copper mines, as the demand for copper in the automotive sector is set to skyrocket. This surge in demand is primarily due to the exceptional properties of copper that makes it indispensable in the EV sector. Copper's remarkable conductivity, comparable to silver, and its ability to withstand temperature variations makes it ideal for high-speed data wires in vision systems and sensors. Additionally, copper plays ...
    How does mainland Chinese export controls on gallium and germanium impact automotive players?
    The global semiconductor industry has become a critical battleground for economic dominance, particularly between the US and mainland China. Mainland China will impose export controls on two metals used in semiconductor chip production to "safeguard national security and interests", the Ministry of Commerce and General Administration of Customs said in a notice on July 3. "The export control is not an export ban, and permits will be granted if exports comply with the relevant regulations," Shu J...
    Evolving automotive needs drive the transformation of gateway hardware
    Gateway hardware serves as the vital link between modern automobiles and the digital world. An automotive network gateway is a vital component that acts as a communication hub between various electronic systems within the vehicle. A key role is to enable data exchange and communication between different networks or domains within the vehicle. In a vehicle, multiple electronic control units (ECUs) are responsible for controlling distinct functions like engine control, braking, steering, infota...
    Dry electrode coating process gaining prominence in lithium-ion cell manufacturing
    The general belief that 100% electrification of vehicles is a silver bullet to end all emissions-related concerns of the automotive sector is not as convincing anymore, as the focus is squarely on net zero, the ambit of which extends far beyond zero tailpipe emissions. The net-zero emissions concept includes the manufacturing process, the source of the energy used in manufacturing and the emissions emanating from the entire supply chain. In the current scenario, manufacturing of the Li-on cel...
    Are sliding concepts likely to prevail in the floor console market?
    Floor consoles are an integral part of the vehicle. Earlier, the design element comprised of an enclosure for the gear shifter and hand brake or an additional feature of storage bins with armrests that can slide. However, floor consoles have moved beyond just the basic functionalities as the vehicle interior becomes more passenger friendly. Market scope S&P Global Mobility expects global demand for floor consoles across all technologies to rise from around 79 million units currently to...
    Infotainment’s move to the Ethernet: the canary in the mine for the car’s future backbone?
    Data demand for today’s connected vehicles are increasing ever more. Sometimes it is not just the connectivity requirements that are to blame. Infotainment and the demand for (or supply of) enhanced human-machine interface (HMI) experiences — such as Nio’s virtual avatar or augmented reality satellite navigation — are behind the increase. Current data configurations, be it the Controlled Area Network (CAN) Bus or the Media-Oriented System Transport (MOST) fiber optic Bus, no longer cu...
    How does NHTSA’s proposed rule for enhanced AEB systems impact stakeholders?
    The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working on a proposed regulation that would establish safety criteria for automated emergency braking (AEB), including pedestrian AEB, for newly produced light vehicles. Pedestrian AEB is an in-vehicle device that can assist to avoid or lessen a collision with a vulnerable road user by applying the brakes automatically. This rule aims to enhance the capabilities of AEB systems, enabling them to stop...
    Brake-emission norms under Euro 7
    Euro 7, a proposed regulation by the European Commission, aims to establish stricter emissions standards for vehicles, including the introduction of limits on particulate matter (PM) emissions from brakes and tire friction. Barbale emphasized that automakers and braking suppliers are particularly concerned about meeting the compliance requirements by 2025, rather than focusing on the long-term goals set for 2035. He highlighted two key strategies for achieving Euro 7 brake-emissions complianc...
    What Toyota’s staggering announcements on battery technologies, giga castings mean
    In its most elaborate presentation so far, on June 13 Toyota Motor Corp. shared details of its strategic technology roadmap including the developments on new battery chemistries, hydrogen fuel cells and the pathway to achieve significant cost reduction in manufacturing electric vehicles. One of the largest carmakers in the world with a significant technology advantage on plug-in hybrid EVs and patents on EV batteries, Toyota has been visibly lagging in rolling out pure battery electric vehicl...
    The rise of Chinese head-up display suppliers
    One of the fastest advancing areas in today’s car is the cockpit equipped with contemporary features and technologies that have revolutionized the car owners’ relationship with the vehicle. One such key piece of technology is the HUD. Though the technology has been around for a long time — first used by General Motors back in 1988 — the proliferation has been slower than expected with several impediments for the technology to gain traction. This scenario has now started to change, as ove...
    Strong policies push North America and Europe up in the Li-ion battery value chain
    Greater China is going to see some strong competition in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cell manufacturing space, thanks to new localization mandates being introduced in regions, such as Europe and North America, which is attracting a lot of interest from cell makers for setting up new cell production plants. According to the recently published “Global battery cell production capacity tracker 2023” from S&P Global Mobility, the global battery manufacturing capacity is expected to grow a...
    Steer-by-wire market to record steep growth over next decade
    The automotive industry is undergoing a fascinating transformation with the emergence of steer-by-wire (SBW) technology, which is poised to revolutionize the driving experience and pave the way for the vehicles of tomorrow. As electric power steering (EPS) systems continue to dominate the market, SBW systems are captivating the industry by replacing mechanical connections with algorithms, electronics and actuators. The progress in semiconductor technology, control systems, electrical architec...
    PCIM Europe 2023 show summary
    The market for wide bandgap power devices is projected to reach $19.45 billion in 2029, showing significant growth from $1.38 billion in 2022, indicating a CAGR of approximately 46%. SiC technology finds main applications in OBC, DC-DC conversion, and traction inverters, while also holding potential for new high-power applications centered around thermal management in BEVs, including PT heaters.  Click the link above to download this insight
    OEMs adopt partnership model to develop next-gen connected car solutions
    Over decades, global automakers have developed capabilities to efficiently mass-produce cars with just-in-time sourcing parts through a robust and diverse supply chain. This led to an era of high-volume production and a profitable and highly efficient manufacturing industry. This successful model of the modern automotive industry is starting to change as new megatrends such as autonomous driving, connected cars, along with software-defined vehicles and digital technologies become a huge part of ...
    Ford, GM collaborate with Tesla to adopt NACS, all major CPOs follow
    On June 8, General Motors Company (GM) announced that it is collaborating with Tesla to integrate the latter’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design into its own electric vehicle lineup. As a result of this alignment, GM EV drivers will also get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network across North America — one of the largest fast-charging networks in the region. Talking to Tesla chief Elon Musk, in a Twitter Spaces event on the same day, GM CEO Mary Barra, said, “Yo...
    INTERVIEW: PersiSKIN on the importance of vegan interior materials
    With consumer sentiment leaning toward using nonanimal byproducts, automakers and suppliers are looking to use vegan leathers, often known as faux leathers. However, not all vegan leathers are harmless, especially in their development processes. Polyurethane (PU) is harmful in the open, with processing and disposal causing diseases including cancer. It also requires large amounts of fuel and water, and it leads to the release of toxic chemicals. Automotive companies are now looking at recycled v...
    The future of autonomous mobility as a service
    The world of autonomous vehicles has been evolving rapidly in the past few years. Many companies have been investing heavily in research and development to create autonomous vehicles that can operate safely on the road without human intervention. Recent trends, however, have revealed a significant reduction in spending on driverless vehicles and a subsequent slowdown in autonomous vehicle investments. The slowdown could also affect the deployment timelines, leading to pushing autonomous vehicle ...
    Less is more: Why Shy Tech could change interior and lighting concepts
    Among the more interesting developments in the automotive interior and lighting space is a technology called “Shy Tech.” It literally means shy technology, where a solution is not visible unless activated by the user. While it is not prevalent in the automotive industry, some key players are working on bringing it to mass production soon. People do not prefer vehicle cabins cluttered with information all the time. This can also result in distracted driving. Shy Tech refers to an array of ...
    The surge of lidar-equipped vehicles at the 2023 Shanghai Auto Show points toward the accelerated adoption of automated driving features
    The Shanghai Auto Show, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events, has always been a hub for groundbreaking advancements and cutting-edge technologies. In a remarkable turn of events, the 2023 edition witnessed a surge in the number of vehicles equipped with lidar technology. From just one solitary model in 2021, a staggering 38 lidar-equipped vehicles graced the show floor in 2023, signifying a profound shift in the automotive industry. At the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, XPeng int...
    Safety and ease of use helping higher adoption of e-mirrors in cars
    Mirrors inside and outside the cabin are considered safety critical features for drivers, and over the years mirrors have been seeing some advancement in terms of design and the addition of new tech. However, there has been a visible shift in the once modest mirrors, with the coming of electronic mirrors or e-mirrors, which score high in advantages vis-à-vis the conventional mirrors used in today’s vehicles. There are obvious reasons for the shift to take place in favor of e-mirrors, as th...
    Liquid-cooling key to efficiency, performance of ultra-fast EV chargers
    Although the stakeholders ranging from vehicle and battery manufacturers, charging network operators and policymakers are working together to ensure large-scale EV adoption, range anxiety and long battery charging durations continue to be among the primary roadblocks, deterring the consumers to buy into the EVs globally. According to the US auto lobby Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) comprised only 7% of the new light-duty vehicle sales in 2022, with ...
    Are plant-based materials the future of the automotive interior?
    Industries around the globe are focusing on cutting carbon emissions and developing sustainable products using eco-friendly methods. A vehicle’s interior comprises various materials with a focus on offering a premium feel. Historically, the interior of higher trims use leather, and while it is still widely used, faux leather and plant-based materials generally made of plant waste have seen significant growth over the last few years. What does “vegan” interior mean? As consumer sentim...
    Charging infrastructure incentives gain momentum in key EV markets
    Many industry studies, including the S&P Global Mobility consumer survey conducted in 2022, have found that “limited access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure” was one of the primary challenges toward electrification. Low numbers of EVs on the road meant low return on investment (ROI) for charging station operators, which led to inadequate deployment of charging infrastructure. This in turn dissuaded potential customers from buying EVs.  To break out of this vicious circ...
    Graphene in motion: Advancing automotive technology with nanomaterials
    By incorporating graphene into plastics, its benefits include enhanced mechanical properties, improved thermal management and increased electrical conductivity. Graphene integration into composites strengthens materials while improving conductivity. These applications span across structural parts, coatings, tires, electronics, fluids, propulsion and energy storage. The environmental impact is positive, as graphene reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, exhibits enhanced recyclability, an...
    Titan Silicon can completely replace graphite from battery anode: Sila Nanotechnologies
    Sila’s anode material plant in Moses Lake, Washington, will produce enough material to serve up to 200,000 electric vehicles in its first phase. With Mercedes-Benz as its first official customer, Sila is working through an early qualification process with other potential customers. Sila’s innovative silicon materials can entirely replace graphite from battery anode. Berdichevsky gives a detailed account of how Sila was formed, the advantages of breakthrough silicon anodes in EV...
    3D printing drives innovation in the automotive industry_A look at major players
    The automotive industry is adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, to produce complex parts, reduce expenses, save time and weight, and provide greater design flexibility. The electronics industry is also expected to become a significant customer of 3D printing technology, especially for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), owing to the benefits of 3D-printed circuits in reducing volume and optimizing pathways. The development of more advanced printers and process...
    Electrified vehicle segment moving to more advanced Silicon Carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) technology for DC/DC converters
    Batteries and motors are the two main components that come to mind when we think of performance and efficiency in an electrified vehicle. However, power electronics equipped in a vehicle play an equally important role in determining these two attributes of the vehicles. Power electronics components such as the inverter, DC/DC converter, onboard charger (OBC) and charging connector can help improve the efficiency of the overall system, thus increasing the range of the vehicle and reducing ch...
    Auto Shanghai 2023: A review of UI/UX solutions
    The recently concluded biennial Auto Shanghai 2023 show made a strong comeback after the pandemic and several top brand-OEMs and suppliers provided a glimpse into the future of the auto industry through their latest technologies. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) clearly drew a lot of interest and generated a buzz at the show. Besides the obvious shift in powertrain technologies, there is also a bigger technological pivot that is taking place inside the cockpit. Several innovative products, technolo...
    Chip-export restrictions to mainland China: impacts on automotive players
    Japan has announced export controls on 23 types of advanced semiconductor-manufacturing equipment, in response to US pressure to limit mainland China's access to the technology. Japan's export controls are seen as an attempt to limit mainland China's access to semiconductor technology. The move, which is expected to come into force in July, will affect around 10 major companies including Nikon and Tokyo Electron. These companies would need to get licenses to ship a broader-than-expected array of...
    Zone controllers expand vehicle networking capability
    In vehicle electrical and electronic (E/E) architecture, a zone controller is a type of electronic control unit (ECU) that is responsible for managing and coordinating the various subsystems within a particular area, or "zone," of the vehicle. The zone controller acts as an intermediary between these subsystems and the main vehicle network, facilitating communication and ensuring that the subsystems are working together in a coordinated and efficient manner. This allows for greater flexibility i...
    Can OEMs provide an alternative to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay? GM thinks so.
    In early April, US automaker General Motors Co. (GM) made an announcement that took the industry by surprise. The original equipment manufacturer plans to phase out popular smartphone pairing systems — Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay — in its future electric vehicle (EV) portfolio and replace them with its own maps, assistance and music through in-built infotainment systems. This is to offer a seamless user experience that will better integrate the connected services in its EVs...
    LFP battery making its position stronger in light EV segment
    For decades, the desire to find a middle ground between cost and performance has been driving the automotive industry toward newer, more efficient technologies. As the age of automotive electrification dawns, we see this happening more prominently, especially for batteries. Batteries account for the biggest share (around 30-40%) in the cost of an electric vehicle (EV). Any reduction in this cost will help bring cost parity between an EV and an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Althoug...
    Rethinking the automotive value chain - software's role in revolution
    With Level 2+ autonomous vehicles nearing mass-market adoption and the era of the software-defined vehicle fast approaching, a new battle for control is set to emerge. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Tesla's new direction: Cutting Silicon Carbide use in EVs
    Known for pushing the boundaries of innovation in the automobile industry, US automaker Tesla announced that it plans to slash the use of Silicon Carbide (SiC) transistors by 75% in its EVs (electric vehicles). During Tesla's Investor Day presentation in 2023, which was largely focused on efficiency and cost control, Colin Campbell, Tesla's powertrain engineering leader, discussed how the company plans to reduce the cost of their EV powertrains while maintaining high performance and energy effic...
    Semi-active dampers are finding their way into more vehicles
    The global shock absorber market has seen significant advancements in technology in the past decade. The focus has been on creating dampers with varying damping rates to suit different road conditions. However, there have also been advancements in subcomponents such as valve placement, fluid type and tube architecture to enhance driver comfort and safety on bumpy roads. Revolutionizing suspension: Advancements in shock absorber technologies drive market diversity The market for shock absor...
    Navigating the changes: Implications of general safety regulation for automotive ecosystem
    To keep up with the technological advances and to better protect road users, EU has revised its General Safety Regulation with Regulation 2019/2144, (GSR II). It introduces a range of mandatory advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) to improve road safety and establishes parts of the legal framework for the approval of automated and fully driverless vehicles in the EU. GSR II covers all motor vehicles (including passenger cars, light commercial vehicles (LCVs), buses, trucks and trailers), wit...
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