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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...
    There are companies that scale too quickly and too early in a developing marketplace: Alex Hearn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightstate Ltd.
    S&P Global Mobility: Please tell us about the origins of Lightstate. How did it come into being? Is it the opportunity size that pulled you? Alex Hearn: The purpose starts with passion rather than financial motivation. The origin of Lightstate lies in the idea to help tackle climate change and the path to net-zero emissions. We have seen rapid decarbonization in power generation around the world. However, we are still emitting about 14.9 billion metric tons of carbon a year, and transport...
    Chinese lidar suppliers RoboSense and Hesai dominate sales forecast
    Two major mainland China-based lidar suppliers, Hesai Technology and RoboSense, have recently announced the launch of new lidar products aimed at advancing autonomous mobility and intelligent driving systems. Hesai's ATX lidar boasts an ultra-wide field of view (FOV) and long-range detection capabilities, providing vehicles with enhanced 3D perception. It features a compact design, low power consumption, and intelligent rain and fog identification. The ATX has already gained interest from lea...
    AFIR comes into force. What does this mean for EV charging players in the EU?
    In 2023, the EU passed a new regulation called the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) as a replacement to the original Directive 2014/94/EU on alternative-fuel infrastructure, the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive (AFID). On April 13, 2024, the new regulation came into effect, with the aim to improve user experience and convenience while charging electric vehicles at public chargers. The AFIR sets binding targets for refueling infrastructure powered by electricity or o...
    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    How OEMs’ involvement in the battery value chain is evolving
    Owing to the geopolitical uncertainties prevalent in the battery supply chain, automakers are always looking to have more control on the sourcing of various battery components. There are three main components that make up a conventional electric vehicle lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery — the cell, the module and the pack. Automakers can, and generally have, different levels of control on the value chain of these components. A few automakers have complete vertical integration where all the three...
    Significance of the thriving automotive apps ecosystem
    Digitization in our daily lives has transformed the world around us with high-speed cellular networks and the ubiquity of connected devices — be it TVs, smartphones, watches or consumer electronics. This exponential boom in the digital lifestyle mirrors the automotive industry with the soaring volumes of connected cars. Prospective new buyers, especially Gen-Z who are accustomed to using digital applications, crave for a seamless user experience inside their vehicles. Automakers recognize the ...
    Ionna reflects automakers’ intent to step into EV charging space to win consumers
    In July 2023, seven global carmakers — BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis — came together to set up a joint venture focused on providing a reliable, high-speed electric vehicle charging network across North America. The JV has a goal of providing a reliable DC charging network that can offer a seamless charging experience, aimed at exceeding customer expectations in a market that is marred by a lack of adequate EV charging networks, range anxiety, dysfunct...
    InterBattery 2024: South Korean battery companies rush to commercialize solid-state batteries
    South Korean battery-makers are working overtime to put solid-state batteries into mass production, along with developing new innovative chemistries to achieve quick charging times. The InterBattery 2024, which was organized in Seoul, South Korea, between March 6–8, saw South Korean battery companies demonstrating the latest innovations in battery technologies, in addition to unveiling their business roadmaps through this decade. For the first time, Samsung SDI, one of the big-three South K...
    Thailand accelerates toward EV powerhouse status in South Asia
    The year gone by was sort of a mixed back for electric vehicles in several countries around the world. While demand for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) went up significantly in some emerging EV markets, most leading countries witnessed a lower-than-expected demand in 2023, especially during the second half of the year. In fact, demand in leading markets like Germany and Norway fell in 2023, compared with 2022. Although the global demand for PEVs grew 36% year on year, it was lower than what was...
    Exploring the future of vehicle network architectures: highlights from the Automotive Ethernet Congress
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress is a high-profile event that brings together leading technology experts to discuss the future direction of new vehicle network architectures and all-automotive Ethernet network communication. This congress, typically held annually, focuses on current and future technology and product developments in the automotive Ethernet industry. The event provides a platform for professionals to share knowledge and insights on advanced features of automotive Ethernet technolo...
    Futuristic concepts stirring up the rear-seat entertainment market
    New-car buyers desire bigger, and more advanced displays, and high-quality audio for music and streaming as the overall in-car entertainment quotient is on the rise. To attract customers' attention by way of differentiation, automakers around the world are introducing innovative entertainment features in their cars. Such a trend is not just about the driver and the front passenger anymore, but a lot of focus is on the rear seat, ensuring occupants that often consist of families get a variety of ...
    Brake through: BWI & Thyssenkrupp's EMB alliance
    Introduction: BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp signed a contract for the development and production of cutting-edge electromechanical brake (EMB) technology. The collaboration between BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp to evolve EMB systems marks a significant step in the automotive industry's journey toward autonomous driving. This partnership underscores a commitment to innovation and a shared vision to redefine vehicle motion control, emphasizing safety, efficiency and comfort in autonomous vehicles. ...
    Nvidia GTC 2024: Accelerating automotive innovation through AI
    Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2024 took place March 18–21, 2024, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. GTC serves as a platform for developers, researchers, engineers, and innovators to explore the latest advancements in GPU technology and its applications across various industries such as AI, autonomous vehicles and more. The conference featured keynote presentations, technical sessions, hands-on workshops and demonstrations all aimed at fostering collabor...
    Policy environment will have an effect on how fast we invest: Voltera
    Established in 2022 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Voltera develops, owns and operates charging and refueling infrastructure for zero-emission vehicle fleets. Owned by EQT, a Swedish global investment organization, Voltera delivers turnkey fleet EV charging infrastructure for customers by acquiring real estate, setting up power connections, procuring chargers and charge point operation software, and operating and maintaining it. Voltera is working on a multibillion-dollar plan to ac...
    Recent earthquake in Taiwan put semiconductor industry to test
    Taiwan's semiconductor industry is a global powerhouse, home to industry leaders like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), MediaTek, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and more. These companies are crucial contributors to the global supply of advanced semiconductor chips, which serve as vital components in numerous technological devices, including automobiles. On April 3, 2024, Taiwan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 25 years, registering a magnitude of 7.4 off the island...
    Fiscal year 2023 review of key semiconductor suppliers in automotive tech
    The automotive semiconductor companies have declared their fourth-quarter financial results for 2023, as the companies continued to execute their strategies. Some of the companies have seen better-than-expected yearly results. In fiscal year 2023, automotive semiconductor revenue continued its significant growth trajectory, buoyed by various factors such as the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, advancements in autonomous driving technologies and the proliferation of connected car feat...
    Head unit operating system market to log persistent growth
    The power of software in the automotive industry is one big trend that has been gaining in popularity. The vehicles today literally and figuratively are computers on wheels, ran by a labyrinthine of software programs. In some cases, these programs run with over 1 million lines of code. The fast electrification of vehicles, the constantly increasing electric and electronic content, speedier connectivity, and customers' obsession with great features and seamless user experiences are augmenting the...
    Driving green: Automotive giants drive sustainability
    The automotive industry is shifting toward sustainability by reevaluating materials used in manufacturing. Manufacturers are embracing circularity rather than relying solely on petroleum-based plastics by repurposing waste materials like landfill scraps and agricultural by-products. This shift reduces reliance on virgin resources, minimizes waste generation and fosters a circular automotive economy. Approximately 30% of vehicle materials are recycled for new vehicles, indicating a firm trajector...
    Navigating brake emissions in a Euro-7 world
    The evolution of exhaust emission standards, particularly in the road transport sector, has significantly impacted air quality over the years. The shift from Euro-1 to Euro-7 standards has notably reduced exhaust particulate matter (PM) emissions, demonstrating a tangible improvement in environmental quality. However, as exhaust emissions decrease, the focus shifts to non-exhaust sources, such as those from brake and tire wear, which are projected to become the dominant contributors to PM pollut...
    INTERVIEW: Emotion in motion - Smart Eye's vision for emotion-aware automotive technology
    At CES 2024, held in Las Vegas, Smart Eye showcased its cutting-edge Emotion Generative AI capability, alongside key partnerships with industry leaders such as Aptiv, Cerence, Forvia and others. This marks a significant leap in the integration of advanced AI technologies within vehicle human-machine interfaces (HMIs), promising empathetic and immersive experiences for drivers. The cornerstone of Smart Eye's showcase at CES 2024 is its Emotion AI Prompt Engine, a pioneering concept that merges ad...
    INTERVIEW: bitsensing on 4D imaging radars for automotive industry
    bitsensing develops a variety of radar solutions such as its flagship 4D imaging radar solution for autonomous driving, the next-generation traffic radar Traffic Insight Monitoring Sensor (TIMOS), and AI Wellness Radar for illness prediction. The company generated 12 billion South Korean won ($10 million) in revenue in 2023, and its autonomous driving solution is currently undergoing further development for mass production in collaboration with a global automotive tier 1 supplier. bitsensing ...
    Euro NCAP pushes comeback of buttons over displays
    Car buyers globally love sleek design and seamless user experience in their vehicle cockpits, often mirroring their smartphones. Responding to the rapidly changing consumer choices, automakers are rolling out cars with larger, exquisite displays operated by touch. Vehicle control by touch is so mainstream today that it has left behind the more traditional tuning knobs and buttons for vehicle control. The EU is reversing this global trend within the next two years. Alarmed by increasing driver...
    French government rolls back some EV incentives, but will it impact demand?
    The French government has put out several new updates in its electric vehicle policy, including the rollback of €1,000 in the ecological bonus that was applicable on the acquisition of new private cars and vans for households with the highest income in the country. In the official decree published Feb. 12, the government modified the terms of the ecological bonus for the purchase or rental of a private electric car by reducing the earlier incentive of €5,000 to €4,000 for individuals wi...
    INTERVIEW: Covestro on recyclability in automotive lighting
    Over the past few years, the automotive industry has focused on using recyclable materials to reduce its carbon footprint and create a circular economy. There have been significant developments to improve recyclability in electric vehicle batteries, use green steel and even substitute polyurethane (PU) with vegetal waste for the car’s interior; however, recyclability in automotive lighting is at a nascent stage. Over the past year, establishments such as BMW, Hella and Covestro, among others, ...
    Copper's vital role in powering the EV revolution
    The surging popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is intricately tied to an escalating demand for copper, marking a transformative trend in the automotive sector. The demand for copper associated with EVs is anticipated to experience a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR), exceeding 17% between 2024 and 2032. The increasing demand for copper emerges as a critical factor in the evolution of autonomous vehicles, driven by the shift toward electric and self-driving technologies. Thi...
    OLED and mini-LED displays gaining share in passenger car cockpit
    The faster digitization of the automotive industry is rapidly transforming vehicle cockpits. In this changing trend, displays have gained prominence inside the cabin as the number of screens and their sizes continue to rise. Vital driver and passenger tools such as the instrument cluster, center stack display or front passenger functions use different displays. Starting with premium models, displays are now ubiquitous across models of luxury cars and percolate down to mass-market segments. ...
    Has sodium-ion battery technology finally turned the corner in light-vehicle applications?
    The automotive industry has been in search of a viable alternative to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which is cheaper and more sustainable to produce. While experimenting with several cathode chemistries, including iron-based Li-ion batteries in low-end models and variants, the industry has also been working on sodium-ion batteries for some time now. Although iron-based Li-ion batteries such as lithium iron phosphate (LFP) and lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP) are cheaper, they are una...
    Usage-based insurance: OEMs converge toward higher penetration
    Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) also known as pay as you drive (PAYD) or pay how you drive (PHYD), is a type of vehicle insurance whereby the costs are dependent upon the type of vehicle used, measured against time, distance, driving behavior and place. It also promises multiple benefits to customers, such as the choice to buy as they use their vehicles, bring down costs and encourage safer driving practices.   Insurance has been an integral element of car buying and ownership for decad...
    The brake pedal evolution and the road to brake-by-wire pedal (e-pedal)
    Breaking free from the old ways: The rise of the e-pedal In the ever-changing world of car improvements, the regular brake pedal is going through a big change, making room for the exciting brake-by-wire pedal, also known as the e-pedal. This super modern technology is quickly becoming popular, catching the interest and excitement of manufacturers and customers. Say goodbye to the old mechanical link between the brake pedal and hydraulic braking system as the e-pedal becomes the star. This ...
    We are going to asset heavy routes and develop our own EV charging sites: Aatish Patel, president, XCharge North America
    S&P Global Mobility: XCharge is present in Europe, mainland China as well as in North America. Please tell us about the company and how it was established. Aatish Patel: It is an interesting story. XCharge has its origin in China, with the conception and the pilot. The two main founders were actually employees of Tesla when it was initially expanding its presence there. They were involved in Tesla’s EV [electric vehicle] infrastructure buildout in China, in both the DC and Level 2 charg...
    Active seat belt adoption likely to be driven by Euro NCAP Vision 2030
    While the market size is not as big as for traditional seat belts, active seat belt systems will gain prominence in the era of autonomous mobility. It functions in close collaboration with the vehicle’s safety systems to reduce the impact of injuries in an event of an accident. The active seat belt system uses braking and stability control sensor information to sense a potential accident. It secures the driver and passenger seat belts by removing seat belt slack so that the seating position of...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
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