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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    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...
    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...
    Suppliers to the GMC Acadia
    The GMC Acadia is produced at the Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. Production of the car is expected to peak at 90500 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : GMC  Suppliers to the GMC Acadia COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Door Checks Edscha Side Door Hinge Multimatic Cylinder Block Nemak Prop Shaft NTN Body Fasteners P&R Fast...
    Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class
    The Mercedes Benz G-class is produced at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. Production of the car is expected to peak at 33521 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Mercedes-Benz  Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Coupling Flange Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria Steering Wheel Switch Kostal Low-voltage battery ...
    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 ...
    Seating suppliers’ strong financial performance in 2023
    Automotive seat suppliers benefitted from strong growth in vehicle production in 2023. According to S&P Global Mobility data, light-vehicle production increased 9.4% year over year to 90 million units, recording the highest annual growth after the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from the continuing recovery in vehicle demand, most automakers benefited from the easing of supply chain crisis, especially chip shortages which had forced them to adjust their production strategies for more than two years...
    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...
    Interview: Protean Electric on in-wheel motors
    Founded in 2008, Protean Electric is a key player in IWM technology and development. Its core technology centers around in-wheel electric drive solutions, notably the patented ProteanDrive® system. The system has in-wheel motors integrated with power electronics, digital control and a compatible friction brake, and offers advantages such as high torque density, enhanced efficiency and improved vehicle packaging. Protean’s IWMs have been used by Dongfeng Motor in its passenger cars E70 and Voy...
    Tech innovators in the auto space: Q&A with Tencent
    Mainland China's complex road systems, megacities, dense populations, and unique traffic behaviors present challenges for autonomous driving technology development. However, the country also offers rich scenarios, abundant data, and numerous rare and unexpected corner cases that are crucial for the safe and effective evolution of autonomous driving. The Gen-X demographic in mainland China, a significant portion of whom plan to purchase cars with Level 2+ driver assistance functions, provides ide...
    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...
    OEMs leverage new front lighting technologies to boost brand identity
    Front lighting in vehicles comprises of headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs), direction indicator lights and front fog lamps. Headlights were the first lights used in a vehicle’s front, with the critical task of illuminating the road environment to help drivers see clearly when driving during nighttime or when visibility is challenged during the day, owing to adverse weather. Over the years, automakers have introduced other front-lighting systems in vehicles that contributed to safer d...
    Can data privacy concerns spoil the connected-car party?
    A popular adage goes that “data is the new oil.” This is remarkably true for the automotive industry as it stands currently, where always-connected, software-defined vehicles are constantly exchanging data, updating in real-time over the air, and adapting to changing road and traffic conditions. The mobility ecosystem is increasingly employing big-data analytics to gather actionable insights on customer behavior, understand product performance, and gain competitive advantages. What consum...
    The geopolitics of semiconductors
    In the latest Talking Heads feature, we spoke with Jeremie Bouchaud and Phil Amsrud, experts in E/E and Semiconductors at S&P Global Mobility. The focus of this discussion is on the pivotal role of semiconductors in today's technology landscape and the challenges arising from geopolitical tensions. We also consider how Mainland China has responded to export bans, leading to disruptions in the global automotive semiconductor supply chain. Click the link above to download the whole article.
    Exploring the 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...
    Exploring the interior of the Honda e:Ny1
    Beyond its quirky name, what makes the Honda e:Ny1 interior stand out in the small electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment? Built on Honda's e:N Architecture F platform, the e:Ny1 is priced above its competitors and offered in two specification packs: Elegance and Advance. Both offer a range of features, but the Advance pack enhances the cabin's visual appeal and includes additional features such as a panoramic roof and a heated steering wheel. Advance grade models also feature a panoram...
    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 ...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with NIO
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    Gazing inside the Genesis GV60 using biometrics and a crystal ball
    Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its interior, comparable to German luxury brands. As electric vehicles become more software-driven, automakers must incorporate distinctive features to differentiate their models in a competitive market. The GV60 is the first EV from Genesis and built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. It is available in three different versions: Premium, Sport and Sport Plus. The latter comes with a fun feature on the steering wheel called Bo...
    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. ...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Iflytek
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, such as smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift enco...
    Suppliers to new BMW 5-Series
    The BMW 5-series is produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany . Production of the car is expected to peak at 37949 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : BMW (ICE version shown)  Suppliers to  BMW 5-Series COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Prop Shaft Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria HVAC Module Denso Low-voltage battery Clarios ...
    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...
    Convenient and personalized in-car features – upping the UX ante
    Looking at the automotive user interface and experience (UI/UX) trends today, drivers and passengers are loving the idea of remaining engaged throughout their journey in a more convenient and personalized way. By offering unprecedented personalization with its ability to learn from user behavior, AI and machine-learning tools are helping vehicles morph from a transportation mode into an extension of the drivers’ digital lifestyles. From predictive navigation systems and virtual personal ass...
    Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
    OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
    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...
    Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
    We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
    Inside the Nissan Ariya's minimalist cabin
    It offers front- or all-wheel drive options with a choice of battery sizes and delivers impressive horsepower. But what of the interior?  We take a closer look. Inside story The cabin features a sleek and cohesive design with a dashboard that extends into the doors. Two large digital displays, for instruments and infotainment, provide a futuristic and high-tech feel. The use of plush materials throughout the cabin adds a touch of luxury and comfort, including an Alcantara suede cov...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with KPIT Technologies
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    What is driving the demand for seat thermal solutions in vehicles?
    The demand for seat thermal solutions is forecast to grow rapidly as automakers focus on delivering more effective, more localized and personal thermal comfort in cabins of new vehicles. Automakers mainly offer heated seats and ventilated seats. However, many vehicles also feature more advanced climate-controlled seats, which can efficiently manage both heating and cooling functions using the same set of components. The seat heat-mat system is the most widely used heated seat solution. It fea...
    Baltimore: Not another port in automotive’s stormy recent history
    As the world awoke on the morning of March 26 to the news that there had been a crash involving a container ship and the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the city of Baltimore, which had caused the bridge to collapse, immediate thoughts were with the safety and welfare of all concerned. Six people are missing, presumed dead in the tragic aftermath. Traffic through the port will be suspended until further notice and looks set to cause disruption to trade and supply chains. One of the sectors that w...
    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...
    Lighting suppliers delivered strong financial performance in 2023
    The automotive industry recorded the highest growth in light-vehicle production in 2023 after the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted production volume four years ago. According to S&P Global Mobility, the global light-vehicle production increased 9.4% year over year, crossing the 90-million-units mark in 2023. The strong growth in light-vehicle production helped automakers and suppliers to deliver robust financial performance in 2023. This article tries to assess the financial performanc...
    As cities turn smart, mobility solutions turn intelligent
    As cities around the world continue to become “smarter,” transportation and infrastructure solutions are becoming “intelligent” as well. While shared, electric and autonomous vehicles continue to disrupt urban mobility, advances such as internet of things, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are creating a mix of connectivity in smart cities that can help reshape the urban mobility landscape. Intelligent transportation solutions – the core of mobility in smar...
    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...
    Not all things begin and end with Tesla: Mexico's burgeoning automotive supply chain
    As with everything that Tesla says and does, its investment in Mexico for a new vehicle plant has attracted much attention. The latest hubbub around the Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, plant surrounds reports that Tesla is looking to invite its mainland Chinese suppliers at its operations in Shanghai to join it in investing in Mexico. That it is looking to bring some of its mainland Chinese suppliers to Mexico is not surprising. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do this all the time. They have...
    EPA's updated emission proposals: A balancing act between environment and industry
    The updated EPA proposal for light- and medium-duty vehicles On March 20, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rules related to light- and medium-duty vehicles. The final Multi Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles expand on the EPA’s existing emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2023 through 2026. The rules are technology-neutral and take advantage of develop...
    Talking Heads: Apple shifts gears
    After a decade of unannounced efforts, Apple has reportedly abandoned Project Titan, its ambitious plan to develop electric vehicles. Initially, the project aimed to create an EV to rival Tesla, later shifting focus toward a self-driving car to compete with Google's Waymo. However, it eventually returned to its original focus: An EV with driving-assistance features. As a result, some of its 2,000 employees will transition to Apple's AI division, though layoffs are expected.  In the lates...
    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...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Foryou General Electronics interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) govern operations, integrate new features and facilitate the addition of novel functionalities through software. This advancement in the automotive industry is paving the way for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. SDVs are evolving through the separation of software and hardware development, similar to smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are creating "walled gardens" for applications, which involves continuous agile software de...
    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...
    GenAI continues to gain automotive ground
    Generative artificial intelligence, or simply GenAI, is an AI algorithm capable of generating text, images, audio, video, code or other data using generative models, often in response to prompts. GenAI models learn the patterns and structure of their input training data and then generate new data that has similar characteristics. It is usually built as an additional layer on top of large language models (LLM), to streamline processes, enhance efficiency, automate software, improve performance me...
    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...
    GM’s AI-ming high with new connected strategies
    Thanks to the ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution, more intelligent digital technologies—such as AI, machine learning, big data, internet of things, robotics and automation—are being integrated into manufacturing and industrial processes worldwide. For the automotive industry, the impact of AI-driven technologies has been transformational to say the least. Automakers are harnessing AI and ML for just about every facet of their operations, from vehicle manufacturing to sales and even aftersales ...
    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: Factorial Energy on the role of solid-state batteries in EVs
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Siyu Huang, CEO and co-founder of Factorial Energy discusses the challenges and opportunities in the production and implementation of solid-state batteries (SSBs) in electric vehicles (EVs). Huang highlights the importance of collaboration and standardization to reduce costs and enhance sustainability in the supply chain. Huang explains that SSBs have the potential to address the limitations of current lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in EVs, such as r...
    Floor console’s role in redefining in-vehicle experience
    The floor consoles, also called the center console in some markets, is the area in a vehicle’s cabin that generally separates the driver’s seat with the front passenger’s seat. In many vehicles, the floor console appears to be connected to the center of the instrument panel. In other vehicles, there is some gap between the floor console and the instrument panel. Automakers generally do not offer floor consoles in light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The floor console houses the gear shifte...
    Evolving rear lighting in vehicles
    Rear lights in vehicles play a critical role in ensuring safer driving. They help other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, take note of the presence of the equipped vehicle on the road, especially at night or when visibility is compromised. In addition, drivers use various rear lights as a signal to inform other road users about their driving maneuvers such as applying brakes or changing lanes. Over the years, rear lights have also emerged as a key design tool for automa...
    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...
    Growing shift seen toward smart in-cabin air purification and filtration systems
    According to the World Health Organization, 99% of the global population lives in places where air pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines. Due to increased air pollution and events like the COVID-19 pandemic, automakers are now more focused on offering in-cabin air that is free of contaminants, viruses and germs. The quality of air in the vehicle cabin is not only crucial for vehicle occupants’ comfort and well-being, but also for their safety. It can also cause certain health issues such a...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    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...
    Electric motor market set to rocket: China leads, eAxle drives growth
    Rapid expansion in the electric motor market is on the horizon, driven by the eAxle market and evolving technologies. As original equipment manufacturers increasingly keep design in-house but outsource production, who stands to gain? S&P Global Mobility forecasts a fourfold increase in the electric motor market in the next 12 years, with an expected production of over 120 million motors by 2034. The eAxle market is set to drive this growth, with its motor production share projected to inc...
    Interior Insight: Nissan X-Trail
    Nissan’s fourth-generation X-Trail is offered in both five and seven-seat configurations. We take a closer look inside. Inside story The cabin is cloaked with some premium materials and smart features, with special attention being paid to the ergonomic and tactile quality of the switchgear and buttons to give them a high-quality feel. Nissan’s research shows customers’ preference for easy-to-use core functions, so the X-Trail has simple, intuitive heating/air-conditioning controls, a...
    Suppliers to Peugeot 3008
    The Peugeot 3008  is produced the Sochaux plant in France. Production of the car is expected to peak at 140494 units in 2024, according to the forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Peugeot  Suppliers to Peugeot 3008 COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Electric Water Pumps Aisin Wiring Harness Protection Delfingen HVAC Module Denso Instrument Panel Motherson Top Mounts, Bush...
    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...
    BorgWarner eyes big share of BEV thermal solutions market
    BorgWarner’s strategy — Charging forward 2027 In 2021, BorgWarner announced its Charging Forward 2027 strategy to aggressively grow its electrification product portfolio via numerous organic investments and acquisitions. As per its strategy, by 2025, the company aims to achieve 25% of total revenues from eProducts meant for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). As per its 2022 annual report, the company has spent 53% of total research and development (R&D) investment in eProduct related ...
    Interior Insight: Honda Civic Type R
    Inside the Honda Civic Type R's cabin, the design closely resembles the standard model but introduces distinctive features. These include a digital dial setup with mode-dependent changes and F1-style gear shift lights, along with Type R-specific elements, such as a teardrop metal gear knob, build number badge and +R drive mode button. Faux suede accents on the steering wheel, gear gater and all-red sport seats, complemented by red trim and ambient lighting, enhance the interior aesthetics. ...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye’s vision for software-defined vehicles
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Mobileye executives discuss the transformations in Software-Defined Vehicles (SDVs) and the impact on vehicle operations. We learn more about how data from automated driving systems underpins live graphics in vehicle visualization, creating advanced alerts for vehicle operators and adding a second layer of defense to collision avoidance applications. The challenges in SDV design are also discussed, with the company highlighting its work with original eq...
    Suppliers to Toyota Tacoma
    The Toyota Tacoma is produced  in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato. Production of the car is expected to peak at 136086 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Toyota    Suppliers to Toyota Tacoma COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Seat Fold/Recline WR Controls LED Headlamp North American Lighting Hitch Tube Schuler Hydroforming Front Sideshafts  ...
    Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse
    The Chevrolet Traverse is produced at at the GM Lansing Delta Assembly Plant in Delta Township. Production of the car is expected to peak at 142127 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility.     Image Source: Chevrolet Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Spring Seat Isolators Vibracoustic Upper and Lower Body Structure Multimatic Tubular Stabilizer Bars M...
    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...
    Aehra's EV strategy: Shunning the kilowatt power race for user-focused, smooth journeys
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview with Franco Cimatti, chief engineering officer of Aehra, a Milan-based start-up, he discusses the company's clean-sheet approach to designing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). He also touches on Aehra's positioning, differentiation in the ultra-premium electric vehicle market, the transition from hybrids to full EV solutions, and their partnerships for carbon fiber and battery technology. The discussion delves into Aehra's vision for EV charging, bidirec...
    The dynamic transformation of automotive lighting
    This insight is an edited article by Sascha Klapper, Research & Analysis Manager, S&P Global Mobility, first published in Driving Vision News on Feb. 6, 2024. The automotive lighting industry has evolved from simple lamps to dynamic LED, miniLED, microLED, and even lasers. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have influenced lighting design, with illumination used for fronts, animations, logos and sensor concealment. The competition from mainland Chinese original equipment manufacturers, gro...
    Interior Insight: Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
    Designed specifically for the European market, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake represents the fifth new model to make its debut in the region. The interior has an upmarket vibe, blending soft-touch surfaces with durable switchgear, creating a compelling case in the premium estate car realm. The dashboard layout incorporates physical buttons for climate control, complementing the 10.25-inch touchscreen. Despite the absence of the rotary controller found in newer Genesis models, the G70 demon...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Elektrobit
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    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...
    How interior lighting is transforming the in-vehicle experience
    Until late 1990s interior lighting in vehicles mainly comprised map lamps, dome lamps and a few other auxiliary lamps. These lamps generally used when driving at night, helping drivers and other occupants get into car, sit properly and exit from the car safely once the commute is over. Such lights also helped drivers and passengers find something in their vehicles in the event of an emergency. In addition to these basic functional lamps, some premium vehicles also featured reading lamps for rear...
    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 ...
    Role of passive safety systems in ensuring occupant safety in vehicles
    According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest global status report on road traffic safety 2023, around 1.2 million people are killed and as many as 50 million people are injured every year in road traffic accidents worldwide. Occupants in four-wheel-drive vehicles represent the highest percentage of all fatalities, at 30%. This is followed by pedestrians (23%), two- and three-wheeler users (21%), and cyclists 6%. Occupants in commercial vehicles carrying more than 10 people a...
    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...
    Navigating the semiconductor shift
    This discussion delves into the nuanced dynamics of the automotive semiconductor sector for 2024, exploring growth projections, product categories driving expansion, and the delicate balance between supply, demand and pricing. From the ascendancy of electric powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to the intricate patterns of memory chip markets, it examines the complexities of the semiconductor landscape. It also encompasses the ramifications of inventory adjustments, the poten...
    Tracking the carbon footprint of electric vehicle batteries
    Those who think it is a case of job done in terms of action on climate change for the auto industry, in the wake of the industry’s rapid adoption of electric vehicles, need to think again. We were gently reminded of this when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its recently released yearbook, highlighted that although businesses, investors and governments are stepping up to take climate action in greater numbers than ever before, it is not enough. The applica...
    CES 2024: 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...
    Mainland China's latest ban to intensify diversification of rare earth magnet supply chain
    1. What has been banned by Mainland China? On December 21, 2023, mainland China imposed a ban on the export of rare earth magnet-making technology. The country’s Ministry of Commerce released a revised version of the Catalogue of Technologies Prohibited and Restricted from Export, which includes the ban on export of technology used for making rare earth magnets. As per the country, the revised ban and regulations are implemented with the intent to safeguard its national security and public ...
    CES 2024—connected car and vehicle interface & experience review
    With over 600 mobility exhibitors, the 2024 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) stood up to its image as one of the world's largest and fastest growing global automotive, mobility and transportation events. Exhibits spanned an entire range of mobility solutions, with global unveils highlighting the future of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, software-defined vehicles and flying cars, plus the future of assistive mobility and safety systems. Let’s review some...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with DXC Technology
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    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...
    Cloud and edge computing’s cumulative benefits for SDVs
    As part of the shift toward software-defined vehicles (SDVs), automotive cloud computing is a strategic extension of vehicle-embedded systems computing. Original equipment manufacturers are striving for a connected, autonomous, shared and electric future, in which wireless communication between vehicles and the cloud become increasingly prevalent. The goal of an automotive cloud ecosystem is to create an enhanced vehicle experience for users while enabling OEMs and service providers to offer adv...
    Navigating the Red Sea crisis, an automotive industry perspective
    Geopolitical tensions and Yemen-based Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden are exposing the vulnerability of global trade to regional conflicts, leading to detours, delivery delays and other repercussions for the auto industry.  Initial disruptions and global response The global shipping industry has faced major disruptions since December 2023, due to attacks on Western cargo ships that the Houthi have alleged to have affiliations to Israel. The Houthi have instigat...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Nvidia
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    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-...
    Suppliers to Skoda Superb
    The fourth-generation Skoda Superb is produced at the automaker’s factory in Bratislava. Production of the car is expected to peak at 45183 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility.          Image Source : Skoda   Suppliers to Skoda Superb COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Wiring Harness Protection  Delfingen Liftgate Hinges Edscha Cylinder Head Nemak Inte...
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