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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Illuminated exterior: Grille and logo illumination gaining momentum from evolving vehicle designs
    Automotive exterior lighting apart from headlamps is experiencing a rapid transformation owing to brand identity and personalization. Automakers and manufacturers are exploring light-emitting diode (LED) light sources and related optics, unlocking new opportunities for vehicle exterior illumination ...
    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    Can new chassis technologies and materials help OEMs meet future emission standards?
    While countries such as the US, Japan, and mainland China have been enforcing fuel economy standards for over a decade to drive down domestic fuel consumption levels, concerns over climate change and continuously rising global average temperatures have led governments around the world to redouble ef...
    The evolving landscape of inverter technology in EVs
    The automotive industry is slowly but steadily moving toward an electric future. Several factors are at play that will determine the pace of this transition from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electrified vehicles. One of the key factors is certainly the performance of the EV, especially the ...
    CarPlay gets a major facelift
    Apple has announced a major expansion of CarPlay at the 2022 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that aims to transform the entire dashboard of the vehicle. The next generation of CarPlay promises to support multiple displays beyond the primary center stack screen and utilizes vehicle data ...
    Evolving need for stringent vehicle assessment tests for deployment of safer automated driving technologies
    According to the May 2022 release of the Autonomy Forecasts by IHS Markit (now S&P Global) production of Level 3 automated vehicles will increase from essentially zero in 2021 to more than 3 million units by 2027. As vehicles become more advanced and automated with higher reliance on technolo...
    Battery Industrialisation Centre underpins U.K. push for manufacturing and technology leadership
    UKBIC is a national battery manufacturing development facility, commissioned to aid and accelerate battery manufacturing in the UK, as well as educating and upskilling the battery sector workforce in preparation for mass production. UKBIC is a publicly funded, open access facility, funded by the Far...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Transforming interior concepts, autonomous vehicles pushing airbag technology trends
    Airbags have been one of the essential passive safety technologies in vehicles, along with seatbelts. Automakers developed the idea to use airbags as a supplemental restraint system (SRS) for added occupants’ safety. With increasing safety regulations from rating bodies, such as New Car Assessment...
    A look at connected car startups driving market trends
    The volume of startups in the automotive space has seen a surge over the last decade. This increase is primarily due to the growth of connectivity, autonomous mobility, and electrification. Initially, during the paradigm shift, automakers primarily focused on hardware in vehicle development, which i...
    Fallout of the Ukraine crisis on tire production and material supply chains
    On 24 February 2022, Russian forces initiated military operations in neighboring Ukraine, provoking a massive international geopolitical response aimed at financially isolating the country’s economy from the rest of the world. Western governments have since initiated wide-ranging sanctions that ha...
    The scope of UI/UX in autonomous mobility
    The growth of autonomous mobility has changed the landscape of the automobile industry. IHS Markit analysts expect global demand for Level 3 and Level 4 systems to rise to nearly nine million by 2032 compared with less than 400,000 in 2022. Automakers and suppliers are constantly developing and adva...
    Growth of Li-ion battery manufacturing capacity in key EV markets
    The future of the automotive industry lies in electrification is not a topic for a debate anymore. However, what is being debated is how quickly the world will be able to let go of its century-long dependence on fossil fuels and embrace electric-powered vehicles. Several factors will play a role in ...
    Automotive chip market remains strong despite looming inventory correction and macroeconomic headwinds
    In 2022, the car chip market exceeded USD52 billion—a new high-water mark. In the wake of the growing global chip shortage due to COVID-19, prices for automotive semiconductors are reset, resulting in higher revenue for car chips in 2021 and 2022. The chip content continues to increase in the next...
    Suppliers to the 2022 Honda Civic
      The 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is assembled at the Greensburg Assembly plant in United States .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 93,700  units in 2023. 
    Impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on helium supply for airbag applications
    The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is affecting the supply of various raw materials and resources, including helium gas (which goes in automotive airbags and semiconductors). However, according to IHS Markit’s market research, the extent of the impact on helium will be minimal in the short run. I...
    Demand for laser headlights will grow strongly over next five years
    Lasers are used to complement LED high beams, which helps in increasing the range of headlights by up to 50%. That is why many premium OEMs are equipping laser diode headlights in their higher trim as an optional or standard feature. This article looks at the major factors that will drive demand ...
    Middleware software: The race to develop automotive operating system
    Software now underpins virtually all elements of the vehicle, from basic cockpit functions to new safety features and powertrain management systems. The advances in vehicle software architectures and function developments are helping automakers to find new revenue, monetizing parts of the vehicle th...
    Front Cross-Traffic Alert safety system to gain traction in the coming years?
    Front cross-traffic alert (FCTA) monitors vehicles approaching from the blind areas on the front left and right sides. When a vehicle begins to drive at an intersection or exits a small street/parking lot, FCTA identifies vehicles approaching from either side in a direction perpendicular to the...
    A review of automotive marketplaces
    Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) reportedly shut down its in-vehicle “Marketplace.” The service, launched in 2017, was the automotive industry’s first in-car e-commerce platform allowing customers to order food and beverages, pay for fuel, and reserve a table at a restaurant, among other...
    How will ECHA’s proposal on the use of lead affect Europe’s net zero ambitions?
    The proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to include lead as one of the eight new substances of very high concern (SVHC) in the REACH Authorisation List can hurt the growth potential of manufacturers using lead metal, reduce the competitiveness of an existing supply chain and negatively i...
    Shanghai lockdown creates new supply chain concerns for OEMs
    A dramatic surge in new COVID-19 infections and the breakout of a new sub-strain of the Omicron variant forced the mainland Chinese government to impose a full-scale lockdown in the country’s financial hub, Shanghai, from early April. Shanghai is a major automotive component manufacturing hub as w...
    Automotive applications for ultra-wideband wireless technology set to expand in the coming five years
    UWB is a short-range wireless communication system that employs radio waves, similar to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. UWB can enable the very accurate measurement of time of flight (ToF) of the radio signal, leading to centimeter accuracy of distance and location calculations. In the United States, the Federa...
    Suppliers to the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado
    The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado is assembled at the Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 84360  units in 2023. 
    Acquisition of AMLS provides Plastic Omnium with a new dimension for growth
    On 25 March, Plastic Omnium announced the acquisition of Automotive Lighting Systems GmbH (AMLS), formerly a joint venture between ams Osram Group and Germany’s Continental. Plastic Omnium (EPA:POM market capitalization USD2.30 billion as on 12 April 2022) acquired 100% of ams Osram’s AMLS (SWX:...
    Will megacasting revolutionize the vehicle body manufacturing industry?
    Over the last few decades, automakers increasingly gravitated toward multi-material, multi-gauge sheet metal-based body construction methods that allowed lightweighting through part optimizations. Off the back of Tesla’s much touted “Gigacasts”, a new trend of single piece megacast body parts ...
    Raw material supply chains affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict
    Russian military forces initiated military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, creating logistical nightmares for automotive supply chains whose downstream ramifications are yet to reach the consumer market. Western governments, following the invasion, initiated broad-based financial and trade-bas...
    Automotive UI/UX technologies - startups driving the market
    In the last decade, the automotive industry has seen a significant increase in the use of technologies, driving the advancement of autonomous mobility, e-mobility, and connectivity. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic denting cash flow of companies, an IHS Markit survey in 2021 revealed a 6.5% average inc...
    How the new NHTSA ruling for autonomous cars impacts the wider chassis systems market
    On 10 March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency that develops and enforces the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations relevant to vehicles sold in the United States, updated the 200-series occupant protection standards to account for autonomous...
    Lighting companies look to capitalize on industry megatrends through M&As and partnerships
    Suppliers are taking the merger and acquisition (M&A) route to realign their product portfolio, boost their research and development capabilities, and expand their market reach to be better prepared to respond to any disruptions in the market driven by fast-evolving technology trends. This artic...
    Automotive software growth is still at full throttle despite the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict
    The conflict in Ukraine is disrupting not only the supply chain for critical components and materials, it is also causing consequences to the software companies serving the automotive sector. Indeed, multiple automotive software companies have branches and software developers in Ukraine, and this po...
    Russia–Ukraine conflict: is palladium a potential black swan for already stretched auto supply chains?
    Several supply disruption concerns have been reverberating through the automotive industry since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however few have the disruption potential of palladium, a critical raw material used in catalytic converters for emission abatement. Palladium supplies are de facto alr...
    Earthquake in Japan puts at risk a fragile recovery of automotive chip supply
    Japan-based chipmaker Renesas Electronics halted some of its production on 17 March after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami in the country's northeast, causing blackouts and disrupting transportation. Renesas has temporarily stopped production at two semiconductor plants and partially st...
    The United States takes the lead in defining passenger safety rules for autonomous vehicles
    In the United States, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are regulations specifying the design, construction, performance, and durability of vehicles. The FMVSS define the minimum standard for vehicle manufacturers and their equipment. As a result of these safety regulations, buyers ...
    Automotive industry megatrends to drive demand for smart surface solutions
    The automotive interior industry has been rapidly progressing in recent years and is no longer just a basic aspect but rather a vital space for passenger comfort and aesthetics. The use of secondary capacitive touchscreens designed with hard coated films and holographic foils can be applied to all k...
    Data-driven services to drive future revenue streams for OEMs
    Like every industry driven by technology, data has become central for the automotive industry. With the industry becoming increasingly software driven, the growth of connected and autonomous verticals, as well the shift to electrification, has brought in a change in the overall supply chain, with ma...
    Battery raw material price hikes may pose additional pressure to OEMs' electrification roadmaps
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may exacerbate price pressure on critical battery raw materials and result in less affordable EVs, with battery input costs increasing by over 7,000 USD for several popular models.  Prices of lithium, nickel and cobalt, which can represent some 27% of the total ba...
    Could semi-active suspensions hold the key to ultra-high ride comfort for the mass-market car?
    Since the late 1990s, adaptive or semi-active suspension technology has emerged as the top method of improving the ride comfort and handling performance of a car, seeing application in segments ranging from mid-segment sedans to high-performance roadsters. This article will attempt to answer ques...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of several critical parts leaving German OEMs exposed
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce temporary production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites, opening another front for carmakers scrambling to stabilize their production output in light of the on...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Illuminating the neon supply impact on the semiconductor industry
    Neon is used for the manufacturing of mature process nodes, which are already under supply chain pressure. The reduction in gas supply will likely lead to higher neon prices but will this cause any significant supply shortages of semiconductors? The supply chain and technology team of IHS Markit ...
    Automotive biometric applications: What is in store?
    One of the major problems facing the growing software-driven automotive industry is security compromise. On the consumer side, similar to the electronics industry, automotive companies are targeting the increased use of biometrics. It is essentially the transmission of data facilitated by the use of...
    Faurecia and HELLA to emerge a more capable supplier in interior and lighting space
    On 31 January 2022, Faurecia announced that it completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA; the deal was announced on 14 August 2021. Faurecia SE (PAR:EO, market capitalization USD6.46 billion as on 21 February 2022) acquired 79.5% HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (XETR...
    Is the European Commission’s proposed Chips Act a lost chance to secure chip supplies?
    The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council to establish a framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem or Chips Act, just like the US government’s recent policy on semiconductors, aims at securing strategic supp...
    Cars that watch you: Driver monitoring system
    Driver monitoring systems (DMS) are high-tech safety features that detect driver drowsiness or distraction and issue a warning or alert to refocus the driver's attention on the task of driving. In most cases, a sensor mounted on the steering column or dashboard includes eye tracking software that...
    Special analysis: New battery electric vehicle entrants in China
    The global automobile industry has experienced a huge change toward electrification in recent years. Startup battery-electric vehicle (BEV) manufacturers have played an essential role in this era and even led technical development in multiple segments. Aside from currently being the world’s larges...
    Demand for high-density, fast-charging batteries to drive adoption of immersion cooling technology
    Increasing the demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries that can deliver longer driving range, faster charging capabilities, safety, and sustainability is not only leading to a rapid evolution in the battery chemistries but also the thermal management techniques to optimize the battery performance...
    Today's chip shortage is accelerating tomorrow's investment
    In 2021, chip technology has strategic geopolitical significance as every regional government announced billions of dollars in support of semiconductor industry. Now, semiconductors are at the center of major geostrategic interests as well as the global technological race. Automakers are eager to...
    Cobalt in future EV supply chains: Addressing long-term demands through strategic investments
    1. Introduction – Cobalt and the EV revolution Driven primarily by emission-based legislations and mandatory electrification-targets worldwide, the electric vehicle (EV) industry has grown exponentially over the last few years with the demand for EVs nearly doubling between 2020 and 2021, from ...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen ID4
    The first-generation Volkswagen ID4 is assembled at parent VW Group's factory in Zwickau Germany.Production of the new electric crossover will peak at more than 112,500 units in 2024. 
    UI/UX technologies from CES 2022
    The latest edition of the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, was marred by physical cancelations from major companies such as Harman, Continental, and BMW owing to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. However, eventually, around 400,000 people participated in one of the biggest global electr...
    Leather sourcing and processing set to become more environmentally friendly
    Stringent government regulations and policies are enforcing responsible extraction methods to meet consumers’ changing lifestyle choices. An increasing trend is seen with car buyers opting for products and materials with least impact on the environment. This carbon-neutral initiative has led to gr...
    Reviewing connected car technologies from CES 2022
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began in 1967 and since then has become one of the biggest electronics shows in the world. The annual event is organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and sees participation from global automakers, consumer electronics giants, and suppliers. Despite...
    Outlook for LED projector and reflector headlamp production in Asian markets
    Headlamps are increasingly being used to differentiate vehicles and as a style statement. The market for light emitting diode (LED)-based headlamps is strong in Europe and North America, but demand for such headlamps is now growing rapidly even in markets such as South Asia where halogen-based headl...
    Analog chips – poised to become the next big threat to automakers?
    The automotive semiconductor supply tightness will likely ease in 2022 and in the first half of 2023. However, there is a risk of pressure points building up again at the end of 2023 or early 2024. According to IHS Markit’s analysis, new concerns are emerging over the supply of analog chips. After...
    The braking system industry in 2022 – Level 3 autonomy and beyond
    In the early 2010s, with the launch of the very first “driving assistance” systems, automakers began to rely on the braking system’s electronic stability control (ESC) unit, originally designed to improve driving stability, to decelerate the vehicle without driver input, in emergencies. Since ...
    Auto parts to software ecosystem: Does Aptiv and Wind River merger make sense?
    Well-known auto parts maker Aptiv acquired automotive and IoT software developer Wind River on 11 January 2022. This is the first automotive acquisition of this year. This deal is the biggest since 2017 and the divergence of Delphi by Aptiv. Aptiv Aptiv PLC, formerly known as Delphi Automotive...
    Digital entry systems poised to grow this decade
    The use of smartphones for automotive applications is not new. From Android Auto to Apple CarPlay, mirroring applications from the smartphone on the infotainment head unit has been in play for around seven years now. The idea behind it is customer convenience, with automakers enabling the driver or ...
    Stellantis’ push for multi-billion software revenues rests on customer-centric offerings
    Earlier this month, Stellantis chalked out its software strategy for the decade, validating the paradigm shift in the automotive industry as more OEMs begin to focus on software-driven revenues. The Netherlands-based automaker forecast that its software-enabled products and subscriptions would gener...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Mokka
    The second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is assembled at the Stellantis Poissy facility in France. Output of this model, at the French plant, is expected to peak at more than 136,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Qashqai
    Produced by the Nissan since 2006, with most of the European volume built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan’s compact crossover SUV is now in its third generation. With production starting in June 2021, the all-new Qashqai is Nissan's first model built in Europe using a significant ...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT
    The first-generation Audi e-tron GT is assembled alongside the Audi R8 at Audi’s Boellinger Hoefe facility in Germany. Output of this model is expected to peak at 14,000 units in 2026, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 BMW 2-Series
    The second-generation BMW 2-Series 2-door coupé (G42) is the first BMW designed by BMW of Mexico. It is also assembled in BMW's San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. Output of this model is expected to peak at around 43,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is assembled in Detroit Michigan, USA. Output of this model at the Michigan plants is expected to peak at around 480,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Evolving vehicle safety norms and consumer preference to push demand for airbags globally
    For suppliers and automakers working with technology development and viability of airbags, regulatory developments can have a substantial impact on planning and deployment—especially production volume. Stricter regulations and mandates being enforced by NCAP bodies are expected to increase in the ...
    Chip shortage: Automakers’ plan to ensure supply of chips and guide their design
    Ford Motor took a step toward in addressing the chip shortage challenge in November, announcing a collaboration that will allow GlobalFoundries (GF) to increase supplies of semiconductors for Ford for its current vehicle lineup, as well as research and development (R&D) purposes. Ford already pu...
    Special Report: Foxconn's preparedness to redefine EV value chain
    Taiwan-based Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Technology Group, is promoting a new electric vehicle (EV) business model that has the potential to drive extensive collaboration in the industry, reduce research and development (R&D) cost, and shorten the development cycle for new EV products. Ov...
    Electrical steel: Another temporary supply chain shortage or a threat to OEMs’ electrification plans?
    This report has contributions from xEL Mobility and Metals Technology Consulting. As the automotive industry battles the semiconductor shortages, which have prevented the production of 9.3 million units to date, the rapid expansion in growth of EV sales raises questions about the future availabil...
    Software operating system development cost analysis: In Vehicle-Infotainment
    This is pushing the development of vehicles with integrated infotainment systems that provide a combination of entertainment, connected features and marketplace, and information for enhanced in-vehicle experience. Modern in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems connect with all the smart automotive tec...
    E/E architectures: Move to centralized architecture
    Over the coming years, the automotive industry will be significantly affected by the confluence of autonomous driving, electrification, connectivity, and shared mobility. There has been rapid growth in the volume of data flowing in the vehicle, as more cameras, radar, and lidar systems provide huge ...
    Evolving role of AI and machine learning — primarily for autonomous vehicles
    Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to assist a driver in the process of driving, making the experience safer, more comfortable, simpler, and even more efficient. There are several types of ADAS functionality available, and they may be offered as standard equipment or made availab...
    Are infotainment and ADAS features among the biggest misses due to the semiconductor shortage?
    The ongoing global semiconductor shortage shows no signs of easing. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced industry shutdowns, automakers have been grappling with vehicle productions caused by the unavailability of key car chips. According to the IHS Markit October light vehicle production forecast, tot...
    How LED is driving innovation in rear lighting
    Automotive rear lighting is undergoing a rapid transition to enable safer driving and enhance the look of a vehicle. Automakers are paying greater attention in designing the lighting system of their vehicles’ rear than ever before, given its growing importance in brand differentiation and personal...
    How MicroLEDs can create higher penetration for smart, intelligent automotive lighting
    The lighting domain within the automotive industry has been rapidly progressing in recent years and is no longer just a basic aspect but rather a very important component for safety and aesthetics. As lighting advances, MicroLED is the point of focus owing to its capabilities and flexible build stru...
    Infrastructure bill’s EV charger funding a good start, but more funding likely to be needed to meet growing demand
    On 15 November 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the USD1.2-trillion infrastructure bill. The bill is expected to support the automotive industry in many ways, from improved road conditions, cleaner commercial vehicles, electric vehicle (EV) battery factories, battery recycling, and lithium ...
    Rapid vehicle electrification to drive uptake of integrated thermal management systems
    Electrification of vehicles is fast emerging as the central strategy for mostly all vehicle manufacturers globally in an attempt to cut down carbon emissions from the transportation ecosystem, which is roughly contributes one-third of global carbon emissions. As all major automakers rush to invest i...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this featu...
    Suppliers to the new Rolls-Royce Ghost
    The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is assembled at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, UK. Output of this model is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Rapid
    The second-generation Skoda Rapid is assembled at the Volkswagen Group Kaluga facility in Russia. Output of this model at the Russian plant is expected to peak at more than 27,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutawa...
    Electrification impact on Sensor Market
    For many years, growth in automotive sensors had been driven by improvements in safety, comfort, and propulsion efficiency, often spurred by local market regulations on emissions or key safety systems. While advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have led to new suites of sensors, such as radar, ...
    Analysis of software R&D growth in the automotive industry
    R&D spending by the automotive industry is growing again after a steep decline in 2020. April data from the IHS Markit global automotive R&D survey show automotive companies are increasing their R&D spending by 6.5% compared with 2020. Greater China and Chinese automotive companies are l...
    General Motors' Ultra Cruise: An advanced version of the Super Cruise
    On 10 October 2021, General Motors has announced a new driver-assist system called Ultra Cruise. Going beyond the first of its kind and the currently available Level 2+ hands-free highway driving Super Cruise system, Ultra Cruise promises “door-to-door hands-free driving” capabilities in 95% of ...
    Magnesium shortage in context: A real threat or just a price spike?
    As the automotive sector struggles to sustain production in light of semiconductor shortages, new concerns emerge around the stability of the supply for magnesium, which is key to aluminum production, and is heavily sourced from Mainland China. The price of the raw material has recorded a three-fold...
    How the upcoming ESC regulation will revolutionize the Indian driving assistance system market
    The importance of active safety systems in India came into focus in 2020 when consultancy Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) published a report that outlined the costs and benefits of electronic stability control (ESC) systems in G20 countries. While final dates have not been officially announced y...
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    Germany autonomous vehicle development advancing at lightning speed
    The Bundestag, Germany's lower house, approved a new autonomous driving law in May, allowing shuttle services as well as services that involve dual-mode vehicles with automated valet parking. With the implementation of the new law, Germany has opened its doors—and its roads—to a bright autono...
    Hybrid, battery electric vehicles to drive the demand for brushless DC motors
    While electric motors are used in almost every aspect in a car where motion control applications are required, direct current (DC) motors, in comparison to alternate current (AC) motors, offer more flexibility when it comes to quick start-and-stop functionality, operating at variable speeds, and con...
    Steering wheels of the past, present, and future
    Since its inception in 1894, steering wheels have undergone an unending series of innovations. However, there are talks in the industry that they could soon become obsolete with the advent of autonomous vehicles. Today steering wheels have become stylish, thick, often flat-bottomed inspired from rac...
    LEDs and advanced optical technologies driving the development in automotive ambient lighting
    Lighting is becoming the new chrome. It is made possible by use of light-emitting diode (LED) light sources and related optics, which are unlocking new opportunities for design. Light-based applications in cars no longer fulfill only functional tasks, but are also increasingly becoming elementary co...
    Automakers and suppliers to reinvent supply chain amid chip shortage
    Despite chip plants effectively running on full capacity, the global chip-shortage crisis may not be resolved next year, warned executives from German automotive companies during the IAA Mobility 2021 show in Munich. Top executives from several companies have publicly stated that they do not know...
    Gaming: The future of the in-vehicle experience
    In-vehicle experience is more than just buzz words. With the automotive industry becoming software-driven, OEMs are not just relying on horsepower or mileage as key selling points, but also infotainment services, smart cockpits, as well as large screens are becoming increasingly important. The growt...
    How Amazon and Google are scaling up their automotive ecosystems
    The increasing use of software in cars has led to the rise of a separate ecosystem of companies focused on technologies, such as automotive cloud platforms, autonomous driving, vehicle telematics, vehicle-to-everything (V2X), data management, and automotive cybersecurity. With the growing emphasis o...
    Circular Economy: The road to material circularity in the automotive industry
    The importance of the automotive industry’s role in the global economy’s path toward complete material circularity came into focus this month when the IAA Mobility 2021 Auto Show chose to include sustainability as one of its product themes. This article provides a brief overview of how the ...
    Grille/logo illumination is on the rise
    Design trends within the automotive industry undoubtedly spread across the industry like a wildfire, and this can certainly be applied to illuminated grilles and logos as well. Exterior lighting other than headlamps and taillamps is increasingly being used to differentiate vehicles and as a style st...
    Trends in floor consoles
    Floor consoles are an indispensable part of modern passenger vehicles. They occupy the space between the front seats of the vehicle and have many utilities and functionalities. The floor console design can be as simple as just providing an enclosure for the gear shifter and parking brake or as compl...
    4D imaging radar: a reliable eye for autonomous vehicles
    The growing use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) capabilities has been beneficial to the radar industry. It is a boon that will continue, not only because the market will grow, but also because of the rapid pace of innovation. The use of radar sensors for in-cabin sensing applications...
    Qualcomm continues to advance in automotive sector
    Qualcomm, headquartered in California, is a semiconductor company best known for its efforts in smartphone connectivity through its popular Snapdragon brand of modems, application processors, and now radio frequency (RF). While smartphones are undoubtedly the company's bread and butter, Qualcomm als...
    Suppliers to the new Hyundai Tucson
    The fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson is assembled at Hyundai’s facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 184,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this fe...
    Center stack display market outlook
    The growth of connectivity across the automotive industry has led to an increase in consumer-centric software-based services and solutions provided by the automaker. While large display units were initially only offered in high-end vehicles, vehicles across most trims in multiple European and North ...
    Special Report: Impact analysis of COVID-19 and the chip shortage crisis
    Compared to the previous light vehicle production forecast, almost 1.5 million fewer vehicles are forecast to be produced in 2021, which translates to a growth of 11.7% over 2020. Another 1 million more cars are now forecast to be produced in 2022 followed by a 700,000-unit increase in 2023. These v...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
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