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    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 ...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Iflytek
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, such as smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift enco...
    Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
    OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
    Inside the Nissan Ariya's minimalist cabin
    It offers front- or all-wheel drive options with a choice of battery sizes and delivers impressive horsepower. But what of the interior?  We take a closer look. Inside story The cabin features a sleek and cohesive design with a dashboard that extends into the doors. Two large digital displays, for instruments and infotainment, provide a futuristic and high-tech feel. The use of plush materials throughout the cabin adds a touch of luxury and comfort, including an Alcantara suede cov...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with KPIT Technologies
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Foryou General Electronics interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) govern operations, integrate new features and facilitate the addition of novel functionalities through software. This advancement in the automotive industry is paving the way for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. SDVs are evolving through the separation of software and hardware development, similar to smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are creating "walled gardens" for applications, which involves continuous agile software de...
    INTERVIEW: Factorial Energy on the role of solid-state batteries in EVs
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Siyu Huang, CEO and co-founder of Factorial Energy discusses the challenges and opportunities in the production and implementation of solid-state batteries (SSBs) in electric vehicles (EVs). Huang highlights the importance of collaboration and standardization to reduce costs and enhance sustainability in the supply chain. Huang explains that SSBs have the potential to address the limitations of current lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in EVs, such as r...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye’s vision for software-defined vehicles
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Mobileye executives discuss the transformations in Software-Defined Vehicles (SDVs) and the impact on vehicle operations. We learn more about how data from automated driving systems underpins live graphics in vehicle visualization, creating advanced alerts for vehicle operators and adding a second layer of defense to collision avoidance applications. The challenges in SDV design are also discussed, with the company highlighting its work with original eq...
    Aehra's EV strategy: Shunning the kilowatt power race for user-focused, smooth journeys
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview with Franco Cimatti, chief engineering officer of Aehra, a Milan-based start-up, he discusses the company's clean-sheet approach to designing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). He also touches on Aehra's positioning, differentiation in the ultra-premium electric vehicle market, the transition from hybrids to full EV solutions, and their partnerships for carbon fiber and battery technology. The discussion delves into Aehra's vision for EV charging, bidirec...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Elektrobit
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Navigating the semiconductor shift
    This discussion delves into the nuanced dynamics of the automotive semiconductor sector for 2024, exploring growth projections, product categories driving expansion, and the delicate balance between supply, demand and pricing. From the ascendancy of electric powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to the intricate patterns of memory chip markets, it examines the complexities of the semiconductor landscape. It also encompasses the ramifications of inventory adjustments, the poten...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with DXC Technology
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Forvia interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Red Hat
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Harman
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Automotive Supplier Outlook 2024
    The automotive industry grappled with a range of challenges this year, including ongoing supply chain disruptions, chip shortages, rising energy costs, inflation, recession fears, waning consumer demand, a shift towards software and electronics, labor shortages, strike action, and volatile order forecasts. It also faced several geopolitical concerns and challenges, including the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, which resulted in tariffs and trade barriers that disrupted global su...
    Interview: Inova Semiconductors on the scope of ISELED technology
    Over the past few years, the Intelligent Smart Embedded LED (ISELED) Alliance has grown to over 50 members, with top suppliers such as Valeo, Antolin, Hella, Magna and Renesas, among many others. ISELED is based on smart LED modules, offering smart control and communication of each LED, as well as calibration of color and brightness during LED module production. ISELED technology can be used not just for automotive interior lighting but for external lighting, general transport, aerospace and ind...
    INTERVIEW: Steering tomorrow’s car
    The increasing demand for electric vehicles and the need for advanced steering technologies have driven the development of electric power steering (EPS) systems. To learn more, we spoke to executives from Titan, a UK-based specialist in developing steering systems for bespoke and lower-volume manufacturers, covering a range from manual and hydraulic solutions to next-gen electric and steer-by-wire (SBW) systems. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. S&P Global Mobi...
    INTERVIEW: Infineon Technologies on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/E) a...
    INTERVIEW: Andersen EV redefines the home-charging experience
    Andersen EV is owned by David Martell, who founded Chargemaster in 2008 before selling it to BP 10 years later. He was an advisor on electric vehicle infrastructure to the UK government’s Transport Department from 1995 to 2000. We caught up with him to learn more about the UK home-charging market. Takeaways: Unlike many competitors in the market, the Andersen A2 focuses on design and aesthetic appeal. The charger integrates smart technology, offering features such as solar compatibili...
    INTERVIEW: How carbon-hybrid wheels are redefining automotive performance
    UK-based Dymag specializes in carbon-hybrid wheels, which feature a carbon-fiber rim combined with a metallic center made of high-strength-formed aluminum or magnesium. These wheels target the luxury-performance market and provide weight savings over traditional aluminum wheels. The company is working with its partner Hankuk Carbon to accelerate time-to-market. To learn more, we spoke to Tom de Lange, CEO of Dymag. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. General S&...
    INTERVIEW: Ambarella on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving (AD), connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye on electric/electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle electric/electronic (E/E) arch...
    From code to road: XiL testing's role in vehicle development
    Continuing our series of round tables, S&P Global Mobility held a discussion with three experts about XiL (X-in-the-Loop) testing and its role in the automotive industry, particularly for autonomous vehicles (AVs). XiL testing is driven by the need to integrate various systems in AVs, enabling communication and scalability. The panel discusses how setting up an effective XiL testing environment requires accurate virtual environments, correlated component models and good hardware connectiv...
    Tier 1 suppliers on electric and electronic architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, espec...
    INTERVIEW: Aptiv on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, including charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as fintech and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially the softwa...
    How is in-cabin experience creating new areas of differentiation and value for vehicle manufacturers?
    As vehicle manufacturers search for ways of making electric vehicles more engaging, the in-cabin experience is becoming the new battleground. In a pair of exclusive interviews, we discuss how sound, real-time displays and haptics are being used to create new areas of value for vehicle manufacturers and how updates from the cloud could introduce new commercial opportunities through the lifetime of every vehicle. We talked with Meridian Audio Chief Executive John Buchanan and Epic Games director o...
    ROUND TABLE: How AI is reshaping engineering in the automotive industry
    AI can address specific original equipment manufacturer challenges, enabling greater product development efficiency and faster time to market, which are crucial in the highly competitive automotive industry. Marking the first of our series of roundtable discussions with automotive industry specialists, we gathered three experts to learn more about the current and potential use of AI in the automotive industry, covering sales efficiency, potential job creation, regulatory aspects and its role in ...
    INTERVIEW: Lumotive on Light Control Metasurface chipsets for the automotive industry
    Lumotive's optical semiconductor solutions enable advanced sensing and perception capabilities in next-generation consumer, mobility and industrial automation products, such as mobile devices, autonomous vehicles and robots. On July 27, Lumotive announced that it has entered a commercial agreement with camera-module specialist Namuga, which will leverage Lumotive's Light Control Metasurface (LCM) chipsets to develop solid-state lidar module solutions for a range of 3D-sensing applications in aut...
    INTERVIEW: ECARX on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially t...
    INTERVIEW: TriEye on the future of short-wave infrared sensing technology
    Sensing technology that uses short-wave infrared (SWIR) can do a better job than solid state and spinning lidar, and is 10 times cheaper and less complex, according to TriEye. To learn more, we spoke to Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of TriEye. TriEye, a semiconductor startup based in Israel, has launched its Spectrum Enhanced Detection and Ranging (SEDAR) platform. Backed by Intel, Samsung and Porsche, SEDAR uses SWIR technology to provide 2D imaging and 3D-depth sens...
    From spray to films: The art of automotive finishing
    Automotive paint films are made from paint that can be applied in layers without the need for heat; this offers environmental benefits and new aesthetic options compared with traditional automotive paint. They can be applied to various surfaces and provide sustainability benefits by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. To learn more, we caught up with Daniel Bencun, CEO, PPG Advanced Surface Technologies. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation: S&P Global M...
    INTERVIEW: Urbix on graphite and other promising anode technologies
    Graphite has been traditionally used in the automotive sector for brake linings and clutch materials. However, its significance has been increasing due to its crucial role in electric vehicle batteries. Graphite serves as the anode material in these batteries, and there are no viable alternatives. The rising popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles, along with grid storage systems, has triggered a surge in demand and generated new business for Urbix, a graphite processor, says it is helpin...
    INTERVIEW: Marelli on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, espec...
    Interview: Lumileds on LED light and lighting supply chain
    Lumileds, one of the key suppliers of integrated LED solutions and modules for automotive applications, expects the adoption of LED-based lighting to grow in all lighting systems in a vehicle — such as headlights, taillights, ambient lighting and daytime running lights — in addition to many new applications, including grill and logo illumination. In an interview with S&P Global Mobility, Dirk Vanderhaeghen, senior director of global strategic marketing at Lumileds, shared his thoughts on...
    INTERVIEW: Over-the-air (OTA) updates and the automotive industry
    There has been mainstream market emergence of OTA updates in cars in recent years, primarily precipitated by recall and warranty costs and owing to the rapid development of autonomous cars. With the amount of software per car continuing to grow, the number of software-related recalls is also projected to grow significantly over the next decade, thus rendering OTA updates even more critical. To learn more about how the automotive OTA industry is placed currently and is poised to evolve going ...
    Interior Insight: Kia Sportage
    Launched in 2022, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage was designed and developed for the European market. Continuing our series of interior reviews, we take a closer look inside. What is the difference between the European Sportage and the version sold in other markets around the world? A spokesperson for the Korean carmaker said: “When deciding the scope of the design for the Sportage, it was decided that Europe, and indeed the UK, deserved an SUV honed for buyers’ specific tastes. This al...
    INTERVIEW: Charging trends and the 30-minute retail economy
    The current electric vehicle charging infrastructure offering is diverse in terms of product quality, user experience and payment systems. Sometimes chargers are out of service. Sometimes the payment system is down. Given that the EV charging network is still in its infancy, there is plenty of room for improvement. To learn more about tomorrow’s charging infrastructure, trends in the public transport charging space and the 30-minute retail economy, we spoke to Bill Loewenthal, chief product of...
    INTERVIEW: Spotlight on Manganese
    The role of manganese in the battery-material conversation is frequently disregarded, given that it is used in smaller amounts compared with other metals in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its primary function is as a stabilizer in the cathode. However, there is growing OEM and investor interest in manganese. Tesla and Volkswagen have expressed interest in shifting their Li-ion battery designs away from cobalt and nickel and toward manganese. Mainland China dominates the manganese market, accoun...
    INTERVIEW: Continental on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    Original equipment manufacturers are expected to shift to a centralized architecture in an evolutionary manner and in most cases, follow similar steps with only a few variations. According to recent research by S&P Global Mobility, the proportion of vehicles equipped with zonal architecture is anticipated to increase from 2% in 2022 to 38% in 2034, indicating a significant growth in market share over this period. Continuing our series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers about this hot topic,...
    INTERVIEW: Veoneer on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The vehicle architecture is changing from a large distribution of small ECUs with small amounts of processing, memory and control code to a centralized system with fewer, more powerful hardware blocks (domain controllers, center computers) and centralized software code. This supports the software-defined vehicle and manages the increasing traffic caused mainly by sensors for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). To learn more and continue our series of interviews with tier-1 suppliers on t...
    INTERVIEW: Aehra on the opportunities and challenges for a battery-electric vehicle startup
    The switch to electrification means there is an opportunity for startup automakers unburdened by legacy costs and investments to change the way cars are designed and built. “We assessed the waters with a few SPACs and found the level of redemptions, mixed with the cost overburden of being public too soon was entirely counterproductive.” “We see electric mobility as an opportunity, a brand leveller. Where perceptions of certain brands and products may have lagged reality in the past, u...
    INTERVIEW: Vitesco Technologies on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services like charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially the ...
    Interview: Harman on audio and sound technologies
    Audio systems are no longer viewed in a static, “ship it and forget it” way. They can be a continuously updated platform and used to extend the relationship between the consumer and original equipment manufacturer. Immersive audio experiences such as seat-based or headrest-based speakers becoming mainstream applications remains a holy grail pursuit in the automotive audio space. Shared mobility is another driver for development. Providing multiple users their own unique audio experience, w...
    Charging ahead: McLaren Applied on the next ‘wave’ of electrification
    UK-based McLaren Applied is a specialist in vehicle electrification, particularly inverters. It recently struck a deal with STMicroelectronics for the supply of silicon carbide power modules for its 800V inverter. Inverter technology is rapidly adopting silicon carbide semiconductors, and McLaren has turned to the Geneva-based company in the absence of a local supply chain. To learn more about the inverters market and the migration from distributed ECU E/E architecture to a centralized zona...
    INTERVIEW: Can driving simulators reflect reality?
    Driving simulators have always attempted to connect real people with imaginary vehicles. The fundamental principle is not new; however, the technology used to make this happen is a moving target. Since the 1990s, driving simulators have taken on many forms — from small-scale gaming/ entertainment systems to the large-scale systems used by vehicle manufacturers for their product research and development (R&D) activities. The variation in driving simulator designs has mos...
    INTERVIEW: Continental on the HUD market
    Once the domain of jet fighter aircraft, heads-up displays (HUDs) are becoming popular in cars. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is under consideration to prioritize situational and contextual content in augmented reality (AR) HUDs. Regulations could control display content thereby limiting the use cases for AR HUDs. Although HUDs first went into production back in 1988 with GM, the technology had been very slow in gaining traction in the last couple of decades. However, in the l...
    INTERVIEW: Role of leather in sustainable interior design
    Given that passenger wellbeing is high on the agenda, consumers are prioritizing in-vehicle relaxation and seeking comforting tactile and visual cues that can enhance that feeling. Customization is another big trend. OEMs are expanding their luxury offerings to enable customers to express their personalities and lifestyles more visibly. Interior design is also trending toward more digitalized surface qualities, e.g., integrated touch controls, design effects and lighting. The desire to embra...
    INTERVIEW: Sustainable alternatives for in-cabin materials
    Automotive interior design study initially focuses on the use of sustainable materials for “A” surface applications and discovers that there is wider-reaching potential.  Design and engineering consultancy Callum’s recipe for a sustainable car interior includes coffee, lentils, eggshells, rice, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and walnut shells that have the potential to meet car interior production feasibility by 2030.  Like the design of electric vehicles (EVs), con...
    Interview with Harman: Tomorrow’s Driver Monitoring Systems
    OEM interest in driver monitoring systems (DMS) is regulatory driven, currently based on drowsiness distraction and Child Presence Detection (CPD). Consumers want safety and wellbeing experiences in their car, seeking for it to become part of their digital-health ecosystem. Supporting subscriptions is part of Harman’s envisaged business model. The idea of a car watching the driver is not new. Systems that scrutinize the driver’s gaze for signs of drowsiness have been around for year...
    INTERVIEW: Improving brake feel in the electric era
    One of the fundamental differences with EVs, compared with ICE vehicles, is the complex hybrid braking system. The integration of the traditional mechanical brake and the electric regenerative system is incredibly challenging. Ensuring the brake system feels consistent to what consumers have already become accustomed to could become a key purchasing decision. Traditionally, ‘brake feel’ has only been evaluated using subjective opinions but AB Dynamics has developed a means to add crucial obj...
    INTERVIEW: "We are very optimistic about the future," says Glyn Jones, country manager and president of Gestamp India
    Gestamp has been present in the Indian market for over 15 years, operating three manufacturing facilities and a technical center. The Spain-based company showcased several innovative solutions at the Auto Expo 2023. In a conversation with S&P Global’s Om Sharma on the sidelines of the auto show Glyn Jones, country manager and president of Gestamp India, shared his views on the demand scenario for its solutions in the India automotive market. Edited excerpts: Gestamp presence in India ...
    NOVELIC: “ADAS is expected to have high growth rates even in times of crises”
    NOVELIC is a leading self-sustaining provider of mm Wave radar sensors, perception solutions, and full stack embedded systems. It has a large portfolio of mm Wave radar sensors and IPs and develops custom products for automotive, autonomous driving, robotics, Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. At the Auto Expo, S&P Global’s Sr Analyst Rohan Hazarika spoke with Jure Galic, Business Development and Marketing Executive at NOVELIC, about the partnership with Sona Comstar. Edit...
    Talking Heads: CASE on the road to nowhere?
    The CASE megatrends – connected, autonomous, shared and electric – in case you’ve not been paying attention, have been the hot topics of the automotive industry in the past decade. They’ve even given rise to talk of the industry in the whole as the mobility industry rather than the more prosaic automotive industry. But is the CASE narrative running into trouble? Hot on the heels of the news that Ford and VW were exiting their Argo AI autonomous driving technology venture came news out...
    GAC Group to invest over USD320 million for setting up new electric drive technology company
    Mainland Chinese state-owned vehicle manufacturer GAC Group plans to set up a new company to develop and industrialize electric drive systems and hybrid electric coupling systems, a news report published by PANDAILY said on 12 August. GAC Group aims to invest CNY2.16 billion (USD320.7 million) in setting up the said company, which will be tentatively named Electric Drive Technology Company, it said, citing a company announcement on 11 August. The report further stated that the new compan...
    INTERVIEW: Dr. Andrew Kee, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Scientist at Woodbridge Foam Corporation
    Woodbridge is a global manufacturer that provides specialized fully integrated foam solutions for various markets including automotive, commercial, recreational, packaging, healthcare, and building products. IHS Markit (Now a part of S&P Global) recently interviewed Dr. Andrew Kee, Director of Sustainability & Corporate Scientist, Woodbridge, about the company’s offering on TrimVisible BIO polyurethane foam solutions for automotive seats. The following excerpts have been edited. Wha...
    INTERVIEW: Graham Hoare, President, Global Operations, Britishvolt
    Graham Hoare, who joined Britishvolt last year as President of  Global Operations, spoke to IHS Markit about the young EV battery technology and advanced cell manufacturing company's journey so far including, funding goals, the UK’s conducive EV ecosystem, scale up of pilot production to capacity expansion of the proposed Gigaplant, potential partnerships with vehicle manufacturers, sustainability, and carbon emissions. Edited excerpts below: Q: Many congratulations on closing the late...
    INTERVIEW: Tobias Nass, General Manager, Automotive Product Line, Texas Instruments
    Texas Instruments (TI) is a major manufacturer of analog and embedded semiconductors for various markets including automotive, personal electronics, communications equipment, and enterprise systems. TI offers a portfolio of LED drivers and DLP® automotive products. IHS Markit recently interviewed Tobias Nass, general manager of the Automotive Product Line, Texas Instruments DLP® Products, about the company’s offerings for the automotive projection lighting and its DLP technolo...
    INTERVIEW: Yann Tissot, CEO of L.E.S.S.
    Founded in 2012 in Switzerland, Light Efficient Systems (L.E.S.S. ) offers versatile lighting solutions using its novel nano-active fiber technology, which the company claims to be a disrupting alternative to the LED technology setting a new standard of lighting quality. It generates high quality light that exhibits both ultra-uniformity and brightness characteristics. The thinness, flexibility, and 3D lighting nature of L.E.S.S.'s laser wire technology allows for the creation of low weight...
    Mercedes-Benz, CATL expand EV battery technology partnership
    In a press release on 5 August, Mercedes-Benz announced that it is expanding its collaboration with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) for electric vehicle (EV) battery technology development. Through its strategic partnership with CATL, Mercedes-Benz will advance its development of current and future lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The two partners have already started working on future battery generations to be introduced in a number of vehicles within the next few years. The goal of the p...
    INTERVIEW: Jewel Li, COO, AutoX Technologies
    Founded in 2016 in Silicon Valley, California, United States, by Professor Jianxiong Xiao, AutoX has made significant progress in developing a Level 4 autonomous driving system. The company started testing its autonomous vehicle fleet, equipped with its Level 4 system called AutoX Driver, on public roads in California in 2017. In 2018, AutoX launched its first RoboDelivery pilot service in California. In 2019, the company secured a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPU...
    INTERVIEW: Dr. Dirk Linzmeier, CEO of OSRAM Continental
    OSRAM Continental is a major lighting solutions supplier that combines light with advanced electronics and software expertise. In an interview with IHS Markit, Dr. Dirk Linzmeier, CEO of OSRAM Continental, talked about his company’s effort toward integration of advanced electronics and software for developing intelligent lighting solutions for vehicle interior and exterior, the rising trend of “LEDification” and OEMs’ rising interest in intelligent lighting systems. Edited excerpts: Q...
    INTERVIEW: OEMs globally are moving up the lighting value chain, says Varroc’s Arjun Jain
    Varroc is a global tier-1 automotive component group offering a range of exterior lighting systems, plastic and polymer components, electrical-electronics components, and precision metallic components for passenger cars. In an interview with IHS Markit, Arjun Jain, president, Electrical-Electronics business and whole-time director at Varroc, talks about the trends in the automotive lighting industry, especially in India, and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s operations. Edited e...
    INTERVIEW: Ambient lighting market expected to double from EUR2 billion to EUR4 billion within the next seven years, says Dr James Gourlay, CTO/Technical Director at designLED
    Multiple technological developments are shaping the automotive lighting industry. To compete with changes in the industry, manufacturers are focusing on incorporating new lighting features within a vehicle that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also help create different moods for vehicle passengers. Automotive interior surface lighting has started garnering traction in recent years. In this area, designLED is an innovative Scottish LED lighting technology company with specific exp...
    GM to invest USD40 million in propulsion system plant in US
    GM has announced plans to invest USD40 million in its Spring Hill global propulsion system (GPS) plant in Tennessee, United States, to ramp up 5.3 L, V8 engine production capacity, the automaker said in a press release on 16 January. The company equips its select full-size SUVs and trucks including the Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban as well as GMC Sierra, with the 5.3 L, V8 engines. “This investment further solidifies GM’s commitment to our team and jobs for our community,” sai...
    Volkswagen Group, partners to invest USD4.4 billion in China in 2020
    Volkswagen Group (VW), along with its Chinese partners, will invest EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) in China next year, the Germany-based automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. About 40% of this investment is earmarked for electromobility as part of the VW group’s electrification strategy. Over the next few years, VW plans to spend more on new energy vehicles (NEV), which included all-electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars, in China than on fuel cars.    In...
    Veoneer’s CTO says automotive-focused software will drive future profits
    Automotive-focused software will be the driving force for future profits of Swedish supplier Veoneer, the company's chief technology officer (CTO) Nishant Batra said, as reported by Automotive News Europe on 4 November. “An industry that was traditionally building engines and chassis is now spending more and more money on software,” Batra said. "This is one of the biggest investments that we expect in the coming decade.” Batra also added that driver-assistance systems will dominate t...
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and advancements in machine vision technologies. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are becoming common in high-end cars owing to less cost constraints, however, these features are still finding their ...
    EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
    One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product lineup or develop complete new electric vehicles from the ground up. The clock is ticking at a rapid pace for traditional gas guzzlers, and it will not be long before fossil fuels are buried away by ...
    INTERVIEW – “Personalization is a big trend for automotive interiors that will have a tremendous effect on future developments in lighting,” says Mike Godwin, Director of Automotive LED Marketing, Osram Opto Semiconductors
    Germany-based lighting solutions supplier Osram is currently focusing on developing intelligent and dynamic lighting technology for in-car applications. According to the supplier, personalized lighting will become an integral part of the passenger cell in the era of autonomous driving and light sources will perform a number of additional functions besides ambient lighting. At electronica 2018 trade fair in November last year, OSRAM presented a prototype of the RGB-LED ‘Osire E4633i’, wh...
    INTERVIEW – “The key role of policymakers is in making sure there are clear guidelines for the mass adoption of V2X technology,” says Yaniv Sulkes, vice-president of business development and marketing, Autotalks
    Automakers are increasingly focusing on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technology, which connects a vehicle with other vehicles, roadside infrastructure and other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, to enhance safety for vehicle occupants and road users. The technology has significant potential to reduce road accidents and help manage traffic flow better in urban areas, which in turn could contribute to better fuel economy and lower vehicular emissions. V2X is also seen as ke...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to this change. Rather there have been several significant changes in braking systems in the past decade, where they are not just mechanical components anymore, but married to electronic components to ...
    BMW, Great Wall Motor form JV to produce MINI EVs in China
    BMW has signed an agreement with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor to form a joint venture (JV) to produce electric vehicles (EVs) under its MINI brand in China, the German automaker said in a press release on 10 July. The 50:50 JV, Spotlight Automotive, will be based in Jiangsu Province, where the two partners plan to set up a production facility. Apart from producing MINI EVs, the JV will produce EVs for Great Wall Motor. The establishment of the new JV is subject to approval from the relevan...
    INTERVIEW – “There is a lot of competition in the mobility space, and we expect that will become more of a trend over the next few years,” says Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America
    Moovel is simplifying urban mobility. The wholly owned subsidiary of the Daimler Group is looking beyond cars and is specializing in multi-modal transportation. Moovel is focusing on seamlessly connecting different modes of transportation such as trains, bicycles and autonomous buses to make daily commuting easier, more comfortable and enjoyable. In doing so, the company is partnering with cities, transit authorities and its customers to help them transform cities by providing convenient and sus...
    INTERVIEW – “JV is focused on deeper integration of electronic vehicle architecture, software algorithms, and sensor fusion with lighting modules,” says Andreas Wolf, head of Body & Security Business Unit at Continental
    Early last month, Continental and Osram agreed to form a joint venture (JV) to collaborate on development of innovative and intelligent lighting solutions by leveraging their respective expertise in lighting, software, and electronics. In an interview with IHS Markit, Andreas Wolf, head of the Body & Security Business Unit at Continental, shared some more information on the JV. Edited excerpts: Andreas Wolf, head of Body & Security Business Unit, Continental Q. What kind o...
    ZF/Brakes India: Tapping into India’s EPB market
    Parking brakes are not the most “intriguing” component for creative innovations. However, automakers and suppliers have been relatively active throughout the years trying to push for new solutions in this field, according to Paolo Martino, chassis principal analyst at IHS Markit. Parking brakes have evolved from the simple cable-puller type manual brake with a hand lever or a foot pedal, to electric cable puller type that uses an electric switch along with a cable puller unit and a ball-in-r...
    INTERVIEW – “Our focus is currently on affordable LED lighting for mass market vehicles”, says Vineet Sahni, CEO, Lumax Industries
    Lumax Industries Limited, a flagship company of DK Jain Group, is one of the leading lighting system suppliers to the Indian automotive industry. The company has nine manufacturing plants in India, including a new plant in Sanand city, which currently has capacity for 300,000 car sets annually. Lumax supplies its products to OEMs such as Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, and Honda Cars and claims a market share of around 60% in the Indian passenger car segment. Besides, the co...
    INTERVIEW – “We need to be strong in plug-in market as well to have world-class manufacturing scale,” says Jeff Kessen, vice president of corporate strategy, A123 Systems
    A123 Systems is one of the leading battery manufacturers, especially for the low-voltage segment. However, the company is now looking at developing products for the plug-in vehicle segment that require high capacity battery. This strategy, A123 Systems thinks, will help the company have world-class manufacturing scale and drive growth in future. Jeff Kessen, vice president of corporate strategy at A123 Systems, spoke to Srikant Jayanthan of IHS Markit’s Supplier Insight about what the company ...
    Sixteen Korean suppliers to set up production units in India’s Andhra Pradesh state
    Around 16 South Korean companies signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh state in India on Monday (19 March) to establish production facilities to support Kia Motors' upcoming vehicle manufacturing plant in the state, reports Press Trust of India (PTI). These companies, together, will invest USD737 million in new auto parts manufacturing facilities. The planned investment is expected to create 6,583 jobs, according to an official release by the Andhra Prade...
    Continental to set up new plant in Hungary for automotive electronics
    Continental will build a new manufacturing plant in Debrecen, Hungary to produce automotive electronics products, the German auto parts supplier announced in a press release yesterday (22 February). The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018, with production expected to start in the third quarter of 2020. The new 7,000-square meter plant will produce sensors and transmission control units for the European market. The company will invest EUR100 m...
    INTERVIEW: Eric Feunteun, Global Program Director, Electric Vehicles & Batteries, Renault
    This year’s Auto Expo in India had a completely different feel to it compared with the previous editions of the show for the sheer number of electric vehicles (EV) displayed. In all, over 50 EVs were showcased, which was unprecedented for the auto show. However, though automakers and suppliers look ready with their electrification technologies for the Indian market, they await concrete and supportive policies, including financial and other incentives, from the Indian government. French automak...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Thermal Insights
    The 2017 IAA was paramount for the automobile industry which has been besieged by increasing regulatory pressure to prove their commitment towards reducing vehicular emissions and environmental footprint. The showcased products at the show catered to IC engines, e-mobility and alternative fuel cell technology. Most industry leaders, while agreeing about electrification being the future, believed that the internal combustion engine still had a very important role to play until the transition was ...
    INTERVIEW – Apollo Tyres eyes ASEAN, Middle East, African and US markets for next phase of growth
    India-based Apollo Tyres’ revenues from its international operations have grown significantly over the past decade and the company is committed to increasing it further in the coming years. In the fiscal year 2016/17, the company’s revenues from APMEA (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa) were up 1.9% y/y to INR101 billion (USD1.55 billion), while revenues from EA (Europe and America) rose 35.6% y/y to INR43 billion (USD662.5 million). Total revenue increased 10.2% y/y to INR141.7 billion (...
    London Taxi Company partners with Chargemaster for charging units
    Chargemaster will supply its home-charging equipment for London Taxi Company’s (LTC) new range-extended electric taxis, the company announced in a press release last week. Chargemaster said that using a new website, LTC customers will be offered a seamless end-to-end service, from initial enquiry, to charging point installation, to customer handover and training. “The new taxi is currently undergoing the most comprehensive product quality testing programme in our 98 year history, and we’re...
    INTERVIEW – Emission business in CV segment to grow exponentially for us in India, says Faurecia
    France-based auto component maker Faurecia expects a significant shift in business dynamics in its emission control technologies division in India. From being a fringe contributor to the overall Faurecia’s revenues in the country, the commercial vehicle (CV) segment could bring home a quarter of the total revenues for the company in the next two years.   “CV business is going to boom for us as Bharat Standard-IV (BS-IV) emission norms comes into effect from April 2017. This is g...
    Iran Khodro plans more plants in Azerbaijan
    Iran Khodro (IKCO) plans to further expand its assembly presence in Azerbaijan, reports Trend News Agency. The Iranian automaker is planning to open four more car plants in the country, according to the report, which cited Azerbaijani economy minister Shahin Mustafayev. The minister was speaking at the Azerbaijan-Iran business forum in Urmia, Iran. Mustafayev is leading a delegation from Azerbaijan to Iran to discuss greater bilateral co-operation in various areas. Significance: The two count...
    Interview: Jeff Nedwick, Infor
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by talking about how Infor works with automotive suppliers? Jeff Nedwick: That’s our sweet-spot, that’s our target market. We work with some OEMs, Ferrari for example, but [companies like that] are not our core. Most of our customers are tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers. What do you do for those customers? Our latest product is called CloudSuite Automotive. It’s an integrated suite of products specificall...
    Interview: Wil James, Toyota
    The interview took place in January 2017. Julian Buckley: What is your history with Toyota and at TMMK? Wil James: I joined Toyota in 1987, so I’m just going into my 30th year. My background is in mechanical engineering and so I started on the engineering side, but I was able to convince the company to give me a chance as a first-line supervisor. I went on to get supervisory experience in the environmental area, then production control. I moved into manufacturing in 2000, took on the rol...
    Interview: Jim Bovenzi, General Motors
    This interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by getting an outline of your responsibilities? Jim Bovenzi: This is a group we put together about two years ago, we call it Demand and Supply. It's the bridge between the sales and marketing organization and the supply community. I report to Steve Kiefer, senior VP of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain and to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.  Jim Bovenzi, GM (Source: General Motors) Th...
    Interview: Hau Thai-Tang, Ford
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: What are the sourcing differences between volume production and the new GT? Hau Thai-Tang: The GT is actually a unique business model. We've partnered with Multimatic [Motorsports] and they're building the vehicles on our behalf. They've put in all the investment to build a low-volume assembly plant and they took the lead on a lot of the sourcing. We've worked in conjunction with them, but many of the contracts are between M...
    Interview with Hiroshi Kato, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey
    What changes were needed to accommodate the new C-HR at the Sakarya plant? HK: There were a huge amount of changes. As you may know, C-HR is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), however we had to combine the current-platform Corolla with C-HR production. We cannot have a dedicated line to support assembly of the new car, so we had to set up mixed production. We have optimized the equipment, the data control, while also modernizing chassis, final and inspection areas. Hir...
    BorgWarner expects near-term fuel-economy investments to continue
    BorgWarner CEO James Verrier told media at an event on 11 November that automakers are unlikely to pull back from alternative powertrain development over the next three to five years. "I don't think the automakers will back off. I don't think we'll see a regression," he is quoted as saying about automakers' investments into developing electric vehicles (EVs), upgraded powertrains, and reducing weight to address CAFE standards. But he acknowledged the political situation may have a longer-term im...
    Interview with Tarcisio Telles, Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast
    Can you give a brief explanation of the relationship between Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast? In June 2015, the owner of Plasticos Mueller, Ricardo Jacob, bought a second plastics company, Tecnoplast. It was a difficult decision, as Brazil was still in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in its history. I was brought in as CEO to help consolidate operations and improve overall performance, using my previous manufacturing expertise. Looking at automotive products, how many OEMs are y...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the company’s chief marketing officer, Ivan Hu, spoke about the changing trends and future prospects of LED market globally. LED has been the fastest growing segment in automotive lighting. How do you s...
    Infiniti VC-T engine - Interview with Alan Raposo, Renault Nissan and Shinichi Kiga, Nissan
    In a roundtable interview, Julian Buckley and other journalists spoke with Renault Nissan’s Alan Raposo, Alliance Global VP, Powertrain and EV Engineering, and Nissan’s Shinichi Kiga, Chief Powertrain Engineer, Gasoline engine project group, about development of the VC-T technology and real-world performance. It has been reported that the VC-T technology has been in development for about 20 years. What is it about the tech that has taken so long to bring it to this point? Alan Raposo...
    Interview with Pam Fletcher, General Motors
    Unlike a lot of electric vehicles, the Ampera-e looks like a standard car. Was the design intended to broaden the appeal of the car? We talked to our customers and did a lot of research. That didn’t start with this car, it goes back to the first-generation Volt.  Our customers were saying they like the way that car looks and that was voiced even more strongly as we went into the second-generation Volt. Customers said they wanted a great car and a great-looking car, so we delivered a se...
    Interview with Paul Williams, Ssangyong Motor UK
    This is the LIV-2, a concept vehicle. Does this represent an all-new model for Ssangyong? PW: Yes, it is. From the ground up, it’s a new model. It’s a concept, but it’s very, very close to the next Y400 Rexton SUV. Let’s start with the platform. Is it modular, in that you can take the various sections and resize them for vehicles of different sizes, segments? It is a new platform, but it has been derived from the current Rexton. That means it’s a body-on-chassis format, quite ...
    Interview with Phil Haydon and David McDonald, Honda
    Is it accurate to say that 40% of output from HUM (Honda UK Manufacturing, Swindon) is now going to North America? Phil Hadon (PH): It will be. When it reaches maximum volume it will be 40%. How has homologation been managed by the suppliers for the new market, looking at such elements as glass, bumpers, lighting? There are some differences from the US-spec to Euro-spec. From the B-pillar forward it’s pretty much common. There are some differences within that, such as the side-turn in...
    Interview with Levant Power: Regenerative damping in EVs
    “EV buyers are looking for the latest technology,” David Hsu, Director Product Management at Levant Power Corporation told IHS SupplierInsight explaining the increasing role of software/controls in improving the driver experience in electrified vehicles (EVs) and the company’s efforts in developing products that meet those demands. The US-based company has developed GenShock, a “smart” suspension energy recovery technology, for semi-active control and on-board electrical genera...
    Interview with Aeristech: Steady state boost with esuperchargers
    With targets for CO2 reduction becoming ubiquitous in inboxes of OEM product managers around the globe, engine downsizing and a resultant requirement for induction boosting using turbochargers is on the rise. Turbocharged engines, however, offer transient gains, and are saddled with complications arising out of factors such as cost, complexity, thermal management and catalyst performance. Electric charge devices have demonstrated they can iron out a number of these issues by providing trans...
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