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    Is Tesla’s application of LFP cathode technology indicative of price over performance?
    A recent development has got the automotive industry talking about a battery chemistry which, over the last half-a-decade, has been steadily losing market share in the electric vehicle (EV) segment—lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Tesla recently received an approval from the Mainland Chinese governme...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19 Pinned
    Washington University develops new fuel cells with higher performance than hydrogen fuel cells
    Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis in the United States have developed new fuel cells with higher performance than hydrogen fuel cells, the university announced in a press release in June. According to the research, the new high-power direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) have an opera...
    Continental collaborates with universities for joint research on AI for autonomous driving
    Continental is continuing its collaboration with international universities under its PRORETA research projects to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions which aim to prevent traffic accidents, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release ...
    European Environment Agency reports increased average CO2 emissions from vehicles in 2019
    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new data that reveals an increase in the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom for the third consecutive year. According to the report, which was published on 26 June, CO2 emission...
    Constellium to head EV battery enclosure project
    Constellium is set to lead a consortium of automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop structural aluminum battery enclosures for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 25 June. Named Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures (ALIVE), the GBP15 million (USD18 million)...
    US has nearly 5,000 electric vehicle DC fast charging stations, says DOE
    In a press release, United States Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announced that as of 29 May 2020, there are 4,984 electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations in the United States. This includes 2,608 CHAdeMO and 2,376 CCS charging stations. Total number of charging poin...
    Stanford University develops new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries
    Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new high-performance electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries, the University announced in a press release on 22 June. The experimental battery with the new electrolyte, abbreviated FDMB, retained 90% of its initial charge after 420 cycles of chargi...
    Ampcera develops low-cost solid electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries
    Ampcera has developed a new solid electrolyte (SE) technology for solid-state batteries, the company announced in a press release on 23 June. Ampcera claimed that the low-cost flexible SE membrane technology would enable solid-state lithium metal batteries with an energy density of 500 Wh/kg. ...
    COBRA Project raises USD13.3 million funding for developing cobalt-free batteries
    Europe-based CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications (COBRA) project has raised EUR11.8 million (USD13.3 million) funding for developing advanced cobalt-free batteries for electric vehicles (EV), TNO announced in a press release on 22 June. TNO is one of the partners in the COBRA co...
    Uswitch study finds 99% y/y increase in reported cyber attacks on connected vehicles in 2019
    Cyber attacks on connected cars have increased by 99% y/y in 2019, according to a new study by Uswitch. The frequency of reported cyber attacks on connected vehicles was seven times higher in 2019 compared with 2016. The survey also found that 67% of new cars registered in the United Kingdom...
    Swiss researchers 3D-print magnetic structure using single grade metal powder
    Researchers at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have developed a 3D-printed magnetic structure using a single grade of steel powder, EMPA announced in a press release on 11 June. EMPA created a small metallic chessboard, four millimeters long on either side. ...
    Zinc alloys greatly improve longevity of automotive parts, says Cranfield University study
    Researchers at Cranfield University have found in a study that switching aluminum with zinc alloys significantly improves the longevity and sustainability of automotive parts, the university announced in a press release earlier in June. The study was conducted by Cranfield University’s Sustainable...
    Radar sensors to see robust demand on growing focus on active safety and driver assistance
    Radar is one of the most widely used sensors in vehicles for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving applications. A radar can be broadly categorized as a short-range radar (SRR) or long-range radar (LRR) depending upon its detection range. Some suppliers also mentioned a thi...
    Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies develops new process combining 3D printing with injection molding
    Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a new process combining 3D printing with injection molding for parts manufacturing, the company announced in a press release last month. Named AXIOM, the method blends the flexibility of 3D printing with the benefits of injection molding. “We have br...
    Texas A&M University develops new 3D printing technology
    Researchers at Texas A&M University, along with 3D printer manufacturer Essentium, have developed a new, more efficient process of 3D printing, news website 3dprintingindustry.com reported in June. The new method weld adjacent layers together in a 3D printed part using plasma science and carbon ...
    Number of EV charging points globally jumps 60% to 862,118 in 2019
    The number of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles (EV) globally has increased 60% in 2019, which is the biggest increase in three years, according to a Reuters report on 15 June citing the International Energy Agency (IEA). The number of public slow and fast charging points ...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Asian markets to drive growth of DRL fitment over next decade
    Daytime running lights (DRL) not only help vehicles stand out on a dull day but have also become an important part of automakers’ brand identity. DRLs are used primarily to increase the visibility of vehicles; they do not illuminate the road ahead. DRLs are fitted on the front end of a vehicle nea...
    Project Bryson develops flat hydrogen tanks for FCEVs
    Project Bryson has developed a new flat hydrogen tanks for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), Springer Professional reported on 2 June. The new tanks have been designed to be compatible with all kinds of vehicle architecture. Significance: Project BRYSON is being undertaken in alliance with Muni...
    Germany's EV charging network grows nearly 60% over the past year
    Germany’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network has expanded by 60% in the last one year, Reuters reported on 8 June citing data from German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The network rose to 27,730 charging spots in May, up from 17,400 in 2019. Significance: Germany has be...
    Continental develops code of ethics for use of AI
    Continental has developed a code of ethics for the use of AI, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 8 June. The code of ethics corresponds with international regulations such as the European Union’s (EU) ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI, and applies to all of Contine...
    Demand for curved displays to significantly grow over next 10 years
    Generally, displays used in the instrument clusters and center stack areas inside cars have been flat. However, as more automakers equip their new vehicles with larger-size, high-resolution displays to deliver more immersive user experience (UX), demand for curved or flexible displays that conform t...
    Self-driving vehicles could prevent only a third of US crashes, claims IIHS study
    Self-driving vehicles will not be able to prevent all crashes, as widely assumed, but only a third of all crashes in the United States if automated systems drive too much like people, according to a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). To prevent the remaining two-thirds of cra...
    Mainland Chinese university develops cloud-based method to estimate EV battery life
    A group from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, in collaboration with teams from the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) and Tsinghua University has announced that they have devised a method of using cloud-based data to estimate the battery of electric vehicles (EVs)....
    Fiat tests new technology to auto switch hybrids cars to electric mode
    Fiat is testing a new technology in Turin city that will automatically switch plug-in hybrid cars to electric mode when entering city centers, Reuters reported, citing the company. The system has been tested on the new Jeep Renegade 4xe hybrid plug-in model. According to the report, the project coul...
    Israeli startup Electreon to test wireless EV charging through roads in Tel Aviv
    Israel-based Electreon is planning to test its inductive wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bloomberg reported on 1 June, citing Electreon CEO Oren Ezer. Electreon is set to install 600 meters of coils under a 2-km (1.2-mile) stretch of road in Tel Aviv in mid-August. ...
    WSU, PNNL develop new sodium-ion battery
    Washington State University (WSU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new sodium-ion battery with a similar performance as lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, WSU announced in a press release on 1 June. According to WSU, the new battery is able to deliver a capacity similar...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo resumes autonomous vehicle operations in California
    Waymo is gearing up to resume autonomous vehicle operations in San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States, from next week (8 June), according to a report by The Verge on 30 May. The company will deploy its autonomous vehicles for delivering packages for two nonprofit organizations, namely W...
    European consortium launches new project ASTRABAT for solid-state battery cells development
    An European consortium, led by French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), has launched a new project for solid-state battery cells development, ‘ASTRABAT’, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC), which is a member of the consortium, announced in a press releas...
    Battery500 project achieves 350 Wh/kg density in battery
    Battery500 project has achieved a battery density of 350 Wh/kg, the United States Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced in a press release on 19 May. Giving an update on the progress of the project, EERE informed that it has extended the cycle life of the battery to more ...
    Tritium offers 'Plug and Charge” service for 350 kW fast chargers
    Tritium has launched its 'Plug and Charge” service at its 350-kW fast chargers, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 May. The technology enables an electric vehicle (EV) and charger to communicate seamlessly and authorize payments directly from the driver’s account, without using a car...
    Sunroof systems to see strong demand in Asian markets
    Sunroofs are a standard feature in premium vehicles, but lately automakers have started fitting sunroofs in more affordable vehicle segments to make their products distinct. Sunroofs are either fixed or electrically operated (power sunroof). In terms of size, sunroofs can be broadly categorized as c...
    Waymo launches VectorNet to predict driver behavior
    Waymo has developed a new model called VectorNet to accurately predict behaviors of other road users such as other car drivers and pedestrians, the company said in a blog last week. According to the company, all map features and sensor input can be simplified into either a point, a polygon, or a cur...
    Global demand for in-car VPAs set to double to 130 million units by 2025
    As modern cars become more like smartphones on wheels, several connectivity features once available in smartphones are making their way into cars. The virtual personal assistant (VPA) is one such feature that is becoming hugely popular in new cars. VPAs allow drivers and passengers to initiate phone...
    Dynamic bend lighting (DBL) is expected to lose shine in medium- to long-term
    The bend lighting, in simple words, helps extend the visual range on curved roads or when cornering. Using bend lighting, the course of the road and obstacles can be identified earlier and more easily in darkness. There are two types of bend lighting: dynamic bend lighting (DBL) and static/fixed ben...
    REGULATION: Mainland China notifies new standard for wireless EV charging
    Mainland China has notified a new standard for wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging, China Electricity Council announced on 6 May. The standard system has 18 planning standards that regulate the technical requirements, performance requirements, functional requirements, safety requirements, commun...
    What is driving ADAS fitment in vehicles?
    Automakers are increasingly equipping vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to deliver higher safety and driving comfort. ADAS warn drivers of potential dangers and intervenes in a timely manner if the driver fails to act promptly to either prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. ...
    AVSC releases second best practice
    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) has published its second best practice, titled “Describing an Operational Design Domain (ODD): Conceptual Framework and Lexicon”, according to a press release by the consortium last week. The best practice offers a conceptual framework and comm...
    Fraunhofer develops new lab for EV battery testing in real-world conditions
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a new lab for testing electric vehicle (EV) battery in real-world conditions, Fraunhofer announced in a press release on 4 May. The project, called MEF-BILL, a new type ...
    UK government-funded VIGIL consortium completes V2G trial project
    A UK Government-funded project vehicle to Grid Intelligent Control (VIGIL) has completed vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in the United Kingdom, news website edie.net reported on 1 May. According to the report, the consortium, which consists of Aston University, ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge, and Nortech Ma...
    CHAdeMO releases new CHAdeMO 3.0 EV charging standard
    CHAdeMO Association has released protocol for new electric vehicle (EV) charging standard CHAdeMO 3.0, the association announced in a press release on 24 April. The next-generation ultra-high-power charging standard, being codeveloped by China Electricity Council (CEC) and CHAdeMO Association with t...
    Ford announces ‘Whisper Strategy’ to make cars quieter
    Ford announced its ‘Whisper Strategy’ to make cars quieter, the automaker said in a press release on 21 April. The strategy focuses on achieving small noise improvements around the vehicle that would add up to more comfortable journeys that are less tiring for both drivers and pas...
    Korean university KIST develops high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries
    The research team from the Center for Energy Materials Research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a new high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries, National Research Council Of Science & Technology announced in a press release on 10 April. Th...
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    Mercedes-Benz conducts research on organic battery technology for EVs
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting research on development of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV), Autocar reported on 2 April, citing Andreas Hintennach, Mercedes' senior manager of battery research. The technology was showcased by Mercedes-Benz on its Vision AVTR concept car unveiled earlier th...
    BMW uses blockchain technology to drive greater transparency in supply chain
    BMW is using blockchain technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multistage international supply chains, a company press release on 31 March read. The BMW Group initiated the ‘PartChain’ project to ensure traceability of components at the push of ...
    Seat assembly suppliers face challenging times ahead
    Demand for complete seat assembly is directly related to global light vehicle production. According to IHS Markit data, demand in the global complete seat assembly market declined by 5% year on year (y/y) in 2019, to 269.9 million units, in line with the 5.6% y/y decline in light vehicle production,...
    University of Tokyo develops new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage Li-ion batteries
    Researchers at University of Tokyo has developed a new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, University of Tokyo announced in a press release on 27 March. Researchers successfully increased not only the voltage delivery of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, but also its abilit...
    Researchers in US developing new technology for fast charging batteries
    Researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are developing a new technology for fast charging lithium-ion batteries, Brookhaven National Laboratory announced in a press release earlier in March. The team of r...
    South Korean university UNIST develops new catalyst for metal-air batteries
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has developed a new catalyst for improving the charge-discharge performance of metal-air batteries, news website Green Car Congress reported on 16 March. According to the researchers, the metal catalyst—cobalt oxide—which ...
    Use of haptics in vehicle set to grow rapidly driven by rising digitalization
    Touch feedback technology, also known as haptics, has dramatically transformed the way users interact with devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatch. Vehicles seem to be the next in line to benefit from haptics. Automakers, especially premium carmakers, have already started adopting haptic...
    Global demand for auto-dimming interior mirrors is forecast to see robust growth
    The interior rearview mirror (IRVM) has been an integral part of a vehicle’s cabin for more than 100 years. An IRVM helps the driver to not only keep an eye on the vehicles at the back, but also helps in the key maneuvering of reversing and parking. Such a mirror can be either manual (prismatic) o...
    Challenges for deploying autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing service
    Cruise Automation, a company majority owned by General Motors (GM), unveiled its first fully autonomous electric car ‘Origin’ in January, for use in ride-sharing service. The production-ready Origin is a driverless shuttle and features no conventional controls and supports like steering wheel, p...
    Monetizing car data: The industry perspective
    The automotive industry is going through a real revolution where incredible opportunities are created for all the stakeholders, and consumers are reaping benefits of this digital transformation journey. As more vehicles get connected with other devices and infrastructure, data becomes a crucial poin...
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand...
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle begins operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt
    EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous electric shuttle has commenced operations in Drolshagen and Lennestadt, in Germany, the French driverless shuttle manufacturer said in a press release on 24 February. The driverless shuttle service is operated by Südwestfalen autonom & mobil (SAM). The shuttle will ...
    Imports of lithium-ion batteries in India quadruples between 2016–18 period
    India has quadrupled its import of lithium-ion batteries to between 2016–18 period to 712 million in 2018, compared with 175 million batteries in 2016, Indian-based news site, The Hindu, reported on 9 February. From January 1, 2019, until 30 November 2019, imports touched 450 million. The cost of ...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Gestamp showcases lightweighting solutions for EVs
    Spanish metal body manufacturer Gestamp showcased a number of lightweighting solutions for electric vehicles (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, ETAuto reported on 7 February. The display included hot stamping solutions and the battery box for lithium-ion batteries. Significance: This is the fir...
    Demand for center stack display to record strong growth over next five years
    As modern vehicles become more digitally connected, automakers are replacing conventional buttons and knobs with more interactive and user-friendly displays. This industry-wide trend is driving demand for the center console display (CSD), a display in the center stack or center control of a vehicle ...
    Better prospects for carbon fiber in automotive industry on the horizon
    The advantages that carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) deliver for the automotive industry are significant in almost every performance criterion imaginable, when compared to materials such as steel or aluminum. CFRPs are considered to have high tensile strength, low weight, low density, reduced...
    Connected Car highlights from CES 2020
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual affair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) since 1967, took place from 7-10 January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event sees global OEMs and suppliers come together to showcase new products and technologies related to the consumer el...
    Artificial intelligence driving autonomous vehicle development
    Autonomous driving is one of the key application areas of artificial intelligence (AI). Autonomous vehicles (AV) are equipped with multiple sensors, such as cameras, radars and lidar, which help them better understand the surroundings and in path planning. These sensors generate a massive amount of ...
    Waymo, UPS team up on self-driving pilot project
    Waymo has partnered with UPS for package delivery in Arizona, United States, using its self-driving vehicles, the company said in a blog on 29 January. As part of the agreement, Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from UPS Stores in the Metro Phoenix area to the U...
    Outlook for torque vectoring technology
    Torque vectoring technology is witnessing more widespread acceptance and use by automotive manufacturers and suppliers all over the globe than ever before. The differential in an automobile splits the incoming torque from the propeller shaft and sends it to the driven wheels. Torque vectoring enable...
    Adaptive headlamp market to record strong growth over next five years
    As the name suggests, adaptive driving beam (ADB) implies active control of headlamp beam patterns. Headlights with ADB technology are smart lighting systems that help drivers see further without blinding oncoming vehicles and other road users. First ‘matrix LED adaptive’ headlamps came into the...
    Daimler partners with UBQ Materials to test climate-positive material
    Daimler has partnered with Israel-based clean technology company UBQ Materials to test UBQ’s climate-positive material for the production of automobile parts, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 January. The automaker is currently testing the incorporation of UBQ technology in the produ...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): BorgWarner to showcase clean mobility solutions
    BorgWarner is planning to showcase its range of hybrid and electric vehicle solution at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. Display will include exhaust gas recirculation system (EHRS) and additional electric vehicle products such as its latest batter...
    CES 2020: Samsung showcases pairing of 5G telematics control unit with V2X technology
    Samsung demonstrated the functioning of autonomous driving when the 5G telematics control unit is paired with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. 5G allows for the swift delivery of data without latency. Samsung showed how V2X technology detects c...
    Fraunhofer tests new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid electrolytes
    Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) has tested a new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid ceramic electrolytes, the company announced in a press release on 7 January. Dr. Daniel Mutter, a scientist from the Materials Modeling, at IWM, used atomistic simulations to ...
    CES 2020: Goodyear announces venture capital fund to invest in future mobility solutions
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, at the ongoing CES 2020 in Las Vegas, United States, according to a company press release on 7 January. Goodyear Ventures plans to invest USD100 million in future mobility solutions over the next 10 ...
    Enel X launches Smart EV Charging solutions
    Enel X, the Enel Group's advanced energy business line, has launched its next generation of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, according to a press release on 7 January. The new JuiceStand™ and JuicePedestal™ solutions add flexibility to the new product line with several installation...
    CES 2020: SK Innovation to showcase latest EV battery and material technology
    SK Innovation is set to showcase its latest electric vehicle (EV) battery technology and battery materials, including LiBS (Lithium-ion Battery Separator) at the upcoming 2020 CES in the United States, Korea IT Times reported on 31 December. SK Innovation will reportedly also display eco-friendly lu...
    ADAS/Autonomous driving wrap-up 2019
    Automated vehicle (AV) driving remained one of the key focus areas for the automotive industry in 2019. The year witnessed key automakers, suppliers, mapping companies and software developers intensifying their efforts to launch solutions for highly automated and autonomous driving. Apart from estab...
    Automotive lidar: A dive into the technologies
    Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a key yet somewhat controversial technology when it comes to automotive applications. Lidar is widely used in airborne and marine applications, but its high cost has raised multiple questions on its efficacy in automotive applications. While other existing tech...
    Upstream Security launches 2020 Automotive Cybersecurity Report
    Upstream Security has launched its 2020 Automotive Cybersecurity Report, a company press release on 18 December showed. The report gives insights into security after analyzing 367 publicly reported automotive cyber incidents over the last decade. Upstream has also made AutoThreat Intelligence ava...
    Automotive cybersecurity to become more challenging over the next decade 
    As the industry shifts towards autonomous driving and connected car technologies, vehicles and the back-end systems supporting these functionalities will become more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States defines...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    Innovations in automotive interiors in 2019
    The four key megatrends of the automotive industry—connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility services, and electromobility (CASE)—are set to transform the type vehicles automakers will produce and how such vehicles will be used in the future. These trends are expected to bring ...
    Automotive UI/UX: Key technology highlights in 2019
    The automotive user interfaces market, once comprising mainly buttons and knobs, has now expanded to include touchscreen displays, touchpads, haptic feedback, gesture recognition, speech recognition, and many more. In 2019, automakers offered more models with center stack displays and heads-up displ...
    Year (2019) in review – Trends and innovations in automotive lighting
    The year 2019 has been an outstanding year for automotive lighting, with many new product developments and collaborations among electronics/semiconductor companies and lighting systems suppliers. The industry is undergoing a shift from traditional lighting solutions to semiconductor-based technologi...
    5G Automotive Association partners with ETSI for C-V2X testing in Spain
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has collaborated with the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) in the first cellular vehicle-to-everything-only (C-V2X) Plugtests event in Spain, the association said in a press release on 19 December. The testing took place from 2–6 Decembe...
    IBM Research develops new heavy-metal-free battery design
    IBM Research has developed a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, and which does not use heavy metals, news website Green Car Congress reported on 18 December. The materials for this battery can be extracted from seawater. The design uses a cobalt- and nickel-free cath...
    CES 2020: LeddarTech to showcase lidar detection and classification technology
    LeddarTech has said that it will demonstrate the Leddar Pixell cocoon LiDAR technology with Karma Automotive in their model year (MY) 2020 Revero GT as well as the Pedestrian Classification technology at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in 2020. LeddarTech added that it wil join th...
    CES 2020: STMicroelectronics, SYSGO to jointly demonstrate telematics solutions for automotive market
    STMicroelectronics has announced that along with SYSGO, it will demonstrate secure telematics solutions for the automotive market at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a company press release dated 17 December showed. The jointly developed Automotive Secure Gateway is bas...
    CES 2020: Bosch to showcase intelligent front camera and advanced interior monitoring solution
    Bosch will showcase multiple technologies related to connected and autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year, the German supplier said in a press release on 12 December. The intelligent camera can detect objects, categorize into classes such as vehicles and ...
    Indonesia aims to open EV battery plants in 2023
    Indonesia plans to start producing lithium batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in 2023, along with factories that produce chemicals in batteries, according to a Reuters report on 10 December, citing the country’s minister of Energy and Mines. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for shippi...
    CES 2020: Wind River to demonstrate edge compute use cases in automotive technologies
    Wind River has announced that it will showcase technologies pertaining to edge computing especially in automotive applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas in January, a company press release on 12 December showed. The company will exhibit technologies that advance intell...
    CES 2020: Elmos to exhibit IC solutions for LED ambient lighting, LED taillights in cars
    Elmos has announced that it will display high-performance IC solutions for LED ambient lighting and for rear lighting in cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas in January 2020. According to a company press release on 12 December, Elmos will also exhibit highly integrated, programma...
    CES 2020: Infineon to demonstrate automotive security and V2X technologies
    Infineon has said that it will demonstrate innovations in automotive security and V2X technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a press release dated 10 December showed. Infineon says demonstrations will include compact, high-performance radar modules and lidar c...
    Factors driving development of intelligent seating systems
    For many years automotive seats were designed to perform the mundane task of seating vehicle occupants. However, modern seats are doing more than that. Seating suppliers are equipping seats with electronics to perform varies tasks, ranging from remembering seating profile of the driver to helping to...
    Mobileye maps 28,000 miles of roads in Barcelona to enhance safety
    As a part of its Autonomous Ready initiative to enhance the safety of streets, Mobileye collects data from 28,000 miles of Barcelona’s streets, the company said in a press release on 3 December. 400 vehicles were equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect retrofit advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). ...
    Lightweighting and electrification drive demand for adhesives and sealants
    The speed at which automakers have had to bring changes to their cars over the last decade has been unprecedented. Not only have the vehicles and the technologies used in them changed, but the materials used to build a vehicle and the process of manufacturing them have also undergone tremendous...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    Daimler, Bosch start pilot testing of self-driving taxies in US
    Daimler and Bosch have started testing their self-driving taxies in the US state of California, Automotive News Europe reported on 2 December, citing sources familiar with the matter. The two German companies have deployed a fleet of 30 automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans equipped with a range of...
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Digital instrument clusters to see robust growth
    Instrument clusters could be either analog, digital or hybrid, a combination of both. Analog instrument clusters, which are the oldest form of instrument clusters, feature a plastic housing that contains mechanical gauges and indicator lights driven by a stepper motor. It is usually without an ...
    Vodafone Italia demonstrates 5G use cases for automotive applications
    Vodafone Italia has showcased four new 5G projects in the automotive sector along with assisted driving solutions on the 5G network, a company press release showed. Vodafone demonstrated the development of adaptive cruise control systems and information sharing on the road ecosystem around the ve...
    Automotive lidar’s halftime walk
    Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is one of the most widely debated topics when it comes to autonomous driving. Do autonomous vehicles really need lidar for object detection or can such vehicles handle this key task without this expensive sensor, by relying on more affordable came...
    Prospects of laser light technology in vehicles
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