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    Making waves in the autonomous driving industry: Wayve’s funding splash
    Wayve's recent funding represents the largest AI fundraising in the UK to date. One notable aspect of Wayve's approach to automated/autonomous driving technology is its focus on empowering a variety of manufacturers through its 'Embodied AI' technology. Unlike many competitors that rely heavily on high-definition maps and pre-programmed routes, Wayve utilizes a machine learning model that learns from vast amounts of data, simulating human learning. This adaptability enables Wayve's system to han...
    Navigating compliance costs: OEMs' dilemma in making legacy vehicles compliant with cybersecurity
    The implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) R155 cybersecurity regulation has ramifications for the automotive industry that are more immediate than one would ordinarily expect in the vehicle planning process. It has led to some shuffling of vehicle portfolios among original equipment manufacturers due to inputting cost-benefit scenarios into the vehicle planning process. Porsche's decision to discontinue sales of the internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered M...
    Austrian research grant boosts TU Graz's Battery4Life project
    The Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG has granted funding for the new COMET K1 center, Battery4Life, a project led by Christian Ellersdorfer from the Vehicle Safety Institute at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). This initiative, which has garnered approximately €6.5 million from the FFG, €2.6 million from the Province of Styria, and €0.6 million from Upper Austria, aims to enhance the safety, durability and sustainability of batteries. Additionally, partners from the automot...
    How solar car parks are becoming hot property: Interview with 3ti
    Solar car parks are gaining popularity as they provide power generation and protection for vehicles. Demand for these car parks, often located near hospitals, shopping centers and offices, has grown in the UK. Businesses are increasingly adopting on-site renewable energy solutions to reduce electricity costs, making solar car parks an attractive option. To gain more insights into this trend, we interviewed Mark Potter, chief technical officer of 3ti. Key takeaways: 3ti’s mini pop-up s...
    Sunwoda to start mass production of the all-solid-state battery by 2026
    Sunwoda, a prominent battery manufacturer, announced plans to start mass proudction of all-solid-state batteries by 2026, according to a report by China Daily on July 3. Sunwoda is also aiming to reduce the price of its all-solid-state batteries to 2 yuan ($0.27) per watt-hour by 2026. This development comes amid increased support and investment from the Chinese government and local companies in this innovative technology. Xu Zhongling, the vice president of research and development at Sunwod...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Valeo China 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 involve continuous agile software dev...
    Riding the software wave, Stellantis scales up its technology offerings
    Stellantis recently concluded its first Investor Day on a high, and why not? Formed from the merger of the Italian-American conglomerate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group in 2021, Stellantis has not only quickly established itself as one of the leading global automakers but seems even better positioned to meet future challenges. A “software” shot in the arm Since 2021, the company has seen a 2.5-fold increase in high-margin revenue from software and connected services,...
    Škoda enhances voice assistant functionality by incorporating ChatGPT
    Škoda has significantly enhanced the functionality of its voice assistant Laura by incorporating ChatGPT, the company said in a press release on June 26. Laura, now integrated with Cerence Chat Pro, provides targeted information in wide-ranging situations. Apart from previously available sources of information, Chat Pro is now directly connected to ChatGPT to answer questions which are beyond Laura’s original knowledge. According to Škoda, if a question does not relate to the Vehicle...
    LevertonHELM and EnBW develop battery-grade high purity lithium carbonate
    In a collaborative demonstration project, LevertonHELM and EnBW have successfully produced lithium carbonate with a purity of over 99.5%, marking a significant advancement in the sustainable production of battery-grade lithium. Based on the success of this initiative, EnBW and LevertonHELM have decided to extend their collaboration, aiming to advance the production of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide further and to develop local resources for applications in electromobility and energ...
    Researchers at PEM and TRUMPF develop new highly efficient process for electrode drying
    Researchers at RWTH Aachen University’s Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) have developed a new process for drying electrodes during battery production, the university announced in a press release June 17. PEM demonstrated that the drying time for electrodes in battery production can be significantly reduced using a new type of laser process. The institute, together with its spin-off PEM Motion and the technology company TRUMPF presented the results of the experimental st...
    Interior Insight – Nissan Leaf
    The second-generation Nissan Leaf improves upon its predecessor in all aspects, offering increased speed, better driving dynamics and a longer range between charges. But how does the interior compare? We take a closer look inside. Inside story The Leaf's seats provide a comfortable ride, with the option of luxurious leather/suede covering on higher trims. You can enhance safety for little ones with the optional Isofix mounting for the front passenger seat. While the storage space is not ex...
    Chicago university scientists make strides in lithium extraction from diverse sources
    Scientists at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have developed an efficient technique for extracting lithium from more diluted and widespread sources such as groundwater, seawater, and "flow back water" from offshore oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This breakthrough could address the widening gap between lithium demand and supply, given the expanding market for electric vehicles and consequently, lithium-ion batteries. Traditional extraction methods f...
    Researchers develop technology for long-term stability of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries
    An international team of researchers from Hanyang University and Kyunghee University, alongside the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), led by Jeong Hee Choi, has developed a technology to ensure the long-term stability of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries under fast-charging conditions. The team managed to partially cover the anode's surface of the Li-ion battery with aluminum oxide particles that are smaller than 1 µm. Aluminum oxide, which is low-cost, excellent in electrical ...
    Interior insight – Genesis G80
    Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its top-notch interior quality, even when compared to established luxury vehicles in its segment. We take a closer look inside the G80. Inside story The car's interior features rich finishes such as wood trim and metal accents, and a focus on detail. It has a wide-spanning dashboard display that looks upscale and uncluttered. Customization options include quilted leather, a premium audio system and electrically reclining rear seats with entertai...
    AAA survey finds decline in US consumer interest for EVs
    The latest annual consumer survey conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) noted a decrease in consumer interest in electric vehicles. Only 18% of US adults expressed that they would be likely or very likely to acquire a new or used EV, not a hybrid, down from 23% the previous year. The AAA identified the main hesitations toward EV purchasing as cost, lack of convenient charging options and range anxiety. Additionally, approximately 30% of respondents cited the inability to install...
    Seeing the unseen: The power of 4D imaging radar
    Four-dimensional imaging radar is an emerging key technology for autonomous driving, providing real time and accurate insights into the surrounding environment. It complements other sensors such as cameras and is used in conjunction with these in the automotive industry. The 4D imaging radar uses multiple antenna arrays to gather extensive data and generate precise 3D models. It operates at frequencies such as 77 or 79 GHz, enabling split-second reaction times that are required for autonomous ve...
    Beijing Auto Show 2024: A connected car and UI/UX review
    The 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, also known as Auto China, concluded in early May. Seeing participation from major global and local automakers as well as automotive suppliers, the exhibition was attended by more than 892,000 visitors, including 28,000 international attendees. The scale of the event and the level of attention it garnered are evident from the fact that over 1,500 exhibiting companies participated, with automakers showcasing 278 battery-electric vehicles (BEV) ...
    A heads-up on the automotive head-up display (HUD) market
    Automotive head-up displays (HUDs) first went into production back in 1988 with General Motors but were slow to gain traction owing mainly to the high cost and low end-user value. However, that is quickly changing as technological advancements have reduced production costs and an ever-growing demand for autonomous and driver-assistance features is driving HUD adoption. HUDs are increasingly being touted as replacements for the instrument cluster and passenger display besides expanding and sup...
    CharIN introduces OPNC protocol for EV charging for smoother interoperability
    CharIn, a global association promoting the Combined Charging System (CCS) charging standard has introduced the Open Plug & Charge Network Communication (OPNC) Protocol to improve the plug and charge functionality of EV charging infrastructure, the association announced in a press release June 4. Together with the CharIN OPNC Task Force members, this application programming interface (API) protocol enables supplier-agnostic plug & charge with multi-V2G-PKI (public key infrastructu...
    What Beijing Auto Show 2024 hints about the future of automotive lighting
    The 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition that concluded earlier in May once again put the spotlight on the fast-growing automotive market of mainland China. The event, more popularly known as the Beijing Auto Show, saw participation from all major automakers, both foreign and local, and automotive suppliers. The massive scale of the event and the level of attention it garnered are evident from the fact that automakers showcased 278 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid el...
    How the software-defined vehicle trend is driving innovation in chassis features
    Steer-by-wire technology (SbW) eliminates the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and steering rack, relying solely on electronic communication. It offers numerous benefits for manufacturers and drivers, including the ability to produce a “dry” chassis without hydraulic fluid. It also opens possibilities for semi-autonomous safety systems and alternative steering controls. The systems are fully redundant, ensuring backup functionality in case of hardware or software failures. Sb...
    Decoding thermal runaway in EV batteries
    In November 2023, Stellantis recalled more than 32,000 of its hybrid Jeep Wrangler SUVs (2021–2024 models of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe sport utility vehicles) because they posed potential fire risk.  As per the company, eight of the hybrid Wranglers caught fire while turned off and parked. Six of them were being charged when the fire began. Similarly, General Motors recalled Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV (all model year till date as of August 2021) due to the possibility of a faulty battery ...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Interview: Protean Electric on in-wheel motors
    Founded in 2008, Protean Electric is a key player in IWM technology and development. Its core technology centers around in-wheel electric drive solutions, notably the patented ProteanDrive® system. The system has in-wheel motors integrated with power electronics, digital control and a compatible friction brake, and offers advantages such as high torque density, enhanced efficiency and improved vehicle packaging. Protean’s IWMs have been used by Dongfeng Motor in its passenger cars E70 and Voy...
    Tech innovators in the auto space: Q&A with Tencent
    Mainland China's complex road systems, megacities, dense populations, and unique traffic behaviors present challenges for autonomous driving technology development. However, the country also offers rich scenarios, abundant data, and numerous rare and unexpected corner cases that are crucial for the safe and effective evolution of autonomous driving. The Gen-X demographic in mainland China, a significant portion of whom plan to purchase cars with Level 2+ driver assistance functions, provides ide...
    OEMs leverage new front lighting technologies to boost brand identity
    Front lighting in vehicles comprises of headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs), direction indicator lights and front fog lamps. Headlights were the first lights used in a vehicle’s front, with the critical task of illuminating the road environment to help drivers see clearly when driving during nighttime or when visibility is challenged during the day, owing to adverse weather. Over the years, automakers have introduced other front-lighting systems in vehicles that contributed to safer d...
    The geopolitics of semiconductors
    In the latest Talking Heads feature, we spoke with Jeremie Bouchaud and Phil Amsrud, experts in E/E and Semiconductors at S&P Global Mobility. The focus of this discussion is on the pivotal role of semiconductors in today's technology landscape and the challenges arising from geopolitical tensions. We also consider how Mainland China has responded to export bans, leading to disruptions in the global automotive semiconductor supply chain. Click the link above to download the whole article.
    Continental supplies CoSmA smart device-based access solution to new Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Continental, a leading technology company, has supplied important components and products for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, including a smart device-based access solution called CoSmA. This innovative system turns mobile devices into car keys, providing a convenient and secure user experience. With Continental’s smart device-based access solution (CoSmA), Continental offers a complete system that integrates digital ecosystems, smart devices, and the cloud, enabling efficient and holis...
    Exploring the interior of the Honda e:Ny1
    Beyond its quirky name, what makes the Honda e:Ny1 interior stand out in the small electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment? Built on Honda's e:N Architecture F platform, the e:Ny1 is priced above its competitors and offered in two specification packs: Elegance and Advance. Both offer a range of features, but the Advance pack enhances the cabin's visual appeal and includes additional features such as a panoramic roof and a heated steering wheel. Advance grade models also feature a panoram...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with NIO
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    Gazing inside the Genesis GV60 using biometrics and a crystal ball
    Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its interior, comparable to German luxury brands. As electric vehicles become more software-driven, automakers must incorporate distinctive features to differentiate their models in a competitive market. The GV60 is the first EV from Genesis and built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. It is available in three different versions: Premium, Sport and Sport Plus. The latter comes with a fun feature on the steering wheel called Bo...
    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...
    Convenient and personalized in-car features – upping the UX ante
    Looking at the automotive user interface and experience (UI/UX) trends today, drivers and passengers are loving the idea of remaining engaged throughout their journey in a more convenient and personalized way. By offering unprecedented personalization with its ability to learn from user behavior, AI and machine-learning tools are helping vehicles morph from a transportation mode into an extension of the drivers’ digital lifestyles. From predictive navigation systems and virtual personal ass...
    Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
    OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
    Inside the Nissan Ariya's minimalist cabin
    It offers front- or all-wheel drive options with a choice of battery sizes and delivers impressive horsepower. But what of the interior?  We take a closer look. Inside story The cabin features a sleek and cohesive design with a dashboard that extends into the doors. Two large digital displays, for instruments and infotainment, provide a futuristic and high-tech feel. The use of plush materials throughout the cabin adds a touch of luxury and comfort, including an Alcantara suede cov...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with KPIT Technologies
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    What is driving the demand for seat thermal solutions in vehicles?
    The demand for seat thermal solutions is forecast to grow rapidly as automakers focus on delivering more effective, more localized and personal thermal comfort in cabins of new vehicles. Automakers mainly offer heated seats and ventilated seats. However, many vehicles also feature more advanced climate-controlled seats, which can efficiently manage both heating and cooling functions using the same set of components. The seat heat-mat system is the most widely used heated seat solution. It fea...
    As cities turn smart, mobility solutions turn intelligent
    As cities around the world continue to become “smarter,” transportation and infrastructure solutions are becoming “intelligent” as well. While shared, electric and autonomous vehicles continue to disrupt urban mobility, advances such as internet of things, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are creating a mix of connectivity in smart cities that can help reshape the urban mobility landscape. Intelligent transportation solutions – the core of mobility in smar...
    Talking Heads: Apple shifts gears
    After a decade of unannounced efforts, Apple has reportedly abandoned Project Titan, its ambitious plan to develop electric vehicles. Initially, the project aimed to create an EV to rival Tesla, later shifting focus toward a self-driving car to compete with Google's Waymo. However, it eventually returned to its original focus: An EV with driving-assistance features. As a result, some of its 2,000 employees will transition to Apple's AI division, though layoffs are expected.  In the lates...
    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...
    GenAI continues to gain automotive ground
    Generative artificial intelligence, or simply GenAI, is an AI algorithm capable of generating text, images, audio, video, code or other data using generative models, often in response to prompts. GenAI models learn the patterns and structure of their input training data and then generate new data that has similar characteristics. It is usually built as an additional layer on top of large language models (LLM), to streamline processes, enhance efficiency, automate software, improve performance me...
    GM’s AI-ming high with new connected strategies
    Thanks to the ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution, more intelligent digital technologies—such as AI, machine learning, big data, internet of things, robotics and automation—are being integrated into manufacturing and industrial processes worldwide. For the automotive industry, the impact of AI-driven technologies has been transformational to say the least. Automakers are harnessing AI and ML for just about every facet of their operations, from vehicle manufacturing to sales and even aftersales ...
    INTERVIEW: Factorial Energy on the role of solid-state batteries in EVs
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Siyu Huang, CEO and co-founder of Factorial Energy discusses the challenges and opportunities in the production and implementation of solid-state batteries (SSBs) in electric vehicles (EVs). Huang highlights the importance of collaboration and standardization to reduce costs and enhance sustainability in the supply chain. Huang explains that SSBs have the potential to address the limitations of current lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in EVs, such as r...
    Floor console’s role in redefining in-vehicle experience
    The floor consoles, also called the center console in some markets, is the area in a vehicle’s cabin that generally separates the driver’s seat with the front passenger’s seat. In many vehicles, the floor console appears to be connected to the center of the instrument panel. In other vehicles, there is some gap between the floor console and the instrument panel. Automakers generally do not offer floor consoles in light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The floor console houses the gear shifte...
    Evolving rear lighting in vehicles
    Rear lights in vehicles play a critical role in ensuring safer driving. They help other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, take note of the presence of the equipped vehicle on the road, especially at night or when visibility is compromised. In addition, drivers use various rear lights as a signal to inform other road users about their driving maneuvers such as applying brakes or changing lanes. Over the years, rear lights have also emerged as a key design tool for automa...
    Growing shift seen toward smart in-cabin air purification and filtration systems
    According to the World Health Organization, 99% of the global population lives in places where air pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines. Due to increased air pollution and events like the COVID-19 pandemic, automakers are now more focused on offering in-cabin air that is free of contaminants, viruses and germs. The quality of air in the vehicle cabin is not only crucial for vehicle occupants’ comfort and well-being, but also for their safety. It can also cause certain health issues such a...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    Electric motor market set to rocket: China leads, eAxle drives growth
    Rapid expansion in the electric motor market is on the horizon, driven by the eAxle market and evolving technologies. As original equipment manufacturers increasingly keep design in-house but outsource production, who stands to gain? S&P Global Mobility forecasts a fourfold increase in the electric motor market in the next 12 years, with an expected production of over 120 million motors by 2034. The eAxle market is set to drive this growth, with its motor production share projected to inc...
    Interior Insight: Nissan X-Trail
    Nissan’s fourth-generation X-Trail is offered in both five and seven-seat configurations. We take a closer look inside. Inside story The cabin is cloaked with some premium materials and smart features, with special attention being paid to the ergonomic and tactile quality of the switchgear and buttons to give them a high-quality feel. Nissan’s research shows customers’ preference for easy-to-use core functions, so the X-Trail has simple, intuitive heating/air-conditioning controls, a...
    BorgWarner eyes big share of BEV thermal solutions market
    BorgWarner’s strategy — Charging forward 2027 In 2021, BorgWarner announced its Charging Forward 2027 strategy to aggressively grow its electrification product portfolio via numerous organic investments and acquisitions. As per its strategy, by 2025, the company aims to achieve 25% of total revenues from eProducts meant for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). As per its 2022 annual report, the company has spent 53% of total research and development (R&D) investment in eProduct related ...
    Interior Insight: Honda Civic Type R
    Inside the Honda Civic Type R's cabin, the design closely resembles the standard model but introduces distinctive features. These include a digital dial setup with mode-dependent changes and F1-style gear shift lights, along with Type R-specific elements, such as a teardrop metal gear knob, build number badge and +R drive mode button. Faux suede accents on the steering wheel, gear gater and all-red sport seats, complemented by red trim and ambient lighting, enhance the interior aesthetics. ...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye’s vision for software-defined vehicles
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Mobileye executives discuss the transformations in Software-Defined Vehicles (SDVs) and the impact on vehicle operations. We learn more about how data from automated driving systems underpins live graphics in vehicle visualization, creating advanced alerts for vehicle operators and adding a second layer of defense to collision avoidance applications. The challenges in SDV design are also discussed, with the company highlighting its work with original eq...
    Aehra's EV strategy: Shunning the kilowatt power race for user-focused, smooth journeys
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview with Franco Cimatti, chief engineering officer of Aehra, a Milan-based start-up, he discusses the company's clean-sheet approach to designing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). He also touches on Aehra's positioning, differentiation in the ultra-premium electric vehicle market, the transition from hybrids to full EV solutions, and their partnerships for carbon fiber and battery technology. The discussion delves into Aehra's vision for EV charging, bidirec...
    The dynamic transformation of automotive lighting
    This insight is an edited article by Sascha Klapper, Research & Analysis Manager, S&P Global Mobility, first published in Driving Vision News on Feb. 6, 2024. The automotive lighting industry has evolved from simple lamps to dynamic LED, miniLED, microLED, and even lasers. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have influenced lighting design, with illumination used for fronts, animations, logos and sensor concealment. The competition from mainland Chinese original equipment manufacturers, gro...
    Interior Insight: Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
    Designed specifically for the European market, the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake represents the fifth new model to make its debut in the region. The interior has an upmarket vibe, blending soft-touch surfaces with durable switchgear, creating a compelling case in the premium estate car realm. The dashboard layout incorporates physical buttons for climate control, complementing the 10.25-inch touchscreen. Despite the absence of the rotary controller found in newer Genesis models, the G70 demon...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Elektrobit
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    How interior lighting is transforming the in-vehicle experience
    Until late 1990s interior lighting in vehicles mainly comprised map lamps, dome lamps and a few other auxiliary lamps. These lamps generally used when driving at night, helping drivers and other occupants get into car, sit properly and exit from the car safely once the commute is over. Such lights also helped drivers and passengers find something in their vehicles in the event of an emergency. In addition to these basic functional lamps, some premium vehicles also featured reading lamps for rear...
    Role of passive safety systems in ensuring occupant safety in vehicles
    According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest global status report on road traffic safety 2023, around 1.2 million people are killed and as many as 50 million people are injured every year in road traffic accidents worldwide. Occupants in four-wheel-drive vehicles represent the highest percentage of all fatalities, at 30%. This is followed by pedestrians (23%), two- and three-wheeler users (21%), and cyclists 6%. Occupants in commercial vehicles carrying more than 10 people a...
    Navigating the semiconductor shift
    This discussion delves into the nuanced dynamics of the automotive semiconductor sector for 2024, exploring growth projections, product categories driving expansion, and the delicate balance between supply, demand and pricing. From the ascendancy of electric powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to the intricate patterns of memory chip markets, it examines the complexities of the semiconductor landscape. It also encompasses the ramifications of inventory adjustments, the poten...
    Tracking the carbon footprint of electric vehicle batteries
    Those who think it is a case of job done in terms of action on climate change for the auto industry, in the wake of the industry’s rapid adoption of electric vehicles, need to think again. We were gently reminded of this when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its recently released yearbook, highlighted that although businesses, investors and governments are stepping up to take climate action in greater numbers than ever before, it is not enough. The applica...
    CES 2024—connected car and vehicle interface & experience review
    With over 600 mobility exhibitors, the 2024 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) stood up to its image as one of the world's largest and fastest growing global automotive, mobility and transportation events. Exhibits spanned an entire range of mobility solutions, with global unveils highlighting the future of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, software-defined vehicles and flying cars, plus the future of assistive mobility and safety systems. Let’s review some...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with DXC Technology
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Nvidia
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Volvo Group works toward developing the internal combustion engine with hydrogen as a propulsion technology
    Volvo Group is further developing the internal combustion engine with hydrogen as a propulsion technology by initiating Doctor of Philosophy scholarships dedicated to hydrogen combustion engine technology. Two Doctor of Philosophy students will be chosen to conduct their research at the Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden while being employed by the Volvo Group. Recruitment will start during the first quarter of 2024. Volvo Group uses a range of the latest pro...
    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...
    Understanding thermal interface materials
    The thermal management system of an electric vehicle consists of various components such as heat pumps, coolers, radiators, heat exchangers and hoses. However, less attention is given to the thermal interface material (TIM). This crucial component ensures the efficient functioning of the thermal management system by facilitating effective heat transfer.   What is TIM? TIM enables the transfer of heat from a heat-generating surface (heat source) to a heat sink. Generally, there ar...
    Shifting dynamics in the LFP market
    The global electric vehicle (EV) transition faces hurdles due to geopolitical turbulence and vulnerability in the critical raw-material supply chain, risking a slowdown in battery production expansion. Oscillating prices of essential battery metals are putting pressure on supplier and original equipment manufacturer profits, leading to increased component and vehicle prices. Complicating the EV transition is trade friction, evidenced by the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA’s) activities in ...
    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...
    Usage-based vehicle insurance—all PAYD up and raring to go!
    Usage-based insurance (UBI), also known as telematics insurance, is a type of automotive insurance that uses real-time information about a driver's actual driving ability and habits to assess actuarial risk. This information is collected via a tracking device, such as a professionally installed black box; an on-board diagnostic (OBD-II) device or dongle; a smartphone; or, increasingly, a car's factory-installed connected platform that connects the car to a local wireless network, enabling data t...
    CES 2024 Preview
    As we kick off the new year, S&P Global Mobility analysts are covering the anticipated trends to expect at CES 2024 in Las Vegas next week. Our team will be on the ground covering the event, with some daily shared content available via our platforms and channels. Additionally, meetings with the team are available if you’ll be at the show; we’d love to connect. Please reach out to your account representative or mobility@spglobal.com to make arrangements for a meeting.  Connected C...
    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...
    Major e-drive component-related developments in 2023
    As 2023 draws to a close, we look at the main developments and market/technology trends during the year that shaped the e-drive components (such as e-motors, inverters) and the e-drive system integration market. 1. The increased focus on silicon carbide (SiC) devices as a way to increase EV range and enable ultra-fast charging. An efficient inverter can increase the range and performance of an electric vehicle without significantly adding to the cost or weight of the vehicle. Owing to this...
    Speech or touch: how consumers prefer to interact with in-vehicle technology?
    Thanks to smart devices becoming integral part of our lives, it is difficult to imagine vehicle cockpits today without touchscreens. The popularity of touch as an input method has also benefited from the ever-increasing size of in-vehicle displays. There is hardly an automaker today that has shied away from offering touchscreens in the dashboard. Even German luxury brands, previously known for a central multifunction controller to control display content, have embraced touch-based controls. T...
    Audi focuses on digitization of lighting systems to support personalization
    Audi has been one of the pioneers in adopting newer lighting technologies that help in safer driving. The Germany-based premium carmaker wears several hats for debuting many lighting innovations in its vehicles, including for being the first carmaker to debut LED daytime running light (DRL), dynamic turn indicators light and full LED headlights. In addition to safety, Audi is using lighting as a design tool to reinforce its brand identity. The company offers its each new model with unique lig...
    Interior Insight: Honda ZR-V
    The Honda ZR-V, positioned between the HR-V and CR-V in the C-segment, introduces notable features in its interior design. The Honda ZR-V made its debut in the UK on July 4, with three variants on offer: Elegance, Sport, and Advance. The cabin is enveloped in soft-touch materials and features a wide upper dash panel. The infotainment system features a nine-inch touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while Advance grades add a head-up display. The wraparound low-set da...
    Thermal fluids: Demand evolution driven by regulation changes
    A lot has been said and written about vehicle thermal management systems and climate control systems. However, we often miss the component that plays a very critical role in the thermal management systems and climate control systems of vehicles — thermal fluids. Thermal fluids are heat-transfer fluids that help to move heat from one location to another, which in turn enables cooling or heating of various parts or components in a vehicle. There are three categories of thermal fluids, i.e., r...
    CES 2024: Mercedes-Benz unveils advanced AI-powered MBUX Virtual Assistant
    German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its next major step toward a vision of hyper-personalized and intuitive customer experience at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024. The company will preview the MBUX Virtual Assistant, which takes the existing Hey Mercedes voice assistant to a new level with high-resolution, game-engine graphics from Unity, the company said Dec. 15.  According to the company, this advanced AI-powered feature combines multiple intelligent systems int...
    What makes supplying seats to automakers so complex?
    Automotive seats are becoming more complex as automakers intensify focus on improving safety, comfort, and wellbeing of drivers and other passengers inside their vehicle. A modern seat in a vehicle, depending upon its price positioning, can easily have more than 100 components. This number is set to rise further as seat manufacturers add more functions and features in seats for the next-generation connected, automated electric vehicles (EVs).   Most automakers have already outsourced ass...
    Interior insight: Nissan Juke
    The second and latest generation Nissan Juke retains the motorbike references from the original model, featuring a glossy finish on the center-tunnel top reminiscent of a fuel tank and a cowl above the dials. We take a closer look at the rest of the cabin. Inside story The cabin is predominantly clad in padded materials with metallic knurled knobs, providing a well-crafted feel. Bright color schemes are available for the seats, dash and door panels, offering a departure from the standard b...
    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...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2024
    As we approach the end of 2023, our “Talking Heads” series delves into conversations with the practice leads at AutoTechInsight. The aim is to explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their respective domains. The automotive industry faces challenges and opportunities shaped by the pandemic and technological advancements. Electrification is a key factor impacting new car prices, especially in Europe. A potential price war among EVs in mainland China is a concern. Afforda...
    Automotive ‘Hypervisor’ market landscape
    The development of automotive hypervisor solutions is being fuelled by an increase in the use of embedded virtualization at the device level to support different operating systems. To support Infotainment multimedia and connected services, as well as safety-critical instrument clusters for electric vehicles and sophisticated safety features with ADAS L0 and L1, primary use cases may be seen in the cockpit domain electronics. Vehicles in the Entry and Mid-Price classes, supported by Chinese OEMs,...
    Hyundai Mobis unveils world’s first development of a QL Display for vehicles
    Hyundai Mobis announced the world’s first development of a Quantum Dot and Local Dimming Display (QL Display) for vehicles on Nov. 30. The company said the QL Display combines Quantum Dot technology, which enhances color reproduction for a more realistic depiction of original colors, and Local Dimming technology, which increases the contrast between light and dark colors for more precise image quality. The display maximizes brightness and clarity while offering the flexibility to slim down thi...
    Digital car keys — the key to user convenience
    The mobility industry is leveraging the cloud and various smart devices to provide a highly secure way of accessing the vehicle — one that features many more functionalities than merely locking or unlocking the doors. As mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) use cases now assume greater significance than ever before, flexible yet secure digital vehicle access systems are swiftly becoming the norm. Digital vehicle keys enable a significantly improved user experience owing to their ease of use, conven...
    Hella launches innovative Hella ValueFit Blade auxiliary headlamp series for truck and off-road enthusiasts
    Hella, an automotive supplier operating under the Forvia umbrella brand, has launched the new Hella ValueFit Blade auxiliary headlamp series. The target market primarily consists of trucks and off-road enthusiasts who can customize their vehicle's light design with ease using the new headlamps, a company press release said Nov. 22. The auxiliary headlamps feature innovative LED lighting technology and offer a unique entry into the world of LED vehicle lighting. The product combines functional...
    What’s the fuss about What3Words?
    Founded in 2013, What3Words is a geocoding application that divides the world into a grid containing 57 trillion 3-meter by 3-meter squares and assigns each square a unique three-word address instead of alphanumeric coordinates. Each of the three words in a What3Words address corresponds to a specific square on the map, and the order of the words is important for accuracy. The words are randomly assigned to each square, but the system uses an algorithm to ensure that similar-sounding words ar...
    Cipia returns to CES 2024 with in-cabin automotive solutions showcase
    Cipia, an AI and computer vision-based, in-cabin automotive solutions provider, is set to return to the 2024 Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2024) with a booth and demo car at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) North Hall, the company said Nov. 21. The company will showcase its latest innovations, including advancements in its market-leading Driver Sense, a driver monitoring system (DMS); and Cabin Sense, an interior and occupancy monitoring system (OMS); which was recently awarded a d...
    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...
    FCEVs: Gearing up for a new phase in thermal management
    While battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are set to rule the light-vehicle scene, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are starting to carve a decent niche. While absolute volumes will be dwarfed in comparison with BEVs, S&P Global Mobility predicts substantial 33% annual growth in FCEV demand from 2023 to 2029. BEVs are favored for light vehicles due to strict emission regulations and fuel efficiency targets in major automotive markets, but they are not universal replacements for internal c...
    Sustainability taking center stage in OEMs’ vehicle interior trim strategy
    Over the years, quality and functionality of vehicle interiors have emerged as key considerations among new vehicle buyers globally. Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) see this as an opportunity to improve customers’ ownership experience and brand loyalty. This is driving adoption of better interior trim quality even in price-sensitive, volume-segment cars.      Automakers consider interior trim quality in their new vehicles from an early stage of develop...
    Mercedes-Benz expands autonomous parking tech to new models, saving drivers time and comfort
    Following with the introduction of the S-Class, EQS and EQE saloons, German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz has now made its highly automated parking function, Intelligent Park Pilot (SAE Level 4), available for the new E-Class saloon and Estate, the EQE sport utility vehicle (SUV) and the EQS SUV, the company said Nov. 13. This feature allows drivers to drive into a car park, exit their vehicle and send it to a prebooked parking space via smartphone, eliminating the need to search for a parki...
    Interior Insight – Genesis GV80
    The Genesis GV80 is a large crossover offering seating options for five, six or seven passengers. Designed by Sangyup Lee, formerly of Bentley, it boasts a stylish exterior with a distinctive G-matrix front grill, split LED headlights and elegant curves. Inside story The interior exudes elegance with its rich finishes, including wood trim, metal accents, attention to detail and well-executed assembly. The dashboard's wide-spanning display maintains an upscale and uncluttered look. The spac...
    From matrix beam to micro-LEDs: How ADB headlights in cars are changing
    Inadequate illumination has been one of the key factors of road accidents when driving at night. Although a vehicle’s headlights feature high-beam and low-beam lights, drivers generally refrain from using the high-beam light, fearing this might glare drivers of other vehicles and other road users, causing accidents. For such drivers, adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights came as a big relief. The intelligent headlights automatically adjust their high-beam lights according to driving condition...
    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...
    Climate versus charge: Unravelling the EV range mystery
    The thermal management of electric vehicle batteries is a crucial but often overlooked strategy that can optimize efficiency. Range anxiety remains a dominant theme in electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Much of the approach of the industry to date has been to simply increase battery capacity. There are obvious consequences for resources and cost. Another approach is to step up investment in charging infrastructure. Both methods are akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Less prominent a...
    Interior Insight: Kia Niro
    Kia’s second-generation Niro was launched in July 2022. We take a closer look at this eye-catching model. Available in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and pure electric vehicle (PEV) variants, the second-generation Niro comes in three model grades: 2, 3, and 4. It is assembled at the carmaker’s Kwaseong factory in Asan Bay, South Korea. Inside story At the center of the cabin sits an integrated curved twin-screen display with a touchscreen. Lik...
    New-age in-car navigation experiences—branded and personalized
    The future of automotive in-cabin experiences is being increasingly driven by digitization and user personalization. The industry has already seen how customized driver/passenger profiles enriched with insights from AI-driven analytics can pre-set functions such as temperature, seat and steering adjustment, audio volume, radio station choices, and even navigation recommendations. The current state of embedded in-car navigation For in-car navigational purposes, usually the default routing o...
    In-vehicle commerce and payment platforms—it pays to have one !
    The arrival of the software-defined vehicle, with its high compute power and robust cloud connectivity, is positively impacting many facets of the automotive industry, one of them being in-car commerce. Vehicles have begun to function as mobile wallets as automakers, traditional payment companies, digital infrastructure providers and technology companies come together to seize revenue streams arising out of the connected dashboard. The days of drivers digging out their wallets at a gas station o...
    Xpeng unveils fifth-generation smart cockpit operating system — XOS Tianji
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker XPeng Inc. revealed a series of innovative technological milestones and pioneering industry accomplishments at its fifth annual Tech Day held in Guangzhou, China. Displaying its top-notch developments based on its robust in-house, full-stack research and development (R&D) capabilities, especially more mature applications of large models in the front-end business and back-end R&D process, 2023’s event featured the latest advancements across Xpeng’s XNGP&...
    Tenneco’s Monroe Intelligent Suspension CVSAe technology features on Li Auto
    Automotive supplier Tenneco said its Monroe Intelligent Suspension Continuously Variable Semi-Active Suspension (CVSAe) semi-active suspension technology is featured on two versions of Li Auto’s L7 five-seat premium electric sport utility vehicle (SUV). Designed for small families, the L7 is the third model to be equipped with CVSAe technology, which continuously adapts vehicle damping characteristics to changing road conditions based on data provided by multiple onboard ride-control sens...
    Toyoda Gosei armrest with heater and hot-stamped grille with no top coating on new Lexus LM
    Japanese supplier Toyoda Gosei Co. announced the launch of a front grille produced using newly developed hot-stamping technology, used on the new model Lexus LM from Toyota Motor. With the improvement of the foil that is transferred to the grille, this new technology eliminates the need for the top coat to prevent deterioration from weathering and ultraviolet rays, the company said in a press release on October 20. In developing this new grill, the company has leveraged its knowledge of plast...
    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...
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