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    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
    Market outlook for AC condensers
    Overview A key component of any automotive air conditioning system is the condenser. The condenser is a heat exchange system that condenses the refrigerant from a vapor state to a liquid state, thereby transferring latent heat to the surroundings and lowering the temperature of the air that is ci...
    Cabin air filter sector and technology
    World Health Organization (WHO) statistics estimate that ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. Air pollution can be defined as the presence of foreign substances in the air that do not ...
    Outlook for HVAC HMI systems
    Automotive manufacturers across the globe are investing ever increasing amounts of time, effort and money in order to make the interiors of their vehicles better. Vehicle owners are spending longer durations in their cars than ever before in history, particularly due to longer commute times. Studies...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Integrated approach to thermal management in BEVs and full HEVs
    The alternative propulsion sector finally seems to be gathering some steam after being on the fringes of the market for several decades. According to IHS Markit forecasts the demand for EVs which include BEVs, full HEVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) is expected to grow by around 24% (compo...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    Introduction According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, traffic accidents were responsible for 1.35 million deaths each year and are the 8th leading cause of death among people of all ages. While technological advancements in safety systems have reduc...
    The challenges EV start-ups are facing
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) totaled more than 2 million units in 2018, a 63% increase from the previous year, according to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2019. PEVs accounted for 2% of global light-vehicle sales in 2018, which is a quantum jump from 0.3% in 2015. If recent announcements ...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    Monetizing Connected Car
    Introduction A big buzz word in the automotive industry now is ‘connected car’—a vehicle which can optimize its operation and maintenance as well as the convenience and comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. General Motors (GM) introduced the concept of conne...
    Fuel cell EV sales and attempts to spur growth in the market
    Introduction A hydrogen fuel cell can be likened to a battery that uses an electrochemical reaction to convert the chemical energy of hydrogen (fuel) and oxygen (oxidizing agent) to generate electricity. However, unlike conventional automotive batteries that store energy and must be recharged, an...
    2018 Global plug-in electric vehicle index
    Overview 2018 was a year of sustained growth for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). OEMs around the world exhibited an increased commitment towards improving their uptake, with global PEV market share increasing from 1.4% in 2017 to 2.2% in 2018 . This is backed by a 55% increase in PEV production...
    Technology and market dynamics of engine cooling fans & motors sector
    The internal combustion engine (ICE), irrespective of the fuel type, does not sit very high on the efficiency scale.  In most engines, up to 65% of the heat energy produced can be written off as losses—the lion's share lost mainly to the cooling circuit and via exhaust gases. The ICE must be ...
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    Safety of the Intended Functionality: Functional Safety for Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction Strong concerns about the operational safety of highly automated and autonomous vehicles have prompted the requirement for the next generation of autonomous functional safety standards for achieving safety compliance targets. The technological development curve supporting highly auto...
    How does Infineon's acquisition of Cypress benefit their automotive business?
    Given the recent announcement of Infineon’s acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor, IHS Markit explored what this represents and what are the benefits to Infineon’s automotive business. In terms of product portfolio what does Infineon get from Cypress? Flash, especially NOR Flash, and SRA...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Automotive Functional Safety
    Introduction - Functional safety The growing demand for comfortable driving experience, along with a higher degree of safety and efficiency, has resulted in increased complexities and functionalities of ECU-based vehicle design. The technological advancement in automotive electronics has resulted...
    Automotive Image Sensors – A Review of Current Trends
    Sensors have played a pivotal role in the automotive industry, as knowing the state of various systems within the vehicle is ever more important. Sensors are also increasingly being used to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings and are being integrated more and more into several i...
    ADAS & Electric Vehicles accelerate demand of automotive electronic control units
    Our Analysis Electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the automotive industry, driving the development of safer, smarter, cleaner and better-connected cars. As a result, global automotive ECU revenue is expected to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a comp...
    Sustainable acquisition of e-motor materials, supply chain implications
    Automakers have come under tight scrutiny in the aftermath of the Diesel Emissions Affair. Governments around the world are increasingly introducing and enforcing stringent policies and federal emission targets, which OEMs must achieve to sustain their operations. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehi...
    EU General Safety Regulation 2019
    Introduction In May 2018, the European Commission introduced a new regulation to enhance safety standards for passenger and commercial vehicles. The proposed regulation was part of the European Commission’s third “Europe on the Move” package launched in May 2018. The revised General Safety ...
    2019 ADAS sensor conference observations and summary
    The ADAS Sensor Conference 2019 provided numerous insights into the current state of the industry and technology from both financial and technical perspectives. The combination of sensors continues to be the trend with most still favoring the combination of radar, image and lidar. However ...
    Vehicle electrification to spur robust market for electrification-related sensors
    With hybrid and electric vehicles finally making significant headway among consumers, sensors related to system electrification are on a fast track to solid market expansion, according to a new IHS Markit report on passenger-car-related electrification sensors. Global revenue for vehicle-electrif...
    From infotainment consolidation to domain fusion and vehicle functions in the cloud
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Connected Gateways Market – A Review of The Current Situation
    Automobiles used to be very simple, with electrics covering all but the basics with lighting and ignition. Over time, and with the development of integrated circuitry, electronics entered the vehicle with single wires being used as control lines between switches and actuators. Modern vehicles featur...
    HD Maps – Competitive Landscape
    Introduction Technology companies are taking their mapping and localization efforts to the next level to support the growing development of autonomous driving technologies. This has resulted in the integration of next-generation maps, known as HD maps, into semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. HD...
    A look into the technology and supply chain of the global automotive thermostatic expansion valve sector
    For quite some time now, effective cabin temperature control has been right up there with premium cabin materials and multimedia features, along with ergonomic and comfortable seating, as one of the cornerstones of passenger cabin experience. OEMs have not only obliged but have taken it up a notch ...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
    The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could...
    High-definition Maps
    Introduction Since the introduction of Honda’s Electro Gyro-Cator navigation unit in 1981, automotive navigation systems have come a long way. In-vehicle navigation has become ubiquitous in modern day cars, enabling consumers to seamlessly navigate from one place to other, along with other feat...
    Coupled air conditioning hose and tube system – a look into the technology and market dynamics of the component.
    As light vehicle cabins have become more sophisticated, advanced, and comfort-oriented over the years, driven by increasing customer expectations, automotive air conditioning systems have transitioned from an optional comfort feature in the earlier years to a necessity in today’s competitive autom...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    Can EVs sell and thrive in US state Michigan?
    Introduction Even as an increasing number of US states are transitioning towards alternative propulsion by adhering to the zero-emission zone (ZEV) mandate initiated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the majority of Michigan’s auto industry still revolves around the traditional inte...
    Electrically heated catalyst
    The implementation of Real Driving Emission regulation on 1 September 2017 has tightened NOx emission regulation for vehicles with diesel powertrains registered from 1 September 2019. Moreover, new vehicles produced from January 2021 will need to adhere to Euro 6d norms. It states that if NOx confor...
    Natural fibers and hemp usage in automotive
    Natural fibers derived from plant stalks or leaves have long been used for industrial purposes especially in the textile and medicine industry. However, plant fibers have been finding other important functions such as being used as matrix components for composites for the construction industry. The ...
    Automotive Ethernet Congress recap from Munich
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich is an important and quite technical event for experts in vehicle networking that want to be informed about the latest developments and meet other industry leaders. The congress welcomed not only European visitors but also a significant number of Asian ...
    Automotive Cabin Comfort – The rising application of seat thermal management
    In automotive design, passenger comfort is a central element along with the other performance and efficiency parameters. Manufacturers invest a lot of resources to ensure the highest degree of ambiance, ergonomics, and user experience for the occupants. Extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperature...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    Domain Controllers for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction The electrical and electronic architecture of any vehicle defines the relationship between its hardware, software, and computing power. The increasing adoption of new active safety and driver assistance features has massively impacted the system architecture of modern day vehicles. T...
    Potential electric vehicle markets
    Introduction Although the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is still at a nascent stage compared with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, the technology is gradually establishing itself in the mass market. The advent of EVs is expected to cause massive disruptions in the tradit...
    Automotive infotainment semiconductor highlights from CES 2019
    Infotainment and informational advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are converging in a digital cockpit with multiple voice assistants, impressive displays, electronic mirrors, driver monitoring cameras and new ways of interaction. These are the main telematics and infotainment semiconductor&nb...
    Electronics component consolidation on the rise
    The automotive industry is facing immense pressure from end users for more features at lower costs. This has created an opportunity for industry players to innovate and change the electronic architectural design in several areas of the vehicle. Modern cars consist of several electronic control un...
    Kinetic Energy Recovery System
    Over the past two decades, the automotive industry has focused on minimizing powertrain energy losses with advancements in combustion process, transmission design and lightweight material usage. Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is one of the innovations among energy harvesting and regeneration ...
    Thermal Management in FCEVs (Fuel Cell EVs)
    Alternative propulsion is the ‘buzzword’: Gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines (ICE) have enjoyed a duopoly over the global automotive landscape for a greater part of the century due to the sheer convenience, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness of the design as a mass road transpo...
    GRAPHENE as an Automotive material
    Graphene has long been christened the gold mine of new age materials since its first discovery in 2004 by a team of two scientists at Manchester University. A single-atom, two-dimensional thick film of carbon-graphene is known to have strength, electrical conductivity and flexibility, all of which a...
    Automotive Computing Platforms – Distributed or Centralized
    With the emergence of concepts such as telematics, connected cars, and autonomous vehicles, modern day cars have become extremely complex machines. Advance electronics power everything within a vehicle, ranging from dashboard instrument clusters to powertrain, and connectivity to infotainment and co...
    Transmission Gear Ratio Spread
    Emission and fuel efficiency norms of today are demanding cleaner and more efficient vehicles. OEMs and suppliers have responded to this by introducing down-sizing with use of a turbocharger for both diesel and gasoline engines. Powertrain design is incomplete without considering transmission design...
    Trends in the wiring harness industry
    Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer,...
    Electrification of automotive water pumps and rising demand for auxiliary coolant pumps
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion system technology driving the global transportation industry and has remained so for the better part of the century since the dawn of the automobile. The ICE generates the power required to drive the wheels using the energy derived from...
    Is there a future for PHEVs?
    Introduction For some time now, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have been viewed as a bridge between conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles and pure electric vehicles (EVs). They have witnessed sustained growth over the past five or so years as products have come t...
    Lightweighting in BIW Component Systems
    The body-in-white, or BIW, forms one of the most critical vehicle component systems in defining both the final external contour of a car and determining its crash worthiness. Acting as the basic skeleton of the car to which the other component systems are bolted/mounted, the BIW needs to perform var...
    Standardizing ADAS Packages
    Introduction The automotive ecosystem has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years as crashworthiness is superseded by crash avoidance. One major element of this trend is the wider availability and increasing adoption of active safety systems in passenger vehicles. The growing demand for advanc...
    Disconnect All-Wheel Drive
    All-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) systems are widely offered in sport utility vehicles (SUV) and pick-up trucks, under Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 3.5 tons. This is largely due to increasing consumer demand for AWD from the traditional front-two or rear-two-wheel drive systems. With...
    Power semiconductors take center stage in vehicle electrification
    Stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards worldwide, along with stricter testing regimes like Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), are driving OEMs to develop higher-efficiency powertrain systems. For the goal to be achieved, engin...
    Cost analysis of electric vehicle charging stations
    Introduction An electric vehicle (EV) charging station, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), refers to a device that connects an EV to a source of electricity. EVSE varies in type depending on the type of power supplied, the connectors as well as the charging standards adhered ...
    Advanced thermal management for battery electric vehicles – A first in China
    According to IHS Markit forecasts, one in five light vehicles produced in major production regions will be a full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV) by 2025. This means that as the volumes rise, investments will begin to make financial sense to manufacturers rather than ...
    Impact of Autonomous and ADAS technologies on Vehicle weight
    Autonomous Vehicles (AV) are one of the most talked innovations across the automotive industry. Autonomous driving aims at using technology to aid fully automated driving of a vehicle from one place to another, while ensuring that all road hazards and traffic conditions are rightly identified and re...
    Trends in the automotive high voltage battery market
    The battery is one of the major components in EVs, as it influences the range which the vehicle can cover in electric mode. It is expected that the market for alternative propulsion vehicles will grow significantly in the coming years, and with it the battery market. Major trends that influence the ...
    Impact of governmental regulations and guidelines on ADAS adoption
    The global rise in the number of vehicles on the roads has led to rapid rise in road accidents, resulting in fatalities and partial or full disabilities as well as other minor injuries. People across the world, living in both developed and developing regions, have to face the risk of road accidents....
    Implications of Emission Hardware Developments on NVH
    Research and development across all OEMs and suppliers involved in the development of powertrains and their integration into vehicles requires specific focus on Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). A vehicle with good NVH characteristics is likely to deliver much higher levels of perceived quality ...
    Fuel cell electric vehicle product review and market development
    What is fuel cell technology? Fuel cell technology combines hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity that powers the electric motor of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Unlike other electric vehicle (EV) alternatives, FCEVs’ range, and more importantly, refueling processes are comparable to...
    Sheet Molding Compounds
    The use of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) in the automotive industry has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. SMC is a variety of composite containing a polyester/polymer matrix with glass and carbon fibers. The composite gets its name from the specific compression molding process in wh...
    Growing importance of battery cooling in full hybrid and electric vehicles and the longer-term prospect for further trend disruption.
    While it is inevitable that powertrain migration from an ICE to EV will be the endgame to meet the increasingly stringent regulations, the consensus in the industry is that talk about the complete demise of ICE technology is somewhat premature. The IHS Markit forecast indicates that one in five vehi...
    Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) Technologies – A Big Opportunity for Power Devices
    Gallium Nitride (GaN) is becoming a promising semiconductor technology for high performance microwave, radio frequency and millimeter wave devices. GaN devices enable operation at much higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures over conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon. &nbs...
    Lean-burn Gasoline Technology
    Modern lean-burn gasoline engines can accomplish higher fuel efficiency along with better torque output in comparison to conventional IC engines. The technology helps drivers save fuel costs in both city and highway conditions as well as emitting fewer CO2 emissions. These engines incorporate a high...
    A review of battery manufacturing location announcements
    Introduction As alternative propulsion technologies gain greater acceptance, the demand for batteries is expected to increase. At a simplistic level, the battery may be considered as an energy storage medium for an electric vehicle (EV) in the same way as a gasoline or diesel fuel tank is in a tr...
    The quest for individual comfort is driving the growth of multizone LV HVAC systems involving front and rear applications
    The extreme swings in ambient temperature witnessed across the world have made cabin temperature control an indispensable part of passenger comfort. Automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems too have transitioned from the rudimentary and optional comfort feature of yestery...
    Automotive Plastics
    The automotive industry forms a major clientele for engineering plastics, and the usage of advanced plastics has been on a steady increase for cars. The average weight of plastics and polymer composites used in a car is easily above 160 kg and is increasing. In terms of volume, these plastics a...
    Fleet management in commercial vehicles—a big opportunity for passive entry systems
    Traditionally, technological innovation appeared in passenger cars earlier than in heavy commercial vehicles. Among the features that are about to make the transition from this traditional approach are passive entry systems. Moreover, the trend of passive entry systems moving toward the use of mobil...
    Cold start engine warm-up strategies
    The introduction of RDE and equivalent regulations around the world dictate the need to adhere to lower nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels and fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) requirements, and thus mandate the environment-friendly design of next generation of internal combustion engines (ICEs). A highlighted c...
    Vehicle side fast charging
    Introduction ‘Range anxiety’ – a term reportedly coined about two decades ago – beset electric vehicle (EV) uptake ever since the first EV was manufactured in the 1800s. This abated only recently when mass-market EVs like the Nissan LEAF and the Renault Zoe began offering over 250 kilomet...
    Adopting a holistic approach to thermal management of electric vehicles
    Relentless urban development and industrial progress in most regions of the world have come with a heavy price tag of environmental pollution. New data from the World Health Organization included in a May 2018 press release shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutan...
    WLTP and its implications on lightweighting
    Emissions testing and performance have always been an imperative part of vehicular performance as well as homologation. The need to control nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars is critical to control environmental pollution. Therefore, countries of the world have always put i...
    Sensor Integration in Exterior Components
    Sensor integration and communication between sensors is not only becoming important to OEMs but increasingly also to suppliers.  Initiatives such as V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) and V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) share sensor information over short-range wireless links to enable preventative drivi...
    Qualcomm calls off bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors: a setback…for now
    Highlights American chip manufacturer Qualcomm on Thursday abandoned its $44 billion bid to acquire Dutch firm NXP Semiconductors   The attempted merger failed when no official ruling was handed down by regulators in China, where both firms do substantial business   Although ...
    Cylinder Deactivation Technology Developments
    Automotive OEMs are now required to adhere to stricter fuel efficiency and emission standards. Engine downsizing has assisted in achieving this with turbocharging deployed to maintain total power output. Under an alternative to only turbocharging, cylinder deactivation technology offers temporary do...
    EMCC event tackles multi-core processing for autonomous vehicles of the future
    Experts from the automotive software and hardware industry met last month in a technical gathering to discuss the latest trends and developments in multi-core processing architecture for automated driving and the car of the future, making liberal use of buzzwords like real-time, high-performance, de...
    Magnetic sensors refresh in new automotive economy
    With the electronics architectural landscape for vehicles changing dramatically in the next 15 years, automotive sensors are also undergoing their own evolution in response to new requirements on performance, safety, Big Data analysis, robustness, security, and economy. The transformation in vehi...
    Advanced transparent materials
    The use of glass in automotive started with the idea of segregating the passenger cabin from the driver while providing a panoramic view and less NVH to the occupants. The early carriage type cars were designed like this only. With the advent of assembly line cars and new designs, the entire driver ...
    Hybridization Strategy – Advantages and Disadvantages
    Introduction Traditionally, the primary source of vehicle propulsion has been the internal combustion engine (ICE). While demand for alternative propulsion vehicles is growing exponentially, ICE vehicles still command the major market share. This review aims to understand the various hybridizatio...
    HVAC control panel & ECU sector
    Automobile cabins have evolved to become more sophisticated, advanced, safer, and comfort-oriented over the years—a far cry from the simple stark cabins of the yesteryears. The cabin temperature control features too have changed dramatically. The earliest vehicles were equipped with only heating a...
    Artificial Intelligence in Automotive Sector
    Artificial intelligence (AI) technology has been available since the 1980s when expert systems became available. However, the required computing power at affordable prices only became available after 2010 for embedded systems. AI systems use algorithms and data to represent intellectual functions of...
    Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery Systems
    The internal combustion engine is still relevant today with most of the vehicles in the world. It is however observed that a large amount of energy generated by burning fuel is wasted via the exhaust manifold. Under a broad approximation, it can be stated that the exhaust gas in an ICE vehicle carri...
    Thermal motors – brushed or brushless?
    The quest for improved efficiency either through better component control parameters or reducing ancillary power load on the engine has been the blueprint that automakers have been following for improving vehicle performance and efficiency. Electric motor driven components have been gaining traction...
    Electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment by US state
    Introduction The United States plays a pivotal role in advancing the uptake of alternative propulsion technologies globally. Since most of the global automotive manufacturers have a base of operation – either R&D or manufacturing or both – in the country, the US is perfectly positioned to...
    Shift-by-Wire – Technology Outlook
    The automotive landscape has been changing for several years with the fitment of automatic transmissions ever increasing. As transmissions get an increasing number of gears, several OEMs are shifting from mechanical linkages to shift-by-wire (SBW) techniques. Historically, systems that make the v...
    Advanced Steels
    The automotive industry has been using steel as a de facto material since the very first commercialized car designed by Karl Benz in 1885. The car had tubings made of steel while the driver compartment was created with wood panels. Since then the usage of steels has increased exponentially in automo...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 4, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month    Interiors The HSW (Heated steering wheel) sector is expected to see sustained demand owing to increasing light vehicle sales in colder climates and increased demand for electric vehicles, where th...
    Total Cost of Ownership in key EV Markets
    Introduction The increasing adoption of alternative propulsion technologies globally is driving the purchase price of EVs down. For instance, the 2010 Nissan LEAF debuted in the US with a price tag of USD32,780 – accounting for inflation and currency fluctuations, the present value of the vehic...
    48V Architecture – A decompounding and lightweighting opportunity !
    The biggest challenge for the entire automotive industry nowadays, apart from meeting increasing customer expectations, perhaps is meeting the global emission norms and fuel mileage regulations. The largest markets of the world including China, USA, Europe, and India have started to put stricter nor...
    Increasing acceptance of heated steering wheel technology
    The steering wheel is one of the main sensory connections that the driver has with the vehicle, and over the years it has evolved from a simple device used for steering the vehicle. Today, the steering wheel receives design focus especially in the luxury-segment vehicles, where luxurious materi...
    Real-Driving Emissions Regulations and their Implications
    Appendix It is hoped that the transition from the NEDC to WLTP emissions testing cycles will make a significant contribution towards reducing the environmental impact of light passenger vehicles. However, emission measurements under real-world operating conditions will increase the variabilit...
    Impact of Car-sharing and Ride-hailing on Vehicle Access Systems
    The future of the automotive industry is believed to be moving more towards car-sharing and ride-hailing rather than car ownership. The motivation behind new mobility services is all about lowering costs, increasing convenience and access, and reducing emissions through higher utilization rates of e...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month    Supplier Strategy Tenneco's acquisition of Federal-Mogul is expected to result in complementary product categories, stronger customer base and greater geographical coverage for the combined compan...
    Analysis of the Engine Cooling Module sector
    All internal combustion engines (ICEs) are equipped with some form of cooling system because of the high temperatures they generate during operation. In modern automotive engines, liquid cooling system that uses coolant as the cooling medium has come to be the preferred choi...
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