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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    BorgWarner supplies compact turbocharger for Volkswagen’s Nivus crossover
    BorgWarner is supplying its compact B01 turbocharger for the newly launched Volkswagen Nivus crossover, according to a company press release on 23 September 2020. “With an EA211 1.0L 200 TSI engine, the vehicle features first-of-its-kind turbo technology for the Brazilian market, offering a d...
    EVs to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030, says Chilean state mining agency Cochilco
    The electric vehicle (EV) industry is expected to drive the demand for lithium by 2023, according to a Reuters report on 27 August citing Chilean state mining agency, Cochilco. The agency said that lithium will account for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal’s consum...
    Thyssenkrupp supplies electric steering for Renault Duster SUV in Brazil
    Thyssenkrupp is supplying electric steering systems for the new Renault Duster in Brazil, according to a report by Automotive Business on 24 August. The company has a steering system factory for passenger and light commercial vehicles in São José dos Pinhais. Significance: Thyssenkrupp first su...
    Bridgestone supplies OE tires for Renault Duster in Brazil
    Bridgestone is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Renault Duster, according to a report by Automotive Business on 14 July. The Japanese tire-maker is supplying its Dueler H/T 684II tire in size 215/65R 98T. With this order, Bridgestone remains the main OE tire supplier fo...
    BMW to issue remote updates of digital systems and software for Brazilian customers
    BMW will release remote software updates for its Brazilian customers, the German automaker said in a press release on 25 June. BMW's remote upgrade system, Remote Software Upgrade (RSU), is an over-the-air (OTA) update system that uses the internet embedded in the vehicles. “The BMW Group is a ...
    Volkswagen selects Faurecia’s app for connected user experience in South America
    Faurecia has said that Volkswagen has picked Faurecia Aptoide Automotive joint venture (JV) to provide connected car user experience in South America, a company press release read on 24 June. The service will be known as ‘VW Play’. “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract by ...
    ZF supplies electric steering system and brake components for VW Nivus in Brazil
    ZF will supply various components including electric steering system and brake components for Volkswagen’s new Nivus model that will be produced in Brazil, according to a report by AutomotiveBusiness on 16 June. The company will supply electric steering system, brake servo, rear disc brake, and st...
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    OXIS Energy leases Mercedes Benz Brazil plant to manufacture lithium-sulfur battery cells
    OXIS Energy, along with Minas Gerais Development Company CODEMGE, has leased Mercedes Benz Brazil plant in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil to manufacture lithium-sulfur battery cells, the company announced in a press release on 12 May. OXIS informed that there will be an investmen...
    14-May-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19: Impact on the lighting sector
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global crisis since its onset in late 2019, affecting almost all countries and economies with over 2 million people directly infected by the virus worldwide at the time of writing. In affected countries, manufacturing operations have been...
    10-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Chilean miner SQM may delay investments in lithium production capacity expansion
    Chilean miner SQM is planning to postpone investments towards expanding lithium production capacity in 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 23 April, citing SQM board chairman Alberto Salas. SQM expects significant fall in demand for lithium from the auto...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli resumes limited production at Brazilian plant
    Italian tire maker Pirelli is resuming production at its Brazilian plant in Campinas, according to a report by Automotive Business on 22 April. The resumption of operations at reduced capacity began 20 April. The Campinas facility makes tires for passenger and commercial vehicles. Significance: P...
    23-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai suspends production at Brazilian plant until 9 April
    Hyundai Motor has suspended production at Brazilian plant due to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Yonhap News Agency reported on 24 March. The South Korean automaker halted production at Sao Paulo plant on 20 March, and the suspension will last through 9 April under th...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford announces production suspension in South America, UK
    US automaker Ford Motor has suspended operations in the UK, Brazil, and Argentina due the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Ford shut its Dagenham engine plant in east London on 23 March and the Bridgend engine plant in South Wales will temporarily cease production from the end of the...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone to temporarily shut down manufacturing in Americas
    Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) has announced a temporary phased shutdown of its manufacturing facilities in North America and Latin America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release on 19 March 2020. The company informed that the temporary shutdown will begin 21 Mar...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Goodyear to suspend manufacturing in Americas through 3 April
    US-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber plans to suspend its manufacturing operations in the Americas through at least 3 April or until further notice in response to the sudden decline in market demand that resulted from the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, accordin...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    BMW launches intelligent network of EV chargers in Brazil with start-up INCHARGE
    The BMW Group do Brasil, in partnership with a Brazilian startup INCHARGE, has announced the launch of a platform with premium services for users of the charging network, according to a BMW press release on 10 March 2020. The system will initially be available as a pilot project at 30 recharging poi...
    Mercedes-Benz and Bosch to build a vehicle test center in Brazil
    According to a press statement issued by Mercedes-Benz on 6 January, the German automotive firm has announced that it will be building a new vehicle test centre in collaboration with auto components supplier, Bosch. This new centerwill be located within the existing testing grounds of Mercedes-...
    08-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agree to sell Teksid’s cast iron business to Brazilian supplier Tupy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered into an agreement with Tupy S.A. to sell FCA’s global cast iron automotive components business, which is operated through FCA’s subsidiary Teksid S.p.A., the automaker said in a press release on 20 December. The proposed sale includes Teksid’s cast i...
    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...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    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 ...
    Blink Charging partners with ElectroChile for EV charging network in Chile
    US-based Blink Charging has entered into a multi-year agreement with Chilean ElectroChile to bring electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to Chile, Blink Charging said on 1 October. The deal includes the joint promotion and deployment of the fastest Level 2 EV charging equipment – the B...
    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...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    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...
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and adva...
    Future of digital light
    The introduction of LED technology has helped lighting manufacturers to gear up for industry megatrends—electrification, autonomy, and connectivity. Suppliers have begun developing energy-efficient solutions and more advanced systems that adjust their brightness in response to changing driving con...
    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...
    Nissan launches LEAF EV in four Latin American markets
    Nissan has launched the new LEAF all-electric vehicle in four Larin American markets including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, according to a company press release on 19 July. The car comes equipped with a 40kWh battery which gives it a maximum range of 389 kilometers, as per Worldwide harmon...
    22-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Nissan installs new bidirectional charger in Chile
    Nissan has launched Latin America’s first bi-directional charging system in Chile in cooperation with Enel X and the Energy Sustainability Agency, according to a Nissan press release on 9 July. In addition to the Nissan LEAF, a 3-kilowatt (kW) solar panel will also be used for the Vehicle-to-Grid ...
    Fiat offers three engine options with model year 2020 Toro pickup in Brazil
    Fiat is offering the new 2020 Toro pickup with three powertrain options in Brazil, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. The 2020 Toro will get three engine options, Flex 1.8 and 2.4 and Turbodiesel 2.0, which will be mated to three different transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6- and...
    16-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen develops new 6-speed manual transmission
    Volkswagen has developed a new six-speed manual transmission ‘MQ281’for reducing emissions, the company announced in a press release on 15 July. The new Passat is the first vehicle to be equipped with the MQ281, followed by almost all vehicle classes of the Volkswagen Group. SEAT Componentes, SE...
    16-Jul-2019 News New Products
    BorgWarner expands turbocharger production in Brazil
    BorgWarner has increased its turbocharger production at its Itatiba facility in Brazil, the company announced in a press release on 11 July. BorgWarner has started producing its compact turbocharger for flex-fuel engines ‘B01’ in Brazil for the first time for Volkswagen models. "We are implement...
    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, ...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    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...
    Electric vehicle Sero Electric receives government approval to circulate on public roads in Argentina
    Argentina-based Sero Electric has received government approval to drive on public roads in Argentina, news website iProUP reported on 19 June. The vehicle has been approved under categories L6 and L7. Vehicles under the category are allowed to ply only on city roads and can not travel on highways. ...
    Brazil approves tax exemption for hybrids, EVs
    Brazil has approved IOF tax exemptions for all hybrid and electric vehicles, Global Fleet reported on 24 June citing a new legislation signed by President Jair Bolsonaro. The tax exemption will be available to hybrids and EVs without any limit on the power output of the vehicle. Significance: Bra...
    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...
    New exterior design language
    Every vehicle has a unique identification in terms of design, performance, and features. From a design perspective, it includes interior and exterior lighting systems—the most recognizable elements on a new model. Premium vehicles, such as those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, have simple brand d...
    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...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    BYD launches all-electric taxi fleet in Panama
    BYD, in partnership with ENSA Servicios and TRASERVI, has launched an all-electric taxi fleet in the city of Colón in Panama, the company announced in a press release on 29 May. BYD supplied seven BYD e6 taxis and announced that it will deliver another 30 units. In the second phase, an additional 6...
    Pirelli to invest EUR120 million in Brazil over 2019-2021 to reorganize production structure
    Pirelli plans to reorganize its production structure in Brazil to focus on ‘High Value’ products while improving the competitiveness of its manufacturing sites in the country, according to a company press release on 13 May. To this end, the tire-maker plans to invest approximately EUR120 million...
    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...
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    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...
    SABIC presents new polypropylene compounds for automotive applications at Feiplastic 2019
    SABIC is showcasing its new polypropylene (PP) compounds for automotive applications at the 2019 Feiplastic International plastics industry trade fair in Brazil this week, according to a company press release on 22 April. The company’s new portfolio of PP compounds delivers a soft feel and good sc...
    23-Apr-2019 News New Products
    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...
    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...
    Vibracoustic supplies three-chamber air suspension system for New Porsche Cayenne
    Vibracoustic is supplying its newly developed switchable air springs with a three-chamber concept for New Porsche Cayenne as an option, the company announced in a press release on 23 January 2019. Vibracoustic explained that by switching individual air chambers on and off, the air springs can be set...
    Schaeffler appoints new CEOs for Americas, APAC regions
    Schaeffler has appointed new CEOs for Americas and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions, the company announced in a press release on 6 March. Marc McGrath has been named as the new CEO of Americas region, and will succeed Bruce Warmbold who is retiring at the end of the year. McGrath has held various managem...
    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...
    Development of energy efficient lighting solution for battery vehicles
    The automotive industry is undergoing a radical transformation driven by four key trends: electrification, autonomous driving, sharing, and connected cars. Interconnected development of these trends is already visible, but their full deployment is moving slowly. However, push by government to promot...
    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...
    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 ...
    OXIS Energy to set up new lithium-sulphur cell manufacturing plant in Brazil
    OXIS Energy, in collaboration with Codemge Participacoes, a public company incorporated in Minas Gerais (Brazil), will set up a manufacturing plant for mass production of OXIS' lithium sulfur cells, the company announced in a press release on 12 February. Codemge will invest USD60 million for the bu...
    13-Feb-2019 News Investments
    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...
    Maxion Wheels to supply steel wheels for Tata Motors’ Tiago hatchback
    Maxion Wheels has secured an order from Tata Motors for supply of its VersaStyle steel wheels for the automaker’s Tiago hatchback, according to a company press release on 6 February. Maxion Wheels says it is on track to deliver 150,000 wheels per year for Tiago. Significance: According to Maxio...
    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...
    Are self-dimming and glare-free headlights finally coming to the U.S.?
    Megatrends in the automotive industry have revolutionized the approach of automakers and tier-1 suppliers towards lighting components. From bulky designs to sleek designs, exterior lighting systems have travelled a long way in terms of technology and design, with increased attention from automakers ...
    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 ...
    Miniaturization in LED technology - Opportunities and Challenges
    Since the introduction of LED technology, OEMs are standardizing LED lamps across major vehicle segments in order to improve efficiency and safety. Another area where LED technology is contributing is in brand perception by providing design flexibility. These days we can observe exterior lamps trans...
    Steel Strips Wheels to supply wheels to Volkswagen’s plant in Argentina
    India-based Steel Strips Wheels Ltd (SSWL) has secured an export order to supply steel wheels to Volkswagen’s (VW) plant in Argentina, according to a regulatory filing by the Indian supplier on 31 December. The company will supply 350,000 steel wheels from its plant in Chennai, India. This order w...
    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,...
    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...
    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 ...
    New tail lamp designs and technologies
    The automotive lighting industry is progressing rapidly, with the lighting systems’ role pertaining to safety, aesthetics, customization, and vehicle autonomy. In terms of design, automakers are leveraging newer light sources such as LED (light emitting diode), OLED (organic light emitting diode) ...
    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 ...
    Power steering systems market and technology trends
    Today’s power steering systems market is a consequence of the drive to create a favorable environment for autonomous and electrified vehicles. This trend has given rise to the following main trends: Close to complete penetration of EPS systems globally, including small markets such as India ...
    Control solutions for intelligent lighting
    Automotive lighting has begun to increasingly contribute towards driver assistance and emerge as a significant active safety enabler. Unlike lighting technologies of the past, new headlamps integrate digital light and sensors interface to support advance applications such as adaptive front lighting,...
    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...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    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...
    Pirelli ceases operations in Venezuela, sells tire factory
    Pirelli has divested its car tire factory in Guacara, Venezuela and stopped all other business activities in the country, the Italy-based tire-maker said in press release on 7 September. Pirelli sold its Venezuelan factory to a consortium of South American entrepreneurs and a firm called Sommers Int...
    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...
    Dana to supply propshafts for Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, Sprinter van
    Dana will supply its front and rear propshafts for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck and the latest generation Sprinter van, the company announced in a press release on 28 August. While the propshaft order for Sprinter's all-wheel drive offerings is for North America and Europe, the order for r...
    POSCO to acquire lithium mining rights in Argentina from Australia-based Galaxy Resources
    South Korea-based POSCO is set to acquire lithium mining rights in Argentina from Australian public mining company Galaxy Resources for USD280 million, Reuters reported on 27 August. POSCO is also planning to set up a lithium plant in Argentina in 2021. The plant is expected to produce 25,000 metric...
    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...
    Nissan to study future applications for used EV batteries with Brazilian university
    Nissan has signed a memorandum of intent with Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) to test solutions and future applications for used EV batteries, the company announced in a press release on 8 August. Nissan will initially supply UFSC with six Nissan LEAF batteries, which were used in taxis ...
    Automotive lighting: Made in China—a viable option?
    Increasing use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the automotive market has ushered the industry into a new era of competition, business strategies, and market demand. To sustain themselves in the long run and fulfill the ever-rising LED demand, many lighting companies have turned to niche lighting ...
    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 ...
    BYD delivers 30 EVs in Brazilian city São José dos Campos
    BYD has supplied 30 electric vehicles (EV) to Brazilian city São José dos Campos, the company announced in a press release on 27 July. The delivery includes 29 BYD e5s and 1 BYD e6. The EVs will be used by Municipal Civil Guard of São José dos Campos. "We are delivering a volume of investments t...
    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
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