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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    Breaking down UI/UX consumer survey 2022
    The annual consumer survey conducted by S&P Global in 2022 yielded some interesting results on consumer sentiment related to in-vehicle displays, speech, touch, and other human-machine interface (HMI) products and technologies, such as wireless charging. Let us first look at the methodology used. The 20-minute survey was shared with more than 8,000 respondents, aged 18 and older and with access to internet. It was evenly split across eight countries, namely the United States, Japan, South...
    How challenging will the proposed Euro 7 norms be for the industry to comply with?
    On 9 November 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal to implement Euro 7 emission norms in Europe for new light duty vehicles (cars and vans) from 1 July 2025 and for heavy-duty vehicles (lorries and buses) from 1 July 2027. Succeeding Euro 6 norms, which was implemented in 2014, the Euro 7 mandate is going to be the final set of regulations for the internal combustion engines (ICEs), before new gas-powered cars and vans are phased out from production and sales by 2035 in Europe. ...
    Talking Heads: CASE on the road to nowhere?
    The CASE megatrends – connected, autonomous, shared and electric – in case you’ve not been paying attention, have been the hot topics of the automotive industry in the past decade. They’ve even given rise to talk of the industry in the whole as the mobility industry rather than the more prosaic automotive industry. But is the CASE narrative running into trouble? Hot on the heels of the news that Ford and VW were exiting their Argo AI autonomous driving technology venture came news out...
    Highlights from the 2022 Paris Motor Show
    The biennial Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile in French) alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2022 edition, which took place from 17–23 October 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, returned in four years after the last one planned in March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2022 edition of the show also indicated that automotive shows are becoming a diminishing affair. The list of no-shows included Stellantis’s Fiat, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo brands; VW and ...
    Winter is Coming
    With energy prices in Europe skyrocketing, placing business bottom lines in triage mode, a harsh winter could place certain automotive sectors at risk of being unable to keep their production lines running. Click the link above to download the article.
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Grand Cherokee
    According to S&P Global Mobility, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee's highest year of production will be 2023, when more than 175780 units will be produced.
    Suppliers to the new Renault Austral
    The new third generation Austral mid-sized SUV is assembled at the carmaker's facility in Palencia, Spain. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this SUV will be 2023, when more than 117326 units will be produced.  
    Suppliers to the new Dodge Hornet
    Built in Stellantis’ factory in Pomigliano, Italy ,  Dodge Hornet is expected to peak at more than 32430 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz EQE
    The new EQE SUV is assembled at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. Tuscaloosa is a key production location for Mercedes-EQ luxury electric SUVs, including the EQS SUV and the EQE SUV, which will be available later this year. According to S&P Global Mobility, the highest year of production for this SUV will be 2023, when more than 36810 units will be produced.
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only market where several companies have implemented the model successfully and have concrete plans to further scale it up as a direct result of the supportive government policies. The established Chinese ...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X1
    Built at Regensburg factory in Germany, the third-generation BMW X1 is expected to peak at more than 132194 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    CarPlay gets a major facelift
    Apple has announced a major expansion of CarPlay at the 2022 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that aims to transform the entire dashboard of the vehicle. The next generation of CarPlay promises to support multiple displays beyond the primary center stack screen and utilizes vehicle data to allow users to control the radio, adjust HVAC controls and seamlessly display speedometer, fuel level, temperature, and other information directly on the instrument cluster.   But are ...
    Suppliers to the 2022 Honda Civic
      The 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is assembled at the Greensburg Assembly plant in United States .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 93,700  units in 2023. 
    A review of automotive marketplaces
    Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) reportedly shut down its in-vehicle “Marketplace.” The service, launched in 2017, was the automotive industry’s first in-car e-commerce platform allowing customers to order food and beverages, pay for fuel, and reserve a table at a restaurant, among other services. GM said Xevo exiting the business was the primary reason to discontinue the Marketplace but did mention that it would likely roll out an in-house developed service in the future. Xevo’s c...
    Shanghai lockdown creates new supply chain concerns for OEMs
    A dramatic surge in new COVID-19 infections and the breakout of a new sub-strain of the Omicron variant forced the mainland Chinese government to impose a full-scale lockdown in the country’s financial hub, Shanghai, from early April. Shanghai is a major automotive component manufacturing hub as well, and a prolonged lockdown in the city would cause significant disruptions to vehicle production in the region, and logistical barriers hindering export of parts from the country. The lockdown h...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado
    The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado is assembled at the Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 84360  units in 2023. 
    Reviewing connected car technologies from CES 2022
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began in 1967 and since then has become one of the biggest electronics shows in the world. The annual event is organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and sees participation from global automakers, consumer electronics giants, and suppliers. Despite being marred by physical cancelations from major companies including Harman, Continental, and BMW due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, CES 2022 saw participation from around 400,000 pe...
    Auto parts to software ecosystem: Does Aptiv and Wind River merger make sense?
    Well-known auto parts maker Aptiv acquired automotive and IoT software developer Wind River on 11 January 2022. This is the first automotive acquisition of this year. This deal is the biggest since 2017 and the divergence of Delphi by Aptiv. Aptiv Aptiv PLC, formerly known as Delphi Automotive PLC, is a tier-1 supplier for the automotive industry. Aptiv designs and manufactures vehicle components and provides electrical and electronic and active safety technology solutions to the global au...
    Digital entry systems poised to grow this decade
    The use of smartphones for automotive applications is not new. From Android Auto to Apple CarPlay, mirroring applications from the smartphone on the infotainment head unit has been in play for around seven years now. The idea behind it is customer convenience, with automakers enabling the driver or passenger access, for example, their music app to play their personal playlist. The use of smartphones then logically made its way into a vehicle’s entry systems. The digital key is essentially the ...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Mokka
    The second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is assembled at the Stellantis Poissy facility in France. Output of this model, at the French plant, is expected to peak at more than 136,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Qashqai
    Produced by the Nissan since 2006, with most of the European volume built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan’s compact crossover SUV is now in its third generation. With production starting in June 2021, the all-new Qashqai is Nissan's first model built in Europe using a significant number of lightweight aluminum panels, IHS Markit forecast production will reach its highest level of 303,000 units in 2023.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT
    The first-generation Audi e-tron GT is assembled alongside the Audi R8 at Audi’s Boellinger Hoefe facility in Germany. Output of this model is expected to peak at 14,000 units in 2026, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 BMW 2-Series
    The second-generation BMW 2-Series 2-door coupé (G42) is the first BMW designed by BMW of Mexico. It is also assembled in BMW's San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. Output of this model is expected to peak at around 43,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is assembled in Detroit Michigan, USA. Output of this model at the Michigan plants is expected to peak at around 480,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Rolls-Royce Ghost
    The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is assembled at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, UK. Output of this model is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Rapid
    The second-generation Skoda Rapid is assembled at the Volkswagen Group Kaluga facility in Russia. Output of this model at the Russian plant is expected to peak at more than 27,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com.
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million units; this is a front-loaded adjustment and from the second quarter output levels are expected to be able to accelerate as supply chains return to normal. If this is the case then strong pent-up demand a...
    Suppliers to the new Hyundai Tucson
    The fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson is assembled at Hyundai’s facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 184,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Lincoln Aviator
    The second-generation Lincoln Aviator is assembled at Ford’s facility in Chicago SHO, United States. Output of the new mid-sized luxury SUV is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new BMW 4 Series
    The second-generation BMW 4 Series is assembled at BMW’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Output of the new version of the two-door coupe is expected to peak at more than 45,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Octavia
    The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, as well as Russia contract manufacturer GAZ’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Output of the new version of the five-door compact car is expected to peak at more than 233,000 units in Mlada Boleslav in 2022 and peak at 27,000 units in Nizhny Novgorod in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways publishe...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA
    The second-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Kecskemet, Hungary. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 98,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Compass
    The second-generation 2021 Jeep Compass is assembled at Stellantis’ facility in Melfi, Italy. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 77,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    2020 Premium Audio Consumer Study
    The 2020 Premium Audio Consumer Study asked more than 2,000 participants around the world questions regarding audio features and technology to understand consumer sentiment toward feature desirability, willingness to pay, and general interest in the respective technologies. Results indicated sound technology like surround sound, 3D sound, and active noise cancellation were most important and features that respondents were most willing to pay for. The Sony brand was most recognized as an audio br...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen T-Roc
    The first-generation 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc is assembled at Volkswagen’s facility in Osnabruck, Germany. Output of the new version of the subcompact crossover is expected to peak at more than 15,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new DS 3 Crossback
    The first-generation DS 3 Crossback is assembled at Stellantis’ factory in Poissy, France. Output of the new version of the small crossover is expected to peak at more than 24,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    The third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is assembled at Porsche's facility in Bratislava, Slovakia. Output of the new version of the mid-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 22,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Automotive R&D investment to grow in 2021 despite COVID-19 setbacks
    The survey results indicate that R&D spending is critical for medium- and long-term goals for companies within the industry, particularly to develop their market positioning. However, some companies are still cautious about planning a high-spending year until the market conditions for products have settled to a predictable level. The key findings of the ‘2021 IHS Markit global automotive R&D survey’ are: 6.5% average increase in automotive R&D spending by companies. Gr...
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    UK’s 2030 ban on ICE vehicles puts spotlight on charging infrastructure readiness
    The United Kingdom recently announced its plans to ban the sales of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, superseding the previous goal to ban new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2040. The sale of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars and vans that have zero-emission driving capability will be allowed until 2035. While the government’s announcement is seen as a step in the right direction, it is going to impact the plans of automakers, electric vehicle (EV) charging point operators (...
    Drivers reveal exactly how fast they want EVs to charge – and these are the cars setting the pace
    It comes as no surprise that the biggest setback for electric cars has been range anxiety and the ‘inconvenience’ of charging them. Earlier in 2021, the number of public charging stations surpassed 1 million plugs—more than half of these are in mainland China alone. Nevertheless, OEMs and governments worldwide are aggressively pushing for more outlets, including the United Kingdom’s pioneering legislation for charge point installation to be mandatory on all new-build housing. The E...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspend production operations in all major geographies as early as February 2020. According to IHS Markit, global light vehicle production declined by more than 11% month on month (m/m) in April. However, ...
    COVID-19 Automotive R&D Impact - IHS Markit Survey
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    Monetizing car data: The industry perspective
    The automotive industry is going through a real revolution where incredible opportunities are created for all the stakeholders, and consumers are reaping benefits of this digital transformation journey. As more vehicles get connected with other devices and infrastructure, data becomes a crucial point for automakers, suppliers, and third parties in understanding customer behavior and developing products to cater to their needs. This makes data extremely valuable. Over the last couple of deca...
    The battery electric vehicle: Why mass adoption is inevitable, yet elusive
    When will battery electric vehicles (BEVs) reach the tipping point and overtake the internal combustion engine (ICE) as the power source of choice? This question is already agreed by most industry observers one that defines the modern automotive era. Some industry analysts claim that retail price parity will mark that tipping point. However, this factor is not the only requirement for a mass change in consumer behavior in favor of BEVs. Perhaps the question we should be asking is: “...
    New incentive policies will promote EV component manufacturing in India
    The electromobility industry has started taking shape around the world with some countries taking a big lead, especially China, the United States and Norway. India too is now pushing hard to catch up with these leaders through aggressive incentive policies. In February this year, the Indian government approved the second phase of its EV subsidy scheme 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India’ (FAME India). The second phase of the scheme (FAME 2) is different from the pr...
    EDITORIAL – EV charging roaming interoperability to play a major role in pushing EV adoption
    It is not very often that we see competing companies coming together to share their core technology and resources, especially when it can directly affect their business. Partnerships of this nature are now regularly happening in the EV charging infrastructure segment across major EV markets, where network operators are coming together and signing roaming interoperability, or ‘eRoaming’ agreements to make EVs more practical and affordable, thus accelerating their adoption. Interoperability pa...
    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 vehicles by 2025 will be either a BEV or full HEV. A significant portion of the APV numbers will be made up of full HEVs, meaning ICE technology will continue to find application, although the ICE fitted ...
    U.S. EV sales facing headwinds under the new administration
    The United States of America enjoys the moniker of being the most technologically powerful economy in the world and with its strong hold in world affairs, it is also unquestionably a major influencer in global policy making. In terms of automotive production, the United States is the second largest car manufacturer in the world. According to IHS, close to 12 million light vehicles were manufactured in the country in 2016, out of which 0.3 million were electric vehicles (EVs). Although the countr...
    IHS Connected Car consumer survey finds strong appetite for ADAS features and autonomous cars
    Connected cars have gradually become an increasing share of cars sold in every region of the world. It is estimated that by 2020, 55% of all global annual car sales will be vehicles that are connected, and nearly half of the global fleet will be connected. “Connected” refers to a multitude of services including smartphone integration, telematics, infotainment, remote vehicle controls, Wi-Fi, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous cars. Which of these services are ...
    New consumer survey finds strong consumer appetite for ADAS, software upgrades, and autonomous cars
    Connected cars have gradually become an increasing share of cars sold in every region of the world. It is estimated that by 2020, 55% of all global annual car sales will be vehicles that are connected, and nearly half of the global fleet will be connected. “Connected” refers to a multitude of services including smartphone integration, telematics, infotainment, remote vehicle controls, Wi-Fi, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous cars. Which of these services are mus...
    Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) expected to grow to 142M subscribers globally by 2023
    Usage based auto insurance (UBI) is a growing segment of the automotive insurance market, the result of a technological revolution as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to further influence various industries, including automotive.  In 2015, close to 12 million consumers globally subscribed to this type of insurance and this number is expected to grow to 142 million globally by 2023, according to the new IHS Usage Based Insurance (UBI) - 2016 report. This specific type of automob...
    Connected car consumer survey 2016: displays, touch, speech lead HMI preferences
    The most recent IHS Automotive Component Forecasts for Center Stack Display, Instrument Cluster Display, and Heads-up Display show substantial growth opportunities for all three segments with a combined CAGR of nearly 12%. Breaking down these display systems show even more opportunity for larger displays and increased functionality, such as the shift from resistive to capacitive touch. The importance of this space is increasing dramatically in recent years, underscored by customer feedback and d...
    Connected car US consumer survey: Apple CarPlay awareness increases
    Connected cars have gradually become an increasing share of cars sold in every region of the world. With connectivity, cars can leverage real-time traffic and weather conditions to help drivers plan optimal driving routes, increase safety and avoid crashes, monitor driver’s driving habit and stimulate eco driving behaviors. Additionally, connected cars bring a tremendous amount of multimedia content into the car such as internet radio, social media, messaging applications, and more. Autom...
    Premium car audio consumer survey: digging into consumers’ desire and willingness to pay
    According to the latest IHS Automotive Acoustics Component Forecast, in 2016 about 87% of the vehicles in production worldwide feature non-branded car audio/speaker systems, leaving huge room for branded audio suppliers. The automotive industry has great interest in understanding consumers’ perspectives on branded car audio systems. As this market segment is still largely untapped, it signals important growth opportunities. Our exclusive annual consumer survey on premium/branded car ...
    Google’s self-driving car strategy and implications
    Autonomous driving technology is probably the hottest topic in the auto industry, with much of the credit going to Google due to tremendous press coverage and resulting interest across auto OEMs, suppliers, tech industry and consumers regarding the topic.   Google’s activities have also accelerated the R&D investment into autonomous driving by auto OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers. The OEMs and Tier 1s have increased their own self-driving car investments to keep up with Google. J...
    Branded Audio Market Share and Future Trends - 2015 and Beyond
    Audio components that provide decent sound quality for music listening on a constant basis continue to be one of the most indispensable features of in-vehicle infotainment systems. Automotive OEMs have offered premium audio systems as a product differentiator to attract customers and stimulate car sales. Premium audio systems are nearly always branded, with only a few exceptions. According to findings of IHS’ recent consumer survey on premium car audio systems, consumers fin...
    Emergence of OTA updates will change the relationship between OEM and consumer
    While quite common in smartphones, PCs and smart TVs, over the air programming (OTA) is still only in its infancy in the automotive space. Many consumers already anticipate the latest upgrade to their smartphone's operating system, which typically brings a fresh UI and new features and functionalities. In time, these same customer expectations will come to the car, as vehicle owners come to expect an ongoing commitment to deliver fresh and innovative software on existing vehicles. Autom...
    Ford’s SYNC 3 may prove software can sway vehicle purchasing decisions
    For the average new car buyer, the top considerations when buying a car come down to things like price, brand, styling, performance, ride, and handling. Lower on that long list of purchasing preferences are in-car electronics such as an infotainment system. As more and more cars become software platforms on wheels, however; how will infotainment software and infotainment OS affect the purchasing decision? The switch by Ford from MyFord Touch (known as SYNC 2 in Europe and China) to SYNC 3 ...
    Branded Premium Audio – Make, Rent, Buy, and Diversify
    Two weeks ago IHS shared some of the finding of the latest IHS Auto Tech Consumer Survey - Premium Car Audio - US, UK, Germany & China – 2015. The quintessence of the study: Consumers have a strong desire in premium/branded car audio systems. This week now, Harman made a big splash in the world of branded and premium acoustics and announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Bang & Olufsen Automotive car audio business. Harman is indeed the leader when it comes to unit sal...
    IHS consumer survey: Consumers strongly desire premium/branded car audio systems
    The premium car audio market segment has been one of the important venues for growth in the automotive industry. According to the IHS Premium Audio Supplier Market Share forecast, worldwide premium car audio sales are projected to grow from just over 7.8 million units in 2013 to more than 11.6 million units in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate (CGR) of 5.1%. During the same forecast period, branded premium car audio worldwide sales will reach 7.7 million units by 2021, from 5.2 milli...
    IHS consumer survey shows strong interest in smartphone integration and Apple/Google software
    With over 2.7 billion smartphones on the planet and growing everyday— there will be a projected 5.5 billion smartphones by 2018— these truly personal computers are having major implications on how drivers and passengers behave in the car, and on consumer preferences when shopping for a new car. Indeed, perceptions and behaviors, particularly among Millennials and emerging new car intenders in China, are changing rapidly, according to a new exclusive IHS consumer research st...
    China: Google and Apple on the sidelines in connected car battle
    As showcased at CES, car manufacturers and technology companies are converging in providing solutions for connected cars, betting that consumer demand for in-car connectivity services will continue rising.  According to IHS Automotive forecast data, by 2021 more than 72% of passenger vehicles will be connected.  In fact, the connected car movement in the global auto industry has been so rapid recently that connected cars are rolling into our streets faster than expected.    ...
    Solid future
    The need for larger efficiency in electric vehicle (EV) batteries has been a matter of much discussion ever since the lithium-ion battery gained pride as the preferred chemistry for vehicle electrification.  It has initiated several studies in diverse areas such as sand, nanoparticles and graphene, to improve battery capacity, life and stability. Amidst these, solid-state batteries (SSBs) have been an underlying presence.  Although there have been improvements in the technology, the c...
    As in-vehicle internet radio usage booms how can automakers benefit
    Music remains the leading entertainment application in the car. Today, the audio entertainment marketplace in the car is rapidly evolving, providing listeners with a plethora of alternatives to traditional AM/FM radio and CDs. Satellite radio, HD Radio, portable digital music players, and internet radio are all jockeying for the ears of listeners. Online music (including internet radio, on demand music, audio books and podcasts) is one of the first consumer facing uses of in-vehicle connect...
    Autonomous Driving: Google Perspectives
    Autonomous driving technology has received tremendous interest the last year from the press, consumers and the auto industry alike. Much of the growing media coverage is due to Google’s activities, which has generated a tremendous din of headlines, curiosity and interest in their autonomous driving projects. Google has released some information about autonomous car testing, but no information about their future strategy and potential products. This Insight will give perspectives on what Go...
    Value of Connected Car Data
    The connected car is becoming a major source of data for a variety of companies ranging from auto OEMs and Telematics Service Providers (TSP) to traffic information suppliers and cloud content and service companies. The connected car is also a large consumer of data - both the car itself and the driver and passengers. The data to and from the car are flowing via different and sometimes multiple communication links. The variety and volume of data is growing dramatically and is contributing to th...
    Crystal Ball is Fuzzy as OEMs Try to Predict the Network Future
    Connected cars are no longer news; they have become expected within the automotive industry. Vehicles all the way from the Audi A8 down to the Chevrolet Aveo are being fitted with some sort of connectivity. As OEMs start implementing this new technology in vehicles, one of their greatest challenges is to future proof the vehicle since vehicles have a much longer life than most consumer electronic devices. Future-proofing has always been a concern in the automotive industry, since vehicles can la...
    Supplier Opportunities in the Connected Car Sector
    The number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will increase from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016 according to figures from ABI Research.  With virtually all automakers launching new telematics products within the past 12 months, the pace of the industry is rapidly expanding, fuelled by an increased consumer understanding of applications and a simplified purchase value chain through established Apple and Android application stores.  This article considers w...
    Automotive at CES 2011
    The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas in January, with SupplierBusiness in attendance. With 2700 exhibitors and 130,000 vistors, the show presented many new technologies and products in a year which could see global consumer electronics sales rising 10% to top $1 trillion.Key trends at the show were increasingly connected mobile devices, many personalised or directed to niche applications. The show was dominated by automotive announcements, smartphone innovation, some 4G s...
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    Opportunity is knocking in the thermal equipment sector, both for engine and transmission applications and for passenger comfort. True, the market is becoming more mature in terms of installation rates. But powerful new trends are apparent in such areas as technology, performance and packaging. Legislation is driving changes in both areas, leading to the development of new niche markets and to the redesign of many components to foster improved performance. Consumers have taken an avid interest i...
    Is Thailand the Detroit of Asia?
    The Thai automotive industry reached an important milestone in 2005 – production of over 1 million vehicles in one year. In terms of vehicle production, it could be said that Thailand has reached the government’s aim of making the country the so-called Detroit of Asia. It now ranks fifth in Asia behind Japan, China, South Korea and India and is globally ranked as the 15th largest car-producing nation. The automotive industry in Thailand generated THB930bn (US$25.8bn) in income in 2005, whic...
    J. D. Power research uncovers North American consumer preferences
    Factory fitted equipment tends to have fewer problems than dealer-fitted systems, according to analysis by J. D. Power.  Analysts found that for sound systems, remote keyless entry systems and security systems new-vehicle owners reported the fewest number of problems with systems installed by the factory. At the same time the number of consumers who chose to have features installed by a dealership or aftermarket provider has increased. The share of sound systems that are installed by the fa...
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