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    Brake through: BWI & Thyssenkrupp's EMB alliance
    Introduction: BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp signed a contract for the development and production of cutting-edge electromechanical brake (EMB) technology. The collaboration between BWI Group and Thyssenkrupp to evolve EMB systems marks a significant step in the automotive industry's journey toward autonomous driving. This partnership underscores a commitment to innovation and a shared vision to redefine vehicle motion control, emphasizing safety, efficiency and comfort in autonomous vehicles. ...
    Software-defined vehicles: An identity crisis for the industry?
    We are entering an era where vehicles will be defined by their software. Think of that statement. In isolation, it says a lot. Throughout the past hundred years or so, vehicles have largely been defined by their brand. Alfred Sloan built a whole company on this principle. Today, Carlos Tavares, with Stellantis, has built a house of brands that appeal to different parts of the market with varying degrees of overlap. The brand of car we drove defined who we were as people. Driving a Volvo defined ...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Nio
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Iflytek
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, such as smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift enco...
    Tech giants in the auto space: Q&A with OPPO
    OPPO was instrumental in founding the Intelligent Car Connectivity Open Alliance (ICCOA), aiming to integrate smartphones and connected cars. OPPO collaborates with OEMs to integrate smartphone capabilities with vehicle capabilities and envisions a significant opportunity to leverage the computing power and sensor perception of vehicle sensors. Responsibility in car sharing during higher levels of autonomy is a key issue, as it is unclear who will be held accountable in the event of an acci...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with KPIT Technologies
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompa...
    Baltimore: Not another port in automotive’s stormy recent history
    As the world awoke on the morning of March 26 to the news that there had been a crash involving a container ship and the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the city of Baltimore, which had caused the bridge to collapse, immediate thoughts were with the safety and welfare of all concerned. Six people are missing, presumed dead in the tragic aftermath. Traffic through the port will be suspended until further notice and looks set to cause disruption to trade and supply chains. One of the sectors that w...
    Not all things begin and end with Tesla: Mexico's burgeoning automotive supply chain
    As with everything that Tesla says and does, its investment in Mexico for a new vehicle plant has attracted much attention. The latest hubbub around the Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, plant surrounds reports that Tesla is looking to invite its mainland Chinese suppliers at its operations in Shanghai to join it in investing in Mexico. That it is looking to bring some of its mainland Chinese suppliers to Mexico is not surprising. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do this all the time. They have...
    Talking Heads: Apple shifts gears
    After a decade of unannounced efforts, Apple has reportedly abandoned Project Titan, its ambitious plan to develop electric vehicles. Initially, the project aimed to create an EV to rival Tesla, later shifting focus toward a self-driving car to compete with Google's Waymo. However, it eventually returned to its original focus: An EV with driving-assistance features. As a result, some of its 2,000 employees will transition to Apple's AI division, though layoffs are expected.  In the lates...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Foryou General Electronics interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) govern operations, integrate new features and facilitate the addition of novel functionalities through software. This advancement in the automotive industry is paving the way for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. SDVs are evolving through the separation of software and hardware development, similar to smartphones. Original equipment manufacturers are creating "walled gardens" for applications, which involves continuous agile software de...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye’s vision for software-defined vehicles
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Mobileye executives discuss the transformations in Software-Defined Vehicles (SDVs) and the impact on vehicle operations. We learn more about how data from automated driving systems underpins live graphics in vehicle visualization, creating advanced alerts for vehicle operators and adding a second layer of defense to collision avoidance applications. The challenges in SDV design are also discussed, with the company highlighting its work with original eq...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Elektrobit
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with DXC Technology
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Cloud and edge computing’s cumulative benefits for SDVs
    As part of the shift toward software-defined vehicles (SDVs), automotive cloud computing is a strategic extension of vehicle-embedded systems computing. Original equipment manufacturers are striving for a connected, autonomous, shared and electric future, in which wireless communication between vehicles and the cloud become increasingly prevalent. The goal of an automotive cloud ecosystem is to create an enhanced vehicle experience for users while enabling OEMs and service providers to offer adv...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Nvidia
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Forvia interview
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Red Hat
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    CES 2024 Preview
    As we kick off the new year, S&P Global Mobility analysts are covering the anticipated trends to expect at CES 2024 in Las Vegas next week. Our team will be on the ground covering the event, with some daily shared content available via our platforms and channels. Additionally, meetings with the team are available if you’ll be at the show; we’d love to connect. Please reach out to your account representative or mobility@spglobal.com to make arrangements for a meeting.  Connected C...
    The shift to software-defined vehicles: Q&A with Harman
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) use software to govern operations, incorporate new features, and facilitate the integration of novel functionalities. This concept marks an advancement in the automotive industry, laying the foundation for autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity technologies. The evolution of SDVs entails separating software and hardware development, like smartphones. OEMs are establishing “walled gardens” for applications. This shift encompasses continuous agile softw...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2024
    As we approach the end of 2023, our “Talking Heads” series delves into conversations with the practice leads at AutoTechInsight. The aim is to explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their respective domains. The automotive industry faces challenges and opportunities shaped by the pandemic and technological advancements. Electrification is a key factor impacting new car prices, especially in Europe. A potential price war among EVs in mainland China is a concern. Afforda...
    Automotive ‘Hypervisor’ market landscape
    The development of automotive hypervisor solutions is being fuelled by an increase in the use of embedded virtualization at the device level to support different operating systems. To support Infotainment multimedia and connected services, as well as safety-critical instrument clusters for electric vehicles and sophisticated safety features with ADAS L0 and L1, primary use cases may be seen in the cockpit domain electronics. Vehicles in the Entry and Mid-Price classes, supported by Chinese OEMs,...
    ROUND TABLE: How AI is reshaping engineering in the automotive industry
    AI can address specific original equipment manufacturer challenges, enabling greater product development efficiency and faster time to market, which are crucial in the highly competitive automotive industry. Marking the first of our series of roundtable discussions with automotive industry specialists, we gathered three experts to learn more about the current and potential use of AI in the automotive industry, covering sales efficiency, potential job creation, regulatory aspects and its role in ...
    Instrument cluster operating system market set to get bigger and competitive
    The instrument cluster (IC) is known for its vital function of providing consistent and accurate information about the vehicle to the driver. The automotive market is now predominantly moving toward analog-digital and fully digital ICs. This trend is driven by an increasingly connected and digital cockpit, propelled by the proliferation of electric vehicles.  According to S&P Global Mobility data, in 2022 the analog IC share of 12% (9.4 million units) is likely to drop to 5.6% (4.9 m...
    INTERVIEW: ECARX on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially t...
    White paper: Electrification technology in reshaped supply chains for ubiquitous EVs
    With the rapid rates of electric vehicle adoption continuing in major markets globally, legislative agendas supporting aggressive transitions to phase out mainstream internal combustion engine (ICE) usage, and supply chains gearing up accordingly, the narrative around electrification technology is shifting toward one of maturity and scale. Click the link above to download the full article.
    INTERVIEW: Marelli on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services, such as charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, espec...
    Infotainment’s move to the Ethernet: the canary in the mine for the car’s future backbone?
    Data demand for today’s connected vehicles are increasing ever more. Sometimes it is not just the connectivity requirements that are to blame. Infotainment and the demand for (or supply of) enhanced human-machine interface (HMI) experiences — such as Nio’s virtual avatar or augmented reality satellite navigation — are behind the increase. Current data configurations, be it the Controlled Area Network (CAN) Bus or the Media-Oriented System Transport (MOST) fiber optic Bus, no longer cu...
    INTERVIEW: Continental on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    Original equipment manufacturers are expected to shift to a centralized architecture in an evolutionary manner and in most cases, follow similar steps with only a few variations. According to recent research by S&P Global Mobility, the proportion of vehicles equipped with zonal architecture is anticipated to increase from 2% in 2022 to 38% in 2034, indicating a significant growth in market share over this period. Continuing our series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers about this hot topic,...
    INTERVIEW: Veoneer on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The vehicle architecture is changing from a large distribution of small ECUs with small amounts of processing, memory and control code to a centralized system with fewer, more powerful hardware blocks (domain controllers, center computers) and centralized software code. This supports the software-defined vehicle and manages the increasing traffic caused mainly by sensors for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). To learn more and continue our series of interviews with tier-1 suppliers on t...
    All those in favor of smarter cockpits say AI
    With reports that consumers are starting to push back against the vogue for sleek looking, but frustrating to use, in-vehicle interfaces AI is set to be the vehicle interior designer’s secret weapon. AI could succeed in making more drivers and passengers receptive to their minimalist interiors and could banish buttons forever.  Click the link above to download the whole article.
    INTERVIEW: Vitesco Technologies on electric/electronic (E/E) architecture migration
    The software-defined vehicle architecture is poised to bring about a transformative shift in the automotive industry by facilitating a flexible and adaptable solution for the assimilation of cutting-edge technologies, features and services like charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially the ...
    Rethinking the automotive value chain - software's role in revolution
    With Level 2+ autonomous vehicles nearing mass-market adoption and the era of the software-defined vehicle fast approaching, a new battle for control is set to emerge. Click the link above to download the full article.
    EVangelists: Putting the electric cart before the power generation horsepower?
    One of the most recognized patterns in current well-to-wheel analysis is the differentiation of localized power generation sources and supply chain contributions to the overall carbon footprint of vehicles. Experts like Kelly Senecal rightly point out that in many cases, the power grid is dirtier than a hybrid, even when vehicles manufacturing energy sources are responsibly developed.  Click the link above to download the full article.
    Talking Heads: Software defined vehicles
    Software-defined vehicles (SDVs) have been everywhere these past few months, with the noise reaching a crescendo after the recent CES in Las Vegas. Trouble is, it’s not exactly new. It’s just that the auto industry loves a mega trend or a concept that helps explain everything. And to be fair, SDV does knit together a whole gamut of developments in the industry rather neatly.  Click the link above to download the whole article.
    CES 2023: Industry players committed to software-defined-vehicles with chipset consolidation
    The first Consumer Electronic Show kicked off in 1967, with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees in New York City. Since then, CES has grown by more than 10-fold and now encompasses traditional and non-traditional tech industries. Following limited participation in the last few editions owing to the impact of COVID-19, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was back in full swing this year. Automotive companies showcased new concepts and products with a huge chunk dedicated to UI/UX. C...
    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...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2023
    The current year has again been dominated by the chip crisis. Overlaid on this has been the worsening macroeconomic position due to the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has had knock-on effects for the industry in terms of demand surety. In turn this has brought an end to the era of cheap capital, which has served to slow the burgeoning mobility startup ecosystem. In the broader sense the sector looks set to be heading to a phase where demand-side considerations replace the curren...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    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.
    Highlights from the 2022 North American International Auto Show
    The 2022 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) featured a redesigned layout, with the main exhibits and many events indoors at Huntington Place, and other events outdoors in nearby Hart Plaza. Participation was limited this year, with hometown automakers—Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis—carrying the show. Other major exhibitors were Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz. With many other big automakers and brands keeping away from the show, the ma...
    Understanding the European Data Act’s impact on the connected car landscape
    With amendments to the European Data Act being heard through the end of October, S&P Global Mobility analysts have put together a rundown of the proposal to date, as well as industry responses in favor and in opposition.  What is the Data Act?  The Data Act, or more formally the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on harmonized rules on fair access to and use of data, is a proposal that was issued in late February 2022 aimed at setting stan...
    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 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...
    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. 
    Middleware software: The race to develop automotive operating system
    Software now underpins virtually all elements of the vehicle, from basic cockpit functions to new safety features and powertrain management systems. The advances in vehicle software architectures and function developments are helping automakers to find new revenue, monetizing parts of the vehicle that in the past might have become quickly outdated. To attain the new software-defined vehicle business goal, the automotive industry has been on a mission to limit the increase in hardware resulting f...
    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. 
    Automotive software growth is still at full throttle despite the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict
    The conflict in Ukraine is disrupting not only the supply chain for critical components and materials, it is also causing consequences to the software companies serving the automotive sector. Indeed, multiple automotive software companies have branches and software developers in Ukraine, and this poses an obvious immediate threat to the execution and delivery of software development projects. This insight presents the findings and feedback received during the research.S&P Global Mobil...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of several critical parts leaving German OEMs exposed
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce temporary production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites, opening another front for carmakers scrambling to stabilize their production output in light of the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Tier-1 suppliers, such as Leoni, Gentherm, Aptiv, Kostal, Kroschu, Fujikura, Sumitomo Electric, Nexans, Yazaki, and Prettl, have plants in Ukraine producing primarily wi...
    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...
    Stellantis’ push for multi-billion software revenues rests on customer-centric offerings
    Earlier this month, Stellantis chalked out its software strategy for the decade, validating the paradigm shift in the automotive industry as more OEMs begin to focus on software-driven revenues. The Netherlands-based automaker forecast that its software-enabled products and subscriptions would generate approximately EUR4 billion (USD4.5 billion) in annual revenues by 2026 and EUR20 billion by 2030. Stellantis said that it intends to move to an open software-defined platform from dedicated ele...
    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.
    Special Report: Foxconn's preparedness to redefine EV value chain
    Taiwan-based Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Technology Group, is promoting a new electric vehicle (EV) business model that has the potential to drive extensive collaboration in the industry, reduce research and development (R&D) cost, and shorten the development cycle for new EV products. Over the next five years, Foxconn could emerge as a company that can drive significant changes in EV manufacturing value chain and make the e-mobility landscape more competitive for the established OEMs...
    Software operating system development cost analysis: In Vehicle-Infotainment
    This is pushing the development of vehicles with integrated infotainment systems that provide a combination of entertainment, connected features and marketplace, and information for enhanced in-vehicle experience. Modern in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems connect with all the smart automotive technologies such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) driver warning systems, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity solutions, smartphone connections and projection capability, GPS navigation...
    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.
    Analysis of software R&D growth in the automotive industry
    R&D spending by the automotive industry is growing again after a steep decline in 2020. April data from the IHS Markit global automotive R&D survey show automotive companies are increasing their R&D spending by 6.5% compared with 2020. Greater China and Chinese automotive companies are leading the R&D investment, both in the short and medium terms. The R&D pushes were visible in many products and concept launches at the 2021 Shanghai Auto show, with OEMs and suppliers boastin...
    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...
    How Amazon and Google are scaling up their automotive ecosystems
    The increasing use of software in cars has led to the rise of a separate ecosystem of companies focused on technologies, such as automotive cloud platforms, autonomous driving, vehicle telematics, vehicle-to-everything (V2X), data management, and automotive cybersecurity. With the growing emphasis on connectivity and autonomous driving over the past decade, it is no surprise that the industry has attracted some of the biggest names from the tech business. Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google ...
    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...
    Stellantis’s EV roadmap hinges heavily on its battery strategy
    Amsterdam-based Stellantis announced its vehicle electrification strategy for this decade and beyond on its EV Day on 8 July. The parent company to over a dozen iconic brands, including Fiat, Citroën, Peugeot, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Maserati, plans to pump in EUR30 billion (over USD35 billion) over the next five years in electrifying all brands through this decade. At the heart of its giant plan are four all-new battery-electric vehicle–focused platforms, three core electric drive mo...
    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.
    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.
    In-vehicle voice assistants and the need for seamlessness services
    An important target in the growth of software heavy vehicles is consumer convenience. Like smartphones, smart televisions, and smart homes, voice assistants are one of the key technologies enabling user-friendly applications. Automakers incorporate these virtual personal assistants (VPAs) into their infotainment units, allowing drivers and passengers use commands to perform relatively simple tasks such as play music, read messages, and make phone calls to more complex services including integrat...
    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.
    The growth of the automotive apps industry
    The era of the software-defined car is truly underway. A connected automobile in the market today contains around 20–30 million lines of codes. The majority of innovation in the automotive market is currently in the software segment. Crucial selling points for any automaker these days are driver convenience and customer comfort, two parameters boosted by the type of connected car services offered. An example would be SAIC-owned MG Motors introducing its Hector SUV as India’s first connected ...
    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...
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies with Google Automotive Services (GAS). The GAS suite provides options for automakers to embed a series of services from Google, including Maps, Play Store, and Assistant, among others. The other side of...
    The case for OEM-made operating systems in the age of software-driven vehicles
    By combining vehicle domains with the cloud and internet of things (IoT), future software architecture will have a common hardware layer at the vehicle level, a common middleware layer in the software level, and an operating system that will add different features in a scalable way. To sustain future profitability, OEMs are looking to provide on-demand and subscription-based features at the point of sale as well as an enhancement for driving. Introduction The evolution of autonomous, conne...
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    Importance of over-the-air (OTA) software updates
    With the increasing adoption of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and growing levels of autonomy, automakers are incorporating various softwares for controlling telematics control units (TCUs), and for electronic control units (ECU’s). As the automotive industry is transitioning from hardware to software, OTA software updates are becoming extremely crucial in the automotive ecosystem. This potential lucrative market has fueled a series of strategic investments and acquisitions by ...
    Volkswagen’s strategic shift: Go hard on software
    Volkswagen (VW) AG has announced that by 2025 it intends to group more than 5,000 experts in competence areas, such as software development, electrical and electronics development, connectivity, automated driving, user experience (UX), cloud architecture, and e-commerce, together in an agile Car.Software business unit. Starting with about 500 experts this year, the figure is due to rise to about 2,000 by 2020. In addition to grouping together experts from brands and companies within the group, V...
    Ford continues to take direct control of its software future
    BlackBerry announced this week that it signed an agreement with Ford Motor Company to work directly with the OEM on software development for its vehicles. BlackBerry will dedicate a team to work with Ford on integrating its software into its vehicles. This includes the QNX operating system, Certicom security technology, QNX hypervisor technology, and QNX audio processing software. Ford has shown in the past a strategic propensity toward working directly with its software vendors, as opposed t...
    Evolution of automotive software
    The evolution of automotive software technologies is having increasing impact on the automotive industry. Automotive software has been important for several decades, but new software-based technologies are now emerging as disruptive forces that will change the whole auto industry. This will not happen overnight, but will take place over the next two decades. This insight gives an assessment on how automotive software has evolved and adds perspectives on the most unique characteristics of s...
    Recent developments emphasize the importance of OTA in today’s software laden vehicles
    Automotive OTA updates continue to press forward and are being implemented over a wider variety of automobiles.The industry continues to be propelled by suppliers like Red Bend (now owned by Harman) and players such as Movimento and Arynga (acquired by Intel/Wind River). Some OEMs too are developing their own OTA platforms, with some major automakers deciding to take on the lion’s share of OTA development internally within in-house R&D centers. While IVI updates, OTA map updates, TCU up...
    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...
    What farming can teach us about Software as a service (SaaS)
    IHS estimates there are 83 million cars on the road today that are connected. Sounds impressive but in a world of nearly 1.2 billion vehicles (IHS), that represents less than 7% of the total car fleet. It would appear that another industry has connected its fleet a lot faster than passenger cars - the humble tractor. With 28 million tractors worldwide, and 2.1 million sold each year, it is estimated that 30-40% of all tractors are connected to satellites or more sophisticated telematics sys...
    Software customization is “legalized,” except for telematics and infotainment
    The Library of Congress’s Copyright Office has proposed several exemptions to its 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) law as part of a triennial review. There are two exemptions that impact the auto industry; one essentially legalizes the ethical white hat hacking of automobiles, while the other exemption allows aftermarket customization of software code primarily related to powertrain. Ethical Hacking is “legalized” Starting with cyber security, the Copyright O...
    Tesla begins OTA updates of Model S Autopilot software
    Stephanie Brinley Significance Tesla announced that it has started providing over-the-air (OTA) updates of its version 7.0 Autopilot vehicle-operating software, which gives Model S electric sedans equipped with the correct hardware limited self-driving capabilities. Implications Many Autopilot functions are available in one form or another through other automakers' advanced driver assist systems, but Tesla is the first automaker to market ...
    Tesla begins Model S Autopilot software OTA update
    Tesla has begun sending over-the-air software updates enabling the Model S vehicles, equipped with the right hardware, to access their self-driving capabilities, according a corporate blog post. The equipment Tesla’s Autopilot software relies on includes a forward radar, forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors (set to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds) and a high-precision digitally controlled electric assist braking systems. Tesla’s versi...
    The cost of head-unit software
    One of the largest costs today for automakers when implementing a new infotainment or head-unit solution is software. With a fast growing amount of systems moving toward display audio, smartphone integration, and embedded navigation, nearly all future head unit systems will require some type of software development. The growing amount of software functionality embedded in every new car model will require increased competency by OEMs, Tier 1 and other auto suppliers. This software ...
    TCU software OTA updates to lead segment growth
    While quite common in smartphones, PCs and smart TVs, remote 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 the not too distant future, these same customer expectations will come to the car, as vehicle owners come to expect an ongoing commitment to deliver fresh and innovati...
    Automotive software importance spurs acquisitions, strategic self-assessment
    Automotive software has been on a growth curve for many years in terms of feature importance, development cost, intellectual property significance, bill-of-material (BoM) cost, and many others. The growth in connected car deployment and research into autonomous driving technology will further add to the importance of automotive software. Recent automotive software company acquisitions clearly demonstrate that Tier 1 suppliers have recognized these trends and other Tier 1s will be on the prowl to...
    Automotive software importance spurs acquisitions
    Automotive software has been on a growth curve for many years in terms of feature importance, development cost, intellectual property significance, bill-of-material (BoM) cost, and many others. The growth in connected car deployment and research into autonomous driving technology will further add to the importance of automotive software. Recent automotive software company acquisitions clearly demonstrate that the Tier 1s have recognized these trends and other Tier 1s will be on the prowl to acqu...
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