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    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 l...
    Magnesium shortage in context: A real threat or just a price spike?
    As the automotive sector struggles to sustain production in light of semiconductor shortages, new concerns emerge around the stability of the supply for magnesium, which is key to aluminum production, and is heavily sourced from Mainland China. The price of the raw material has recorded a three-fold...
    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 featu...
    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...
    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 cutawa...
    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 l...
    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 unit...
    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 o...
    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 fe...
    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 ...
    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 cutawa...
    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 u...
    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 bill...
    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 ...
    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...
    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 featu...
    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...
    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 cuta...
    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 c...
    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 h...
    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 wi...
    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 futur...
    COVID-19 Automotive R&D Impact - IHS Markit Survey
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    20-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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 ...
    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.Sof...
    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...
    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...
    21-Jul-2016 Insights
    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...
    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...
    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 -&n...
    04-Feb-2016 Insights
    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, whil...
    06-Nov-2015 Insights
    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. ...
    20-Oct-2015 Insights
    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...
    15-Oct-2015 Insights
    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 ty...
    14-Aug-2015 Insights
    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 featu...
    16-Jul-2015 Insights
    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...
    02-Jun-2015 Insights
    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...
    21-May-2015 Insights
    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...
    07-May-2015 Insights
    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 shoppi...
    12-Mar-2015 Insights
    Software Enhancing ADAS
    With so much attention being paid to the long-term evolution of autonomous driving, the current and the short-term can shift out of focus. Advanced driver assistance systems can be relegated to mere building blocks of the future which is a disservice to such technologies and their extensive capabili...
    27-Jan-2015 Insights
    Harman disrupts auto tech industry with software acqusitions
    Today, HARMAN International announced the planned acquisitions of both Symphony Teleca and Red Bend Software. These two acquisitions come at a vital time in the company's growth plan and have wide ranging implications for the automotive industry, as well as mobile, retail, healthcare and other I...
    22-Jan-2015 Insights
    Software platforms: Building blocks for infotainment success
    Software platforms for autos are growing rapidly and will have a profound impact on the whole auto infotainment industry in the next decade. Software platforms have many advantages that grow as the ecosystem around each platform grows. Most of these advantages are due to the benefits that are realiz...
    13-Nov-2014 Insights
    Tesla Model S: Autopilot & Software Over-The-Air
    Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk appeared as comfortable as ever on a brisk California night in October when he took to the stage and spotlight to unveil “the D and something else”. With sufficient fanfare and robotics to rival a model reveal at a major auto show, Musk unveiled the new...
    21-Oct-2014 Insights
    Infotainment Software Platforms; Overview and Costs
    Software expertise and experience are becoming a crucial core competency that is in short supply in the auto industry. The growing amount of software functionality embedded in every new car model will require increased competency by OEMs, Tier 1 and other auto suppliers. Software platforms are a req...
    18-Sep-2014 Insights
    Software-related Auto Recalls: A Growth Segment and Opportunity
    As vehicles feature more electronic parts and computer-based controllers, software is becoming a growing portion of the car’s functionality. Although OEMs and suppliers go through validation processes for software before bringing them to market, sometimes bugs in software may not be caught dur...
    24-Jul-2014 Insights
    Automotive software – where to next?
    A separate automotive product  Software is emerging as a stand-alone, value-added product for Bosch and other major suppliers of electronic components. Indeed, Bosch executives expect "a new commercial concept for software as a product".Some suppliers expect a big change in the way software is ...
    Automotive software – where to next?
    A separate automotive product  Software is emerging as a stand-alone, value-added product for Bosch and other major suppliers of electronic components. Indeed, Bosch executives expect "a new commercial concept for software as a product".Some suppliers expect a big change in the way software is ...
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