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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Corvette
    The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is assembled at Chevrolet's facility in Bowling Green, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Chevrolet Corvette from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 34,000 units. If you would like ...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X
    The first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X is assembled at Opel's facility in Eisenach, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 86,000 units. If you would like you...
    Suppliers to the new Audi Q3 Sportback
    The first-generation Audi Q3 Sportback is assembled at Audi's facility in Gyor, Hungary. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi Q3 Sportback from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 35,000 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Industry takes significant steps toward cockpit domain controllers
    People have created personal connected ecosystems using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets with the recent trend shifting to cars. Automakers have realized the importance of this digitization and have begun rolling out tech-heavy vehicles, even in the conservative markets. Traditionally, additi...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Yaris
    The fourth generation Toyota Yaris is assembled at Toyota’s plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing, France. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Yaris from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 129,000 units. If you would like your company in...
    Vehicle electrification trend to drive adoption of GaN devices
    The rise in connected and autonomous services along with the growth in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to the adoption of various new technologies in the automotive industry over the last decade. This trend has led to a broader use of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials. While s...
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Juke
    The second generation Nissan Juke is assembled at Nissan's facility in Sunderland #1, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Nissan Juke from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 102,000 units. If you would like your compa...
    COVID-19 Automotive R&D Impact - IHS Markit Survey
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    20-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    The impact of COVID-19 on the Indian automotive industry
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the automotive supply chain globally, and as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, automakers and automotive suppliers around the world are suspending production operations. The increasingly stringent federal and sta...
    17-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Polo
    The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo is assembled at Volkswagen's facility in Kaluga, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Volkswagen Polo from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 85,000 units. If you would like your company in...
    COVID-19 impact: The invisible bottleneck of automotive semiconductors logistics
    As the world grapples with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic containment, most car manufacturers and tier-1 suppliers have had to suspend operations or are functioning at reduced capacity. This has resulted in a reduction in demand of the semiconductors used in cars, at least in the short...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Car companies, suppliers step up to help accelerate medical ventilator production
    The automotive industry has a history of stepping up to help in times of war, and this tradition seems strongly in evidence as all parts of the supply chain have responded rapidly to the shortage of key medical equipment and especially ventilators needed to combat the current pandemic caused by the ...
    09-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the pot...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
    10-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Market outlook for automotive sensors as electrification expands
    The automotive industry experienced one of its most sluggish periods over the last couple of years. Macroeconomic factors such as the US–China trade war and a weak Chinese manufacturing output led to dented consumer sentiment across most verticals, but the automotive industry bore one of the bigge...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz GLA
    The second generation Mercedes Benz GLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz GLA from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 127,000 units. If you would like your compa...
    Outlook for automotive electronics in 2020
    The growth in electrification, connected car and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), along with the strict regulatory emphasis on emission norms in the automotive industry, have set the ball rolling for changes that are expected to continue well into this decade. Multiple macro-economic facto...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Initial impact on automotive supply chain
    On Thursday midnight (30 January), The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China confirmed 9,692 cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including 213 deaths, in mainland China. In Central China's Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have originated, 5,...
    31-Jan-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers to the new Audi A1
    The second generation Audi A1 is assembled at Audi's facility in Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A1 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 81,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feat...
    Automotive lidar: A dive into the technologies
    Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a key yet somewhat controversial technology when it comes to automotive applications. Lidar is widely used in airborne and marine applications, but its high cost has raised multiple questions on its efficacy in automotive applications. While other existing tech...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz B-Class
    The third generation Mercedes Benz B-Class is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz B-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your...
    Automotive lidar’s halftime walk
    Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is one of the most widely debated topics when it comes to autonomous driving. Do autonomous vehicles really need lidar for object detection or can such vehicles handle this key task without this expensive sensor, by relying on more affordable came...
    Outlook for semiconductor applications in powertrains and e-drivetrains
    While a raft of macro-economic factors, including the Sino-US ‘trade war’ and a slump in the Chinese automotive market, have led to a fall in vehicle production over the past two years, hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) production grew in double-digits in 2018, and the momentum is...
    Hitachi Automotive Systems, a global mega supplier in the making
    Automakers and suppliers are joining forces to deal with the immense challenges created by megatrends such as connected cars, electrification, and autonomous driving. Today, there are hardly any automakers which are not investing in these fields. For new innovations with regards to these megatrends ...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your co...
    Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC): A step towards making autonomous driving a reality?
    As the industry moves towards autonomous vehicles, it is important to create an ecosystem that not only sustains the progress but also creates an environment for collaboration and information sharing. It is difficult for one company to take on the responsibility of creating an autonomous vehicle ent...
    The challenges EV start-ups are facing
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) totaled more than 2 million units in 2018, a 63% increase from the previous year, according to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2019. PEVs accounted for 2% of global light-vehicle sales in 2018, which is a quantum jump from 0.3% in 2015. If recent announcements ...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A8
    The fourth generation Audi A8 is assembled at Audi's facility in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A8 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at more than 114 units. If you would like your company included in this feature&n...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Suppliers to the new Peugeot 208
    The second generation Peugeot 208 is assembled at Peugeot's facility in Trnava, Slovakia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Peugeot 208 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 174,960 units. If you would like your company included ...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Escape
    The fourth generation Ford Escape is assembled at Ford’s facility in Louisville, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Ford Escape from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 295,909 units. If you would like your company included...
    Future of digital light
    The introduction of LED technology has helped lighting manufacturers to gear up for industry megatrends—electrification, autonomy, and connectivity. Suppliers have begun developing energy-efficient solutions and more advanced systems that adjust their brightness in response to changing driving con...
    Monetizing Connected Car
    Introduction A big buzz word in the automotive industry now is ‘connected car’—a vehicle which can optimize its operation and maintenance as well as the convenience and comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. General Motors (GM) introduced the concept of conne...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz A-Class
    The fourth generation Mercedes Benz A-Class is assembled at Daimler’s facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz A-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2019 at more than 91,600 units. If you would like your c...
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado HD
    The fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD is assembled at the Oshawa, Canada, facility. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado from the plant is expected to peak in 2019, at more than 242,000 units. If you would like your company...
    How does Infineon's acquisition of Cypress benefit their automotive business?
    Given the recent announcement of Infineon’s acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor, IHS Markit explored what this represents and what are the benefits to Infineon’s automotive business. In terms of product portfolio what does Infineon get from Cypress? Flash, especially NOR Flash, and SRA...
    2019 TU-Automotive Detroit
    TU-Automotive Detroit is one of the most influential automotive technology events globally and a platform where some of the most innovative minds in vehicle connectivity, mobility and autonomy converge each year. The event is well known for its expert panel discussions and also provides a great oppo...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Viva Technology (VivaTech) 2019—An overview
    IHS Markit’s analytical spotlight this month is on the fourth edition of the VivaTech show held in Paris, France (16–18 May). Similar to the CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona, the Viva Technology show is a go-to event for technology innovation, with a strong focus on services and industry di...
    Automotive Image Sensors – A Review of Current Trends
    Sensors have played a pivotal role in the automotive industry, as knowing the state of various systems within the vehicle is ever more important. Sensors are also increasingly being used to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings and are being integrated more and more into several i...
    ADAS & Electric Vehicles accelerate demand of automotive electronic control units
    Our Analysis Electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the automotive industry, driving the development of safer, smarter, cleaner and better-connected cars. As a result, global automotive ECU revenue is expected to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a comp...
    2019 ADAS sensor conference observations and summary
    The ADAS Sensor Conference 2019 provided numerous insights into the current state of the industry and technology from both financial and technical perspectives. The combination of sensors continues to be the trend with most still favoring the combination of radar, image and lidar. However ...
    Vehicle electrification to spur robust market for electrification-related sensors
    With hybrid and electric vehicles finally making significant headway among consumers, sensors related to system electrification are on a fast track to solid market expansion, according to a new IHS Markit report on passenger-car-related electrification sensors. Global revenue for vehicle-electrif...
    EDITORIAL: LED expected to remain key technology for ambient lighting
    The collaborations between various stakeholders in the automotive interior lighting industry clearly indicates LED will remain the dominant technology for ambient lighting applications, at least over the short term. IHS Markit recently spoke to several automotive lighting suppliers to understand wha...
    Cockpit domain controller features vs peripherals
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    From infotainment consolidation to domain fusion and vehicle functions in the cloud
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Connected Gateways Market – A Review of The Current Situation
    Automobiles used to be very simple, with electrics covering all but the basics with lighting and ignition. Over time, and with the development of integrated circuitry, electronics entered the vehicle with single wires being used as control lines between switches and actuators. Modern vehicles featur...
    Suppliers to the new Bentley GT
    The third generation Bentley GT is assembled at Crewe, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Bentley GT from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 6,700 units. If you would like your company included in...
    EDITORIAL: New regulations to increase global demand for advanced emergency braking systems
    Two key regulatory developments last month are expected to significantly increase the demand for advanced emergency braking systems (AEB), also known as automatic emergency braking, in some markets. First, 40 countries, including the European Union (EU) and Japan, agreed on a draft United Nations Re...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kodiaq
    The all-new Skoda Kodiaq is assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the all-new generation of Skoda Kodiaq from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 3,800 units. If you would like your company...
    Automotive Ethernet Congress recap from Munich
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich is an important and quite technical event for experts in vehicle networking that want to be informed about the latest developments and meet other industry leaders. The congress welcomed not only European visitors but also a significant number of Asian ...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    Domain Controllers for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction The electrical and electronic architecture of any vehicle defines the relationship between its hardware, software, and computing power. The increasing adoption of new active safety and driver assistance features has massively impacted the system architecture of modern day vehicles. T...
    Are self-dimming and glare-free headlights finally coming to the U.S.?
    Megatrends in the automotive industry have revolutionized the approach of automakers and tier-1 suppliers towards lighting components. From bulky designs to sleek designs, exterior lighting systems have travelled a long way in terms of technology and design, with increased attention from automakers ...
    Automotive infotainment semiconductor highlights from CES 2019
    Infotainment and informational advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are converging in a digital cockpit with multiple voice assistants, impressive displays, electronic mirrors, driver monitoring cameras and new ways of interaction. These are the main telematics and infotainment semiconductor&nb...
    Electronics component consolidation on the rise
    The automotive industry is facing immense pressure from end users for more features at lower costs. This has created an opportunity for industry players to innovate and change the electronic architectural design in several areas of the vehicle. Modern cars consist of several electronic control un...
    Kinetic Energy Recovery System
    Over the past two decades, the automotive industry has focused on minimizing powertrain energy losses with advancements in combustion process, transmission design and lightweight material usage. Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is one of the innovations among energy harvesting and regeneration ...
    Thermal Management in FCEVs (Fuel Cell EVs)
    Alternative propulsion is the ‘buzzword’: Gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines (ICE) have enjoyed a duopoly over the global automotive landscape for a greater part of the century due to the sheer convenience, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness of the design as a mass road transpo...
    Automotive Computing Platforms – Distributed or Centralized
    With the emergence of concepts such as telematics, connected cars, and autonomous vehicles, modern day cars have become extremely complex machines. Advance electronics power everything within a vehicle, ranging from dashboard instrument clusters to powertrain, and connectivity to infotainment and co...
    Suppliers to the new SEAT Arona
    The all-new SEAT Arona is assembled at Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the first-generation SEAT Arona from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 87,800 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 5-Series
    The seventh-generation BMW 5-Series is assembled at Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new-generation BMW 5-Series from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2017 at more than 175,000 units.If you would like your company includ...
    Transmission Gear Ratio Spread
    Emission and fuel efficiency norms of today are demanding cleaner and more efficient vehicles. OEMs and suppliers have responded to this by introducing down-sizing with use of a turbocharger for both diesel and gasoline engines. Powertrain design is incomplete without considering transmission design...
    Trends in the wiring harness industry
    Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer,...
    Electrification of automotive water pumps and rising demand for auxiliary coolant pumps
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion system technology driving the global transportation industry and has remained so for the better part of the century since the dawn of the automobile. The ICE generates the power required to drive the wheels using the energy derived from...
    Standardizing ADAS Packages
    Introduction The automotive ecosystem has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years as crashworthiness is superseded by crash avoidance. One major element of this trend is the wider availability and increasing adoption of active safety systems in passenger vehicles. The growing demand for advanc...
    Disconnect All-Wheel Drive
    All-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) systems are widely offered in sport utility vehicles (SUV) and pick-up trucks, under Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 3.5 tons. This is largely due to increasing consumer demand for AWD from the traditional front-two or rear-two-wheel drive systems. With...
    Power semiconductors take center stage in vehicle electrification
    Stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards worldwide, along with stricter testing regimes like Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), are driving OEMs to develop higher-efficiency powertrain systems. For the goal to be achieved, engin...
    Trends in the automotive high voltage battery market
    The battery is one of the major components in EVs, as it influences the range which the vehicle can cover in electric mode. It is expected that the market for alternative propulsion vehicles will grow significantly in the coming years, and with it the battery market. Major trends that influence the ...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    The global automotive safety industry has been home to a number of ground-breaking developments of late, shaping up to be a dynamic industry rather than being a placid one. However, this was not always the case. A decade ago, the global automotive safety supplier market was majorly dominated by trad...
    EDITORIAL – Acquisition of IDT will further strengthen Renesas’s automotive business
    Japan-based semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics, which already has a significant presence in the automotive microcontrollers (MCU) market, is focused on further increasing its revenues from the automotive segment. The semiconductor firm’s recent agreement to acquire US-based chipmaker I...
    MBUX – a UI/UX role model?
    Right at the onset of 2018, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its next-generation infotainment system called the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, United States. The MBUX soon found its launching pad in the form of the new 2019 A-Class, which made its public debut at the Genev...
    Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) Technologies – A Big Opportunity for Power Devices
    Gallium Nitride (GaN) is becoming a promising semiconductor technology for high performance microwave, radio frequency and millimeter wave devices. GaN devices enable operation at much higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures over conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon. &nbs...
    EDITORIAL – Strong outlook for vehicles production in India to drive investments in local supplier industry
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) held its annual convention in New Delhi (India) last month to highlight the achievements of the industry as well as the challenges. Like every year, top executives from automakers and suppliers as well as Indian government ministers ...
    Lean-burn Gasoline Technology
    Modern lean-burn gasoline engines can accomplish higher fuel efficiency along with better torque output in comparison to conventional IC engines. The technology helps drivers save fuel costs in both city and highway conditions as well as emitting fewer CO2 emissions. These engines incorporate a high...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class
    The all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class is assembled at Barcelona, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 23,500 units. If you would like your company included in this f...
    EDITORIAL – Battery swapping model need deep collaborations in EV industry to gain traction
    Battery-swapping technology seems to be making a comeback as an alternative to electric vehicle (EV) charging through cables or wirelessly. The technology allows drivers to exchange their EV’s exhausted battery with a recharged one at a battery swapping station in a few minutes. Battery-swapping h...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Jetta
    The seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta is assembled at Puebla, Mexico. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation VW Jetta from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 251,500 units. If you would like your company included in th...
    Augmented reality—right on your windscreen
    A heads-up display or HUD is a projection technology or a virtual transparent display of information that does not require users to look away from their usual viewpoints. An integral part of military and commercial aviation since the very beginning, HUDs first went into production in cars with Ge...
    Fleet management in commercial vehicles—a big opportunity for passive entry systems
    Traditionally, technological innovation appeared in passenger cars earlier than in heavy commercial vehicles. Among the features that are about to make the transition from this traditional approach are passive entry systems. Moreover, the trend of passive entry systems moving toward the use of mobil...
    Cold start engine warm-up strategies
    The introduction of RDE and equivalent regulations around the world dictate the need to adhere to lower nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels and fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) requirements, and thus mandate the environment-friendly design of next generation of internal combustion engines (ICEs). A highlighted c...
    EDITORIAL – Continental’s Powertrain business to become more dynamic after spin-off
    Continental is the latest tier-1 supplier to jump on the bandwagon of companies hiving off business divisions into standalone companies. Last month, the Germany-based company announced major organizational realignment to keep pace with a dynamic marketplace. The group will create a holding structure...
    Cars—the new home for VPAs
    Speech recognition is literally a technology created to help machines listen to humans. In its infancy, speech recognition was widely considered a failure, as recognition rates were low and error rates were high. It was common to require users to learn a special vernacular of terms and commands in o...
    Pop-up hood systems for pedestrian protection
    The automotive industry has been on the move when it comes to developing safety applications in order to create a safe ecosystem. Not only for the vehicle occupants, there have been developments going on to protect human lives coming into direct contact with vehicles. As more and more vehicles ...
    Sensor Integration in Exterior Components
    Sensor integration and communication between sensors is not only becoming important to OEMs but increasingly also to suppliers.  Initiatives such as V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) and V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) share sensor information over short-range wireless links to enable preventative drivi...
    Qualcomm calls off bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors: a setback…for now
    Highlights American chip manufacturer Qualcomm on Thursday abandoned its $44 billion bid to acquire Dutch firm NXP Semiconductors   The attempted merger failed when no official ruling was handed down by regulators in China, where both firms do substantial business   Although ...
    Cylinder Deactivation Technology Developments
    Automotive OEMs are now required to adhere to stricter fuel efficiency and emission standards. Engine downsizing has assisted in achieving this with turbocharging deployed to maintain total power output. Under an alternative to only turbocharging, cylinder deactivation technology offers temporary do...
    EMCC event tackles multi-core processing for autonomous vehicles of the future
    Experts from the automotive software and hardware industry met last month in a technical gathering to discuss the latest trends and developments in multi-core processing architecture for automated driving and the car of the future, making liberal use of buzzwords like real-time, high-performance, de...
    EDITORIAL – Automotive lighting industry expected to see increased collaboration, consolidation
    With the dawn of self-driving cars, the automotive lighting technology is set to undergo a significant change, both in terms of complexity and functionality. Consequently, suppliers are now faced with the challenge to develop intelligent exterior and interior lighting solutions, which will play a ke...
    Magnetic sensors refresh in new automotive economy
    With the electronics architectural landscape for vehicles changing dramatically in the next 15 years, automotive sensors are also undergoing their own evolution in response to new requirements on performance, safety, Big Data analysis, robustness, security, and economy. The transformation in vehi...
    EPS drives demand for subcomponent systems market
    About seven suppliers cater to 75% of the world’s power steering systems (PSS) demand, serving more than ten customers. However, the supplier base for electronic control units (ECUs) and motors is less expansive than that for PSS. To put this in perspective, two-thirds of the PSS ECU demand i...
    EDITORIAL – Investments in connectivity and electrification technologies to drive growth of Lear’s E-Systems business
    Last week, Lear held an ‘Investor Day’ event in Michigan (United States) outlining its future growth strategy for the next five years. The company forecasts its sales to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 7% to USD30 billion by 2023, compared with USD22 billion expected this ...
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