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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 ...
    Suppliers to new BMW 5-Series
    The BMW 5-series is produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany . Production of the car is expected to peak at 37949 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : BMW (ICE version shown)  Suppliers to  BMW 5-Series COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Prop Shaft Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria HVAC Module Denso Low-voltage battery Clarios ...
    Nvidia GTC 2024: Accelerating automotive innovation through AI
    Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2024 took place March 18–21, 2024, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. GTC serves as a platform for developers, researchers, engineers, and innovators to explore the latest advancements in GPU technology and its applications across various industries such as AI, autonomous vehicles and more. The conference featured keynote presentations, technical sessions, hands-on workshops and demonstrations all aimed at fostering collabor...
    Recent earthquake in Taiwan put semiconductor industry to test
    Taiwan's semiconductor industry is a global powerhouse, home to industry leaders like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), MediaTek, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and more. These companies are crucial contributors to the global supply of advanced semiconductor chips, which serve as vital components in numerous technological devices, including automobiles. On April 3, 2024, Taiwan was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 25 years, registering a magnitude of 7.4 off the island...
    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...
    Fiscal year 2023 review of key semiconductor suppliers in automotive tech
    The automotive semiconductor companies have declared their fourth-quarter financial results for 2023, as the companies continued to execute their strategies. Some of the companies have seen better-than-expected yearly results. In fiscal year 2023, automotive semiconductor revenue continued its significant growth trajectory, buoyed by various factors such as the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, advancements in autonomous driving technologies and the proliferation of connected car feat...
    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...
    INTERVIEW: bitsensing on 4D imaging radars for automotive industry
    bitsensing develops a variety of radar solutions such as its flagship 4D imaging radar solution for autonomous driving, the next-generation traffic radar Traffic Insight Monitoring Sensor (TIMOS), and AI Wellness Radar for illness prediction. The company generated 12 billion South Korean won ($10 million) in revenue in 2023, and its autonomous driving solution is currently undergoing further development for mass production in collaboration with a global automotive tier 1 supplier. bitsensing ...
    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...
    Aehra's EV strategy: Shunning the kilowatt power race for user-focused, smooth journeys
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview with Franco Cimatti, chief engineering officer of Aehra, a Milan-based start-up, he discusses the company's clean-sheet approach to designing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). He also touches on Aehra's positioning, differentiation in the ultra-premium electric vehicle market, the transition from hybrids to full EV solutions, and their partnerships for carbon fiber and battery technology. The discussion delves into Aehra's vision for EV charging, bidirec...
    The dynamic transformation of automotive lighting
    This insight is an edited article by Sascha Klapper, Research & Analysis Manager, S&P Global Mobility, first published in Driving Vision News on Feb. 6, 2024. The automotive lighting industry has evolved from simple lamps to dynamic LED, miniLED, microLED, and even lasers. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have influenced lighting design, with illumination used for fronts, animations, logos and sensor concealment. The competition from mainland Chinese original equipment manufacturers, gro...
    Navigating the semiconductor shift
    This discussion delves into the nuanced dynamics of the automotive semiconductor sector for 2024, exploring growth projections, product categories driving expansion, and the delicate balance between supply, demand and pricing. From the ascendancy of electric powertrain and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to the intricate patterns of memory chip markets, it examines the complexities of the semiconductor landscape. It also encompasses the ramifications of inventory adjustments, the poten...
    CES 2024: E/E and semiconductor technology industry highlights
    The high-performance semiconductor platforms showcased at CES 2024 underscore the pivotal role of advanced computing in driving the integration of AI capabilities into the next generation of vehicles. This emphasis on cutting-edge computing lays the foundation for transformative advancements in the automotive landscape. In the short term, the impact and volume of these innovations are expected to center around incremental advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) capabilities. The technical a...
    Powering the future: The shift from centralized to decentralized automotive power distribution
    The landscape of automotive engineering is currently witnessing a profound transformation in electronic and electrical (E/E) architectures. This evolution is currently traversing through various stages, which range from today’s distributed set of electronic control units (ECUs) to centralized domains and is now embracing the concept of zonal architectures. The surge in vehicle data generation, fueled by the integration of cutting-edge technologies has been a primary catalyst for this shift. As...
    INTERVIEW: Ethernovia on ethernet communication system for automotive industry
    Ethernovia Inc. develops an ethernet system to process the bandwidth demands of the future. It offers a virtual communication solution that enables the software-defined vehicle (SDV) for future automobile communication. The company was incorporated in 2018 and is based in San Jose, California. Earlier this year, Ethernovia closed a $64-million Series A funding round with investors including Porsche SE, Qualcomm Ventures, AMD and Venturetech Alliance.  In September, the company announced a p...
    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...
    Renesas’ strategy on processor roadmap for next-generation automotive systems on chip and microcontroller units
    In November, Renesas Electronics Corporation unveiled its latest automotive semiconductor strategy targeting all major applications across the automotive digital domain. While industry giants like NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Mobileye dominate discussions on next-generation automotive electrical/electronic (E/E) platforms, Renesas has carved out a unique position by announcing its new addition to the R-Car platform, R-Car Gen 5 systems on chip (SoCs) and chiplet options. This comprehensive semiconductor...
    INTERVIEW: Infineon Technologies on electric/electronic 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 vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/E) a...
    Chiplets: Tiny building blocks can make a big difference
    The automotive industry is currently experiencing profound shifts, ranging from electrification to the introduction of innovative vehicle features. Central to these transformations is the escalating importance of semiconductors. Traditional computing capacities housed in electronic control units (ECU) based on microcontroller units (MCUs) are rapidly becoming inadequate in the face of the expanding computational demands brought on by advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), communication proto...
    INTERVIEW: Andersen EV redefines the home-charging experience
    Andersen EV is owned by David Martell, who founded Chargemaster in 2008 before selling it to BP 10 years later. He was an advisor on electric vehicle infrastructure to the UK government’s Transport Department from 1995 to 2000. We caught up with him to learn more about the UK home-charging market. Takeaways: Unlike many competitors in the market, the Andersen A2 focuses on design and aesthetic appeal. The charger integrates smart technology, offering features such as solar compatibili...
    INTERVIEW: Ambarella on electric/electronic 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 (AD), connected vehicle, enhanced safety systems, as well as financial technology and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle's electric/electronic (E/...
    INTERVIEW: Mobileye on electric/electronic 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 electric/electronic (E/E) arch...
    Looming semiconductor talent shortfall indicates a tangled road ahead
    Semiconductor exhibitions recently witnessed a resurgence in participation, with attendee and sponsor numbers surpassing pre-pandemic levels. The TSMC Symposium and SEMICON West are two such notable events that concluded a few months ago revealing several clear industry trajectories. Paramount among these is the automotive sector's emergent dominance within the semiconductor landscape. It is no longer just about in-car entertainment; we are witnessing a seismic shift as vehicles evolve into tech...
    Tier 1 suppliers on electric and electronic 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...
    INTERVIEW: Aptiv 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, including charging infrastructure, predictive maintenance, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, enhanced safety systems, as well as fintech and blockchain. This necessitates a comprehensive reimagining of the vehicle E/E architecture, especially the softwa...
    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 ...
    INTERVIEW: Lumotive on Light Control Metasurface chipsets for the automotive industry
    Lumotive's optical semiconductor solutions enable advanced sensing and perception capabilities in next-generation consumer, mobility and industrial automation products, such as mobile devices, autonomous vehicles and robots. On July 27, Lumotive announced that it has entered a commercial agreement with camera-module specialist Namuga, which will leverage Lumotive's Light Control Metasurface (LCM) chipsets to develop solid-state lidar module solutions for a range of 3D-sensing applications in aut...
    NXP Connects 2023: A glimpse into next-gen automotive semiconductor innovations
    NXP Connects is an annual conference organized by tier-1 semiconductor supplier NXP Semiconductors. The conference brings together industry professionals, engineers, designers and technology enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements in the world of semiconductors, embedded systems, and internet of things (IoT) technologies. NXP Connects provided a platform for attendees to gain insights into NXP's cutting-edge products, solutions and technologies. The conference featured keynote presenta...
    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...
    INTERVIEW: TriEye on the future of short-wave infrared sensing technology
    Sensing technology that uses short-wave infrared (SWIR) can do a better job than solid state and spinning lidar, and is 10 times cheaper and less complex, according to TriEye. To learn more, we spoke to Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of TriEye. TriEye, a semiconductor startup based in Israel, has launched its Spectrum Enhanced Detection and Ranging (SEDAR) platform. Backed by Intel, Samsung and Porsche, SEDAR uses SWIR technology to provide 2D imaging and 3D-depth sens...
    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.
    How does mainland Chinese export controls on gallium and germanium impact automotive players?
    The global semiconductor industry has become a critical battleground for economic dominance, particularly between the US and mainland China. Mainland China will impose export controls on two metals used in semiconductor chip production to "safeguard national security and interests", the Ministry of Commerce and General Administration of Customs said in a notice on July 3. "The export control is not an export ban, and permits will be granted if exports comply with the relevant regulations," Shu J...
    Evolving automotive needs drive the transformation of gateway hardware
    Gateway hardware serves as the vital link between modern automobiles and the digital world. An automotive network gateway is a vital component that acts as a communication hub between various electronic systems within the vehicle. A key role is to enable data exchange and communication between different networks or domains within the vehicle. In a vehicle, multiple electronic control units (ECUs) are responsible for controlling distinct functions like engine control, braking, steering, infota...
    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...
    Supplier to the new Lincoln Nautilus
    TheLincoln Nautilus produced at the Changan Hangzhou plant in China. The  SUV is expected to peak at more than 34702 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Steer-by-wire market to record steep growth over next decade
    The automotive industry is undergoing a fascinating transformation with the emergence of steer-by-wire (SBW) technology, which is poised to revolutionize the driving experience and pave the way for the vehicles of tomorrow. As electric power steering (EPS) systems continue to dominate the market, SBW systems are captivating the industry by replacing mechanical connections with algorithms, electronics and actuators. The progress in semiconductor technology, control systems, electrical architec...
    INTERVIEW: Spotlight on Manganese
    The role of manganese in the battery-material conversation is frequently disregarded, given that it is used in smaller amounts compared with other metals in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its primary function is as a stabilizer in the cathode. However, there is growing OEM and investor interest in manganese. Tesla and Volkswagen have expressed interest in shifting their Li-ion battery designs away from cobalt and nickel and toward manganese. Mainland China dominates the manganese market, accoun...
    PCIM Europe 2023 show summary
    The market for wide bandgap power devices is projected to reach $19.45 billion in 2029, showing significant growth from $1.38 billion in 2022, indicating a CAGR of approximately 46%. SiC technology finds main applications in OBC, DC-DC conversion, and traction inverters, while also holding potential for new high-power applications centered around thermal management in BEVs, including PT heaters.  Click the link above to download this insight
    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...
    Suppliers to the new BMW i5
    The BMW i5 is produced at company’s Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. The electric vehicle is expected to peak at more than 39722 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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 ...
    Suppliers to the new Cupra Leon
    The Cupra Leon  is produced at built at Martorell plant in Spain. The VW’s SEAT is expected to peak at more than 52311 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Chip-export restrictions to mainland China: impacts on automotive players
    Japan has announced export controls on 23 types of advanced semiconductor-manufacturing equipment, in response to US pressure to limit mainland China's access to the technology. Japan's export controls are seen as an attempt to limit mainland China's access to semiconductor technology. The move, which is expected to come into force in July, will affect around 10 major companies including Nikon and Tokyo Electron. These companies would need to get licenses to ship a broader-than-expected array of...
    Zone controllers expand vehicle networking capability
    In vehicle electrical and electronic (E/E) architecture, a zone controller is a type of electronic control unit (ECU) that is responsible for managing and coordinating the various subsystems within a particular area, or "zone," of the vehicle. The zone controller acts as an intermediary between these subsystems and the main vehicle network, facilitating communication and ensuring that the subsystems are working together in a coordinated and efficient manner. This allows for greater flexibility i...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado EV
    The Chevrolet Silverado EV is produced at Factory ZERO assembly plant. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 53088 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Charging ahead: McLaren Applied on the next ‘wave’ of electrification
    UK-based McLaren Applied is a specialist in vehicle electrification, particularly inverters. It recently struck a deal with STMicroelectronics for the supply of silicon carbide power modules for its 800V inverter. Inverter technology is rapidly adopting silicon carbide semiconductors, and McLaren has turned to the Geneva-based company in the absence of a local supply chain. To learn more about the inverters market and the migration from distributed ECU E/E architecture to a centralized zona...
    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.
    Tesla's new direction: Cutting Silicon Carbide use in EVs
    Known for pushing the boundaries of innovation in the automobile industry, US automaker Tesla announced that it plans to slash the use of Silicon Carbide (SiC) transistors by 75% in its EVs (electric vehicles). During Tesla's Investor Day presentation in 2023, which was largely focused on efficiency and cost control, Colin Campbell, Tesla's powertrain engineering leader, discussed how the company plans to reduce the cost of their EV powertrains while maintaining high performance and energy effic...
    Navigating the changes: Implications of general safety regulation for automotive ecosystem
    To keep up with the technological advances and to better protect road users, EU has revised its General Safety Regulation with Regulation 2019/2144, (GSR II). It introduces a range of mandatory advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) to improve road safety and establishes parts of the legal framework for the approval of automated and fully driverless vehicles in the EU. GSR II covers all motor vehicles (including passenger cars, light commercial vehicles (LCVs), buses, trucks and trailers), wit...
    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.
    Supplier to the new Ford Mustang
    The Ford Mustang produced at Flat Rock, Michigan. The  vehicle is expected to peak at more than 76159 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Suppliers to the new Ford Transit Custom
    The Ford Transit Custom is produced at its plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this vehicle will be 2024, when more than 175390 units will be produced.
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz AMG GT
     The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT production takes place at Mercedes' plant in Bremen, Germany. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 6648 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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.
    Assessing Tesla's in-house chips plan: it's complicated
    One of the key highlights of Tesla’s recent Investor Day was their commitment to move to 100% in-house designed microcontroller units (MCUs). This would take the percentage inhouse from 20% in the Model S to 85% in the Cybertruck with 100% achieved for the next generation vehicle. From an implementation standpoint their target is not impractical, and their history suggests the goal is in line with their accomplishments to date. However, whether it’s a target they ought to be aiming at...
    How does a ban on US AI chip exports to mainland China affect automotive industry players?
    The US government has unveiled a new artificial intelligence (AI) and semiconductor export limits strategy for mainland China in October 2022. The limitations prevent major US AI computer chip designers, like NVIDIA and AMD, from exporting their high-end AI and supercomputing processors to mainland China. NVIDIA revealed in a regulatory filing that it needs permission from Washington to continue selling some high-end chips to mainland China. These AI accelerators are installed in large datace...
    Talking Heads: Tesla Investor Day
    On March 1, Tesla hosted its Investor Day, where it presented ‘Master Plan 3’, the sequel to Master Plan outings in 2006 and 2016. While earlier plans were greeted enthusiastically by investors, the third met with a muted response from the markets with the stock falling by 6%.  Click the link above to download the full article.
    Suppliers to the 2023 Volvo EX90
    The Volvo EX90 is built at Volvo's Charleston, South Carolina plant. The full-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 46585 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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...
    NOVELIC: “ADAS is expected to have high growth rates even in times of crises”
    NOVELIC is a leading self-sustaining provider of mm Wave radar sensors, perception solutions, and full stack embedded systems. It has a large portfolio of mm Wave radar sensors and IPs and develops custom products for automotive, autonomous driving, robotics, Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. At the Auto Expo, S&P Global’s Sr Analyst Rohan Hazarika spoke with Jure Galic, Business Development and Marketing Executive at NOVELIC, about the partnership with Sona Comstar. Edit...
    Supplier to the new Mercedes-Benz GLC
    The Mercedes-Benz GLC produced at the at the Beijing plant in China. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 122981 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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.
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Avenger
    Jeep first electric vehicle (EV) named Avenger is produced in Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for C4 X will be 2024, when more than 72726 units will be produced.  
    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...
    Automotive semiconductor revenue outlook 2022
    The automotive semiconductor companies’ have declared their third-quarter financial results for the year, as the companies continued to execute their strategy. Some of the companies have performed better-than-expected quarterly results. However, the year 2022 is still very volatile, making it difficult to predict the semiconductor company’s short-term automotive revenues.   S&P Global Mobility has considered the pulse of top chip suppliers from third-quarter earnings to estimate ...
    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...
    Suppliers to the new Maserati GranTurismo
    The new Maserati  GranTurismo is produced at Stellantis' Mirafiori plant in Turin. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this vehicle will be 2024, when more than 3744 units will be produced.
    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 ...
    Key takeaways from Qualcomm analyst day
    Qualcomm conducted its first automotive investor day on 22 September 2022. In the past, the automotive industry was considered a minor part of the multiple sectors Qualcomm covers. As a result of ongoing trends in the automotive industry, such as connected mobility and autonomous driving, Qualcomm's technologies are in high demand, and their adoption is accelerating. The automotive sector generates predictable long-term earnings growth and diversification for Qualcomm and is growing into an impo...
    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.
    Decoding DENSO’s semiconductor strategy
    Japan’s DENSO Corporation, one of the leading global automotive suppliers of powertrain, thermal, and safety systems, recorded a 4.2% year-on-year (y/y) decline in its fiscal year (FY) 2021 revenue, which stood at JPY4,936.7 billion (about USD45.1 billion). The company attributed this year-on-year fall to the significant decline in car sales resulting from COVID-19, followed by the shortages in semiconductors and other raw materials. Yasushi Matsui, CEO at DENSO Corporation, projected in the c...
    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...
    Mapping global market demand for centralized chassis controllers
    Megatrends associated with the penetration of driving assistance and driving automation features have stimulated demand for a new range of specialized chassis-related controllers designed specifically for the application in vehicles equipped with alternate centralized electrical/electronic architectures (EEAs). The previous article on this subject examined why the auto industry is moving toward centralized EEAs, how the application of domain controllers is helping to drive improvements to int...
    Tier-1 suppliers to dominate ADC production, but newcomers are catching up
    An autonomy domain controller (ADC) is a central processing unit that integrates inputs from several sensors around System-on-Chip (SoC) processors. Based on sensor data, the ADC evaluates information from multiple sources to arrive at an outcome or guidance for the driver or vehicle to implement, such as indicators to the driver to aid parking or execute a lane change. In autonomous vehicles, ADCs directly communicate with control systems to independently drive the vehicle. The complexity of...
    Centralizing E/E architectures: The key to efficient integrated chassis control
    Over the last few years developments in the driving assistance and automation feature market have driven demands for a new generation of automotive controllers that are able to process, analyze, and communicate increasingly large amounts of complex real-time data rapidly, efficiently, and flawlessly. A progressive electronification of vehicle systems, meanwhile, has led to the penetration of by-wire chassis systems equipped with electronic control units (ECUs) that process information fed fro...
    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.  
    Not just a distant dream: Centralized E/E architectures
    The automotive industry is undergoing a period of huge change fuelled by the adoption of connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility, and electrification. Digital cockpits, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced human-machine-interface can also be included in the list of trends. In addition to automotive safety and comfort features, the kind of connected-ecosystem experience that customers have come to expect from their smartphones has become increasingly important, and OEMs now com...
    Suppliers to the new Dodge Hornet
    Built in Stellantis’ factory in Pomigliano, Italy ,  Dodge Hornet is expected to peak at more than 32430 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz EQE
    The new EQE SUV is assembled at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. Tuscaloosa is a key production location for Mercedes-EQ luxury electric SUVs, including the EQS SUV and the EQE SUV, which will be available later this year. According to S&P Global Mobility, the highest year of production for this SUV will be 2023, when more than 36810 units will be produced.
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Demand scenario for high-performance cockpit domain controllers
    The rising trend of multiple high-resolution displays in vehicle interiors is creating a strong demand for a high-performance System-on-Chip (SoC) from OEMs over the next five to six years. This article offers insights from IHS Markit analysts into the key factors that will drive demand for such high-performance chips. In modern vehicles, with consolidated electrical and electronic (E/E) architecture, a single SoC could be required to process a large amount of data, including video feed from mul...
    Suppliers to the new Tesla Model Y
    The Tesla Model Y is manufactured at the automaker's factory in Gruenheide, Germany. Output of the mid-size SUV is expected to peak at more than 241600 in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    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.
    Automotive chip market remains strong despite looming inventory correction and macroeconomic headwinds
    In 2022, the car chip market exceeded USD52 billion—a new high-water mark. In the wake of the growing global chip shortage due to COVID-19, prices for automotive semiconductors are reset, resulting in higher revenue for car chips in 2021 and 2022. The chip content continues to increase in the next five years, driven by electrification, autonomous driving, and connected cars, and automotive revenue will double again by 2027. The average chip value in cars will top USD1,000 by 2027. This arti...
    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. 
    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...
    Automotive applications for ultra-wideband wireless technology set to expand in the coming five years
    UWB is a short-range wireless communication system that employs radio waves, similar to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. UWB can enable the very accurate measurement of time of flight (ToF) of the radio signal, leading to centimeter accuracy of distance and location calculations. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the unlicensed use of UWB in 2002. According to recent IHS Markit analysis, the adoption of UWB technology will significantly rise in applications such ...
    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. 
    Earthquake in Japan puts at risk a fragile recovery of automotive chip supply
    Japan-based chipmaker Renesas Electronics halted some of its production on 17 March after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami in the country's northeast, causing blackouts and disrupting transportation. Renesas has temporarily stopped production at two semiconductor plants and partially stopped output at a third production after an earthquake.  One of the factories affected is Renesas’s Naka fab, which produces microcontrollers (MCUs) for the automotive industry. Based on dat...
    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...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Illuminating the neon supply impact on the semiconductor industry
    Neon is used for the manufacturing of mature process nodes, which are already under supply chain pressure. The reduction in gas supply will likely lead to higher neon prices but will this cause any significant supply shortages of semiconductors? The supply chain and technology team of IHS Markit has been monitoring the Russia-Ukraine crisis to closely assess its impact on the already challenged automotive semiconductor supply chain. It is anticipated that the semiconductor grade neon supply f...
    Is the European Commission’s proposed Chips Act a lost chance to secure chip supplies?
    The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council to establish a framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem or Chips Act, just like the US government’s recent policy on semiconductors, aims at securing strategic supply of chips to support various industries. The act focuses on shoring up more semiconductor manufacturing capacity while ensuring the availability of a trained workforce to support the industry throug...
    Today's chip shortage is accelerating tomorrow's investment
    In 2021, chip technology has strategic geopolitical significance as every regional government announced billions of dollars in support of semiconductor industry. Now, semiconductors are at the center of major geostrategic interests as well as the global technological race. Automakers are eager to secure their supply of chips because they understand how it will affect their ability to act (economically and industrially) and drive digital transformation. The United States is currently debati...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen ID4
    The first-generation Volkswagen ID4 is assembled at parent VW Group's factory in Zwickau Germany.Production of the new electric crossover will peak at more than 112,500 units in 2024. 
    Analog chips – poised to become the next big threat to automakers?
    The automotive semiconductor supply tightness will likely ease in 2022 and in the first half of 2023. However, there is a risk of pressure points building up again at the end of 2023 or early 2024. According to IHS Markit’s analysis, new concerns are emerging over the supply of analog chips. After microcontrollers (MCU) in 2021, analog chips are likely to become the main constraint for vehicle production for the next three years. The two major chip categories that have been most affected by...
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