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    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...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 ...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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,...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 ...
    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...
    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 ...
    Shift-by-Wire – Technology Outlook
    The automotive landscape has been changing for several years with the fitment of automatic transmissions ever increasing. As transmissions get an increasing number of gears, several OEMs are shifting from mechanical linkages to shift-by-wire (SBW) techniques. Historically, systems that make the v...
    Real-Driving Emissions Regulations and their Implications
    Appendix It is hoped that the transition from the NEDC to WLTP emissions testing cycles will make a significant contribution towards reducing the environmental impact of light passenger vehicles. However, emission measurements under real-world operating conditions will increase the variabilit...
    Impact of Car-sharing and Ride-hailing on Vehicle Access Systems
    The future of the automotive industry is believed to be moving more towards car-sharing and ride-hailing rather than car ownership. The motivation behind new mobility services is all about lowering costs, increasing convenience and access, and reducing emissions through higher utilization rates of e...
    EDITORIAL – C-V2X technology’s adoption set to increase over the next few years
    After being in a development phase for several years, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technology, which allows a vehicle to share information with other vehicles, roadside infrastructure, pedestrians and others, is set to be equipped in vehicles produced by certain automakers as early as ...
    Interior Lighting
    The global automotive lighting market is undergoing changes owing to increasing safety concerns and technological advances. With strict industry-wide norms applying practically across the entire automotive sector, differentiation is becoming increasingly challenging for automakers. One area in which...
    Fuel Injection Technological Developments
    Recent developments in powertrain technology have focused on two domains – overall efficiency and emission control. Automotive OEMs and suppliers have dedicated considerable amounts of their research and development budget bringing to market environmentally friendly solutions with reduced fuel con...
    New lighting technologies – The road ahead
    Future vehicles are at the forefront of technological change and lighting is one of the core areas of innovation. Unique optic control systems and optimized lighting systems are making headlamps capable of being programmed to provide high-resolution light distribution and projecting information on t...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Hybrid Transmission Developments
    With the introduction of tighter legislative scrutiny on emission norms across various regions around the world, OEMs and suppliers are continuously developing solutions across the entire driveline. Advancement in hybrid transmissions is one such technological development domain where conventional i...
    In-car Wireless Charging
    Wireless charging is expected to grow not only for consumer devices but also for automotive applications over the next several years. In-car wireless charging has the potential to be integrated as either a supplement or replacement to plug-in charging. Chrysler, General Motors, and Toyota were the f...
    Increasing focus on rear-row comfort
    The automotive industry of late has been largely influenced by the term ‘Autonomous,’ which a decade ago was seen mainly as industry-jargon. With stringent efforts being put together to bring higher-levels of autonomy to life, vehicular architecture at a component level has sent the designers ba...
    EDITORIAL - Start-ups pushing innovation in automotive industry
    At the CES 2018 earlier this month, little-known Aurora Innovation announced two partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen Group to help them bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. The start-up, established in 2016 by Chris Urmson, the former head of Google Self-Driving Car project, in partnershi...
    Variable Compression Ratio Engines
    The increased industry requirement for fuel consumption improvement and reduction of pollutant emissions is pushing the industry to adopt new technologies for gasoline engines as they compete for longevity in the face of electrification alternatives. The recent trend for engine downsizing and forced...
    Impact of Autonomous Driving on Lighting
    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent a major innovation for the automotive industry in terms of technology and design. A fully automated-driving system undertakes all aspects of dynamic driving on all roadways and in all environmental conditions, which are usually done by human drivers. The prospect ...
    Vehicle Access Control System – Technology Outlook
    The automotive industry has witnessed several enhancements in the last few years in electric and electronic components used in various applications. These are mainly security and safety features that improve comfort of the passenger. The area of vehicle access systems is of key interest to both vehi...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Powertrain Insights
    Transportation’s contribution to pollution has been and continues to be one of the greatest concerns for automotive industry leaders. A hundred years of internal combustion engine development may become obsolete in time with the evolution into electric mobility. However, in the meantime powertrain...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Thermal Insights
    The 2017 IAA was paramount for the automobile industry which has been besieged by increasing regulatory pressure to prove their commitment towards reducing vehicular emissions and environmental footprint. The showcased products at the show catered to IC engines, e-mobility and alternative fuel cell ...
    Analysis of how autonomous vehicles would take inputs from
    Automotive electronics have become more important than ever with the innovation surge currently happening in the industry. Vehicle manufacturers are delivering new groundbreaking technologies to consumers, such as smart electronics, infotainment, and advanced software. With the automotive industry f...
    Analysis of adoption of 48V technology for non-hybrid applications by region – IHS Markit study
    The demand for hi-tech features in modern cars is growing rapidly, resulting in higher power requirements. As more high-power devices are being added to light vehicles, it is becoming increasingly difficult to implement the functions based on a 12V supply, both technically and economically. The...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    Geneva Motor Show: Electric and Electronic trends
    Electric and electronic systems impact almost every part of the car, the powertrain, infotainment, safety, convenience and comfort. The earliest applications of electronics in vehicles were innovated keeping in mind the fundamental need to control the engine, but automakers are now hard-pressed to i...
    Trends in interior lighting
    Modern automotive lighting is all about enhanced performance with advanced design. Most car manufacturers are always on the leading edge of technology in this competitive world, and every year there is a new technological advancement which raises the bar. In lighting, one such technological miles...
    Regulations in front lighting
    Regulations play an important role in equipping vehicles with latest technologies in a specific country/ region. Forward lighting is an important part of the vehicle as it enables drivers to guide the vehicle safely during the night time along varying road geometries and to identify obstacles and pe...
    Sunroof system fitment in China to remain ahead of other markets around the globe – IHS study
    While sunroofs were limited mostly to high-end cars until some time back, buyers now prefer economy class cars fitted with luxury features; a key factor leading to an immense growth of sunroof systems in cars. However, a sunroof is more than just an exquisite feature of a car as it permits the appro...
    Increase in ECU demand in front lighting
    Over the years, cars have become a mobile network of control modules which operate everything from powertrain to climate control to lighting. Electronic control units, commonly referred to as ECUs, control electrical systems in a vehicle. Automotive ECUs are used across various segments including co...
    In-depth analysis of Omron's keyless vehicle access control systems business in Japan
    Automotive electronics is probably one of the most, if not the most important trend in the global automotive industry today. It impacts almost every part of the car, the powertrain, infotainment, safety, convenience and comfort. IHS has observed that consumers are putting a lot of value on electroni...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the com...
    What is holding back the growth of ‘keyless go’ systems? -- IHS study
    Growing desire for smart convenience features and foolproof security is driving the demand for keyless access control systems in vehicles. The keyless entry system uses integrated circuits that transfer the electromagnetic signals to lock or unlock the vehicle door, providing high convenience and en...
    Asia-Pacific to drive growth of keyless entry systems market by 2020 - IHS study
    The automotive industry has been leveraging the potential of the electric and electronic components in most of the application areas in a bid to enhance passenger comfort and safety and security features in the vehicles. There has been a rapid increase in technological advancements in the automotive...
    Central Body Control Module Market Trends
    Electronic content in cars has been steadily increasing since the first digital engine control modules were introduced in the 1980s. Automobiles are becoming more reliant on electronic components, which contribute to 90% of car innovations and new features – from emission level regulations to safe...
    The Right Refrigerant
    Even as Europe prepares for the January 2017 deadline for using HFO1234yf refrigerant in all new cars, the debate between the two refrigerants – CO2 and YF – continues to linger. We spoke with David Smith-Tilley, Director, Supplier Solutions, IHS Automotive, about an update on the issue. The ...
    Damping control technologies development
    Demand for improved comfort and handling is growing across a broad range of vehicle segments, from compact cars to luxury sedans, resulting in increased usage of advanced electronic controls with the objective to control ride quality and offer greater comfort to cabin occupants. Fully active shock a...
    48V technology is finally starting to emerge in 2016 - IHS study
    It took a bit longer than initially proclaimed for 48V to be finally implemented in a vehicle, but it is here now. Especially, the German automakers have high hopes for the success of the 48V electric architecture not only in mild hybrids but also in non-hybrid applications such as electric turbo ch...
    Seven trends affecting suppliers’ business
    Matteo Fini, Senior Manager, Global Component Forecasting, IHS Automotive Over the last few years, there has been a number of overarching megatrends developing in the automotive supplier sector. The way that OEMs conduct their business is changing and this has a huge impact in the way that the...
    New powertrain development and regulation
    For OEMs, trying to balance the myriad demands placed on global powertrain development has never been harder. All major global automotive markets have in place increasingly stringent legislation focused on controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and exhaust gas emissions—such as particulates an...
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds ...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues       &nbs...
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this...
    Lighting systems have a bright future
    The landscape in automotive vision systems today is changing at a furious pace, driven not only by safety and design, but innovation across the wider photonics arena. Today the sector can be seen to include not only lighting as we conventionally understand it, but also a wide range of technologies d...
    “As a content provider, the OEMs each have their unique way of doing integration. This means we’re more of a neutral third-party broker who brings content into the car.”
    Can you offer some background covering the relationship between Aha and Honda? Honda was our first OEM customer. I think they came on board in 2009 or ’10 and I started working on this in 2011. I think we’ve 10 OEM customers now. Honda was the first to agree to use the system at a time when ...
    The changing landscape of the automotive interiors industry
    This year, two leading North American suppliers, Johnson Controls (JCI) and Visteon, took steps to exit their vehicle interiors business. JCI entered into an agreement with China-based Yanfeng Automotive Trims Systems to merge most of assets of their interior business via a joint-venture, in which Y...
    ECM 15th European Automotive Congress 2014: Barcelona
    At this year’s ECM Congress in Barcelona, there were a number of key presentations from OEMs and tier one suppliers that tackled how the industry is set to develop over the next few years. Dr. Oliver Maiwald, Senior Vice President Powertrain Technology and Innovation, Continental AG, gave a pr...
    Issue 5, 2014
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    What is pushing automotive lightweighting forward?
    The drivers for development at a technology level, at a vehicle level and at an industry level are not only a complex mix, but for various reasons they can be conflicting. Taking three broad groups – consumers, legislators and OEMs – illustrates the various motivations. Reducing vehicle weig...
    Race in global powertrain market heats up as suppliers look to maintain a technical advantage
    The company will launch these new applications in gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and hybrid powertrains for both light passenger and commercial vehicles. The announcement shows how the race in the global turbochargers market is heating up. The company expects turbochargers’ penetration in vehi...
    Improving the internal combustion engine
    ROUEN, France – Renault is developing a plug-in hybrid and PSA Peugeot-Citroen its Hybrid Air system, but both companies count on improvements to internal combustion engines – particularly those running on petrol  -- to meet future CO2 emission challenges profitably. Studies by PSA Peug...
    Automotive electronics suppliers face a unique set of challenges
    The automotive industry places unusual demands on electronic systems, when compared to the demands of other sectors: Despite the rapidly increasing value content of electronic components in vehicles, they must remain affordable to the consumer. To achieve this, the industry requires relative...
    Suppliers at the Tokyo Motor Show
    AISIN AW CO., LTD. Aisin AW, Japan’s leading automatic transmission manufacturer, displayed its latest two-motor hybrid system. The rear-drive unit was was developed for the 2.5L Toyota Crown Hybrid which went on sale in Japan in December 2012.  Designated ‘AWRHT25’, the system subseq...
    Plastic Omnium introduces blend of materials into lightweighting efforts
    William Diem FRANKFURT — Plastic parts rimmed in steel that can be applied to the body in white with spot welds in the body shop have moved from Plastic Omnium’s technical centre into series production. The wheel wells in the boots of the Peugeot 308 and 308 SW, as well as the 5- and 7-s...
    The revolution in automotive lighting
    The past decade has seen a revolution in automotive lighting, a sector that not only includes visible lighting today, but also illumination through infrared sources as lighting and driver assistance systems combine. The lighting industry as a whole has moved rapidly from simple incandescent and gas ...
    Speech, touch, gestures: New ways drivers will interact with their cars
    The role of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) within today’s cockpit is becoming ever more important. Not only are there increasing concerns over the safety of vehicles and their occupants when there is so much potential for driver distraction resulting from the sheer complexity of the electronics/sa...
    Valeo generates interest in its superchargers
    William Diem Valeo SA has 15 clients interested in its electric supercharger as a way to improve acceleration at low engine speeds, and by the end of the decade Valeo expects to be selling about two million a year. The technology was conceived at Ford Motor Co. more than a decade ago and passed ...
    Johnson Controls looks at gestures
    by William Diem In another decade, drivers might just have to point to a spot on the instrument panel to turn off the radio, or swipe to the right to send an image of the destination map to the passenger, who could examine it to choose a restaurant. And for carmakers, this project from Johns...
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