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    Automotive Semiconductor Market Tracker - November 2022
    Early forecasts of growth in 2022 in the automotive chip market ended up with much higher growth reaching almost $67 billion in 2022 despite a decrease in light vehicle production highlighting inventory building across the semiconductor domain. As we approach 2023, unlike previous years the growth forecast is expected to be lower with geopolitical tensions, demand destruction, and lower inventory building all having an impact. Despite this, the average chip content value for a passenger vehicle ...
    Passive safety systems regulations and market outlook tracker - 2022
    The passive safety systems market outlook and regulations tracker looks into the passive safety regulations in key automotive markets and offers our forecasts for airbags and seat belts in these markets.
    Intelligent seats for tomorrow's vehicles
    Seats have been an integral part of a vehicle’s interior from the very beginning. They play a key role in ensuring safety and comfort for drivers and other vehicle occupants. Although the look of automotive seats may appear to have not changed much, they have evolved over the years. Seating suppliers have added several new features in seats that contribute to increased safety and comfort for each occupant. Seats are becoming more intelligent as automakers look beyond ensuring safety and com...
    How autonomous vehicles will change interiors
    Autonomous driving is one of the most disruptive technologies in the history of modern vehicles. It has the potential to transform not only how a vehicle will be driven but also utilized in the future while ensuring maximum safety and ride comfort. Autonomous driving will likely also change vehicles’ interiors like never before. The latest report on “How autonomous vehicles will change interiors” analyzes how autonomous driving, especially Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy, will offer automa...
    Changing dynamics of automotive interiors
    Rising traffic in metros and cities was already forcing people to spend more hours commuting before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. The pandemic forced people to stay at home to protect themselves from the virus; however, the pre-COVID-19 normalcy will likely return as the intensity of the pandemic gradually declines, and more people are vaccinated. A vehicle is becoming the third living space after home and office for many people as they spend more time travelling. Now more than ever, new...
    Passive safety systems in the era of automated driving
    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 1.3 million people die, and 20–50 million people suffer nonfatal injuries every year, because of road traffic accidents globally. Passive safety systems, mainly airbags and seat belts, have played a vital role in reducing the impact of these crashes and saving several hundred thousand lives globally every year. While in recent years automakers have focused more on active safety systems that help prevent accidents from happening, the role...
    Automotive Show Report - CES 2022
    CES 2022 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States from January 5-7, with around 400,000 visitors, 744 exhibitors, and 936 speakers.
    Why sunroof demand is going through the roof
    The idea of offering sunroofs in vehicles emerged around the same time automakers started equipping their vehicles with proper roofs and doors. A sliding panel to open a part of the roof system was a way to reconnect with the open sky like in the good old days, as the modern vehicle made occupants feel claustrophobic, especially on long drives. Initially, sunroofs were offered in vehicles as an aftermarket fitment. Automakers started offering sunroofs as an original equipment (OE) fitment muc...
    Imagining the ‘Apple Car’
    While Apple is yet to confirm or deny exploring vehicle development under the codename Project Titan, also referred as Chromium, a vast array of automotive stakeholders and commentators have been inquisitive of what may materialize from the so-called ‘Apple Car.’ Due to the secrecy around Apple’s car venture, a lot remains unknown or unconfirmed about the project from the manufacturing location(s), potential partners, and projected volume. This research note ...
    Automotive Show Report - IAA Mobility
    IAA Mobility 2021 took place in Munich, Germany, from September 7-12.
    Global interiors market
    As vehicles become the third living space after home and office, the quality of their interior has emerged as one of the key factors for consumers when deciding on a new vehicle. Automakers are responding to this trend by intensifying their efforts to deliver greater in-vehicle experience. As a result, in today’s vehicles, seats are becoming more comfortable, featuring technologies such as lumbar support and massage systems. Interior trim parts such as instrument panels and door trim panels...
    Technologies driving seat comfort
    What originated as a stationary, spring, and padding-covered component—designed with the intent only to provide a surface for occupants to sit—has evolved into a comfort statement in modern vehicles. Car seats have undergone significant innovations over time, especially considering that the standard dimensions of the car seat do not allow many redesigning opportunities in modern cars today.  The early 1900s witnessed the introduction of seat adjustment, and later in the mid-1900s, op...
    Automotive Show Report - Shanghai
    The Auto Shanghai 2021 was the 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition and took place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center Shanghai in China from 19-28 April 2021.
    Passive safety technologies
    Automakers equip modern vehicles with a variety of safety systems that can be broadly divided into two groups: active or passive. While active safety systems assist a vehicle in preventing accidents, passive safety systems protect occupants of the vehicle and other road users in the event of an avoidable crash. Passive safety systems are activated after an accident occurs. Airbags, seatbelts, and whiplash protection are the most common passive safety systems in a vehicle.   Demand f...
    Automotive interior trims
    The history of automotive interior trims can be traced back to the days of horse-drawn carriages, when wooden boards were installed in front of the coachmen to protect them from debris thrown up by horses. These wooden boards have evolved into the instrument panels of today. These panels contribute to occupant protection, maintaining noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) levels and functioning as a housing for critical interior components. Along with numerous other components, such as door panels, h...
    Automotive Show Report - CES 2021
    This report highlights high-level themes represented at the show and summarizes announcement details by company with key insights for how the technologies presented impact automotive and technology strategies and industries.
    Seating Materials Report
    Automotive fabrics (fabrics) have advanced significantly over time; once used primarily due to their durability, fabrics now contribute substantially toward enhancing cabin aesthetics. Similarly, once considered the epitome of in-cabin luxury and accessible to only a handful of affluent car buyers, leather is slowly becoming the choice for upholstery material in mainstream vehicles. The application of these materials is not limited to improving interior aesthetics but also to enhance passenge...
    Automotive Show Report - Beijing 2020
    The focus of the 2020 Beijing Motor Show were intelligent cars and alternative drive systems. All renowned automotive manufacturers and suppliers as well as numerous startups participated in the 2020 show. 
    Impact of autonomous vehicles on automotive interiors
    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) utilize fully automated driving systems to operate independently without human intervention. These vehicles interact with the dynamic environment and respond to external stimuli in real time to navigate. Autonomous technologies available today require some form of human intervention for effective performance. However, attaining complete autonomy will eliminate the human element from the driving equation. Based on the level of human intervention required, the Society ...
    Global Door Trim Panel Report
    Door trim panels refer to the lightweight structure on the inside of a vehicle’s door. While they primarily act as an interface between the occupant and the inner workings of the door, they play a significant role in the evolving car interiors. Door trim panels contribute toward occupant protection, maintaining noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as housing for door elements. Traditional door panels consisted of housings for the door latch and a winding mechanism t...
    Spring Automotive Client Briefing - Europe - Presentations
    These presentations were given at the 2020 IHS Markit Spring Automotive Client Briefing - Europe (webinar) on  EV Charging Infrastructure and Connected Car.
    Instrument Panel Report and Forecast
    Instrument panels (IP), commonly known as dashboards, were initially mounted on horse-drawn carriages. With a primary aim of protecting the coachman or driver from debris thrown up by horse’s hooves. These dashboards, as the name suggests, were plain wooden boards. While the primary function of the modern-era IP remains the same,  its functionality and integration have significantly evolved since its inception. As part of the “cockpit module”,  the IP houses numerous components, ...
    Automotive Show Report - CES 2020
    This report highlights high-level themes represented at the show and summarizes announcement details by company with key insights for how the technologies presented impact automotive and technology strategies and industries.
    Automotive Show Report - Los Angeles
    The Los Angeles (LA) Auto Show is an annual car show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in late November or early December.
    Automotive Show Report - Tokyo
    The theme of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show was “Open Future” focusing on cutting edge futuristic technologies including future mobility, flying cars, next-generation personalized mobility, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, and new energy-based vehicles.
    Autonomous driving implications on seats
    The yesteryears of the automotive component industry were governed by limited functionality and design. With minimal or no technology penetration, component development was majorly driven by the mechanical outlook that gradually paved the way for technology inroads. For instance, seating systems, which were initially designed to perform only a mundane task of seating occupants, now have a significant role in defining the cabins of tomorrow. Not only can seats perform a multitasking role, but the...
    Fall Automotive Client Briefing - Detroit - Presentations
    These presentations were given at the 2019 IHS Markit Fall Automotive Client Briefing in Detroit, Michigan.
    Automotive Show Report - Frankfurt
    The 2019 International Motor Show (IAA) took place at Frankfurt Am Main from 10–22 September 2019.
    Autonomous driving implications on Instrument Panel
    The manufacturing sector globally is on the cusp of another ‘disruption’ driven primarily by technology. The automotive industry, being no different, has been at the receiving end of the technology penetration and we are already witnessing new inroads leading to the vehicles of tomorrow. Within the automotive ecosystem, the interior space will transform tremendously when we consider autonomy as the foreseeable future, so much so that the industry is still pondering the extent of changes that...
    Automotive Show Report - New York
    The 2019 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) took place at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, the US from 19–28 April 2019.
    Automotive Show Report - Geneva
    The 2019 Geneva show was majorly focused around future trends for the automotive industry and conceptual technologies—electrification of vehicles and connected mobility, driverless vehicles, packages of digital services, and transportation services.
    The Global Seat Assembly Report and Forecast
    The automotive industry has been on a progressive voyage since its inception, adapting to the various shifts in process and technology over time. From the early coachbuilding days to when Ford introduced the assembly line practice in the early 1900s for series production, the “automobile” has undergone a series of evolutions. Operating as the building blocks, automotive components have been on the transformation end during this time, adapting to new technologies as well as design and functio...
    Automotive Show Report - NAIAS
    The 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) took place at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, United States from 12-27 January 2019.
    Automotive Show Report - CES
    The annual CES continues to host the world’s automotive innovators to highlight the most cutting-edge technologies the industry can offer.
    Automotive Show Report - Los Angeles
    The Los Angeles (LA) Auto Show is an annual car show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in late November or early December.
    Seat Value Chain Mapping
    When it comes to manufacturing, the automotive industry is one of the prime examples of a sophisticated production network simplified to perform complex tasks to build quality products for consumers. As one of the early adopters of innovative production processes, such as the acclaimed “assembly line” process introduced by Ford in the early 1900s for series production, automotive production has scaled new heights over time. To sustain vehicle quality when delivered to the consumers, it is im...
    Leather in Automotive Interiors
    Once considered to be the epitome of in-cabin luxury and accessible to only a handful of affluent car buyers, leather has come a long way as an upholstery material of choice in today’s automotive interiors. Owing to commercialization and advancement in the leather-making process, the global footprint and application of leather in automotive interiors have increased over the last several years. Not only is leather an essential part of the luxury cars of today, but it is also spreading its base ...
    The Seating Systems Report
    The Seat Adjuster Forecast describes the tier-1 supplier of the seat adjuster for longitudinal (backwards-forwards) adjustment of the front and rear seats (if applicable), split into manual and power adjusters. The installation volume reflects the number of adjuster sets per seat position (e.g., one for driver or passenger seat; and two for second-row seat, if the second row is a split bench). The Seat Recliner Forecast describes the tier-1 supplier of the seat backrest recliner for the fron...
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