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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
    FoxConn debuts Model E with smart surfaces featuring interactive communication
    Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) debuted three autonomously developed EVs namely the Model C recreational vehicle, the Model E sedan and the Model T electric bus, it said in a press release on 18 October. The Model E, luxury flagship sedan looks to cater to high end consumer clientele through its ...
    20-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Startup MINIEYE debuts in-cabin sensing solution for smart cockpit
    Autonomus driving technology startup MINIEYE has launched the I-CS (In-Cabin Sensing) system and mentioned that it had obtained SOP for over 30 passenger car models, it said in a press release on 30 September. The I-CS includes a driver monitoring system (DMS), an occupancy monitoring system (OMS), ...
    19-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Porsche commercializes 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat
    Porsche has launched sale of the new 3D-printed bucket seats, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. The seat is available for Porsche models such as Boxster, Cayman, and 911 under Porsche Tequipment. "Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in pro...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Continental develops cabin sensing technology for enhanced design and future safety standards
    Continental has developed an integrated solution for interior sensor technology to increase vehicle comfort, it said in a press release on 13 October. The radar sensor technology combines years of know-how expertise on wide areas of interior cameras for human-machine interaction. The system opera...
    14-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai files patent for advanced steering wheel module
    According to CarBuzz, Hyundai Motor has a filed a patent for a center placed steering wheel module, it said in a press release on 30 September. The Korean automaker is looking to redefine automotive interior by jumping into the future mobility bandwagon. Hyundai has filed patent in Germany for th...
    13-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai Mobis develops foldable steering system
    Hyundai Mobis has developed a next generation foldable steering system that can move back and forth by up to 25cm, it said in a press release on 11 October. The steering system can fold and unfold thereby creating more space within the cabin aligning with flexible future mobility vehicles. To ens...
    12-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Apple developing technology to allow users control many vehicle interior features through iPhone
    Apple is developing technology that will allow users to control more features in vehicle interiors, including climate-control system and seat adjustments,  through iPhone, Bloomberg reported on 7 October citing “people with knowledge of the effort”. The project, called “IronHeart” inter...
    11-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Startup BreezoMeter to offer intelligence for better in-cabin air quality in Volvo Cars
    BreezoMeter has partnered with Volvo Cars to offer car passengers protection from outdoor pollution through real-time updates about their exposure to hazardous air quality, the startup said in a press release on 7 October. The company delivers micro-local environmental intelligence (within 5 m of th...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Ambarella builds a Driver Monitoring System with Dongfeng
    Ambarella has built a Driver Monitoring System (DMS) based on the CV25 AI vision SoC and development platform in partnership with Dongfeng Fengshen (Aeolus), it said in a press release on 22 September. The system is used in the Dongfeng Fengshen Yixuan Max sedan. The DMS, also known as a Fatigue ...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Avient launches new TPEs made from recycled car windshields
    US specialty materials provider Avient announced via press release on 19 August that it had launched a new portfolio of TPEs that use recycled content from automotive windshields. According to the release, the new TPEs, part of Avient’s reSound™ R recycled-content thermoplastic elastomers (TP...
    29-Sep-2021 News New Products
    IAV develops new measuring system for scenting vehicle interiors
    According to an official press release dated 20 September, IAV announced that it has developed a method for measuring the scenting of vehicle cabins more precisely and bringing it into series production faster. The tool is applicable to almost all modes of transportation. “The USPs of modern ve...
    28-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Volvo to go leather-free on the interiors of its EV models
    According to an official press release dated 23 September, Volvo plans to discontinue the use of leather and other byproducts derived from the cattle industry in its vehicles. According to the company, the C40 Recharge will be the first model with a completely leather-free interior. Volvo has sta...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    ŠKODA Auto develops eco-material for interiors
    According to an official press release dated 22 September ŠKODA AUTO's Technical Development department has developed a sustainable, ecological material and applied for a patent in collaboration with the Technical University of Liberec. Sugar beet pulp is used to create the novel raw material....
    24-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Brose presents concepts for versatile interiors at IAA 2021
    According to official press release dated 6 September, Brose announced that it is showing the functional, flexible, and comfortable vehicle interiors of future vehicle generations under the theme “Smart Comfort Solutions” at the IAA Mobility in Munich from 7–12 September 2021, where it wi...
    08-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Webasto to showcase innovative roof solutions for autonomous driving and EVs
    According to official press release dated 3 September, Webasto announced that it will present innovative roof for autonomous driving, efficient heating system, passenger car battery and smart-charging solution. Lidar sensors and cameras for autonomous driving are integrated into the large panoram...
    07-Sep-2021 News New Products
    IAA Mobility 2021: Gentex to showcase connected car, in-cabin monitoring technologies
    Gentex is set to demonstrate its latest digital vision, connected car, in-cabin monitoring, and dimmable glass technologies at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany, it said in a press release on 3 September. One of the key components showcased is the Full Display Mirror (FDM). The FDM is an i...
    06-Sep-2021 News New Products
    BASF develops lightweight panorama roof frame using high speed plastic
    German multinational chemical company BASF announced on 31 August that it had successfully validated the use of its Ultradur® High Speed PBT Engineering Plastic in open panorama headliner frames. According to the company’s press release, the PBT panorama frame, developed in conjunction with Grupo...
    06-Sep-2021 News New Products
    SABIC introduces new resins containing recycled content for automotive applications
    Saudi multinational chemical manufacturing company SABIC introduced on 2 September its first three automotive-grade resins containing mechanically recycled content. The three new resins, namely the SABIC® T2E-3320EH polypropylene (PP) compound, the XENOY™ T2NX2500UV resin, and...
    03-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Continental develops new functions for occupant protection
    Continental AG announced in an official press release dated August 26 that it has produced over 350 million airbag control units (ACUs) and is developing new functions to further optimise the protective effect of airbags in automobiles. Jochen Zimmermann, Head of Research & Development for Oc...
    31-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Mitsubishi Electric unveils new advanced cockpit demo vehicle
    Mitsubishi Electric has unveiled Project Firebird, a new advanced cockpit demo vehicle, WardsAuto reported on 6 August. The cockpit is built on a hypervisor with an Android 10 operating system (OS) and includes a digital cluster, rotating center display, and Amazon Alexa integration. ...
    23-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Brose to unveil thermal management solutions at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany
    German automotive thermal and electrification components supplier, Brose, has announced that it will be showcasing its thermal management solutions at the upcoming IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, Germany next month. According to a press release issued by Brose on 12 August, the company stated tha...
    17-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Toyoda Gosei develops driver-side airbag with new structure
    Toyoda Gosei has developed a driver-side airbag with a new structure that can more safely protect the occupant, according to an official press release dated 28 July. This airbag is found on the new Honda Civic, which will be available in North America in June 2021. Driver-side airbags, which are ...
    29-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Ford unveils new Refresh95 standard-certified cabin air filter
    According to an official press release dated 22 July, Ford announced the release of all-new standard certified cabin air filters known as Ford Refresh95, with plans to cover the majority of its lineup by the end of 2023. Ford Refresh95 is Ford's new standard advanced cabin air filter, built in th...
    28-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Synthesis AI announces enhanced capabilities to develop driver safety monitoring systems
    Synthesis AI, a pioneer in synthetic data technologies, announced enhanced capabilities to simulate driver behavior in the car cabin environment to ensure automobile and autonomous vehicle manufacturers have access to high-quality, perfectly labeled training data to build driver safety systems, acco...
    28-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Valeo to present multiple innovations at IAA Mobility 2021
    According to an official press release dated 26 July, Valeo plans to showcase multiple innovations at IAA Mobility in September, including a series of technologies that can create a "health shield" within the interior of a vehicle and a smart lighting system. The Valeo innovations to be presented...
    27-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Webasto presents dynamic roof lighting solution at Startup Autobahn
    Webasto will present the innovations from the product development sector created in cooperation with several startups at the 10th edition of the EXPO Day of "Startup Autobahn". According to a press release issued by Webasto on 20 July, the company stated that during the event which will be held on 2...
    22-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Stellantis launches new Jeep Compass with advanced connectivity
    Stellantis has launched the new Jeep Compass with interior features such as a new 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 center stack display, 10.25-inch frameless full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) digital cluster, among others, the automaker announced in a press release on 14 July. The interiors feature a glo...
    19-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Mercedes-AMG SL to feature latest MBUX platform and center console with adjustable touch screen
    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the interior features of its all-new Mercedes-AMG SL in a press release on 14 July. The 11.9-inch multimedia touch screen is featured in portrait format but can be adjusted electrically into a vertical position to avoid reflections caused by sunlight when driving with the ...
    15-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Infineon launches radar sensors and microcontroller to enables ultra-short-range automotive applications
    Infineon launches the XENSIV 60 radar sensor and AURIX microcontroller on its official website on 24 June to enable ultra-wideband, ultra-low power, and cost-performance scalable architecture for ICMS (In-cabin monitoring systems) subsystems. The devices enable the use of new signal processing techn...
    28-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Autoneum collaborates with Free Field Technologies for in-vehicle acoustic design
    Autoneum has announced a collaboration with Free Field Technologies under which Autoneum’s acoustic simulation methods for vehicle acoustics will be incorporated into FFT’s modeling software, Actran, according to a 2 June press release. Simulation tools by Autoneum such as SILVER and GOLD wil...
    03-Jun-2021 News New Products
    NTN develops Ra-sHUB hub bearing for rear wheels with steering assist function
    NTN Corporation has developed the “Ra-sHUB” hub bearing for rear wheels according to a company press release on 28 May. Significance: According to the press release, the Ra-sHUB has been developed by modifying the hub bearing “sHUB” with steering assist function that adjusts the stee...
    03-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Hitachi Astemo develops "Dynamics Planning" cabin comfort technology for autonomous driving
    Hitachi Astemo developed "Dynamics Planning," a highly precise vehicle trajectory planning technology for autonomous driving electronic control units (ECUs) according to a press release on the company website dated 26 May. The technology uses an algorithm to control unpleasant sway...
    26-May-2021 News New Products
    Israeli startup TriEye collaborates with Continental Engineering Services for DMS
    TriEye, a developer of mass-market Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensor, has collaborated with Continental Engineering Services (CES), an engineering and production partner for automotive and industry customers, Israeli startup announced in a press release on 19 May. The collaboration will focus on the...
    Startup CU-BX partners with Continental for occupant health and well-being detection
    CU-BX has entered into a technology partnership with Continental, under which the companies to develop and optimize automotive cabin sensing offerings. According to a press release dated 18 May, Continental's Cabin Sensing systems' gesture-based information combined with CU-BX's bio-parameter-based ...
    19-May-2021 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin develops lightweight plastic frames for panorama headliners
    Grupo Antolin has developed lightweight plastic frames for panorama headliners. According to a company press release on 14 May, Grupo Antolin, in collaboration with BASF, have successfully validated the use of material family Ultradur® in plastic frames of solar and panorama headliners. The Spanish...
    19-May-2021 News New Products
    Faraday Future improves FF 91’s voice controls, rear-seat displays
    Faraday Future has announced that its electric FF 91 model will feature additional passenger-focused solutions, according to a 17 May press release. Rear seat passengers will be able to lower and raise the 27-inch Rear Passenger Display (RSD) with a voice command and can also use in-vehicle video co...
    18-May-2021 News New Products
    Bentley, ESI Group collaborate to refine Flying Spur design process
    The ESI Group, which is involved in virtual prototyping, is working with Bentley on the optimization of its luxury sedan, the Flying Spur. According to a press release issued by the ESI Group on 17 May, the company state that, using virtual prototyping, the companies have been able to eliminate nois...
    18-May-2021 News New Products
    Toyoda Gosei, Ashimori Industry enter alliance for safety system business
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd. have agreed to establish a capital and business alliance for the safety system business, Toyoda Gosei said in a press release 14 May 2021. Under the alliance, the two companies will leverage their respective business assets and know-how; bu...
    Omnivision Technologies develops new automotive image signal processor
    OmniVision Technologies has unveiled a new companion image signal processor, the company said in a press release on 5 May. The OAX4000 offers design flexibility for next-generation automotive single- and multicamera architectures. The OAX4000 is an application-specific integrated circuit to proce...
    06-May-2021 News New Products
    MIPI Alliance releases specifications to integrate in-vehicle displays
    The MIPI Alliance has completed its MIPI Automotive SerDes Solutions (MASS) “display stack,” according to a press release on 4 May. The stack is a set of interface specifications to streamline display integration and support functional safety demands required by high-performance in-vehicle displ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Faurecia showcases cockpit of the future for the mainland Chinese market
    Faurecia has demonstrated its intelligent ‘cockpit of the future’ for the mainland Chinese market at the Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a press release on 22 April. The company also showcased a new lighting in the cockpit with its LUMi range of seat lighting technologies. This allows OEMs...
    28-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Veoneer, emotion3D and AVL to develop personalized and situation-aware restraint control system
    Veoneer has announced a partnership with emotion3D and AVL to develop a personalized and situation-aware restraint control technology system, a company press release dated 22 April read. Over the next two years, the companies will develop an innovative restraint control system to personalize the ...
    26-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MINIEYE develops full-area sensing solution for passenger cars
    MINIEYE has developed a full-area sensing solution for passenger cars, it said in a press release on 22 April. For in-cabin sensing, MINIEYE exhibited driver monitoring system (DMS) and OMS products at the Auto Shanghai 2021. MINIEYE focuses on creating in-cabin interaction function. By...
    26-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MARELLI to debut new global brand, showcase e-Axle
    MARELLI will be present for the first time at Auto Shanghai 2021 since its integration of Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli in 2019, according to 21 April. The company will exhibit e-Axle from its Electric Powertrain business unit, which integrates the e-Motor, inverter, and gearbox into one ...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Xperi develops in-cabin monitoring based on neuromorphic vision systems
    DTS®, a firm specializing in next-generation audio, imaging, and sensing technology, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corporation, has developed neuromorphic driver monitoring solution (DMS), according to a company press release on 21 April. The company claims that its new Event-Based...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Grupo Antolin presents car interior concept
    Grupo Antolin will showcase its technologies in the areas of cockpits, electronics, and lighting and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, according to a company press release on 20 April. The company is presenting its smart cockpit demonstrator INSPIRE, which feature...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ID.4 receives five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) the ID.4, which is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. According to a press release issued by the company on 19 April, the Volkswagen ID.4 achie...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Skoda Enyaq iV secures five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP test
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, Škoda Auto, has announced that its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Enyaq iV, has secured a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP test. According to a press release issued by the company on 14 April, the Škoda Enyaq a total of 86% of the possib...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Stahl launches next-generation lightweight automotive leathers
    Stahl has launched a range of next-generation solutions for lightweight automotive leathers without compromising on quality, according to a company press release on 30 March 2021. The new Stahlite® range is ideal for use in the retanning and fatliquoring stages of wet-end leather production process...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Knowles develops two new MEMS microphones for automotive application
    Knowles has developed two new SiSonic MEMS microphones for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 8 April. The MEMS microphones can be used for hands-free calling, advanced voice assistance, and in-cabin noise cancellation for passenger comfort. “As both consumers ...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: GRAMMER AG to present Pure interior concept solution
    GRAMMER will showcase innovative interior solutions at Auto Shanghai 2021 that is scheduled to held from 19–28 April. According to a company press release on 8 April 2021, the company will present its recently developed ‘Pure’ interior concept, as well as solution ideas for the four innovation...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    TactoTek and Amphenol team up for smart automotive surfaces
    TactoTek®, the Finland-based company that develops and licenses in-mold structural electronics (IMSE®) technology, and Amphenol ICC have announced a collaboration to develop automotive grade in-mold connectors for TactoTek IMSE technology, TactoTek announced in a press release on 31 March 2021. ...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Faurecia to present ‘Cockpit of the Future’ at Shanghai Auto Show
    Faurecia will showcase its latest innovations for the ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and other mobility solutions at the Auto Shanghai, which will be held from 19 April to 28 April 2021, according to a company press release on 6 April. the solutions to be displayed are designed to cater to the needs of...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Genesis unveils premium electric car concept Genesis X
    Genesis has unveiled an all-electric gran turismo (GT) concept called, Genesis X Concept, the premium car unit of Hyundai Motors said in a press release on 30 March. The front of the concept car features a low yet broad silhouette, thanks to the combination of the shield-shaped Crest Grille and two-...
    02-Apr-2021 News New Products
    NSK develops ultra-high-speed bearing for hybrids, EVs
    NSK has developed a new ultra-high-speed bearing ideal for electric vehicles (EVs), including battery electric, hybrid, and other new energy vehicles, according to a company press release on 18 March. The new bearing allows electric motors to operate at higher speeds, reducing power consumption per ...
    24-Mar-2021 News New Products
    New Kia K8 sedan features Ergo Motion driving seat, advanced connectivity features
    Kia has launched its all-new K8 premium sedan featuring several advanced interior features, the automaker said in a press release on 23 March. The new sedan features an ergonomically designed driver seat called Ergo Motion that uses seven air pockets, including the backrest, sides, and hip areas, to...
    24-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Jaguar Land Rover’s cabin air purification technology prevents viruses and bacteria by up to 97%
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that its future cabin air purification technology has been shown in laboratory tests to prevent viruses and airborne bacteria by as much as 97%, according to a company press release on 16 March 2021. The prototype heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors presents new floor console with ultraviolet sanitizer
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors has showcased a new floor console concept “touchFC” with ultraviolet (UV) and ionized air sanitizers, the company said in a press release on 10 March. The rear side of the floor console, which is easily accessible for second raw passengers, features a storage box wit...
    11-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Elix teams up with Polyscope for automotive interiors materials
    ELIX Polymers has teamed up with Polyscope Polymers for specialty materials for automotive interior applications, ELIX announced in a press release on 2 March 2021. Cooperation to develop thermoplastic solutions for premium automotive parts such as sunroof modules and other structural components. ...
    Faurecia develops radiant panel solutions to improve thermal management
    Faurecia has developed a range of radiant panel solutions to improve thermal management, the French supplier said in a press release on 3 March 2021. The new radiant panels, controlled through HMI and using the fewest number of buttons and dials possible, can be integrated into various interiors com...
    04-Mar-2021 News New Products
    South Korean startup bitsensing collaborates with Infineon for in-cabin sensing
    Radar startup bitsensing has partnered with Infineon Technologies to launch of the 60-GHz MOD620 radar for in-cabin monitoring solution, the company said in a press release on 15 February. The MOD620 detects the vital signs of vehicle occupants and sends the driver alerts if a child is left unattend...
    22-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Seeing Machines, ams collaborate to develop VCSEL illumination for interior monitoring system
    Seeing Machines has announced results of an ongoing partnership with Austria-based sensor specialist ams that aims to refine and optimize infrared illumination solutions for interior monitoring, according to a press release on 18 February 2021. ams is a supplier of vertical cavity surface emittin...
    19-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai reveals interiors of all-electric IONIQ 5
    Hyundai has released interior images of all-new IONIQ Q5 electric crossover ahead of its world premier scheduled on 23 February. According to a press release by the Korea automaker on 15 February, the new electric crossover will the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) based on its Electric—Global...
    15-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Faurecia developing sustainable processes for seat manufacturing
    Faurecia is working on advancing sustainability in seating manufacturing through a holistic approach that includes the frame, foam, covers, and accessories, the French supplier said in a press release on 29 January. This is part of a project that has been in the works for several months called “Se...
    Tesla unveils new Model S with revamped interior, 390 miles of estimated range
    Tesla has unveiled the new Model S electric vehicle (EV) with a revamped interior, among other changes. This is Tesla’s first major redesign of the model in nearly 10 years. It comes with a 17-inch, 2200x1300 resolution, ultra-bright display screen; a redesigned second row for three adults...
    28-Jan-2021 News New Products
    CES 2021: GHSP showcases dual stack rotary and multifunction controller to improve vehicle safety
    GHSP, a global provider of mechanical and electromechanical systems for the automotive industry, exhibited a suite of new automotive offerings at the digital CES 2021, according to a press release on 11 January. The company introduced its dual stack rotary and multifunction controller. The new contr...
    15-Jan-2021 News New Products
    CES 2021: StradVision, D3 Engineering present automotive front camera solution
    StradVision, a specialist in AI-based camera perception software for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AV), has partnered with D3 Engineering on an automotive front camera solution, according to a company press release on 13 January 2021. The two companies are exhibi...
    14-Jan-2021 News New Products
    CES 2021: Grupo Antolin showcases two concept cars highlighting interior innovations
    Grupo Antolin is exhibiting two new virtual Concept Cars, representing the company’s vision of the car interior of the future, as well as its latest innovative solutions, at all-digital CES 2021, according to a company press release on 12 January. In addition, Grupo Antolin is showcasing a range o...
    14-Jan-2021 News New Products
    D3 Engineering develops miniature automotive interior radar sensor
    D3 Engineering has unveiled its new DesignCore RS-6843AOPUA mmWave radar sensor for the automotive market, the company said in a press release on 22 December. The miniature interior sensor allows the functioning of mmWave radar algorithms to measure, detect, and track. The radar sensor supports a...
    28-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Bentley introduces tweed interior options on four-door and two-door Grand Tourers
    Bentley Mulliner, the bespoke commissioning division of luxury carmaker Bentley, is offering door trim options in tweed for two-door and four-door Grand Tourers, the company said in a press release on 30 November. The tweed interior option is currently available on the Bentley Flying Spur, Cont...
    04-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Motherson Group partners with UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics
    Motherson Group has partnered with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials to develop carbon-negative thermoplastics, UBQ announced in a press release on 23 November 2020. The companies are joining efforts to implement the carbon-negative UBQ™ thermoplastic into auto parts manufactured by Motherso...
    27-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Ford develops Max Recline seats for F-150 pickup
    Ford has developed Max Recline seats for its F-150 pickup to help users catch up on rest when they are out, the automaker said in a press release on 13 November. The patented seats not only fold flat to nearly 180° and can also lift the back half of the seat bottom to 3.5 inches to make a flat...
    18-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Israel-based startup Silentium launches broad-band active road noise cancellation
    Israel-based startup Silentium has launched broad-band active road noise cancellation technology called Active Acoustics, according to a company press release. Jaguar and Land Rover are among the first automakers to have integrated Silentium’s ‘Active Acoustics’ software in three of their...
    10-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Canatu partners with TS TECH to develop touch switches for in-vehicle applications
    Canatu has announced a partnership with TS Tech to jointly develop a new demonstrator to showcase both companies’ technologies in in-vehicle applications, the Finnish company said in a press release on 30 October. The demonstrator is a decorative door trim with 3D touch switches to control the ...
    ŠKODA develops LED seatbelt buckles
    ŠKODA has filed a patent for its illuminated seatbelt buckle, according to a report by Autocar on 4 November. The new system has been designed to remind passengers to put on their seatbelts upon entering a vehicle. The seatbelt buckles are fitted with multicolor LED bulbs that display one of three ...
    05-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Asahi Kasei develops new recyclable microfiber for automotive interior surfaces
    Asahi Kasei has developed a new recyclable microfiber for automotive interior surfaces, the company said in a press release on 27 October. The new Dinamica® is a sustainable and recyclable premium microfiber suede that offers comfort and luxury. Miko, an Italian subsidiary of US-based Sage Automoti...
    30-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Magna to launch CLEARVIEW camera monitoring system in 2022
    Magna will commercially launch CLEARVIEW camera monitoring system for global automaker in 2022, the company said in a press release on 27 October. The new mirror leverages Magna’s expertise in mirrors, cameras, electronics, and software. “The CLEARVIEW system combines Magna’s leading...
    28-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars files patent application for sliding steering wheel
    In September, Volvo Cars filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (US PTO) for a drive-by-wire steering wheel that slides from one side of the cabin to another side, the Business Insider reported on 8 October, citing Rivian Owners Forum. The patent describes...
    12-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin, CTAG launch Mixed Unit insAI for research on occupant monitoring in vehicles
    Grupo Antolin and Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG - Galician Automotive Technology Center), have jointly launched the Mixed Unit insAI with the objective of researching intelligent and innovative solutions for monitoring the occupants of a vehicle, the Spanish auto parts supplier...
    08-Oct-2020 News New Products
    BASF introduces Ultramid polyamide for vehicle interior applications
    BASF has introduced new Ultramid polyamides—Ultramid® B3E2G6 SI BK23353 and Ultramid® B3E2G10 SI BK23353—for vehicle interior applications, according to a company press release on 6 October. The new materials are suitable for air ventilation lamellas, steering column levers, armrests, cup hold...
    07-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Magna unveils next-generation EZ Entry seat
    Magna International has unveiled its fully automated, next-generation EZ Entry seat, according to a report by Automotive News Europe on 2 October. The seat will be available to automakers in fully automated, partially automated or manual options. The new seat with improved craftsmanship offers enhan...
    05-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Motherson partners with Israeli startup UBQ for carbon-neutral interior parts
    Motherson has partnered with Israeli startup UBQ Materials to produce carbon-neutral molded parts from UBQ’s polymer compound—converted from household waste, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 4 October. The two companies are working on the possible use of these material in automot...
    05-Oct-2020 News New Products
    MY2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing to feature racing-inspired carbon fiber seat backs
    The model year (MY) 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will feature premium racing-inspired seats with a carbon fiber seat back, Cadillac said in a press release on 29 September. The seat back will feature a precision book-matched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The vehicle will be available ...
    02-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Auto China 2020: Human Horizons’ debuts HiPhi X electric SUV
    Human Horizons has debuted its HiPhi X electric SUV at the Auto China 2020, currently being organized in Beijing, China, the company said in a press release on 26 September. The new electric SUV comes equipped with two 220-kW electric motors, positioned on the front and rear axle, allowing it to acc...
    29-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai unveils ‘IONIQ Concept Cabin’ for future EV interiors
    Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, unveiled the IONIQ Concept Cabin, its latest version of in-car experiences for dedicated electric vehicles (EVs), in Seoul, South Korea on 24 September, the company said in a press release. The Concept developed, in partnership w...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Yanfeng presents new Experience in Motion 2021 (XiM21) concept car in Germany
    Yanfeng Automotive Interior (YFAI) has presented new Experience in Motion 2020 (XiM21) concept car in a virtual event in Neuss, Germany, the company said in a press release on 22 September. The XiM21 concept offers customizable environment, connected services and seamlessly integrated intuitive inte...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Osram introduces new UV light device to clean air in vehicle interior
    Osram has developed ‘Air Zing Mini’ air purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to clear air inside vehicles, the company said in a press release on 17 September. The round device, measuring 7.5 cm in diameter, can be easily attached to the vehicle’s ventilation slats with a clip. The d...
    22-Sep-2020 News COVID-19
    MY 2021 Cadillac CT4, CT5 to feature ‘Enhanced Super Cruise’ with lane change on demand functionality
    The new model year (MY) 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 luxury sports utility vehicles (SUVs) will feature ‘Enhanced Super Cruise’ with ‘Lane Change on Demand’ functionality, the company said in a press release on 10 September. The Enhanced Super Cruise driver assistance system offers hands-free d...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin develops retractable sun visor
    Grupo Antolin has developed a retractable sun visor that improves the performance and overall look of the product, the Spanish supplier said in a press release on 14 September 2020. The retractable sun visors hide behind the headliner substrate until the user needs them. A passenger can deploy them ...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    FoamPartner develops new foam technology for vehicle interiors
    FoamPartner has developed new OBoNature™ foam technology based on sustainable raw materials for next-generation automotive interiors, the company said in a press release on 31 August. The new advanced foam solutions are ideal for headliners, interior trim and seating applications. OBoNature™ pro...
    08-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Panasonic develops intelligent rear-view mirror for the new Nissan Kicks compact SUV
    Panasonic has collaborated with Nissan Motor to develop camera-based rear-view mirror for the new Nissan Kicks compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Japanese automotive supplier said in a press release on 26 August. The intelligent, frameless rear-view mirror features a 2-megapixel (MP) came...
    27-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Lear, Gentherm jointly develop INTU Thermal Comfort Seating with ClimateSense technology
    Seating and e-systems supplier, Lear, has announced its collaboration with American thermal management firm, Gentherm, to jointly develop its latest intelligent seating solution, the INTU™ Thermal Comfort with ClimateSense™ technology. According to a press release from Gentherm dated 3 August, t...
    Grupo Antolin partners with AED Engineering to develop electronics business
    Grupo Antolin has entered into a strategic partnership with Germany-based integrated electronics specialist AED Engineering to improve its electronic capability, the Spain-based company said in a press release. AED will strengthen Grupo Antolin’s new Electronics Systems Business Unit by collaborat...
    30-Jul-2020 News New Products
    All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class to offer airbag for rear seat passengers
    The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will feature airbag for rear-seat passengers, according to a company press release on 24 July. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be premiered in September. “It is the first vehicle worldwide to be equipped with airbags for rear-seat passengers to protect them in the ...
    27-Jul-2020 News New Products
    All-new Bentley Flying Spur features 3D wood panel in rear doors
    Bentley’s all-new Flying Spur features three-dimensional (3D) wood rear door trim for the first time, the automaker announced in a press release on 23 July. “Three-Dimensional Wood is a world-first for the automotive sector—a striking, diamond-shaped pattern enhanced with a three-dimensional s...
    24-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Asahi Kasei commercializes engineered resin series ‘SoForm’ surface material
    Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, has commercialized new engineered resins ‘SoForm™ A Class’ as part of its diverse Thermylene family, the company said in a press release on 15 July 2020. SoForm™ is a Thermylene® glass fiber reinforced polypropylene for s...
    16-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Faurecia develops innovative ventilation system ‘Decovent’ for Genesis G80
    Faurecia has developed an innovative ventilation system ‘Decovent’, according to a company press release on 22 June. Decovent is Faurecia’s innovative ventilation system that radically alters the internal structure of the vent and expands the technological and aesthetic possibilities in the co...
    24-Jun-2020 News New Products
    New Acura TLX features all-new passenger front airbag technology
    Acura’s all-new model year (MY) 2021 TLX sport sedan, which is scheduled to be launched this fall, features what the automaker claims to be the world's first passenger front airbag designed to address the issue of severe brain trauma commonly associated with angled frontal collisions, Acura announ...
    19-Jun-2020 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin unveils second-generation green polyurethane foam used in headliner
    Grupo Antolin has unveiled the second generation of plant-based polyurethane foam system integrated into headliner substrates, according to a company press release on 16 June. In the second generation, the company has achieved a product with the same properties as conventional formulations with even...
    17-Jun-2020 News New Products
    Toyota offers free access to THUMS Virtual Human Body Model Software
    Japanese automotive OEM Toyota has announced that it will be making its THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) available for free from January 2021 onward. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 16 June, the company has stated that this is being done in order to promote safer mobility. Th...
    16-Jun-2020 News New Products
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