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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    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...
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Monetizing car data: The industry perspective
    The automotive industry is going through a real revolution where incredible opportunities are created for all the stakeholders, and consumers are reaping benefits of this digital transformation journey. As more vehicles get connected with other devices and infrastructure, data becomes a crucial poin...
    Connected Car highlights from CES 2020
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual affair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) since 1967, took place from 7-10 January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event sees global OEMs and suppliers come together to showcase new products and technologies related to the consumer el...
    Automotive cybersecurity to become more challenging over the next decade 
    As the industry shifts towards autonomous driving and connected car technologies, vehicles and the back-end systems supporting these functionalities will become more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States defines...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    Importance of over-the-air (OTA) software updates
    With the increasing adoption of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and growing levels of autonomy, automakers are incorporating various softwares for controlling telematics control units (TCUs), and for electronic control units (ECU’s). As the automotive industry is transitioning from ...
    Vehicle-to-pedestrian communication – a key enabler to vehicle autonomy
    As research and development (R&D) around vehicle autonomy continues worldwide, another set of complementary technology—vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication—is quickly gathering momentum. While locally installed hardware, such as radar, lidar, camera and ultrasonic sensors, enables a veh...
    Expanding HD map coverage will be critical for large-scale deployment of self-driving vehicles
    Autonomous vehicles will need very accurate, machine-readable, multilayer mapping information, down to the centimeter level of accuracy, for their precise localization and forward path planning. Initially, automakers and mobility service providers will be able to deploy autonomous vehicles in geofen...
    V2X regulatory review
    Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication technology—a key enabler of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) —allows cars to communicate with their surroundings and makes driving safer and more efficient. V2X helps to optimize traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and lessen the environme...
    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...
    Volkswagen’s strategic shift: Go hard on software
    Volkswagen (VW) AG has announced that by 2025 it intends to group more than 5,000 experts in competence areas, such as software development, electrical and electronics development, connectivity, automated driving, user experience (UX), cloud architecture, and e-commerce, together in an agile Car.Sof...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    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...
    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...
    EDITORIAL: Driver monitoring system fitment to rise in next few years amid growing focus on safety and autonomous driving
    With vehicles becoming more connected and automated, a driver monitoring system (DMS) has become a must-have technology to monitor a driver’s attention and prevent distracted driving. While greater connectivity features such as navigation and hands-free calling have enhanced drivers’ in-vehicle ...
    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...
    V2X hardware: Platform-agnostic design the way forward
    Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication technology, an indispensable part of an intelligent transportation system (ITS), enables cars to communicate with their surroundings and makes driving safer and more efficient. In addition, V2X helps to optimize traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and l...
    MWC & Geneva Motor Show 2019 – An overview
    IHS Markit’s analytical spotlight this month has been on the Mobile World Congress (February 25-28) and the Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17). While the ongoing Geneva show is obviously a purely automotive-centric event, the just-concluded MWC is fast becoming the European go-to event, not only for m...
    High-definition Maps
    Introduction Since the introduction of Honda’s Electro Gyro-Cator navigation unit in 1981, automotive navigation systems have come a long way. In-vehicle navigation has become ubiquitous in modern day cars, enabling consumers to seamlessly navigate from one place to other, along with other feat...
    In-vehicle commerce: Is it worth the penny?
    Today cars are more connected than ever, allowing for a richer array of infotainment, telematics as well as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, meaning vehicles communicating with other vehicles and surrounding city infrastructure or connecting services inside vehicles for driver and passenge...
    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...
    CES 2019: Connected mobility and VPA innovations galore
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is held every January in Las Vegas, continues to host the world’s automotive innovators to highlight the most cutting-edge technologies the industry can offer. In years past, the automotive industry was a side-note at CES, alongside smartphones, TVs, and ...
    In-car displays: curvature drives innovation
    As the global automotive industry continues to delve deeper into shared mobility and autonomy, the in-vehicle Human Machine Interface (HMI) is set to assume a more important role than ever. The HMI today is already responsible for addressing the information, communication and entertainment needs of ...
    In-car audio technologies gaining higher ground
    Nearly as old as the modern automobile itself, audio components continue to be one of the most indispensable features of in-car entertainment. Listening to music on the go has always been an important aspect of car journeys, with added importance as more self-driving capabilities continue to arrive....
    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...
    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...
    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...
    C-V2X vs DSRC: what will prevail?
    As the global automotive industry continues to scramble to develop technologies to automate driving, there is a set of technologies that can enhance the efficacy of various advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Collectively known as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), these communication technologies ...
    EDITORIAL: Implications of Android Automotive OS
    Alphabet Inc.'s developer conference, called Google I/O, kicked off Monday where the company released new features and gave updates on its fledgling automotive products and solutions. At the conference, Google revealed the following: Last year, Google announced that Android Automotive, its new...
    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 ...
    EDITORIAL: Ride-hailing service likely to be first adopters of self-driving vehicles
    Earlier in January this year, Waymo received a permit from the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) in the United States to operate as a transportation network company (TNC), paving the way for Alphabet’s self-driving subsidiary to start its own self-driving ride-hailing service. The regulat...
    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 ...
    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...
    CES 2018: TU Automotive Consumer Telematics Show - Edge Computing, Cybersecurity and Data Monetization
    The TU Automotive Consumer Telematics Show (CTS) was held on January 8, 2018 at the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA.  CTS kicks off the calendar year for the connected car community, serving two strategic purposes; it gives automakers a platform for new partnership and product announce...
    CES 2018: A confluence of technologies to drive automotive innovation
    At CES 2018, experts from IHS Markit expect to see a wide-range of companies from automakers and traditional industry suppliers to start-ups and mega technology firms touting their newest ideas, concepts, and production-ready innovations – all with the aim of reinventing what the automobile is and...
    Startup firms cash in as tier-1s make inroads into cyber security
    Editor’s Note: Find out more by reading IHS Markit’s published ‘Automotive Cybersecurity Report - 2017,’ which was released in November, 2017. Automakers are in a full fledge race to implement cyber security solutions after a fairly slow start in 2015 and 2016. This urge is primarily dri...
    Collaboration within interior suppliers for future development
    Synergy between component suppliers is not a new practice when it comes to the global automotive supply chain. The automotive component industry has witnessed a number of collaborations between suppliers working in tandem to create solutions for a better business outlook. Especially within the inter...
    Alexa, Bixby, Chris, Cortana and Siri want to plan your route
    Personal assistants used to only be for the rich and famous; if you are familiar with the Iron Man movie franchise, you know that Gwyneth Paltrow's character is a personal assistant to Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark. Hollywood actors and CEOs are often depicted with personal assistants that jot dow...
    In-vehicle wireless charging takes a front seat
    Wireless charging for smartphones is expected to grow not only for consumer devices but also for automotive applications in the next several years. Mobile phones are the biggest market application for wireless charging receivers and the primary driver behind adoption of in-car automotive transmitter...
    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...
    Perspectives on Intel Acquisition of Mobileye
    Deal Summary Intel’s purchase price is $15.3 billion with a net price of $14.7 billion given Mobileye’s significant cash-equivalent on its books. Mobileye’s 2016 revenue was $358 million from the sales of over 6M units for an average of $58 per system; Mobileye has 660 employees as of year-...
    PSA gains power and presence in Europe, GM retreats while OnStar remains
    PSA has been all over the news and making some large announcements even if they were doing so in a quiet manner. The biggest news of course was the announced acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors. The Opel deal worth around $2B to General Motors had a lot of negotiations dealing with all ...
    Navigating the future of mapping
    The announcement that there would be a consortium of competitors in the automotive industry that would buy HERE from Nokia was surprising. Having three big competitors in Audi, BMW, and Daimler come to an agreement is a very telling sign of things to come in the future. In fact late last year and ea...
    The Future of the Premium Trim
    The ever-connected consumers of today have come to expect a certain level of infotainment features from a premium vehicle trim. This can include everything from smartphone integration to branded audio systems. These systems typically come in various levels, for example, with more speakers with great...
    South America infotainment overview
    The end of year 2016 is knocking on the door and the bitter economic recession in South America is still going on with automotive sales over 500,000 car units less in 2016 compared to 2015, falling back to a 2004 level. Brazil alone accounts for 90% of this drop with&nb...
    Demand for TCU module production continues to grow in the connected era
    The importance of connectivity has been increasing in the automotive industry due to multiple driving forces, such as the increasing demand for seamless wireless connectivity by drivers and passengers, auto manufacturers’ need to wirelessly connect to digital car capabilities, government intention...
    Ford continues to take direct control of its software future
    BlackBerry announced this week that it signed an agreement with Ford Motor Company to work directly with the OEM on software development for its vehicles. BlackBerry will dedicate a team to work with Ford on integrating its software into its vehicles. This includes the QNX operating system, Certicom...
    Paris Motor Show - Another Peak at Future Moblity
    Mondial or the Paris Motor Show is one of the largest automotive shows in the world if the measuring metric is by attendance. Even though it is one of the largest, this year saw companies back out of having a presence at the show, and the companies that were present had a subdued attitude. Automotiv...
    Samsung's potential acquisition and infotainment supplier technology trends
    As rumours that Samsung is interested in possibly purchasing Magneti Marelli from FCA make their way around, it seems that two trends are sweeping the automotive industry: the decoupling of OEMs from their traditional suppliers and the influx of technology/consumer electronics companies into the aut...
    Prince's death can teach automotive OEMs a lesson
    Recently the music world, pop culture world, and the state of Minnesota lost an icon, Prince. Prince was an eclectic musician that changed the music industry and whose impact was felt across multiple segments of today’s society. Prince may seem an odd topic to talk about in the auto...
    Over 20 automotive cyber security firms vie for relevancy
    Cyber security in the connected car age is still in its nascent stage. Most controller area networks in the car weren’t designed with security in mind and many act as broadcast mediums making them very vulnerable to attack. The vulnerabilities are understandable, in the past the car was mostly a c...
    Automotive telematics revenue to reach USD4.2 billion globally in 2021
    An IHS Automotive study reveals that revenue from automotive telematics systems is likely to grow 19% annually to USD4.2 billion between 2015 and 2021. Today's telematics services have grown beyond the safety and security features that were the primary services offered by earlier systems. More conte...
    Recent developments emphasize the importance of OTA in today’s software laden vehicles
    Automotive OTA updates continue to press forward and are being implemented over a wider variety of automobiles.The industry continues to be propelled by suppliers like Red Bend (now owned by Harman) and players such as Movimento and Arynga (acquired by Intel/Wind River). Some OEMs too are developing...
    New consumer survey finds strong consumer appetite for ADAS, software upgrades, and autonomous cars
    Connected cars have gradually become an increasing share of cars sold in every region of the world. It is estimated that by 2020, 55% of all global annual car sales will be vehicles that are connected, and nearly half of the global fleet will be connected. “Connected” refers to a multitude of...
    German OEMs’ Nokia maps deal is crucial as they look for advantages over tech companies
    BMW Group, Daimler and Audi have confirmed the joint purchase of Nokia’s mapping technology unit HERE, according to a company press release. The big three German premium car manufacturers saw off competition from a number of major organisations including Uber Technologies and Microsoft according t...
    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...
    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...
    Pioneer follows industry trend of focusing on core capabilities to drive future growth
    Earlier this month, Japanese digital entertainment products maker Pioneer formulated new business strategies centered around its in-car connectivity and infotainment business to reinforce its position in the automotive electronics market. The company said in a statement, “Pioneer aims to be a lead...
    Human Machine Interfaces: Trends in emerging and advanced HMI in vehicles
    One of the major trends in the automotive industry in recent years has been the introduction of HMI technologies designed to manage the cognitive overload associated with the increase in in-vehicle connectivity, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and ultimately associated with semi-autonomou...
    “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...
    Issue 5, 2014
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    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...
    Front-end modules ready to roll
    Today’s front-end module (FEM) includes a structural frame on which can be installed headlamps, auxiliary lights, engine-cooling and energy-absorption systems, air guides, electronic devices and hood latches, as well as various reservoirs and other components. Some integrate the bumper, while othe...
    Hybrid growth challenges North American supply base
    Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are busy scouting for US based companies that can supply much-needed hybrid powertrain components, enabling the automakers to compete with Toyota and Honda in America’s hybrid sweepstakes.Sales of gasoline-electric vehicles are spiking in the United St...
    Questions & Answers
    Dr Karl-Thomas NeumannMember of Executive Board responsible for Automotive Systems, Continental AG You gave a number in your annual report for the effect of steel price rises on your earnings last year, 16m down, is it likely to be more this year, have you got an idea?Actually I can't say any figur...
    Questions & Answers
    Continental has about 30% of its business in North America, the business, particularly in the electronics and the brake and chassis areas, has been growing substantially. SupplierBusiness interviewed William L Kozyra - President & CEO Continental Automotive Systems in August 2005 at Travers...
    Wiring systems – more functions, over fewer metres, at less cost
    A partly preformed engine compartment wiring harness Demand for comfort, convenience and safety features continues to rise, placing ever more strain on the power and data networks in modern cars. At the same time, fewer platforms and more niche variants dictate the need for simplified and modular s...
    Seating – adding value in an increasingly competitive world
    Seating is highly outsourced – 100% in North America and 86% in Europe. In Japan seats are supplied mainly by keiretsu suppliers. Outsourcing has increased recently as there has been a shift in overall responsibility from the OEM to the supplier with regard to market research, design, engineering,...
    Supplying DaimlerChrysler – focus on cost reduction
    Supplier relations at DaimlerChrysler have deteriorated and European suppliers fear there is worse to come. While respondents to the SupplierBusiness.com supplier satisfaction survey have rated all the European-based suppliers surveyed so far (VW, Renault-Nissan, PSA, BMW) as broadly increasingly at...
    Covisint reverses out of auctions
    Only data messaging stands between Covisint and irrelevanceCOVISINT'S EXIT from the reverse auctions business signals a further retreat into portal services and data messaging for the once influential online services provider. These days Covisint has a different business model in mind and the auctio...
    Toyota changes approach to modules and systems
    TOYOTA is finally feeling the pressure to turn to modules and systems developed and assembled by its suppliers. Toyota has been reluctant to turn over much responsibility to suppliers but supplier executives say Toyota's approach is slowly changing. Over the last two years Toyota has begun restructu...
    Bosch business model
    Despite the industry slowdown and cost cutting in production investment, Bosch raised its spend on research and development in the automotive division from €1.9bn in 2001 to €2.1bn in 2002. Senior management says that the research and development spending, which has been around 7% of sales, may ...
    Bosch’s new business area
    Bosch is looking to grow a third major new business for the automotive division by the end of the decade – the "sensitive car".The business builds on several areas where Bosch is strong – integrating adaptive cruise control with park assist sensors with engine management systems and chassis cont...
    Diesel market prospects
    Bosch expects sales of diesel equipped cars to grow from 14m  in 2003 to 17m  in 2007 and 20m in 2012. Western Europe is expected to continue to see steady growth from the 40.3% share of registrations in 2002 towards 50% in the next few years. Eastern Europe is also expected to show steady...
    Fehrenbach’s challenge
    Franz FehrenbachBosch CEO"Fehrenbach has a reputation among colleagues as an unpretentious, accessible executive with his feet on the ground" Robert Bosch has been one of the most successful first tier European automotive suppliers in the last decade, solidifying a leading position in ABS into a gl...
    New brake systems introduction stalls
    Wolfgang Chur - Bosch head of automotive sales Chassis systems is Bosch’s second largest division with sales of just under €5bn in 2002. Bosch built its chassis systems business on the success of its electronically controlled Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) systems, launched in the 1970s. The company h...
    Volkswagen raises technology stakes
    Volkswagen is raising the technology stakes for the new vehicles off its PQ35 platform, in particular Audi’s 2003 A3, the VW Touran (both on sale now) and most significantly Golf V, which will debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September. Aisin, BorgWarner and ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS) are the suppliers mo...
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