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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Diodes announces ‘DIODES AL5887’ multichannel LED driver for automotive applications
    In a press release on 31 January 2023, Diodes announced its latest linear current LED driver, the DIODES™ AL5887. This product offers a simple way of driving numerous LEDs to enable complex color mixing and different lighting patterns. It integrates both I2C and SPI interface options, providing maximum system design flexibility. Delivering a wide color range and an extensive dynamic range of brightness levels, this device can be used in smart home appliances, electric vehicle char...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    HELLA leads NALYSES research project to develop sustainable headlamp
    HELLA has announced the initiation of the NALYSES research project to develop climate friendly automotive headlamps, according to a company press release on 18 January. The research project also sees participation from BMW Group, Covestro, geba, Miele, the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Pa-derborn, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronics Design Technology IEM and the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences. The three-year project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of ...
    CES 2023: ZKW, LG showcase new Superintegrator lighting system
    ZKW and LG Electronics Vehicle Component Solutions jointly showcased the new Superintegrator concept, an intelligent system of LED light and display that creates a completely new vehicle front, according to a press release on January 17, 2023. Using the software, the concept developed in Wieselburg makes it possible to let the front shine in any design or to show messages among other things. ZKW also displayed additional advanced headlamp systems, including the new Swarovski-developed cr...
    Hella’s HY 2022 sales up 25.7% y/y to USD4.12 billion
    HELLA has reported a 25.7% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales for the first half at EUR3.82 billion (USD4.12 billion), according to a financial filing dated 13 January. Its adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at EUR162 million compared with a profit of EUR149 million last year, while the adjusted EBIT margin was 4.3% compared with 4.9% a year ago. “After a strong start to the fiscal year, we accelerated our successful business development even further in the second qu...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    CES 2023: KYOCERA SLD Laser unveils laser-based automotive headlight modules
    KYOCERA SLD Laser has announced the introduction of the LaserLight headlight modules that deliver high brightness white and infrared (IR) dual illumination for night vision and sensing for increased safety and visibility in automotive and mobility applications, according to a press release on 5 January 2023. The company will demonstrate these new laser-based headlight modules and its entire LaserLight product line, as well as its recent innovations in efficient optical power transfer and high...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    CES 2023: Opsys Tech to showcase lidar-integrated intelligent automotive taillight solution
    Opsys Tech has announced that it will display a lidar-integrated smart taillight solution codeveloped with SL Corp., a South Korea-based leading auto parts supplier, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. The smart taillight solution will be displayed in the Opsys Tech booth at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This smart lighting solution with integrated Opsys Tech lidar is targeted for production cars as early as 2025. SL Corp. is a global supplier to several major a...
    CES 2023: SOSLAB to unveil 3D solid-state lidar 'ML-X' installed in automotive lamps
    SOSLAB has announced the release of its next-generation 3D solid-state lidar ‘ML-X’ for automotive lamps at the CES 2023 to be held in Las Vegas, United States, according to a press release on 2 January 2022. SOSLAB has launched the ML-X, a new device that reduces size while increasing range performance and resolution by more than double over the previous generation. By using a unique system-on-chip (SoC) for laser control in the transmission unit, the ML-X quadrupled angular resolution (...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 2 January 2023
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    Porsche unveils new high-resolution HD matrix LED technology
    In a press release on 23 December 2022, Porsche announced that it has developed the light technology of the next generation with its new high-resolution HD matrix technology. The core element of the innovation created in collaboration with partners is a chip that combines over 16,000 individually controllable micro-LEDs onto the surface area the size of a thumbnail. Of these LED chips, two are utilized for each headlight—four per vehicle. The headlights with HD matrix technology, therefore,...
    CES 2023: ams OSRAM to showcase dynamic forward lighting
    ams OSRAM will display various automotive technologies at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, according to an official press statement on 22 December. Displays will include Dynamic Forward Lighting with over 25,000 individually controllable pixels for HD-quality projections onto the road without glare and enabling projection of warning signs. The company will display an in-cabin 3D driver monitoring system based on advanced infrared emitters and image sensors. It will use Smart Eye software for detecting ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 December 2022
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    Indian auto component industry grows 35% y/y in H1 FY 2023, reports ACMA
    The Indian auto component manufacturing industry’s turnover in the first half of fiscal 2022–23 stood at USD33.8 billion, registering a growth of 34.8% y/y over the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) reported on 21 December 2022 while disclosing its findings of the industry performance review. Commenting on the performance of the auto component industry in India, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, “With vehicle sal...
    indie Semiconductor launches automotive controller for exterior lighting applications
    indie Semiconductor has launched its first system-on-chip (SoC) for external automotive lighting, according to a press release on 19 December 2022. The new iND83080 is an integrated LED matrix controller that simplifies the design and reduces the cost of advanced, high-definition exterior lighting applications where individual LEDs are turned on and off to deliver pixel-level control. LED matrix control semiconductors are required for pixel-level LED management. The iND83080 matrix controller...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 December 2022
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    Automotive lighting in 2022: a year of consolidation and innovations
    The automotive lighting supply industry further consolidated in 2022 leading to the emergence of a new player. In the first quarter, Plastic Omnium, a major supplier of automotive exterior systems, agreed to acquire the Automotive Lighting Systems (AMLS) business from AMS Osram. The French supplier claimed the acquisition offers significant synergies and value addition to its exterior body system business.  Plastic Omnium further strengthened its presence in automotive lighting when it e...
    CES 2023: HELLA to display digital sustainable cockpit, autonomous driving solutions
    HELLA will showcase multiple automotive solutions spanning across connected car, interiors, automated driving, and software among others, at CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 15 December. It will display autonomous systems with sensors, perceptive software, and data fusion, and fail operational electronics for steering and braking. Interior child presence detection and driver distraction and drowsiness monitoring will include both radar and camera. CES 2023 will see HELLA debut its r...
    General Motors recalls over 825,000 vehicles in US, Canada over DRL issue
    General Motors has planned to recall over 825,000 vehicles in the US and Canada due to the daytime running lights (DRL) related issue, according to a press release on 14 December 2022. The DRL may not turn off when the headlights are turned on. The recall affects the 2021-23 Buick Envision, the 2020-23 Cadillac CT4 and CT5, the 2020-23 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, the 2022-23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL. The recall covers 740,108 U...
    HELLA gets high-volume series orders for Solid State Lighting HD headlamp
    HELLA has received high-volume series orders for its "Solid State Lighting|High Definition” headlamp from a German as well as an international premium car manufacturer, it said in a press release on 12 December. The company recently began the first series production for the technology at its Lippstadt site. The supplier has already acquired customer projects for total volume of around EUR1.5 billion (USD1.58 billion). “The market launch of our SSL | HD headlamps is another milestone in au...
    HELLA officially exits HBPO JV
    HELLA has completed the exit from the joint venture HBPO Beteiligungsgesellschaft, it said in a press release dated 12 December. Following approval from the authorities, 33.33% share in the joint venture has been successfully transferred to the previous coshareholder Plastic Omnium. The purchase price amounts to EUR290 million (USD305 million), with a dividend of about EUR8 million. Significance: The deal was first announced in July this year. Plastic Omnium acquired AMLS on 25 March 2022 to ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 12 December 2022
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    Cognex acquires Germany-based lighting technology supplier SAC
    Cognex Corporation, a machine vision company has acquired SAC Sirius Advanced Cybernetic, a lighting technology company. The acquisition expands Cognex’s footprint across industries that manufacture at high speed with minimal tolerance for safety-critical failures, such as automotive. Cognex plans to feature SAC’s Trevista products with its Vision Pro software offering. Cognex plans to feature SAC’s Trevista products with its Vision Pro software offering. Founded in 1996 in Karlsruhe, G...
    ZKW, Swarovsk, BMW develop crystal headlights for new BMW i7
    ZKW has developed a new lighting system in cooperation with Swarovski and BMW, according to a press release by ZKW Group on 6 December 2022. The four crystals on each side of the "Iconic Glow" headlights are lit by LEDs that can be controlled separately. These support the daytime running and indicator lights, giving them a bright, sparkling glow that looks great during the "Welcome and Goodbye light staging" functions. “The innovative lighting system opens up new dimensions that no longe...
    CES 2023: Hyundai Mobis to unveil new technologies for purpose-built mobility
    Hyundai Mobis has announced that it will demonstrate its products in its largest exhibition space ever at CES 2023, where it will unveil a new convergence technology optimized for purpose-built vehicle (PBV), according to a press release on 5 December 2022. Hyundai Mobis will debut its new PBV concept cars, M.Vision TO and M.Vision HI, with the theme "Hi! For a Better Tomorrow!" "TO" denotes going "toward" the future, while "HI" signifies 'a humanity-oriented' driving experience.  Hyunda...
    DENSO announces organizational and executive changes
    In a press release on 5 December 2022, DENSO Corporation announced changes to its organizational structure, executives' responsibilities, and personnel, effective 1 January 2023. Organizational changes: DENSO will merge the FA Business Development Division (formerly the Industrial Solution Business Unit), which provides lean automation solutions to the industrial sector; the Food Value Chain Business Development Div., which provides safe and stable supply solutions in the food and ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 5 December 2022
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    CES 2023: Magna to showcase new mobility technologies
    In a press release on 29 November 2022, Magna announced that it will demonstrate its latest mobility technologies at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, US. The company will highlight its latest technologies in the areas of eco-innovation, driver assistance, distinction and experience, and new mobility—reinforcing how the company’s complete vehicle and systems expertise enables it to develop solutions in these areas. “The automotive landscape is rapidly evolving, and CES allows us to kick off the ne...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 28 November 2022
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    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 21 November 2022
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    Tesla recalls over 321,000 cars in US over taillight issue
    Tesla is set to recall over 321,000 vehicles in the United States over an issue related to taillights, Reuters reported on 19 November. The lights may intermittently fail to illuminate. According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla said the taillight-related recall covers some MY2023 Model 3 and MY 2020–23 Model Y vehicles. The EV maker is expected to deploy an over-the-air update to correct the issue. No crashes or injuries have been reported. Ea...
    ams OSRAM develops infrared LEDs for in-cabin monitoring systems
    ams OSRAM has introduced the OSLON Black family of infrared (IR) LEDs with a rectangular beam, it said in a press release on 16 November. The LEDs matches the 4:3 aspect ratio of the wide-angle cameras in cabin monitoring systems. The 940nm OSLON Black emitters will support safety-critical applications including driver distraction, drowsiness monitoring, occupancy or child presence detection, and seat belt detection. The new products share the same package and board footprint as the rest of the ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 14 November 2022
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    ams OSRAM to unveil new lighting, sensing solutions at electronica 2022
    ams OSRAM has announced that it will showcase its latest sensing and lighting solutions at the electronica in Munich, Germany, according to a press release on 10 November 2022. Highlights from ams OSRAM automotive and mobility area include: Dynamic Forward Lighting—With more than 25,000 individually controllable pixels, Eviyos will bring HD-quality projections onto the road without glare while enabling the projection of approved warning signs In-cabin 3D driver monitoring system bas...
    Elmos to showcase new IC solutions at electronica 2022
    Elmos will be displaying multiple innovative IC solutions at electronica 2022, it said in a press release on 10 November. Elmos will showcase products for parking assistance systems and autonomous driving as well as high-performance ICs for controlling LED ambient lighting and dynamic LED rear lights in automotive applications. Significance: At the show, the semiconductor maker will showcase ultrasonic distance measurement. Parking assistance systems require precise detection of the immediate...
    Continental’s third quarter 2022 sales grows 29.3% y/y to USD10.4 billion
    Continental posted a 29.3% year-on-year (y/y) increase in third quarter revenue to EUR10.4 billion (USD10.44 billion), according to a press filing on 10 November 2022. Net loss was EUR211 million compared to a profit of EUR309 million a year earlier. Research and Development expenses for the quarter were EUR753.1 million compared to EUR657.2 million last year. The company stated in a statement, “Against a persistently challenging macroeconomic backdrop, Continental ended the third quarter o...
    Vehicle lighting projection to gain traction with increasing emphasis on exterior, interior lighting safety
    In recent years, the automotive sector has undergone a technological revolution. Many of the vehicle's traditional sectors have become more technically advanced. The automobile user no longer regards it as a sole demand that the car be merely a mode of transportation, but also a comfortable environment in which to enjoy the ride. Work is being done to produce more inventive lighting systems for vehicles to satisfy the requirements of adapting to modern mobility. Image projection systems are one ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 7 November 2022
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    Buick launches all-new Century MPV with enhanced interior features in mainland China
    Buick has launched all new model year (MY) 2023 Century MPV with improved and intuitive in-vehicle features, the automaker said in a press release on 3 November. Cesar Toledo, general director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, said, “Buick is the pioneer and ongoing leader in the luxury MPV segment in China. Our successful GL8 family has continued to raise the bar over the years.” Significance: The MY 2023 Century features in-vehicle partition wall with an integrated 32” slidi...
    ams Osram’s Q3 2022 revenue down 5.55% y/y to USD1.19 billion
    ams Osram has reported third quarter 2022 revenue at EUR1.21 billion (USD1.19 billion), down 5.55% year on year (y/y) from EUR1.28 billion in the previous year for the third quarter of 2021, according to a filing by the company on 2 November. Operating income for the quarter was reported at EUR91 million. Alexander Everke, CEO of ams Osram, said, “As announced we are implementing additional cost mitigation measures to manage through the current and expected short-term market situation. Thes...
    Covestro to showcase advanced in-vehicle material solutions at Automotive Interiors Expo 2022
    Covestro has announced that it will showcase smart and sustainable material solutions for vehicle interiors at the Automotive Interiors Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, it said in a press release on 3 November. Significance: Covestro will showcase Makrolon Ai polycarbonate edge-lit composite color material that may range from transparent to translucent, allowing for a variety of possibilities for ambient and dynamic automotive interior lighting. The combination of this material with the lightweigh...
    Kyocera develops GaN laser chip for automotive applications
    Kyocera Corporation has developed a new thin-film process technology for making unique silicon (Si) substrates for gallium nitride (GaN)-based micro-light sources, including short-cavity lasers and micro-LEDs, it said in a press release on 2 November. Kyocera claims the new process enables masking the GaN layer with a non-growing substance prevents bonding between the Si substrate and the GaN layer, substantially easing the peeling process. Additionally, the process can deposit low-defect GaN...
    Toyota launches MY 2023 Crown with updated interior features
    Toyota has launched model year (MY) 2023 Crown with enhanced interior features, the Japanese automaker said in a press release on 25 October. Significance: The MY 2023 sedan features standard 8-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats. Adjustments for the front seat include slide, recline, tilt, height adjustment, and lumbar support (driver seat only). For ultimate comfort, the rear seats have plenty of padding and bolster support. The Crown also includes standard heated front se...
    Alfa Romeo launches Giulia and Stelvio models with updated interior, lighting features
    Alfa Romeo has launched model year (MY) 2023 Giulia and Stelvio with enhanced lighting and interior features, the automaker said in a press release on 27 October. Significance: The models are powered by adaptive front lighting system that constantly adjusts dipped beam headlights based on speed and driving conditions. Additionally, the lighting system includes glare-free high beam segmented technology which in poor lighting conditions can automatically detect both directions of traffic to avo...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 31 October 2022
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    Highlights from the 2022 Paris Motor Show
    The biennial Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile in French) alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2022 edition, which took place from 17–23 October 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, returned in four years after the last one planned in March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2022 edition of the show also indicated that automotive shows are becoming a diminishing affair. The list of no-shows included Stellantis’s Fiat, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo brands; VW and ...
    ŠKODA launches all-electric Enyaq RS iV with enhanced interior, lighting features
    ŠKODA has launched Enyaq RS iV electric vehicle (EV) with updated interior and lighting features, the automaker said in a press release on 25 October. Significance: The Enyaq RS iV comes with the crystal face as standard; 131 LEDs illuminate the vertical ribs as well as the horizontal bar of the ŠKODA grille. They are combined with the RS model's full LED Matrix headlights and full LED rear lights to produce an animated welcome effect. The Enyaq RS iV comes with a long list of standard feat...
    Hyundai unveils seventh-generation Grandeur sedan featuring sustainable interior materials
    Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled all-new Grandeur sedan, badged as Azera in markets outside Korea equipped with environment friendly in-vehicle materials, the automaker said in a press release on 19 October. SangYup Lee, EVP and Head of Hyundai Design Center, said, “The seventh-generation Grandeur expresses our respect for the past and commitment to move on to the future. We are creating a new standard for the premium sedan market through emotive design and a refined customer experience....
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 24 October 2022
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    ROHM expands methyl methacrylate production facilities in the US, Europe, and China
    ROHM has announced via a press release on 19 October that the company is expanding production of sustainable methyl methacrylate (MMA) at its US, Chinese, and European facilities.   Hans-Peter Hauck, COO, ROHM, said, “With the commissioning, we will further improve our delivery times and delivery reliability worldwide.” According to the press release, MMA is a necessary prerequisite in the manufacturing of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which ROHM sells under the brand Plexi...
    Valeo, SRG global partner to develop vehicle exterior illuminated front panels
    Valeo has announced via press release on 19 October that it partnered with SRG Global to develop next generation exterior illuminated panels for the automotive industry serving automakers in North America and Europe. Maurizio Martinelli, president, Valeo Visibility Systems Business Group, said, “I look forward to enforcing this strategic partnership that puts Valeo and SRG Global among the biggest players in the automotive exterior front central area that will grow with vehicle electrificat...
    Cadillac launches all-electric Celestiq with enhanced interior, lighting features
    General Motors’ Cadillac has launched its flagship all-electric Celestiq model highlighting modular interior and interactive lighting features, the automaker said in a press release on 17 October. Tristan Murphy, interior design manager, Celestiq, said, “The interior is defined by long uninterrupted surfaces and theme lines; the sense of movement is all around you. With such a clean design, it allowed the details to shine, emphasizing precision in even the smallest of areas, truly highlig...
    Volvo unveils all-electric EX90 SUV featuring sustainable interior materials
    Volvo has unveiled interior details of the all-electric EX90 sport utility vehicle (SUV) built with carbon-neutral materials, the Swedish automaker said in a press release on 18 October.    Cecilia Stark, senior design manager, Volvo Cars, said, “We’ve chosen materials based on our values. These choices leave behind old-fashioned automotive luxury and express our Scandinavian foundations. With the Volvo EX90 we take customer well-being as a design starting point.” Significa...
    HELLA to supply FlatLight rear combination lamp to an international automaker
    HELLA, a FORVIA company has announced that it will supply FlatLight rear combination lamps to an international automaker, according to a press release published by the company on 13 October. Yves Andres, managing director, Lighting at HELLA, said, "With the market launch of our FlatLight concept, we are taking rear combination lamp technology to a completely new level and setting entirely new standards in terms of design, functionality and energy efficiency. In this way, we are underlining th...
    Melexis introduces smart multi-channel LED controller for in-vehicle lighting applications
    Melexis has expanded its MeLiBu portfolio with the introduction of MLX81143 LED driver for in-cabin lighting applications, it said in a press release on 13 October. Michael Bender, product line manager, Embedded Lighting, Melexis, said, “The MLX81143 is already the third product offering from Melexis to integrate MeLiBu. This technology enables a scalable approach of the lighting system as well as new application functions. This new member of our MeLiBu product family further reduces the am...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 17 October 2022
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    BMW launches MY 2023 M2 with updated interior features
    BMW has launched all-new M2 with updated interior and lighting features, the German automaker said in a press release on 12 October. Significance: The M2 offers standard and heated M Sport seats in Vernasca Black or Cognac leather, with prominent side bolsters and contour lines in the well-known BMW M colors around the backrest and head restraint. The standard seats are electronically adjustable and have integrated headrests with an illuminated M logo. Seatbelts in the vehicle also have the B...
    Lumentum expands manufacturing, R&D operations in Slovenia
    Lumentum has announced that the company expanded its specialty optical fibers manufacturing and Research and Development (R&D) facility in Škoflijica, Slovenia, it said in a press release on 10 October. Alex Schoenfelder, senior vice president and general manager of commercial lasers, said, "I am very excited about the manufacturing and advanced R&D expansion in Slovenia. Specialty optical fibers are a key enabling component for industrial fiber lasers and increasingly for other new ...
    Marelli showcases advanced interior, lighting solutions at IZB 2022 in Germany
    Marelli has announced that the company is showcasing advanced electronics, interiors and lighting solutions at the International Suppliers Fair 2022 (IZB) in Wolfsburg, Germany, it said in a press release on 12 October. Significance: The highlights include Marelli’s haptic dashboard based on vibration feedback instead of physical buttons along with a wide range of decorative materials that can combined to create a variety of decorative, informative, and interactive solutions. With increasin...
    Chrysler recalls Dodge Journey vehicles in the US over faulty headlights
    Chrysler is recalling Dodge Journey vehicles citing dimly lit amber side reflex reflectors within the headlight that could cause poor visibility, Autoevolution reported on 6 October. Significance: According to the safety report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a front amber side reflex reflector inside the headlight does not comply with federal safety regulations. The faulty headlight assemblies, which bear part numbers 05116288AC, 68200084AB, 05116289AC, and 682...
    Winter is Coming
    With energy prices in Europe skyrocketing, placing business bottom lines in triage mode, a harsh winter could place certain automotive sectors at risk of being unable to keep their production lines running. Click the link above to download the article.
    Geely’s EV brand Zeekr unveils interior details of Zeekr 009 MPV
    Geely backed Zeekr electric vehicle (EV) has unveiled interior details of the company’s Zeekr 009 multipurpose vehicle (MPV) based on the sustainable experience architecture (SEA) platform, Pandaily reported on 10 October.   Significance: The interior of the vehicle is sleek and has a pressure-relief cockpit. The second row is equipped with a small, hidden table board and a 15.6” screen that supports electric multiangle adjustment. The 15.6” floating central screen has HDMI an...
    DS Automobiles launches DS 9 Opera Premiere with updated interior features
    DS Automobiles has launched DS 9 Opera Premiere limited edition that embodies exclusive French-inspired interiors, the automaker said in a press release on 5 October.   Significance: The interior of the DS 9 Opera Premiere is adorned with Pearl Grey Nappa leather over the entire dashboard and door panels, interspersed with Pearl stitching. In keeping with the trim, the seats in the iconic watchstrap upholstery are covered in a light Pearl Grey Nappa leather. Pebble Grey Alcantara is upho...
    Grupo Antolin to showcase in-vehicle solutions at IZB 2022 in Germany
    Grupo Antolin announced that the company will showcase its in-vehicle solutions at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) 2022 in Wolfsburg, Germany, it said in a press release on 7 October. Significance: Grupo Antolin’s latest proposal for convenient vehicle access is a combined software and hardware solution for seamless integration into the driver's door or any other exterior area. For car access, the system includes biometrics (facial authentication, voice authentication, and fingerprin...
    Instrument Systems to showcase LumiTop camera for use in its adaptive front lighting system at Electronica 2022
    Instrument Systems has announced that the company will showcase its LumiTop 4000 2D color measurement camera for testing micro-LED (μLED) arrays in adaptive front-lighting system (AFS) applications, All Electronics reported on 10 October. According to the report, the 12-megapixel (MP) camera simultaneously measures individual LEDs of the array and, because of its high measuring speed, avoids the temperature dependency of high-performance LEDs. The system, which is calibrated for luminan...
    Nexperia announces new range of CFP power diodes for automotive applications
    Nexperia has announced the latest additions to its portfolio of Clip-bonded FlatPower (CFP) packaged diodes for automotive applications, according to a press release on 6 October 2022. The CFP15B package houses the newest enhancements, which include 32-planar Schottky diodes and eight hyperfast recovery rectifiers. They are offered in standard and Q-types that adhere to AEC-Q101 requirements for automotive qualifying. Nexperia wants to increase production capacity and accelerate the shif...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 10 October 2022
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    Fraunhofer Institute to develop radar, lidar integrated headlights
    Fraunhofer Institute has announced via press release on 4 October that it is developing sensor-integrated headlight for driver assistance systems that makes it possible to combine a range of sensor elements with adaptive light systems. Tim Freialdenhoven, a researcher at Fraunhofer FHR, said, “We’re integrating radar and lidar sensors into headlights that are already there anyway—and what’s more, they’re the parts that ensure the best possible transmission for optical sensors and li...
    HELLA receives orders for highly integrated front-end modules from premium German OEMs
    HELLA, a Forvia company has announced via press release on 5 October that it received major orders for highly integrated front ‘Phygital Shields’ from German premium manufacturers for use in electric vehicles (EVs).   Yves Andres, managing director Lighting at HELLA, said, "The customer projects not only extremely important for us because of the order volume. Above all, they once again underline our comprehensive competencies and our leading position when it comes to integrating tech...
    Plastic Omnium acquires Varroc Lighting Systems in order to future proof lighting business
    Plastic Omnium announced the acquisition of tier-1 lighting supplier Varroc's automotive lighting business, Varroc Lighting Systems (VLS), for EUR600 million (USD635.43 million) as part of the company's investments for sustainable growth. VLS’ expertise in advanced lighting solutions in headlamps and rear lamps, innovative technologies in optic system development and electronic control, and software for lighting will help Plastic Omnium to provide turnkey exterior lighting to vehicle manufactu...
    Demand for chips in vehicle lighting industry to stay strong
    The ongoing global chip shortage has impacted several industries, including lighting. The shortage has been aggravated by a variety of factors, ranging from changing market dynamics to geopolitical tensions. Shipping delays and shortages of semiconductors used in electronics such as LED drivers have extended lead times and impacted product availability in the lighting industry. This situation has driven several major LED product manufacturers globally to increase prices on LED luminaires and LED...
    Grupo Antolin unveils smart sliding floor console concept to enhance in-vehicle experience
    Grupo Antolin has announced via press release on 4 October that it developed innovative smart sliding floor console concept to enhance in-cabin space enabling occupants with flexible interior layouts. According to the press release, the power-slide center console concept moves softly back and forth on the even floor, allowing front and rear passengers to operate it safely in both senses of travel and at any level of autonomous driving. Significance: The concept features in-built double sma...
    BMW launches XM sports activity vehicle with updated interior, lighting features
    BMW has launched high-performance XM sports activity vehicle (SAV) with enhanced interior and lighting features, the German automaker said in a press release on 28 September. Significance: The cockpit features high-quality interior finishes, including a matt carbon surface for the center console and the BMW Curved Display. The wide, pearl-effect chrome air vent surrounds contrast with the carbon elements installed in the instrument panel. BMW equipped M multifunction front seats with elect...
    Bentley launches Bentayga S Hybrid, Azure Hybrid models with updated interior features
    Bentley has launched Bentayga S Hybrid, Azure Hybrid with updated interior and lighting features, the automaker said in a press release on 28 September. Significance: The 4-door Bentayga S Hybrid features a contemporary interior with crafted hide components and Dinamica as a small homage to the materials used in motorsport. This is available in a variety of color splits to create a sporty look in the cabin. A digital instrument panel displays performance design dials and a plug-in hybrid vehi...
    Highlights from the 2022 North American International Auto Show
    The 2022 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) featured a redesigned layout, with the main exhibits and many events indoors at Huntington Place, and other events outdoors in nearby Hart Plaza. Participation was limited this year, with hometown automakers—Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis—carrying the show. Other major exhibitors were Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz. With many other big automakers and brands keeping away from the show, the ma...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 3 October 2022
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    DRÄXLMAIER to showcase function-integrated vehicle interior system at IZB 2022 in Germany
    DRÄXLMAIER has announced that the company will showcase function-integrated systems for vehicle interiors at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) 2022 in Wolfsburg, Germany, it said in a press release on 30 September. Significance: The supplier's lighting solutions enable intuitive operation, seamless communication between the passenger and the vehicle, atmospheric and individual interior lighting for enhanced in-vehicle experience. The functionally integrated system (FIS) touch technology...
    Lumax Industries inaugurates new technology and design center in Czechia
    Lumax Industries has inaugurated a new Lumax European Technical Centre (LETC) with focus on future and advanced technological development of automotive lighting solutions for the Indian market in the CTPark industrial zone in Ostrava-Hrabova, Czech Republic, Autocar Professional reported on 30 September. Deepak Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Lumax Industries, said “The key purpose of the LETC will be to develop leading-edge automotive lighting technologies and adapt them for the Indi...
    Volkswagen unveils all-electric GEN.TRAVEL with modular interior concept
    Volkswagen has unveiled all-electric powered L5 autonomous Innovation Experience Vehicle (IEV) GEN.TRAVEL featuring flexible interior layout with focus on Mobility-as-a-Service (Maas), the German automaker said in a press release on 23 September. Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation, said, “With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen defines the mobility for generations to come—sustainable and digital. In the group-wide Volkswagen Innovation Research department, we are furthe...
    Varroc Engineering appoints K Mahendra Kumar as group CFO
    Varroc Engineering has appointed K Mahendra Kumar as the group’s Chief Financial Officer, it said in a press release on 28 September. Tarang Jain, managing director and chairman, Varroc Engineering Ltd, said, “We are pleased to welcome Mahendra to Varroc family. His proven expertise in Leadership, risk management, digital transformation, cost reduction, long term strategies, debt reduction, stakeholder wealth creation, profitability improvement and M&A amongst others will further enha...
    HELLA’s Q1 FY2022 net sales grows 21.76% y/y to USD1.79 billion
    HELLA, a FORVIA company, has reported net sales of EUR1.790 billion (USD1.792 billion) for the fiscal first quarter 2022 ended 31 August, a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 21.76% from EUR1.470 billion, according to a filing by the company on 29 September. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at EUR75 million compared with EUR79 million in the same period last year, while EBIT margin was 4.2% compared with 5.4% a year ago. Michel Favre, CEO, HELLA, sai...
    TactoTek, ams OSRAM collaborate to develop 3D illumination vehicle interior parts
    TactoTek has announced via press release on 28 September that it partnered with ams OSRAM and developed illumination 3D lighting surfaces for use in automotive interior applications. Paavo Niskala, SVP IMSE Technology at TactoTek, said, "Light is a key factor in creating compelling, brand-differentiating user experiences, especially in automotive interiors and exteriors. We trust that user interface functions and light will become an integral part of natural and plastic automotive surfaces wi...
    Marelli inaugurates new technical R&D center in Bangalore, India
    Marelli has inaugurated a new technical research and development (R&D) center in Bangalore, India, it said in a press release on 27 September. Dinesh Paliwal, executive chairman, Marelli, said, “I am absolutely delighted to celebrate this major new strategic step for Marelli. India is one the most important R&D and innovation hubs in the world, and we are very excited about the deep talent pool here. Marelli is not investing in India for cost arbitrage—those days are long gone—w...
    STMicroelectronics introduces multipixel current regulator for automotive lighting applications
    STMicroelectronics has introduced L99LDLH32 linear current regulator multipixel driver with CAN FD light to power next-generation automotive lighting, it said in a press release on 27 September. According to press release, the linear current regulator is ideal for use with OLED lights that provide bright, uniform, and high-contrast lighting from a small surface area, enabling designers to create intricate light patterns and effects that improve safety and style. The L99LDLH32 can drive indivi...
    X2F, Covestro partner to develop lightweight in-mold electronics for automotive lighting applications
    X2F and materials company Covestro have developed a thermally conductive automotive heat-sink with in-mold electronics (IME) leveraging X2F’s transformative controlled viscosity molding technology, according to a press release published by BusinessWire on 26 September. Paul Platte, senior marketing manager, Covestro LLC., said, “This new program involves using controlled viscosity molding by X2F to attach the LED module directly onto the thermally conductive heat-sink without fundamentall...
    Ford restructures top deck to strengthen global supply chain management
    Ford Motor Company announced on 22 September 2022 that the automaker is restructuring its top deck with an aim to strengthen its internal combustion product line and transform the company’s global supply chain management. The said management changes are being done as part of the company’s Ford+ plan, which intends to accelerate growth and value creation with the development of breakthrough electric vehicles at scale. Ford has named Doug Field as the new chief advanced product development ...
    Engel, Kurz collaborate to develop plastics for automotive exterior applications
    Engel and Kurz partner to develop dual-component injection molding with in-mold decoration (IMD) technology that comprises the use of ‘2K material mix’ acrylonitrile butadiene styrene/polycarbonate (ABS/PC) and transparent thermoplastic polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plastics for automotive exterior applications, Plastics Today reported on 23 September. Martin Hahn, Head of Application, Technology, & Innovation at Leonhard Kurz’s Plastic Decoration business, said, “This special bl...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 September 2022
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    NAIAS 2022: TG0 showcases software-enabled sensing surface technology for automotive applications
    TG0 has announced that that the company is showcasing its patented software-enabled sensing surface technology for automotive applications at the North American International Detroit Auto Show, according to a press release published by PR NewsLink on 15 September. The Demoset is divided into eight sections: a press button: a touch and pressure-sensitive button with an integrated LED; a multislide: textured 10-finger multitouch sliding bar with LED illumination; a smart key: push button with u...
    GigaDevice introduces automotive grade MCU based on Arm Cortex-M33
    GigaDevice has introduced automotive grade microcontroller (MCU) based on the Arm Cortex-M33 core, DigiTimes reported on 22 September. Significance: According to the report, the GD32A503 line of MCUs from GigaDevice are well suited for the creation of automotive electronics applications such as body control modules, lighting, smart cockpits, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and power supply. Additionally, the series is available in four packages, each with 10 product models. GigaDev...
    Marelli Automotive Lighting develops Plexiglas molding based taillights for DS 4 hatchback
    Marelli Automotive lighting has announced that it developed taillights for DS 4 hatchback leveraging Röhm’s Plexiglas molding compounds, according to a press release published by Röhm on 14 September. Nicolas Deluy, Head of Design Lighting & Exterior Design Components at DS Automobiles, said, “The metalized design of our taillights is inspired by nature and is reminiscent of the shining scales of a fish, while it also draws from symbols of luxury, such as polished diamonds, or the f...
    Polestar onboards 12 new partners for its climate neutral car project
    Swedish premium electric car company Polestar has added 12 new partners to the Polestar 0 project, the company announced on 14 September 2022. It said that the collaboration between participating companies is widened with an intent of accelerating work toward Polestar’s moon-shot goal to produce a climate-neutral car by 2030 without offsetting. “The new and existing partners are industry leaders, now actively working on the Polestar 0 project,” the company said in its official stat...
    Chevrolet unveils all-electric Equinox with updated interior, lighting features
    Chevrolet has unveiled model year (MY) 2024 all-electric Equinox (EV) SUV with enhanced interior and lighting features, according to a press release published by Chevrolet on 8 September. Mary Barra, Chair and CEO of General Motors, said, “We are at a turning point where EVs will be the mainstream choice for the next generation of customers and Equinox EV will lead this charge for us. With the flexibility of GM’s Ultium Platform, we are bringing to market vehicles at nearly every price po...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 September 2022
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