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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
    LEDs and advanced optical technologies driving the development in automotive ambient lighting
    Lighting is becoming the new chrome. It is made possible by use of light-emitting diode (LED) light sources and related optics, which are unlocking new opportunities for design. Light-based applications in cars no longer fulfill only functional tasks, but are also increasingly becoming elementary co...
    Grille/logo illumination is on the rise
    Design trends within the automotive industry undoubtedly spread across the industry like a wildfire, and this can certainly be applied to illuminated grilles and logos as well. Exterior lighting other than headlamps and taillamps is increasingly being used to differentiate vehicles and as a style st...
    Highly scalable projection solutions to garner traction in mass-market vehicles
    IHS Markit expects to see projection solutions in most of the vehicles in some shape or form in the long term. However, this is possible only when suppliers offer scalable solutions for each car segment. After speaking to a few key suppliers in the area (including Texas Instruments and Osram Contine...
    What is the future of OLED lighting in automotive?
    Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are light-emitting panels made from organic (carbon-based) materials that emit light when excited by a current. OLEDs can be used in taillights and interior lighting, delivering a homogeneous light. When used in taillamps, in each unit, two electrodes—at least...
    Is the future of headlights laser?
    LEDs, which are efficient and cost effective, are the dominating light source when it comes to automotive lighting applications. Another interesting technology that developed slowly is the laser light. At present, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other...
    Are we ready for light projection technology in and around a vehicle?
    Light projection can be used to transform a vehicle and its surroundings. Not only does light have the ability to increase safety and functionality but it also offers manufacturers the ability to differentiate their vehicles with lighting design and create cus...
    Moldable optical silicone use gaining traction in LED lighting applications
    There has been growing interest from designers in moldable optical silicones for improving the performance of lamps or luminaires. Recent developments aim to improve the integration of silicone optics into the LED fixture, for instance, by overmolding optical grade silicone onto thermoplastic substr...
    IHS Markit expects major shifts in demand trends for lighting technologies in the new decade
    IHS Markit anticipates a strong demand for advanced lighting solutions in 2021 despite some challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although, there are likely to be a few cancellations and delays in projects in the next couple of years, the industry has plenty of new technologies under de...
    The ISELED Alliance is enabling the next generation of interior lighting
    Intelligent Smart Embedded LED (ISELED) technology is gaining momentum in the industry. The growth of the technology is reflected in the growing and diversified membership of the ISELED Alliance, the goal of which is to offer a comprehensive system solution around ISELED technology. Besides interior...
    ADB on its triumphal procession
    The evolution of the automotive lighting industry is still ongoing. From the bulbs in headlamps to LEDs and sophisticated headlamp systems, its innovation is far from over. In fact, the adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlamp system has become a hot topic in the automotive lighting industry. ADB, also ...
    Asian and South American markets to drive demand for low-cost LED lighting technology
    The shift from halogen/HID bulbs to LEDs in headlights and taillamps is a major trend in the automotive industry. In many Asian countries such as India, OEMs are beginning to offer reflector or projector-based LED headlights, with no adaptive driving beam (ADB), in the upper trims of lower segment m...
    Fog lamps fitment to decline over mid to long-term
    Fog lamps are entirely different from regular headlights and have a very specific use. Designed to cut through fog more effectively than headlights, fog lamps ensure effective road illumination in fog, snow fall, rainstorms, or dust clouds. Despite its safety function and style statement, fitment of...
    More lower segment vehicles to introduce ambient lighting in instrument panel
    Automakers are increasingly focused on offering more dynamic interior lighting elements in their new models as colors and light play a powerful role in creating mood and feeling. Therefore, ambient lighting is quickly garnering traction among automakers. In fact, the use of ambient lighting in the i...
    Asian markets to drive growth of DRL fitment over next decade
    Daytime running lights (DRL) not only help vehicles stand out on a dull day but have also become an important part of automakers’ brand identity. DRLs are used primarily to increase the visibility of vehicles; they do not illuminate the road ahead. DRLs are fitted on the front end of a vehicle nea...
    Dynamic bend lighting (DBL) is expected to lose shine in medium- to long-term
    The bend lighting, in simple words, helps extend the visual range on curved roads or when cornering. Using bend lighting, the course of the road and obstacles can be identified earlier and more easily in darkness. There are two types of bend lighting: dynamic bend lighting (DBL) and static/fixed ben...
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand...
    Adaptive headlamp market to record strong growth over next five years
    As the name suggests, adaptive driving beam (ADB) implies active control of headlamp beam patterns. Headlights with ADB technology are smart lighting systems that help drivers see further without blinding oncoming vehicles and other road users. First ‘matrix LED adaptive’ headlamps came into the...
    Year (2019) in review – Trends and innovations in automotive lighting
    The year 2019 has been an outstanding year for automotive lighting, with many new product developments and collaborations among electronics/semiconductor companies and lighting systems suppliers. The industry is undergoing a shift from traditional lighting solutions to semiconductor-based technologi...
    Prospects of laser light technology in vehicles
    Presently, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other lighting technologies, usually LEDs, to cater for low-beam operation. The technology is quite expensive, so the segment is currently quite niche; laser technology can only be seen in premium vehicles an...
    New exterior design language
    Every vehicle has a unique identification in terms of design, performance, and features. From a design perspective, it includes interior and exterior lighting systems—the most recognizable elements on a new model. Premium vehicles, such as those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, have simple brand d...
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    2019 ADAS sensor conference observations and summary
    The ADAS Sensor Conference 2019 provided numerous insights into the current state of the industry and technology from both financial and technical perspectives. The combination of sensors continues to be the trend with most still favoring the combination of radar, image and lidar. However ...
    EDITORIAL: LED expected to remain key technology for ambient lighting
    The collaborations between various stakeholders in the automotive interior lighting industry clearly indicates LED will remain the dominant technology for ambient lighting applications, at least over the short term. IHS Markit recently spoke to several automotive lighting suppliers to understand wha...
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    Development of energy efficient lighting solution for battery vehicles
    The automotive industry is undergoing a radical transformation driven by four key trends: electrification, autonomous driving, sharing, and connected cars. Interconnected development of these trends is already visible, but their full deployment is moving slowly. However, push by government to promot...
    Miniaturization in LED technology - Opportunities and Challenges
    Since the introduction of LED technology, OEMs are standardizing LED lamps across major vehicle segments in order to improve efficiency and safety. Another area where LED technology is contributing is in brand perception by providing design flexibility. These days we can observe exterior lamps trans...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    The chassis of the modern-day car has a come a long way from simple, wooden horse drawn carriages to frames made of a combination of high strength steel and carbon fiber. Of course, these changes have been made possible partly through comparable changes in chassis components – suspension, brake sy...
    OLED technology in automotive lighting
    After LED, the lighting industry is now focusing on OLED technology as the next light source in vehicles. In fact, the use of OLED technology to the first production has already begun in premium vehicles. For instance, Audi commercialized use of OLED technology for its flagship car, A8, in rear comb...
    New tail lamp designs and technologies
    The automotive lighting industry is progressing rapidly, with the lighting systems’ role pertaining to safety, aesthetics, customization, and vehicle autonomy. In terms of design, automakers are leveraging newer light sources such as LED (light emitting diode), OLED (organic light emitting diode) ...
    Control solutions for intelligent lighting
    Automotive lighting has begun to increasingly contribute towards driver assistance and emerge as a significant active safety enabler. Unlike lighting technologies of the past, new headlamps integrate digital light and sensors interface to support advance applications such as adaptive front lighting,...
    Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) Technologies – A Big Opportunity for Power Devices
    Gallium Nitride (GaN) is becoming a promising semiconductor technology for high performance microwave, radio frequency and millimeter wave devices. GaN devices enable operation at much higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures over conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon. &nbs...
    Sensor Fusion: Defining new scope in automotive lighting
    The autonomy race is bringing a new meaning to automotive lighting systems. Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights focused on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind spot warnings, forward col...
    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...
    Types of light source and their market overview
    In the past few years, automobiles have covered a lot of distance, moving from halogen headlamps to light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps. As the automotive industry grows, consumers are looking toward new lighting solutions that increase their comfort. There are three types of light sources that wor...
    Lighting: From vision to communication
    Autonomous vehicles have received tremendous attention in the last five years, with full autonomy now seeming ever closer. Presently, the upgrade of premium-segment vehicles to Level 3 or conditional autonomy, where the driver still has to intervene when needed, has resulted in higher levels of auto...
    Interior Lighting
    The global automotive lighting market is undergoing changes owing to increasing safety concerns and technological advances. With strict industry-wide norms applying practically across the entire automotive sector, differentiation is becoming increasingly challenging for automakers. One area in which...
    New lighting technologies – The road ahead
    Future vehicles are at the forefront of technological change and lighting is one of the core areas of innovation. Unique optic control systems and optimized lighting systems are making headlamps capable of being programmed to provide high-resolution light distribution and projecting information on t...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Interior Lighting as a Technology Enabler for Additional Personalization Features
    Lighting is fast becoming one of the most critical elements for car designers to innovate and brand vehicles that attract car customers. Automakers are showing new features in vehicle interior lighting that can be used for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Generally, functional lighting is ...
    Impact of Autonomous Driving on Lighting
    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent a major innovation for the automotive industry in terms of technology and design. A fully automated-driving system undertakes all aspects of dynamic driving on all roadways and in all environmental conditions, which are usually done by human drivers. The prospect ...
    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...
    Trends in interior lighting
    Modern automotive lighting is all about enhanced performance with advanced design. Most car manufacturers are always on the leading edge of technology in this competitive world, and every year there is a new technological advancement which raises the bar. In lighting, one such technological miles...
    Regulations in front lighting
    Regulations play an important role in equipping vehicles with latest technologies in a specific country/ region. Forward lighting is an important part of the vehicle as it enables drivers to guide the vehicle safely during the night time along varying road geometries and to identify obstacles and pe...
    Increase in ECU demand in front lighting
    Over the years, cars have become a mobile network of control modules which operate everything from powertrain to climate control to lighting. Electronic control units, commonly referred to as ECUs, control electrical systems in a vehicle. Automotive ECUs are used across various segments including co...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the com...
    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...
    Lighting systems have a bright future
    The landscape in automotive vision systems today is changing at a furious pace, driven not only by safety and design, but innovation across the wider photonics arena. Today the sector can be seen to include not only lighting as we conventionally understand it, but also a wide range of technologies d...
    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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    Automotive electronics suppliers face a unique set of challenges
    The automotive industry places unusual demands on electronic systems, when compared to the demands of other sectors: Despite the rapidly increasing value content of electronic components in vehicles, they must remain affordable to the consumer. To achieve this, the industry requires relative...
    The revolution in automotive lighting
    The past decade has seen a revolution in automotive lighting, a sector that not only includes visible lighting today, but also illumination through infrared sources as lighting and driver assistance systems combine. The lighting industry as a whole has moved rapidly from simple incandescent and gas ...
    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...
    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...
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