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    The case for OEM-made operating systems in the age of software-driven vehicles
    By combining vehicle domains with the cloud and internet of things (IoT), future software architecture will have a common hardware layer at the vehicle level, a common middleware layer in the software level, and an operating system that will add different features in a scalable way. To sustain futur...
    Chip supply constraints will likely persist until third quarter 2021
    The semiconductor shortage crisis has hit the automotive industry at a time when the sector started to experience a moderate recovery in production levels following a pandemic-inflicted slowdown. The ramp up in demand of chips from the automotive industry started when the supply lines were already s...
    Addressing autonomous vehicle safety challenge
    One of the key arguments that proponents of highly automated vehicles have been making over the past 10 years is that such vehicles will deliver unparalleled level of safety and drastically reduce traffic crashes. Such vehicles will be mostly driven by their autonomous driving system, which will be ...
    Is AR-HUD finally taking off?
    Automakers have been offering head-up displays (HUDs) that project key driving information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation, and warning signals on a vehicle’s windshield or onto a transparent panel in the direct vision of the driver for over 30 years. However, the system has seen rapid mark...
    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...
    Market and technology outlook of door trim panels
    Door trim panels, the lightweight structure on the inside of a vehicle’s door, mainly serves as an interface between the occupant and the inner working of the doors. They also contribute toward occupant protection, maintaining noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as housin...
    Automated driving technology set to reach new heights in 2021
    As in the past few years, 2020 started with lot of buzz around automated driving technology with several companies, including automakers and suppliers, flocking to the annual CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, to display their latest innovations ranging from hardware (such as cameras, radars, and li...
    OEMs will continue to invest heavily in user interface technologies in 2021
    Automakers and suppliers continued to deliver enhanced in-vehicle user experience in 2020 despite facing one of the most challenging business conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The year saw automakers equipping new models with more advanced displays, touchpads with touch feedback (haptic), dig...
    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...
    Gesture control technology to record steady growth through 2025
    Gesture control–technology allows users to perform certain functions such as accepting or rejecting calls, raising or lowering the volume, changing channels, or opening the sunroof using hand movements. The technology is generally backed by an in-cabin camera or infrared sensor that captures hand ...
    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
    Deployment of rear seat reminder system to pick up speed in United States
    Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of noncrash fatalities among children in vehicles in the United States. According to NoHeatStroke.org, 873 children have died since 1998 because of heatstroke in vehicles. In 2018 and 2019, on an average 52 children died due to heatstroke in vehicles in the co...
    Global automotive camera sensors market forecast to more than double in six years
    Camera sensors are the most widely used sensing technologies in cars, supporting various active safety and advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) applications, such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA), and tra...
    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...
    Key technology trends in instrument panels
    Over the years, the role of an instrument panel (IP), or a dashboard, in the vehicle cockpit has evolved significantly. Apart from technology integration, IPs also supplement the overall aesthetic value of the cabin. In modern vehicles, an IP acts like a place holder for various components and syste...
    Next-generation automotive displays
    Automakers are equipping vehicles with multiple displays to address the growing information, communication, and entertainment needs of drivers and passengers without compromising safety requirements. Other than the usual instrument cluster display (ICD) and center stack display (CSD), premium vehicl...
    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...
    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...
    ADAS applications that will see high growth in near term
    A growing number of automakers are equipping their new vehicles with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) to enable safer and comfortable driving. Some popular ADAS applications, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems, which debuted in premium vehicles o...
    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...
    Digital car key market set to become more competitive with Apple’s entry
    At the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2020 in June, Apple announced that the latest update in its iOS operating system (OS), called iOS14, will support use of the iPhone as a digital car key, allowing drivers to unlock, start, and drive their compatible vehicles without using a physical...
    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...
    China E-Motor Outlook
    Driven by a strong policy stimulus from 2009 to 2018, China’s new energy vehicles (NEVs) have achieved rapid growth from less than 10,000 to more than 1,200,000 units. It has become the world's largest NEV market for five consecutive years since 2015. However, 2019’s production and sales volume ...
    Radar sensors to see robust demand on growing focus on active safety and driver assistance
    Radar is one of the most widely used sensors in vehicles for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving applications. A radar can be broadly categorized as a short-range radar (SRR) or long-range radar (LRR) depending upon its detection range. Some suppliers also mentioned a thi...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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...
    Demand for curved displays to significantly grow over next 10 years
    Generally, displays used in the instrument clusters and center stack areas inside cars have been flat. However, as more automakers equip their new vehicles with larger-size, high-resolution displays to deliver more immersive user experience (UX), demand for curved or flexible displays that conform t...
    Sunroof systems to see strong demand in Asian markets
    Sunroofs are a standard feature in premium vehicles, but lately automakers have started fitting sunroofs in more affordable vehicle segments to make their products distinct. Sunroofs are either fixed or electrically operated (power sunroof). In terms of size, sunroofs can be broadly categorized as c...
    Global demand for in-car VPAs set to double to 130 million units by 2025
    As modern cars become more like smartphones on wheels, several connectivity features once available in smartphones are making their way into cars. The virtual personal assistant (VPA) is one such feature that is becoming hugely popular in new cars. VPAs allow drivers and passengers to initiate phone...
    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...
    What is driving ADAS fitment in vehicles?
    Automakers are increasingly equipping vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to deliver higher safety and driving comfort. ADAS warn drivers of potential dangers and intervenes in a timely manner if the driver fails to act promptly to either prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. ...
    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
    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...
    Seat assembly suppliers face challenging times ahead
    Demand for complete seat assembly is directly related to global light vehicle production. According to IHS Markit data, demand in the global complete seat assembly market declined by 5% year on year (y/y) in 2019, to 269.9 million units, in line with the 5.6% y/y decline in light vehicle production,...
    Use of haptics in vehicle set to grow rapidly driven by rising digitalization
    Touch feedback technology, also known as haptics, has dramatically transformed the way users interact with devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatch. Vehicles seem to be the next in line to benefit from haptics. Automakers, especially premium carmakers, have already started adopting haptic...
    Global demand for auto-dimming interior mirrors is forecast to see robust growth
    The interior rearview mirror (IRVM) has been an integral part of a vehicle’s cabin for more than 100 years. An IRVM helps the driver to not only keep an eye on the vehicles at the back, but also helps in the key maneuvering of reversing and parking. Such a mirror can be either manual (prismatic) o...
    Challenges for deploying autonomous vehicles in ride-hailing service
    Cruise Automation, a company majority owned by General Motors (GM), unveiled its first fully autonomous electric car ‘Origin’ in January, for use in ride-sharing service. The production-ready Origin is a driverless shuttle and features no conventional controls and supports like steering wheel, p...
    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...
    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...
    Demand for center stack display to record strong growth over next five years
    As modern vehicles become more digitally connected, automakers are replacing conventional buttons and knobs with more interactive and user-friendly displays. This industry-wide trend is driving demand for the center console display (CSD), a display in the center stack or center control of a vehicle ...
    Better prospects for carbon fiber in automotive industry on the horizon
    The advantages that carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) deliver for the automotive industry are significant in almost every performance criterion imaginable, when compared to materials such as steel or aluminum. CFRPs are considered to have high tensile strength, low weight, low density, reduced...
    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...
    Artificial intelligence driving autonomous vehicle development
    Autonomous driving is one of the key application areas of artificial intelligence (AI). Autonomous vehicles (AV) are equipped with multiple sensors, such as cameras, radars and lidar, which help them better understand the surroundings and in path planning. These sensors generate a massive amount of ...
    Outlook for torque vectoring technology
    Torque vectoring technology is witnessing more widespread acceptance and use by automotive manufacturers and suppliers all over the globe than ever before. The differential in an automobile splits the incoming torque from the propeller shaft and sends it to the driven wheels. Torque vectoring enable...
    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...
    ADAS/Autonomous driving wrap-up 2019
    Automated vehicle (AV) driving remained one of the key focus areas for the automotive industry in 2019. The year witnessed key automakers, suppliers, mapping companies and software developers intensifying their efforts to launch solutions for highly automated and autonomous driving. Apart from estab...
    Automotive lidar: A dive into the technologies
    Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a key yet somewhat controversial technology when it comes to automotive applications. Lidar is widely used in airborne and marine applications, but its high cost has raised multiple questions on its efficacy in automotive applications. While other existing tech...
    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...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    Innovations in automotive interiors in 2019
    The four key megatrends of the automotive industry—connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility services, and electromobility (CASE)—are set to transform the type vehicles automakers will produce and how such vehicles will be used in the future. These trends are expected to bring ...
    Automotive UI/UX: Key technology highlights in 2019
    The automotive user interfaces market, once comprising mainly buttons and knobs, has now expanded to include touchscreen displays, touchpads, haptic feedback, gesture recognition, speech recognition, and many more. In 2019, automakers offered more models with center stack displays and heads-up displ...
    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...
    Factors driving development of intelligent seating systems
    For many years automotive seats were designed to perform the mundane task of seating vehicle occupants. However, modern seats are doing more than that. Seating suppliers are equipping seats with electronics to perform varies tasks, ranging from remembering seating profile of the driver to helping to...
    Lightweighting and electrification drive demand for adhesives and sealants
    The speed at which automakers have had to bring changes to their cars over the last decade has been unprecedented. Not only have the vehicles and the technologies used in them changed, but the materials used to build a vehicle and the process of manufacturing them have also undergone tremendous...
    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...
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Digital instrument clusters to see robust growth
    Instrument clusters could be either analog, digital or hybrid, a combination of both. Analog instrument clusters, which are the oldest form of instrument clusters, feature a plastic housing that contains mechanical gauges and indicator lights driven by a stepper motor. It is usually without an ...
    Automotive lidar’s halftime walk
    Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is one of the most widely debated topics when it comes to autonomous driving. Do autonomous vehicles really need lidar for object detection or can such vehicles handle this key task without this expensive sensor, by relying on more affordable came...
    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...
    The requirement for multi-speed EV transmission
    Porsche Taycan is set to become the first mass market electric vehicle (EV) to come equipped with a 2-speed transmission. However, it may not remain the only one for a long time, as the advantages of a multi-speed transmission become more apparent to customers. So far, the multi-speed transmission t...
    Outlook for semiconductor applications in powertrains and e-drivetrains
    While a raft of macro-economic factors, including the Sino-US ‘trade war’ and a slump in the Chinese automotive market, have led to a fall in vehicle production over the past two years, hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) production grew in double-digits in 2018, and the momentum is...
    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 ...
    Steel in the age of automotive electrification
    Change has been the name of the game in the automotive industry for the last couple of years, and the most prominent has been the advent of electric vehicles (EV). The change in powertrain technology is also expected to bring about a change in how the vehicles are manufactured. The build of EVs is e...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Integrated approach to thermal management in BEVs and full HEVs
    The alternative propulsion sector finally seems to be gathering some steam after being on the fringes of the market for several decades. According to IHS Markit forecasts the demand for EVs which include BEVs, full HEVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) is expected to grow by around 24% (compo...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is con...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    Investment trends in autonomous vehicle development
    IHS Markit forecasts autonomous vehicles sales to reach more than 33 million units by 2040. The huge growth potential is driving many companies, including automakers and tier-1 suppliers, to commit huge investments in autonomous vehicle technology development and testing. Most of these companies pla...
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    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...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Application of biobased materials in vehicles
    Carmakers are already adopting parts made from different plant fibers, but new research on biobased materials suggest they will be able to incorporate such materials in a much larger scale in the future. Biobased materials will be increasingly used in future vehicles because of the environmental and...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    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...
    Evolving Seating Experience
    The automotive industry is in a period of evolution, where previously simple components are being enhanced by technology to deliver new functionality. Such is the case with the modern vehicle cockpit; where designers continue to pursue new means of exciting and delighting consumers. No component, no...
    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...
    Sunroof solutions in automotive
    The automobile roof has been generally treated as another closure component protecting the occupants from environmental and NVH conditions. There has also been an element of safety combined with the design of passenger cells and connection of the pillars. However, over time the roof has become an in...
    EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
    One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product...
    Technology and market dynamics of engine cooling fans & motors sector
    The internal combustion engine (ICE), irrespective of the fuel type, does not sit very high on the efficiency scale.  In most engines, up to 65% of the heat energy produced can be written off as losses—the lion's share lost mainly to the cooling circuit and via exhaust gases. The ICE must be ...
    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...
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    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...
    Safety of the Intended Functionality: Functional Safety for Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction Strong concerns about the operational safety of highly automated and autonomous vehicles have prompted the requirement for the next generation of autonomous functional safety standards for achieving safety compliance targets. The technological development curve supporting highly auto...
    Electric Mobility - material choices affecting affordability
    The e-mobility disruption in the automotive industry has reached more than the critical global mass and is now gunning to replace conventional ICE propulsion technologies from pole positions in markets across the world. It is not the breakthrough kid in business now and hence needs to address the re...
    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...
    New innovations in door solutions
    Responsible for a number of vital interior functions, including occupant protection, curbing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as a casing for door elements, the door trim panel of today has gone through a substantial evolution over the years. As an intrinsic component of...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    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...
    Automotive Functional Safety
    Introduction - Functional safety The growing demand for comfortable driving experience, along with a higher degree of safety and efficiency, has resulted in increased complexities and functionalities of ECU-based vehicle design. The technological advancement in automotive electronics has resulted...
    EDITORIAL: Palladium demand to remain strong over next few years due to new emission norms, shift toward petrol vehicles
    The demand for palladium is expected to remain strong in the near-term due to introduction of tougher vehicle emission norms and a marked shift in consumer preference from diesel to petrol (gasoline) engines―the auto industry consumes more than half of all palladium supply globally. Palladium is a...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    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...
    Increasing role of 3D printing in interiors
    Technology penetration into the automotive domain has not only impacted the overall design language and component functionality; it also has a far-reaching impact on the overall component development phase. How we perceive production methodologies coming from an age-old coachbuilding to assembly lin...
    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 ...
    Automotive Image Sensors – A Review of Current Trends
    Sensors have played a pivotal role in the automotive industry, as knowing the state of various systems within the vehicle is ever more important. Sensors are also increasingly being used to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings and are being integrated more and more into several i...
    ADAS & Electric Vehicles accelerate demand of automotive electronic control units
    Our Analysis Electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the automotive industry, driving the development of safer, smarter, cleaner and better-connected cars. As a result, global automotive ECU revenue is expected to soar to $211 billion in 2030, rising at a comp...
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