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    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...
    12-Nov-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    C- and D-segment vehicles to drive demand for semi-active damping systems
    The focus on ride quality is increasing and so is the demand for advanced, cost-effective suspension systems. Automotive suspension systems range from simple, passive spring-based systems to cutting-edge active systems that can independently raise or lower the height of vehicle at each wheel in resp...
    Heat recovery system fitment to be driven by D-segment vehicles in the medium-term
    Automotive OEMs need to make more effort to improve the overall efficiency of their model range, and this fact is more emphatic in the case of electric vehicles because of their limited driving range. Automobiles have always had the necessity to dissipate excess heat, and the A/C heater core was one...
    Rising engine downsizing trend to propel demand for turbochargers in the medium term
    Automobile manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe are facing immense pressure to improve efficiency, lower emissions, and fuel consumption, while increasing power and torque outputs from their vehicles. OEMs have already incorporated various methods in order to achieve these targets, including lightw...
    OEMs seek environment friendly advanced coatings solutions
    Due to the major transformation in the automotive industry, lightweighting, electrification, and autonomy, coatings are required to offer a much higher performance. Coatings can be primarily classified as appearance coating, anti-corrosion coating, thermal coating, and anti-friction coating. They ar...
    Fastener technologies need to advance to support new vehicle architectures
    Fasteners may be among the smallest components in a vehicle, but they perform some of the most critical functions. Fasteners are used to join two or more parts in a vehicle, either temporarily or permanently. They have always been important in ensuring safety and reducing noise, vibration, and harsh...
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    Advanced semiconductors key to efficient EV inverters
    In terms of consumer demand, electric vehicles (EVs) are still far away from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. There is a constant and increasing push from automakers, suppliers, and technology companies to make EVs more efficient on performance and range to make them a viable alternative t...
    Will Tesla’s thrust on expanding its in-house expertise pay off?
    On 22 September, Tesla hosted an announcement-packed ‘Battery Day”, showcasing its vision on where it wants to be in terms of battery cell technology and production capacities within the next three years, as well as what some of the innovation in the works could mean for end customers of its ele...
    E-axle demand forecast to more than double within next two years
    Electrification is by far one of the most active areas of automotive innovation these days. Vehicle manufacturers are being faced with constantly evolving and strengthening emission norms and standards, while simultaneously having to make their models more responsive to drive so as to keep up the ap...
    Increased electrification to drive demand for newer types of A/C condensers
    Comfort almost always ranks quite high in the list of criteria for customers looking to purchase a new vehicle, and carmakers have always invested significant time, effort, and money in making sure their vehicles’ A/C or climate control systems function as best as possible. In addition to heating ...
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mech...
    Cyber security set to take center stage in vehicle development process
    The amount of data shared by a vehicle and its surrounding ecosystem is increasing at a rapid pace, thus presenting higher risks in automotive cyber security. It is no longer the automakers’ responsibility to solely handle cyber security but also that of third-party suppliers, such as Wejo and Oto...
    Panoramic sunroof to lead growth of glass in automotive
    Automotive glass is considered by many as one of those components that have not undergone a lot of technological change over the years, especially in terms of its applications. This perception is all set to change in the next decade, as glass is expected to play a key role in improving the user inte...
    Mainland China shifts policy stance to offer OEMs more flexibility on NEV strategy
    Globally, Mainland China has among the most dynamic new energy vehicle (NEV) policy, which is being updated regularly to be in sync with the economic conditions, market demand, and technology developments. The initial heavy subsidies given by the central government are seen to have largely done the ...
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    Aluminum brake calipers to experience increased demand after 2025
    Over many years of automotive innovation, vehicle safety has experienced many innovations and developments in order to keep occupants safe under almost all circumstances. Tracing back, the very first automotive safety feature is the braking system. Automotive brakes have also gone through their fair...
    Development of new-generation DSRC technologies will be key to its survival in V2X applications
    Along with the push for utilizing environmentally friendly resources, the automotive industry is also taking giant leaps in autonomous driving and connectivity. The basis for this push lies in a technology called vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, with subsets vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehic...
    Range-extended EVs face cost, complexity hurdles toward higher adoption
    The automotive industry has experimented with several forms of electrification, trying to find the right balance between development, vehicle cost, customer needs, and the operability in the real world. While the vehicles with the most basic level of electrification are deemed mild-hybrids, whereby ...
    Emerging markets set to become more aggressive on exhaust emissions legislations
    An area where automotive OEMs and suppliers witness the greatest amount of pressure to effect change is in the realm of efficiency. The dangerously rising levels of noxious gases and accelerating climate change have resulted in governments across the world drawing up regulations in an attempt to cur...
    Combi cabin air filters to gain larger foothold in the global market
    One of the most important criteria when purchasing a new car is passenger comfort. Carmakers heavily invest in making their vehicles as comfortable as possible, and the A/C or climate control unit has been a focus area for advancement for a very long time. The pollution we face on our daily commutes...
    Growth of ceramic matrix composites in automotive may remain flat in the short- to mid-term
    Ceramic is used in several applications in the automotive industry, from spark plugs to the many sensors that are being equipped in a vehicle nowadays. Although ceramic has excellent thermal and electrical properties, it is known to be very brittle with limited ductility, thus limiting the number of...
    Connected intelligent tire: The next big push for connected mobility
    In order to create a vision of automated and accident-free driving, all parts of the vehicle need to be intelligent and connected. As such, dummy tire that provides no information about the tire itself and the road surfaces can be a barrier. Therefore, an inevitable evolution is a connected intellig...
    AEB to become more prevalent by 2025 owing to increasing focus on autonomy and safety
    In a world where automotive manufacturers are coming under increasing regulatory pressure to improve safety features in their vehicles, and where autonomy is being steadily integrated into nearly every operational aspect of the vehicle, certain technologies are poised to become ubiquitous in cars in...
    Is Tesla’s application of LFP cathode technology indicative of price over performance?
    A recent development has got the automotive industry talking about a battery chemistry which, over the last half-a-decade, has been steadily losing market share in the electric vehicle (EV) segment—lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Tesla recently received an approval from the Mainland Chinese governme...
    New alloys and additive manufacturing could dictate the future role of powder metallurgy in the automotive industry
    PM components have been an integral part of the automotive industry for decades now, playing a major role in mass-scale manufacturing of complex and lightweight components. Today, the automotive industry is the biggest customer for the PM industry. According to reports, over 80% of PM components man...
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    Growing EV market to drive demand for battery heating systems
    Keeping the lithium-ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) within optimum temperature levels plays a key role in the efficiency of these vehicles, as temperatures that are too low or too high can degrade the ability of these batteries to store charge and deliver optimal voltages and ampera...
    Technology advancements and government support to determine fate of fuel cell vehicles
    It is a known fact that an increasing number of vehicles are becoming electrified. What is uncertain is which electrification technology will gain the upper hand in the long run. The conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is expected to feature in more than 80% of the light duty vehicles unti...
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Is water injection technology ready for mass-market adoption?
    Automotive OEMs across the globe are faced with the challenge of making their vehicles increasingly more efficient by cutting fuel consumption and emissions. A wide variety of measures exist for car manufacturers to employ and refine in order to achieve these desired effects, including improving the...
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Vehicle electrification trend to drive adoption of GaN devices
    The rise in connected and autonomous services along with the growth in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to the adoption of various new technologies in the automotive industry over the last decade. This trend has led to a broader use of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials. While s...
    5G in-vehicle deployment forecast expected to drop in stages due to COVID-19 pandemic
    The utilization of 5G is just getting to a nascent stage, but the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the supply chain has already begun to impede its progress. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organization setting global mobile network stand...
    19-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    The next decade will be the most crucial and opportune for magnesium in the automotive industry
    For OEMs, lightweighting is one of the most value-for-money solutions to achieve better fuel efficiency and lower emissions in a vehicle. There is almost no component in a vehicle which is not under the scanner for lightweighting―right from seats, chassis, powertrain parts, the entire body-in-whit...
    Steer-by-wire power steering system demand to surge within five years
    Automotive steering systems have experienced occasional changes in terms of their design and complexity. While the basic technology has endured for generations, innovation has sporadically made noteworthy advancements to the way we steer our vehicles. After the advent of steering systems that used r...
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV charging industry wrestles with a new magnitude of underutilization
    As several countries around the world impose complete lockdowns because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, global light vehicle sales are expected to witness a fall of more than 22% year on year (y/y) in demand to 70.3 million units in 2020, according to April I...
    B-segment vehicles to see major rear seat HVAC fitment growth within five years
    Automakers are on a constant quest to innovate amenities and convenience features to improve passenger comfort. The general trend with such technology is that they are initially introduced into the upper segments. However, over time, many such concepts and features trickle down to the more affordabl...
    Leather expected to see increasing competition from synthetic alternatives in automotive interior segment
    Sustainability is no more just a tool for automakers to meet the government’s regulations and policies. Sustainability is now a necessity to be able to meet the changing lifestyle choices and eco-friendly preferences of customers. An increasing number of car buyers want their purchase to have the ...
    e-Turbos and e-Boosters to register increased adoption in the near future
    Automobile owners of today demand more features, more comfort, more safety, and more value for their money. A significant section of people want to drive the cars they own faster, a requirement that can be attributed to rapidly improving road infrastructure available in many countries today. However...
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    V2G could become a necessity in an EV-dominated landscape
    The current global electricity production of more than 26,000 terawatt-hours (TWh) just about meets the global demand. The demand is mostly from the industrial segment and the transportation segment’s contribution is negligible. However, the demand from the transportation segment is certainly goin...
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the pot...
    Heated steering wheels to become more prevalent in mass-market vehicles
    Automobiles are no longer seen as luxuries, and passenger cabin comfort is no different. Car buyers all over the globe are ready to spend an increasing proportion of their income on vehicles, which is leading to greater acceptance of features that were once relegated only to luxury and high-end cars...
    Electric parking brakes set to become more prevalent in lower-segment cars
    Electric parking brakes (EPBs), once seen as a luxury feature that was available only to buyers of high-end and premium vehicles, are poised to make significant inroads into lower vehicle segments. This technology replaces the conventional hand-operated brake lever with a switch that operates the br...
    Can the price gap between palladium and platinum pave a way for the latter’s comeback?
    While electrified vehicles are growing in popularity and numbers in many major automotive markets in the world, there is a consensus that internal combustion engines (ICE) will continue to feature in a majority of vehicles that are mated to mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, or plug-in hybrid technologies. H...
    Market outlook for automotive sensors as electrification expands
    The automotive industry experienced one of its most sluggish periods over the last couple of years. Macroeconomic factors such as the US–China trade war and a weak Chinese manufacturing output led to dented consumer sentiment across most verticals, but the automotive industry bore one of the bigge...
    Demand for charge air coolers forecast to accelerate between 2021 and 2025
    The world of today is highly aware of the problems posed, and the far-reaching ramifications, of climate change. As a result, increased levels of efficiency and optimization are demanded in every sphere, and one area where this is felt more strongly than anywhere else, is in the automotive sector. A...
    The battery electric vehicle: Why mass adoption is inevitable, yet elusive
    When will battery electric vehicles (BEVs) reach the tipping point and overtake the internal combustion engine (ICE) as the power source of choice? This question is already agreed by most industry observers one that defines the modern automotive era. Some industry analysts claim that retail ...
    BorgWarner looks to future-proof powertrain business with acquisition of Delphi Technologies
    The fast-paced technology developments in the automotive industry have made consolidation almost a necessity in order to keep pace with the changes, not just in the powertrain domain, but across the industry. We have witnessed a number of consolidations in the form of mergers and acquisiti...
    Airbag technology for autonomous vehicles
    Automotive industry’s focus on active safety technologies―such as antilock-braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control system (TCS)―has increased significantly in the past two decades. Automakers are also offering new vehicles with rising number of advanced dr...
    Outlook for automotive electronics in 2020
    The growth in electrification, connected car and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), along with the strict regulatory emphasis on emission norms in the automotive industry, have set the ball rolling for changes that are expected to continue well into this decade. Multiple macro-economic facto...
    Thermal sector wrap-up 2019
    The automotive thermal sector witnessed a wide range of innovations and developments, from improving vehicle efficiency to making vehicle occupants more comfortable. Irrespective of whether automobiles are being powered by conventional forms of drive such as internal combustion engines, or by n...
    Powertrain sector wrap-up 2019
    The response to climate change has been the defining aspect of this year for car makers and component manufacturers with regard to the powertrain sector. Car markets across the globe witnessed the creation and implementation of more stringent emission norms, forcing OEMs and ancillary companies...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2019 – Market analysis
    The buzzword for the automotive chassis sector in 2019 was “consolidation”. Ever increasing competition, falling demands and spiraling costs meant that different companies have felt the need to work together in order to outperform the competition and market standards, and reduce their exposure t...
    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
    New emission norms to drive demand for fuel-efficient clutch technologies
    New developments and technological advancements in the automotive powertrain sector are taking place at an unprecedented pace. The focus is on ramping up power and torque levels delivered to the wheels from powertrain units that are increasingly more efficient, in addition to being lighter in weight...
    Market outlook for AC condensers
    Overview A key component of any automotive air conditioning system is the condenser. The condenser is a heat exchange system that condenses the refrigerant from a vapor state to a liquid state, thereby transferring latent heat to the surroundings and lowering the temperature of the air that is ci...
    Cabin air filter sector and technology
    World Health Organization (WHO) statistics estimate that ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. Air pollution can be defined as the presence of foreign substances in the air that do not ...
    Outlook for HVAC HMI systems
    Automotive manufacturers across the globe are investing ever increasing amounts of time, effort and money in order to make the interiors of their vehicles better. Vehicle owners are spending longer durations in their cars than ever before in history, particularly due to longer commute times. Studies...
    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...
    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...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    Introduction According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, traffic accidents were responsible for 1.35 million deaths each year and are the 8th leading cause of death among people of all ages. While technological advancements in safety systems have reduc...
    The challenges EV start-ups are facing
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) totaled more than 2 million units in 2018, a 63% increase from the previous year, according to the IEA’s Global EV Outlook 2019. PEVs accounted for 2% of global light-vehicle sales in 2018, which is a quantum jump from 0.3% in 2015. If recent announcements ...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    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...
    Fuel cell EV sales and attempts to spur growth in the market
    Introduction A hydrogen fuel cell can be likened to a battery that uses an electrochemical reaction to convert the chemical energy of hydrogen (fuel) and oxygen (oxidizing agent) to generate electricity. However, unlike conventional automotive batteries that store energy and must be recharged, an...
    2018 Global plug-in electric vehicle index
    Overview 2018 was a year of sustained growth for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). OEMs around the world exhibited an increased commitment towards improving their uptake, with global PEV market share increasing from 1.4% in 2017 to 2.2% in 2018 . This is backed by a 55% increase in PEV production...
    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 ...
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    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...
    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...
    How does Infineon's acquisition of Cypress benefit their automotive business?
    Given the recent announcement of Infineon’s acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor, IHS Markit explored what this represents and what are the benefits to Infineon’s automotive business. In terms of product portfolio what does Infineon get from Cypress? Flash, especially NOR Flash, and SRA...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Sustainable acquisition of e-motor materials, supply chain implications
    Automakers have come under tight scrutiny in the aftermath of the Diesel Emissions Affair. Governments around the world are increasingly introducing and enforcing stringent policies and federal emission targets, which OEMs must achieve to sustain their operations. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehi...
    EU General Safety Regulation 2019
    Introduction In May 2018, the European Commission introduced a new regulation to enhance safety standards for passenger and commercial vehicles. The proposed regulation was part of the European Commission’s third “Europe on the Move” package launched in May 2018. The revised General Safety ...
    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 ...
    Vehicle electrification to spur robust market for electrification-related sensors
    With hybrid and electric vehicles finally making significant headway among consumers, sensors related to system electrification are on a fast track to solid market expansion, according to a new IHS Markit report on passenger-car-related electrification sensors. Global revenue for vehicle-electrif...
    From infotainment consolidation to domain fusion and vehicle functions in the cloud
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Connected Gateways Market – A Review of The Current Situation
    Automobiles used to be very simple, with electrics covering all but the basics with lighting and ignition. Over time, and with the development of integrated circuitry, electronics entered the vehicle with single wires being used as control lines between switches and actuators. Modern vehicles featur...
    HD Maps – Competitive Landscape
    Introduction Technology companies are taking their mapping and localization efforts to the next level to support the growing development of autonomous driving technologies. This has resulted in the integration of next-generation maps, known as HD maps, into semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. HD...
    A look into the technology and supply chain of the global automotive thermostatic expansion valve sector
    For quite some time now, effective cabin temperature control has been right up there with premium cabin materials and multimedia features, along with ergonomic and comfortable seating, as one of the cornerstones of passenger cabin experience. OEMs have not only obliged but have taken it up a notch ...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
    The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could...
    High-definition Maps
    Introduction Since the introduction of Honda’s Electro Gyro-Cator navigation unit in 1981, automotive navigation systems have come a long way. In-vehicle navigation has become ubiquitous in modern day cars, enabling consumers to seamlessly navigate from one place to other, along with other feat...
    Coupled air conditioning hose and tube system – a look into the technology and market dynamics of the component.
    As light vehicle cabins have become more sophisticated, advanced, and comfort-oriented over the years, driven by increasing customer expectations, automotive air conditioning systems have transitioned from an optional comfort feature in the earlier years to a necessity in today’s competitive autom...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    Can EVs sell and thrive in US state Michigan?
    Introduction Even as an increasing number of US states are transitioning towards alternative propulsion by adhering to the zero-emission zone (ZEV) mandate initiated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the majority of Michigan’s auto industry still revolves around the traditional inte...
    Electrically heated catalyst
    The implementation of Real Driving Emission regulation on 1 September 2017 has tightened NOx emission regulation for vehicles with diesel powertrains registered from 1 September 2019. Moreover, new vehicles produced from January 2021 will need to adhere to Euro 6d norms. It states that if NOx confor...
    Natural fibers and hemp usage in automotive
    Natural fibers derived from plant stalks or leaves have long been used for industrial purposes especially in the textile and medicine industry. However, plant fibers have been finding other important functions such as being used as matrix components for composites for the construction industry. The ...
    Automotive Ethernet Congress recap from Munich
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich is an important and quite technical event for experts in vehicle networking that want to be informed about the latest developments and meet other industry leaders. The congress welcomed not only European visitors but also a significant number of Asian ...
    Automotive Cabin Comfort – The rising application of seat thermal management
    In automotive design, passenger comfort is a central element along with the other performance and efficiency parameters. Manufacturers invest a lot of resources to ensure the highest degree of ambiance, ergonomics, and user experience for the occupants. Extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperature...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
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