This zone covers the products—from spark plugs to transmissions—developed by automotive suppliers.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 13, 2016 at 5:11 AM
As the pursuit of greater fuel efficiency, whether it’s for achieving miles-per-gallon increases or carbon dioxide emissions decreases, continues with seeming increased vigor, it seems as though “energy on demand” is something of a mantra, whether this means providing energy to throttle response or simply to provide what’s needed to actuate something only when needed.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 11, 2015 at 5:29 AM
Although tire development is part of new vehicle development—after all, the ride and handling of any vehicle is going to be significantly affected by that singular patch on the road surface (OK, there are four such patches, but you know what I mean)—generally an OEM talks about as much about its tire supplier as it does its seat supplier (and the tire supplier at least has the advantage of having its name visible on the product, while the typical seat supplier is effectively transparent). So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see this: Yes, that’s right, Michelin Bib in the company of a Ford Shelby.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 21, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Although the auto industry in Finland isn’t exactly large, Valmet Automotive has long been a specialty manufacturer hired by companies including the former-Fisker to build the Karma and the still-existing Mercedes to build the A-Class.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 23, 2015 at 5:13 AM
This is the Peugeot FRACTAL, a concept car: What’s interesting to note about the vehicle—an electric-powered coupe—is that the greatest emphasis on this vehicle has less to do with the exterior design and execution and more to do with the fact that Peugeot’s StelLab research organization worked with FOCAL, a French sound system company, and Brazilian sound designer Amon Tobin to come up with an audio system that is said to make “driving more instinctive by enriching information through the use of acoustics.” There is also a heads-up display, so presumably there is a need for information that isn’t coming through one of the thirteen speakers (including bass systems that are built into the seats to provide tactile inputs to one’s posterior—SubPac, a U.S. start-up, developed the tactic bass system that has the sound waves travel though the seating material rather than through the air, so they reach the listener’s ear via the body rather than from the normal channels). That said, there are other aspects of the FRACTAL that are of note, like the use of 3D printing to produce much—on the order of 80%--of the interior trim surface, a considerable portion of which, as those who have ever gone into a sound lab, will recognize as anechoic in nature.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2015 at 6:06 AM
While people attending the 85th Geneva Motor Show are, for obvious reasons, distracted by things like the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman and the McLaren P1 GTR, from a design and engineering perspective there were two other introductions—of concepts—at the show that are conceptually more startling than even the Lexus LF-SA: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company showed two tires, the BHO3 and the Triple Tube.