Automotive Supply Side

This zone covers the products—from spark plugs to transmissions—developed by automotive suppliers.

Peak ICE?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 13, 2017 at 6:05 AM

According to Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Div., North America, Continental, looking ahead, “The future of individual mobility is electric.” Meaning, the electrification of powertrains will not only continue, but accelerate.

Audi & NVIDIA Go Deeper

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2017 at 10:25 AM

NVIDIA, the tech company that transformed powerful, compact computing with its graphical processing units (GPUs) that lead to systems-on-a-chip (SOC)*, and Audi, the car company that transformed what was the state of the art of automotive interiors (and which has been using NVIDIA tech in its vehicles for navigation displays, for example, which enhances the look of the interiors of its cars and crossovers), jointly announced last night at a keynote at CES 2017 that they’re going to be working together to advance artificial applications to address autonomous driving capabilities.

ZF in the Oasis

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 30, 2016 at 6:57 AM

What you’re looking at is the “Intelligent Rolling Chassis” ZF has developed for the Rinspeed Oasis, a concept vehicle.

Autoliv’s Approach to Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2016 at 7:11 AM

Autoliv, the Swedish safety systems supplier, is launching a Volvo-based “learning platform,” a learning platform that the company hopes will bring it to the development of autonomous driving capability.

Engineering the Colorado ZR2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 20, 2016 at 6:06 AM

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Audi Launching Laser Lights

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Audi, which arguably revolutionized automotive lighting in 2004, when it brought out the A8 L W12 with LED daytime running lights, will be undoubtedly have other OEMs chasing it again as it is supplementing the LED headlights* on an exclusive edition of the R8 with laser high-beam modules.

Driving Cleaner, Smoother & With No Hands

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 24, 2016 at 5:58 AM

While there seems to be an inevitable drive toward powertrains that are powered by batteries or hydrogen, Tim Jackson is confident that the internal combustion engine has a long run ahead of it, and not just because the installed base is so massive.

48-volt Is On Its Way

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2016 at 5:51 AM

If you have any question about the almost certain inevitability of 48-volt electrical architecture in vehicles to facilitate the creation of mild hybrids for fuel economy and the utilization of electric superchargers for improved performance, then the number of companies that are pursuing these technologies ought to be an answer.