Automotive Engineering

Magna Manufacturing the Mercedes G-Class

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 19, 2018 at 6:48 AM

This is a 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the first year the model appeared with its Schwarzeneggerian robustness, which happens to be incased in a block of amber-colored resin:   Unlike the insects that are sometimes found encased in actual amber, objects that you can hold in your hand, this object measures 5.50 meters long, 2.55 meters wide and 3.10 meters high.

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Automotive Electronics

Electric and Electrified

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Volvo Cars announced last July that starting in 2019 every car that it produces will have an electric motor.

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Automotive Design

Adient: Lighten Up and Fly

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Seating supplier Adient is assiduously working to reduce the weight of seats.

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Automotive Engineering

2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Winners

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 5:16 AM

The 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards were presented this week to a trio of vehicles deemed by more than 60 journalist jurors from the US. and Canada (full disclosure: I am a juror) to be best in their respective classes, three vehicles that each went up against two other finalists in the category.

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Automotive Supply Side

Autonomy Picks Up Speed

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM

The latest generation of the ProAI unit from ZF for autonomous vehicle technology is capable of processing inputs from multiple cameras, LiDAR and radar, as well as “paint” a 360-degree view around a vehicle, locate it on an HD map, and calculate a safe path through traffic, in no small part because it deploys the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, which is a processor that is capable of performing 30 deep-learning trillions of operations per section.

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Automotive Production

A Few Comments About Tesla Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 15, 2018 at 6:50 AM

On February 7, Elon Musk, Tesla chairman and CEO, and Deepak Ahuja, chief financial officer, released the Tesla Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2017 Update letter to investors.

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Automotive Electronics

Sales, Autonomy & the Changing Business Model

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 15, 2018 at 6:22 AM

IHS Markit has come out with its prediction for global light vehicle sales for 2018, which it forecasts to be 95.9-million units.

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Automotive Engineering

Kia To Launch the Gen 3 Forte

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 12, 2018 at 6:54 AM

“Everybody knows” that sedans are dead, that crossovers are everything.

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Automotive Powertrain

Is This smart?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM

The Mall of America has 12,287 parking spaces, which are based in two seven-story ramps and two surface lots.

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Automotive Electronics

Your Car Keeping an Eye On You

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2018 at 9:23 AM

“For the first time ever, we’re closing the loop on human behavior understanding through vision AI,” says Modar Alaoui, founder and CEO of Eyeris, a company that has developed technology for face analytics and emotion recognition, which has now extended that to body tracking and action and activity recognition.

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Automotive Design

Toyota’s e-Commerce/Mobility Platform

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 9:21 PM

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES today that his goal is to transform Toyota from being a car company to becoming a mobility company.

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Automotive Design

Engineering Crossovers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 6:11 AM

According to Autodata, for 2017, the number of cars of all shapes and price points sold in the U.S. was 6,332,925.

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