Automotive Design

Taylor: From Rolls to FAW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2018 at 6:29 AM

FAW is a Chinese state-owned vehicle manufacturer that’s headquartered in Changchun, which is about 600 miles northeast of Beijing.

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Automotive Supply Side

ZF and the Development of Tech for Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 10, 2018 at 8:35 AM

As executive vp with global operational responsibility for the Global Electronics business and Occupant Safety Systems businesses within the ZF Active and Passive Safety Technology division of the ZF Group, Christophe Marnat has his proverbial plate full, especially nowadays when there are burgeoning efforts on behalf of OEMs and suppliers like ZF to develop the technologies that are related to ADAS, all the way to the point of providing Level 4 or Level 5 technology.

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Sponsored Content

Additive Manufacturing One of Top Emerging Trends to Watch at IMTS 2018

September 07, 2018 at 1:58 PM

The demand for additive technology has grown as more businesses in automotive are using it as a fast and cost-efficient way to produce tooling, fixtures and more. Here’s where to see it in action at IMTS.

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Automotive Materials

Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

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Automotive Materials

Printing a Shock

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.

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Automotive Management

FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

At the end of May, the then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the late Sergio Marchionne, said, on the occasion of the announcement that up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would be added to Waymo’s self-driving fleet, “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic.” Not unlike the situation with regard to electric vehicles, which Marchionne said was a money-loser except, perhaps, at the high end, it seemed that FCA was going to let GM with Cruise Automation and Ford with Argo AI make the huge investments for autonomous technology while it would work with Waymo and arguably let the Silicon Valley company do the heavy lifting.

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Automotive Design

What Do Owners Want: AutoPacific Announces IVAs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the biggest questions that all product planners face is: What do people want?

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Automotive Powertrain

Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Automotive Electronics

SAE and Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Autonomous driving is one of those things that everyone has an opinion about but with which they have little first-hand experience.

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Sponsored Content

Digitalization Takes Center Stage at IMTS 2018

August 31, 2018 at 1:41 PM

More and more businesses are moving toward a more digitally connected manufacturing operation. As a result, digitalization is one of the leading trends to see on display at IMTS 2018.

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Pink Cadillac

August 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM

In 1985 “Freeway of Love” was released by Aretha Franklin; it includes the lyric: “We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac.” Aretha is being laid to rest today in Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located on Woodward Avenue—yes, the Woodward that is the street that had the first traffic signal installed in the U.S.; the same Woodward of the “Dream Cruise;” the same Woodward that so many auto engineers ran quarter-mile tests on back in the day—just south of Eight Mile—yes, that Eight Mile. (photo: Santa Fabio for GM) Aretha encompassed the soul of Detroit in a way that a Hemi under a hood does; the way a Mustang’s growl does; the way that a convertible Cadillac does.

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Pink Cadillac

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM

In 1985 “Freeway of Love” was released by Aretha Franklin; it includes the lyric: “We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love/In my pink Cadillac.” Aretha is being laid to rest today in Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located on Woodward Avenue—yes, the Woodward that is the street that had the first traffic signal installed in the U.S.; the same Woodward of the “Dream Cruise;” the same Woodward that so many auto engineers ran quarter-mile tests on back in the day—just south of Eight Mile—yes, that Eight Mile. 

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