Automotive Materials

Carbon Fiber and Recycling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM

One of the key drivers for the use of carbon fiber composites is that the materials are both strong and light.

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Automotive Design

Toyota Highlander Alluding Through Illusion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2019 at 1:10 PM

Nowadays it isn’t enough to have an all-new vehicle under a sheet at an auto show and at the appropriate moment—hey presto!—there it is, the new whatever.

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Autonomous Vehicle for the Factory

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2019 at 6:49 AM

Although this may not seem like much, it is actually an advanced, sensor-equipped, artificial intelligence running. . . autonomous vehicle (AV): However, this development, the MiR1000 is designed for use in factories, not on limited-access highways.

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Automotive Electronics

About Blackmore and Its Approach to Lidar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2019 at 3:56 PM

Stephen Crouch spent some time at Delphi in the earlier part of this decade (pre-spinning off of the company now known as “Aptiv”) as a radar systems engineer where he worked on such things as signal processing algorithms.

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Automotive Electronics

Tesla, China and Sandy Munro

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2019 at 6:41 AM

Last week, in explaining its Q1 performance, Tesla indicated: “Deliveries were approximately 63,000 vehicles, which was 110% more than the same quarter last year, but 31% less than last quarter.

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Automotive Engineering

Toyota Opens Electrification Patents: What of the Daily 3?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2019 at 9:02 AM

One of the things that Toyota did when developing the Prius—and realize that the vehicle was first available in 1997 so this is something that has been going on a long time (remember: part of Toyota is the “continuous improvement” mindset)—was to do as much in-house as possible in developing the technology.

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Automotive Design

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By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2019 at 7:16 AM

Given the fact that you are reading this on your phone, computer or tablet, and given that there is a seemingly endless array of things that you can be reading related to the auto industry on those devices at this very moment, you’re possibly unaware of the fact that AD+P actually publishes an ink-on-paper magazine, something that is becoming increasingly rare in this day and age. 

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Automotive Production

Porsche and Schuler Partner in Press Shop

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2019 at 6:04 AM

While many automotive companies consider their suppliers of production equipment as, well, suppliers, sometimes referred to as “partners,” albeit partners that might incur a very serious financial penalty should the equipment they’ve provided cause downtime, Porsche and stamping equipment supplier Schuler AG have entered into a joint venture.

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Automotive Production

Tomorrow is Jeep 4x4 Day: Pre-Order a Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2019 at 9:18 AM

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which is yet to be rolling on the side of a mountain near (or far from) you, is manufactured in Toledo, Ohio.

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Automotive Electronics

Velodyne Passes 30,000 Lidar Systems

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2019 at 6:41 AM

Velodyne’s founder and CEO David Hall is credited with inventing, in 2005, real-time, surround-view lidar.

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Volkswagen, Amazon and Siemens

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2019 at 6:39 AM

Amazon is increasing its penetration into the auto industry not just through things like Alexa and its multi-million-dollar investment in EV developer Rivian, but also with its Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will be used for its “Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,” which will combine the data from all of the machinery and equipment in the company’s 122 facilities. 

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Automotive Design

Stratasys and Pantone Achieving Design Intent

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Stratasys has signed an agreement with Pantone such that the company’s J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D printers are endorsed by Pantone as meeting the PANTONE Validated standards.

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