Automotive Electronics

Cars were once predominately valued in steel, glass, rubber, and aluminum. Now it’s silicon. Electronics developments drive the vehicles of today and tomorrow.

Lincoln Navigator’s Digital Direction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2018 at 6:21 AM

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator—the 2018 North American International Truck of the Year—features a 12-inch configurable gauge cluster.

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2017 Mazda6 I Grand Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Admittedly, people are now buying more vehicles in the crossover category than in the car class.

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Kona, Powertrains and Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Hyundai Motor America is launching a B-segment crossover in the U.S., and John Juriga, Director of Powertrain, Hyundai-Kia Technical Center, talks about it on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Juriga points out that the Kona is based on an all-new platform and slots in the company’s CUV lineup below the Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

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100-million Units and Still Going Strong

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2018 at 5:59 AM

In 1995, Java 1.0 was released, Internet Explorer 1.0 was introduced, and Intel brought out the Pentium Pro.

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2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2018 at 6:05 AM

The thing about the 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport: The head of a valet service at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve said to me as his associate handed me back the key fob (a hefty object, speaking to the fact that this is a substantial vehicle), “We don’t see many of these.” A couple days later, a locksmith in downtown Plymouth, who was making some keys for autofieldblog HQ (yes, there are still independent locksmiths that make keys for doors) looked out his window and said to me, “What’s that?” Neither of these probably make the people at Genesis all that happy, but in both cases the tone of voice indicated admiration, if not full-on interest.

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CES and NAIAS: Clash of the Titans

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2018 at 6:22 AM

At the 2018 CES, among the automotive-related products shown were The Kia Niro EV concept. (Look closely at the message on the center of the grille.) Although this is but a concept, Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

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Tech Watch/Feb. 2018

By: Scott Anderson - January 25, 2018 at 1:36 PM

The Coming EV Boom; Testing 3D Printing Close Up; A New LiDAR Entrant; Sensing Human Heartbeats Inside the Car

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Byton: Electric, Level 3 and Conceptual—For Now

January 25, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Byton electric vehicle will have Level 3 autonomous capabilities at launch in 2019 and then will be able to have Level 4 integrated about a year later.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2018 at 6:16 AM

When I was growing up, my dad always bought sedans.

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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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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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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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