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.

Autonomous Driving Where It Is Really Wintery

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Last week, the American Center for Mobility—a test facility for automated driving located on 500 acres in Ypsilanti Twsp., Michigan, that includes a 2.5-mile highway loop, a 700-foot curved tunnel, two double overpasses, intersections and roundabouts—opened, with Visteon Corp. being the first company to conduct testing.

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Conti Goes Keyless

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 15, 2017 at 6:15 AM

“In the evolving world of shared mobility, smartphones are fast becoming the gateway to on-demand services.” That’s Ralf Lenninger, head of intelligent transportation systems business unit, Continental.

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Will China Lead in EVs?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 14, 2017 at 6:25 AM

“China is at the forefront of the automotive transformation due to its large and growing car market.

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2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

No matter how you look at it, a minivan is a family vehicle.

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2018 Ford Mustang: Need We Say More?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2017 at 6:23 AM

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Inside Story

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 6:40 AM

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee came out, there were some of the Jeep faithful that had a hard time believing their eyes, as here was a vehicle that looked exceedingly avant garde, even though it was still a Jeep.

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Tenneco’s Digital Damper

November 29, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Although dampers have historically been based on a fluid or gas, this being the 21st century, Tenneco (tenneco.com), which offers a variety of shock absorbers and struts through its Monroe brand (which, speaking of centuries, celebrated its centennial last year), has developed a digital damper, DRiV.

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Lincoln Launches the Nautilus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Lincoln is vigorously changing the offerings in its showroom both through launching all-new vehicles like the 2018 Navigator and by doing extensive refreshes of existing products, most recently with the forthcoming 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a five-passenger midsize SUV, formerly known as the Lincoln MKX.

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2018 Kio Rio EX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. is $57,617.

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Volvo and Uber Strike Deal for Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Volvo—the gutsiest car company on the planet (which other OEM has come out and said that they are working to eliminate serious injury or deaths in its new vehicles by 2020?)—is likely to become the most autonomous-tech related vehicle provider in the world as it has announced a framework agreement with Uber under which it will sell “tens of thousands of autonomous driving compactible vehicles [to Uber] between 2019 and 2021.” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and chief executive, stated, “The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption.

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CUVs and a Celebration

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2017 at 6:11 AM

Presently, Hyundai has two crossover models on the U.S. market, the Tucson and the Santa Fe (with this vehicle coming in two- and three row versions, with the former being named the “Santa Fe Sport,” so it could be argued that it has 2.5 models on the market). But last week Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America, announced that the company is going to not only multiply the number of CUVs it will offer, but provide a range of powertrain types, as well.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2017 at 5:42 AM

A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

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