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.

Toyota Commits Big to DSRC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Toyota has announced a major move toward increased safety for its Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles, as Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America announced that starting in 2021 it will begin deploying Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems in its vehicles.

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Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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Emergency Calling Becomes Required in the EU

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2018 at 6:28 AM

Automatic emergency calling functionality—“eCall”—becomes mandatory for all new cars and light commercial vehicles next Saturday (March 31) in the European Union.

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TourX: That’s a Buick?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 26, 2018 at 6:20 AM

One of the best, most stylish vehicles available in the U.S. market last year was the Buick Regal.

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BMW and Toyota and FMCW Lidar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM

This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.

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Ford Amps Up Fusion for 2019

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM

In 2017, according to its own figures, Ford sold 209,623 Fusions in the U.S.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD

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

The Kia Stinger was a finalist for the 2018 North American International Car of the Year Awards.

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Renault’s New Motor

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Typically when an automaker announces the development of a new powertrain for a production vehicle, the words downsized and turbocharged are near the top of the announcement because that’s the way things have been going of late.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Some Things to Know

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Design, materials, powertrain and manufacturing details about what is arguably the quintessential vehicle in the Jeep lineup.

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The Steering Wheel Goes Semi-Autonomous

March 02, 2018 at 12:45 PM

ZF has developed a new concept steering wheel for Level 3 automation.

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