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.

BMW Is Electrified By Its Results

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2017 at 6:32 AM

When a car company puts a headline on its press release covering its global sales for the first three quarters of 2017 and touts the fact that it has sold a lot of electrified vehicles, you know that when you get a little deeper things aren’t particular great.

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2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 18, 2017 at 6:08 AM

It is about the design.

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Driving the Mail—Autonomously

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The U.S. Postal Service is working with the University of Michigan on developing what’s being called an “Autonomous Rural Delivery Vehicle.”

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The Business of Auto and Other Issues

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 16, 2017 at 5:59 AM

Wall Street is enamored of tech companies and even though auto companies, certainly for the past few years, have been as technological as any companies in Silicon Valley or anywhere else, their stocks have been, many think, undervalued, simply because they are perceived as being a part of the “old economy.” But Bloomberg’s Keith Naughton points out on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” that U.S. auto stocks are, for the most part, “back in fashion.” He notes that so far this year GM is up 28 percent, Fiat Chrysler up 95 percent and Ford just 1.2 percent.

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Toyota’s Fuel Cell Semi

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 13, 2017 at 6:14 AM

While the wait continues for Elon Musk to unveil the prototype of an electric semi (it was supposed to be shown on October 26, but that has been reportedly pushed back to November 16—for now), Toyota has announced that its hydrogen-powered class 8 semi-truck has completed 4,000 development miles and will go to work on October 23, moving goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach terminals to warehouses and rail yards.

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Autoliv, Autonomy and Age

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2017 at 6:42 AM

One of the aspects of autonomous driving that gets far less attention than it probably should is the impact on the Baby Boomers, as in the fact that they are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day in the U.S. and will continue to do so until 2030 when they have all passed that milestone.

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Tech Watch - Oct. '17

By: Scott Anderson - October 11, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Investing Big in LiDAR (Again) The race is on for next generation LiDAR technology that will be the foundation of autonomous driving and big investors are making chase.

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Tiguans, Autonomous Vehicles & More About EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 02, 2017 at 9:04 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the German company’s second generation of the compact crossover.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Club RF

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 29, 2017 at 6:30 AM

The Mazda slogan “Driving Matters” pretty much sums up the 2017 MX-5 Miata Club RF.

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The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2017 at 6:27 AM

The 2017 MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 in its standard form is not a car for everyone.

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Electric Vehicles in America

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Last week Nissan globally unveiled the all-new second-generation LEAF.

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Watson Meets the Beetle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Nothing kicks an OEM into gear like a crisis.

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