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.

Your Car Keeping an Eye On You

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2018 at 9:23 AM

“For the first time ever, we’re closing the loop on human behavior understanding through vision AI,” says Modar Alaoui, founder and CEO of Eyeris, a company that has developed technology for face analytics and emotion recognition, which has now extended that to body tracking and action and activity recognition.

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Toyota’s e-Commerce/Mobility Platform

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 9:21 PM

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES today that his goal is to transform Toyota from being a car company to becoming a mobility company.

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Developing the Wicked Stick

January 08, 2018 at 1:49 PM

The Ford Performance Drift Stick was specifically developed for those who like to drift in their vehicles.

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Photodiodes Designed to Detect Rain & Handle Moisture

January 08, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed what they say is the world’s first surface-mount technology (SMT) package for photodiode chips.

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Engineering Crossovers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 6:11 AM

According to Autodata, for 2017, the number of cars of all shapes and price points sold in the U.S. was 6,332,925.

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Dealing with Hacking

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2018 at 6:33 AM

A key concern for both potential riders and system providers in and of autonomous vehicles is hacking: for the former, who hasn’t seen a movie during which the locks on the door engage and the vehicle takes off endangering the hero; for the latter, when there are recalls because of faulty latches, can you imagine the ramifications of a hacked vehicle?

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2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The thing about the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription: this all-new crossover from Sweden is the kind of vehicle that you want to be in when driving in and around Gothenburg, from which it hails, because it has the levels of comfort and capability that put you in good stead, regardless of the weather (although, oddly enough, as I am writing this it is 39 degrees F there and 14 degrees F here in Plymouth and there are several inches of snow on the ground, so don’t imagine that you need to go to Sweden to drive a vehicle that has what is described as “instant traction” all-wheel-drive (a BorgWarner Generation 5 coupling distributes torque as required based on on-going sensor inputs; as much as 50 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels when necessary). One of the things that you probably think about when you think “Volvo” is something that is imminently sensible.

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Aptiv & Lyft: Autonomous Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2018 at 3:03 PM

At next week’s CES in Las Vegas—the preeminent electronics show—there will be games and drones and virtual reality and digital health products and entertainment devices and. . .autonomous vehicles.

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

December 20, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The Acura TLX launched in 2014 as a 2015 model, the successor to the TL.

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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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