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.

Networking Vehicular Electronics Gets an Assist

By: Lawrence S. Gould - August 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A new SAE J1939-based software tool helps design electrical/electronic systems in tomorrow’s commercial heavy-duty vehicles.

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One Future, Three Ways Forward

By: Paul Eichenberg - August 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The traditional automotive suppliers have three options open to them—consolidate in manufacturing, diversify into electronics or diversify into software—and they must pick one soon.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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Realizing Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 24, 2018 at 5:16 AM

The auto industry is at a place the likes of which it hasn’t been for about 100 years.  It's a place where technological forces are transforming what has largely been a mechanical paradigm to one wherein sensors and algorithms are essential.

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More Hybrid Buses for Quebec

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 21, 2018 at 6:55 AM

As anyone who has driven a hybrid vehicle knows, there is better fuel efficiency achieved in stop-and-go traffic, as those conditions allow the vehicle’s battery to capture power during regenerative braking, which is then redeployed to propel the vehicle.

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DeepMap and Creating Maps for the Autonomous Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 14, 2018 at 9:17 AM

When you think of developing maps for automated vehicles, you might think along the lines of something that you see on your phone, on a screen centered in your IP or something from Garmin.

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2018 Mazda6 Signature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2018 at 6:38 AM

When the 2014 Mazda6 was launched, the company proclaimed, “Design ingenuity is mysteriously absent among non-luxury mid-size sedans.

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Hyundai Mobis Doubles Up for Autonomous Steering

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2018 at 6:06 AM

While there is considerable attention on the development of things like cost-effective and compact LiDAR and camera and optical sensors for autonomous driving, there are some other portions of a vehicle that need to be addressed for safe, reliable driving with no hands, like the steering system.

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Rimac C_2 Tour de Force

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2018 at 6:35 AM

The high-performance Genovation GXE got us to thinking about other cars with what can be described only as exotic technology and brought to mind the Rimac C_2 which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this year by Rimic Automobili, which is located in Croatia.

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Hydrogen, Autonomous Vehicles and a Whole Lot More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 06, 2018 at 6:52 AM

During the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) in Traverse City last week there were a number of presentations about electrified vehicles.

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Honda Pursues a Better Environment

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 03, 2018 at 6:52 AM

While executives generally talk about planning horizons of a quarter of two, listen to Steve Center, vice president, Connected and Environmental Business Development for American Honda: “In the next 1,000 years, we need an environment that is hospitable.” And it seems that so far as Honda is concerned, there is no better time to start dealing with this long future than right now, so Honda is undertaking a program that is predicated on reducing emissions from its vehicles, as well as from its manufacturing operations.

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