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.

Engineering the 2020 Cadillac XT6

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 18, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Cadillac currently has three non-car vehicles in its lineup, the imposing and possibly venerable Escalade, the XT5, which started its existence as the SRX and is now crushing it in the market, and the most recent, the compact XT4, which is in a sweet spot for those looking to get into the premium portion of the market.

Read More

Another Reason to Be Nervous About Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.

Read More

2019 Kia K900

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 7:44 AM

In the luxury vehicle space, the use of nouns, by and large, has been replaced by alphanumerics.

Read More

What Is the Future of Powertrains?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 11, 2019 at 6:59 AM

There were massive reverberations late last year when it was reported that Volkswagen plans to develop no new internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms after 2026.

Read More

Ready Driver One

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 6:38 AM

Researchers at the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are undertaking an investigation to determine whether it is possible to utilize “instantaneous crowdsourcing” which could be used in autonomous vehicles to deal with the edge cases that might be encountered.

Read More

2019 Lexus UX F SPORT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 6:58 AM

If you write something with a program like Word you have the opportunity of having it check your document for spelling errors and allow you to fix them if they really are erroneous (it always wants to change CAFE into something that has to do with dining rather than fuel efficiency metrics, so be careful), as well as provide you with advice vis-à-vis your grammar.

Read More

What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

Read More

TPM Comes to Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 28, 2019 at 3:51 PM

If you are reading this on a contemporary computer running Windows 10, there is a TPM running—a Trusted Platform Module—which is, according to Microsoft a “secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations.” At its most basic it is a means by which there are “keys” that allow digital access.

Read More

Volvo Trucks: Autonomous Transport as a Service

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

One of the trends that is expected to occur as a result of autonomous vehicle development is that OEMs will not just be equipment providers, but service providers, as well.

Read More

North American International Auto Show from the Inside

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Although the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that’s going on in Detroit right now will be the last held in January, and although there was a lot of pre-show news generated about the absence of such brands as Mercedes and BMW, just to name two of those that decided to forego exhibiting, the 2019 NAIAS wasn’t without some notable introductions.

Read More

Kia Considers Gestures

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 14, 2019 at 6:18 AM

As fans of Mandrake the Magician will recall, he had the ability to “gesture hypnotically” and make things happen.

Read More

HERE Is Some Revenue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 09, 2019 at 6:52 AM

With the drive toward more technology in vehicles that must be kept up at a consumer electronics freshness pace, not the classic “let’s wait until the midcycle refresh” one, OEMs are faced with a variety of challenges, not the least of which is a financial one: How can they generate some revenue from tech?

Read More