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.

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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2018 Buick Regal GS AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2018 at 6:33 AM

For those who grew up driving sedans, or for those who would like an experience that is unlike what’s provided by things with a high H-point, the Buick Regal GS is an intriguing proposition.

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Honda Launches More Efficient EV Charging

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2018 at 6:24 AM

Honda is testing a program for electric Fit owners that makes charging more cost-efficient, more environmentally appropriate and, perhaps most importantly, allows them to get cash rewards.

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Hot Rods Meet ADAS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 6:37 AM

According to a research study by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, that included input from Ducker Worldwide and the Center for Automotive Research, the electronic content in a new vehicle is greater than 40 percent and the gross margins on some of this content is as high as 60 percent.

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The Genovation GXE: >220 mph and Street Legal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

A 2019 Corvette Grand Sport has a starting price on the order of $66,950. The Genovation GXE, which is predicated on the Corvette Grand Sport, will set you back some $750,000.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 High Country 4WD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 6:30 AM

What Is It? This is a heavy-duty crew-cab pickup that is powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel and a box sized (8-ft) and equipped (spray-on liner; moveable upper tiedowns) to handle the sorts of loads that are all about work and possibly recreation, if building full-size Egyptian pyramids happens to be your hobby.

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Confidence in Autonomous: Car eWallet

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM

While you probably haven’t thought about how fully autonomous cars will pay road or bridge tolls or paying for an electric charge (assuming, of course, that these autonomous cars are fully electrified), ZF has for more than a year now, and in January 2017 showed off its open automotive transaction platform, Car eWallet.

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Can You Drive an EV in the Rain?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Although there is a veritable fleet of electric vehicles coming on the global market within the next few years, it seems that if the results of research in the United Kingdom track in any way with the rest of the world then the OEMs are in for a whole lot of electric vehicles sitting unsold in dealer lots.

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