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.

Orange Is the New Tube

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Shown here are an array of products from a Swiss company, HUBER + SUHNER, a manufacturer of a variety of cables and systems for applications including electric vehicles.

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2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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Another Major Autonomous Venture Announced Today

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It’s called “MONET Technologies Corporation” and it is a joint venture company that is focused on “new mobility services,” a.k.a., “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS), services that will be initially rolled out in Japan starting in the next decade, including autonomous services.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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VW Big on the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2018 at 6:08 AM

By 2022, according to Volkswagen Group, the company will have spent some 34-billion euro on developing capabilities and products for the future of transportation—which surely indicates that the future is only a few years from now.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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ZF and the Development of Tech for Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 10, 2018 at 8:35 AM

As executive vp with global operational responsibility for the Global Electronics business and Occupant Safety Systems businesses within the ZF Active and Passive Safety Technology division of the ZF Group, Christophe Marnat has his proverbial plate full, especially nowadays when there are burgeoning efforts on behalf of OEMs and suppliers like ZF to develop the technologies that are related to ADAS, all the way to the point of providing Level 4 or Level 5 technology.

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Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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SAE and Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Autonomous driving is one of those things that everyone has an opinion about but with which they have little first-hand experience.

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Ever-Evolving Automotive Electronics

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - August 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Revolution or evolution? Whether in terms of electrical architecture or electronic capability, it all depends on your perspective.

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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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