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 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE w/4Motion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

When you live in southeastern Michigan, there is something that has the wallpaper effect: it is there but you really don’t notice it.

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Cadillac Super Cruise Explained

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 11, 2018 at 6:26 AM

Although there is a lot of talk about “autonomy” and “hands-free driving,” when you get right down to it, there is more verbiage than there is reality.

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NXP Takes on Echo, Echo, Echo…

June 07, 2018 at 9:17 AM

Hands-free calling is safer than using a hand that belongs on the steering wheel to hold a phone (and in many locales, it is the only legal way to be involved in telephony while driving), but there is often a drawback, a variant of feedback: echoes.

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Designing the 2019 Ram 1500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
 

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Tech Watch: Fabric That Feels You

By: Scott Anderson - June 05, 2018 at 1:57 PM

BeBop makes sensors for automotive occupant classification systems (OCS), which estimate the weight of passengers to deploy an airbag accordingly.

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Tech Watch: Denso’s Nocturnal Sensor

By: Scott Anderson - June 05, 2018 at 11:02 AM

Denso's vision sensor is nocturnal—seeing pedestrians, cyclists, road signs and driving markers under the cover of darkness. 

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VW Training Engineers for EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Last week, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, Volkswagen, said, “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world.

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Of Engines and Brakes and Even More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 04, 2018 at 6:09 AM

You’ve heard a lot about 48-volt systems for vehicles.

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“Beyond Petroleum”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2018 at 6:44 AM

The company now known as “BP” goes back to 1901 when British entrepreneur William Knox D’Arcy obtained a 60-year concession to search for oil and gas in Persia.

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German Project to Examine Auto Cybersecurity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 26, 2018 at 6:37 AM

At the recent annual general meeting of Volkswagen Group, the company’s CEO Dr.

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2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2018 at 6:49 AM

As you may recall from a class that you once took once upon a time, argumentum ad populum is the fallacy that has it that because a lot of people have done or think something, it must be right or good.

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Hyundai Mobis Amplifying Radar Capabilities

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2018 at 8:38 AM

If you look carefully at the photo below, you’ll notice that the gentleman is (1) looking out the side window, (2) has at least one hand off the wheel, (3) traveling in a moving car (note the spin of the front wheel), and (4) reading a book that appears to be titled Digital Control Systems: Which is probably a useful text because the man is probably one of the engineers—there are 600 now, going to 1,000—who works in R&D for supplier Hyundai Mobis, which has announced that it is committed to developing sensors—primarily radar systems—for autonomous driving.

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