Automotive Supply Side

This zone covers the products—from spark plugs to transmissions—developed by automotive suppliers.

ZF Gets Big Orders for Innovative Transmission

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

This eight-speed was designed from the start with electrification in mind

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Bosch Locates AVs with Precision

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2019 at 6:56 AM

It goes without saying that an autonomous vehicle really needs to “know” where it is at any given time during its travels.

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Tires Can Advance Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 04, 2019 at 1:57 PM

Say a few years from now you’re riding in an autonomous vehicle and it gets a flat. Are you going to change it?

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Yanfeng Driving Tech Advances

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 03, 2019 at 6:20 AM

Traditionally, the auto industry has been slow to change. The reason, of course, is that OEMs want to make sure that whatever changes are made are, in effect, bullet-proof.

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About Blackmore and Its Approach to Lidar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2019 at 3:56 PM

Stephen Crouch spent some time at Delphi in the earlier part of this decade (pre-spinning off of the company now known as “Aptiv”) as a radar systems engineer where he worked on such things as signal processing algorithms.

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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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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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OSRAM and Continental Launch JV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2018 at 12:42 PM

As vehicle lighting has been taking on a great level of aesthetic importance over the past several years—thanks, arguably, in large part to Audi, which introduced LED lights on the R8—there is a growing technical importance to them, as well, which has led to the launch of a new joint-venture firm, OSRAM Continental GmbH, which officially went into operation today.

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Graphene for Better Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Promethient has developed a solid-state heating and cooling technology that it has named “Thermavance,” which makes use of graphene. This is a setup that is specifically for seats in everything from automobiles to golf cars, a heating and cooling system that is directly below the seating material and effectively works as a heat pump.

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Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

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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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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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