Automotive Supply Side

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

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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SABIC Offers Soft Touch for More Cost-Friendly Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2018 at 4:46 PM

One of the challenges faced by global OEMs is to provide soft-touch surfaces on interior trim panels.

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Steve Miller on Suppliers, OEMs & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 07, 2018 at 6:40 AM

Steve Miller says that when he began his career at the auto industry at Ford back in the late ‘60s, he and his colleagues on the finance staff in the Glass House would perform product analyses, looking at everything from product attributes to price to sales.

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Autonomy Picks Up Speed

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM

The latest generation of the ProAI unit from ZF for autonomous vehicle technology is capable of processing inputs from multiple cameras, LiDAR and radar, as well as “paint” a 360-degree view around a vehicle, locate it on an HD map, and calculate a safe path through traffic, in no small part because it deploys the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier, which is a processor that is capable of performing 30 deep-learning trillions of operations per section.

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Dealing with Hacking

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 05, 2018 at 6:33 AM

A key concern for both potential riders and system providers in and of autonomous vehicles is hacking: for the former, who hasn’t seen a movie during which the locks on the door engage and the vehicle takes off endangering the hero; for the latter, when there are recalls because of faulty latches, can you imagine the ramifications of a hacked vehicle?

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Aptiv & Lyft: Autonomous Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2018 at 3:03 PM

At next week’s CES in Las Vegas—the preeminent electronics show—there will be games and drones and virtual reality and digital health products and entertainment devices and. . .autonomous vehicles.

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A Note About Wrangler Tires

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Since conducting the interviews for the Jeep Wrangler (here), we’ve learned that the tires offered on the Wrangler are Goodyear. . .Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar.

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