Automotive Supply Side

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

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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The ACE “Autoline After Hours”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 06, 2017 at 5:36 AM

Autonomous. Connected. Electrified. ACE. Those subjects were largely the basis of conversation on the latest edition of “Autoline After Hours.”

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Autonomy + Mobility Awards: Hot, Hot, Hot

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Give or take a few degrees, the temperature on the surface of the Sun is 9,940°F.

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Magna, Polestar and More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 23, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Magna is an automotive supplier. But it is a Tier One supplier unlike many others.

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Autoliv, Autonomy and Age

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2017 at 6:42 AM

One of the aspects of autonomous driving that gets far less attention than it probably should is the impact on the Baby Boomers, as in the fact that they are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day in the U.S. and will continue to do so until 2030 when they have all passed that milestone.

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Innoviz Gets Even More Tier One Support

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2017 at 5:45 AM

Consider this: a company that was founded in January 2016 by former members of the Israeli Defense Forces has, within the matter of a couple of weeks, made agreements with two of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

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ZF and Hella Partnering for Advancing Technology

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM

In an effort to advance autonomous and assisted driving technologies, two major automotive suppliers—ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.--have established a strategic partnership, with ZF bringing systems know-how (as well as driveline and safety technologies and an entire ecosystem of other partners it is organizing toward this end.

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Back Seat Talker

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2017 at 6:43 AM

Drivers have been talking to cars for a number of years now.

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Economy Comes to Carbon Fiber Parts (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Have economies of scale come to the production of automotive parts with carbon fiber materials?

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