What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.

Autonomous Vehicles

5 Teams Plan Robo-Rides at Detroit Auto Show

Five developers of autonomous cars will offer free rides in their robotic vehicles during next year’s Detroit auto show in June.

Intelligent Transportation

Conti, 3M Team on V2I Research

Continental AG and 3M Co. have agreed to work together to develop technologies and protocols to better enable vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.


Robotic Tape System Developed

Masking tape has its genesis in the automotive body shop, back in the 1920s when an employee of 3M watched painters have difficultly removing the paper that they had affixed to vehicles to “mask” portions of the cars from the paint that was being applied.


Audi’s Precision Painting

Audi finishing engineers are deploying overspray-free painting technology in a pilot paint shop at the company’s Ingolstadt facility.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Trade Show Experience

Events like conferences and trade shows are a great way to learn and stay competitive in the automotive industry. Get the most out of your trade show experience by planning ahead. 

Ford Loses Two Silicon Valley Execs

Two high-profile Ford Motor Co. executives—Musa Tarif, Ford’s chief brand officer, and Raj Rao, CEO of Ford Smart Mobility—are leaving the company.


Denso Invests in Ridecell

Denso Corp. has acquired an unspecified stake in Ridecell Inc., a San Francisco-based developer of smartphone apps for mobility services.


“Smart” Traffic Lights and Construction Zones

The state of Michigan is testing several connected-car technologies designed to make driving safer, notes Kirk Steudle, director of the Dept. of Transportation.



Michigan’s Dept. of Transportation has been a leader in testing and evaluating advanced mobility technologies for more than a decade.


RideCell Expands Globally

San Francisco-based RideCell Inc., which develops smartphone apps for mobility services, plans to nearly double its staff to more than 100 people in coming months as it expands to Europe and Asia.


Ford Names Former 3M Exec to Head Mobility Unit

Ford Motor Co. has named Rajendra Rao as CEO of its Smart Mobility unit.


Johnson Matthey to License 3M Technology for EV Batteries

3M Co. has agreed to license its nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode material technology to London-based Johnson Matthey plc to make lithium-ion batteries used in electrified vehicles.

Auto Industry Accounts for 10% of Top 100 Global Innovators

Three carmakers—Honda, Nissan and Toyota—and seven predominately automotive suppliers were included in this year’s Thomson Reuters' list of the top 100 global innovators.


Tesla Inks Deal with Leading Battery Researcher

Jeff Dahn, a professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, has signed a five-year agreement with Tesla Motors Inc. to help the company develop next-generation lithium-ion batteries.


Jeep Debuts Design-It-Yourself Hood Map Decals

Chrysler Group LLC's Jeep unit is offering customers the ability to custom-design a two-tone gray map applique for the hoods of their SUVs.

Ex-Ford Purchasing Chief Joins Tower International Board

Tony Brown, the former head of global purchasing at Ford Motor Co., will join the board of Livonia, Mich.-based Tower International Inc. on April 1.

The Road Not Taken

“Success has many parents; failure is an orphan.”

What’s That on Biffle’s Fusion?

Some of you might have been wondering about that brand name on the hood of Greg Biffle’s NASCAR Ford Fusion last Sunday at the Phoenix race. (c) 2013, Michael L.


CNG Availability and Price Proposition

Although there is a tremendous amount of interest in the electrification of the vehicle—there must be something there, not only because of the tremendous investments being made in the technology (for example, there’s this article in the current issue of the magazine about GM and electrification), but also because of the sturm und drang associated with it (as in the recent Tesla-versus-the-New York Times situation). But some people think that there is a more immediate means by which there can be reduced use of petroleum without wholesale changes to vehicle architectures: compressed natural gas (CNG). As this map from the U.S.


Buick Design Mods to the 2013 Enclave

Updates to the inside and out of the Buick Enclave.

3M Lens Evens Out the Hot Spots in LED Taillights

The 2013 Buick Enclave crossover vehicle debuts a new taillamp lens from 3M that use a hollow "mixing cavity" to produce an evenly lit surface from only a few LEDs.


Electronics: wireless charging, scalable ACU's, and more

In-vehicle wireless charging system; scalable ACUs; lithium-ion battery tech.

Daytona 500: Bondo to the Rescue

Although the finish of Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 was somewhat controversial because of the green-white-checkered flag situation (meant to provide the fans with a finish during which cars are actually racing, not running in order as in a parade), the good news—especially for winning driver Jamie McMurray—is that they were actually able to finish the race.

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