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.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
Five developers of autonomous cars will offer free rides in their robotic vehicles during next year’s Detroit auto show in June.
Continental AG and 3M Co. have agreed to work together to develop technologies and protocols to better enable vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
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 Corp. has acquired an unspecified stake in Ridecell Inc., a San Francisco-based developer of smartphone apps for mobility services.
Michigan’s Dept. of Transportation has been a leader in testing and evaluating advanced mobility technologies for more than a decade.
Audi finishing engineers are deploying overspray-free painting technology in a pilot paint shop at the company’s Ingolstadt facility.
Ford Motor Co. has named Rajendra Rao as CEO of its Smart Mobility unit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Success has many parents; failure is an orphan.”
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.
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.
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.
In-vehicle wireless charging system; scalable ACUs; lithium-ion battery tech.
The state of Michigan is testing several connected-car technologies designed to make driving safer, notes Kirk Steudle, director of the Dept. of Transportation.
3M Co. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. are collaborating to develop an array of compressed natural gas storage tanks they say will cost less, hold more and be 10%-20% lighter than current designs.
Interbrand is a company that, among other things, develops valuation of the strengths of brand.
Kia’s redesigned B-segment car is so close to the mark it should cause worry among the world’s top tier automakers.
Visteon Corp. and 3M Co. are showcasing their technologies in a jointly developed demonstration vehicle unveiled this month in Mumbai.
3M Co. has established a new European automotive acoustics group in Bracknell, U.K.
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.