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Propulsion

Mike Bell Departs Rivian as CTO

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months

Lidar Startup Touts Cost, Performance Gains

Luminar Technologies Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, says it has lowered production costs for its next-generation lidar sensors by more than 80% to well below $1,000.

Electronics

Cars Talk - With the Outside World

Telematics technology is advancing rapidly, so that communications both to and from vehicles can lead to safer, more efficient driving.

Continental Ups Its Ante

Bill Kozyra, president of Continental Automotive Systems, talks technology, strategy and the competitive nature of the supplier business.

Partners Team Up on Next-Generation Displays

Spansion Inc. is partnering with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. to accelerate the spread of thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument panel screens into high-volume cars.

Interiors & Electronics

Freescale to Help Chinese OEM on Electronics Development

China's Beiqi Foton Motor Co. and Austin, Tex.-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc. have opened a jointly operated automotive lab in Beijing to develop silicon, software and integrated systems for use in future Foton vehicles.

GM’s New Killer App: GoogleVolt

Confirming media reports from last week, General Motors Co. says it will partner with Google Inc. on new telematics features.

Propulsion

New OnStar Smart Phone System to Bow in Chevy Volt

General Motors Co.'s OnStar unit will introduce a new smart phone application later this year on the Chevrolet Volt extended-range hybrid car.

Propulsion

EuroAuto: Lithium-ion: Here At Last?

It has been a long time coming, and it looks like there is a whole lot of energy behind bringing the battery technology to the automotive market.

Production

Field Guide: Omron Corp.

Omron is a global leader in automation, sensing, and control technologies, which leads it to other industries beyond industrial automation.

Business

Ford Quality: Not An Overnight Sensation

When it comes to quality, it seems as though Ford Motor Co. is on a roll.

Electronics

CES 2008 By Design

Each year thousands of new gadgets are introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. What’s important to note is that not only is the show scoured by the technoratti looking for the latest products, but by engineers, designers, and executives from automotive companies, who are looking for the “next big thing” that may have consequences for their products. Among the dizzying array were a few notables that stood out for their design prowess:

Competitive Challenges: Achieving Success In China

Having a methodology for going to market in a competitive market isn’t optional, it is essential.

Electronics

How Apple Has Transformed Automotive Electronics

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod in 2001, he knew it would change the way people interacted with their music, what he did not know was how much the device would change the way automakers and suppliers look at in-vehicle entertainment.

Managing Risk

You can take risks or shape them. Adrian Slywotzky thinks that the former choice tends to lead to failure while the latter increases odds for project success. Here’s why.

Insider: Beyond Borders

Of all the objects in the world, the box has to be the most complex and perplexing.

Design

Learning About Design from Non-Auto People

In which ideas about design and innovation are encountered at a conference at which there are no people from the auto industry.

Cax

OnStar: 10 Years After

It is going to be standard on all GM vehicles in the U.S. and Canada by the end of ’07. Its technology and service are also offered by non-GM companies, including Lexus. And while there have been and are some competitors (the business of a cross-town rival closed down before it was up and running), OnStar is one of the brightest things GM has going.

Detective Work

The first reference is to a television show: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Autonomous Vehicles

On Strategy: Toward the Autonomous Car

Various media, ranging from action movies to the most erudite automotive engineering journals, depict vehicles capable of autonomous driving and little, if any, human interaction.

Interiors & Electronics

All the (Electronic) Comforts of Home

Watching DVDs in the car is so last year. The latest round of in-vehicle entertainment focuses on watching TV from built-in hard drives and surfing the web while speeding down the highway (passengers only, please).

Interiors & Electronics

Bluetooth's Dirty Little Secret

Implementing the short-range wireless technology Bluetooth in cars seems like a no-brainer.

Electronics

Telematics for the People

Falling electronics and software costs and new approaches promise to move navigation systems out of the realm of pricey gadget and into mainstream use faster than you might think.

Propulsion

The Powertrain Scene Circa Today (With A Glimpse At the Not-Too-Distant Tomorrow )

In which Peter Brown of Ricardo—an engineering consultancy that's worked on projects from the Hummer H2 to the HEMI to powertrains that they've taken a vow of silence regarding-talks about what's going on under the hoods.