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Composites

Clever Structural Engineering for EV Motorcycle

Although the Vector is an innovative, electric, high-performance café racer, it also happens to be extraordinarily well-designed.

Hybrid

Michelin Going Automated and Electric for Logistics

Michelin is implementing a new approach for transporting goods within and between some of its faciliites in France: using autonomous, electric vehicles.

Materials & Lightweighting

Tires Can Advance Autonomy

Say a few years from now you’re riding in an autonomous vehicle and it gets a flat. Are you going to change it?

Business

The Auto Interiors Revolution

The auto industry's revolution touches all aspects of the business, but none more than vehicle interiors and how they will change.

Economics

Bosch Improves Economics for Autonomous Air Taxis

MEMs sensors developed for automotive applications just might make air taxis possible thanks to the affordability provided by scale. Bosch is addressing this advance.

Business

Bosch Goes Green(er)

Not only are they addressing emissions, but they are also working toward greater levels of innovation at Bosch.

Plastics

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

“Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing.”

Autonomous Vehicles

Safety for AV Activities

In an automated vehicle, people aren’t necessarily going to be sitting in as orderly a manner as in today’s vehicles. So what’s a safety system supplier to do?

Business

Continental and Change

“After 2030, the last generation of diesel and gasoline engines will be launched. After 2040, it is possible that no more diesel and gasoline engines will be sold. From 2050, roads and cities will ideally be free of CO2 emissions.”

Batteries

Aluminum Sheet for EV Battery Enclosure

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to increase almost exponentially, aluminum supplier Novelis is preparing to provide customers with protective solutions

Electronics

Micromobility Matters, It Seems

"While DENSO is certainly concerned about the projected future decline of new car sales in the United States, we are also very excited about the growth possibilities offered by the new types of mobility that are being pioneered by startup companies around the world." 

Electronics

About Blackmore and Its Approach to Lidar

Stephen Crouch spent some time at Delphi in the earlier part of this decade (pre-spinning off of the company now known as “Aptiv”) as a radar systems engineer where he worked on such things as signal processing algorithms.

Production

Porsche and Schuler Partner in Press Shop

While many automotive companies consider their suppliers of production equipment as, well, suppliers, sometimes referred to as “partners,” albeit partners that might incur a very serious financial penalty should the equipment they’ve provided cause downtime, Porsche and stamping equipment supplier Schuler AG have entered into a joint venture.

Autonomous Vehicles

Velodyne Passes 30,000 Lidar Systems

Velodyne’s founder and CEO David Hall is credited with inventing, in 2005, real-time, surround-view lidar.

Internet of Things

VW Connects with Amazon and Siemens on Manufacturing

Amazon is increasing its penetration into the auto industry not just through things like Alexa and its multi-million-dollar investment in EV developer Rivian, but also with its Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will be used for its “Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,” which will combine the data from all of the machinery and equipment in the company’s 122 facilities. 

Design

Stratasys and Pantone Achieving Design Intent

Stratasys has signed an agreement with Pantone such that the company’s J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D printers are endorsed by Pantone as meeting the PANTONE Validated standards.

Rapid Prototyping

Additive Technology Grows—and Needs Know-How

One of the things that is true about additive manufacturing is that the technology is growing by leaps and bounds.

Car/Ride Sharing

Clariant on Colors

Who knew that the changes in automobility—everything from ride-hailing to potential autonomous operation—would have an effect on. . .exterior color?

Autonomous Vehicles

NVIDIA Launches DRIVE Constellation

NVIDIA has announced that its DRIVE Constellation simulation platform is now available for developers of autonomous systems.

Aluminum

Brembo Is Serious—and Whimsical

When it comes to serious brakes, Brembo is certainly a leader in developing and producing them, such as with its gen-two dual-cast floating brake disc, which is made with both cast iron and aluminum, with the former being used for the braking band and the latter for the bell.

Sales

2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

The Cadillac ATS-V couple is a small(ish) car with a big engine. As in a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 464 hp @ 5,850 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm.

Production

Nexteer Hits 60-million

With its electric power steering systems (EPSS) on vehicles including the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and even some cars (e.g., Mustang, Charger, Challenger) and crossovers (e.g., Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse), it is perhaps not entirely surprising that Nexteer Automotive announced today that it has produced its 60 millionth EPSS.

Hybrid

Rivian and Bollinger: Purposeful EVs

At the LA Auto Show last fall, Rivian rolled out with two electric vehicles, the R1T, a five-passenger pickup truck, and the R1S, an SUV.

AI

SEAT, IBM & Watson

One more thing about SEAT after yesterday’s announcement at the Mobile World Congress about its Minimó micromobility vehicle: Today it and IBM announced that the companies are developing the “Mobility Advisor,” a mobile app that will run on 4G/5G networks and utilize IBM Watson AI technology.