As U.S. car sales growth peaks, auto suppliers must manager their resources more closely than ever, notes Julie Fream, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn.
Carmakers are helping to lead the move to Industry 4.0, an era in which “big-data” analysis integrates individual manufacturing hardware into a vastly more efficient production system.
Global sales of all-electric cars will top 1 million units this year for the first time, says Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasting for LMC Automotive.
Earlier this year Eaton Corp. combined products, expertise and manufacturing capabilities from its Electrical and Vehicle groups to create a 1,200-employee business called eMobility.
Roechling SE & Co.’s next-generation active grille shutters can cut mass and cost as much as 30% and 20%, respectively, says Ryan Forman, N.A.head of innovation and business development.
For years FEV Group has expanding its global capabilities in traditional vehicle engineering services to encompass electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies.
Tougher emission regulations and expanding in-car electronics are pushing carmakers into increasingly higher-voltage power systems, notes Mary Gustanski, chief technology officer for Delphi Technologies.
Michigan State University is conducting multi-disciplinary research on autonomous driving that includes a self-driving-shuttle service for students.
Michigan’s PlanetM initiative is a concierge service that links companies and investors with the state’s mobility ecosystem.
IBM’s Garage Factory concept helps carmakers act like a startup, using fast-paced experimentation and business case analysis to identify promising ideas, then scaling them up for mass-market rollouts.