Customers of Canada’s Martinrea International Inc. are moving from standard welded steel or hollow aluminum subframes to the company’s new hybrid system that integrates both materials.
Self-driving cars are coming, but we won’t see significant numbers of them for about 10 years, says Pete Kelly, managing director of LMC Automotive.
Freudenberg Group is adjusting its automotive operations as carmakers turn to electrification, notes Matthew Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s e-Mobility business.
The next big thing in automotive interiors will be aesthetic surfaces that can double as functional controls, says Nathan Bowen at Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems Co.
The North American auto industry should remain diligent about potential “trip wires” to continued growth, says Mike Jackson, executive director of strategy and research for the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn.
SNAP is an electrified self-driving shuttle concept from Switzerland’s Rinspeed AG that carries detachable pods aboard a “skateboard” platform that contains the powertrain, battery and electronic controls.
The technology that enables adaptive headlamps to adjust their beams according to conditions is moving into the passenger cabin, notes Steve Lietaert, president of Hella Corporate Center USA.
ESI Group’s SimulationX virtual prototyping software helps speed product development by enabling more accurate computer simulations, says Alan Arico.
Global car sales this year will expand 2% to 97.5 million units, as gains in most markets offset a slight dip in North America, says LMC Automotive’s Jeff Schuster.
The auto industry’s transition to self-driving cars will bring a huge change in the way vehicle interiors are designed, says Adient’s Nicholas Petouhoff.