A Scary Look at the Auto Industry

A witch, a clown, a masked vigilante, and a doctor go into a studio. . . .

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production

Robots in the Auto Industry

When it comes to the deployment of robots, the auto industry is the hands-down leader. Or maybe that should be “gripper down”
#Rivian #Amazon #sustainability

Managing a Higher-Voltage Future

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.

Supplier Study and 2025

"We remain committed to the ethos of our founder, Sir Harry Ricardo, who in 1915 set out on a mission to ‘maximize efficiency and eliminate waste.’”
#Ricardo #Kenworth #Toyota

The End of the ICE Age?

Are we starting to see the signs of an “extinction level event” as future vehicle innovation accelerates?
#BAIC #Toyota #BYD

Volkswagen Claims To Be World Leader in Electric Mobility in the Near Future Hybrid

This week Volkswagen put the rest of the auto industry on notice that it would be the world leader in electric mobility in the not-too-distant future.
#Dodge #oem #Volkswagen

Want The Basics?

U.S. Guidelines for Self-Driving Cars

This autumn the U.S. announced new guidelines for autonomous-car developers that set a framework without dictating one technology over another, notes Jennifer Dukarski, an attorney with Detroit-area law firm Butzel Long.

The Law and Autonomous Cars

Features that enable your car to drive itself are coming to market now, but regulations to govern their performance have lagged, notes Jennifer Dukarski, an attorney with the Butzel Long law firm.

Airbags That Think Ahead

Airbag systems are increasingly sophisticated in their ability to deploy with just the right speed and strength to help maximize occupant safety.

Mazda and Partners Developing a New Battery

Mazda engineers have been working hard through their SKYACTIV Technology initiatives to develop vehicular systems and components that are so efficient that it is possible to achieve the kinds of fuel efficiency (and consequent reduced emissions) necessary to meet regulations without full electrification.
#Mazda #engineer #TriumphMotorcycles

Seniors, Pollution and Exercise

People who are opposed to stricter emissions regulations, especially those who are over 60, may be interested in learning about a research study led by the Imperial College London and Duke University, funded by the British Heart Foundation—even healthy +60 people.
#sustainability #emissions

Owners Claim Tesla EVs May Accelerate Unexpectedly

Are Tesla electric cars spontaneously zooming off on their own?
#Toyota #Tesla #recalls

Trump Fuel Economy Rollback in Final Review

U.S. regulators have submitted for final review their plan to dial down future fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles.

6 More VW Employees Charged in Diesel Scandal

Prosecutors in Germany have filed criminal charges against six more Volkswagen executives for their roles in the company’s never-ending diesel emission cheating scandal.
#europe #Volkswagen

Investors Sue Daimler Over Diesel Cheating

Daimler is the latest European carmaker to be sued by investors over its alleged use of illegal software to evade diesel emission tests.
#Chrysler #europe #Fiat

The Math of Plugging In

“Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032—eight years ahead of the target set by the UK Government.”
#sustainability #Nissan

Mazda, CARB and PSA North America: Car Talk

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, an annual event, was held last week in Traverse City, Michigan.
#Vauxhall #Mazda #engineer

Porsche Racing to the Future

Porsche is part of VW Group and it is one of the companies that is involved in putting vehicles on the U.S. market with diesel engines in violation of EPA emissions regulations, specifically model year 2013–2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-liter V6 models.
#engineer #oem #Porsche

Chevy’s ZR2, Ford’s Apple Pick & More

The forthcoming Chevy Colorado ZR2 is designed and engineered to be able to handle off-road situations of all types with aplomb.
#supplier #engineer #Tesla

Meeting Emissions Regs with Gasoline Filters

This year, Euro 6c emissions regulations come into effect and in 2020, China 6 regs kick in.  One consequence of this is that several OEMs have decided that it is necessary to equip vehicles with particulate filters—and these are gasoline-powered, not diesel engines.