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Matthew Beecham

Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

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Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham

Dr Marcus HeitmannVW Car-Net – a personalised ecosystem of connected services

16 February 2017

Volkswagen’s Car-Net platform provides a variety of in-vehicle internet-based services, including remote vehicle access, roadside assistance, diagnostics and maintenance, and the ability to set speed and boundary alerts. To find out more, we caught up with Dr Marcus Heitmann, general manager for Volkswagen Car-Net.

Adient’s AI17 automated driving seating system shows how automated driving will impact the driver and passenger experience in a premium vehicle.Adient on lightweight, customised seating solutions for autonomous driving

13 February 2017

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to executives from Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier. In this interview, they explained their Vision Seat, Chrysler Portal concept, AI17 seats for autonomous driving, customisation options and advances in lightweighting. By using a wide range of technologies, the supplier has reduced the overall weight of its seats by 20-30 percent over the past decade.

Alexander KlotzContinental on AR-HUDs, gesture control, display and connectivity technologies

1 February 2017

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Klotz, head of advanced development, systems and technology interior division, Continental. He explained some of the technologies that the supplier highlighted at the most recent CES, including augmented reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs), gesture control and connectivity technologies.

Michael MauserHarman EVP on the meaning of lifestyle audio

30 January 2017

One key topic of focus at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) was the future of the automotive user experience. With the approach of autonomous vehicles, consumers are demanding more advanced cabin technology to occupy what is set to become ‘free time’ at the wheel. Harman claims that audio and acoustics will have a significant influence on the in-car experience and should be a priority for OEMs looking to attract next-generation buyers. Harman’s executive vice president and president of the lifestyle audio division, Michael Mauser, explains.

Specialty chemicals group, Lanxess is headquartered in Cologne.Lanxess on new opportunities for lightweighting using composites

26 January 2017

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global players in the automotive industry, we spoke to Lukas Schröer, project manager of lightweight technologies at Lanxess High Performance Materials business unit. Here he explains the role playing out for engineered plastics in alternative and future mobility concepts.

Malgorzata WiklinskaZF, Nvidia use AI to develop a self-driving solution

25 January 2017

ZF used the most recent CES to reveal a product called ProAI, designed to bring self-driving capabilities to cars and trucks. The safety supplier says its solution, based on Nvidia’s processing technology, will enter production next year ready to meet the automated requirements for Level 4. To find out more, we spoke to Dr Malgorzata Wiklinska, who is manager of advanced R&D at ZF Denkfabrik.

BMW Connected Microsoft CortanaBriefing – AI, machine learning and cars

23 January 2017

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every year, this Las Vegas tech fest attracts a rising tide of automotive suppliers taking space both inside and outside the convention centre halls. This month’s management briefing turns the spotlight on some of those exhibitors operating in the brave new auto world of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Now we’re talking.

David NadalEden Games gears up for mobile devices

16 January 2017

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues and exposure. In this interview, David Nadal, CEO and founder of Eden Games explains why these are exciting times for games developers playing in the automotive industry.

Vauxhall AstraInterior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 January 2017

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.

Stephan CimbalFalken swoops on the European OE tyre market

11 January 2017

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest in a series of manufacturer relationships. To find out more and how the OE side of its business is shaping up, we spoke to the tyre maker’s European head of marketing, Stephan Cimbal.

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