Beecham's Tech-Talk

Beecham's Tech-Talk

By: Matthew Beecham

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


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Review of automotive glazing trends

23 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.


Bosch on trends in the fuel injection market

23 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Rasmus Frei, Senior Technical Manager Petrol Electrification, Robert Bosch UK, about fuel injection technologies and trends.


Federal-Mogul Motorparts on trends in the foundation brake system market

21 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Silvano Veglia, Product Marketing Director Braking for Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA.


Magna VP on smart materials, connectivity and autonomous car interiors

16 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about smart materials, connectivity and autonomous car interiors.


Robert Bosch Automotive Steering on electrification and automated driving

13 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Gaedke, head of system and advanced development of passenger cars steering systems at Robert Bosch Automotive Steering in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany.


Evolution Time Critical on what a ‘hard Brexit’ could mean for the UK automotive logistics sector

9 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical (ETC) was recently acquired by the Metro Supply Chain Group. To find how its business has shaped up since and how it views the implications for a hard (‘clean’) Brexit, we spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of ETC.


Hella on next generation automotive sensors and lighting

8 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Carsten Roch, head of Hella’s Driver Assistance Systems division about a novel radar sensor based on 77 GHz technology and interior lighting for the autonomous car.


BMW on the future of personalised, connected mobility

28 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Concluding just-auto’s series of interviews with OEMs that enjoyed the limelight at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we spoke to executives of BMW to learn more about the carmaker’s Connected Window, i Inside Future sculpture and the future of personalised, connected mobility.


Johnson Controls Power Solutions’ President on trends in the automotive battery market

28 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Joe Walicki, President of Johnson Controls Power Solutions to consider 48-volt networks and the start-stop market.


Panasonic Automotive President on smart mobility, in-vehicle infotainment, AR-HUDs and the Chrysler Portal Concept

27 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive multimedia players, we caught up with Tom Gebhardt, President, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America.


Volvo Cars VP interior design on V40 CC, more digital content and technical features

27 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Volvo sold 46,696 cars in the UK last year, of which the V40/V40 Cross Country was the highest-selling model accounting for 16,491, followed by the ever-popular XC60 (16,038) and new XC90 (5,801). We recently borrowed a top-spec, four-wheel drive V40 CC T5 to take a closer look at the interior and spoke to Robin Page, vice president interior design, Volvo Cars to add a little more colour.


Nexteer Automotive on steer-by-wire and the EPS market

22 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to executives of Nexteer about megatrends in the car steering market, steer-by-wire systems and growth of electric power steering (EPS) fitment in BRIC countries.


Continental Automotive on ADAS, sensor fusion and tomorrow’s electronic braking systems

21 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alfred Eckert, Head of the Advanced Engineering Department at Continental Automotive.


IAC Group on autonomous car interiors, customisation and the touch-free user experience

20 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Dr Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Advanced Development & Material Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group and Carter Cannon, Manager Functional Integration, Advanced Development and Engineering, IAC Group. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.


VW Car-Net – a personalised ecosystem of connected services

16 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

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.



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