Beecham's Tech-Talk

By: Matthew Beecham

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

Q&A with rFpro: Modelling the Nürburgring race track 12 Aug 2014

As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, just-auto spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director of rFpro, a UK company that has modelled the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring, Germany, with unprecedented accuracy.

Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud 28 Jul 2014

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.

Q&A with Han Hendriks, Vice President Advanced Product Development & Sales, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors 8 Jul 2014

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Han Hendriks about consumer expectations of car interiors, JCI’s Interior Vision 2025 and their new operating model tailored at innovation management. Han represents JCI’s Interiors business worldwide and is the innovation leader of this business.

Q&A with Cruden 3 Jul 2014

Driver-in-the-loop simulation is becoming more widespread among automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, not least because the latest data gathering and modelling methods mean virtual road test routes can be created more quickly and accurately. Dutch company, Cruden, is a leader in the design and manufacture of vehicle simulators for automotive testing as well as the building of road, tyre and vehicle models. just-auto spoke to Nico Kruithof, a computer scientist working at the forefront of developments to make motion simulators an essential part of the vehicle dynamics evaluation programme.

Q&A with Torotrak 2 Jul 2014

Torotrak recently acquired Flybrid Automotive Ltd, the British engineering company pushing back the boundaries of hybrid vehicles. In this interview, Jeremy Deering, CEO and Jon Hilton, commercial director and formally managing director of Flybrid shared their objectives, challenges and realised benefits from the acquisition and plans for the future.

Q&A with Celestino Badiali, sales and marketing director, Eldor Corp 1 Jul 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with ignition system manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Celestino Badiali, sales and marketing director, Eldor Corp.

Q&A with Delphi: Fuel injection systems and electric vehicles 30 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to James Zizelman, engineering director gasoline powertrain, Delphi about fuel injection systems and briefly with Andrew Lasley, director electronic controls advanced engineering, Delphi about electric vehicles.

Q&A with David Weill, Vice-President Marketing & Business Development, Faurecia Interior Systems 25 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers of cockpits and instrumentation, Matthew Beecham spoke to Faurecia's David Weill about consumer expectations, materials trends, touch screens, HUDs and tomorrow's instrument cluster.

Q&A with Jez Bell, CEO, rara 25 Jun 2014

Founded in December 2011, rara is a music streaming service offering some 22 million songs Ad-free from punk to classical. Matthew Beecham spoke to CEO Jez Bell about how this business is shaping up and what distinguishes it from the crowd.

Q&A with Daniel Ninivaggi, CEO, Federal-Mogul Motorparts 24 Jun 2014

Federal-Mogul’s Vehicle Components division was recently renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts. This business manufactures vehicle braking, chassis, sealing and other service parts. Here, Matthew Beecham spoke to Daniel Ninivaggi, CEO, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Q&A with Stefan Seiberth, president, gasoline systems, Robert Bosch GmbH 23 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto’s series of interview with tier one manufacturers of fuel injection systems, Matthew Beecham spoke to Stefan Seiberth, president, gasoline systems, Robert Bosch GmbH about market and technical trends in the gasoline direct injection sector.

Q&A with Envisage Group: Functional concept cars 17 Jun 2014

British design consultancy Envisage Group believes that the glamorous concept cars seen at motor shows often provide a poor return for their high build cost. For little more than the cost of a static model, the company is providing concept vehicles that can be driven at realistic road speeds. just-auto spoke to Paul Cerisola, Quality Manager at Envisage.

Q&A with Continental: Review of cockpits and instrumentation 16 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers of cockpits, Matthew Beecham spoke to Nicolas Diehl, VP Sales & Portfolio, Business Unit Instrumentation & Driver HMI, Continental about consumer expectations, material trends, display screens and the head-up display market.

Q&A with Tenneco: Active suspension technologies 5 Jun 2014

At a ride and drive event in Milan, Italy, Matthew Beecham talked with Maarten Maes, Director OE Sales & Programme Management, Tenneco about fitment rates of the company's active suspension technologies, its market share and what the Monroe brand stands for.

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of engine technologies 4 Jun 2014

In this review of engine technologies, we report on energy recovery systems in F1 and ways in which to reduce engine vibrations and simulate vehicle dynamics.

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