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By: Matthew Beecham

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



RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules 1 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of shock absorbers 22 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel shocks and asks: what does the autonomous car mean for suspension manufacturers?


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines 17 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.


Q&A: Intelligent Energy on how FCEVs could reach the masses 16 Jun 2015

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has caught the automotive limelight recently, notably Toyota's announcement of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways anytime soon? Matthew Beecham talked to James Batchelor of independent fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy about the obstacles still to be overcome.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of the electrically powered steering market 15 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the application of electric power steering (EPS) is shaping up in developed and emerging markets as well as some novel steering and reversing innovations.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing 11 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some value-added glazing products, including acoustic windscreens, infrared reflective windscreens, laminated side glass, polycarbonate and ever thinner glazings. But are these features really just solutions looking for problems?


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of vehicle door innovations 8 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel door component innovations, including the use of tropical plant material by Ford and a game changing latch from Magna.


Q&A: DSM on the opportunities for under-the-hood plastic applications 8 Jun 2015

DSM Engineering Plastics is a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked to Bert Havenith, Strategy and Intelligence Manager at DSM Engineering Plastics about the market and technical forces driving the switch from metal to plastic under-the-hood applications.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of windscreen wipers 4 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's new series of ‘research snapshots' - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel and obscure wiper blade innovations including one technology that could eliminate the wiper altogether.


Q&A: ZF’s suspension research director on next generation technologies and the autonomous car 4 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked to Alexander Groß, Director Chassis Technology, Head of R&D Business Unit Suspension Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG about future suspension technologies and the ways in which its newly-merged operation with TRW can support autonomous driving.


Q&A: Lear’s VP Global Seat Engineering on reinventing seat geometry for the autonomous car 2 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked to David Kazyak, Vice President, Global Seat Engineering, Lear Corporation about the use of alternative and advanced materials in seats, breathable fabric surfaces, carbon fibre seat frames as well as seating for the autonomous car.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Lights, camera, action – tomorrow’s rearview mirrors 1 Jun 2015

The rearview mirror has been transformed over the last decade into a high-tech electronic module, writes Matthew Beecham. Tomorrow’s mirrors will feature even more, including lights, cameras, displays and controls.


Libertine FPE on how to make a gallon of fuel go 30 percent further 19 May 2015

A new technology called Digital Piston Motion Control eliminates the crankshaft of a conventional engine and controls the piston movement using an ECU. To understand more about this novel approach and its potential benefits, Matthew Beecham spoke to Sam Cockerill, CEO of Libertine FPE.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Novel roof designs that surprise and delight yet keep a lid on weight and costs 11 May 2015

While the variation of roof systems continues to grow, the push for lighter cars has led to the adoption of carbon fibre and polycarbonate in roof design. Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the roof system market.


Lear Corp VP Bill Presley on designing wire harnesses in a virtual world 5 May 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Bill Presley, Vice President Engineering, Wire/Terminals & Connectors, Lear Corp about the forces pushing innovation in the automotive wiring harness industry as well as some alternatives to traditional wiring.


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