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Making good connections in the self-driving car

22 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

We live in an increasingly connected society and the way things are heading, we will not be escaping ‘always-on’ personal connectivity when we get into our cars. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), this one considers some recent advances in the fast-changing world of car connectivity.

Self-driving cars - are we nearly there yet?

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Predictions as to when we can buy a driverless car vary depending on who we talk to. Even if the more optimistic predictions come true, initial volumes will be small. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one considers what we can expect, by when and how much extra it might cost.

How will you spend time in a self-driving car?

9 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While time spent sitting in traffic can feel tedious, it could fly by in a robo-car as you focus on other things, productive or otherwise. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a sideways look at the autonomous car.

The week - 48V on the rise?

5 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Quarterly results, first or fiscal, continued to trickle in this week with Autoliv (which recently announced an interesting joint venture called Zenuity with Volvo Cars) beating its forecasts. This supplier recently announced some new business with Daimler's Mercedes for the S-Class update. Volkswagen, despite ongoing diesel crisis costs, also pulled off a spectacular Q1 result.

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The art of painting carbon fibre – Q&A

24 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As the application of carbon fibre in car manufacture increases, demand for custom and novel finishes has also soared. UK-based Project 12 develops and supplies finishes and coatings for carbon fibre and composites. just-auto/QUBE spoke to managing director Dave King to learn what automakers are seeking and the direction carbon fibre finishes are taking.

GKN on prospects for torque vectoring

22 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling and performance. GKN Driveline’s solution, known as Twinster, is available on a number of cars, including mainstream executive models like the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. As advanced torque vectoring systems are likely to appear on an even wider range of vehicles, just-auto/QUBE spoke to Ray Kuczera, Senior Vice President of Engineering, GKN Driveline.

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French court staves off GM&S market wolves

24 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Troubled French supplier, GM&S has been granted a bankruptcy protection lifeline until 23 June as judges have allowed it to continue the search for a new buyer.

AGC starts production of 3D curved display glass

24 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) has started mass production of 3D curved cover glass for car mounted displays at its Keihin Plant (Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture), a company first.

just-auto Plus only ZF developing all-electric central drive CeTrax

24 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF Friedrichshafen AG offers a broad product and services portfolio for the electrification of commercial vehicles. The company focuses on all-electric drive solutions for urban vehicles and hybrid...

just-auto Plus only VW debuts 2018 Tiguan with new 2.0-litre engine

24 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine. The updated version of the...

just-auto Plus only Continental supplies system solution to GWMs 7DCT

24 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In recent years dual clutch transmissions (DCTs) have become popular in the Chinese automobile market, because drivers benefit from improved fuel efficiency, smooth gear shifting and increased...

GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.

Toyota explores 'blockchain' for driverless cars

23 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.

Daimler lays foundations for second li-ion battery

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has laid the foundation for its second battery factory, saying it was "taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive".

Tata Steel expands Serica surface finish choice

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Steel said it had worked with "a leading European vehicle manufacturer" to expanded its Serica premium surface finish range for automotive exposed panels.

just-auto Plus only Six start-ups selected to launch VW incubator prog

23 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The first six teams for the new start-up incubator at Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden have been chosen: the start-ups Smart City System from Nuremberg, LoyalGo from Dortmund,...

just-auto Plus only SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona appoints new head

23 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Jose Nascimento has been appointed head of Lab of the SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona, which is wholly owned by SEAT and which joins the Volkswagen Group’s worldwide network of IT-Labs in...

just-auto Plus only MOOG launches Control Arm Bump Stop for GM trucks

23 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

MOOG, the industry-leading steering and suspension brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts, recently launched a new Control Arm Bump Stop (K201426) for GM trucks, in addition to expanding its coverage...

just-auto Plus only AGC begins 3D curved cover glass production

23 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

AGC Asahi Glass (AGC), a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, announced that it has started mass production of 3D curved cover glass for car-mounted displays at...

BorgWarner announces ZF dual clutch supply deal

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner said it had started production of a new dual clutch module family to be used in the latest transmission from ZF.

French automakers to support troubled stamper

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault and Peugeot reportedly have committed to increasing their orders from ailing components-maker GM&S Industry after their chief executives spoke with economy minister Bruno Le Maire, his ministry said on Sunday.

Four automakers announce Takata settlements in US

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the United States.

Denso to expand with new Japan plant

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation said it would build an additional plant at its Fukushima prefecture location in Tamura city to diversity its manufacturing lineup to include powertrain components, which, it said, "will enhance the competitiveness of the group's production system [in] Japan".

Toyoda Gosei and Daicel agree cooperation

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei and Daicel Corporation (Osaka, Japan) have agreed to cooperate further over future business and enter into a capital tie-up.

Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet growing automobile production in India and the expected increase in demand for airbags as stricter safety regulations are adopted.

just-auto Plus only MMC's Shenyang JV produces five million engines

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced on 19 May 2017 that cumulative engine production reached five million units at Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi Motors Engine Manufacturing (SAME),...

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