Technology/R&D: Latest news and analysis articles
An electronic (‘intelligent’ or ‘active’) suspension system can control the vertical movement of a vehicle’s wheels relative to its chassis...
A clear trend in the shock absorber sector is integrating more and more electronics. Electronic dampers adjust instantly to ensure ride comf...
It just goes to show how times are changing. A new survey shows just how much our smartphones rule our lives and car buyers admit they can l...
News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....
Bang & Olufsen branded audio products are available in a range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models. Greg Sikora, manager acoustic systems engineering, Bang & Olufsen automotive audio at Harman lifestyle division explains what such OEMs expect, how it is staying premium in an increasingly commodity market and whether the rise of electric and hybrid cars will impact our listening habits. The automotive business of Bang & Olufsen was acquired by Harman in May 2015.
While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, there are a number of models offering some form of advanced assistance to the driver. These include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems that require a camera to be fitted, typically behind the windscreen. Upon replacing the windscreen, the camera typically needs to be recalibrated. To learn more, we spoke to Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH’s managing director Björn Rietschel about the company’s camera calibration tool and the prospects for self-calibrating systems.
PPG said its Enviro-Prime Epic electrocoat (e-coat) technology has received full approval from the PSA Group following production line conversions and testing at two of the automaker’s facilities in Europe.
While infotainment systems and connectivity widgets take over our vehicle dashboards take it appears that the good old car radio is not ready to roll over just yet – because there is so far nothing to challenge it.
Hella has announced it is supplying claimed world first three-layered multibeam-LED headlamps for Daimler's redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The lamps were developed jointly by automaker and supplier.
Toyota is to spend US$1bn over the next five years on its US-based Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a high tech research lab that will focus on autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and robotics. Toyota’s move comes as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies.
A Continental-supplied long range radar (advanced radar sensor, ARS 410) detects pedestrians at a distance of up to 170 metres. It is fitted as standard in the new VW Tiguan.
Johnson Matthey says it has been developing and supplying membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) that are a key component of an automotive fuel cell.
Volkswagen Group has set out a new strategy to 2025 in which it aims to become a "world-leading provider of sustainable mobility".
In anticipation of high growth across the hybrid market (5.5m cars in 2020 versus 2m in 2015), Plastic Omnium is introducing a new-generation plastic tank for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Ford says that its SmartDeviceLink’s new developer programme will make it easier to build in-car apps for a growing list of global automakers that have adopted or are exploring adoption of the Ford-created smartphone app interface standard.
Nissan claims to be working on a new ethanol-based fuel cell technology that could potentially be safer and cheaper than the hydrogen-based fuel cell technology that is currently under development by a number of OEMs.
Daimler will spend around EUR7 bn on 'green' technology in two years, the automaker announced.
South Korea’s Institute of Machinery and Materials said it had developed a new particulate filter that helps reduce diesel soot emissions by up to 95%.
General Motors said it had chosen the province of Ontario to "significantly" expand its engineering and software development work in Canada. It expects to create more than 700 jobs.
Changan says it still needs to focus on providing Chinese consumers with good value products as the plethora of new technologies poised to potentially enter the market gathers pace.
Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a research and development subsidiary of Honda, has announced plans to further strengthen its research and development of intelligent technologies.
SEAT, the Universitat Politecnica de Cataluna (UPC) and Volkswagen Group research are kicking off CARNET - cooperative automotive research network, the first major research and innovation hub to focus on the automotive field and urban mobility of the future of Barcelona.
The logistics operation at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg has recently begun using an innovative system for gathering materials. The so-called ride-along platform, developed in-house by the Volkswagen Plant logistics department, ensures a high level of process reliability and ideal ergonomic working conditions for employees, the company says.
Mercedes-Benz says it is the first manufacturer to put diesel vehicles on the market that already meet the EU’s stricter emission limits that come into force in September 2017.
Johnson Controls has announced two multi-year research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles.
VW-owned Scania says it has become the first company to test the communication giant's new 5G technology components, as part of a collaboration between Scania and Ericsson Research exploring the use of 5G networks in transport communications.
According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.
Have to admit, this made me laugh. Nissan has come up with a tidy solution to the age-old problem of wandering chairs in the open plan office.
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