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Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.


Interior design and technology - Volvo V60

13 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats make this a comfortable place to drive from A to B.


Rethinking the interior of autonomous vehicles

11 April 2017 | Guest

Dr Detlef Jürss, Chief Technical Officer of Adient, describes how life on board will change in the vehicle of the future – turning today’s functional interior into a place for work, relaxation, communication, entertainment or even sleep.


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Volkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace

19 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.


BorgWarner CTO on rightsizing and tomorrow’s turbo

13 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Christopher P. Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner Inc.

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China aims to become global EV hub

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China is aiming to become a world auto-making powerhouse in a decade, with Beijing aiming to boost development and output of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and also relax restrictions on foreign ownership.


Mobileye/Nissan join over crowdsourced mapping

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mobileye announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymised, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilising Mobileye's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Continental turns eHorizon into weather service

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental's latest innovation: Vehicles equipped with eHorizon.Weather supply exact weather information to optimise short-term forecasts and integrate real time, location specific weather data to alert drivers in advance of critical weather conditions.


Google Home and Amazon Alexa now talk to US Mercs

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa to 'talk' to their cars.


Apple document gives clue to autonomous aspiration

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Apple reportedly has outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month.


Lectra preps for Industry 4.0 future

21 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Leather cutting machine specialist Lectra said it had completed its next three year road map in order to drive Industry 4.0 concepts which are increasingly becoming the norm for manufacturing.


Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit controller deal

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first SmartCore application in China.


Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week.


Lectra showcases internet of things power

21 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cutting machine manufacturer, Lectra said it had been operating with the so-called internet of things for 10 years already as the concept starts to gain momentum and acceptance in Industry 4.0 manufacturing techniques.


Continental develops camera cleaning system

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has developed a cleaning system for fish-eye automobile cameras that uses a water jet to remove dirt on the lens.


Honda to establish wind tunnel facility in Ohio

21 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda has announced a new investment of US$124m to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the testing facilities at the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is slated for the late summer of 2017.


Harman and Baidu combine for AI in China

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung focused on connected technologies for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, says it is 'pleased to announce it has expanded its relationship with Baidu, the Chinese Internet and web services company, to jointly develop new cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions aimed at Chinese automakers'.


ZF expanding engineering centre in Shanghai

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF is expanding its engineering centre in Shanghai.


Toyota to conduct Mirai FCV tests in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation will send two Mirai fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to China in October 2017 to conduct demonstration tests in the country.


Adient updates luxury seating concept

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Adient has unveiled its updated AI17 concept demonstrator at Auto Shanghai 2017.


Namikoshi Electronics test runs 4-in-1 engine

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Namikoshi Electronics Corporation of Japan has successfully conducted a test run of its 4-in-1 engine, which has been developed with the help of experts at Osaka University and Kobe City College of Technology.


just-auto Plus only ZF to help China achieve its e-mobility portfolio

19 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

As the world’s largest market for electric vehicles (EVs), China has ambitious growth targets which are set to continue. With a forward-looking e-mobility portfolio which covers passenger car...


Volvo Cars, Autoliv autonomous driving JV starts

18 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Zenuity, the joint venture between Geely's Volvo Cars and safety systems supplier Autoliv, has started operations.


One in four new cars has AEB - Bosch

18 April 2017 | Chris Wright

New research by Bosch indicate that one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.



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