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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.


New engines and other changes for 2018MY Jaguars

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

When the Jaguar PRs said some of their cars at a regional driving day for UK media were factory-fresh, they were not kidding - several, with the new, in-house made Ingenium petrol engines, had come off the Castle Bromwich assembly line only a day before the event.


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.


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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.


Thermal challenges for commercial vehicle exhausts

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Commercial vehicle exhaust systems are facing multiple challenges. Ever tighter engine emission requirements demand ever more efficient DPF and catalyst performance and this, in turn, requires ever more effective heat management. These systems have necessarily increased in size putting more pressure on overall packaging, with hot exhaust system components encroaching on systems that could potentially be damaged by heat. There is also a desire to keep heat in the exhaust to maintain turbocharger efficiency and response. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews, we spoke to heat management specialist Zircotec’s Group Sales Director, Graeme Barette, about some novel approaches that could address both issues.

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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.


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.


Honda refurbishes California proving centre

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda's US proving ground in Cantil, California, is back in full operation after refurbishment, the automaker said.


BMW CFO sees R&D spend ratio rising in 2018

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW expects its research and development budget, when measured as a percentage of sales, to rise in 2018, its CFO has told a German newspaper.


Toyota hails Japan hydrogen stations agreement

19 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced that eleven companies in Japan have agreed to collaborate on the 'large-scale' construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) across the country.


just-auto Plus only Renault/Qualcomm/Vedecom jointly develop DEVC sys

19 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Renault on 18 May 2017 demonstrated dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Renault has participated with Qualcomm Technologies and Vedecom...


just-auto Plus only Solvay's Ryton PPS compatible with Ford's ULV 25

18 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of speciality polymers, announced this week at the International CTI Symposium in Novi, Michigan., that recent research confirms several grades of its Ryton...


Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto app

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors launches new Android Auto App in Japan


BMW's Mini adding connectivity and driver aids

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Mini brand is enhancing connectivity and driver aids as part of a cockpit and instrument update effective from July 2017 production.


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner

17 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are to work with Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.


just-auto Plus only Renault introduces 2017 Espace with TCe 225 EDC

17 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Renault is broadening the Espace range with the launch of an all-new Energy TCe 225 engine equipped with a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Available on the Zen, Intense and Initiale Paris trim levels,...


Toyota dips toes with funding for 'flying car'

16 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has decided to assist with the finance of a flying car project in Japan, according to a Nikkei report.


Hyundai Mobis to open proving ground in S Korea

16 May 2017 | Tony Pugliese

South Korean auto parts manufacturer Hyundai Mobis is set to unveil its first domestic proving ground this week, with operations set to start in June.


just-auto Plus only Faurecia joins MAI Carbon cluster

16 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Faurecia announced that it is joining the leading cluster MAI Carbon of the Incorporated Society of Carbon Composites based at the Augsburg (Germany) Innovation Park in order to develop...


just-auto Plus only Faurecia to develop carbon fibre hydrogen tanks

16 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Faurecia today announced it has acquired an exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of composite hydrogen tanks from Stelia Aerospace Composites. Faurecia is...


Suppliers collaborate on OEM RSE deal

11 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Cinemo, which specialises in automotive multimedia playback, streaming, media management and connectivity middleware, and Parrot Faurecia Automotive, a supplier of infotainment and connectivity systems, announced they are working together on a new rear seat entertainment (RSE) project for an unnamed automaker.


Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs

9 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zwickau-Mosel has been named by Volkswagen as the production location for not only its I.D. electric car but three other EVs. All will use the MEB architecture.


just-auto Plus only Paccar introduces new proprietary front axle

9 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Paccar is introducing a new proprietary front axle for its Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles in the third quarter of 2017. The Paccar axle is designed for construction and vocational applications...


Daimler part of new online data safe proposal

8 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Several German and European companies - including a major automaker - have announced their intention to cooperate more closely to establish a joint, pan-industry platform for online registration, e-identity and data services.


Technology gap between Korea and China narrows

8 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

A Korean research body has concluded that technology disparities between Korea and China in major industries including automotive are only five years apart.



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