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Takata bags a buyer - ANALYSIS

27 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since April 2013, when carmakers began recalling deadly faulty airbags supplied by Takata, the family-controlled parts maker’s fortunes have been in free fall. The massive recall resulted in an apology from the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and it filing for bankruptcy.

Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since the Suzuki Swift first appeared on the planet way back in 2005, it has attracted some 5.4 million buyers worldwide, 127, 000 in the UK alone. The automaker’s latest and third generation Swift swooped into showrooms dotted across the UK earlier this month with bosses predicting 12,500 units to fly off the shelves in the first full year. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the new Swift.

You’ll never drive alone - automakers adopt Alexa

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While giving instructions in our cars is nothing new, putting questions to the likes of Alexa and Cortana while on the road is. Carmakers are fast adopting virtual assistants, confirming that speech is becoming the preferred interface for tomorrow’s cockpit. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a look at virtual driver assistants and who is embracing who.

Air quality debate needs to move on from diesel

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The debate on air quality in cities has become unhelpfully fixated on diesel cars that are a small part of the overall problem, according to Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK.

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'World first' ethical guidelines for AD

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

What and how will tomorrow’s self-driving cars be allowed to decide for themselves? Tasked by the German government, an ethics commission has drawn up guidelines to regulate these questions. Prof. Christoph Lütge, business ethicist at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and member of the commission, explains in which situations technology should not differentiate between children and adults, and why no one should be forced to give up control of their car.

Lightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group

19 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Marcin Knapczyk, engineering manager at global braking and chassis systems specialist, BWI Group, about how far lightweighting has come and where it is set to go.

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Volvo Cars and Autoliv team up with NVIDIA on AD

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have announced that they will work with NVIDIA, the AI and visual computing company, to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.

Aston Martin delays electric RapidE until 2019

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in 2019.

Autonomous Volvo prototypes befuddled by kangaroos

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump befuddle the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia.

IAA world debuts - BMW X3 official details

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has announced official details of the new X3, having shown the new SUV to the media at an event at its US plant on 26 June. The public debut will take place at the IAA.

just-auto Plus only GKN launches VL3 CVJ system in new BMW 5 series

26 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

GKN Driveline’s new lightweight VL3 constant velocity joint (CV joint) system has launched in its second application on the all-new BMW 5 Series. The VL3 joint makes the driveline more...

New Nissan Leaf EV will have ProPilot Assist

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has released an image of its upcoming, redesigned all-electric Leaf's instrument cluster showing ProPilot Assist technology, its new driver-assistance technology claimed to reduce "the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving".

ZF and Hella to partner on sensors

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF and Hella announced they would partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems.

just-auto Plus only ZF develops integrated electric drive

23 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF's Vision Zero Vehicle is helping to set the course for an accident-free and zero local emissions future. The vehicle features a 150 kW electric axle drive system for dynamic acceleration....

Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing servic

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.

New Ford tech to warn of emergency vehicles

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from an ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far away it is.

Continental joins autonomous driving platform

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental said it had become a development partner and system integrator in the collaboration between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye for automated driving.

Tata Steel launches new outer panel lubrication

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following close cooperation with a leading chemicals supplier, Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT), a so-called booster lubricant, consisting of a thin coating that is applied in the galvanising line prior to applying the conventional oil layer.

Jaguar Land Rover plans big recruitment drive

19 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to hire 5,000 additional staff in the UK as it looks to strengthen its expertise in advanced technological areas such as electrification and autonomous drive.

Nissan Brazil ends initial tests of ethanol FCV

16 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan was the auto industry's first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol’. By combining this and two other technologies (electric motor and a 24 kW/h battery) range is in excess of 600km (375 miles).

IAC opens engineering centre in India

16 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened a new regional and global engineering centre in Pune, India.

just-auto Plus only Xee/HERE join over connected car services

16 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

After having raised more than EUR12m(US$13.37m) from Bridgestone EMEA, Total Energy Ventures and Cofip, Xee has enjoyed strong growth supported by strategic collaborations it has formed with...

Audi A8 gets 48V mild hybrid system as standard

14 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The next Audi A8 range which makes its debut next month will be the first in the brand’s history to feature an electrified drivetrain as standard.

DOE provides US$16m for 30 hydrogen projects

13 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

America's Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled around US$15.8m for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production, as well as storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles.  

Hyundai Mobis opens proving ground

12 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis says it has opened its first domestic proving ground that will allow it to better test parts and related technologies and avoid it having to use overseas facilities. 

Avtovaz begins production of Lada Vesta CNG

9 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Avtovaz Group has started production of a dual-fuel version of Lada Vesta CNG. For the first time in the history of the brand, the dealers will get a car with the serial compressed-gas equipment designed for the use of compressed natural gas. 

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