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Calum MacRae

Calum MacRaeBiography

Calum MacRae is QUBE's product manager, responsible for developing and managing the content of the platform. Calum is an automotive specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the area of automotive research and analysis.

Before joining Aroq, he worked for Jaguar Land Rover in the area of powertrain strategy where responsibilities included monitoring component and system commonality across the company's strategic platforms and competitor intelligence in powertrain technology and strategy. Prior to Jaguar Land Rover, he worked for PwC's Autofacts automotive research and analysis division and was latterly head of that practice. As well as leading Autofacts' global powertrain analysis and forecasts he also contributed a number of proprietary studies for major component suppliers and light vehicle manufacturers. These included: industry trend and driver analysis; competitor and/or partner assessment; market studies and technology projections, and business planning and risk analysis for buy- and sell-side engagements. In addition, he was lead author on PwC white papers covering climate change and the automotive industry.

Prior to joining PwC, he was a Market Research Analyst for a European market research and consultancy firm. His responsibilities included the researching and writing industry reports for a wide range of sectors and accompanying client service activities.

Calum has a degree in economics from Coventry University where he specialised in the Economics of the Motor Industry.  

Articles by Calum MacRae

Bence Varga, Head of European Sales, AImotiveCES - AImotive and their vision first approach to autonomous

19 January 2018

AImotive is a Hungary-based AI expert that hopes to bring autonomous driving to the masses. Its technology is based on a "vision first" approach. In early January 2018 it raised US$38m in a Series C funding round. At the 2018 CES, just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted to Bence Varga, AImotive's Head of European Sales.

John Eggert, Director, Automotive Sales & Marketing, Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.LiDAR Q&A with Velodyne

14 January 2018

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted with John Eggert, director, automotive sales and marketing, at Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. of San Jose, CA. Velodyne is one of the leading developers and manufacturers of LiDAR sensors and its PUCK sensors have been deployed on numerous autonomous test vehicles. 

Michael Poulin, LeddarTechLiDAR Q&A with LeddarTech

13 January 2018

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Michael Poulin, General Manager, Automotive Solutions, LeddarTech. LeddarTech is a leading player in the development of solid-state LiDAR sensors that the automotive industry needs to bring to market to make L4 and L5 autonomous vehicles an affordable reality. 

Glorious!Time to end the era of homogeneous design?

15 December 2017

Has the world gone mad? We've all been there - looking at the supernumerated types on the late train back home. We'll take a surreptitious glance at them working away on their laptop or iPad. We see them open a few spreadsheets. They'll spend a cursory few seconds ostentatiously scrolling through a few figures. Another corporate lamp post marked.

The unique piston design of the Nautilus engineNautilus - does this engine change everything?

12 December 2017

just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Nautilus’s CEO and founder Matthew Riley and Mark Glasson the company’s president of Global Automotive to find out more.

Ansible Motion's DiL simulatorElectric and autonomous driving boosting simulator demand

5 December 2017

Ever wondered how regenerative braking in hybrid and electric cars is calibrated by engineers? Or how the changeover from machine to human driver will be formulated in the future? These and many other vehicle development conundrums are being solved by technology developed by a company based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK – that’s not Lotus. Ansible Motion, formed in 2009 by Kia Cammaerts, already counts major North American and Japanese OEMs among a client base that also includes the added glamour of a raft of Formula 1 teams.

Employees at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant, UK, building the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engineUPDATED - Ford's Bridgend engine plant; the anatomy of its decline

28 September 2017

A confluence of factors, many of them rooted in history, are behind the expected decline in output at Ford’s Bridgend plant which will lead to the loss of 1,100 jobs over the next five years.

Guillaume Devauchelle, Valeo's vice president of innovation and scientific developmentAutonomous drive is on Valeo's radar

26 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Guillaume Devauchelle, vice president of innovation and scientific development at Valeo. During the show Valeo unveiled that its future strategic direction would be determined by a focus on three industry megatrends: electric drive; autonomous drive and mobility.

Gert-Jan Vogelaar, Strategic Marketing Director, Punch PowertrainPunch Powertrain on a rapid growth track

19 September 2017

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s achieved average annual growth of around 50% and has plans to take its capacity from 1.2 million units at the end of this year to over 3 million units by 2020. It’s headquartered at Sint-Truiden in Belgium and is a major supplier of CVTs to Chinese domestic OEMs from its manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. 

Cristina Segal, VP and General Manager, Connected Vehicles, HoneywellHoneywell draws on aerospace expertise for its cyber security offerings

19 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Cristina Segal, VP for connected vehicles at Honeywell. Segal joined Honeywell from Intel, where she was the strategy leader in automotive for Intel's Wind River business.

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