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Matthew Beecham


Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

Columns by Matthew Beecham


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Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham


Rashmi Rao User experience in the connected car – Q&A with Harman

8 August 2017

With continuously improving connectivity in the car as we move towards autonomous vehicles, experts are predicting fast and vast improvements in the user experience (discuss). Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with suppliers, we caught up with Harman’s head of advanced engineering and user experience, Rashmi Rao to learn about the possibilities and how car occupants will benefit.


The Volvo S60 is offered with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brakeVolvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S60

21 July 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes bristling with an appealing spec.


Alex Tylee-BirdsallDSD on the transmission engineering landscape - Q&A

20 July 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with suppliers, we spoke to Alex Tylee-Birdsall, co-founder and director of Drive System Design, about how the transmissions market is undergoing a period of change.


Ford C-MAX Solar Energi conceptManufacturers energise the solar car roof market

19 July 2017

Despite the fascination for clean tech, commercialising solar roofs have been weighed down by the extra cost and complexity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, we take a look at who is doing what to energise the solar roof market.


Ruslan Leontiev & Alexey BartashevichDenso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket

14 July 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.


Ian SimmonsMagna VP on Industry 4.0, VR and RocketSpace

13 July 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about Industry 4.0, virtual reality (VR) technologies and its venturing strategy.


Trico has created 60 step-by-step wiper blade fitting videos.Changing times for wipers – Q&A with Trico

12 July 2017

In theory, the wiper blade is a service replacement item. But in reality, motorists often wait until the product is disintegrating before replacing it. Research indicates that 60 percent of drivers who do not install their own wiper blades cite the confusing assortment of adaptors that accompany replacement blades as the reason. Trico Products has been doing its bit to raise awareness of the dangers of worn-out blades and make the mechanics of replacing them simpler. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Sam Robinson, Product and Brand Manager for Trico Products to learn how the wiper blade market is shaping up and why step-by-step replacement blade fitting videos are rejuvenating the DIY market.


Deadly faults in Takata’s airbags triggered one of the automotive industry’s largest recalls.Takata bags a buyer - ANALYSIS

27 June 2017

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.


The higher spec Swift SZ5 is jam-packed with technologies, including forward-facing and laser sensors to support lane departure warning and high beam assist.Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift

26 June 2017

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.


If in doubt, ask: Microsoft’s Cortana AI system forms part of BMW’s Connected Car vision.You’ll never drive alone - automakers adopt virtual driver assistants

26 June 2017

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.




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