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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.

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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

All together now: Merging of information from different sensors provides a more reliable and accurate view of the environment (Source: Continental).RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Level 2 ADAS technologies trickle down car segments

3 August 2020

While advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies have appeared in luxury cars for some time, they are increasingly appearing in less expensive cars. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s series of research snapshots, Matthew Beecham reviews the extent to which ADAS technologies are permeating car segments.

The vertical infotainment touchscreen takes centre stage inside the Volvo V60 Cross Country.Interior design and technology – Volvo V60

3 August 2020

The third-generation Volvo V60 was launched two years ago in its natural habitat – the driveway of a family home in Stockholm – drawing attention to the carmaker’s pedigree in family estates. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this spacious and safe mid-size model.

E-scooters race to the rescue in the new normal.RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Shared scootering solutions for a post-COVID era

24 July 2020

The British government recently fast-tracked a permit to allow electric scooter rentals on public roads. The move forms part of a broader investigation into greener travel and overcrowding on public transport as the pandemic rages on. Advocates for e-scooters say they provide a fun alternative to driving short distances while promoting social distancing. Yet there is still concern about safety to riders, drivers and pedestrians as well as the environmental credentials of e-scooters. Matthew Beecham takes a moment to ponder the prospects for e-scooters in the new normal.

The VW Touareg is packed with connected technology to keep everyone content while on the road.Interior design and technology - VW Touareg

22 July 2020

Launched in Beijing in March 2018, the third-generation Volkswagen Touareg boasts a minimalist cockpit and huge dual-screen to keep you connected while on the move. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at how VW’s high-tech flagship compares to its predecessor.

The more infotainment available to the driver in the centre console, the greater the risk of visual distraction. In addressing this, Continental has come up with a Smart Voice Assistant that can learn and adapt to user behaviour, preferences and context.RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - You’ll never drive alone

20 July 2020

For some time, we have seen cockpit designers working on ways in which to display more information yet make the dash appear less complex. The general approach is to ensure that only the most essential information is displayed while remaining features are available in the background or brought up at will. But the increasing fitment of artificial intelligence (AI), connectivity and voice control suggests that this part of the interior is still in its infancy in terms of development. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s series of research snapshots, Matthew Beecham reviews some supplier innovations in the voice control arena.

Debuted on the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz’s Energising Comfort Control system links various functions in the cockpit to help boost driver and occupant comfort or even lift their mood. What is not to like?RESEARCH SNAPSHOT – The car as a wellness retreat

15 July 2020

The importance of health and wellness has come into even sharper focus in 2020. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s series of research snapshots, Matthew Beecham assesses how far we have come in terms of wellness technologies infiltrating the car.

Free2move, Groupe PSA’s mobility brand, has launched Car On Demand, a service providing access to a car without long-term commitment.RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Car subscription in the ‘new normal’

13 July 2020

For some folks, car ownership means commitment, responsibilities and hassle. The emergence of novel purchase models such as car subscription is a breath of fresh air for those preferring more flexibility in getting about. While the pandemic has created uncertainties in the mobility services space, there are more opportunities for disrupters. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s series of research snapshots, Matthew Beecham takes the pulse of the car subscription market.

Dmitri KonsonExhausting business – Tenneco hits the right note on the Chevy Corvette

7 July 2020

Tenneco is supplying thermal and acoustic management solutions in an exhaust system design for first-ever, mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. To get a better understanding of the whys and wherefores, we spoke to Dmitri Konson, Vice President Global Engineering, Tenneco Clean Air.

Polestar’s ‘signature gold’ seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the performance visuals of this Volvo S60.Interior design and technology – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered

6 July 2020

The Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered looks like any other workaday variant, yet the posh adjustable dampers set it apart, amongst other things. As the name suggests, its chassis has been engineered by Polestar, Volvo’s performance arm. But what of its interior? Continuing just-auto/AIC’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this stunning piece of engineering.

Alexander van LaackFaurecia VP on connected and personalised car interiors

6 July 2020

If you appreciate uncluttered, simple dashboards, then it will come as welcome news that traditional buttons are gradually disappearing in favour of multi-functional touchscreens. The increasing use of multi-screens supports our view that such in-car technology is increasingly becoming a personal assistant, allowing for intelligent messaging and personalised content. To learn more about what we can expect in car, we spoke to Alexander van Laack, Vice President of Sales – FCA, Nissan and New Entrants, Faurecia Clarion Electronics. Launched last year and headquartered in Japan, Faurecia Clarion Electronics brings together the software and electronics expertise of Clarion, Parrot Automotive and Coagent Electronics as well as other acquisitions such CovaTech and Creo Dynamics.

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