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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


Beecham's Tech-Talk

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

Articles by Matthew Beecham

Nissan X-Trail has a generous list of standard equipment.Interior design and technology – Nissan X-Trail

11 April 2018

Launched years ago, or in 2014 to be precise, Nissan’s third-generation X-Trail (badged Rogue overseas) is one of the world’s most popular SUVs. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the X-Trail to see what makes this family crossover such a fashionable choice.

The Kia Stonic has lots of nitty-gritty interior detail to consider.Interior design and technology – Kia Stonic

4 April 2018

Arriving late to the party, the Kia Stonic is the South Korean carmaker’s first entry into the crowded small (B-segment) SUV market. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside the top-drawer First Edition trimmed model to take a closer look.

Richard Gregory Prodrive on composites for special edition vehicles

23 March 2018

While pressures to reduce vehicle emissions through weight saving have stimulated auto industry interest in lightweight composite components, there is also an appetite for bespoke cosmetic parts. We caught up with Prodrive’s Commercial and Engineering Director Richard Gregory to learn about the challenges of satisfying some of the world’s most discerning customers.

Interior tunnel console on the Volvo V90.Interior design and technology – Volvo V90

19 March 2018

Launched at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of family estates from Sweden. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this Scandinavian workhorse.

Rajus AugustinePitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

BMW Group, in partnership with EVCARD recently launched ReachNow car-sharing service in Chengdu, China.Car sharing update – who, what and where

27 February 2018

Car sharing schemes allow us to rent cars for a short period on an as-needed basis. Although car sharing has been around since 1950s, it only really came of age in the 1990s with a number of small-scale schemes dotted across Europe and North America. Since then its use has become widespread in the shared economy. Here’s a quick round-up of who is doing what and where.

Adient's A117 automated driving seating systemTake a seat, your car is almost ready to drive you

26 February 2018

Developments in vehicle seating have been taking place much faster than may be apparent on the surface. OEMs are demanding greater differentiation in their seat designs while motorists look for greater functionality and luxury. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one focuses on automotive seating developments.

The Suzuki Vitara is comfortable, spacious and practical; all ‘must haves’ for family buyers.Interior design and technology – Suzuki Vitara

16 February 2018

Since 1988, Suzuki has launched four generations of its Vitara. Fast-forward three decades and the carmaker’s latest incarnation competes head on with the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and Kia Soul in the hugely popular crossover SUV segment. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this compact SUV.

Torsten GollewskiZF ramps up R&D spend on autonomous driving technologies

14 February 2018

ZF recently presented its next steps on the road to autonomous driving. Its supercomputer, ProAI, acts as a central control unit within a test vehicle and with this ZF is taking a modular approach to the development of automated driving functions. The goal is a system architecture that can be applied to any vehicle and tailored according to the application, available hardware and desired level of automation. To find out more, we spoke to Torsten Gollewski, Head of Advanced Engineering at ZF and Managing Director of the ZF venture capital company, Zukunft Ventures GmbH.

Leor GreblerVoice recognition becomes common parlance

13 February 2018

Carmakers are fast adopting virtual assistants, confirming that speech is becoming the preferred interface for tomorrow’s cockpit. Voice control was king at the most recent CES. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive specialists, we spoke to Leor Grebler, CEO of Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation. UCIC is a Toronto-based company that helps integrate Alexa into hardware products. They created an Echo-like device on Kickstarter back in 2012 and have been working in voice since then.

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