Beecham's Tech-Talk

Beecham's Tech-Talk

By: Matthew Beecham

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

CES - Nuance Communications on the future for voice-controlled in-car assistants

11 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Nuance is a developer of conversational and cognitive technologies. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at the CES this week, we spoke to Arnd Weil, VP & General Manager Automotive & Consumer Electronics, Nuance Communications about the company’s Dragon Drive and other technologies. 

CES – Techniplas on the way forward for 3D printing in the auto industry

10 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Techniplas’ CEO, Avi Reichental. The company is using CES this week to showcase a Mini-Cooper that has been gutted and replaced with 3D printed parts, including smart connected products, such as cognitive LED lights that are embedded into the car’s exterior. The car also features high-gloss and scratch resistant surfaces, and an air-water filter system that gives drivers cleaner air to breathe. Techniplas’ technology is also featured in the latest Rinspeed concept car.

CES - Visteon CEO on the prospects for all-digital clusters, AR-HUDs and display audio

9 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we caught up with Sachin Lawande, President and CEO of Visteon for an update on company’s operations and recent infotainment business wins.

CES - Continental on connectivity, Alexa and a speakerless sound system

8 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES, we spoke to Dr Karsten Michels, head of Interior Systems & Technology, division Interior, Continental to learn more about the company’s showcase.

CES - Innoviz Technologies’ mission to enable the mass commercialisation of AVs

5 Jan 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Initiating just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with automotive suppliers exhibiting at CES this month, we spoke to Omer Keilaf, CEO and Co-founder of Innoviz Technologies just ahead of the official opening in Las Vegas to learn about the company's showcase. Innoviz develops LiDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging) remote sensing solutions to enable the mass commercialisation of autonomous vehicles.

Interior design and technology – Honda HR-V

18 Dec 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The second-generation Honda HR-V is designed to appeal to young singles and pre-family couples. Its rivals include the popular yet quirky Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we shine a light on this subcompact SUV to see what’s new.

Leoni on collaborative robots and becoming a full service provider

30 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we caught up with Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the Wiring Systems Division, Leoni. He explained how increasing data transmission volume is making higher demands of cable assembly. Data protocols and special cables are very complex to produce manually hence automatic manufacture of data cables will become standard.

Automotive semiconductors – the next wave of market growth

24 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Semiconductors are used in a variety of automotive applications, including interior, safety, fuel efficiency and connectivity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one turns a spotlight on some of those applications and the key players serving the market.

Interior design and technology – Kia Soul

20 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Launched in 2008 for those looking to make a funky and bold statement, the Kia Soul is certainly out of the ordinary. Competing models include the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka X and Nissan Juke. Like the Juke, opinions are divided on its distinctive looks and hamster TV commercials.  But that hasn't stopped the Soul from becoming a market leader in the US and China.  Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the Soul.

Driverless cars? The ‘fun to drive car will live on’ - Kia

10 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While driverless cars are being pushed to the public as desirable, are they really? Many of us like driving cars, most of the time.  Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development for Hyundai and Kia Motors told just-auto that there will always be a need for fun to drive cars.

2018 Kia Sorento adds 8-speed automatic transmission

9 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Kia Motors Europe used the most recent IAA show in Frankfurt to reveal an upgraded third-generation Sorento. Notable cosmetic features of this full-sized seven-seater include reshaped bumpers, tweaked lighting, darkened version of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, updated instrumentation and sporty GT-Line badging. It also comes bristling with active safety features and Kia’s in-house engineered eight-speed automatic transmission. As Kia’s guests on a press trip to Seoul, we got the chance to drive this fresh-faced SUV.

Hydrogen is (still) the fuel of the future, says Kia

8 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has been in and out of the automotive limelight over the past decade. Toyota's announcement in 2015 of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis brought the technology back into focus. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways any time soon? Although there is still some work to go, Kia believes it has the solution.

Autonomous vehicles – so near and yet so far

31 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Predictions as to when the first autonomous vehicle will be available vary depending on who we talk to and, for that matter, how we define it. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s research snapshots, this one reviews how close we are to the holy grail of autonomous vehicles.

Interior design and technology – Ford Fiesta

27 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since its introduction in 1976, Ford has rolled out seven generations of Fiesta, each one slightly more spacious, safer and efficient. The latest incarnation expands the range to include a crossover-inspired Active and luxurious Vignale. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this ever-popular supermini.

ADAS – a window of opportunity for Autoglass and Belron

13 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Autoglass recently brought together a group of highly skilled windscreen technicians from across the UK to compete in its Best of Belron national contest, staged in Milton Keynes.  Under starter’s orders, and on a countdown from ten that culminated with the sound of a smashed car windscreen, ten technicians began their meticulous work watched by a committee of judges.

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