Latest automotive interviews

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Q&A with VW Group on quantum computing

7 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group and Google have announced a far-reaching research partnership in quantum computing. Quantum computers are high-performance super computers that function in a completely different way from conventional computers. In this interview, Martin Hofmann, the head of group IT, and Hartmut Neven, the development director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, discuss their companies' goals in the partnership and the way that their collaboration can facilitate future mobility solutions.

Q&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk

3 Nov 2017 | Cat Dow

Software platform developer, Mojio, is set to go from strength to strength, working directly with the mobile carriers to connect our older cars. Cat Dow catches up with Mojio CEO Kenny Hawk on what the team does and its plan for the future.

TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'

25 Oct 2017 | Chris Wright

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.

Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.

Bosch VP on next steps for steering technologies

9 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr Marcus Parche, executive vice president, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering about steering technologies for different levels of driver autonomy, user experience test results, steer-by-wire and further market potential for electric power steering.

SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 

Yanfeng CTO on redefining vehicle interiors

21 Sep 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for YFAI at the IAA to learn more about its showcase.

Magna CTO on autonomous drive platform technologies, new materials and processes

20 Sep 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer of Magna International at the IAA to learn more about its deep system knowledge across the car.

Honeywell draws on aerospace expertise for its cyber security offerings

19 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

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.

Adient VP on interior solutions for future vehicle concepts

19 Sep 2017 | Matthew Beecham

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility were hot topics at this year’s IAA show in Frankfurt. Adient, the world’s largest supplier of car seating, used the event to showcase its solutions for tomorrow’s interiors. To find out more, we spoke to Richard Chung, Vice President, Innovation and Design, Advanced Product Development, Adient.

Valeo on the industry's increasing electrification

18 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Michel Forissier, R&D director of Valeo's powertrain systems business group to discuss all things powertrain, particularly the increasing electrification of the global industry.

Samsung sets up $300m fund to develop autonomous cars, pushing $89m to TTTech

18 Sep 2017 | Matthew Beecham

This year’s IAA saw Samsung and Harman launch an autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit and announce a $300m Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund to accelerate their presence in the autonomous sector. According to the business leaders, investments will be made in all areas related to ‘enabling solutions for next-generation mobility’. To learn more, we spoke to Harman’s CEO Dinesh Paliwal.

Tata Steel sees a sustainable future

15 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

Tata Steel recently published a whitepaper entitled "Charging towards a sustainable future?" which sets out the company's views on Europe's future powertrain mix and the role that steel can continue to play in the industry. just-auto's Calum MacRae met with the report's author, Chris Wooffindin, the company's automotive marketing manager, and his colleague Dr Nick Coleman, Principal Researcher in to sustainability at Tata Steel, to discuss the report's contents at the 2017 Frankfurt IAA.

Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive

15 Sep 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.

FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 Sep 2017 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.

Q&A with Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO, Airbiquity

7 Sep 2017 | Cat Dow

Airbiquity is the market-leading provider of connected services for automotive. It’s Choreo platform supports just under eight million cars in over 60 countries across the world and it has recently signed new vehicle subscriptions for Ford, Nissan, FCA, Infiniti and Alpine. Cat Dow caught up with CEO and President Kamyar Moinzadeh to talk about over-the-air updates and future connectivity.

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

8 Aug 2017 | Matthew Beecham

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.

DSD on the transmission engineering landscape - Q&A

20 Jul 2017 | Matthew Beecham

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.

Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket

14 Jul 2017 | Matthew Beecham

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.

Magna VP on Industry 4.0, VR and RocketSpace

13 Jul 2017 | Matthew Beecham

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.

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