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

10 November 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.

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

8 November 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.

Meet Ford's Robutt, view your truck from on high - the week

3 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ever parked a truck? Me neither. But I have enormous respect for those who daily thread huge delivery trailers, hauled by prime movers bearing such names as Scania, DAF and Mercedes-Benz, through the chaos that is most European city roads and jammed motorways. And then line the business end up against a loading dock with the same sort of precision I can just about manage parking a small Kia at the supermarket. As with cars, numerous electronic aids now make truck driving a little easier (but no less skilled) and I was intrigued to see that 3D surround multi view camera systems for trucks are now on offer. Nissan Birdview scaled up, if you will.

Autonomous vehicles – so near and yet so far

31 October 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.

Latest interviews

Q&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk

3 November 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.

Bosch VP on next steps for steering technologies

9 October 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.

Latest news

Czech Republic tips hat to past for current strength

17 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Czech prowess in manufacturing skills can partly be attributed to the country's Communist past says the country's Automotive Industry Association's secretary-general.

Volvo Group shows autonomous truck in Beijing

17 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volvo has demonstrated a self-driving lorry to a Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing after conducting research into autonomous transport solutions for several years.

Eaton Cummins introduces new transmission for Mexican commercial trucks

17 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced a new fuel economy-focused calibration specifically designed to meet and exceed the distinctive demands of the Mexican commercial trucking industry.

Adient India breaks ground on new seating prototyping facility

17 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Adient has broken ground on an automotive seating prototyping and testing facility, claimed to be the largest of its kind ever built in India.

just-auto Plus only PPG/SiNode Systems join over vehicle battery technology

17 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

PPG announced it has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to accelerate the commercialisation of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles. The...

Gefco sees Brexit opportunity as clock ticks

16 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics supplier, Gefco, says it sees opportunity in Brexit as well as challenges for its customers as the UK and the European Union (EU) attempt to thrash out a deal following London's departure from the trading club in March, 2019.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies

16 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK based clean tech development company, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

GKN's CEO designate exits after US aero ops crisis

16 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

UK-based aerospace and automotive engineering company GKN has said that its CEO designate Kevin Cummings is leaving the company with immediate effect.

Volvo Trucks 'in talks with Samsung on electric trucks'

16 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks is reportedly in discussion with Samsung to develop new generation batteries for freight trucks powered by electricity, according to a Korean newspaper.

Change at the top of Lear

16 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Auto seating and electrical specialist Lear Corporation has announced Matt Simoncini will retire as president, CEO and director on 28 February, 2018, replaced by Ray Scott (52), currently an executive vice president and president of seating. Simoncini will remain in an advisory role until the end of 2018.

just-auto Plus only Toyota CSRC launches new research projects

16 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Centre (CSRC) announced a sweeping set of new research programs studying the opportunities and addressing the challenges of emerging vehicle...

Delphi appoints new Aptiv board directors

16 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Delphi Automotive PLC, which will become two new stand-alone companies, Aptiv PLC and Delphi Technologies PLC, ahas nnounced that Frank Dellaquila and Colin Parris have been named to the Aptiv board of directors, effective with the final date of the spin-off. 

ZF to add 80 UK jobs as camera demand booms

15 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF is ploughing EUR34m (US$40m) into its North East England camera plant in Peterlee as it ramps up new production lines and looks to add a further 80 jobs to the current 880-strong workforce.

Lincoln puts Continental's DMD tech HUDs in production

15 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford premium brand Lincoln is putting Continental's head-up display with digital micromirror device (DMD) technology into production for the first time.

Hyundai/Michelin join to develop nextgen tyres for EVs

15 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has signed a technical partnership with Michelin to equip next-generation tyres for electric and luxury vehicles. The co-operative deal links the research and development work of the two companies and will enable Hyundai Motor to strengthen its capabilities in tyre performance technology.

just-auto Plus only Novelis expands Advanz aluminium alloy supply to North America

15 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Novelis, the world leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, announced its Advanz 6HF - e/s200 aluminium alloy is now available in North America following its successful application in Europe....

just-auto Plus only Harman launches International Cyber Security SMART Range in Israel

15 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, in cooperation with Ben-Gurion University...

Delphi board approves Delphi Technologies spin-off

14 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Delphi says its board has approved the record date, distribution date and distribution ratio for the spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new publicly traded company, Delphi Technologies.

NVIDIA records Q3 net income up 55% to US$838m

14 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

NVIDIA has posted third-quarter net income up 55% year on year to EUR838m, along with record revenue of US$2.64bn, a rise of 32%.

just-auto Plus only MAN Engines presents new 450 kW gas engines

14 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

MAN Engines is now offering a twelve-cylinder 450 kWmech gas engine based on the E32 series. Both the E3262 LE232, for natural gas, and the E3262 LE242, for biogas and other special gases, deliver...

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