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Autonomous vehicle interiors – what can we expect?

12 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Retracting steering wheels, reconfigurable dashboards, Star Trek swivelling seats and entire windscreens that transform into head-up displays are a common vision of the autonomous car. When an SAE Level 5 car becomes a social (or empty) space that neither needs nor wants your help, what can we really expect? Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s research snapshots, this one reviews some interior concepts and innovations to find the pulse of the self-driving car interior.

Interior design and technology - Suzuki Baleno

9 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Alongside 4x4s, Suzuki is renowned for producing small cars that pack a lot of punch and ooze appeal. The Baleno is a fine example, marking one of the lightest, practical and most roomy B segment hatchbacks around. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a look inside this hidden gem.

Competition heats up in the global EV battery market - ANALYSIS

2 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Governments in Europe and Asia this year have announced ambitious medium- and long-term sales targets and quotas for zero-emission vehicles, as they look to move away from polluting, fossil-fuel burning vehicles.

UPDATED - Ford's Bridgend engine plant; the anatomy of its decline

28 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

A confluence of factors, many of them rooted in history, are behind the expected decline in output at Ford’s Bridgend plant which will lead to the loss of 1,100 jobs over the next five years.

Latest interviews

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.

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

2 October 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. 

Latest news

AGC Kiriko glasswork used on Lexus LS door trim

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Asahi Glass said its Kiriko glasswork has been chosen by Toyota Motor Corporation for the new Lexus LS interior.

Hyundai Mobis develops sunroof airbag

19 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Media reports in South Korea suggest the innovation is designed largely for panoramic sunroofs in SUVs. It is also claimed as a world first for the system that addresses the risk of passengers getting ejected through the roof during accidents.

Toyoda Gosei develops new glass runs for quieter Lexus

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei has developed glass runs with a new structure that will contribute to both achieving a more stylish appearance and quieter vehicle cabins. This product is used on the new Lexus LS. 

Solvay launches new heat-stabilised polyamide for automotive applications

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Solvay Performance Polyamides has launched Technyl Red S, a heat-stabilised polyamide designed for automotive applications operating at a continuous temperature of 200°C.

Michelin acquires Lehigh Technologies

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has acquired Lehigh Technologies, a materials company which uses cryogenic turbo mill technology to transform rubber from end-of-life tyres and industrial goods.

Bendix invests to expand production in Huntington

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a US$3.8m capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines.

Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor, initially to produce an electric drive powertrain system for a German automaker.

Mercedes-Benz Procurement scouts for suppliers in Korea

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler was the first OEM with its own presence at the Korea Electronics Show (KES) fair and its supplier scouts were establishing direct contact with trendsetters in consumer electronics.

just-auto Plus only New Jeep Compass earns IIHS top safety pick rating

18 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new Jeep Compass has earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2017 compact SUV achieves “good” ratings in each...

just-auto Plus only BorgWarner R2S turbocharger to boost Daimler's OM 656 diesel engine

18 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BorgWarner provides its leading regulated two-stage (R2S) turbocharger for Daimler's latest 2.9-litre six-cylinder inline diesel engine OM 656, which is initially featured in the updated...

Continental develops control element for automated driving

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Continental says it has developed a new control tool to aid the transfer of control between driver and vehicle. Located in the centre console of the vehicle, it continuously informs vehicle occupants of the current driving mode using its kinematic function. The device can be operated in a similar way to a joystick and provides variable haptic feedback to the operator.

Denso joins Xperi to accelerate its ADAS product development

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation and Xperi Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based technology company, have announced Denso will start joint technology development of cabin sensing with FotoNation, an Xperi group company specialising in image recognition technologies

Hella breaks ground for new electronics plant in Lithuania

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hella has laid the foundation for a new electronics plant in Lithuania.

Cummins to acquire Brammo

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications.

just-auto Plus only Opel’s Crossland X first LPG car with electronic tank multivalve

17 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The stylish yet functional Opel Crossland X is now available with the benefits of low fuelling costs and a tax concession for using LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). The urban crossover with SUV looks...

just-auto Plus only NXP introduces new auto processing platform

17 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NXP Semiconductors the world's largest supplier of automotive semiconductors, has announced an all new control and compute concept for connected, electric and autonomous cars. The NXP S32...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess offers Tepex in lightweight automotive design

17 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites Tepex from Lanxess have many potential applications as inserts for the local reinforcement of injection-molded components. While metal...

just-auto Plus only Cypress introduces new Traveo automotive microcontrollers

17 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cypress Semiconductor announced a new series in its Traveo automotive microcontroller (MCU) family with more memory to support a hybrid instrument cluster with 3D graphics and up to 6 traditional...

Valeo receives EU approval on FTE acquisition

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valeo has received the approval from the European Commission and plans to complete the acquisition of FTE Automotive, a leading producer of actuators, before the end of October, subject to the approval of Turkish antitrust authorities.

Honeywell appoints new Mergers and Acquisitions head

16 October 2017 | Richard Jackson

Honeywell has named Brian Cook as vice president of Corporate Development and global head of Mergers and Acquisitions, reporting to senior vice president and CFO Thomas Szlosek. Cook succeeds Anne Madden, who was recently named as Honeywell's senior vice president and general counsel.

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