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ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus.

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.

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

Ford opens London smart mobility office

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett has opened the company's Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London which will target the near term development of smart mobility technologies while focusing on the specific requirements of European cities.

Mitsubishi plans Dutch vehicle to grid pilot

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the implementation of a vehicle to grid (V2G) pilot in the Netherlands with the first charge point already being used with Outlander PHEV vehicle storage batteries.

Tokyo show: Nissan to reveal concept ambulance, 'chiller' e-van

19 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Tokyo motor show includes commercial vehicles and Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles aimed to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept. The Paramedic Concept, based on the NV350 van, will be the automaker's fifth generation ambulance while the e-NV200 Fridge Concept is a van that can deliver chilled foods in urban environments, where large delivery trucks are often prevented from stopping.

Toyota launches Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell concept vehicle

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has launched the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept that envisions mobility in a low carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy. The concept proposes "a new form of the premium saloon" by employing a flexible layout unique to electric powered vehicles and a large amount of available electric power using hydrogen as an energy source.

GM to test self driving cars in NY in early 2018

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to governor Andrew Cuomo.

Toyota presents Sora fuel cell bus concept

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the Sora fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. It plans to launch a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

just-auto Plus only Porsche presents 2018 718 GTS models with more power

18 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Porsche is expanding its mid-engine range with the new two-seater 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS. The vehicles’ power has now been increased to 269 kw (365 hp; 718 Boxster GTS...

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.

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...

Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station.

Toyota wants AI-enhanced vehicles testing by 2020

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced an outline of the concept car "Toyota Concept-i" series that it says embodies the future vision of a mobility society through which artificial intelligence (AI) enables cars to understand the driver, "effectively allowing people and cars to become partners".

JLR/WMG establishing Europe's largest R&D facility

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick in central England, has hit a construction milestone (with the completion of the external grounds) and is on track to commence operations next summer.

ADAS – a window of opportunity for Autoglass and Belron

13 October 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.

Toyota rolls out fuel cell truck in Los Angeles

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The possible future of heavy duty trucking is now on the streets in the form of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA)'s Project Portal – a hydrogen fuel cell system.

Deutsche Post DHL selects ZF and NVIDIA on AD delivery vehicles

11 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is planning to deploy a test fleet of autonomous drive (AD) delivery trucks - some 3,400 vehicles - starting in 2018. As part of the plans, ZF and NVIDIA will partner to supply key technologies.

just-auto Plus only VW/JAC joint venture accelerates

11 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From the industry people’s point of view, there are three key words in the cooperation between JAC and Volkswagen, which is new energy, complementary equivalence, and win-win creation. They...

Magna joins autonomous vehicle partnership

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna has joined an industry autonomous car partnership as a Tier 1 technology integrator and will help automakers industrialise and customise the domain controller designed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The plan is to deliver a self-driving, flexible vehicle platform by 2021.

GENIVI alliance introduces vehicle domain interaction strategy

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The GENIVI Alliance, an open, collaborative software development community of automakers and suppliers, is introducing a vehicle domain interaction strategy focused on developing open standard interfaces and code that will define the necessary paths bridging multiple car software domains.

Mercedes Vans adding RFID production technology

9 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ahead of the start of production of the redesigned Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz Vans is bringing new connected series production technology online for greater flexibility and efficiency at the plant in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin.

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