Spotlight

Design

Investing for success

Growing the market share of any business is a challenge. But in the automotive industry it requires an OEM to juggle the need to invest in new technologies and vehicles...

Connectivity

Sensing the way ahead

The industry is swinging towards autonomous vehicles – cars that can drive themselves through certain scenarios, reducing the stress of driving in heavy traffic...

Safety

Looking to the future

Any merger or acquisition is bound to have big implications for the businesses involved. When the announcement was made that ZF and TRW were bringing their companies...

Connectivity

Looking to the future

Any merger or acquisition is bound to have big implications for the businesses involved. When the announcement was made that ZF and TRW were bringing their companies...

Connectivity

Connected space

Staying at the forefront of technological development is difficult for any firm. The financial investment, staff time and innovation required make it a challenge even...

Powertrain

High five

There’s a lot of discussion in the media and among engineers working in the industry about how long OEMs can continue to produce high-performance vehicles that use...

Electronics

Controlling the future

The increasing number of advanced driver-assistance systems has improved safety on our roads considerably. Functions including automatic brake assist and lane change...

Powertrain

Procedural changes

There is a huge drive to reduce emissions, improve vehicle safety and provide greater levels of connectivity. Most OEMs are downsizing the combustion engine, reducing...

Hybrids & EVs

Going against the grain

Of all the OEMs in the automotive industry today, Tesla is surely the most intriguing. While others have rich and lengthy histories to fall back on, this niche...

Powertrain

The pressure is on

The pressure on OEMs has never been greater. On the one hand they are required to deliver the fuel economy and driving performance that the public seeks, while on the...

Hybrids & EVs

Mixing it up

Electrification of the powertrain used to be little more than a pet project for some in the automotive industry. Not much more than 10 years ago, it was seen as a...

Chassis

Material gains

When Dr Ulrich Hackenberg joined Audi’s board last year and became responsible for the company’s technical development, his task was no different to anyone else’s in that...

Hybrids & EVs

An eye on the future

It was not long ago that Toyota’s efforts at hybrid technology were being derided as little more than a novelty that would have minimal impact on the market. Today it is...

Connectivity

Safety conscious

Reducing accidents on Europe’s roads is an important goal, and one that was being pushed long before organisations such as Euro NCAP started influencing the adoption of...

Downsizing

A tricky balancing act

Ever stricter targets for CO2 and NOx have led engineers to develop and integrate more complex technologies to reduce harmful emissions from...

Emissions

Decisions at molecular

With so much focus of late on infotainment and connectivity – the CES show in Las Vegas is becoming a must-attend event for senior R&D figures in the industry – CO