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Connected Car: Why Car OEMs Are The Next Telcos?

From product (car) to services (VAS): it all depends on mobile capabilities… Soon, car buyers will no longer be choosing their model solely based on price, design, and brand. They’ll factor in the value of the vehicle’s ecosystem of services and related apps. If you remember, ten years ago, no one could imagine the number of apps we’d be using with our shiny new smartphones. Nor how this would determine […]

Are Autonomous Vehicles Regulations Ready?

The technical and legal landscape for connected vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles is undergoing rapid change at both the national and international level. In particular, the regulation of liability and coverage under insurance laws in case of an accident involving highly or fully automated vehicles has become a pressing issue. Last year, Germany adopted “the world’s most advanced road traffic law”, which at first glance allows drivers […]

Road to Full Autonomous Train

The capacity of today’s railway network is limited because of the block segmentation which provides only discrete train slots and which has grown and evolved historically. Helping our customer to use the maximum capacity of their existing network and increasing the throughput is our target. With train autonomy, the operator can reach much higher capacity using their existing network, by moving more trains in the same network infrastructure, thanks to […]

Future Trends in Automotive Technology Regarding Total Vehicle Tests

In 2015 the European Commission´s (EC) member states agreed to a new set of requirements and testing procedures for certifying passenger cars and light commercial vehicles on-road using portable emission measuring technology (PEMS).   The introduction of Real Driving Emission (RDE) legislation creates a challenge for engine/vehicle designers and manufacturers of exhaust after treatment systems. In order to meet these new requirements, they must now reconsider the entire development chain. […]

48V Revolution

World is going green driving the industries to follow up and adjust their manufacturing processes to the developing regulatory standards. For the Automotive Industry this trend is becoming the most influential one. European regulations are targeted for significant CO2 emissions restriction in the nearest decade and meeting these targets becomes obligatory for the OEMs. Customers’ expectations are also turning towards greener solutions following growing social responsibility. 48V power and electrification […]

Recycling and Reuse of the Composites

The use of composite materials in automotive manufacturing is steadily growing bringing up an important issue of materials recycling. EU end-of-life directives state that 80% of the materials in a new car have to be recyclable. Recycling turns out to be a complex process for these materials due to the fact they are partially merged with metals/paints/etc.  Most of the composites can be ground down and used as a filler. […]

Lightweighting for the Electric Vehicles

Lightweighting stays relatively young concept of the automotive industry. Nevertheless, over the past decade it has been deploying over all the industry sectors, becoming an important subject for research and development. With European commission setting more and more strict regulations for Driving Emissions in attempt to minimize carbon footprint, car manufacturers face an uneasy dilemma – to meet the requirements or to pay increasing penalties. One of the most ergonomic […]

Automotive Market – Trends 2016

Despite the increasing instability of the world’s economy, automotive industry keeps growing its production volumes. According to European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), EU automotive market sales are still on the way to recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and for 2016 ACEA experts don’t expect any impressive swings – just the steady growth in a modest tempo (in comparison to 2014-2015 growth ratio). Key trends in the industry stated by […]