Automotive and Motorsport

Sensors ensure fast and safe automotive brake cable production

During production of automotive parking-brake cable in a Portuguese factory, strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable with a nominal diameter of 3mm (0.1in). The process operates continuously, and twisted cable passes between successive work-stations in an unbroken length. Between operations, the cable is largely unsupported, …

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Marriage made simple: laser profile sensors enable precise alignment and positioning of vehicle instrument panels

Fully or semi-automatic assembly of instrument panels in the automotive production process require the gripper tool to precisely position the panel in accordance with the vehicle chassis. With each chassis potentially having a different variant or position, knowing where the tool is in relation to the chassis allows for smooth …

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Israeli startup TriEye collaborates with Porsche to help drivers “see” better in low visibility conditions

Israeli startup TriEye, whose Short-Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) sensing technology enhances visibility in adverse weather and night-time conditions, has announced a collaboration with the German sports car manufacturer Porsche, to further improve visibility and performance of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV). As ADAS systems are expected to operate under …

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Safety to the power of three: Bosch completes sensor portfolio for automated driving

Good things come in threes – and automated driving is no exception. Before safe automated driving can become a reality, a third sensor principle is needed in addition to camera and radar. Consequently, Bosch is making long-range lidar sensors production-ready – the first lidar (light detection and ranging) system that …

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How close are we to autonomous cars?

In the past decade, progress continues in the development and deployment of autonomous driving technologies, as we see market leaders like Google’s Waymo have achieved the milestones in on-road testing of their self-driving fleets, and companies like Tesla announced ambitious plans to commercialise robotaxi services in geo-fenced areas by 2020. Meanwhile, we have also seen GM delaying its …

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Mouser Electronics and Bourns present new eBook on electric vehicles charging infrastructure

Mouser Electronics has announced a new eBook in collaboration with Bourns, exploring new components, technologies, and strategies for the design and development of electric vehicles. In Electrification of the Vehicle, subject matter experts from Mouser and Bourns provide detailed explanations of concepts and products including shunt resistors, inductor designs for on-board chargers, …

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ABT and Schaeffler establish strategic collaboration to electrify light commercial vehicles

The Schaeffler Group and ABT e-Line have established a strategic collaboration for the electrification of light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes. ABT e-Line is a 100 per cent subsidiary of ABT Holding that, as a premium partner to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, has been commissioned to fully electrify light …

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Former apprentice and motorsport legend opens new OAS training centre

Motorsport legend and former apprentice, Ross Brawn OBE has officially opened the new Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) Training Centre, which is run by the Manufacturing Technology Centre, on the UKAEA Culham site in Oxfordshire. Coventry-based MTC Apprenticeships has been procured by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Science …

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How the latest electronics have impacted the automotive evolution

The automotive industry has been thriving for many years and is one of the highest demanding markets. The automotive industry is a term that covers all aspects of motor vehicles – such as the design, development, marketing, manufacturing and selling of the vehicles itself. With thanks to the latest electronics, …

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Schaeffler and Audi look forward to another successful season

With the next (sixth) season due to begin today, Formula E is the ideal stage for Schaeffler to present its expertise in the field of forward-thinking technologies and sustainable mobility. Earlier this month, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler received a further boost when Audi and Schaeffler announced that they will continue …

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