Power management company Eaton has named Gerard DeVito, vice president, Technology, Vehicle Group, effective November 1, 2014. DeVito will be based in Galesburg, Mich., and will report to Ken Davis, president, Eaton Vehicle Group and functionally to Jeff Lowinger, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Industrial Sector.
In this role, DeVito will be responsible for leading and directing all engineering activities for the Vehicle Group to ensure that financial, growth, productivity and technology objectives are met.
Velvac, Inc., which manufactures vision systems and components for the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the operations and major assets of Qualnetics Corporation, a pioneer in connected vehicle technologies.
The new company will operate under the name of Road-iQ, LLC, and will remain based in Bellingham, Wash., led by Qualnetics Corporation co-founder Mark Moeller.
Road-iQ provides software and hardware systems for commercial and recreational vehicle fleet management, communications, and safety. Its flagship product, the Road-iQ VideoData Server, developed in partnership with Velvac, networks various data sources in the vehicle, including multiple on-board video cameras, and then communicates that information in real time to a tablet computer, providing recording and playback for training, security, and liability protection, as well as wireless communication to telematics service providers and fleet managers.
Visteon Cockpit Concept Lets Drivers Operate Some Vehicle Controls through Eye Movement and Head Direction
October 30, 2014 by John Day
Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) unveiled an automotive cockpit concept demonstrating how drivers can select certain controls through eye movement and head direction.
Hidden eye-tracking cameras capture this data to deliver an advanced human-machine interaction (HMI).
This concept has received interest from auto manufacturers and has also impressed vehicle owners. Prior to the final build of the concept, Visteon presented an early version to consumers at a research clinic, where 81 percent of respondents felt that the system was easy to operate and 78 percent found it enjoyable to use.
October 29, 2014 by John Day
Beginning November 1 2014, the ESP electronic stability program (ESP) will be a standard In the European Union. All newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles one year later.
Other countries have also begun to recognize that ESP is extremely important for road safety. Since September 2011, ESP has been mandated for all vehicles in the United States and Canada with a gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 metric tons. Australia and Israel have also made ESP mandatory. Similar regulations will take effect in Japan, Korea, Russia, and Turkey in the years ahead.
TRW’s Newest Electrically Powered Steering Column Drive Launches on Platforms in Europe and in China
October 27, 2014 by John Day
TRW’s third generation electrically powered steering column drive (EPS CD) technology recently launched on major vehicle platforms in Europe – the VW Polo, Up and e-Up, Audi S1, Skoda Rapide, Space Back, Fabia Citigo, and FIAT 500L – and in China – the GAC FIAT Viaggio. Annual volumes will be over one million for these platforms.
TRW’s EPS CD Gen 3 is based on a modular and scalable architecture that allows for greater freedom of packaging and design for a broad range of applications and helps to lower life cycle costs.
October 24, 2014 by John Day
Maxwell Technologies announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated to address challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.
Maxwell’s expertise in ultracapacitor cell design, manufacturing processes and capacitive energy storage product designs combined with Corning’s expertise in high-performance materials, analytical capabilities and technology innovations should enable the two parties to ultimately achieve superior product value for customers and end users.
The new plant, which covers 17,151 square meters (184,616 square feet), serves as both a design and manufacturing center for Laird. An in-house engineering team utilizes local ingenuity and technical expertise, which is then leveraged by the manufacturing team to produce “smart” antenna solutions and applications.
The team also produces components that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and other emerging mobile technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, all of which will greatly enhance driver safety, the passenger experience and the management of vehicle assets in the future.
Power steering components and systems supplier China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has a multi-year agreement to supply Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s North American subsidiary, Chrysler Group LLC (“Fiat Chrysler”), with steering gears for the 2015 RAM® 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks.
CAAS began working with Chrysler in 2008 by supplying steering gears to the Jeep® Wrangler. In 2012, CAAS expanded its relationship with Chrysler by supplying steering gears to the RAM 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks.
The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.
Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.
Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.
October 16, 2014 by John Day
Ford Motor Company is joining seven global automakers for a test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.
The automakers are collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute, leading utility companies and Sumitomo Electric to develop a two-way communication platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles from all participating manufacturers – with their varying technologies – to work with power grids.