By Helena Perslow, market research analyst, Automotive Research Group, IMS Research
Over the past year and a half, the economic climate amplified a steady decline in car sales and vehicle production, particularly in the United States. The tight credit environment clearly hurt car dealers, vehicle manufacturers, and the rest of the automotive industry.
ATX Group is proposing a self-dispatching approach to managing location-enabled emergency calls (eCalls) and said the solution combines the two approaches to eCall deployment recognized by the European Commission – calls activated by a motorist depressing an in-vehicle emergency button or by automatic dialing by in-vehicle equipment upon airbag deployment.
By Serge Leef, vice president of new ventures and general manager of Mentor Graphics’ System Level Engineering division
A number of recent studies now confirm that high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps offer significant safety advantages over halogen headlights, according to Hella, a supplier of automotive lighting and electronics.
By Ralf Hug
Ralf Hug has in-depth telematics marketing and management experience with automakers and telematics service providers
With all eyes now peeled on Toyota for three major vehicle recalls and the potential of yet another recall holding the world’s attention, much more is at stake than financial consequences or the momentary loss of consumer confidence, according to the research firm Frost & Sullivan.
DENSO’s Blue Harmony is among the more recent in-vehicle communications and infotainment systems to hit the market. Like others in the space, Blue Harmony promises compatibility with current and future devices for consumers who want to stay connected while in their car.
By Max Bassler, Chairman, 1394 Trade Association
July 23, 2009 – Government-sponsored scrappage programs, sometimes referred to as “cash-for-clunkers,” may be mitigating the worst impacts of the automotive downturn in the short term, but they may also cause another sales downturn further in the future, causing a potential double-dip downturn for the global car market , according to iSuppli Corp.