New mobility: Will tire makers ever see the light?

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Original article published in ERJ’s March/April issue.

Electric vehicles, connected mobility and autonomous driving, are forecast by many to radically change the way we all travel around in the not-too-distant future.

While there is clearly an element of technology-push and hype around such developments, there seems little doubt that some big changes are on the way.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Regulators Are Asleep at the Wheel on Self-Driving Cars

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The companies and officials influencing the development of self-driving technology offered a wide variety of reactions to the death last week of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle. Uber Technologies Inc. suspended the testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, where the incident took place, and in other cities. So did Toyota Motor Corp., citing the emotional toll on the safety drivers who sit in the front seat and monitor for hazards.

Read the source article at Bloomberg.com

Pirelli unveils ‘cyber car’ technology in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland – Pirelli & C. SpA has unveiled its latest technical achievement, called Cyber Car, at the 88th Geneva international motor show, 8-18 March.

The new original equipment system, which has been developed in cooperation with car-makers, involves a sensor that enables interaction between the tire and the car.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Why Trucking and Logistics Will Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

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When we think about the advancement of self-driving vehicles it should start with trucking, freight and logistics.

Trucks move about $700 billion of cargo in the U.S. annually, which amounts to about 70 percent of the nation’s freight by weight. In the near term, that’s why the economic case for driverless technology is so much greater for commercial vehicles.

While many look ahead to the decline of human driving and a subsequent decrease in crashes and traffic fatalities and injuries, most agree it remains a distant vision.

Just last week the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that self-driving vehicles that fit the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous operation rankings won’t even reach 4 percent of new-vehicle sales by 2030. Beyond that, it’s possible they could reach 55 percent by 2040.

Read the source article at Trucks.com

Continental bracing for a world of bugs

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DETROIT — As if cars weren’t complex enough to keep engineers working late, they are about to get even more complex — by a multitude of headaches. Consider the next generation of vehicle infotainment systems envisioned for 2021-2022. Such components will likely require 3 million lines of software code, or six times what they currently need.

Read the source article at Front Page

Marchionne says automakers will lose if brands are not maintained

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The term generic might imply a reasonable, cost-effective choice at the grocery store, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says it’s no way to think about cars. Brands matter, and they will matter even more for automakers if automation and artificial intelligence become dominant features in the auto industry as expected.

Read the source article at Detroit Free Press

Akron: World’s One-Time Rubber Capital

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Akron, the fifth-largest city in the U S, has long been known as the Rubber Capital of the world thanks to the presence of a host of major rubber and tyre companies and industry organisations. It is also popularly known as Rubber City and City of Invention

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

Automakers, Dealers Should Keep Passenger Economy on Radar

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Auto manufacturers and dealers have made major adjustments to meet demand in the digitized auto market. High performance is taking a back seat to vehicle connectivity as a growing sales driver. Online research now is the preferred way to assess a car’s value. 

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The Auto Industry’s To-Do List for the Electric, Self-Driving Future

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The car industry faces its biggest technological transformation since the automobile was invented more than a century ago, with self-driving systems, wholly battery-powered models and ride-sharing initiatives now at the center of attention. The cosmic overhaul is leaving no manufacturer untouched, and companies are reacting to avoid being steamrollered by the revolution.

Read the source article at Bloomberg.com

A User’s Guide to the Dawn of Robot Driving

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The wait for the self-driving future is coming to an end. The earliest real-world applications of autonomous vehicles will arrive in 2018. Starting in Phoenix this year, a small number of commuters will be riding in driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of a trial conducted by Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google’s parent company. For the first time, ordinary people just trying to get to work will be interacting with autonomous vehicles.

Read the source article at Bloomberg.com