By T Murrali:
Wish You A Happy And Prosperous New Year.
December seems to be a month divided equally for work and the other half for vacation preparation and vacation itself. But it is not so for the hardcore innovators, especially the ‘ideating heads’ of the automotive companies. They have more than one thing to do. In addition to their preparations for Christmas and New Year, they have to get ready to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11, 2019. The key driver that pulls them to CES, even more than the pure play automotive shows such as the Detroit Motor Show or the Frankfurt Motor show, is its unique focus on the future of mobility, from the connectivity, convenience and creativity perspectives. As I have pointed out in my earlier columns, the vehicle manufacturers and the system suppliers also are more inclined to participate in CES as exhibitors and visitors than in the dedicated auto shows.
The number of connected devices has already exceeded the world’s population, facilitating real-time exchange of information among vehicles, infrastructure and people. Though it is a challenge of sorts for the society at large, the underlying opportunity is that the new technologies will help foster mobility intelligence, ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents and pollution. CES gives the right platform to display ideas that can be quickly commercialised.
At least half of the 31 categories of products that CES is classified to display would attract the automotive industry. They include 3-D printing, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Audio & Video, IoT, Self-Driving Technology, Vehicle Technology and Wireless Devices. CES 2019 is expected to exhibit a variety of mobility, robotics, energy management and connected car concepts that have the potential to create a cleaner, safer and more convenient world.
Last month there were quite a few announcements that could be trends to blaze the trail. Hyundai Motor Group has made known its long-term roadmap ‘FCEV Vision 2030,’ reaffirming its commitment to accelerate the development of a hydrogen society by leveraging the group’s global leadership in fuel-cell technologies. The group (both Hyundai and KIA brands) hopes to boost the annual fuel-cell systems production capacity to 700,000 units by 2030 and explore new business opportunities to supply them to other transportation manufacturers of automobiles, drones, vessels, rolling stocks and forklifts. The demand for fuel-cell systems from sectors beyond transportation such as power generation and storage systems is also expected to emerge quickly.
The FCEV Vision 2030 roadmap will help Hyundai Motor Group and its suppliers invest about KRW 7.6 trillion (approximately USD 6.75 billion) in R&D and facility expansion, which is expected to create approximately 51,000 jobs by 2030. The Group plans to secure a 500,000-units-a–year FCEV production capacity by 2030, including passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles, in anticipation of high demand for global FCEVs expanding to around two million units a year within that time frame. Good initiative.
As the number of connected vehicles grows, cyber threats to the automotive industry are rapidly increasing. It is critical to secure any connection to a vehicle. Without proper cyber-security measures, OEMs, fleets and customers are left vulnerable to zero-day attacks and financial and safety risks. To support overcome this challenge SafeRide Technologies, the company that offers a multi-layer deterministic and heuristic anomaly detection and threat prevention solution, has collaborated with Ixia, a keysight business, to test SafeRide’s vSentry vehicle cybersecurity solution. Using the BreakingPoint applications and network security test platform it simulates unauthorised data activity within the vehicle. Besides, it detects these attempts, contains the activity, and prevents any interference or data loss.
Dana Incorporated has recently received an Automotive Innovation Technology Award for its Long ThermaTEK insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) cooling solutions during the 11th International Automotive Congress in Shanghai, China. The award recognises Dana’s achievement of high standards in creating and promoting advanced technologies that improve the performance of automotive applications. The IGBT cooler is a two-sided aluminum cooling technology that enhances the heat transfer of power inverter devices through its flat, exceptionally clean, and flux-free qualities. The technology enables electric and hybrid vehicles to achieve consistent operation and long-lasting performance by managing optimal system temperatures within a compact, lightweight, and cost-effective design.
Cooper Standard has announced that the company will build a new world headquarter in Northville, Michigan, close to the existing headquarters. More than being the headquarters, the new location will meet its growing needs besides, reflecting its culture of innovation, fostering enhanced employee collaboration with the latest in creative workspaces to expand innovation to all areas of the business.
See you with more trailblazing trends . . .