Is This The Future of Auto Shows? – Motor Bella 2021

September 22nd, 2021 at 4:52pm

The North American International Auto Show (a.k.a. the Detroit auto show) was cancelled this year. In its place is Motor Bella, an indoor/outdoor event with displays from automakers and suppliers around the world. Rod Alberts, Executive Director of Motor Bella, tells us all about the event, which bills itself as “the future of auto shows.”

Detecting Autonomy Edge Cases on the Race Track – Motor Bella 2021

September 22nd, 2021 at 4:06pm

Would racing be any fun without the drivers? While the Indy Autonomous Challenge will race driverless cars around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that’s not the question it wants to answer. John Waraniak, one of the experts associated with the project, says it’s all about solving extreme edge cases in autonomy. It will tap university students from around the world to come up with those solutions and offer a million dollar prize as incentive.

Teijin Making the Transition to EVs – Motor Bella 2021

September 22nd, 2021 at 3:49pm

The supplier Continental Structural Plastics has changed its name to Teijin Automotive Technologies. Steven Rooney, CEO, says it helps the company look like one global entity because previously each region had its own name. And now with the name change behind it, Teijin plans to continue its dominance in composite truck beds and is expanding into making entire battery enclosures.

How EV Connectors Differ Around the World – Motor Bella 2021

September 21st, 2021 at 4:56pm

Phoenix Contact makes connectors as well as charger inlets and cables for automakers and charging station operators around the world. Vince Carioti, Director of eMobility for North America, surprised us with just how many different types of connectors there are and says there’s a new one coming for China, which should address a previous design flaw.

Detect It is Bringing AI to the Shop Floor – Motor Bella 2021

September 21st, 2021 at 4:33pm

Detect It is a company that uses audio and video data to develop artificial intelligence programs and neural nets for object detection and alignment as well as surface inspection and much more. It sounds complicated, but as President and CEO Kevin Kerwin explains, almost anyone can use it.

Lyten Developing Lithium Sulfur Batteries with Graphene – Motor Bella 2021

September 21st, 2021 at 4:12pm

We hear claims of battery breakthroughs all the time, but a company by the name of Lyten Inc. appears to be on to something. It’s an advanced materials technology company that’s developing lithium sulfur batteries that utilizes 3D graphene, which makes it less susceptible to issues that face other lithium-ion batteries. Check out our interview with CEO & co-founder of Lyten, Dan Cook to learn more.

Harbour Results Helps Guide the Manufacturing Industry – CAR MBS 2021

August 4th, 2021 at 4:50pm

There’s a lot of issues facing the manufacturing industry right now. Like, how to manufacture EVs and what’s the right build strategy?; the need to prepare for supply chain problems; and a lack of labor. These are all things covered in our interview with Laurie Harbour, President & CEO, Harbour Results, a company that has been a trusted advisor to the manufacturing industry for many years.

Zapp Scooter Wants to Crack the Urban Mobility Code – CAR MBS 2021

August 4th, 2021 at 4:01pm

Zapp Scooter is a UK-based startup that saw the need for a premium, electric step-through scooter that’s safe enough to tool around town, but can also provide superbike-like performance when it’s needed. Watch our interview with Tony Posawatz, a Board Advisor, to learn more about the company and its first scooter, the i300.

Rotating Screen Highlights Mitsubishi Electric’s Digital Cockpit – CAR MBS 2021

August 4th, 2021 at 3:31pm

Mitsubishi Electric is a leader in automotive technology. Mark Rakoski, VP of Advanced Engineering at Mitsubishi Electric, tells us about the company’s Project Firebird, a digital cockpit concept that can power a lot of tomorrow’s advanced technology. It even includes a center screen that rotates to the driver’s preference or depending on the app that’s selected.

Open Sesame! Magna’s Car Doors Open Automatically – CES 2021

January 15th, 2021 at 10:00am

UX—or user experience—is one of the mega trends in the auto industry right now. It’s all about making drivers and passengers enjoy their rides more comfortably and conveniently. That’s why Magna developed door systems that will open and close automatically. John O’Hara, the president of Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting, explains the advantages of operating doors with software and when these doors will be in production. Hint: It’s a lot sooner than you might think.