VW’s 67 Year Old Inspiration For The Future – CAR MBS 2017

August 2nd, 2017 at 3:32pm

In 1950, VW came out with the microvan, or Bulli, which became instantly popular and over time developed into a cultural icon. Now Volkswagen is reaching into the past to present its vision of the future. Matthias Erb explains VW’s plans for an electric and autonomous version of this van.

EVs or AVs? Magna Gets Ready – CAR MBS 2017

August 2nd, 2017 at 2:59pm

If autonomous and electric cars are going to be built in mass production numbers, then the supply chain must be developed to build them. But Magna believes that adoption of these vehicles will come far slower than some are predicting. Nonetheless, it’s laying the groundwork to get ready.

The Technical Challenge of EV Charging – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 5:18pm

Everyone talks about the cost of EV batteries coming down and how that will spur sales of electric cars. But will the charging infrastructure keep pace? Kregg Wiggins talks about the need to standardize charging systems on everything from the types of plugs being used to the adoption of inductive charging.

Forecasting With Greater Precision – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 4:20pm

Forecasters like to project what car sales and production are going to be. But those numbers may not be specific enough or as forward-looking as suppliers need. Eric Fedewa talks about the kind of metrics that Eaton Vehicles monitors to better plan for the future.

PSA Maps North American Comeback – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 3:22pm

26 years ago Peugeot left the American market, but parent group PSA recently made the decision to bring it back. It’s mapped out a 10-year plan that first starts with mobility services, called Free2Move. A unique aspect to the service is that it lets you get into vehicles from brands outside of PSA. But the ultimate goal is to once again sell vehicles in North America. North American President & CEO, Larry Dominique says he has a lot of work to do and are probably a few years away from that.

Disruptive Trends Impact on Interiors – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 2:31pm

Disruptive trends, like autonomy and ride-sharing will play a big role on the interior of the future. Seats and consoles will move so passengers can look at and speak to one another. Storage will be key. If the vehicle is in autonomous mode, you’re not going to want to reach into the trunk to get an item. Surfaces will not only need to be functional, but also smart and interactive. Han Hendriks of Yanfeng Interiors believes the interior will be the #1 purchasing decision in the future.

Car Sales Could Rise Again – CAR MBS 2017

August 1st, 2017 at 10:01am

Car sales in the U.S. market are slowing down, but far less on the retail side compared to fleet. Jeff Schuster explains what’s going on now, and looks ahead to the future, and what we should expect to see.

Keeping Humans In Control Of AI – CAR MBS 2017

July 31st, 2017 at 4:51pm

Some people think that artificial intelligence will be able to do everything a human can. But Toyota is working on systems where humans will be monitoring the AI system that is driving their cars. Ryan Eustice talks about the strategy Toyota is pursuing for both fully and semi-autonomous vehicles.

Using Psychologists To Develop Autonomous Cars – CAR MBS 2017

July 31st, 2017 at 4:24pm

There are a lot of technical issues to be overcome before autonomous cars can be safely deployed in the real world amongst the general population. But there are more than technical issues involved. Kay Stepper explains why he now is using psychologists to help develop autonomous cars.

FCA’s Master Plan For Better Quality – CAR MBS 2017

July 31st, 2017 at 3:55pm

Once again, an automaker is bragging about how it’s going to dramatically improve its quality. But FCA says this time it’s different. Scott Garberding explains the new policies and procedures FCA is putting in place, and talks about the results they’re getting.