Toyota’s Solid State Battery Only 2-3 Years Away, Debuts in Hybrids – CES 2022

January 6th, 2022 at 4:24pm

Toyota is well along in developing its solid state batteries for electric cars, says Gill Pratt, Toyota’s Chief Scientist and head of the Toyota Research Institute. But those batteries will debut in hybrids because the duty cycle is much more challenging than in BEVs. He also provides an update on Toyota’s autonomous technology, including what it calls Guardian and Chauffeur.

Gentex’s Mirrors Can Monitor The Driver & The Whole Cabin – CES 2022

January 6th, 2022 at 4:00pm

Who knew you could do so much with mirror technology in cars? Gentex continues to come up with creative solutions, such as allowing drivers to take a selfie, take a picture of where they’re driving, and automatically post it to social media with out distracting the driver. Steve Downing, the CEO of Gentex, takes us on a tour of their CES booth, including advanced driver monitoring technology and an intriguing electrochromic sun visor.

Chrysler Brand Prepares For The Global Market – CES 2022

January 5th, 2022 at 6:33pm

The Chrysler brand is down to two models in the showrooms, but help is on the way. Moreover, it’s setting its sights on the global market. Chris Feuell, the CEO of the Chrysler brand says first they have to get everything in order in North America, but then she wants to expand from there. The all-electric Chrysler Airflow concept is indicative of the kinds of new models that will populate the showrooms. But the production version will be far more expressive than what the concept looks like today.

Hyundai Develops Robots To Move People In Their Homes – CES 2022

January 5th, 2022 at 5:46pm

Hyundai is taking the concept of mobility well beyond vehicles. It developed a robot that can work with existing infrastructure in homes and apartments. They could be especially helpful for people with physical limitations, but can also move goods and packages. Dr. Hunkeon Ko, a research scientist with Hyundai, provides the details on how it will work.

Bosch Takes Its Technology “Beyond Electrification” – CES 2022

January 5th, 2022 at 4:59pm

When it comes to EV technology, so much of the media coverage is on battery development. But Paul Thomas, an executive vice president of Bosch North America, talks about “Beyond Electrification.” He points out that Bosch sees a lot of opportunity in other parts of electric cars, and explains how it can use this technology on both BEVs and ICE vehicles.

Adasky’s IR Camera Could Revolutionize Auto Safety – CES 2022

January 5th, 2022 at 3:11pm

Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night can stop Adasky’s infrared camera. While IR cameras are not new, Adasky’s camera is much smaller and significantly cheaper. It would revolutionize automated emergency braking systems, which don’t work at night. Just as impressive, it works well in broad daylight.

ZF Hacks Its Way Into The Future – CES 2022

January 4th, 2022 at 4:34pm

Two minds are better than one, the saying goes. And dozens of minds are even better. That’s why ZF launched a Hackathon at CES 2022. Martin Fischer, a board member with ZF, explains why they’re inviting hackers to help move their technology forward. He also provides an update on ZF’s autonomous shuttle service, which is already operating in Europe and is coming to the U.S. soon.

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.