CES – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:25:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Rapid Technological Progress to Make Advanced Tires the New Normal by the End of the Decade https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/rapid-technological-progress-to-make-advanced-tires-the-new-normal-by-the-end-of-the-decade/ https://tiresandparts.net/interaction/rapid-technological-progress-to-make-advanced-tires-the-new-normal-by-the-end-of-the-decade/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:51:48 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29862 The rapid pace of technological progress in the automotive industry during the past decade means that advanced tires will be the new normal by the end of the decade. The technology for electrified vehicles self-driving vehicles will no longer be a rare sight on the roads in the future and this means that the tire […]

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The rapid pace of technological progress in the automotive industry during the past decade means that advanced tires will be the new normal by the end of the decade. The technology for electrified vehicles self-driving vehicles will no longer be a rare sight on the roads in the future and this means that the tire industry will have to keep pace with these advances. Manufacturers and researchers across the globe have come to realize that this is one area that they have overlooked. They are now working on the development of advanced tires incorporating sensors and other technological features which can be used in self-driving cars, manually driven vehicles, or space exploration vehicles. Many tire manufacturers have devised and implemented smart tire management programs at the pilot level and several successful programs have been implemented in the real time. Advanced tires have been developed to improve mileage and tire lifespan.

 

Bridgestone is one of the leading tire manufacturers that has been in the news for its research activities and innovative concept tires. The company, which has been a leading tire manufacturer for the past nine decades, displayed its innovation regarding tires at the 2020 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Two products it showcased at the show were smart tires which were equipped with sensors and airless tires. Goodyear’s airless tire is a single structure that effectively combines a wheel and a tire’s tread, thus eliminating the probability of a flat tire. This is a basic concept that the company has developed which can be commercialized for use in both commercial fleets and personal vehicles. Another innovative concept is that of an airless and elastic tires that can be fitted in lunar rovers, compact vehicles used for international space exploration missions. The smart tire based on the concept of ‘sense, sync, and act’ integrates sensors that can be used in combination with an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS). Based on the road conditions and the condition of the tire itself, the tires can send signals to drivers or the AI systems in self-driving cars.

 

According to Hans Dorfi, the Director of Digital Engineering at Bridgestone Americas, the ADAS systems that are currently do not take into account any data received from tires. The information that is obtained from tires can offer an additional layer of safety. Bridgestone has designed a new system that could be used to get information. This information derived from a sensor installed in the inner wall of the tire could be used to prevent crashes and improve safety. When the tire rotates, the sensor measures the deformation of the adhesive as some parts of the tire comes into contact with the ground. This measurement gives an idea of the strain on the tire which are then turned into wear estimates. The tires which have sensors can detect potholes and the data can be sent to the local transportation department for quicker repairs to roads thus making them safer for road users. Thus, tire technology is advancing at a pace that is just as rapid as the speed at which the automotive industry is evolving. According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global market for advanced tires is expected to reach USD 1.34 billion by 2030.

 

Many companies have launched innovative programs to extend tire life and thus enhance the overall vehicle mileage. One such system is SAF-Holland’s SMAR-te Tire Pilot, an intelligent tire management system that can be run in integration with SAF integrated suspension systems. The electro-pneumatic controls from AKTV8 LLC are combined with SAF Tire Pilot Plus TPMS. The system alters tire pressure  based on axle load, with optimal pressure being maintained based on the tire manufacturer’s recommendations for reliability and tire life.

 

Bill Hicks, SAF product manager for SAF-Holland, said that the axle loading feature sends electronic alerts to restrict overload citations. The electro-pneumatic controls are meant to enhance the tire life as well as the fuel mileage. According to the company, SMAR-te Tire Pilot does not require maintenance or calibration. The ability to maintain the tire pressure based on manufacturer’s loading and inflation standards reduces the stress on the tire, which results in better tire tread and reduction in rolling resistance. This is the next step in revolutionizing tire pressure management portfolio.

 

Leading companies across the world have joined forces to combine their expertise and thus improve the overall efficiency of their operations. For example, Norfolk Southern Railway Company teamed up with  Goodyear for implementation of its TPMS Plus (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology. Norfolk plans to implement this technology soon in its trailer fleet operation across the North American region. TMPS Plus is a technology that has been designed to make it possible for fleets to save money and time by sending alerts warning about potential tire situations. As part of the collaboration, Goodyear would install on-vehicle sensors for monitoring tire conditions in the real time. This would offer information regarding low pressure, air leaks, and abnormal temperature.

 

Goodyear Fleet HQ will help drivers facing any potential issues by informing and directing them to the nearest Goodyear service location or roadside assistance. Goodyear has already started implementing the solution at the Norfolk Southern Fairburn, Ga and will shortly begin installation of the solution at other facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Florida. It is expected that this technology solution will help drivers to maintain and protect their tires more efficiently, thus preventing tire-related breakdowns thus reducing downtime.

 

This article is based on a feature written by Pratik Kirve, Sr. Specialist – Content Writer at Allied Analytics LLP.

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Infineon Develops 3D image Depth Sensors for Biometric Authentication https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/infineon-develops-3d-image-depth-sensors-for-biometric-authentication/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/infineon-develops-3d-image-depth-sensors-for-biometric-authentication/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:11:28 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29725 Infineon announced that it has developed 3D depth sensors for biometric facial authentication and enhanced photo capabilities on smart devices. The company which showcased these sensors at CES developed them in partnership with PMD Technologies AG which specializes in software and 3D Time of Flight systems. Infineon had teamed up with Idemia and PMD Technologies […]

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Infineon announced that it has developed 3D depth sensors for biometric facial authentication and enhanced photo capabilities on smart devices. The company which showcased these sensors at CES developed them in partnership with PMD Technologies AG which specializes in software and 3D Time of Flight systems. Infineon had teamed up with Idemia and PMD Technologies AG back in February 2019
an end-to-end 3D facial recognition solution for user authenticated device unlocking and mobile payments for smartphone manufacturers and other OEMs.

Infineon said that it has developed what the smallest and most powerful 3D image depth sensor. Called REAL 3, the solution is a single chip that is 4.4 x 5.1 mm in size. It is a fifth-generation time-of-flight deep sensor which can be embedded in any device irrespective of its size and delivers high resolution data and low power consumption. The 3D sensor helps make human-machine interaction context-based and touchless by facilitating gesture control.

Commenting on the technology, Andreas Urschitz, President of the Power Management and Multimarket Division at Infineon said that with the fifth generation of its REAL3 chip, Infineon had once again demonstrated its leadership in the field of 3D sensors. The chip is not just extremely small but is also robust, reliable, powerful and energy efficient. Infineon feels there is immense growth potential for 3D sensors. The range of applications in the areas of security, image use and context-based interaction with the devices is bound to steadily increase.

Infineon’s deep sensor time-of-flight technology sets up authentic 3D images of faces, hand details or objects that can be easily matched to the original. It can be implemented in payment transactions conducted through facial recognition on smart devices. The deep sensor technology provides a reliable and secure image, and return transmission. The technology can provide a 3D image that can be used for phone unlocking. The sensor can work even in extreme lighting conditions like strong sunlight or in the dark and comes with additional options for cameras with enhanced autofocus, bokeh effect for photo and video. Real-time full-3D mapping also facilitates authentic augmented reality experiences.

The 3D image sensor chip was developed in Graz, Dresden and Siegen, with series production announced for the middle of 2020. Infineon Technologies also develops an optimized illumination driver.

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Goodyear Uses CES to Launch ‘AndGo’ Fleet Servicing Platform https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/goodyear-uses-ces-to-launch-andgo-fleet-servicing-platform/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/goodyear-uses-ces-to-launch-andgo-fleet-servicing-platform/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:30:59 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29663 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company used the 2020 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show to launch its new seamless vehicle servicing platform named “AndGo”. The servicing platform is positioned as one that will combine a trusted, national service network with predictive software to make it possible for consumer fleets to be ready to go when […]

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company used the 2020 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show to launch its new seamless vehicle servicing platform named “AndGo”. The servicing platform is positioned as one that will combine a trusted, national service network with predictive software to make it possible for consumer fleets to be ready to go when they are needed.

AndGo will offer not just tire service but will also offer to its customers full vehicle readiness, thus helping fleets to boost their performance. AndGo can be used to keep tabs on service needs and make scheduling of service stops quick and easy. It would help reduce downtime for fleets by helping to optimize Goodyear’s vast service network for convenient scheduling to reduce downtime.

Commenting on the new platform, Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President Richard J. Kramer said that AndGo is another Goodyear innovation that would drive mobility today and in the future. He said that Goodyear would serve as the ideal partner for companies to benefit from premium fleet readiness with its
service network, intelligent tire solutions and predictive software.

Fleets which opt to use AndGo will get the benefit of continuous care through routine inspections and tire monitoring leveraging Goodyear’s intelligent tires. AndGo would help to minimize the guesswork in fleet management so that fleets would get more time to focus on their end-customers.

AndGo will be available in select markets in the United States and will be offered in additional markets in mid-2020.
AndGo is expected to expedite and set up new standards for mobility through collaboration with fleets and is backed Goodyear’s experience of over 120 years in mobility

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Aston Martin and Gentex Showcase Tri-camera Rearview Mirror system at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/aston-martin-and-gentex-showcase-tri-camera-rearview-mirror-system-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/aston-martin-and-gentex-showcase-tri-camera-rearview-mirror-system-at-ces/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 04:15:05 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=29622 Aston Martin teamed up with Gentex to showcase a new tri-camera rearview mirror system at CES. The car manufacturer used a 2020 Aston Martin Superleggera at the show to display the innovative mirror system. The tri-camera mirror system though similar to the camera mirror systems that are available in other models differs in one major […]

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Aston Martin teamed up with Gentex to showcase a new tri-camera rearview mirror system at CES. The car manufacturer used a 2020 Aston Martin Superleggera at the show to display the innovative mirror system.

The tri-camera mirror system though similar to the camera mirror systems that are available in other models differs in one major detail. Instead of the rearview mirror being one big screen, it comprises one center display that is flanked by two smaller screens. The two smaller screens are used for displaying the images obtained cameras positioned on the car’s two side mirrors. There are other models like the Audi E-Tron and the Lexus ES which integrate camera side view mirrors but the manner in which the technology is used different. While the tiny cameras completely replace the side mirrors in these models in the case of the vehicle, Aston Martin opted to retain the mirrors while just adding a single camera to each one.

Another difference is that in these models the side camera feeds are displayed near the A-pillars. Aston Martin and Gentex chose to direct the feeds from the cameras to the small screens embedded in the mirror itself.

Gentex called the new tri-camera rearview mirror system the CMS (camera monitoring system). Aston Martin did not reveal at the show which models are likely in the future to use the technology.

One main advantage the new system offers is that the weather has no impact on its functioning. In the vent that the functioning of the cameras is affected by snow or rain, the traditional mirrors serve as backup and vice versa. Vehicles in which the side mirrors have been replaced by camera mirrors exclusively have been designed to ensure that the view isn’t inhibited, but the Gentex system offers motorists additional backup. The rearview mirror can work like a normal auto-dimming mirror also.

Just one glance at the tri-camera rearview mirror system can give a motorist a complete idea of what is going on around and behind him.

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Audi Showcases VR technology from Holoride at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/audi-showcases-vr-technology-from-holoride-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/audi-showcases-vr-technology-from-holoride-at-ces/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:58:25 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26802 Audi used the CES 2019 show to showcase its new virtual reality technology from Holoride, a company in which Audi Electronics Venture GmbH holds a small stake. Visitors to the show were encouraged to wear VR headsets as they were driven around to enjoy their ride better with access to entertainment content that they enjoyed. […]

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Audi used the CES 2019 show to showcase its new virtual reality technology from Holoride, a company in which Audi Electronics Venture GmbH holds a small stake. Visitors to the show were encouraged to wear VR headsets as they were driven around to enjoy their ride better with access to entertainment content that they enjoyed. Audi said that by using virtual reality, Holoride’s technology could help commuters to stay entertained and it could also help with motion sickness.

The VR technology used covers the eyes and the wearers can see screens inside the headset. They can use these headsets to play VR games and thus while away the time while they are travelling a short, medium or long distance. This would help them to destress after a long day at work and it can also help to keep kids entertained on a long journey without distracting other people in the vehicle.

Audi is using a VR platform that works along with the actual movements of the car, to the extent that participants in the demos could not actually tell that the car was moving fast.

Nils Wollny, co-founder and CEO of Holoride said that the team took relevant data points like location, speed, steering, acceleration and braking in order to match these with artificial environments. Thus, the company was able to create a perfectly motion-synchronized journey through virtual world while entertaining backseat passengers without disturbing others.

Passengers using Holoride can play VR games with little chickens that the passenger can target for points as the car moves and stops. Other games available include synchronized games as a dinosaur or spaceship in flight to distract them.

Holoride’s VR Synchronization could Mitigate Car Sickness

Using Holoride as a tool for distraction can help passengers who experience motion sickness when they travel in vehicles.

Many attempts have been made to use VR to manage the effects of motion sickness. Some of the attempts included the use of teleportation, wearable gadgets, and other in-game movement and graphics systems. Audi said in an article that VR has helped “three times as many participants as would have been expected to get motion sick based on their history did not have any problems with motion sickness this time at all.”

The main reason why participants did not experience motion sickness is that the motion of the car and the VR content was synchronized. Thus, the VR essentially anchors the passenger’s vestibular system with reality and with Virtual Reality but also serves to distract them.

It is expected that Holoride’s technology will be available in Audi cars and those from other manufacturers within the next 3 years.

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BOSS Audio Systems Showcases LXA5 Smart Media Platform at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/boss-audio-systems-showcases-lxa5-smart-media-platform-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/boss-audio-systems-showcases-lxa5-smart-media-platform-at-ces/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:54:26 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26706 BOSS Audio Systems, which is one of the market leaders in the case of car audio systems showcased its LXA5 smart media platform during the recent CES event. The LXA5 is a Double Din head unit that has a 6.2″ Capacitive Touchscreen and built-in Amazon Alexa. The media platform, LXA5, which is pronounced as Lexa5 […]

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BOSS Audio Systems, which is one of the market leaders in the case of car audio systems showcased its LXA5 smart media platform during the recent CES event. The LXA5 is a Double Din head unit that has a 6.2″ Capacitive Touchscreen and built-in Amazon Alexa.

The media platform, LXA5, which is pronounced as Lexa5 is one of the first aftermarket products which offers a true multitasking smart media platform for vehicles. Passengers can now interact with Amazon Alexa and gain access to native cloud and local entertainment features. The LXA5 smart media platform comes not only with Alexa but also has the new BOSS user-friendly GUI with fully-embedded Bluetooth technology. Thus, users can make calls, stream music, and do even more through their smartphone connection. The LXA5 also works with existing backup cameras and steering wheel audio controls for a safer drive.

“Our vision is for Alexa to be available everywhere customers want to interact with her, and it’s fantastic to see products like the LXA5 emerge that will allow more people to experience Alexa in the car,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “BOSS Audio Systems has decades of experience in audio technology and design, and we’re excited to continue working together to deliver incredible aftermarket products with Alexa built-in.”

As the platform has built-in Alexa built-in, customers just have to ask Alexa to play music, set reminders, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of skills and they can do this while focusing on the road. LXA5 comes with a high-quality microphone making it possible for everyone in the car to interact. Hence, back seat passengers will also have a chance to get what they need.

Sam Rabbani, CEO and founder for BOSS Audio Systems, said that the LXA5 is the first of the company’s products in the LXA series. He added that as an aftermarket car audio leader, Boss invests heavily in R&D. According to him the LXA5 provides motorists with hands-free luxury at an affordable price point. Boss worked directly with the Alexa Auto team and this made a significant difference in terms of coming up with smart technology design.

The LXA5 will be part of BOSS Audio Systems’ LXA range and all the products in this range will provide customers with Alexa-enabled hands-free technology, with products ranging from dongles to multitasking head units. The goal is to bring #nextlevelsmart technology to the car audio market.

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Nvidia Launches First Level 2+ automated Driving System at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nvidia-launches-first-level-2-automated-driving-system-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nvidia-launches-first-level-2-automated-driving-system-at-ces/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:51:34 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26660 Leading computer graphics hardware firm, NVIDIA used CES show to launch the DRIVE AutoPilot. The company says the Drive Autopilot is the first commercially available Level 2+ automated driving system in the world. According to Nvidia, the AI technologies used as part of Drive Autopilot will make it possible to produce supervised self-driving vehicles as […]

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Leading computer graphics hardware firm, NVIDIA used CES show to launch the DRIVE AutoPilot. The company says the Drive Autopilot is the first commercially available Level 2+ automated driving system in the world. According to Nvidia, the AI technologies used as part of Drive Autopilot will make it possible to produce supervised self-driving vehicles as early as next year.

Leading automotive suppliers Continental and ZF have already announced self-driving solutions which incorporate Drive AutoPilot at the CES show. It has also been confirmed that mass production of the automated driving technology will begin in 2020.

The DRIVE AutoPilot comes with Xavier system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors which are paired with high end software to process many deep neural networks (DNNs) for perception in addition to complete surround camera sensor data collected from the external environment and from inside the vehicle’s cabin.

Xavier is the world’s first automotive-grade processor for autonomous driving and is currently in production. When Xavier is used along with NVIDIA software, vehicles can exhibit full self-driving autopilot capabilities, which can cover features like highway merge, lane change, lane splits and personal mapping. The features available for the driver’s use inside the cabin include driver monitoring, AI copilot capabilities and advanced in-cabin visualization of the vehicle’s computer vision system.

NVIDIA said that AutoPilot is part of the flexible NVIDIA Drive platform that is currently being used by hundreds of companies across the world to develop autonomous vehicle solutions that can increase road safety while reducing driver fatigue and driving related stress related to long drives or stop-and-go traffic.

The new Level 2+ system complements the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Pegasus system that provides Level 5 capabilities for robotaxis. The new solution also addresses the limitations of current Level 2 ADAS systems. A recent insurance institute for highway safety study showed that current ADAS systems were not highly dependable as they offered inconsistent vehicle detections and poor ability to stay within lanes on curvy or hilly roads, causing situations where the driver had to assume control suddenly.

“Lane keeping and adaptive cruise control systems on the market today are simply not living up to the expectations of consumers,” said Dominique Bonte, vice president of Automotive Research at ABI Research. “The high-performance AI solutions from NVIDIA will deliver more effective active safety and more reliable automated driving systems in the near future.”

Within the vehicle, DRIVE IX intelligent experience software facilitates occupant monitoring. This makes it possible to detect distracted or drowsy drivers and provide alerts, or to take corrective action if needed. It is also used to create intelligent user experiences, including the new ability for augmented reality. Displaying a visualization of the surrounding environment sensed by the vehicle, as well as planned route, instills trust in the system.

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Kia Motors to Reveal Emotion Recognition Technology at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/kia-motors-to-reveal-emotion-recognition-technology-at-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/kia-motors-to-reveal-emotion-recognition-technology-at-ces/#respond Mon, 24 Dec 2018 09:55:46 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26471 Kia Motors is planning to offer a preview of its emotion recognition technology at the upcoming 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in January. The emotion recognition tool involves the use of an AI-based emotion detector and will be showcased using a ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit at Kia’s booth during the show. […]

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Kia Motors is planning to offer a preview of its emotion recognition technology at the upcoming 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in January. The emotion recognition tool involves the use of an AI-based emotion detector and will be showcased using a ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit at Kia’s booth during the show.

The exhibit will preview a future in which almost all the cars on the road will be autonomous and focus will be on improving the experience of vehicle occupants. Kia’s new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) System is the first such technology in the world and is the outcome of Kia’s research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Affective Computing group.

The READ System can be used to optimize and personalize a vehicle’s cabin. It uses artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology to analyze a driver’s emotional state such as if they are angry or happy in real-time. Based on their emotion at the moment, it then tailors the vehicle’s interior in order to create a better mobility experience for vehicle occupants.

Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research & Development Division of Kia Motors, said, “We have developed R.E.A.D. System to create an interactive future mobility in-cabin space by converging cutting edge vehicle control technology and AI-based emotional intelligence. Consequently, R.E.A.D. System will enable continuous communication between drivers and vehicles through the unspoken language of ‘emotional feeling’, thereby providing an optimized human senses-oriented space for drivers in real-time.”

Kia is not the only company that has attempted to develop technology to detect the emotions of vehicle occupants. Two other companies that have tried to do this are another group that initially started out in MIT’s Media Lab, Boston-based Affectiva and Silicon Valley-based startup Eyeris. Both are involved in the development of “vision A.I.” products for monitoring drivers and improving the rider experience.

Kia’s exhibit at CES will also highlight other advanced in-car and mobility technologies inspired by the brand’s ‘emotive driving’ concept, and more details of these technologies will be announced before the show.
Kia plans to operate 15-minute ‘Docent Tours’ at regular intervals throughout the show and they will give visitors to CES attendees greater understanding of the new technologies on display at the Kia booth.

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Adient Develops Lightweight Seating Solutions https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/adient-develops-lightweight-seating-solutions/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/adient-develops-lightweight-seating-solutions/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:07:10 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=22795 Lightweighting is a key focus area for automotive manufacturers and OEMs in light of the importance given to fuel efficiency. As part of this drive, Adient which is one of the leading automotive seating suppliers has developed several innovative lightweight seating solutions which do not affect passenger safety or comfort using alternative materials and composites. […]

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Lightweighting is a key focus area for automotive manufacturers and OEMs in light of the importance given to fuel efficiency. As part of this drive, Adient which is one of the leading automotive seating suppliers has developed several innovative lightweight seating solutions which do not affect passenger safety or comfort using alternative materials and composites.

Over the past 10 years, Adient has reduced the weight of the seats it supplies to leading car manufacturers by 20 to 30 percent. The company’s goal is to reduce the weight of standard seat structures by 22 pounds by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, Adient has taken up a multi-material approach, and is investigating the viability of materials like glass, magnesium, high-strength steel, carbon fiber-reinforced plastics and aluminum for this purpose.

Dr. Detlef Juerss, vice president engineering and CTO at Adient said that in future, car seats will increasingly become multi-function supports having a wide range of electronic adjustments and technical equipment. The Adient team is working on combining these technical innovations with making seats that are lighter, safe and of the highest quality.

Magnesium for strong, lightweight seat structures
At the recent NAIAS show in Detroit, Adient showcased a multi-material lightweight seat that was fashioned from die-cast magnesium.

Juerss said that magnesium is the lightest when it comes to structural materials. It is 75 percent lighter than steel and 33 percent lighter than aluminum while offering excellent strength-to-weight ratio, good dimensional stability and flexible construction

Front seats with composite elements
Adient also used the show to exhibit a glass fiber–reinforced plastic front seat backrest concept which helped to reduce weight by up to 30 percent with its slim and modular design that is suitable for all seat platforms. It also offers a high level of passenger protection and offers more room for passengers.

Lightweight rear seats with great user-friendly flexibility
Other innovative ideas include flexible seats for the second row which incorporate integrated safety belts and rails recessed into the floor. When compared to conventional rear seats, this seat used aluminum and high tensile steel to reduce weight by seven kilograms.

Adient has a premium brand called Recaro Automotive Seating, which draws on the company’s expertise in motorsports.

The all-new Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP) has two applications which attest to Recaro’s lightweight approach. The first is “reduced to the max” version while the second is a demonstrator having advanced features and design innovations like a visible, carbon fiber-braided backrest structure, which is meant for the top luxury segment.

Such designs will allow more space for vehicle interiors, thanks to the body-shaped composite seat structure and thin IntelliTech foam. Te foam which is light, rigid and flexible can easily integrate attachments for the complete seat application including spacers, optional ventilation, etc. Thus, it can reduce weight up to 40 percent and is 50 percent thinner (8mm) compared to standard polyurethane foam.

The new limited-edition aftermarket shell seat Recaro Pole Position SL (SL for street-legal) is a slim, one-piece shell seat made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GRP) that provides perfect lateral and shoulder support at highest comfort levels. The shell weighs approximately 7 kilograms (without side mount and base frame), and its carbon derivative is only 4.5 kilograms, which makes it the lightest street legal shell seat globally.

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Texas Instruments Debuts Smarter Headlights at CES https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/texas-instruments-debuts-smarter-headlights-ces/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/texas-instruments-debuts-smarter-headlights-ces/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:02:21 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=22728 Texas Instruments used the CES show to debut a headlight system that uses the company’s digital light processing technology to generate beams which can be controlled precisely controlled with the help of over a million addressable pixels. This is technology that has been used in cinema and display projectors, and leverages tiny moveable “micromirrors” having […]

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Texas Instruments used the CES show to debut a headlight system that uses the company’s digital light processing technology to generate beams which can be controlled precisely controlled with the help of over a million addressable pixels. This is technology that has been used in cinema and display projectors, and leverages tiny moveable “micromirrors” having the ability to flip as many as 10,000 times a second, to either reflect light through a projection lens, to create a white pixel, or onto a black absorption surface to create a black pixel. This has the effect of turning pixels on and off with the outcome being a smarter headlight, which can be programmed to function without blinding oncoming motorists and can even project text, graphics, or animations onto the road ahead. The chipset that facilitates this programming, is known as DLP5531-Q1, and Texas Instruments can supply this to automakers and their lighting suppliers.

Audi did unveil a similar laser-based technology last year, but the headlight system from Texas Instruments offers higher resolution and can work with any light source. Hence, it does not need more expensive laser tech.

Using this technology, motorists can keep their high beams on even when vehicles approach from the opposite direction. The system can track the oncoming car’s headlights via an onboard camera, and accordingly dim its own lights in that direction. This technology will also work in tandem with vehicle sensors to direct the driver’s attention to things like animals and roadside signs.
Such headlights would be immensely useful in the case of autonomous cars. Brian Ballard, TI’s exterior lighting manager said that the chipset was developed to support adaptive driving beam headlight systems, but can also be programed to project information on the road an dthus promote their acceptance among the public.
These headlights might not be road legal yet, but they do hold out the promise of improved visibility even when there are oncoming cars.

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