steering – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.10 Japanese Firm Develops Technology to Let Autonomous cars know if Driver is Holding the Steering https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering-2/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering-2/#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:53:14 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=28167 Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel. The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would […]

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Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel.

The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would make it easier for motorists to transition seamlessly from autonomous driving to manual control in case of emergencies.

Called the Smart Rubber sensor, the sensor is made of anti-vibration electrically conductive rubber material. It has the capability to detect changes in pressure and thus identify which part of the steering wheel a driver is holding.

Carmakers are now engaged in a fierce contest to develop technology that would make it possible to achieve conditional automation — Level 3 on the Society of Automotive Engineers International’s scale to 5.

 

At Level 3, cars are self-driving but there should be a human driver available to take over the wheel in case of an emergency or if the system requests that the driver intervene. Self-driving mode will not be turned off unless the system decides that it is necessary for the driver to intervene in order to avoid an accident.

The technology that is currently available does not make it possible for the computers to find out if the  pressure applied to the rubber on the steering wheel was from the driver or from something else. One instance is when the tire forces transmitted to the steering wheel could be mistaken to be a driver’s hands.

Sumitomo Riko’s new system can improve the accuracy of detections as it can even detect if the driver is holding the steering wheel with one hand or both hands, and how firmly.

Sumitomo Riko’s exhibited this technology for the first time at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2019 Yokohama in late May, and it attracted a lot of attention.

“We hope it will be adopted by carmakers in the development of autonomous cars,” said a Sumitomo Riko official.

The firm developed the SR sensor in 2011 by utilizing its leading anti-vibration rubber material technology that was meant to reduce vehicle vibrations transmitted to the interior of the car.

Sumitomo Riko is also working on the development of a system that could be installed in the driver’s seat and could determine the health condition of the driver by detecting his or her heart rate and breathing pattern.

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Japanese Firm Develops Technology to Let Autonomous cars know if Driver is Holding the Steering https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:54:08 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=28051 Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel. The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would […]

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Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel.

The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would make it easier for motorists to transition seamlessly from autonomous driving to manual control in case of emergencies.

Called the Smart Rubber sensor, the sensor is made of anti-vibration electrically conductive rubber material. It has the capability to detect changes in pressure and thus identify which part of the steering wheel a driver is holding.

Carmakers are now engaged in a fierce contest to develop technology that would make it possible to achieve conditional automation — Level 3 on the Society of Automotive Engineers International’s scale to 5.

At Level 3, cars are self-driving but there should be a human driver available to take over the wheel in case of an emergency or if the system requests that the driver intervene. Self-driving mode will not be turned off unless the system decides that it is necessary for the driver to intervene in order to avoid an accident.

The technology that is currently available does not make it possible for the computers to find out if the  pressure applied to the rubber on the steering wheel was from the driver or from something else. One instance is when the tire forces transmitted to the steering wheel could be mistaken to be a driver’s hands.

Sumitomo Riko’s new system can improve the accuracy of detections as it can even detect if the driver is holding the steering wheel with one hand or both hands, and how firmly.

Sumitomo Riko’s exhibited this technology for the first time at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2019 Yokohama in late May, and it attracted a lot of attention.

“We hope it will be adopted by carmakers in the development of autonomous cars,” said a Sumitomo Riko official.

The firm developed the SR sensor in 2011 by utilizing its leading anti-vibration rubber material technology that was meant to reduce vehicle vibrations transmitted to the interior of the car. Sumitomo Riko is also working on the development of a system that could be installed in the driver’s seat and could determine the health condition of the driver by detecting his or her heart rate and breathing pattern.

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Solvay Showcases New Steering Component Made for Magnetti Marelli https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/solvay-showcases-new-steering-component-made-for-magnetti-marelli/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/solvay-showcases-new-steering-component-made-for-magnetti-marelli/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:44:54 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=27219 For the first time, Solvay Composite Materials, leading chemical company Solvay’s new global business unit for composite materials displayed a new steering knuckle prototype that it made for Magneti Marelli. It was the first such component that the two companies had collaborated on. According to Solvay, the steering knuckle has a complex geometry that was […]

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For the first time, Solvay Composite Materials, leading chemical company Solvay’s new global business unit for composite materials displayed a new steering knuckle prototype that it made for Magneti Marelli. It was the first such component that the two companies had collaborated on.

According to Solvay, the steering knuckle has a complex geometry that was designed with the goal of maximizing the properties of its thermoplastic composites and injection molding materials. The company says that the prototype displays the benefits of compression moulding and overmoulding processes. It also highlights the effectiveness of using a combination of Solvay’s Amodel PPA thermoplastic compound and Evolite PPA thermoplastic composites. These products were specifically developed for high-temperature automotive functional applications. The product shows how using a combination of innovative high-performance materials, out of the box part design and rate-capable processing methods can reduce the weight of a component and enhance its structural performance and function integration.

Gerald Perrin, Global Automotive Director at Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit said that Solvay was proud of its role in making the prototype. The right combination of Solvay’s Amodel and Evolite PPA thermoplastic composite technologies helped to develop a product that was capable of achieving the rate and process flexibility that automotive manufacturers expect.

Marco Goia, head of product development at Magneti Marelli Ride Dynamics said that the prototype was the first of its kind in the field of suspensions. By using innovative materials and processing technologies, the two companies were able to combine high performance thermoformed laminates with injection molding to make complex and non-conventional geometries. The outcome was the design of a functionally integrated component that integrated co-molded structural sleeves. Magneti Marelli helmed the project from the outset and used advanced design methodologies while leveraging Solvay’s expertise in materials science application and process tuning.

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Ford Receives Patent for Steering Cars by Smartphone https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/ford-receives-patent-for-steering-cars-by-smartphone/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/ford-receives-patent-for-steering-cars-by-smartphone/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:19:05 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=24852 Ford has received a patent for a virtual steering wheel that can take over the actual process of driving when operated through a smartphone. With the fast paced development of autonomous cars, this patent will make Ford more prepared for the future. Just like using a remote control to operate a toy car, this technology […]

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Ford has received a patent for a virtual steering wheel that can take over the actual process of driving when operated through a smartphone. With the fast paced development of autonomous cars, this patent will make Ford more prepared for the future.

Just like using a remote control to operate a toy car, this technology can be used to operate the virtual steering wheel of an actual car. According to the patent, it is not necessary that the device in question should be a smartphone. It can be any type of mobile computing devices which comes with a processor and a memory, a display, a touchscreen, an accelerometer and communications capability. These components are all available in tablets and smartphones.

A wireless network like the WiFi in the car and Bluetooth can be used to coordinate the car controls with the mobile device. The mobile device would show a virtual representation of the steering wheel which can be then manipulated to steer the car. The concept is that the device used would detect a request to steer the vehicle, and this would determine the steering angle of that vehicle.

According to the patent, the self-driving vehicle can, under certain circumstances, transfer some or all control of the vehicle back to a vehicle driver, though it did not go into detail as to what these circumstances would be. As the vehicle would not have steering wheels anyway, they would need to be operated through a touchscreen.

We do not know whether Ford would actually work on making this a reality, but the patent does indicate that Ford is preparing seriously for the era of autonomous vehicles.

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Nexteer Automotive Announces Plans to Set up software Center in India https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nexteer-automotive-announces-plans-to-set-up-software-center-in-india/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nexteer-automotive-announces-plans-to-set-up-software-center-in-india/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:24:53 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23178 Nexteer Automotive, which is a key player in the steering and driveline segment has announced plans to set up a software center in India and thus expand its global software team. Currently, it has software teams based in different locations across the globe like its Global Technical Center in Saginaw in the United States and […]

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Nexteer Automotive, which is a key player in the steering and driveline segment has announced plans to set up a software center in India and thus expand its global software team. Currently, it has software teams based in different locations across the globe like its Global Technical Center in Saginaw in the United States and regional Technical Centers in Tychy in Poland and Suzhou in China While these three centers will focus on upstream software development and R&D innovation, the planned software center in India will deal with downstream software production and validation in order to ensure quality and regulatory compliance.

Geoff Krieger, executive director of Electronic Systems and Software, Nexteer Automotive said that the company’s software business model and global team have the goal of delivering innovative software solutions with speed, flexibility and seamless vehicle integration the company’s OEM customers across the globe, Currently, the role of software in vehicles, especially in the case of safety-critical steering is evolving at a rapid pace. Hence, the demand for Nexteer’s smart software solutions from automotive OEMs is expected to grow exponentially,” said.

Nexteer is now scouting locations in India for its Software Center and will continue to invest in scaling up its software capabilities over the next several years.

The company’s software plays a safety-critical role – including cyber security – in products like Steer-by-Wire and Electric Power Steering Systems that facilitate technologies for advanced safety functions and automated driving.

Software also plays a key role in cyber security. Nexteer designs software structures with multiple layers that can identify and authorize information and command flow between the steering system and other controllers. With the transition to connected vehicles and automated vehicles, Nexteer’s cyber-secure steering technologies become even more critical.

The number of lines of code required for such components is truly amazing, as 14.3 million lines of code are needed in Nexteer’s SbW and 4.3 million lines of code are needed in Nexteer’s EPS. When co – compared to 400,000 lines of code required in the first space shuttle.

Nexteer’s customers include leading car manufacturers like BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and Volkswagen, as well as Chinese and Indian car manufacturers.

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Delphi Launches More than 260 New SKUs https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/delphi-launches-260-new-skus/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/delphi-launches-260-new-skus/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:51:14 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=21163 Delphi Product & Service Solutions (DPSS) has launched more than 260 new SKUs in North America when it comes to automotive parts related to engine management, fuel, steering and suspension products. Delphi began its life as a company that made screw-tight mechanical fuel pumps in the 1930s. With over 80 years of experience in this […]

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Delphi Product & Service Solutions (DPSS) has launched more than 260 new SKUs in North America when it comes to automotive parts related to engine management, fuel, steering and suspension products.

Delphi began its life as a company that made screw-tight mechanical fuel pumps in the 1930s. With over 80 years of experience in this field, the company has now added 53 new fuel pump module assemblies, 11 new fuel pump and strainer sets and one new electric fuel pump. This new electric fuel pump can be used in over 14 million vehicles. The other new products in the fuel category include 16 new fuel transfer units which provide coverage to over 3.4 million vehicles and a new fuel tank sending unit that covers over 340,000 vehicles.

Delphi is also a leading manufacturer of OE MAF sensors. These Delphi sensors come with plated pins that protect against corrosion by assisting in conductivity and minimizing the chance of failure. To the engine management portfolio, Delphi has added nine new MAF sensors that cover over 990,000 vehicles and one new coolant temperature sensor that is compatible with over 3.2 million vehicles. Other new products include eight new manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors suitable for over 1.9 million vehicles and two new throttle position sensors that cover over 139,000 vehicles.

Delphi has also widened its product range in the suspension and steering categories with 160 new parts that cover more than 20 million vehicles on the road today. Currently, Delphi’s steering and suspension

Range covers line covers more than 20 million vehicles from 1935 to 2016 in the US and Canada, and every part demonstrates OE level performance and precision.

Commenting on the new SKUs, Chad Smith, Vice President, North America and Global Remanufacturing said, “We’re excited to announce more than 260 new applications to the aftermarket. With our plans to grow even further in the coming years, we are committed to serving the needs of our customers and helping to ensure that technicians can continue to trust Delphi for parts that mean successful repairs, every single time.”

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