Thirty-three innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.
The winners will be announced April 9 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
The PACE Awards — now in their 24th year — identify supplier innovations that have entered the market and are delivering measurable customer benefits.
The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, include new products and enhancements in autonomous drive controls, passenger comfort, electric-vehicle components, lightweight materials, display features, safety technologies and powertrain efficiency.
They were drawn from an industrywide application process that is open to automotive companies around the world.
Here are the 2018 finalists and their innovations:
■ A123 SystemsLivonia, Mich.48V UltraPhosphate Battery
■ AxleTech InternationalTroy, Mich.Front Drive Independent Axle Suspension
■ BorgWarnerAuburn Hills, Mich.Wire Forming for High Voltage Motors
■ ContinentalAuburn Hills, Mich.DMD Head Up Display
■ ContinentalAuburn Hills, Mich.Safety Domain Control Unit
■ Cooper StandardLivonia, Mich.Fortrex Lightweight Elastomeric Material
■ DanaMaumee, Ohio6000 Nm Rzeppa CV Joint
■ DelphiWuppertal, GermanyAluminum Intermediate Cable, Selective Metal Coating
■ DelphiKokomo, Ind.Delphi V2V Dedicated Short Range Communication
■ DelphiWest Henrietta, N.Y.Gas Engine Particulate Reduction Fuel Injection System
■ Dow Automotive SystemsAuburn Hills, Mich.VORAFUSE P6300 epoxy
■ Federal-Mogul Powertrain SealingSouthfield, Mich.BOSTEC Cylinder Head Gaskets
■ GHSPGrand Haven, Mich.Rotary Shift by Wire with return to Park feature
■ Hella — Car Comfort AccessPlymouth, Mich.Static Remote Key Attack Protection
■ IEEContern, LuxembourgSteering wheel hands-on/off detection
■ Lear Corp.Southfield, Mich.Lear Virtual Proving Ground
■ Magna ElectronicsAuburn Hills, Mich.Trailer Angle Detection
■ Mahle Metal LeveJundiai, BrazilNew U-Flex Oil Control Ring
■ NemakFrankfurtRotacast Lightweight Aluminum Casting
■ Plastic Omnium Auto InergyTroy, Mich.INWIN Fuel System for PHEV
■ Robert BoschPlymouth, Mich.Integrated Connectivity Cluster
■ Robert BoschPlymouth, Mich.Redundant Brake System for Highly Automated Driving
■ SchaefflerWooster, OhioSchaeffler Integrated Torque Converter
■ Sika AutomotiveHamburg, GermanySikaMelt Hotmelt Adhesive
■ SKF USAElgin, Ill.Scotseal HD Truck Wheel End Seal
■ Strattec Power AccessAuburn Hills, Mich.Overhead Spindle Power Liftgate
■ Techno Polymer AmericaLivonia, Mich.Hushlloy — squeak-eliminating plastic for automotive interiors
■ TK HoldingsAuburn Hills, Mich.Driver State System
■ Toyoda Gosei, Safety System Engineering DivisionKiyosu, JapanIntegrated Driver Airbag Damper
■ ValeoCreteil, France48V air-cooled integrated Belt Starter Generator
■ ValeoBietigheim-Bissingen, GermanySCALA Laser Scanner
■ Valeo Thermal SystemsLa Verriere, FranceR-744 AC System
■ VisteonVan Buren Township, Mich.SmartCore – Cockpit Domain Controller
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