BLOG: David Sedgwick

Another giant enters the ring of autonomous-car suppliers

Posted 11:21 am U.S. ET, Jan. 5
blogs David Sedgwick is an Automotive News special correspondent.
 
LAS VEGAS -- So far, the race to design components for self-driving vehicles has been dominated by behemoths such as Bosch, TRW, Continental and Valeo. Now, another sumo wrestler is preparing to jump in: Autoliv Inc., the world’s biggest supplier of airbags and seat belts. Autoliv hasn’t planned any press conferences or events in Las Vegas this week, and it i ...
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Tesla a disrupter? Uber is the real threat, Nissan N.A. exec says

Posted 1:59 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 12
So, which outsider is going to disrupt the auto industry? Tesla? Apple? Google? Uber? A senior Nissan executive said Friday that Uber will force traditional competitors to reinvent themselves or die -- even as he discounted efforts by Apple, Google and Tesla to do the same. “Lot’s of people are calling Tesla a disrupter. They are not,” said John Martin, ...
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Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

Posted 11:23 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers. If automakers decided to use the same basic battery cell, they could enjoy economies of scale that now elude the industry. Consider the battery cell produced by South Korea's LG Chem for the Chevrolet Volt. The sec ...
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Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

Posted 3:58 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 4
If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything. Two electronic control units, two brake actuators, two sets of cameras and two sets of radar. Just in case. The German supplier tried this system - dubbed Cruising Chauffeur - in a refitted Chrysler 300 that has logged 40,000 miles. The vehicle was on disp ...
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