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World’s smallest all-wheel drive Disconnect system from GKN

GKN has developed the world’s first Disconnect All-Wheel Drive System for the A, B and C segment vehicle platform, which improves fuel economy during steady-state cruising by up to 4%. The innovative Disconnect function enables vehicles to combine enhanced traction dynamics and stability of the all-wheel drive with improved on-highway fuel efficiency.  Senior Programme Director Hannes Prenn said, “As global[Read More…]

by December 1, 2014 Off Beat
Nearly one in four new cars recognise driver drowsiness

Nearly one in four new cars recognise driver drowsiness

Driver assistance systems can save lives. Nearly 680,000 – almost one-quarter – of the 2.95 million new cars registered in Germany last year can do just that – warn a tired driver before he causes an accident. This makes driver drowsiness detection the most frequently installed function in new cars. The 6 assistance systems used most often in new cars[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Off Beat
Magna looks to the future with rearview camera systems

Magna looks to the future with rearview camera systems

Magna, the third-largest automotive parts supplier in the world, is focused on delivering game-changing innovations that lead to market gains for its customers; innovations that meet changing consumer needs and the ongoing challenges of the global automotive industry. One product area that Magna is a pioneer in is electronics, specifically camera-based technology. As the automobile continues to evolve and new[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Off Beat
WABCO’s solutions for Commercial Vehicles

WABCO’s solutions for Commercial Vehicles

Compiled by Krishna Kumar Technology innovation is the commercial vehicle industry’s most important response to the growing need to make these vehicles safer and more efficient. By pioneering breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability and transmission automation systems, WABCO helps vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators to respond to increasingly stringent regulations around the world for safer and[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 Off Beat
100 years of Bosch starter motors

100 years of Bosch starter motors

A century ago, in March 1914, Bosch presented its first electric starter motor for automobiles; manufactured at the company’s plant in Plainfield, New Jersey. This marked a giant leap forward in automotive electrification, which would make driving safer and more comfortable. The electric power for the new starter motor came from the vehicle battery, which was part of the Bosch[Read More…]

by June 11, 2014 Off Beat
Alcoa – going strong in light-weighting

Alcoa – going strong in light-weighting

Aluminium wheels at Alcoa’s manufacturing facility Alcoa, a global innovation company in lightweight metals, products and solutions commemorated 65 years of introducing forged aluminium wheels to the world. In 1948, Alcoa developed forged aluminium wheels which were first used on Mack trucks. Since then, it continues to be a fuel-efficient wheel technology delivering lighter, stronger and safer solutions. Forged aluminium[Read More…]

by May 13, 2014 Off Beat