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Top things we learned from TU-Automotive Munich 2016 – ANALYSIS

As we review our notes from this year’s TU-Automotive Europe conference, we look at the most interesting insights as global players strive to bring more safety and security to our roads, via the Internet of Things.

If consumers all adopt Waze, the industry is in trouble.

A key debate came about between the benefits of Waze, the brought-in navigation app, and the disadvantages greatly affecting the future of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. China tops out global figures for embedded navigation, which continues to grow, despite consumer popularity for brought-in solutions. Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics, warned that the ultimate goal to save lives cannot be met if OEMs cannot own the data generated by embedded navigation. Welcome Waze at your peril!

Self-drive systems will replace the engine as the car will be built around it.

As we shift from semi-autonomous to highly autonomous transportation, the focus will shift from the engine to the strength of connectivity. VW’s Chief Digital Officer, Johann Jungwirth, predicted that two new vehicle types would emerge…Read on.

 

 

Honda launches new brand site for tech, innovation and motorsport

Engine manufacturer Honda has launched a new brand site. The Engine Room covers all things tech, innovation and motorsport and hopes to rekindle consumer enthusiasm for the brand here in the UK and across the world.

The Engine Room replaces Dream magazine and will feature a variety of content about cars, bikes, power tools and marine in video and written formats.

Click here for The Engine Room

The future: The tech on the new Vauxhall Astra

The new Astra takes family hatch tech to a different level, and we try it out

Connectivity has become an ever-increasing part of our motoring experience. There’s greater responsibility on car makers to ensure systems don’t encourage us to break the law while behind the wheel, and Vauxhall has been a pioneer.

After 20 years of helping US drivers, OnStar has arrived in Europe in the new Astra. But the Astra’s tech highlights don’t end there: it also has clever LED matrix headlamps and neat smartphone integration in its IntelliLink infotainment system to offer.

Intellilink

Intellilink is Vauxhall’s infotainment platform, which has…Read more

 

 

Sheet lightning: Electric cars need better batteries. Graphene may help

SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enough to do so, but not quite. And unless they are fitted with petrol-driven generators known as range extenders, electric cars cannot go far without topping up the batteries. Even with the best modern technology, such top-ups take at least 20 minutes. What is needed is a better battery.

Many have tried. Many have failed. Read more.