Automotive Tag

How to Decode a VIN

December 03, 2018

There are 17 numbers and letters (17 positions) in a vehicle identification number  (VIN) and you can divide them into three groups: World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section, and Vehicle Identifier Section. Typically, the VIN is stamped into a plate that may be located in…

Vehicle-to-Everything Communication

November 26, 2018

Vehicles today are connected more than ever, even older vehicles can be connected. We are also connecting vehicles to smartphones. Connecting vehicles with smart cities is next. Needless to say, automotive communication technology will be even more important in the future. The below terms will…

Benefits of Virtual Prototyping

November 19, 2018

Virtual reality is not as new as one may think. In 1935, Stanley Weinbaum released Pygmalion’s Spectacles – a science fiction story. The story’s main character wears a pair of goggles which transports him to a fictional world which stimulates his senses aptly and features…

Was 2008 Automotive Bailout Worth it?

November 15, 2018

It is hard to believe it has been 10 years. In late 2008, global financial markets were panicking, U.S. employers were laying off hundreds of thousands of workers every month and consumer spending and the stock market were plummeting. In the waning days of the…

Democrats May Control NAFTA’s Fate

November 12, 2018

November elections are finally complete and now the fate of President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement may rest in the hands of Democrats who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Reclaiming the House for the first…

How Transfer Pricing Can Help Automotive Industry Disruptions

November 05, 2018

Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers face major hurdles as the industry continues to transform under the weight of technological disruption, government protectionism policies from the United States, evolving government views on taxation (including transfer pricing) and new regulations. History indicates companies that…

Autonomous Mobile Robots in Manufacturing

October 17, 2018

Autonomous mobile robots are becoming widely accepted in manufacturing. They are getting deployed in a broad range of environments and applications. Production processes have long been automated, but the movement of material has typically been a manual process, a gap in an otherwise automated facility….

Average Age of U.S. Owned Vehicles Continues to Rise

October 15, 2018

The average age of a vehicle driven in America has steadily risen. The latest study reveals that the average is a higher than ever– 10.5 years in 2017 up from 9.3 years in 2009. The study’s findings also unmasks some other interesting facts. First, trucks…

Automotive Industry Criticizes Europe’s CO2 Reduction Target

October 12, 2018

After the US government weakened its target to reduce emissions from new vehicles after pressure from the automotive industry, now it is Europe’s turn to be in a similar situation. Automakers criticized a proposed CO2 emissions reduction target for new cars in Europe, saying the…

Automakers Take on Larger Role in Testing and Simulation

October 08, 2018

Chip and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies are scrambling to deal with stiff safety regulations and harsh environmental conditions for automotive chips, but automakers are making big changes of their own to ensure all those components work together as expected. The result is a significant…