Automotive Tag

Driverless Car Bill Needs Adjustments

December 19, 2018

There are many different industry and interest groups that have a stake in the outcome of the driverless car bill. The bill passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by a voice vote in October, and a companion bill sailed through the House last year….

Metal vs. Plastic

December 07, 2018

Plastics.  They are everywhere from packaging to automotive body parts. It is no wonder that according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. that the automotive plastics market size is set to surpass 50 billion by 2024. Anything plastic can be made by plastic…

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….