A proven technology that has been launched on more than 40 vehicle models, Tenneco's CVSAe semi-active suspension technology continuously senses road and driving conditions and independently adjusts damping levels in real-time to provide superior comfort and handling. Each electronically controlled shock absorber connects to a central ECU, which can realign damping settings every 10 milliseconds based on sensor inputs monitoring wheel assembly acceleration, body displacement and steering angle. An externally mounted electronic valve connects to the vehicle's driving mode control, giving drivers the ability to select damping settings that fit their needs.
"Drivers today expect higher levels of comfort and performance from their vehicles, as well as a differentiated driving experience," said Neville Rudd, senior vice president, Tenneco Global Ride Control. "CVSAe, like other technologies from the Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio, offers a highly tunable suspension solution that delivers optimal control, comfort and road-holding capabilities under a variety of driving conditions."
The XC40 complements Volvo's XC60 mid-size and XC90 full-size SUV models, both of which also feature Tenneco's CVSAe suspension system. Tenneco will supply the CVSAe suspension technology for Volvo from its plant in Ermua, Spain.
These solutions are part of Grupo Antolin's Smart Integrator strategy designed to address the autonomous, electric, shared, and connected car revolution in the industry. The idea is to provide carmakers with premium quality innovative solutions to help them develop more comfortable, safer, and technologically more advanced vehicles and thus improve onboard life for passengers.
The Smart Integrator strategy seeks to build intelligence into the interior parts of a car by efficiently integrating the lighting, electronics, sensors, cameras, and displays the cars of the future will have into Grupo Antolin's products.
This integration is to be delivered through innovative esthetic and most of all functional lighting solutions to provide passengers with information, comfort, and new sensations. Grupo Antolin has the ability and technology to develop and build ambient lighting into all its products (doors, overheads, and cockpits) while at the same time working with the customer on design to meet their needs.
As part of this integrated interiors range, Grupo Antolin will also supply new natural materials which enhance the feeling of comfort in the vehicle and its sustainability.
Grupo Antolin has exhibited three products at the Fair:
At the IZB International Suppliers Fair, Grupo Antolin also displayed its vision of what vehicle interiors will be like within a few years. A film was projected onto a model of a car in a dark room at the stand using mapping technology to explain how Grupo Antolin sees the interior of the automobile of the future and its innovation proposals to turn cars into a new leisure space. Ambient lighting innovations were also displayed inside this dark room.
This new SoC will help realise high-end 3D graphics on the largest class of displays used for automotive instrument clusters – 12.3 inches, 1,920 x 720 pixels. Combining the smooth 3D rendering capabilities with integrated audio DSP and other peripheral functions, the single-chip SoC supports instrument clusters as well as in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems with display audio and other capabilities.
The R-Car E3 is an upscale to the predecessor R-Car D3 SoC for 3D graphics clusters, that brings enhanced 3D graphics rendering performance. As part of the Renesas R-Car family, the new SoC also offers the functional safety and security functions that are essential for connected cars as the role of human-machine interface (HMI) becomes more important. With these features, the R-Car E3 simplifies the task of developing robust systems capable of dealing safely with both malfunctions and cyberattacks.
The single-chip design enables the integration of a variety of systems, significantly reducing overall system development costs and achieving substantial space savings. The R-Car E3 shares the scalability of the R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 for integrated cockpits as well as the R-Car D3 for instrument clusters, establishing the highest level of software reuse.
Renesas partner companies with extensive experience in the instrument cluster field are ready to provide operating systems (OS) and HMI tools in addition to system integration support. This will greatly reduce the development burden, extending software support to a wide range of vehicles, from the premium class, which currently features the high-end 3D graphics experience, to entry-class vehicles where integrated systems and full graphics are expected to become mainstream.
"Stringent safety and security requirements are driving the demand for instrument clusters with increasingly rich graphics capabilities to accurately display larger amounts of information to the driver," said William Asburry, Manager, Electrical Engineering, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). "The ability to present this information in 3D and 2D using high-resolution graphics has become essential for future cluster implementations, and the scalability of Renesas R-Car SoCs with their software assets contributes greatly to implementing the required features and optimizing our development efforts."
"Graphics cluster systems are extremely important to accurately and reliably convey instrument and IVI information to the driver," said Ryoichi Nishikawa, General Manager, Cockpit Systems Division, Denso Corporation. "In the future, as the graphics used in these systems become richer, Renesas' R-Car products will not only allow carmakers to meet drivers' informational needs but also will also deliver unmatched development efficiency by enabling full utilization of software resources across a wide range of vehicle categories."
"Full graphic instrument clusters capable of displaying appropriate information to the driver precisely when it is needed will become the industry's de facto standard as self-driving capabilities and ADAS functionality advance," said Keiichi Nagano, Executive Manager for Development at Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd."This will require high-performance graphic engines with sophisticated graphic rendering functionality as well as cybersecurity and functional safety. Renesas' R-Car E3 perfectly meets these new needs and facilitates development next-generation cockpit systems."
System developers can take advantage of a wide range of automotive solutions by working with the more than 250 Renesas R-Car Consortium partner companies to further reduce the number of development steps and cost for 3D graphics in vehicles ranging from entry to premium class.
Mass production of the R-Car E3 SoC is scheduled to begin in December 2019, and monthly production volume is anticipated to reach a combined 100,000 units by December 2020.
The heart of this improved active rear axle drive is a newly developed control unit that meets cyber-security standards for software updates via the cloud. In addition, ZF has fully networked the limited slip differential with the vehicle's brake system, increasing both off-road and on-road driving dynamics, stability and comfort.
With the redesigned electronic slip differential or eLSD, drivers of off-road vehicles and sports cars can enjoy adventures even more. "The new generation of our eLSD rear axle transmission supports a comprehensive, high-quality system network with additional vehicle functions," said Sebastian Dendorfer, project manager at ZF. "This means that driving conditions can be handled more easily, which leads to advantages in dynamics, safety and comfort."
Rear axle transmissions from ZF have been successfully deployed in vehicles produced by major European and American manufacturers for more than 20 years. For the new generation of eLSDs, hardware requirements have been significantly reduced which, in turn, increases the available space for the design of passenger compartments. ZF has also completely overhauled the electronic control unit (ECU).
Thanks to a new chip set, the ECU supports over-the-air-updates, allowing vehicle software to be updated via the cloud with the most current cyber-security standards protecting the update process. Additional interfaces, such as the CAN with flexible data-rate (CAN FD) now allow for a connection between the eLSD and ZF's Integrated Brake Control system (IBC). This allows for close interaction between drive and brakes. The result is better traction and oversteer protection as well as increased stability when towing or during lane changes.
Off-road, the eLSD plays to its advantage, particularly when climbing hills. Moreover, the active limited slip differential helps to improve vehicle control during acceleration and µ-split braking. Improved modulated automatic braking and avoidance of high engine revving at traction maneuvers make for greater comfort.
The new ZF eLSD system features a potential locking torque of up to 3,000 Nm and is therefore also suitable for heavy vehicles and high-performance engines. Thanks to its modular principle, the eLSD is both compatible with different final drive ratios as well as different axle drive sizes.
The 3,000 square metre extension to the plant has been equipped with the latest technologies and robotics, including five injection presses and a clean room containing two production lines for engine components (water outlets) with infrared welding, automatic component assembly and leak testing sections.
The factory produces complex plastic components for the automotive industry: exterior and interior parts, body trims and engine parts. Novares will increase the workforce from 190 employees today to 240 in 2019.
The plant, located in the Vojvodina region in the north of Serbia, supplies components to several major customers in the area, including Fiat, PSA Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Suzuki and Dacia.
The factory, which was established in this area as part of Novares' strategy to be geographically close to its customers, has succeeded in meeting Novares' and the customers' exacting standards in quality and performance.
The €5.25 million ($6.09 million) extension project has been carried out with support from the Vojodina provincial government (€200,000 or $232,000) and the Serbian government (€300,000 or $348,000).
"Zrenjanin site has proven excellent performance and quality records and this extension is a sign of our confidence in the plant and our commitment to better serving our customers in the region where they operate. Serbia is growing in importance as an automotive hub, so our increased presence in the country reflects this," said Pierre Boulet, CEO of Novares.
The opening of the Technical Centre also marks 30 years since GKN established its automotive joint venture in China, the first Tier One automotive supplier to do so.
Through SDS, GKN Automotive is expanding the engineering development resource in the region at the newly-constructed facility on the outskirts of Shanghai. More than 300 jobs have been created at the facility, initially to work with customers in China on local applications of GKN Automotive's existing eDrive, AWD and CVJ technologies. In the future, the SDS Technical Centre will have the expertise and resources to be the project leader for global development of new products.
Substantially greater physical space for R&D will be met by a significant increase in the headcount of specialist engineers, boosting numbers by nearly 50% over the next three years. It is anticipated that the new, cutting-edge Technical Centre will prove to be an attractive proposition for engineering talent in China, as SDS seeks to attract the very best graduates in their fields to continue its success in the market.
John McLuskie, President of GKN Automotive China, said: "The official opening of the new Technical Centre in Shanghai represents another step in a major investment programme in what is currently the most significant market for eDrive. Growth of vehicle electrification is accelerating faster in China than anywhere else in the world. GKN Driveline established the first Tier One joint venture of its kind in the country 30 years ago, and SDS is now set to play a leading role in the next era of China's automotive industry."
The expansion of SDS's capabilities for GKN Automotive's eDrive technologies will meet higher demand from new and existing OEM clients, with development and manufacturing initially serving a raft of new business wins – for electrified powertrains in particular. Engineers at SDS will have the opportunity to contribute to some of the most advanced eDrive systems in the world, including bespoke eAxle technologies that will be exported to clients' production facilities in Europe.
The joint venture is now clearly targeting market leadership of eDrive systems in China, and its significant investment in new production and development facilities will enable the business to take advantage of the rapid acceleration in demand for electrified drivelines.
The scale of the SDS eDrive production hub in China will increase over the next seven years, with additional supply agreements set to commence for a range of domestic and international car manufacturers. GKN Automotive forecasts that SDS's eDrive production will reach one million units annually by 2025.