HERE, the location cloud company, today announced a significant step forward in efforts to drive a global standard for vehicle-to-cloud data – a development which in turn brings the promise of automated vehicles closer to reality.
Following successful months-long discussions with international automotive and mapping companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, HERE has now submitted the design for a universal data format called SENSORIS to ERTICO – ITS Europe, the European public/private partnership for intelligent transport systems, which has agreed to continue as an Innovation Platform to evolve it into a standardized interface specification for use broadly across the automotive industry.
To date, 11 major automotive and supplier companies have already joined the SENSORIS Innovation Platform now under the coordination of ERTICO. They are: AISIN AW, Robert Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Elektrobit, HARMAN, HERE, LG Electronics, NavInfo, PIONEER and TomTom. More organizations are expected to join in the coming weeks.
SENSORIS was initiated by HERE in June 2015 when the company published the first open specification for how vehicle sensor data gathered by connected cars could be sent to the cloud for processing and analysis. Currently, vehicle sensor data exists in multiple different formats across automakers.
KONI is expanding its scope to incorporate pneumatic springs in self-contained units, as alternatives to coil springs, airbags and shock absorption systems used in defense applications.
KONI is leveraging their extensive experience in engineered damper technology to provide high performance, cost effective hydro pneumatic applications for commercial and military markets. Focused on wheeled and tracked vehicles across all the possible load ranges, the new applications will challenge the toughest of circumstances.
Research started in 2015 and a number of design solutions are being validated at this moment with extensive testing on a high capacity test dyno. KONI’s in-house testing capabilities are state of the art and cover suspension characterization, duty cycle, hot/cold and vibration testing.
With these new product developments in scope, KONI reinforced its specialized team recently by bringing in quite some experience in this field – Mr. Paul Briggs – who has many years of experience in military vehicle suspension technology and business development. Mr. Paul Briggs will be working closely with Mr. Chris de Bruin on supporting both the commercial and technical activities within KONI for these new applications.
Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) announced that Infiniti is launching Tenneco’s continuously variable semi-active suspension (CVSAe) technology on its 2016 Q50 sedan and all-new Q60 coupe as part of the vehicle’s Dynamic Digital Suspension system (DSS). The Infiniti DSS system gives drivers the option of adjusting the feel and handling of their ride by selecting comfort, sport or sport plus driving modes.
CVSAe, part of the Monroe® Intelligent Suspension portfolio, adjusts to changing road conditions in real time. It continuously senses the road and driving conditions and adjusts the suspension within milliseconds, offering enhanced ride comfort with outstanding dynamic response.
“We are delighted to add Infiniti, a global premium brand, to our growing list of customers who want to partner with Tenneco to differentiate their ride performance with advanced electronic suspension systems,” said Enrique Orta, Tenneco senior vice president, Ride Performance. “Our Monroe® Intelligent Suspension portfolio continues to gain traction with the world’s vehicle manufacturers with a full range of electronic technology options.”
Infiniti is the first Japanese luxury brand to choose CVSAe dampers. CVSAe for the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 are being produced at Tenneco’s manufacturing facility in Ermua, Spain. The vehicles are being assembled at Nissan’s Tochigi manufacturing plant in Japan.
About Monroe® Intelligent Suspension
CVSAe is part of the Monroe® Intelligent Suspension portfolio, which includes adaptive suspension solutions (Dual Mode) for compact cars and semi-active solutions with external valve (CVSAe), internal valve (CVSAi) and two independent valves (CVSA2) for mid-range and higher-end cars. The portfolio also includes CVSA2/Kinetic® and ACOCAR® active suspension solutions for premium luxury cars, high-end sports cars and SUVs with off-road capability
Magneti Marelli, a part of FCA Group and producer of advanced systems and components for the automotive industry, has opened a manufacturing facility for suspension systems at Nansha in Guangzhou, China. The new plant will host also pedals systems production.
The production capacity at full speed will enable the plant to supply suspension systems for about 220 thousand vehicles a year, and pedal boxes for about 100 thousand vehicles a year. The plant will start with a team of about 60 employees.
Sylvain Dubois, country manager of Magneti Marelli China, stated, “Over the last ten years, we have invested in new space, know-how, and new centres for research and development in order to support our clients. With the inauguration of this plant in Guangzhou, Magneti Marelli China integrate the activities related to suspension systems and plastic components and modules, also to support directly FCA Group brands in the region.”
Antonio Ferrara, CEO of Magneti Marelli Suspension Systems, added, “The opening of the Nansha plant is an important result for the suspension business area in terms of the standardisation of processes and the application of advanced production technologies. In terms of standardisation, we are, for example, now able to replicate the same type and quality of process in Europe, in Brazil and in China, three key production areas in the automotive world. In terms of technology, we have furthermore implemented an evolved welding technique which allows us to obtain traceability for every single product.”
The suspension system market is hovering at a stable growth rate propelled by factors like demand for better comfort, safety, and road handling capabilities of suspension systems and the demand for light-weight vehicles is also leading to the increased demand for advanced suspension systems.
The demand for semi-independent/independent suspension systems is increasing continuously as it isolates the body from road shocks and vibrations, hence providing increased safety and comfort for passengers while travelling. The major types of semi-independent/independent suspension system are MacPherson strut and double wishbone, which are majorly used in the passenger car segment. The demand for semi-independent and independent suspension systems is highest in North America. The factor which is majorly driving the market is increasing demand for luxury vehicles in this region. In the U.S., sales of BMW (Germany), Lexus (Japan) and Mercedes Benz (Germany) have increased by 1.8%, 10.7%, and 3.8%, respectively, in 2015 as compared to 2014. The sales of light vehicle were up by 5.7% compared to 2014. These factors directly impact the semi-independent/independent suspension system market.
There are various upcoming technologies in the field of suspension systems such as energy recovery suspension system, E-corner suspension modules, active curve tilting, magnetic dampers, AIRMATIC and others. The technology named AIRMATIC, is a combination of adaptive damping system (ADS) and air springs. The AIRMATIC air suspension system adapts the suspension bumps and uneven road surfaces. It is employed in the new Mercedes C-Class and provides a high level of comfort and safety.
Key players operating in the suspension system market include ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Germany), Tenneco Inc. (U.S.), KYB Corporation (Japan), Continental AG (Germany), Magneti Marelli S.p.A (Italy), Benteler International AG (Austria), Schaeffler AG (Germany), WABCO holdings Inc. (Belgium), MandoCorporation (South Korea) and ThyssenKrupp AG (Germany).
The Vonlanthen Group is pleased to invite you to the “Annual Automotive Advanced Suspension Systems Summit” scheduled on October 17 – 18, 2016 in Berlin.
This premier B2B event will bring together experts from all levels of the value chain to ensure maximum knowledge transfer and professional exchange; elaborate on the new developments in active and semi-active suspension systems that are improving driver comfort and safety; give information about current trends and new materials being used in existing suspension systems in order to make them lighter and reduce CO2 emissions.
This event will bring together OEMs, powertrain experts, Chassis manufacturers, automotive electronics and academia to discuss, hear and learn about their experiences on advance suspension innovations, to network and enjoy excellent mix of case studies, interactive panel discussions, speed networking and workshops. It is an honor and privilege to invite you to participate in this Summit. We look forward to welcoming you at the Summit in Berlin upcoming September!
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