The car of the future will be electronic, autonomous, shared and connected.
A 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6-8% fuel economy improvement.
Replacing metal components with lighter materials will reduce fuel consumption and increase driving range –which are essential for hybrid and electric vehicles
Long-range, fast-charging batteries require an optimum temperature of 25°C both during driving and charging
Thermal management and safety
High-energy batteries and e-motors that support more powerful vehicles, longer driving ranges, and faster charging require very precise and consistent thermal
Connectivity, sensing and control
The industry needs accurate, upgradeable and reliable data systems and electromechanical actuators to support electrification and, ultimately, fully autonomous driving.
IoT technologies in hybrid and electric vehicles enable Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), navigation & telematics solutions, predictive maintenance solutions, Vehicle-to-Vehicle applications for autonomous safety, Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications for convenient charging, and Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication applications for much more.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and durability
Hybrid and electric vehicles have quieter running engines, so further insulation against road noise is essential. Autonomous vehicles will double as work and social environments – meaning NVH performance will be crucial to preserving a positive vehicle experience.
We manage NVH using three basic strategies – reducing it at the source, isolating it from the car’s main structure, and absorbing as much as possible before it enters the cabin
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