Connectivity opens vehicle systems to the dark side of the Internet, forcing automakers to quickly develop strategies to ensure that they don’t join the litany of corporations hit by hack attacks. SAE is nearing the release of the J3061 best practices document that will help OEMs create structured programs that provide protection that will remain effective throughout vehicle lifetimes.
Two upstart Chinese companies with big automotive ambitions are grabbing headlines as they lure top engineering and product-development talent— and prepare to unveil potentially disrupting new products and technology strategies.
Porsche announced it will build the electric Mission E concept, and with Bentley, is now positioned to share advanced technologies. Each brand is heading for pure electric-production models, each targeting 500-km range, huge acceleration capability, and 15-20 minute 800V battery charging times.
Secondary loop system shows promise for areas with long A/C cooling seasons, by providing thermal storage for idle stop and on acceleration. Reversible heat pump also fits into picture with higher heating efficiency for EVs.
Electronics and software complexity is ratcheting up as autonomy, connectivity, and increased comfort and convenience features move forward. Renesas Electronics America is responding with a platforms approach aimed at simplifying systems development efforts.
Citroën is developing a new suspension that will replace its hydraulic system. The French OEM known for its engineering creativity and quirky models may re-enter the North American market, says its CEO.