GM Partners With Boston Startup WiTricity For Future Wireless Charging Technology

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General Motors has made yet another move as it bets big on electric vehicles in the near future. Electrek reports GM and Boston, Massachusetts startup company “WiTricity” have partnered to collaborate over future wireless charging technology.

The ultimate goal of the partnership is to develop wireless charging pads for EVs, ideally installed beneath a layer of concrete or other flooring materials garages. By parking over the pads, the vehicle would be charged automatically with no plugging required.

“The electric vehicle has been recognized as central to the future of mobility, and GM has been a leader, making EVs accessible to the broader market. The convenience of wireless charging will help accelerate adoption even further,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity, about the alliance. “Wireless charging for EVs, based on industry standards, is inevitable as we move toward a future of self-driving and autonomous vehicles, and this project brings us one step closer to realizing our vision of a world powered wirelessly.”

GM has agreed to lend a 2017 Chevrolet Volt to WiTricity to conduct tests with its wireless charging technology. The company claims it can reach 90 percent efficiency through its wireless charging, which would match traditional plug-in charging systems.

WiTricity has aimed for a 2017 release for the wireless charging pad.

About Witricity Corporation

WiTricity is an American engineering company that manufactures devices for wireless energy transfer using resonant energy transfer based on oscillating magnetic fields. The term WiTricity was used for a project that took place at MIT, led by Marin Soljačić in 2006. The research project was spun off into a private company, also called WiTricity.

Via: GM Authority

TriLumina Demonstrates 3D Solid-State LiDAR and ADAS Systems for Autonomous Automotive Vehicles at CES2017

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 27, 2016 / TriLumina Corp (www.trilumina.com), the leader in high-power, pulsed, solid-state, low-cost illumination modules for LiDAR, will be demonstrating a new 256-pixel 3D LiDAR solution at CES2017. This high-resolution 3D LiDAR represents a true breakthrough in automotive sensing.  Powered by TriLumina’s illumination modules, this solid-state LiDAR solution is the enabling next-generation ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Built in collaboration with LeddarTech, this LiDAR platform accelerates the path to wide deployment by providing a reliable, high-performance, low-cost system demanded by OEMs for mass-market ADAS applications.

TriLumina powered 3D automotive LiDAR units will also be showcased at CES2017 at the Renesas Advanced and Autonomous Track Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

TriLumina’s new powerful illumination modules accelerate the development of low cost LiDAR sensor systems for a wide variety of applications on any vehicle platform.  TriLumina’s illumination modules replace the expensive, bulky scanning LiDARs being used in today’s autonomous vehicle demonstration programs with high resolution and long-range sensing in a small, robust and cost-effective package, enabling the successful commercial deployment of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles.

According to Brian Wong, CEO of TriLumina, “TriLumina’s illumination modules address some of the most difficult technical hurdles facing solid state LiDAR development.   At TriLumina, we are building complete Illumination modules with our patented, back-emitting, flip-chip VCSEL arrays and driver circuits to provide the highest efficiency and most powerful illumination solutions available.  The 3D solid-state LiDAR solutions presented at CES will demonstrate the incredible capabilities of our laser solutions and how they can be rapidly deployed to enable new signal processing capabilities such as those in the LeddarCore ICs.”

Customers, partners, and members of the press may request a demonstration of TriLumina’s laser illumination solutions and the opportunity to meet with TriLumina’s senior management team during CES2017 at CES@trilumina.com.

TriLumina has developed eye-safe semiconductor lasers enabling market-leading laser illuminator solutions. TriLumina’s technology accelerates the automotive industry’s adoption of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles by providing lasers for 100 percent solid-state LiDAR products and Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and depth sensing for industrial robotics, commercial and consumer electronics markets. TriLumina Corp. is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Source: TriLumina Corp. Via: PRNewswire

Tata Motors signs on Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador for its Commercial Vehicles Business

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On the one hand, Bollywood’s most bank-able star, on the other, the country’s most reliable commercial vehicles brand. While one fits into any role with absolute ease, the other masters every terrain with complete nonchalance. Driven, ambitious and versatile, they both have a lot riding on them. But they are both made of sterner stuff, and have what it takes, to bear the ‘load’ of others’ expectations.

Tata Motors, the country’s largest automotive player and among the top 10 truck and bus manufacturers globally, today announced the appointment of Bollywood film star Akshay Kumar, as the brand ambassador for its Commercial Vehicle Business Unit. Indian Cinema’s ‘original Khiladi’ will make his blockbuster entry in this new role at the launch of Tata Motors’ latest offering in Commercial Vehicles, slated in January 2017.

Tata Motors’ association with Akshay Kumar for Commercial vehicles will be supported by a high-decibel, multi-media campaign, beginning in the first week of January 2017. Besides products and solutions, Akshay will be actively involved in a host of innovative marketing and customer experience initiatives to be rolled out by Tata Motors.

Mr. Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to announce versatile and reliable Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the new face of Tata Motors’ Commercial Vehicles Business Unit. Akshay embodies dynamism, popularity, machismo, performance and style. More importantly, he blends well with the core values of trust, reliability, responsibility and good leadership of Tata Motors’ Commercial Vehicles Business. Besides, today we are catering to an audience that defines the driven, ambitious, forward-moving, non-stop pulse of India and Akshay understands the pulse of this audience well. That is why, with careful selection and preparation, he goes on to entertain and enthral his fans with one performance after another. Just as Tata Motors constantly endeavours to understand the ever-changing needs of its customers and builds innovative platforms to provide customised products and solutions catering to different segments. We are confident that Akshay’s popularity will further help complement and articulate the future direction of the Tata Motors commercial vehicles brand.”

Speaking on the association, Akshay Kumar said, “The Tata brand is one that most of us have grown up with and now to be associated with them is indeed an honour. No one understands Indian trucking better than Tatas and there couldn’t have been a better and more apt brand to promote. It was fun being in the driver’s seat of one of those monster machines, during a product shoot”

The last six decades has been exciting for Tata Motors in the commercial vehicles space. Tata Motors has been the market leader in India in Commercial Vehicles with an unparalleled product range from sub 1 tonne to 49 tonne load applications. The company has been a pioneer in introducing innovative platforms like Ace, Prima and building customized solutions for all segments, including the defence business. The company has rolled out a series of initiatives to deliver best customer value, with technology being at the forefront. Today, the Tata Motors stable accounts for more than 70% of the last mile cargo-running mini-trucks in the country.

In its endeavor to make a meaningful contribution to the society, in 2013, Tata Motors conducted a successful pilot initiative ‘Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai’ with interactive sessions designed with the objective of sensitizing school bus staff, on the safety of children during school bus travel. In 2014, this initiative was launched across the country and today Tata Motors has trained over thousands of school bus staff on school bus safety.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

Via: Tata Motors

Tata Steel Launches Lightweight High-Strength Chassis Steel

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Tata Steel has launched a new, hot-rolled (HR), complex-phase, advanced high-strength steel grade (HR CP800-UC) for chassis and suspension applications. HR CP800-UC is an uncoated steel which combines the high strength required to meet stringent performance requirements with good formability, allowing automotive engineers to design relatively complexly shaped chassis components.

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This product development was driven by customer demand for a strong yet formable steel that would also give customers the opportunity to reduce chassis weight, which is regarded as unfeasible using conventional high-strength steel grades. The development forms part of the company’s strategy to support automotive manufacturers to meet weight-reduction targets in a cost-effective manner, while delivering the best performance possible.

There are a number of parts within the vehicle chassis and suspension system that require especially high strength, in particular the lower control arms, suspension link arms and twist beams. The parts must be strong enough to withstand typical in-service load cases –the parts must not fail through material rupture when the wheel hits a pot-hole, for example – and at the same time stringent European emissions regulations mean that reducing weight in these parts is becoming increasingly important. For these reasons high-strength (HSS) and advanced-high-strength (AHSS) steels are the common choice in such applications.

However, the challenge with many conventional high-strength steels is that as they become stronger, they also become less formable. This can cause problems when creating complicated chassis parts. The new HR CP800-UC is a multi-phase steel grade from the advanced high-strength steel family, offering improved formability – in particular how far steel can be stretched without splitting or tearing – while maintaining strength.

The new grade provides a number of other essential performance characteristics. HR CP800-UC’s properties are provided by its fine-grained bainitic matrix microstructure, which improves material fatigue, resulting in a high tensile strength of approximately 800MPa – the stress it can withstand before failing – and a high yield strength that promotes uniformity of strength in the final part. It meets both euronorm (EN) and Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) specifications, HCT780C (EN) and HR660Y760T-CP(VDA) and so can meet the stringent automotive safety requirements demanded by vehicle manufacturers globally.

Sander Heinhuis, Tata Steel’s European Marketing Manager for Automotive, said: “Demand for steels that are appropriate for lightweighting is only going to increase, but the focus on reducing weight in the chassis system has lagged behind product development in body in white. This new grade offers the best balance on the market between formability, strength and weight, with no increase in cost, due to its excellent processing properties.

“This product is an important addition to our portfolio of advanced high-strength steels and through working closely with our automotive tier partners to develop this grade, we have been able to ensure it has the characteristics they need to process it easily in house.”

HR CP800-UC is being produced now at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden plant in the Netherlands and is commercially available in a range of dimensions, from 2.5-4.7mm thick and up to 1650mm wide. Over coming months Tata Steel will further extend the product’s dimensional capability.

HR CP800-UC Data Sheet

For further details visit Tata Steel Europe’s Automotive website.