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9 Nov, 2010

John Day The folks at USCAR drew my attention to cyber-physical systems (CPS), a discipline of keen interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to a growing number of universities, as well as to Ford, GM, Chrysler, and other automakers. USCAR thinks of CPS as a network of highly sophisticated electromechanical subsystems autonomously controlling hybrid drive, automated parking assist, crash avoidance, … Read More

Ford, GM, cyber-physical systems, Chrysler, National Science Foundation, USCAR

27 Oct, 2010

John Day Cars today have more electronic content than ever, which means more circuits, more wiring, and more weight. At the same time, automotive semiconductor and networking technologies pack more performance into smaller space. How does that net out? I posed the question to Paul Geyer, who has design responsibility for connectors, schematics and wiring tools in Chrysler’s Power and Signal Distribution group … Read More

GM, SAE/USCAR 21, Ford, USCAR, Chrysler, SAE/USCAR-2, United States Council for Automotive Research

14 Oct, 2010

John Day The New York Times published a positive story about Detroit this week (Oct. 12). It referenced the fact that U.S. brands edged imports in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, 108 to 109 PP100 (problems per-100 vehicles within 90 days of purchase). Ford cracked the IQS top five for the first time, and Lincoln had 23 fewer problems per 100 vehicles than it did last year. Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac all … Read More

New York Times, J.D. Power and Associates, Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GM, GMC, Ford, Ford Sync

22 Apr, 2010

John Day I wanted to learn more about AUTOSAR, and so I spoke with two experts from General Motors – Nady Boules, director of GM’s Electrical & Controls Integration Lab, and Massimo Osella, lab group manager for electronic controls and software architecture at GM R&D. GM doesn’t have AUTOSAR software components in a production vehicle as yet, but as a core partner, the firm has been working with the AUTOSAR … Read More

ECUs, General Motors, AUTOSAR, Nady Boules, GM, Massimo Osella

12 Mar, 2010

John Day We form opinions quickly these days and increasingly we gravitate toward those who agree with us and tune out opposing arguments. It happens with political and social issues and it’s happening with Toyota as the company struggles to determine the cause(s) of unintended acceleration. Some have empathy while others delight in the company’s difficulties. One problem with polarization is that details can … Read More

GM, GPS, Ford, Toyota, Unintended Acceleration, OnStar, SYNC

10 Feb, 2010

John Day Remember a year or so ago when GM and Chrysler were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and debate raged – as it still does – over federal involvement in the filings? Would either have survived without the government’s help, or would they have been liquidated? And if one or both had ceased to exist, where would the automotive industry (not to mention the U.S. economy) be now? How many suppliers would … Read More

GM, Honda, Airbag Recall, Toyota, Chrysler

29 Dec, 2009

John Day Since the auto industry entered crisis mode a year or so ago, I’ve often thought about the horrid and simplistic perception of the industry in the public mind – “stupid” and “greedy” people who only make “gas guzzlers” – in contrast with the very different perception I’ve gained from reporting on automotive electrical and electronic technology. The auto industry employs some very smart people who are … Read More

Chrysler, GM, "Crash Course", United Auto Workers, Wall Street Journal, Greek Tragedy, Paul Ingrassia

22 Oct, 2009

John Day High-speed car chases are exciting in the movies but scary in real life. Not only scary, but often deadly. Last year 334 people were killed in the U.S. in crashes that resulted from police pursuits, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. About a year ago, GM’s OnStar unit added a stolen vehicle slowdown service to its other stolen vehicle services. OnStar said that since … Read More

GM, OnStar, Chevrolet Tahoe, SUV, Visalia California, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown

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