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Software Defined Architectures: The Burgeoning Business Model

Next-generation E/E architectures will create new business models for automakers and suppliers. But a Wards Intelligence survey shows few see themselves as pacesetters, and there’s some uncertainty about where the best monetization opportunities are. The massive change in operations, and the associated costs, will put constraints on the timeframe and depth of the changes in infrastructure and vehicle architectures that OEMs will be able to address.

Software Defined Vehicle Mobility
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GM to Replace Modules in All Recalled Bolts; Tesla Superchargers Set for Ramp-Up

Three model years of the Chevy Bolt will get all new modules, whether they’ve experienced battery-related fires or not, as GM aims to solve the lingering issue.

Electrification Batteries
EXCLUSIVE

Q&A: Optimus Ride CEO Talks Autonomous Shuttles, Robotaxis and the Future of Mobility

Sean Harrington describes the Optimus Ride strategy of operating low-speed geofenced autonomous shuttles to reduce costs for communities, provide a shorter wait time than current public transportation and reduce vehicle miles traveled, pollution and traffic congestion.

Autonomy Autonomous Vehicles

U.S. Big Trucks Climb 8.7% in July

U.S. medium- and heavy-duty trucks have yet to post a loss this year, placing sales 26.2% ahead for the year.

Market Analysis

Canada Big Truck Sales Up 6.4% in July

Canada medium- and heavy-duty truck sales rose in July despite a 56.5% drop in deliveries in Class 6.

Market Analysis

Cockpit of the Future: Vehicle Purpose, Segment Will Dictate Design

“Cockpit of the future” stirs images of giant pillar-to-pillar screens and lavish immersive user experiences. Those are coming in ultra-premium luxury EVs as soon as this year, but in the world of high-volume personal vehicles and commercial trucks, there will be many different cockpits of the future, delineated by purpose, segments and price. Many won’t have screens at all; they will be BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Cockpit of the Future Connectivity
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LG Exec Sees Grab Bag of Chemistry, Technology for Future BEVs

A top LG North American executive talks chemistries, materials, recalls and cost in a wide-ranging interview.

Electrification Batteries

Microchip Shortage to Shave 3.75 Million Units from 2021 Global Light-Vehicle Output

Despite the microchip-related cuts this year, LMC forecasts global light-vehicle production to rise 12% year-over-year in 2021, top pre-pandemic 2019 totals in 2022 and climb to a new all-time high in 2023.

Market Analysis

North America Platform by Plant Production Forecast - 2021-2023

North America light vehicle production forecast by vehicle type and country; by manufacturer, vehicle type, and country; by manufacturer, country, and plant; and by manufacturer, platform, and plant by month for 2021-2023. Includes list of models with their associated platform.

Market Analysis Production Forecast

Mexico LV Sales Rose 8.6% in July

Light-vehicle sales in Mexico experienced a moderate increase (+8.6%) in July, led by a 26.0% jump in light trucks.

Market Analysis

Canada LV Sales Dip 10.0% in July

Canada light-vehicle sales slip after four straight months of growth.

Market Analysis

Choosing the Best Path to Zero Emissions

Experts discuss whether limiting tailpipe emissions or mandating ZEV volumes is the most effective way to meet the Biden Admin.’s goal of selling 50% electric vehicles by 2030.

Propulsion Electrification
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