The Technology Group, Rheinmetall, is systematically supplementing its automotive product portfolio in the direction of new driveline systems. In addition to products for electric vehicles, current development efforts include components for alternative powertrains, such as the fuel cell. Within this context, Rheinmetall Automotive is developing a recirculation fan for hydrogen not yet consumed within the fuel cell stacks, special coolant pumps for 400 and 800 voltages, and electric valves.
BENTELER has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Automobili Pininfarina GmbH, an offshoot of the world-renowned Italian car design company Pininfarina. Together, the companies will develop a platform for electric vehicles, which will form the basis of Automobili Pininfarina’s future range of luxury electric cars.
Intelligent engine components are not just a valuable tool for engine developers but could in the future be used as “early warning systems” in engines for monitoring operating conditions and ensuring a long service life. Intelligent bearings from MAHLE keep track of operating conditions in real time, providing an accurate view of the temperature in the bearing. The same measurement method forms the basis for an innovative piston monitoring concept, in which measurement data is transmitted wirelessly and the energy consumption of the sensors covered by the motion of the piston via “energy harvesting.”
The flexibility of Automotive Ethernet makes the simple twisted-pair network technology ideal for an ever-increasing range of in-vehicle networks. The new IEEE 10BASE-T1S standard expands the range of applications supported by Automotive Ethernet to include integrating simple devices into the network. With the first compliance test solution available for testing device-compliance to 10BASE-T1S, Rohde & Schwarz continues to lead the way as the test and measurement supplier for automotive Ethernet standards.
It is an inevitable must for the Dutch government to rapidly start adjusting the system architecture alongside the Dutch motorways. Necessary choices need to be made if the Netherlands wishes to keep benefiting from the fast technological developments in the automotive industry. “The moment that the use of hydrogen technology will become a commodity instead of the regular use of gasoline, is getting closer and closer,” says Guido Gerritsen CEO of APM (Automotive Parts Manufacturing) in Haaksbergen (NL). “We need to look ahead and anticipate.”