The two companies argue global megatrends related to fuel economy, safety and autonomous driving are transforming vehicles and the auto industry, making their businesses more complementary than they may appear.
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says.
Tenneco’s “intelligent” suspension systems combine electronics with hydraulic valves to adjust shock absorber damping levels to road conditions, as well as speed and cornering inputs, to achieve an optimal balance between ride comfort and vehicle handling.
Work at the technical center will continue to involve several Bosch divisions, including Electrical Drives, Starter Motors and Generators, as well as Chassis Systems Control and Automotive Electronics.
“We encourage our associates to volunteer in the classroom,” Mike Mansuetti says. “Relationships are established, children learn from role models and they begin to think about and aspire to STEM-related careers.”
Almost 50% of nearly 900 automotive engineers surveyed say their companies are concentrating on lightweighting and the use of lightweight structural materials in order to hit 2025 fuel economy targets.
We arrived in Traverse City with the trip computer reporting we averaged 35.2 mpg (6.7 L/100 km), just 0.8 mpg short of the official EPA number, even though the last leg of the trip has some significant hills.
Continental’s AR-HUD concept, due to go into production in 2017, offers adaptive cruise control functions, lane-departure warning and navigational features that encourage drivers to focus on the road ahead and not look down at the center-stack display during critical maneuvers.