Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

Tom writes about suppliers, automotive technology and other wide-ranging topics.

Lear Innovation Center Targets More than Automotive
Some 25 full-time Lear designers and engineers are moving into the Innovation Center to collaborate with students from the nearby College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University School of Engineering.
Lear Innovation Center in Detroit
Eventually, as many as 125 Lear employees will occupy the new Lear Innovation Center in downtown Detroit, as well as 10 students each from College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University School of Engineering.
Porsche’s Reality: More Speed, Fewer Pistons
The new 2.0L and 2.5L engines represent the first time Porsche, which has a rich legacy of horizontally opposed piston engines, has developed one that combines turbocharging and only four cylinders.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX Quick Hits
A summation of all 29 vehicles evaluated as part of the inaugural Wards 10 Best User Experiences competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker, as tested.
Gorilla Glass and Airstream’s Love for Aluminum
A panel session focused on materials at the WardsAuto User Experience Conference includes an Ohio State researcher testing fabrics embedded with sensors capable of reading a person’s vital signs and adjusting seatbelt tension automatically.
E-Class Continues Mercedes’ Hot Streak
The redesigned Mercedes E-Class shines in each judging criteria of the inaugural Wards 10 Best UX competition. We know $73,000 is a lot of money, but consider the market for midsize luxury cars and the features onboard.
Editors Judging 2016 Wards 10 Best UX
WardsAuto editors spent July and August evaluating 29 vehicles in judging the inaugural 2016 Wards 10 Best UX competition. Winners will be honored Oct. 4 at the first Wards User Experience Conference in Novi, MI.
'18 Chevrolet Equinox Unveiling
On the night of the autumnal equinox, General Motors unveiled the all-new '18 Chevrolet Equinox CUV at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Springing from a new architecture and weighing 400 lbs. less than the current model, the midsize ute will go on sale next spring, and a 1.6L diesel 4-cyl. is promised for a summer arrival.
Chevy Betting on ’18 Equinox to Shine
The automaker is hoping fresh sheet metal, a snazzy interior and extensive new features in the areas of safety, driver assistance, connectivity and powertrain will turn the tide for the ’18 Equinox.
Audi Q7: Digital and Visual Wonderland
What we love about the Q7 is the ease with which its functions can be customized for every driver, including the tech lover who craves full engagement and the old-school type who wants to ignore the outside world and merely enjoy the drive.
Customization Vital to 10 Best UX Picks
The Wards 10 Best UX competition is intended to help the auto industry shape the perfect user experience, as defined by everyone.
Wards 10 Best UX Honorees Span Globe
The all-new Wards 10 Best User Experiences competition drills deeply into the user-friendliness of vehicle systems designed to minimize distraction and frustration, prevent accidents and improve safety in neighborhoods and on the highway.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX Winners
Winner profiles will appear on beginning Sept. 21, and honored automakers will receive their trophies on Oct. 4 at the WardsAuto User Experience Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
Can Smartphone Replace Key Fob? 1
Continental is introducing two technologies intended to give smartphones access to authorized vehicles, but a company executive says he sees conventional fobs sticking around “for the foreseeable future.”
Nexteer Moves HQ to Metro Detroit in Search of Talent
With its new headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, Nexteer can work more closely with customers on self-driving cars. Next year, some of its customers will launch vehicles that operate in Level 3 semi-autonomous mode.


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