Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

SRT Tomahawk More Than Just a Game
FCA hopes to take the gaming world by storm with the SRT Tomahawk, a dramatic 1-seater incorporating far-out technologies from the year 2035. Designers working on the project got to suspend the rules of the real world – to a point.
Hang Up and Drive – And Get Off My Lawn
When I see a vehicle drifting into my lane, or someone else’s lane, or over a curb on a busy street, or if an aimless vehicle corrects abruptly at the last second to avoid a fire hydrant, I glance at the driver and see that he or she is looking at a device instead of the road.
Tiny Sensors Drive Big Growth at Bosch 
Every automotive MEMS sensor produced by Bosch in Reutlingen fetches between €6.43 and €9.19. The sizable manufacturing investments, it seems, pay for themselves.
Bosch Electronics Plant, Reutlingen 
Bosch's complex near Stuttgart has manufactured 5 billion highly intelligent MEMS sensors since 1995, and every single chip on every wafer undergoes rigorous and redundant quality checks. The defect rate is fewer than five for every 1 million produced.
Mercedes-Benz Museum Tour
Spare time in Stuttgart is well spent at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a vital stop for any automotive historian. From 1886 until today, the industry's evolution is closely documented.
Unexpected Goodies in Boxberg, Germany
Bosch hosted its biennial International Automotive Press Briefing this week at its test track in Boxberg, Germany, for more than 300 journalists from 40-some nations. The afternoon was spent test driving (or riding in) up to 40 vehicles, including the VW XL1 concept, a self-driving Tesla Model S and a Porsche 918 Spyder.
After Price-Fixing Plea, Bosch Emphasizes Core Technologies
Bosch’s top automotive executive says tough lessons were learned in the recent price-fixing scandal, and the company now needs to press on with next-generation vehicle technologies.
JCI, LTU Pair Up for Battery Research 2
A new dynamometer at Lawrence Tech’s campus will allow students and JCI engineers to work jointly on powertrain systems, such as a new dual-voltage stop-start system coming to market in 2018.
Dyno Dedication Sparks JCI, LTU Tie-up
Asked how students and JCI engineers will split time with the dyno, MaryAnn Wright says the workload for both groups will be seamless and integrated. JCI also will fund research to be done with the dyno, and students will be assigned projects and other work.
Nissan Titan at WardsAuto Interiors Conference
Nissan rolled out its all-new '16 Titan fullsize pickup at Detroit's Cobo Center as part of this week's WardsAuto Interiors Conference. First to market later this year will be the Titan XD with 5.0L Cummins diesel V-8, followed by gasoline offerings.
Misfits and Missteps – 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominees
WardsAuto highlights some of the frayed edges, poorly fitting trim and other issues that result in deducted points as judges select the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. From Chevy, Dodge, Hyundai and Kia to Acura, Land Rover, Lincoln and Mercedes, it seems no automaker is perfect.
OEMs Take Map Pockets in Many Directions
The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner: Nissan Murano
Inside and out, Nissan's all-new Murano makes a bold design statement by injecting stylistic drama into the high-volume midsize CUV segment. Our test vehicle, a fully loaded SL trim with all-wheel drive, carries $41,905 sticker price.
Seeing Red Isn’t All Bad 1
In a car like the all-new Mercedes C-Class, the Diamond White Metallic sheet metal is the predictable, safe bet, but the soft, quilted crimson leather that appears once the door opens serves as an invitation as irresistible as the siren’s song.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Mercedes C-Class
We find the new C-Class, stickering at about half the price of the S-Class flagship, to be a consummate bargain (well-equipped for $65,000). Plus, it carries over many of the advanced technologies that distinguish the S-Class, particularly the innovative interface and mood-specific ambient lighting.
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