To reach series production, Schaeffler, Ford and other co-developers must lower the cost of each part, conduct functional safety and environmental testing and document the technology for potential customers.
The competition calls on university students in teams of two to five to develop features that will make cars of 2030 more intelligent and intuitive, and with the potential to revolutionize the automobile industry.
Concerned about losing jobs to lower-cost countries, France has countered with the PFA industry coalition and two main efforts to advance automotive technology: autonomous vehicles and the affordable, high-fuel-efficiency small car.
On a daily basis, French deliveries fell 1.5%, but that still is a plus for a market that was off 9.9% after eight months. The CCFA trade group is confident calendar-2013 sales will come within 8% of year-ago.
The program was targeted at devising a toolkit that would reduce the time it takes to develop the human-machine interface, which puts controls for everything from the vehicle’s radio to advanced active-safety systems in front of the driver.
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The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world....More
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