Auto Partnerships Resulting In Top Automotive Technology

Back in the days automotive companies would focus on their own individual projects. However, lately the trend is for major manufacturers to work together either with one another or with software companies in order to develop innovative new technology. The result are cars that are more efficient and technology that is more cutting edge than ever before.

A good example of partnership creation in order to open new markets is what has happened in China. That country, with the largest population on earth, became a major target of auto manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. At the same time, the Chinese government was taking major steps to develop that country’s own auto industry. Each side knew that they could help the other. So major partnerships were created between Chinese and European, American and Asian auto manufacturers. The auto manufacturers from Europe, America and Asia used the Chinese companies as a conduit to sell their cars in the Chinese market. In return, they assisted the Chinese auto makers to develop their own vehicles. Today China is the largest auto market on Earth and just about every major brand of car is sold there.

Next came the issue of new technologies. In the old days the auto manufacturers developed their own technologies. Now they are creating partnerships with such companies as Microsoft, Gracenote, NAVTEQ, Nuance Communication, Sony Corporation, TeleNav, ViaMichelin and others to help them create new technologies. The result, for example, are infotainment systems like the Ford Sync and MyFord Touch which was developed through a collaboration between Ford and Microsoft. Microsoft has since developed partnerships with other car manufacturers to help them create their own infotainment systems. These infotainment systems are using technologies developed by Gracenote, NAVTEQ, Nuance Communication, Sony Corporation, TeleNav and ViaMichelin. Gracenote is providing upgraded music entertainment, NAVTEQ the maps, traffic and location data for the navigation systems, Nuance Communications is offering the voice recognition technology so that the driver can control elements of the car via voice command. Audio manufacturers like Sony are creating the super sophisticated audio and audio-video systems that are now appearing in cars. TeleNav, known as the largest global wireless navigation services provider, is supplying the technology that connects navigation in the car to GPS. ViaMichelin makes the Michelin hotel and restaurant guides accessible to drivers and their passengers.

Auto manufacturers also have to tackle the development of new technologies that assist in improving fuel efficiency. So they have formed partnerships or joint ventures among themselves in order to share the cost. So we are seeing Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, partnering with Chinese battery and auto maker BYD to help in the development of electric vehicle technologies. PSA Peugeot Citroen is known worldwide as an expert in diesel technology. It has partnered with Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi to produce electric cars. Volkswagen partnered with Porsche to help the luxury car maker develop high performance engines that meet environmental regulations. Later Volkswagen acquired Porsche.

When auto makers finally decided to develop electric cars, partnerships were formed to develop the technology. General Motors and Ford joined with South Korean battery manufacturer LG to develop and supply them with the next generation lithium-ion batteries used to energize electric cars. Moreover, General Motors and Reva have partnered to produce a zero emission car for India. In addition, Daimler became the first major auto maker to buy a stake in Tesla Motors, an electric car manufacturer.

Volkswagen has purchased a percentage of Suzuki and Suzuki has acquired shares of Volkswagen in a move that is helping both companies. Suzuki is getting access to VW’s technologies and Volkswagen is using Suzuki’s expertise to enhance its small car production.

As a result of the recession automotive companies are working together and the results are spectacular. Let’s hope that this trend of team work will continue in the future.

The New Audi R8 A Hotbed Of Automotive Technology

Audi presents its supercar entry for 2010 in the guise of the R8. The new R8 is a hotbed of automobile high technology; as with any excellent supercar, we should start with the engine. And what what an engine it is; Audi has placed a 5.2L ten cylinder engine in the new R8. Audi claims that the monster engine delivers five hundred twenty-five horsepower at eight thousand revolutions per minute, and three hundred pounds of torque at six thousand five hundred revolutions per minute. This engine, as claimed by the manufacturer, is able to propel the R8 from zero to sixty-two miles per hour in three and nine-tenths seconds.

The R8 also has a claimed top speed of two hundred miles per hour. The engine features sequential fuel induction through a dual overhead cam valve drivetrain. The engine runs on premium unleaded gasoline, and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, returns twelve miles per gallon in city driving and twenty miles per gallon on the highway. This is amazing gas mileage considering we are describing a ten cylinder super-charged engine that has a top speed of over two hundred miles per hour. Other technical highlights include a six speed manual tranmission and a standard all wheel drive system.

Audi has also outfitted the R8 with the latest safety features; those features include anti-lock brakes, magnetic ride control, and electronic stability control. Luxury features on this premium supercar include power window and door locks, a trip computer, a Bang and Olufsen AM/FM stereo with CD changer and MP3 capability, and a DVD-based navigation system. If you are looking for a very fast supercar with all of the luxury amenities, Audi would love for you to take a look at the R8.

Automotive – An Amazing Invention

Our world is growing as fast as each new day is approaching. Technology nowadays have reached a height so high in the marks of advancement, in machines, in biological technology and so on, and the most extensively noticed is in the marks of automotives. I remember how the Germans take pride on the Volkswagen, but this age have brought automotive technology to soar high above the worlds economy and luxury much more than what we expected in the past few decades.

Car technology of course did not take the passenger’s or the driver’s safety in its design for granted. Safety features of the cars of today don’t just consists of airbags, no; some of the latest advances on car safety features includes antilock braking system, stability control, backup sensing system, adaptive cruise controls, traction control, crash resistant door pillars, crumple zones, head restraints, all wheel drive, and so on. All of these of course could only mean that a whole new level of car development have taken to completion. These points of time have become an age that will spread out the technological boom all over the world in the form of automotives as we know it.

Automotives have reached the world of sports as well. These machines can also demonstrate amazing industrial and product strength in terms of excellence in speed, endurance, maneuvering and the sort in tracks or circuits in the world of sports. Brands famous across the world compete for the title of owning the fastest vehicle and engine, and the show would just be amazing for all the spectators out there whether on the benches or just watching the action on television. Automotives have other use in sports too. Take for example the use of golf carts in golf; they can surely make it easy for golfers to move about that huge golf course, but they are not at all neglected in the advancement of technology. Cart parts take a share on this as well, take a glance on the Yamaha accessories with it and see for yourself.

Automotive have also gone to terrific applications in all sorts of industry like mining and construction, enhanced with the amazing use of hydraulics and all kinds of engineering techniques, vehicles like these have contributed just about so much in making our job much easier and faster, and thus, have made the industrial world much productive and efficient. Can you imagine how hard it would be for us without these machines? It will be like going back to the past and experiencing slavery once again!

That is why we should appreciate it even more for the services it renders us. Whether it is the simplest things like deliveries or transportation or to the most complex of its application like mining or construction, automotives have made a mark on our lives that we would be so pitiful without them. So give a hand to whoever started innovating the way we live by inventing and improving automotives as we know it. Surely, they made our lives easier and because of them we can appreciate technology in the form of these vehicles.