Mercedes-Benz previews EQE SUV interior
Mercedes-Benz has provided a first look at the interior of its EQE SUV, the multi-purpose variant of the company’s EQE executive sedan. Based on the large electric platform from Mercedes-EQ, it is equipped as standard with a 12.8in Central OLED Touchscreen Portrait Display with 12.3in instrument cluster.
The dominant outer vents on the dash feature a turbine design, which Mercedes says deliberately plays on the theme of ‘hyper analog’ through a contrast with high-tech precision mechanics. The front section of the center console joins the instrument panel and is free-standing in space. The vent band from the cockpit is visually continued in the front doors, and there is a floating control cluster with integrated door opener and seat controls.
Deep data analytics to increase reliability of V2X chipsets
ProteanTecs, a specialist in deep data analytics, has announced that Autotalks has selected its health and performance monitoring solutions to enhance reliability of the latter’s TEKTON3 and SECTON3 chipsets, which support 5G vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.
“Autotalks’ V2X chipsets are ushering in the new era of road safety and shaping the future of mobility,” said Gal Carmel, ProteanTecs’ EVP and GM of automotive. “Their sensors must operate robustly at high ambient temperature for roof installation. Autotalks will now achieve in-depth and high-visibility coverage during all chip production stages, while enhancing on-the-road reliability.”
ProteanTecs’ cloud and edge analytics provide actionable insights and predictive data about the chipset’s performance and quality, during production testing and in lifetime usage.
Albis extends range of sustainable polymers
Polymer distributor Albis has expanded its portfolio of sustainable material solutions with several new product lines from long-term partner and styrenics supplier Ineos Styrolution.
By offering identical mechanical properties to their fossil-based counterparts, the new materials provide easy-to-use drop-in solutions that meet the highest technical requirements, thereby addressing the need for more sustainable solutions in various industries. The distribution rights cover the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
For example, the recently introduced Novodur ECO specialty ABS and Novodur ECO High Heat ABS grades are now a part of Albis’s distribution portfolio. Based on high quality mechanically recycled post-consumer waste, these new grades offer a balanced property profile and are ideal as sustainable options – especially for automotive applications.
Nio to harness Dirac sound optimization system for ET7 sound system
Swedish digital audio developer Dirac and Chinese EV manufacturer Nio are to collaborate on the latter’s ET7 sound system, which will adopt the automotive sound optimization solution Dirac Opteo Professional.
The ET7 features a standard configuration of 23 speakers and 20, 1,000W amplifier output channels. Its four main channels are composed of high, middle and bass speakers in three units, with a subwoofer and four overhead channel speakers.
“At Nio, we wanted to deliver the ultimate immersive sound experience in the ET7 – so that passengers across all seats can listen to music as if they were in a concert hall,” said Danilo Teobaldi, Nio Engineers VP.
Radiant Vision Systems to host webinar on camera monitoring system evaluation for automotive
Radiant Vision Systems, a provider of test and measurement solutions for automotive displays, is to host a webinar to review recommended practices for evaluating the performance of camera monitoring systems (CMS) according to the latest automotive industry regulations, and provide considerations for choosing display test equipment.
Bret Stonebridge, regional sales manager on Radiant’s Automotive & International team, will lead a live web presentation followed by a question-and-answer session with webinar attendees.
Used in place of side- and rearview mirrors, a camera monitor system (CMS) can improve situational awareness and ergonomic comfort for drivers when used for indirect visualization of the area around a vehicle.
Yizumi presents solutions for lightweight polyurethane parts and foam molding
With an eye on the changing nature of the automotive market and the emergence of BEV and other zero emissions vehicles, Chinese machinery company Yizumi developed the ReactPro Solution, which it says combines the advantages of polyurethane coating and injection molding. The company has also developed new solutions for physical and chemical foam molding processes, which it says enable the production of lighter weight parts.
To increase productivity, the ReactPro system can produce high quality thermoplastic parts and coat functional surfaces with polyurethane in the same production cell, improving both the tactile quality of these parts while also cutting cost.
Continental to harness bio-attributed PVC for automotive interior surface materials
Continental is to use Biovyn, a bio-attributed PVC, from supplier Inovyn in the production of technical and decorative surface materials for its automotive customers. Continental says the move will help reduce its carbon footprint and meet customer demand for sustainable bio-based products.
Biovyn is a new generation of PVC grades certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). It is a ‘drop-in’ product that is made from a 100% renewable raw material, avoiding fossil-based feedstocks. This product enables more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with conventional PVC production.
“Major automotive manufacturers are now demanding more sustainable raw materials such as biobased polymers,” explained Dr Dirk Leiß, who leads Continental’s surface solutions business area.
Stratasys acquires Covestro’s additive manufacturing business
Stratasys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Covestro’s additive manufacturing materials business, including R&D facilities and activities, global development and sales teams across Europe, the US and China, a portfolio of approximately 60 additive manufacturing materials, and an extensive IP portfolio comprised of hundreds of patents and patents pending. The purchase price is approximately US$44m, plus additional inventory.
According to Stratasys, Covestro has been a key part of its third-party materials ecosystem, and the acquisition will benefit customers using multiple Stratasys 3D printing platforms, including its Origin P3, Neo stereolithography and H350 printers. Stratasys is already a distributor of Covestro’s Somos resins, which are available for Neo and Origin One 3D printers.