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Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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Partnership Offers Lyft Rides for Stranded Motorists 
“The partnership will provide consumers requiring a tow with the option of a complimentary Lyft ride from the disablement location, repair shop or dealership to their home or destination,” the companies say.
Prepare for Subscription Economy, OEMs Advised 
Automakers already offering subscriptions include BMW, Cadillac, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Genesis. But despite the many available vehicle-subscription options, consumer awareness remains relatively low.
Bosch Sensors Bridge Flying-Car Safety Gap 
Bosch says it can offer the technology at a fraction of the cost of sensor systems used in the aerospace sector because the company uses production-tested sensors it has been developing and manufacturing for the automotive industry for years.
Canadian Researchers Design More Durable Fuel Cell 
The researchers devised a design that makes fuel cells far more durable by delivering a constant, rather than fluctuating, amount of electricity.
Study Brings Flying-Car Hype Down to Earth 
The study concludes flying cars, formally known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, could be useful in congested cities or other geographically congested areas as part of a ride-share taxi service.
Mall Gets California’s First Fast EV Chargers 
Shopping-center owner Simon teamed with Electrify America, Volkswagen of America’s initiative to develop EV-charging infrastructure, to install eight 150-kW chargers and two 350-kW fast chargers for public use at the mall east of San Francisco.
VW Network Adding First Fast-Charging EV Station 
Electrify America, a Volkswagen Group of America subsidiary developing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure, says the station at the Country Hills Shopping Plaza in Torrance, CA, is the first of 160 planned fast-charging stations in the state.
Harman Opens Software-Development Office in Poland 
Teams of engineers will collaborate on developing Harman’s Summit car-audio platform, Ignite cloud platform, OTA software management and maps services, the company says.
Harman Dedicates New R&D Facility in Israel 
The 46,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature an advanced Smart Car Lab where researchers can study, test and validate in real-life conditions the company’s cybersecurity, over-the-air software-update technologies and automotive cloud solutions.
Parts Makers Careful to Keep Focus on Craftsmanship
Magna may be able to supply Lincoln with 30-way power front seats for the Continental, but the supplier’s engineering expertise is compromised if the seating material isn’t wrinkle-free, says Frank Eupizi, director of engineering-consumer interface products.
Novelis Breaks Ground on Kentucky Aluminum Plant
The facility will include heat treatment and pretreatment lines, which prepare aluminum for use in vehicle parts such as body-in-white, hoods, doors, lift gates and fenders.
Nidec Unveils Advanced Ultra-Fast Charger for EVs 
Nidec says its system allows the safe and efficient charging of a car in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing 310 miles of travel and minimizing impact on the electricity grid.
Lock-Systems Specialist Kiekert Expands Production
The expansion is part of a $3 million investment in the supplier’s operations in Wixom, MI.
Theme of Chevrolet Equinox’s Inside Story: Value 2
The Equinox has been one of America’s most popular CUVs for several years, and time spent in an ʼ18 model shows Chevy hasn’t been coasting. For roominess, connectivity, safety and driver assistance, the Equinox is a solid value at well under $40,000.
3M Says Glass Bubbles Aid Car-Lightweighting Cause 1
Glass Bubbles S32HS help OEMs achieve up to a 40% weight reduction of composite parts at a density below 1.0 g/cc while still enabling a class-A paintable finish, 3M says.
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