CES 2023: Showstopping automotive technology

23 January 2023

CES 2023

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) shines a spotlight on technological innovations. Autovista24 deputy editor Tom Geggus reviews this year’s automotive showstoppers.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) confirmed CES 2023 hosted over 3,200 exhibitors, with an expectation-shattering turnout of some 115,000 attendees. These technology enthusiasts witnessed the unveiling of brand-new consumer goods such as televisions, fridge freezers and robot dogs.

‘CES 2023 was the great reconnection and rocked by every measure – from attendance to the keynote stage to press conferences and product debuts on the exhibit floor – showing the entire world that in-person events are back,’ said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CTA.

However, as part of a growing trend, automotive developments drew a lot of attention at this year’s show. These included electric-vehicle (EV) concepts, infotainment systems, and autonomous technology.

Electric concepts

Some of the biggest keynotes from CES 2023 were dedicated to EV concepts. BMW rolled out the i Vision Dee, an emotional, colour-changing companion. The carmaker illustrated its vision for the future by replacing screens with an intelligent voice assistant and an advanced head-up display (HUD).

‘With the BMW i Vision Dee, we are showcasing what is possible when hardware and software merge. In this way, we are able to exploit the full potential of digitalisation to transform the car into an intelligent companion,’ said Oliver Zipse, BMW’s chairman of the board of management.

Stellantis unveiled Peugeot’s Inception concept. Using the STLA Large platform, the glass-covered concept car can reportedly travel 800km on a single charge. The automotive giant

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Engineering Plastics Market is expected to grow from USD

Pune India, Jan. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The market has been studied for the below mentioned-segmentation and regional analysis for North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East and Africa. These are the key regions where the engineering plastics market is operating and is predicted to expand soon. The manufacturers and suppliers involved in the engineering plastics market are present across various countries in the above-mentioned regions.

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The report provides a detailed understanding of the market segments which have been formed by combining different prospects such as product type, application, and regions. The key driving factors, restraints, potential growth opportunities and market challenges are also discussed in the paragraphs below.
The significant players operating in the global engineering plastics market are Arkema Group, Asahi Kasei Corporation, BASF SE, Celanese Corporation, Covestro, DSM N.V., Dupont, Lanxess, LG Chem., Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), Solvay SA, Teijin, Toray, Victrex Plc. among others. To achieve a substantial market share in the worldwide engineering plastics market and strengthen their position, manufacturers are pursuing expansion methods such as current developments, mergers and acquisitions, product innovations, collaborations, and partnerships, joint ventures.
There is a group of plastic materials called engineering plastics that offer superior mechanical and thermal properties compared to commodity plastics, which are more commonly used. Because of current environmental and economic concerns, the market for lightweight engineering plastic is expected to grow faster. According to a recent study, every 10% reduction in vehicle weight reduces fuel consumption by 6-8%. As a result, automobile manufacturers are now using more advanced plastic materials to reduce weight and make their vehicles more fuel efficient. It is expected that the market growth of engineering plastics will be hampered by high costs associated with raw material

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Sumika partners with Hexagon, enabling 60% plastic carbon reduction for new vehicles by digitizing sustainable compounds for engineers

Digitised mechanical and environmental performance of recycled short glass-fibre reinforced PP compounds supports the transition to more sustainable vehicles

COBHAM, England, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and Sumika Polymer Compounds Europe (SPC Europe), a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds, have partnered to digitise the performance of new sustainable automotive-grade polypropylene (PP) compounds, enabling engineers to design components that are more recyclable and offer a lower carbon footprint for future vehicles.

Sumika Polymer Compounds’ short glass-fibre polypropylene (GF-PP) THERMOFIL HP and recycled polypropylene (GF-rPP) THERMOFIL CIRCLE materials benefit from sustainable manufacturing and recycling processes and offer carmakers performance equivalent to incumbent engineering plastics, but with an up to 60% lower carbon footprint. A growing proportion of today’s PP components are recovered and recycled compared to polyamides (PA), of which up to 70% are utilised in waste-to-energy initiatives or finish up in landfill, but there remains substantial room for improvement. These new Sumika recycled PP compounds are designed for the circular economy, contributing to plastic waste reduction at vehicle end-of-life.

Plastics can contribute up to 20% of the total weight of a car, and their application is escalating with the continuing replacement of metals. The automotive industry’s shift to eMobility has increased the need for lightweighting components to maximise the energy efficiency of vehicles and mitigate the considerable weight of battery packs, but their environmental performance throughout the lifecycle must also be considered by product development teams.

“Limited material behaviour data is a barrier to sustainable eMobility innovations because automotive engineering teams have not been able to put new materials through the rigorous virtual durability and safety tests required for automotive endorsement,” said Guillaume Boisot, head of the Materials Centre of Excellence at Hexagon. “Our

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Auto Theft arrest prompts Hamilton Police Tutorial on prevention – bayobserver.ca Hamilton, Burlington and GTA

Hamilton Police have released a list of measures residents can take to combat a growing wave of auto thefts in the city.

This week Hamilton Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he was observed entering vehicles shortly after 11:00 p.m. in the downtown area. The accused is facing the following charges, Theft of Motor Vehicle, Break and Enter and Unlawful Possession Over. He will appear in court on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

Hamilton Police are launching an operation to combat auto theft. As part of this response, officers are increasing patrols in identified target areas.

Most vehicle crimes take place during overnight hours where there are few members of the public out.

Why vehicles are stolen:

To sell the vehicle or parts – Often thieves will take your car out of the Province or Country. Identification numbers may be altered or removed, ownership certificates forged, parts sold or the vehicle repainted.

For transportation – Thieves will use your vehicle to get where they want to go and later abandon the vehicle. They may just drive it around to gain ‘status’ with their friends.

To commit other crimes – Vehicles are stolen and used in other crimes such as robberies, break and enters, drug dealing.

For vehicle cloning – Vehicles are stolen, given a fraudulent identification number and then sold to unsuspecting persons who are defrauded of their money. Fraudulent vehicles will be located and seized by the Police.

Police are offering the following tips to guard against having a vehicle stolen

Securing your vehicle can be as simple as parking it in a locked garage. No room in the garage? A steering wheel locking device is an effective deterrent.

When parking your vehicle:

Turn ignition off and TAKE the keys with you

Park in a well-lighted, attended

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Say hello to the first all-Canadian EV

The Project Arrow zero-emissions vehicle in a silver compact SUV style.Four Carleton University students initially designed the Project Arrow as an entry in a design contest (Photo courtesy of Project Arrow)

Before it was a sleek silver vehicle with aerodynamic curves and wraparound headlights that inspired comparisons to both Tesla and Volkswagen, Project Arrow—an all-Canadian concept vehicle that makes its debut at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show—was an entry in a design contest.

In 2020, in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call for a zero-emissions future by 2050, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) called for visionary ideas from Canadian universities and colleges, and four students from Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design responded with a design for the industry’s first all-Canadian, zero-emissions vehicle, beating out entries from over 20 other groups across the country.

Kaj Hallgrimsson, Jun-Won Kim, Mina Morcos and Matthew Schuetz completed their pitch in just 12 weeks between classes and internships, and it’s impressive. The prototype is being built start to finish with Canadian design, materials, engineering and parts, and its name is a nod to another iconic Canadian invention: the Avro Arrow, the supersonic jet designed and built in Canada in the 1950s.

It’s fitting that the winning pitch came from students, because for Flavio Volpe, president of the APMA, Project Arrow is a means of throwing down the gauntlet on tackling the challenge of our times—mobility and climate change. But it also shows that Canada can lead when it comes to automotive and engineering innovation. “We want to show that the Canadian supply chain is as advanced as any in the world,” Volpe told the Financial Post in 2020.

While we likely won’t be seeing Project Arrow on the road any time soon, it’s designed with the average North American in mind and built to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, just in

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