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Peter
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Peter Els

After qualifying as an Automotive Engineer, Peter has spent 40 years in the South African Automotive industry. Having started his career with Nissan’s product development division, automotive technology and engineering remain his passion.

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It’s not just the increasing use of smart devices driving the development of the next generation of wireless technology; 5G is also needed to support a wide range of Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Amongst these are services and applications that will support connected vehicles. Industry interest in V2V (vehicle
It’s not just the increasing use of smart devices driving the development of the next generation of wireless technology; 5G is also needed to support a wide range of Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Amongst these are services and applications that will support connected vehicles. Industry interest in V2V (vehicle...Full Article »
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With regions across the globe experiencing drastic and often catastrophic climate related events, the earth appears to be firmly in the grips of global warming. To save the planet world leaders from 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate pact in December 2015. The Paris Accord, which came into force on 4
With regions across the globe experiencing drastic and often catastrophic climate related events, the earth appears to be firmly in the grips of global warming. To save the planet world leaders from 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate pact in December 2015. The Paris Accord, which came into force on 4...Full Article »
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated vehicles are rolling out faster than many in the industry ever imagined: In May 2017 Germany became the first EU country to legalize self-driving cars, allowing any form of automated driving as long as a licensed driver is behind the wheel. A mere two months later, the American House Energy
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated vehicles are rolling out faster than many in the industry ever imagined: In May 2017 Germany became the first EU country to legalize self-driving cars, allowing any form of automated driving as long as a licensed driver is behind the wheel. A mere two months later, the American House Energy...Full Article »
Once considered the planet’s savior from greenhouse gas emissions, diesel was delivered a body blow by the American Environmental Protection Agency on the 25th September 2015 when VW was issued with a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act: Not only did this set in motion a series of events that would cost the manufacturer an estimated USD30
Once considered the planet’s savior from greenhouse gas emissions, diesel was delivered a body blow by the American Environmental Protection Agency on the 25th September 2015 when VW was issued with a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act: Not only did this set in motion a series of events that would cost the manufacturer an estimated USD30...Full Article »
Although ADAS applications are still in their early days, original-equipment-manufacturers and their suppliers realize that automation will eventually become the main feature differentiating automotive brands, as well as one of their most important revenue sources. Moreover, many of the technologies that enable today’s ADAS offerings will filter
Although ADAS applications are still in their early days, original-equipment-manufacturers and their suppliers realize that automation will eventually become the main feature differentiating automotive brands, as well as one of their most important revenue sources. Moreover, many of the technologies that enable today’s ADAS offerings will filter...Full Article »
Engineers have been installing the building blocks for modern autonomous vehicles since the 1980s, starting with antilock brakes, traction control, electric power steering, drive-by-wire, adaptive cruise control, cameras, etc. Now, as engineers tie these components together, along with lidar, radar and high-definition mapping, the car is basically
Engineers have been installing the building blocks for modern autonomous vehicles since the 1980s, starting with antilock brakes, traction control, electric power steering, drive-by-wire, adaptive cruise control, cameras, etc. Now, as engineers tie these components together, along with lidar, radar and high-definition mapping, the car is basically...Full Article »
Smartphone functions and capabilities don’t necessarily translate directly to in-car electronic systems, and the two sectors have very different demands and characteristics. Vehicle manufacturers have a number of extra factors to consider, such as safety, driver distraction, and the methods with which we interact with in-car tech. These are
Smartphone functions and capabilities don’t necessarily translate directly to in-car electronic systems, and the two sectors have very different demands and characteristics. Vehicle manufacturers have a number of extra factors to consider, such as safety, driver distraction, and the methods with which we interact with in-car tech. These are...Full Article »
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The $1.2 billion fine handed out to Toyota over the unintended acceleration saga remains a record within the automotive industry, but other manufacturers have all been experiencing problems of varying scale.
The $1.2 billion fine handed out to Toyota over the unintended acceleration saga remains a record within the automotive industry, but other manufacturers have all been experiencing problems of varying scale....Full Article »
Software-related recalls had grown from 5% in 2011 to 15% of all recalls in 2015. This is stark evidence that while the growth in E/E systems in our vehicles can improve safety, comfort and convenience, it has also resulted in an increase in related safety issues.
Software-related recalls had grown from 5% in 2011 to 15% of all recalls in 2015. This is stark evidence that while the growth in E/E systems in our vehicles can improve safety, comfort and convenience, it has also resulted in an increase in related safety issues....Full Article »
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The motor industry is driven by data collection: Data is collected about component quality from suppliers, system faults are recorded by the On Board Diagnostics (OBD) and stored for later evaluation, not to mention the information collected about customers’ servicing history and preferences stored at the dealer level.
The motor industry is driven by data collection: Data is collected about component quality from suppliers, system faults are recorded by the On Board Diagnostics (OBD) and stored for later evaluation, not to mention the information collected about customers’ servicing history and preferences stored at the dealer level....Full Article »
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