With the initial formation of Covisint in February 2000, and with other online ventures established over the past couple of years, the automotive industry has thrown its chips into the B2B e-commerce game. The following is an update on how the industry is faring now that its cards are on the table.
Just as companies sought to shorten the development cycle with intergrated product teams, they do so again with up-front computer-aided analysis and simulation.
Thanks to innovative technologies and applications, flexible circuitry is helping drive new trends, such as modularity, in automotive design, according to Sheldahl.
Since becoming an international event in 1989, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit has hosted 620 North American and worldwide vehicle introductions. This year's event was again a showcase for many new concept and production vehicle debuts.
International Truck and Engine Corp. has renamed its Next Generation Vehicle prototype and brought it to production as the "industry's first high-performance truck," its first new product in nearly 25 years.