Peter Els has been involved in the automotive industry since 1979 when he joined Nissan South Africa’s product development team as a student engineer. On qualifying, he explored all facets of the industry holding, positions in engineering, after-sales service, and marketing. Peter has held positions with OEM’s such as Daimler, Fiat, Toyota, Nissan and Beijing Automotive Works. He’s also been responsible for OE sales and exports at Robert Bosch South Africa. After years in an industry driven by information gathering and communication Peter began writing technical articles on various aspects of the industry and the cars it produces. Since then he has produced a broad spectrum of automotive analysis work.
FEATURED COVERAGE: Testing Autonomous Vehicles to Save Lives in the Wake of Recent AccidentsMay 13, 2018 1:27 PM WST
In what could be described as the darkest hour in the very young life of the autonomous vehicle (AV), two people have lost their lives in less than a week in accidents involving vehicles operating in self-driving mode. The automotive industry can ill-afford to ignore questions consumers are raising around the safety of self-driving vehicles.
SPECIAL FEATURE: 5G Will Revolutionize Cars and the Networks That Support ThemMar 17, 2018 11:00 AM WST
All of the smart cars on the market today have the same Achilles heel — the cars are limited by existing network performance and rely solely on sensors and cameras for maneuvering and navigation. Safe, reliable automated driving will require an unfailing, robust and omnipresent wireless network that has extensive coverage, high data transfer speeds, and low latency.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Unraveling the DNA of the Car of the Future, Part ThreeJan 20, 2018 10:00 AM WST
In a recent article on the future of the car industry, industry insider and former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, was quoted as saying: “Kiss the good times goodbye,” referring to the radical transformation the passenger car, and indeed the industry, is undergoing. And nowhere is this revolution more astonishing than in the automation of the vehicle.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Unraveling the DNA of the Car of the Future, Part TwoJan 19, 2018 10:00 AM WST
Never before in the 130 year history of the auto industry, has the automobile undergone such revolutionary changes: Cars that drive themselves, cars that can communicate with each other and smart infrastructure, cars that are shared and not owned, and even cars that are powered by electric motors. Central to all these emerging technologies is a higher level of electrification.
Sensors give smart cars a sixth senseNov 18, 2017 7:10 AM WST
NXP Automotive CTO Lars Reger, told delegates at NXP’s ‘FTF Connects’ conference in San Jose in June 2017, “An autonomous car can only be as good as its environmental sensing.” Inferring that cars will need human-like senses to contextually perceive and understand the world around them.
The give and take of EV chargingNov 15, 2017 8:35 AM WST
Vehicle manufacturers around the globe are proudly proclaiming the roll out of dozens of new electric vehicle (EV) platforms; driving EV sales to an astounding 3.8 million vehicles by 2020. How will the increasing shift to electric vehicles impact the power grid and What will happen to peak demand and will the ‘last mile’ grid?
Is China’s NEV Program a Step Too Far?Nov 11, 2017 10:58 AM WST
China, a country that once lagging in electrified-vehicle deployment, has become a global leader, according to an interesting new measurement created by consulting firm AlixPartners.
48 Volt: Life-Support for the Internal Combustion EngineOct 06, 2017 4:27 PM WST
With governments such as Britain and France calling for restrictions on ICE (internal combustion engine) powered vehicles from 2040, new 48 volt electrical systems may just give the ailing technology a new lease on life.
Is 2170 Tesla’s Magic Number?Sep 25, 2017 11:58 AM WST
A closer look at Tesla's Model 3 Battery Technology
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