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The North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index (WRI) has been conducted 19 times, and during this period of time Toyota and Honda have dominated when it comes to being thought by Tier 1 suppliers as being the best customers overall.
One of the things that doesn’t get a whole lot of mainstream attention in the development of automated vehicles are some of the technical aspects related to the health and well-being of those who find themselves within one of those vehicles, especially when said vehicles are not necessarily fully autonomous, but require the attention of the person behind the wheel at some point.
In 2017 Volvo and Uber announced that as part of a partnership agreement that the two companies had entered into, Volvo was going to supply “tens of thousands” of vehicles to Uber for the development of self-driving vehicles. (Images: Volvo) Today the XC90 that was specifically developed through this program was revealed, which is described as “the first production car that in combination with Uber’s self-driving system is capable of fully driving itself.” While Uber has been using XC90s into which its sensors and processors and actuators have been integrated, this version is, in effect, autonomous-ready.
BMW has officially opened a production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where it is manufacturing the “brand’s most successful model series: the BMW 3 Series Sedan.” Vehicles produced in the plant, which the German company has invested more than $1-billion U.S., will, according to Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production, be delivered “to customers worldwide.” Which is the sort of thing that global manufacturing companies do.