As OEMs and suppliers strive to use more sustainable materials, biobased plastics are beginning to appear in more places, particularly in interior parts, but cost remains a barrier to wider use.
Tom Gould talks about lifecycle analysis, engineers are important for designers, and why materials need to be authentic in interiors.
JCI's mannequin allows determination of seating positions for seat and interior developments.
By rethinking designs and working toward more efficient solutions, seats will be major contributors to vehicle downsizing and lightweighting.
Here’s a look at how Johnson Controls creates leading interiors as well as cool ideas for clever products.
The mid-size 2005 Pathfinder, Nissan's largest design and development program to date, involved three technical centers, and took 36 months and countless trans-Pacific trips to complete. Though it borrows major components from the full-size Titan pickup and Armada SUV, it's not just a downsized clone.
Be true to your attributes. Embrace conflict. Be authentic. No, these are not chapter headings for the latest self-help book, but some of the guidelines Johnson Controls, Inc. is using to frame the future of automotive interiors.
Implementing the short-range wireless technology Bluetooth in cars seems like a no-brainer.
Designing, Engineering & Making The Drop-Top
At Johnson Controls’ annual Team Rally, acting skills are nearly as important as the ability to explain Six Sigma.
Bill Fluharty, vice president of Industrial Design at Johnson Controls, not surprisingly thinks that the focus on automotive interiors is well overdue. Some of the drivers for this change of perspective may be surprising.
It distinguishes great companies from the mediocre.
What do you get paid for?” John Waraniak, director of E-Business Speed, Johnson Controls, asks rhetorically.
Here's a look at a trend in interiors: providing complete, tested, in-sequence cockpits rather than just instrument panels. And Johnson Controls is building them just-in-time for the Jeep Liberty.
A few thousand vehicles were displayed at the 2000 Mondial de l’Automobile (or Paris Auto Show as it’s known in a more popular parlance), but only a few stood out: those that did predicted a very fashionable—albeit gridlocked—future.
At this year’s SAE 2000 Congress & Exposition there was plenty of buzz and noise inside Cobo Center (including a Visteon-draped People Mover that rolled above the record-setting crowd). Here’s some of the audio, filtered.
Johnson Controls' (JCI's) Port Street facility (Plymouth, MI) assembles seats for, among other vehicles, the Lincoln LS.
The people at Johnson Controls Automotive Systems Group have pushed the limits of the vehicle interior envelope by creating a lab that allows optimization by design. Here's a look inside.
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